June 24th, 2010


SteamSump Powered Day Tripper...

June 24, 2010 10:48 PM 6/24/10

Well besides the recent storm I had the pleasure of walking through 8“ of water in my basement. Best guess is that the main sump pump float got stuck in the on position and the pump shut itself off due to thermal overload.

The good news is that I was able to get the battery powered pump to drain everything allowing me to fix everything. After the main pump cooled down it functioned properly again but I’m still going to replace it as it’s likely been seriously stressed now.

Getting it working allowed me to modify the battery backup pump to a simpler design. The main circuit board for it had failed in some serious enough way to cause it to not charge the battery and to always want to be in ”alarm+on“ mode. So I ripped the entire circuit board out, wired the float switch to a relay, and added a 2 amp external maintenance charger. Now there’s no complicated circuitry involved and since the battery powered pump is mounted higher than the main pump it’ll go off if the main pump fails. Nice fix. :-)

I briefly mentioned this elsewhere but I got permission from the Public Works people to remove two of the restrictive culverts in my yard. These are embedded in the concrete of my walkways out to the street so the plan is to cut the concrete enough to seriously fracture it and then break it up. After that I’ll build two footbridges to go over the gaps. Turns out the whole project should only cost about $50 in materials because treated lumber is cheap. Win for me not only because my yard will drain better but because I get bridges to go with the part-time moat. *grin*

The upside-down melon plants seem to be adapting well and growing. I’m hoping that they really take off over time but that remains to be seen. My current nemesis right now is a squirrel or something that keeps digging up the impatien in the front flower box. I think it’s time to get a pellet gun or a super soaker. (I hate squirrels. Damn furry rats. If they weren’t cute people would kill them on sight.)

Got a call from a recruiter today but I don’t have the qualifications for the job and it’s for a long drive away and less money. So that’s out. I’ll keep looking though.

Still going through my things to sell on E-Bay and will be listing among other things my Heathkit tube amplifiers. Hopefully they’ll fetch a decent amount. Turns out there’s quite a few things that I have that I can get rid of. I might even be able to make some things to sell but that remains to be seen. Much as that would be desirable finding a job is unfortunately top on the agenda.