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Offline RKA

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I'm thinking I want to invite Oliver over to my house for a few weeks!  I'll just leave the tools out and have the grill on standby.
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Offline six-point socket II

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Thank you very much everyone, really approach the positiv feedback! :)

(...) have the grill on standby.

Yes, please. ;)  [big grin]

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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ADVERTISEMENT because of visible Klein Tools.

So, I had a little more to do after finishing the canopy.

So lets go down the rabbit hole, err lets go below the surface of "six-point socket's manor" surrounding property  [tongue]  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

Let's start with some postings from 2018

Hi,

I'm happy to announce Snap-On finally named a product after me.  [eek] [blink] [scared] [eek]



 [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] Just kidding, of course ...   [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

On the more serious ;) side: I've been watering the backyard after dusk during the last couple of weeks, and two days ago my sprinkler/nozzle behaved strangely. So I opened it up to find quite a bit of sediments/residue in it's filter.





I collect rain water for watering the backyard in two large underground tanks/reservoirs, during the drought these were obviously empty, so I guess when the rain came, more sediments than usual got carried from tank/reservoir 1 into tank/reservoir 2 where the pump is connected. Might need to check the pumps filter, too.

And yeah, life is sloooooowww here, currently ;) Not my kind of weather.

Kind regards,
Oliver

I collect rain water for watering the backyard in two large underground tanks/reservoirs, during the drought these were obviously empty, so I guess when the rain came, more sediments than usual got carried from tank/reservoir 1 into tank/reservoir 2 where the pump is connected. Might need to check the pumps filter, too.

Awesome that you can capture water and use it!

When will people here get it?  I would love to store rainwater for lawn & garden use, but it's illegal here due to water law.  There is a move afoot to make it legal to store water that falls on roofs in one 55 gallon drum, but otherwise all I can do is direct the rainwater from my downspouts to the places I want it most.

The downstream states (California, Kansas, are you listening?) are so jealous of the water rights that they have from water that falls in Colorado that we aren't allowed to capture water that falls from the sky, even for residential use where the alternative is using treated water from the public utility.  Silly.

I would gladly clean out a hose filter occasionally for the privilege of catching the water and using it :).

Here are 3 pictures I'm willing to share on the "setup". :)







Kind regards,
Oliver

Well, yeah, the hose connecting tank 2 to the pump became defective beyond reasonable repair. So I had to exchange it. I knew there where two hoses connected, I didn't remember where that connection was - so I started digging.

Shutting off the pump, new hose ready to be installed.



Follow the old hose.



After a lot of digging, hitting the right spot.



Oh wow, I did add some (more) safety features.



Finally.



Water up to the overflow - that is a great sign! :) And that's when I called it a day.



Let's open up tank 2. Since I still hadn't found the connection between hose 1 and 2. And since I was here to stay anyway ...  [big grin]







To my surprise the water in tank 2 is totally clear, you can see the bottom of tank and the old weight that was separated from the hose.



Disconnect the hoses.



Clean, lube and re-fit.







Unafraid visitor.



Since it was open anyway, fetched an old laptop and a water tight usb endoscope/ inspection camera.



Test run.



Tightening all connections properly and some maintenance on the pump.











As if I never touched anything. (And everything works again as it's supposed to.)



All in all I'm super happy to have found this installation to be in such a great shape overall, almost crystal clear water - no smell, not that much debris floating in it. (Ok, it's only tank 2 - I did not open tank 1 (way more digging) and I couldn't get the inspections camera through the connecting pipe on the bottom of the tank)

Kind regards,
Oliver

« Last Edit: April 17, 2019, 03:17 PM by six-point socket II »
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline jobsworth

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Oliver, you need to relax a bit,  drink some of that Ice Tea, listen to some music and chill. Yer making me look bad doing all that work

Offline grobkuschelig

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Oliver, you need to relax a bit,  drink some of that Ice Tea, listen to some music and chill. Yer making me look bad doing all that work

This!
Im am just so happy that my better half does not read the FOG, otherwise I would not hear the end of how slow progress is in our place... ;)

Keep it going Oliver!
We aspire to be as productive, maybe we get there someday. :)

Offline six-point socket II

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Thanks guys! ;)

Fear not, relaxing days ahead! :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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Hi!

A great opportunity came up, I decided relatively spontaneous to go on a vacation! :)

See ya soon!

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline threesixright

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Hi!

A great opportunity came up, I decided relatively spontaneous to go on a vacation! :)

See ya soon!

Kind regards,
Oliver
I think you deserved that! Enjoy the holidays!


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Offline six-point socket II

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ADVERTISEMENT because of visible Klein Tools. You know the drill by now ... ;)

This is basically just a very small addendum to the whole water tank/ backyard/plant watering stuff. And it's not so much about the work/tool but the, maybe interesting, story behind it "from abroad".

So during the early years living in our place we had a second water meter, registered with the municipal administration and the water supply company. That second meter was for the backyard tap/ water supply. For the water taken from that tap, we would then not pay the corresponding waste water fee.

Given that these meters had to be re- gauged/stamped and re- installed by a professional after that, the money spent on gauging/ or a new gauged meter + installation & registration out-weight the couple of bucks saved on the waste water fee by far. Especially since we also used the rain water, most of the time.

Now with the summers getting significantly hotter and dryer (= a lot more water needed than the tanks can hold and refilling with rain takes significantly longer...) around here, we looked into it again and I found gauged water meters for installation directly to a tap. And at a fairly interesting price. Pros: I don't need to mess with the main installation, price for actual water meter is fairly low, easily installed by myself. Negs: I didn't know if this was permitted.

So I called the water supplier and they told me I had to register the water meter with the municipal administration first, and the municipal administration would register it with them (the water supplier). They weren't exactly happy after hearing I wanted to do this myself, so they said I should talk to the administration about it. I drove by the municipal administration and found the right person to ask, after showing her what I wanted to to she said that's totally fine, just send us a picture of the invoice next to the water meter with readable serial/gauging #, and we will register it with the supplier for you.

That was great!

So I bought that water meter. And installed it.



To show a little sincerity/honesty and return the good will, I put the seal on that came with the water meter.



Then final picture with invoice ...



This was really quite a nice experience in a country for the most part run by stubborn bureaucrats.  [scared] [eek] [big grin] [smile] [smile] [wink]



Then with the current weather I'm really getting a kick out of last year's Festool Roadshow Sunglasses.







Now off again, need to start the BBQ and music. Life is amazing! Hope you all have a great time!


Kind regards,
Oliver


Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline jobsworth

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Nice Oliver..

Did that stogie come in a systainer? [big grin]

Offline six-point socket II

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That‘s a great idea!  [eek]  [eek]  [big grin] [big grin]

My cigar supplier had a service were they would let you design personal cigar bands, and they put them on stogies for you. Mainly on their own line of cigars, but anything was possible ...

I used their service in the past for gifts.

But since smoking is such a no-no nowadays ... This isn‘t available anymore afaik. Would be cool, good stogies with Festool band in a limited edition Mini-Systainer w/ corresponding inlay.

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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ADVERTISEMENT because of visible Klein Tools. You know the drill by now ... ;)

Only light tasks during the current "heat period". ...

Thursday. Removing old garden hose out front and installing a new one.





Friday. After noticing Thursday what a pita it is to get to the garden hose, cutting trees and plants back.





Saturday. Adjusting lock on the gate.



Relaxing on Saturday. ;)




Can't wait for tonights stogie in the backyard. Have a great time everyone!

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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ADVERTISEMENT because of visible Klein Tools. You know the drill by now ... ;)

So it cooled down significantly, so it was the perfect time to do some maintenance on the sunshade's foot.


Let's start by disassembling the foot and breaking rusted fasteners loose.




Once they are free, there's really nothing nicer than a box end ratcheting wrench.




Time to sand all that rust off. Did I mention before I love the Festool Granat sanding sponges? I do.




A little closer.




Show me that sponge!




Then it's time to paint it. I'm using a big portion of the left over paint from my canopy repair. This paint is good for wood and metal. And using left overs is always great, so less will end up being trashed at some point.




Time to re-assemble. First with my trusty T-ratchet. New bolts and washers.




Then applying final torque with a ratchet.




And done.





Kind regards,
Oliver




« Last Edit: July 07, 2019, 08:23 AM by six-point socket II »
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline jobsworth

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Man your are a busy guy.

Doncha have a wife to do that sort of work? [big grin]
« Last Edit: July 02, 2019, 12:16 PM by jobsworth »

Offline six-point socket II

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We're both very busy, so that's not an option  [scared] [eek] [big grin]

Honestly, I'm (mostly) at peace doing all this stuff. :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Great stuff Oliver, you seem like a chap who is most relaxed when busy!  ;)
I’m much the same, and can’t sit around for too long  [thumbs up]

Offline six-point socket II

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ADVERTISEMENT because of visible Klein Tools. You know the drill by now ... ;)

Build a prototype cage, for a little underwater pump used in a decorative well/fountain in the backyard. If this works out (reducing times I have to clean the pump), I'm going to make a nice version of it.



Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline threesixright

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@six-point socket II

Hi Oliver,

Did I saw a "Brennenstuhl Garant" power reel on one of the pictures (couldn't find it back) ? Looking myself for one, but can't decide between all the different models [blink]. For sure a IP44. Would a appreciate if you can tell me how you like it and which model you have [tongue]

Much Obliged!

Rog.

Offline grobkuschelig

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Nice projects, as always Oliver! :)
Thanks for sharing.

@threesixright
If don’t mind me chiming in, I have a Brennenstuhl 1218900
I especially like the “Bretec” feature that allows the plug boxes to remain static, while you wind the cable...

Overall build quality is excellent in my opinion and I would buy it again, if lost or damaged. :)

Offline threesixright

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If don’t mind me chiming in, I have a Brennenstuhl 1218900
I especially like the “Bretec” feature that allows the plug boxes to remain static, while you wind the cable...

Overall build quality is excellent in my opinion and I would buy it again, if lost or damaged. :)
[/quote]
Of course not  [tongue] Thanks for the heads-up, I will check it, does look good!

Offline threesixright

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If don’t mind me chiming in, I have a Brennenstuhl 1218900

Do you know if these always need to be unwind fully? Can't find any info how much load it can take rolled up (I did thought a saw a fuse reset button?). But no info :/

Thanks!

Offline six-point socket II

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@six-point socket II

Hi Oliver,

Did I saw a "Brennenstuhl Garant" power reel on one of the pictures (couldn't find it back) ? Looking myself for one, but can't decide between all the different models [blink]. For sure a IP44. Would a appreciate if you can tell me how you like it and which model you have [tongue]

Much Obliged!

Rog.

@threesixright

Hi Rog.

Sorry for my late reply, I was running errands all day and had to get something done for my Dad later - so I only read your question on my mobile. But I need a real keyboard for my answer to your question - and it's probably going to be a lengthy one.

First of all, I'm sorry - but I have to totally disagree with @grobkuschelig . (I'm really sorry!)

If you are referring to this:


(...)

Setup. ;)

(Attachment Link)



(...)


This is indeed a pretty simple Garant with 3x1,5 mm2 supply, Bremaxx type cable, 3 sockets, & thermal protection. Pretty much like this, but 25m -> https://www.brennenstuhl.com/en-DE/products/cable-reels/garant-compact-ip44-cable-reel-15m-at-n05v3v3-f-3g1.5-blue

It's IP44, Made in Germany ... and all that.

I bought this locally because I needed it - and I hate it.

Let's start with the least obvious, the ergonomic handle with additional axis ("Cable pilot"). While it is basically a great idea to run the cable over an additional axis before it goes on the actual reel, this worked for 3 or 4 times, now the handle is loose and when I reel it up and try to steer the cable over that axis, the whole handle travels off the steel pipe.

The Bremaxx cable is supposed to be super tough and robust, it isn't. It scuffs and marks easily, I wouldn't be caught dead with something like this on an actual construction site. My mistake was not realizing that Bremaxx (N05V3V3-F 3G1.5) is not a real substitute for H07RN-F 3G1,5. Bremaxx is PVC-type  and not rubber like H07RN-F ...

So I would make sure, if you buy Brennenstuhl, to get a cable reel with H07RN-F cable on it. Like this: https://www.brennenstuhl.com/en-DE/products/cable-reels/garant-ip44-cable-reel-for-site-und-professional-40m-h07rn-f-3g1-5

Personally I've been disappointed with Brennenstuhl's quality more than with any other brand, another mistake was buying their PRCD (before I got the real PRCD-S from Kopp)

The only product from them I'm actually satisfied with is a table top outlet: https://www.brennenstuhl.com/en-DE/products/extension-leads/desktop-power-2-way-silver-1-8m-h05vv-f-3g1-5

My Garant is sitting in the basement collecting dust, waiting for that moment I absolutely need it - since I have the SYS-PH.

I bought a SYS-Powerhub almost immediately after they were released, it has a really high quality (Nexans) H07RN-F supply cable, 4 outlets on the outside, an additional outlet on the inside ... My Kopp PRCD-S (Pecso; H07RN-F) fits inside. I couldn't be any happier and would buy another one of these immediately. It's my go to "cable reel" whenever I need one. And it doesn't wear and tear like my Brennenstuhl Garant.






I checked out the Brennenstuhl cable reel @grobkuschelig has: https://www.brennenstuhl.com/index.php?module=shop_articles&index[shop_articles][action]=details&index[shop_articles][data][shop_articles_id]=1292&token=FVIiwZtDs7

It definitely has the better supply cable when compared to my Garant. I don't like "Bretec" just another thing that can break, and I'm notorious when it comes to unwinding cable reels completely anyway. So no use to me.

I guess one can argument back and forth about Brennenstuhl, Bremaxx and Bretec - I personally just wouldn't buy it again. Their household stuff, like the table top thingy, I'd buy again.

I consider Brennenstuhl to be more of a "home owner" brand than a supplier for trade and industry. It's the go to brand for nearly every "home depot" style big box store around here, and I guess their top seller is this: https://www.brennenstuhl.com/en-DE/products/cable-reels/garant-g-bretec-ip44-garden-cable-reel-48-2m-at-n05v3v3-f3g1-5 Because you can use it to supply the lawn mower and other electric yard tools - and yet have a cable reel.

However, if I ever need another cable reel beside my SYS-PH, I know where I'll be shopping: https://www.schill.de/productfinder/products/groups.html?option=Handcraft&lang=en&l=1

Schill, for example, lists max. consumption for reeled/unreeled. If that is important to you.

Sorry to be not more positive on this.

Kind regards,
Oliver


« Last Edit: July 03, 2019, 03:29 PM by six-point socket II »
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline threesixright

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@six-point socket II

Thanks Oliver for you lengthy reply (and review) [thumbs up]! Yeah that was the picture I couldn't find [embarassed]

Didn't pull the trigger yet so I will have an another look. H07RN-F is a good point, I did saw a few reels have it. Will also check out schill.

Don't need to be sorry, very happy with some honest review!  ;)
« Last Edit: July 03, 2019, 04:51 PM by threesixright »

Offline six-point socket II

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Thanks!

Please let us know what you bought and how you like it! :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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ADVERTISEMENT because of visible Klein Tools. You know the drill by now ... ;)

So as I mentioned earlier, my Dad asked me to help with something. He works at a local roman museum from time to time since he retired, he guides tours  both for adults and children. When children visit with their class/school there are some activities. For one of them they need little wooden sticks: Pointy on one end (they do this with pencil sharpeners themselves) and a flat "blade" on the other end, this is too much of a hassle to hand sand with 25 to 30 kids, so they need to be prepared. Then these "pens" are used to carve into wax. They also need to glue up a little wooden frame and onto a small board in which the wax is poured.

Obviously modernized, it's meant to resemble the roman notepad used for personal notes/ in school.

-> http://jaysromanhistory.com/romeweb/writers/art2.htm

So my Dad is really busy this week at the museum, they don't have enough time to prepare in between visiting school classes - and asked me if I would prepare some.

So I got out an old vertical drill stand, an likewise old drill and an abrasive wheel ... After realizing how much dust this creates I immediately went for my dust mask ...








Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline Euclid

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I always find your "tackle anything" attitude and tireless work ethic are an inspiration Oliver.

Do you use all of these skills and experiences (and tools) in your "day job"? Or is all this a respite from "work"?

Either way, it's always interesting to see what you are up to, and you seem to enjoy it - which is the battle half won!
« Last Edit: July 04, 2019, 11:22 AM by Euclid »

Offline six-point socket II

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Thank you very much! :)

It's all a hobby, centered around my love for high quality tools, working with my hands and being self-dependent to a large part.

Kind regards,
Oliver
« Last Edit: July 04, 2019, 01:08 PM by six-point socket II »
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline threesixright

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@six-point socket II

Hey Oliver, you made me reconsider my extension reel  [laughing]

Now looking at a SYS-PH [blink] and a separate H07RN-F extension 50m cable. Since it's (the long length) is only for in the garden, the 10m cable of PH will be fine around the house.

Now within the EU there are (apparently) multiple versions of the PH. I'm guessing because of the socket types (F and E).

Would you be able to snap 2 pictures, one of the socket (cover open) and one of the plug? I tried looking online, but all I found the covers are closed and unknown which model it is? FT is also not truly chatty about the differences. I looked them up in EKAT, and some don't even exist :/  I guess you have SYS-PH #200231 (not a clue why I think that)?

That (again) would be very helpful  :-[

Thanks!

Sorry, maybe I should have put this in a separate thread  :-\?

Offline six-point socket II

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I'll go take some pics, no problem. :)

I'm totally fine with your questions/requests in this thread! :) But you probably would have gotten more answers - to the initial questions about Brennenstuhl - in a separate thread. ;)

I'm on my way to take pictures. :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline six-point socket II

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@threesixright

Here are your pictures. It's a type F. :) So #200231 should be right.








Kind regards,
Oliver
« Last Edit: July 04, 2019, 01:56 PM by six-point socket II »
Kind regards,
Oliver