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Now that's a great thought, hahaha  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

The term refers to, or better is a reminiscence of someone I "know" and who's wisdom on various topics I admire - but further explanations are not suitable to be had on here. ;)

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Hi!

Some tinkering I did over the weekend, installed a new fence gate. Please disregard the miserable paint job on it - I'll re-paint next week with another type of coating - this one didn't work on the wood the fence gate is made of...

Had root canal treatment on Saturday morning anyway before I went and bought the gate and painted it....





















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Hi!

I just got a notification that on Thursday they will install my indoor handover point for the fibre optic cable. At the beginning of last week they "shot" the fibre optic cable through that tiny orange hose - I sadly didn't have the time to go out and cross the couple of streets to take pictures from the location they were working their "magic" at.

So if it's still interesting, stay tuned for new pictures :)

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Oliver

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Hi,

So the handover point for the optical fibre cable was installed today.

This is what the actual cable looks like:


This is how it was left when they "shot" the cable through:


Today they started by drilling some holes for the cable clips. They asked for a vac, so I gave them my CTL-SYS - they were pretty amazed and liked it - especially the auto on/off - lol. Seems there is a lot left to do for Festool marketing ;) This, + a BHC 18 (instead of the corded Bosch 2-28 and a C or T 18 instead of the Metabo + Systainers and a Sortainer for all the fasteners and clips would make their life soooooo much easier... @festool I'll handover the company's address for a little revenue in Festools....  :P :P :P [eek] [eek] [eek] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] :



The Bosch 2-28


Some tinkering with cable ties


Drilling for the handover point


Needs to be screwed to the wall...


Some tweaking.


This is what the handover point looks like on the (visible) inside - on the back there's some sort of reel where some of the cable goes - I guess as a kind of strain relief.


The connector cables inside the handover point get "welded" to the incoming cables. This is done with this fun little machine, a fusion splicer (Fitel S177). Here's a video on how it is used (not mine) ->


Testing and measuring. A-OK.


So this was the last post on this matter - hope everyone enjoyed the journey!

Kind regards,
Oliver
« Last Edit: September 15, 2016, 04:43 PM by six-point socket II »

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Thanks Oliver, that's pretty interesting. That "fun little machine" costs around $16k to $17k. [jawdrop]

So do you have 2 fibre optic taps in that box?

Also, there seems to be about 2 feet of extra cable wound around that reel area, I wonder if the connections can go bad and that's the reason for the extra cable?

Finally, I'm curious what that yellow spigot is that comes out of the wall.

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That's a tap.  Isn't this standard in German homes?  In honor of Oktoberfest I think I need to put one in while I'm redo-ing the electrical in my basement!
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Hi!

Since I don't know if you need 1 or 2 lines to communicate via fibre optical cable it's either 2 ports, or 4.

I think its more meant to be a strain relief, but of course - extra cable is always nice to have if something goes wrong... I'll ask them if I see them in the street! :)

Thats the handover point for gas. When we decide to change from oil to gas, that's where it will be connected. The silver-shiny thing is actually a mechanical safety, the red knob is to open the valve... ;)

LOL @ Raj  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

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Oliver

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Hi!

Oh the joy of adding additional holes to an existing but somewhat incomplete system 32 hole line. But thanks to the exceptional BTA HW D 5 CE tungsten carbide drill bit it can be done fast and accurate.




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Oliver


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Nice thread.

Who takes the pictures when both your hands are in view?

Nice watch by the way.  ;)
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Hi!

Mobile-Sysport - Project coming *yay*  [eek]  [scared]  [big grin] [big grin]

So I found this 3D-Modell by Sketchup-User "Jared D." -> https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=8339ecb1-4997-4bc6-86fe-236749b9fb8b

I will add some wheels.

I had some questions/trouble regarding the 18mm plywood but once they got squared away, I bought some ply at the local lumber yard. Since I'm still not even close to be back at 85% health wise, I had it cut to final dimensions - so I don't need to stand as much as when cutting the sheet myself.



Went there with my layout and this is what I came back with. :)





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Oliver

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Hi!

Here are a couple of "Festool-Shots" that I like from a another recent "project".







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Oliver

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Oliver

Be honest, you are just showing that the mailman finally showed up with the new PDC!
Bryan

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Nice watch by the way.  ;)

A black 40mm Explorer II...what's not to like?

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Oliver

Be honest, you are just showing that the mailman finally showed up with the new PDC!

Hi Bryan,

actually and honestly, no. I utilized it during a pretty urgent modification to the electrical circuit for the backyard. After finding out that there is current on the ground wire. An we're not talking the inductive/inductance kind.

So among a lot of work, mainly digging, that didn't require any Festool tools. I transformed this, the last dirty little secret  [eek]  [scared] :



into this:



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Oliver

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Hi,

another day of work.

This time I went to work on the other side.

First some demolition work.



Catching the last rays of this days winter sun.



Worked until after dark.



And then some more. Installation time...



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Oliver


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The aftermath.



And a still life from the workbench  [tongue]  [cool]  [big grin] [big grin]  [wink]



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Oliver

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  ;) ;D ;) [big grin]






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Oliver

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Hi!

So I visited the Fischer (dowels) Tour Truck to learn about new Fischer products and dowel technology and of course to meet cool people.



Didn't leave empty handed - got these uber-cool dowel bottle openers.



And to support the shop where the truck stopped, bought some Fischer stuff. For example this really great dowel pliers for drywall dowels. Got to try this at the truck, it's amazing and sooo strong (20kg/dowel) It's not really new, but was to me.



Before I try to explain with a lot of words, watch the video and be amazed ;) ;) ;)  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]



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Oliver

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Hi,

Some pictures from the weekend, building a Sys-Port...

Cutting a couple of pieces for my "add-ons"


Old school System 32  [scared]  [big grin]




240 holes. The battery of my CXS had only one bar left and is still going...  [scared] [scared]  [eek] [eek]  8) 8) [big grin] [big grin]


Cleaning up.


Old school dowel jig.


Square


68mm hole-saw in 18mm ply - no problem for the PDC.


Todays goal was met - more work tomorrow.


Precision aka this is why I love the TSC 55.


I have to say, I learned a lot in the last two days. As you all know I'm far away from being a woodworker, but it was a fun and much needed project. I will clean it up, sand it and finish it in the coming days - then I will post more pictures and a couple of explanations.

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Oliver

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I have the same Rotring compass, Oliver!

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Some fun with auger drill bits...  [eek]  [scared]  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]






















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Oliver

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Hi!

So this is a little followup to the pictures I posted in February in regards to the electrical work. Since there is not much interest in this thread anymore, I will put it to rest after this post.

This posting is solely meant to give a little advice in regards to old electrical installations if someone should stumble over this thread when doing some research.

So after my work from February I was pretty happy that I had eliminated the main problem of the backyards electrical circuit: current on ground wire. I also took it as an opportunity to re-wire/install everything else in connection with it. So needless to say after a week's work - all in all - I thought it was all good to go and I would not have to touch any of it again anytime soon.

Turns out I was wrong as only a couple of weeks later the breaker for this circuit kept tripping. Sometimes immediately, sometimes only after minutes or even hours.

Since I re-wired everything myself I knew this had to be a problem with the only cable I couldn't replace in the process because doing that would have either required major demolition work or pulling a brand new brand cable through the entire basement right into the backyard. The latter would have been an option but after having finished the basement some time ago, I didn't want to start all over by installing a temporary-looking solution.

I decided to re-open the spot where old and new cable connect and it wasn't long after that I found the culprit. My initial thoughts were to closely inspect and then decide wether to give it another try or go with pulling another cable. After finding the culprit:



(Please disregard the shrink tube, that was just an experiment - after.)

You can see that one of the wires was broken, this probably happened during dismantling (lead...) of the old, stubborn cable and another one of the wires also had defective insulation which lead to a lot of sparks - you can see the residue of that.

I decided to give this another shot with the existing cable. So I cut and dismantled the cable once anew and made a connection. This time I used special connector sleeves filled with insulating, non-conductive gel made by a company called Cellpack. I'm using the Easycell 3 V model.

So first come the preparations, you need to connect the replacement cable to the connectors - I additionally decided I would use shrinking tube on bot ends where it connects to the old cables - thats what my trusty Snap-On butane soldering iron is for.







Connecting.





Shrinking.



Adding the sleeve.



It may be called easy, but it actually isn't. You're not supposed to cut the sided where the cables go in/out you just have to press down, hard. Really hard. I ended up using to pieces of scrap wood and screw clamps - that worked like a charm.

Finished.



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Just for fun, 3 more pictures from another "culprit". ;) You gotta love quality screws....  [eek]  [scared]  [blink]  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]







Like I said - gonna leave it at that.

Kind regards,
Oliver
« Last Edit: April 07, 2017, 04:14 PM by six-point socket II »

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Keep posting Oliver!  I don't say much, but I follow along as you have your fun!   [smile]
-Raj

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Yes, I really like this thread.

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A couple of observations Oliver:

Back on the Feb 26th post, all of the items you removed appear to be made from plastic, in the US those same pieces would all have been fabricated from metal.  [eek]

That Fischer pliers is really slick. We have those same style fasteners in the US, however they are supposed to be set with a screwdriver only, an almost impossible task.
In drywall, the prongs just dig in and revolve before the toggle compresses fully, a mess.  [crying]
In wood (oak) either the tangs bend or break off or the screw head rounds-out before the toggle compresses fully, another mess. [mad]
That pliers is ideal... [cool]

When it comes to the cellpack connectors, do you just slather the gel material over the wire and connector ends and hope for the best or is there a specific process and quantity of gel that gets used? It seems like the best method would be to "pack" the connectors with gel as if you were using a grease gun.

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I also like this thread.  I noticed two things reviewing the pictures.

Looks like there is an awesome wooden jack or jointer plane in one of the pics.  I'd like to see a couple of angles on that one.

In another picture, it looked like there was a wooden electrical box.  My inspector would go all red and explode if he saw that.  Was I imagining things?

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A couple of observations Oliver:

Back on the Feb 26th post, all of the items you removed appear to be made from plastic, in the US those same pieces would all have been fabricated from metal.  [eek]

That Fischer pliers is really slick. We have those same style fasteners in the US, however they are supposed to be set with a screwdriver only, an almost impossible task.
In drywall, the prongs just dig in and revolve before the toggle compresses fully, a mess.  [crying]
In wood (oak) either the tangs bend or break off or the screw head rounds-out before the toggle compresses fully, another mess. [mad]
That pliers is ideal... [cool]

When it comes to the cellpack connectors, do you just slather the gel material over the wire and connector ends and hope for the best or is there a specific process and quantity of gel that gets used? It seems like the best method would be to "pack" the connectors with gel as if you were using a grease gun.

Hi Cheese,

I know that in the US wiremold (among others, I guess?) is used. In Germany that is not readily available "off the shelf" - and it would need to be grounded anyway, since it is conductive (metal). Don't know if that can even be used at all here. Side note: of course large industrial raceways are a different story.

The go to material for us is heat/fire-resistant plastics. Everything from junction boxes, fuse/breaker boxes (some of them have metal doors), cable pipes/tubing, housings and much more is made from it. If used in the right way/ for the right application that's all good and according to code.

Now quite a bit of what I removed was put in before I was even born, code was different back then, other materials were used. Sure there's wear and it shows ;) That's why I decided to remove and replace it once and for all. ;)

Yes, those pliers work like a charm. Let me know if you want one shipped to your door ;)

For the cellpack stuff. They come ready to use from the factory, like you see them in the pictures. Then you lay the connector on top and press. The gel gets everywhere that it needs to get to as the connector is so big it drives out/away enough of the gel. I understand what you mean by hoping for the best, but it's a proven and reliable system. Similar stuff is used by some of the largest energy and telecommunications companies here.

The gel is actually pretty funny, it's "stable" but will terribly stick to anything, yet with enough force it can be separated from whatever it was sticking to. And of course, it's non conductive. ;)

Kind regards,
Oliver

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I also like this thread.  I noticed two things reviewing the pictures.

Looks like there is an awesome wooden jack or jointer plane in one of the pics.  I'd like to see a couple of angles on that one.

In another picture, it looked like there was a wooden electrical box.  My inspector would go all red and explode if he saw that.  Was I imagining things?

Hi Harvey,

I can take a couple of pictures of the plane for you tomorrow in daylight :)

For the wooden box - it depends on which one you're referring to ;)

If it is this one:



That is totally fine. As it is not used for anything else than "holding" the outlet (that has a separate housing on the inside made from fire/heat resistant plastics, and that's also where the cable connects to the outlet) and a fully insulated cable.

It's the same type housing we would use to mount an outlet in a drywall/hollow space scenario. -> https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohlwanddose // http://www.kopp.eu/en/productcatalogue/isolation-tubes-cable-ducts-boxes-cable-ties/distribution-boxes-and-switch-outlets/cavity-wall-switch-outlet-o-68-mm-depth-61-mm/348600003

However if you are referring to this wooden box:



Which was located here (upper, left corner) This picture was obviously taken before I removed all of it. ;)



That is indeed completely against (todays) code and ultimately why I removed it. As I mentioned before in my reply to Cheese this stuff was put in before I was even born - so I don't know if this was considered to be OK back then. Honestly, I doubt it because bakelite was already around and used for a lot junction/fuse/breaker boxes (the black one you can see in the above picture) it was also utilized for switches and other things. The small connector/junction box right next to the wooden box (where I'm testing for voltage in the above picture) is another perfect example - it's made from bakelite, too.


Kind regards,
Oliver
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What does that underground line feed?   A few posts back you covered what I thought might be fiber coming into your home. 

I'm curious why i this latest set of pics you are repairing what I would think might be the utility responsibility.

Also, how are you taking the pics since you always seem to be in the photo with both hands?

Thanks for keeping this thread alive.  You have a nice collection of tools.  And a nice way of walking through what you are doing.

BTW, I have several of those Snap-on screwdrivers.  But I'm finding the ratchet mechanism goes out on them and I have to get them replaced.  No issue with Snap-on dealer doing that, but I have been surprised as I have now replaced maybe three of them.

Final question - the photo a few back that pulls the expanding anchor forward.  I'd love to have one of those.  What's it called and who makes it?!

Thanks Oliver -

neil

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What does that underground line feed?   A few posts back you covered what I thought might be fiber coming into your home. 

I'm curious why i this latest set of pics you are repairing what I would think might be the utility responsibility.

Also, how are you taking the pics since you always seem to be in the photo with both hands?

Thanks for keeping this thread alive.  You have a nice collection of tools.  And a nice way of walking through what you are doing.

BTW, I have several of those Snap-on screwdrivers.  But I'm finding the ratchet mechanism goes out on them and I have to get them replaced.  No issue with Snap-on dealer doing that, but I have been surprised as I have now replaced maybe three of them.

Final question - the photo a few back that pulls the expanding anchor forward.  I'd love to have one of those.  What's it called and who makes it?!

Thanks Oliver -

neil

Hi Neil,

I would never touch something that is not my responsibility ;) That is a (my) private line from the basement into the backyard. It's used for shed lighting, backyard lighting, grass mower and so on. Don't be distracted by that bit of masonry down the hole (Loooooooong story.........)  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

And yes, this is was a completely different "project" than the fibre line which was finished quite a couple of posts back. :)

Since you're the second one to ask about my pictures - well, it might be hard to believe but I'm actually not single ;) lol. Additionally I do have tripods for my camera and iPhone and remotes for both of them, add a 3 to 10 sec. delay and that works like a charm. And then there are also friends, family or neighbors around from time to time and I'm not afraid to ask if they take a picture while they're standing around, babbling anyway [eek] [eek]  [scared] [scared]  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] ;)

Thanks! :)

For the ratcheting screwdrivers from Snap-On. Well, I think you know how pedantic I am with cleaning/storing my tools... I have yet to run into a single problem with mine. And I too, have a couple of them. One that is my dirty-jobs-workhorse, that has been put through the paces and is one of those with the multimaterial/cushioned grip red/black. Then I have the same one but with a replaceable shaft. And I have the stubby one, also cushioned. Then I do have a orange classic hard handle classic and the one which is pictured here is also a classic hard handle - but was a limited/special edition for RedBull racing.

For the pliers. They are called Installation Pliers HMZ (1-3) - there are different manufacturers and styles, here's one example from Fischer. http://fischer.de/en/Product-Range/Cavity-fixings/Accessories/Installation-pliers-HMZ

They don't have mine, which is a HMZ-3, on the site yet.

If you want one, and can't source them in the US, let me know and I can ship you one. :)

Kind regards,
Oliver