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  • kcbaltz commented on ugarxfish's instructable PVC Chicken Waterer
    PVC Chicken Waterer

    We've run into an interesting problem with this and I'm curious if anyone else has a solution. We live in Northern California where the summers days have 40-50F degree swings in temperature and we believe this is causing the water to leak. We originally thought it was just a bad joint or something but it was only happening at certain times of the day and we eventually caught it coming out the top. The theory is, as the bottle empties, there's more air inside. The larger the air, the more it can expand with the heat which raises the level inside the top fitting and eventually causes it to overflow. I think regular office water coolers would have this problem if they weren't in a temperature controller environment. My best idea that I have yet to try is to add some kind of additional…

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    We've run into an interesting problem with this and I'm curious if anyone else has a solution. We live in Northern California where the summers days have 40-50F degree swings in temperature and we believe this is causing the water to leak. We originally thought it was just a bad joint or something but it was only happening at certain times of the day and we eventually caught it coming out the top. The theory is, as the bottle empties, there's more air inside. The larger the air, the more it can expand with the heat which raises the level inside the top fitting and eventually causes it to overflow. I think regular office water coolers would have this problem if they weren't in a temperature controller environment. My best idea that I have yet to try is to add some kind of additional volume to the "collar" space to allow for expansion without overflow. Not quite sure how to it cleanly yet. For now, we may just live with the overflow and refill a bit more often.

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  • Best Way to Season Cast Iron Pans - Flax Seed Oil

    The answer is that you're not cooking, you're seasoning, and so the free radicals released are not harmful (I would make sure the last cycle of baking is a little longer to ensure they're all baked off). Check out the article the OP links to from Ms. Canter. It explains in more detail.

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  • I built mine using a clear acrylic sheet and to make it diffuse the light, I sanded it with 220 sand paper on a random orbit sander. I choose to leave the "up" side smooth but you can get more diffusion if you sand both sides.

    I chose to put my LED strips on the bottom and I just painted the inside white. It does have a striping pattern to the light, but once you put your tracing source material on top, it's very noticeable. I do think the "wrap-around" method here would be easier to wire as I had to cut mine into strips and join them with clips that were supposed to be no soldering required but I ended up having to solder every one.

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