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Old 08-03-2014, 05:39 AM   #1161
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Well today I ticked a couple more bilge jobs off. I made a slider thingy for my raw water pump and pretty stoked how it came out. Certainly wouldn't make a living out of selling them cause it is a bit old school and rough but it does the job at tensioning the belt so can't ask for more than that. The LED downlighting is great. Nice and bright. The plumbing for the raw water is all sorted. The exhaust is almost finished with the fitment of the flange today. Not much left to do now. Bit of a clean up then paint . Click image for larger version

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Old 08-03-2014, 01:13 PM   #1162
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Nice! However....I think you will hate that pump all the way out there, and your risk of injury has just gone way up. You will find yourself working down there one day with the engine running and that looong belt is a hazard. Now you will have to build a guard for it all. Sorry, I can see how much work went into that install.

Also, does that through-hull ball valve have the proper threads? You didn't buy a Home Depot valve with tapered threads because you are a dedicated TF reader, right?

I'm being more than usually annoying - please don't take offence and feel free to ignore me. I'm more than 100 km from my boat right now, which makes me cranky and you can see that I never post pictures of my engine room!
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:29 AM   #1163
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Nice! However....I think you will hate that pump all the way out there, and your risk of injury has just gone way up. You will find yourself working down there one day with the engine running and that looong belt is a hazard. Now you will have to build a guard for it all. Sorry, I can see how much work went into that install.
Good point. I didn't think about that. Where would you have put it? It might be better to move it then add a guard.

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Also, does that through-hull ball valve have the proper threads? You didn't buy a Home Depot valve with tapered threads because you are a dedicated TF reader, right? !
We don't have Home Depot, however, The through hull and ball valve have matching machined threads.

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Old 08-04-2014, 02:54 AM   #1164
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It`s looking very much like a boat, great work, impressive progress.
Xsbank is right, the belt drive to the pump is a worry, depends what was done to suit it whether you relocate or guard it.
In industrial injury cases it was said, the only safe machine was where the guards prevent it being used at all.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:49 AM   #1165
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Nice. Its looking like the real deal.
Yes- I too would shorten up the belt. Its hard to say from the pics, but can your adjusting rod be shortened to move the pump in front of the engine.

I'd hate to get a sleeve or finger caught in there when down checking the oil down in the ER.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:48 AM   #1166
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Yeah good point re the guard fellas. Thanks for bringing it up Xsbank.

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Old 08-04-2014, 12:19 PM   #1167
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LOOKING AWESOME! Where'd you get the downlighting from?
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:26 AM   #1168
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LOOKING AWESOME! Where'd you get the downlighting from?

Thanks mate.

I got the stainless steel tilting light fittings and wiring plugs from eBay, the LED bulbs from ikea and the wire cabling I already had. All up those 6 lights cost me a grand total of $11.20 :-D.

A lot brighter and more reliable than that LED strip lighting or standard halogen bulb fittings.

I will be fitting these down lights all through the ceiling of the cabin and external hardtop.




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Thanks mate.

I got the stainless steel tilting light fittings and wiring plugs from eBay, the LED bulbs from ikea and the wire cabling I already had. All up those 6 lights cost me a grand total of $11.20 :-D.

A lot brighter and more reliable than that LED strip lighting or standard halogen bulb fittings.

I will be fitting these down lights all through the ceiling of the cabin and external hardtop.




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Old 08-06-2014, 01:09 AM   #1170
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Only because it's gear used in houses and not bought for a boat :-)


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I've done the same thing on boats and RVs.Re-purpose household items,new and used, to fill an otherwise expensive undertaking.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:12 AM   #1172
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G'day G'day. How are we all on this fine day? After much deliberation on the issue that Xsbank bought up, I decide to move the pump as opposed to making a guard. In all honesty it was cheaper and easier to move it than make a guard. It didn't cost me anything in materials as I had bits laying around and only took an hour to knock up with my welding setup so it's a win win

Same idea of the last attempt I did except this one will be cut down into the bed and bolted from the top instead of having plates that slide over and bolt through the side.

This new design will allow the pump to sit in front of the engine and not 20ft out to the side, Reducing the belt length by about half I reckon.

Thanks again Xsbank. I Really do appreciate that you bought this to my attention mate!

I'm down at the boat tomorrow so will fit it and take pics

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Old 08-09-2014, 07:24 AM   #1173
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Almost fitted it and ran in to trouble so bought it home for more welding but it'll work out once I get it right.

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Your moving along great.

I get a lot of interference from my LED's to the point where they kill my FM radio signal. An external antenna fixed the problem. I wish I would have planned for that antenna during the build as its now in an odd location away from the other antennas. The LED navigation lights don't seem to interfere with the vhf, but I here that too can be an issue.

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I get a lot of interference from my LED's to the point where they kill my FM radio signal. An external antenna fixed the problem. I wish I would have planned for that antenna during the build as its now in an odd location away from the other antennas. The LED navigation lights don't seem to interfere with the vhf, but I here that too can be an issue.



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That's interesting to hear about the interference. Have you looked into why it's happening? Would love to hear why. I wouldn't have thought that the LEDs would be putting out interference worth surge on the FM freq. I don't suppose the wiring for the FM radio ran along side the Power for the lighting? I had a similar problem In my car. I was getting feedback though my speakers. Turned out I had run the power cables too close to the RCA leads causing the feedback. I also have experienced a coil pack issue that caused engine noise feedback through speakers. The coil pack fell over on no8 bank and resulted in the issue. I could have just chucked. Transistor on the speakers to cancel out the noise but was good to find the actual fault.


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Old 08-10-2014, 08:09 AM   #1176
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Right well version 3.0 of the raw water pump slider. The pump was twisting on the slider when tension was added ultimately knocking the alignment out of whack so I've had to add some guides for it to keep it straight, as well as a plate to bolt the slider instead of just screwing it.

Hopefully V3.0 will work now.

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Right well version 3.0 of the raw water pump slider. The pump was twisting on the slider when tension was added ultimately knocking the alignment out of whack so I've had to add some guides for it to keep it straight, as well as a plate to bolt the slider instead of just screwing it.
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Right well version 3.0 of the raw water pump slider. The pump was twisting on the slider when tension was added ultimately knocking the alignment out of whack so I've had to add some guides for it to keep it straight, as well as a plate to bolt the slider instead of just screwing it.

Hopefully V3.0 will work now.

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RF interference is common with LED's from what I've read. Something about the frequencies that the LED's operate at. I think some manufacturers can eliminate it, but I don't know for sure and I'm a rookie on this see subject.

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That pump mount should last a long time and hold up well.

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