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    Quote Originally Posted by plunger View Post
    I started making a trolley for my loadshedding battery and inverter. I do not weld well. I hate welding pipe cause its difficult but thats all I got.
    My project didnt start well because I used my table to support the pipe in a vertical position but realized I welded my trolley under the table which is bolted to the floor and is very heavy.I had to use a floor jack to get it out
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    Found some wheels from a wheelchair i made for my dog. But my dog can now walk (like a drunken sailor) so I can use them.
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    Made some axles .
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    Worked on getting some decent joins .
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    I like to blame my tools for my inadequacies.When I weld this chinese metal behaves like its got something in it. It will weld well and then suddenly spark and make popping noises and fizzle.
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    Very nice pipe bender you made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapiture View Post
    Nice work. Hereís a tip, I saw a guy at a camp site that had put a starter motor on the crank handle. I could not believe how easy he moved his two wheeler van around. Worked like a charm.
    Was that with a hand held winch whilst standing.

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    Talking Re: Looking vey nice how did you polish your blade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pietsweis View Post
    Attachment 565465Attachment 565466My first knife almost doneJust etching my name and sharpen and all done. Lockdown allowed me to accelerate the little project

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    Salad Bowl - 300 mm diameter. I am under correction but I think this is from a very old piece of Yellow Wood, but I must admit, I have never seen Yellow Wood with so much life in it!


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    I am fortunate/unfortunate to be working from home so I had short periods in the evenings to work little by little on the following.
    Started off with making a table for the braai area to hold my bonsais so that i could get rid of the stack of pallets taking up all the floor space.
    I then made my myself a dedicated welding table so my workbench can be a bench again... I followed up by the book shelf for my sister.
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    I washed the Pajero. Itís not as easy as it used to be
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    I started painting my workshop floor, found some old stoep paint....
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    Default Re: Your Lockdown Projects

    Quote Originally Posted by PeetS View Post
    Salad Bowl - 300 mm diameter. I am under correction but I think this is from a very old piece of Yellow Wood, but I must admit, I have never seen Yellow Wood with so much life in it!


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    Default Re: Your Lockdown Projects

    `sooooo

    apparently we had a few more projects to be done

    Kids bedroom, painted!
    Our bedroom, painted!
    more lights needed replacing
    mounting the tv on a new swivel stand in the room
    hide laptop and power in a cupboard


    side note, i could purchase a swivel mount for my tv, but couldnt purchase a box of rat poison or a hosepipe

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    I thought it would be a great idea to respray the entire Bakkie.....

    Just before lockdown I got a new Bonnet and bumper kit with the new grill and ran to the closest auto paint supplier and got what we needed according to the salesman as I had and probably still don't have a clue, however we started stripping, and stripping and stripping and then the sanding started, I really learned the hard way about body filler, this stuff is hard to remove, but that said I tried to identify each little dent and chip (Didn't get them all but we tried) and sanded and filled and sanded and filled and sanded and filled and sanded and sanded again, my lovely other halve even had to learn that nails can grow back, and she jumped right in and did her part.. which also entails making coffee and so on. I must be the luckiest man alive

    Well now it is primed and ready for colour but again a wet sand is required and then the true test comes.

    I hope I get the mixtures correct as I know the 2k is a 1:2 mixing ratio, but I don't have a clue how much 2k thinners to ad to the 1st and 2nd cote. But I will continue my research and somewhere on this Wonderfull internet I will find some answers,

    Well I can say one thing, Thanks to Youtube...

    My plan is to wet sand the primer today or tomorrow, and the it is colour

    A few tips I adopted:
    If you strip something mark it and tape the bolts, nuts and clips to it
    Dont put more filler than you need, You turn it into dust you only have to clean yourself
    Get enough and proper sanding equipment.

    Please send me your feelings and comments all welcome even the negative ones

    All the best
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvcoller View Post
    This is what I've been doing the last two weeks....

    I made a grid for the back of my Patrol, between the rear shelf of the drawer system and the passenger area.

    I had some "Clear Vu" material left from a previous project, so I used that on a 22 x 22mm sq tube frame, hinged on a 25 x 25mm x 1.6mm angle outer frame. This enables me to open it from the inside. The barrel bolts (From 4X4 Direct) is set up to self lact when I close the grid.

    I manage to get it powder coated last week Monday and fitted it on Tuesday.

    I am moving most of the electrical stuff from the underside of the shelf onto the grid, to make it more visible and accessible. So far I have only moved the DC to DC charger and the USB multi-plug charger. I still have to see what else I want on the outside of the grid. I will also mount some stuff on the inside of the grid, there is a 50mm space between the shelf and the grid.

    But I have hit a snag, with the buggering around I have popped the two 30a (green) bigger blade type fuses on the WRND charger, I only have 25a (yellow) fuses at home. I tried them, and discovered that the warning on the WRND to only use 30A fuses is there for a reason, the 25a fuses pop about 10 seconds after the charger starts charging, after I start the vehicle.

    With the current shutdown, I would imagine it would be impossible to find an open Spares Shop here in Kensington or Malvern East to get some 30a fuses..... I will try the little PnP shop at the BP Filling station on Broadway when I go and buy fresh bread on Monday, they have a few shelves of emergency spares, like fuses, radiator caps brake fluid and the like. That is if they have not cordoned that shelf off like they did at the Bedford PnP. All their hardware, wine, kitchenware and clothing shelves are cordoned off with red and white bunting/emergency type tape.....

    Hi, haven't tried this myself, but just an idea, if you get any old 30A fuse from an old stove, UPS, Computer box, you name it, just take that fuse wire and solder it onto your 30A (or the broken 25A one), broken blade type fuse?
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    SO over the weekend I decided to rebuild my camping power pack, found a toolbox that my son was using for his lego, and that he did not need anymore, so I just reused all the components I have from a previous build, My requirements was that it all must fit into one box, accessories included, and I even added a charging port. It can take 3 batteries (2 are in use and 1 on standby) and I used each side for all the swtches and plugs, just need to add the fuses, still, as I am between using blade vs the glass tube fuses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ACS View Post
    I thought it would be a great idea to respray the entire Bakkie.....

    Just before lockdown I got a new Bonnet and bumper kit with the new grill and ran to the closest auto paint supplier and got what we needed according to the salesman as I had and probably still don't have a clue, however we started stripping, and stripping and stripping and then the sanding started, I really learned the hard way about body filler, this stuff is hard to remove, but that said I tried to identify each little dent and chip (Didn't get them all but we tried) and sanded and filled and sanded and filled and sanded and filled and sanded and sanded again, my lovely other halve even had to learn that nails can grow back, and she jumped right in and did her part.. which also entails making coffee and so on. I must be the luckiest man alive

    Well now it is primed and ready for colour but again a wet sand is required and then the true test comes.

    I hope I get the mixtures correct as I know the 2k is a 1:2 mixing ratio, but I don't have a clue how much 2k thinners to ad to the 1st and 2nd cote. But I will continue my research and somewhere on this Wonderfull internet I will find some answers,

    Well I can say one thing, Thanks to Youtube...

    My plan is to wet sand the primer today or tomorrow, and the it is colour

    A few tips I adopted:
    If you strip something mark it and tape the bolts, nuts and clips to it
    Dont put more filler than you need, You turn it into dust you only have to clean yourself
    Get enough and proper sanding equipment.

    Please send me your feelings and comments all welcome even the negative ones

    All the best

    Looking good, pity you are so far as I have a few mixing rulers, you can have one, makes mixing so much easier
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    DagsÍ, besig om my XL600R aanmekaar te sit.

    As iemand iets van XLs soek daar is 'n Website: www.hxl.it, gaan kyk gerus.

    Groete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thysticles View Post
    Hi, haven't tried this myself, but just an idea, if you get any old 30A fuse from an old stove, UPS, Computer box, you name it, just take that fuse wire and solder it onto your 30A (or the broken 25A one), broken blade type fuse?
    I though of that but have no fuse wire, I chucked that out about 20 years ago as I no longer had use for that, and with the lockdown........ need I say more?
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    Default Home UPS

    I've just completed my home UPS system.

    1. Installed:
    - Victron MultiPlus-ll GX 3kVA 48V inverter/charger
    - Shoto 48V 100Ah 4.8kWh LFP battery

    2. Rewired and split my DB box into 'Normal' and 'Essential' circuits, each with their own neutral bar and earth leakage unit.
    'Essential' circuits - All lights, computers, network including Wifi, TV and entertainment centre, fridge/freezer;
    'Normal' circuits - all the others

    3. Installed a 'UPS' DB with change-over switches that allows me to select between the following the power sources for my 'Essential' circuits:
    - Grid
    - Inverter
    - Generator

    4. I've kept the Efergy monitoring system to monitor my geyser consumption.
    About 40% of my electricity consumption is for water heating.
    I may install PV water heating for interest sake.

    This system will give me around 10 hours of inverter power during periods of load shedding/power failure, and as long as I like if I switch to Generator after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PRA View Post
    I've just completed my home UPS system.
    Do you have 3phase power?
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    No, this system is single phase.
    You can easily do the same for a three phase system by adding another two MultiPlus units.

    Easier though (and a lot cheaper) on a three phase system is to group all 'Essential' circuits onto one phase and back-up that phase.
    I have done that for my son's installation.
    If you make a noise or need music in the bush or on the beach, youíre missing the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRA View Post
    No, this system is single phase.
    You can easily do the same for a three phase system by adding another two MultiPlus units.

    Easier though (and a lot cheaper) on a three phase system is to group all 'Essential' circuits onto one phase and back-up that phase.
    I have done that for my son's installation.
    Ah OK, I saw 3 energy monitor probes thought it was 3 phase, good advice on on grouping essentials as I have 3 phase
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