Early last week a friend came round with her daughter. Seems that the kid had a school project to do, and dad was away, working at the coast, and would not be back in time to help her. Could I, with LuckyL helping? Sure, why not - we love this shit!
So I had a look at the project. Select on of three options :- Get water from point a to point b. (The options gave various uses for the water). No generators or other forms of power allowed (the setting was - We live on a farm, dad does not want any noise).
Anyway, I picked on that said something about a dam, a 2 meter dam wall, a vegetable garden requiring regular controlled watering...... and set about sketching something.
Downstairs, and LuckyL and I start to take apart a couple of boxed, formulate some ideas, and then we start to build. Randon stuff, a bit here, a bit there, and the project takes shape.
Get a whole lot of parts glued together, and clamped, and we done for the ay. Will continue the next evening.
next day - LuckyL is at Italian classes, so I get to carry on alone.. No problem, a bit more glue here, some cutting / drilling / bolts and a nut, need a reel, and a runner... some rope (read string).... Done for tonight.
Day 3 - I stop on the way home to get some water colours for the final product. Get home, and LuckyL is not around - going to dinner with his slag or something. No matter, I can do this ..... and I do.
Below is a couple of pics.
Then a shallow white cap representing the storage dam at the top. The "mechanism" is basically an arm, with a geared winder mechanism, which would be used to lower and raise the bucket. The contraption then swings to towards the storage dam, and the bucket is emptied into it.
|A different angle|
|Detail of a control valve, and piping to fed water to the vegetable garden (depicted in green)|
|Draw strings, ropes stuff..... all working of course.|
|The "Bucket" with contraption to allow it to swing, and be swung for tipping into the holding dam.|
She came around two nights ago, with her mom. Gave LuckyL a bottle of after shave, and me a thank you card.
In it she wrote words to the following:-
Dear Uncle XXX, Thank you so much for taking the time to help me with the project, and the write up.
WE got 96%!!!!!
Nuff sed - was worth every minute!