The Secret Lair goes Steampunk…

This took…all the time.

I have no idea why. No part of it seemed that hard. But I got home from town at 11, went immediately to work on the faucet, and I just now looked up and it’s 2. Maybe the clock’s wrong, but I think I’m just slow. Of course there was the old faucet to basically chisel off the sink, then there was all that calcium buildup that I mostly ended up chiseling off the sink. And the actual plumbing part would have been simple if it weren’t for Joel’s Highly Idiosyncratic Pressure Gauge. Which BB sent me something like 2 years ago, so since I was re-doing all the under-sink plumbing I couldn’t really get out of it with further procrastination. But it’s in, and it works, and it doesn’t even leak.

And who knows? The point of the exercise is to give me some warning when the tank is running low, and the only way to test the theory involves first installing an improbably gigantic conversation piece of a pressure gauge on the sink because a rational-looking one wouldn’t be sensitive enough. It might do some good. Or it might just be a conversation piece.

Now I seem to have roughly 50% of all the tools I own scattered over the cabin’s main room for some reason, plus the sink area needs more cleaning up, plus I have to do chicken chores including moving over 20 gallons of bottled water, and only then may I experience the taste of beer. So I’m going back to work now.

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11 Responses to The Secret Lair goes Steampunk…

  1. terrapod says:

    That looks quite professional, don’t sell your talents short. Now you have to shut off the flow to the cistern to see if the pressure visibly drops as the tank runs dry 😉

  2. terrapod says:

    Now let’s see if someone can scrounge some caps or plugs for the two holes. If you measure them I can look in my bins but the eyeball thinks it is about 1-1/4″

  3. Anonymous says:

    So I’m sitting here, wondering “Where’s the other faucet?” when it finally hits me . . . no water heater, no hot water, no hot water faucet!


    And I like your SERIOUS pressure gauge.

  4. Mike says:

    That appears to be a normal plumbing job if you only had 50% of your tool out. Tough job would have them all scattered about and real b***h would leave you without water while you bought more stuff and new tools. That’s how I rate them anyway.
    Looks good.

  5. Ben says:

    Mike I’ve been there! Stuck with no water after an amateur plumbing job gone wrong.

  6. Joel says:

    Many times. This time I remembered to go looking for the adapter fittings I needed BEFORE I tore the old faucet out. So maybe I’m slowly learning.

  7. Malatrope says:

    That is fantastic! I like the pressure gauge idea so much that I’m going to do the same thing, in that extra hole in the sink that I have no use for. Even though I’m on city water (well, small village). Just because.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Can we please get a solar distiller working for you? I would contribute to that project. How much does it cost?

  9. Joel says:

    I’m not really aware of one commercially available. They’re buildable, but local consensus is that homebuilt ones are maintenance-intensive and their output is miniscule.

  10. dotacion says:

    New reader here making first post.
    Reverse Osmosis system is about $2-300, requires no electricity. Need room for a 5 gallon tank and filters (3 or 4), but the footprint is minimal for clean drinking water.
    No idea about water quality issues you might have. Or, if the system we bought through Amazon would be suitable for your setup, but there is a communication channel. Can provide links if desired.
    FWIW I self installed in a standard suburban home with hard water.

To the stake with the heretic!