Friday, September 30, 2011

Hydroxy vs Glass! Some Redneck fun...

I almost forgot about this but a little while back I decided to try glass bead making with my hydroxy cell. -My v6 Electrolyzer was just sitting there in the corner and I wanted to see what she could do with glass. So I fired it up and tested things out. The results were surprising and quite fun indeed. LOL

My wife wants to get into this for a hobby but there are a number of concerns I'd have about letting her use hydroxy full time. It was no big deal just for some fun, but safety would be a pretty big concern if she was doing it full time each day.

Let me know what you think of the video! What a flame coming off of that system eh?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mesa Electronics Cards arrived!

My cards from Mesa Electronics ( arrived on Tuesday! I was so excited until I realized that I failed to get the two 50-pin ribbon cable connectors I needed to interface my boards together. -Figures. Guess I blew that one. I went to 5 different computer stores trying to find the cables before I finally just gave up and got them from e-bay. Oh well, I suppose that's why God invented e-bay ...right?

Well tonight I was working with EMC2 ( and getting it all set up on my computer when I realized I had yet another blunder. I ordered a set of 3 cards from Mesa: 7i43-U-4, 7i49, 7i42TA. The computer connects to the 7i43 card with a 25-pin parallel port cable. It's basically a straight-through printer cable all 25 pins go straight through. What I overlooked was my printer cable was male on one end and female on the other. I needed to get a special cable with male connections on both ends. Another F-A-I-L on my part. Back to e-bay tonight! :roll: I didn't even try to find that baby at computer stores. I knew it would be a special item.

Anyway, here are my 3 cards that I got:

This one interfaces directly with my PC through the parallel port cable.

This is the 7i49 card:
It is used specifically with resolvers (which my old TREE has) instead of encoders.

This is the 7i42TA card that will give me a bunch of screw terminals to interface all kinds of things like relays, e-stops and limit switches... Basically all kinds of things I may need to connect up to EMC.

Unfortunately (for my project) we're going on vacation Saturday so I won't be able to really mess with anything until I get back. But due to my blunders, I didn't have all of the pieces I needed anyway, so in effect the vacation will help me from going nuts as I wait for my special cables to arrive.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tree Journeyman 200R restoration - Collet Pics

Yesterday I worked all day on my Tree Journeyman 200R Milling Machine. I started the day in good spirits and said "Hey you know what... there's a grease cert here on my X and Y hand wheels. Why don't I grease these babies up!?" Well of course I start squeezing it in there and looking for the grease to start coming out. Nothing yet... 3 pumps nothing still 4 pumps ...slowly now ...Wow this thing must have been really low. It'll work like a charm after this! Then suddenly POP! -Oh shit... the bearing cover popped off! I spent the next 2 hours getting it back on. I used 2 large C-Clamps in combination with a large pair of Channel Locks and then some metal spacers so I was dispersing the pressure evenly across 3 points at relatively the same speed. Luckily I got it to pop back on. A little push of the ball in the grease-cert and the excess grease came oozing out to relieve the pressure. I gingerly put a 1/2 pump back in and all was well. Whew! Crisis averted!

Anyway I worked all day cleaning my machine, de-greasing it and cleaning it up. I did some more work on tuning the old CNC PC because it may be a while before I get my new EMC2 interface up and running. I wanted to have the capability to machine circles this week. I have a new little project I am starting based off of my WVO Drip Feed heater research. I think you guys will love the idea.

Anyway, I figured I had taken some pictures of most parts of my mill but I have yet to get some good images of my Collet Holders. These are Kwik-Change Acura Flex collet holders. I have about 8 of them but would like to get my hands on some more if the price is right. If I ever fix my spindle runout issue these will be nice to have in ample supply.

They read:

KWIK-SWITCH     80237

The nut type holder that tightens down on the collet reads:
ACURA-FLEX 9400005

Just showing you what they look like when all the pieces are together. I am having a difficult time determining exactly what these collets are. If you can help me out please let me know. I have about 15 collets but I'm missing a LOT of sizes I would like to have.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Further Burn tests and capabilities

Last night I was doing some burn tests. I wanted to see how high I could get my output and what kind of drip speed was required to sustain my flame. I was able to burn at "low" for quit a low drip rate. It was consuming oil at such a low rate that I think I could have made the entire gallon last for 6 to 8 hours.

I turned it up to what I would consider "medium" and it was consuming oil at probably a rate of one gallon every two hours.

I will get some video of the burner from the inside and I will also try to record the lighting of this burner. I would like to weld a piece of pipe onto the side of my burner to act as an oil reservoir so that it will pre-heat the oil to around 120 degrees or so. I will keep the pipe rather low on the burner where it does not get very hot. I will also use solid metal tubing (copper most likely) to feed the oil from the heated tank down so that I don't have any issues with melting. I need to think about this a bit more though to be sure I'm not building myself into a corner.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

OUPower Website Updates

OK so what do you guys think of the new look and feel of my OUPower website? I have been trying to figure out a good way to seamlessly integrate video into my site for some time now and to gather more interest since I felt I was slipping behind the times.

I think the new solution is quite nice as it doesn't disturb the old site and everything that was there before is still there to be utilized and referenced. But it gives the new capability of allowing me a blog so that I may continue to deliver new updates to you in a quick and straight-forward way.

My old software that I wrote years ago was ahead of its time. I was in a way inventing blogging without even realizing it. But it was something I didn't have time to keep up with. My time is limited (as with all of us I'm sure) and I needed a new quick way to deliver information to my readers.

I am starting to do a LOT of work again lately and the old site format just wasn't cutting it for me. :) So please let me know what you think ...comment right here in this blog post. That's the beauty of the blog software. I'll be anxious to hear your feedback. As always, I will entertain any suggestions for improvement that you might have.

By the way, if you haven't figured it out yet. My new machine equipment (my new Tree Mill and Clausing Lathe) are going to help me with 2 rather ambitious projects right off the bat. The first is a new design for a vertical Axis windmill that I came up with several years ago. The second is for a new engine design. -More on that later!

Take care guys and please comment back to let me know what you think of my new changes!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

WVO Drip feed heater testing Day 2

Yesterday I did some more testing with my new heater. I tried lighting it with just some WVO in the bottom (about 1/2 inch) and then poured Kerosene on top. That didn't work out so well. :) You can view the video of what happened...

After some further tweaking I decided to give the heater another jolt of Kerosene. I think I have figured out that the most important part is a cloth wick. I haven't yet determined how big this wick should be but some sort of wick definitely appears to be a big help if you want a super easy trouble free fast start!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Drip Feed Waste Veggie Oil Heater Weekend Build

Well I had this hulk of a heater shell for about two years. Due to a miss-communication on my part with a friend I ended up paying 700 dollars for this puppy. GASP!!!! That's a TON of money considering I do all of my tinkering on a shoestring budget. My wife and I give ourselves 150 per paycheck (bi-weekly) for our allowances. Out of that I need to eat my lunches at work (if I go out) buy beer and then tinker in my shop. At any rate 700 bucks for this sucker was a TON to me and it was just sitting there for 2 years. Originally I had intended to put a vertical Babbington into this puppy but now I have a much nicer solution. Thanks to the work being done by Ozzirt (mentioned in my previous post) I now have a working WVO Heater in my shop. I worked all weekend on this baby and fired it up about 9pm Sunday evening.

I ran it for 90 minutes hour and it used about 1 quart of oil. I can't be more specific on usage until I have more data to share with you. When I went to shut down for the evening I thought... Oh my blog! I need a video. LOL So here it is right when I was shutting down.
I still have work to do on this baby. I want to make a better permanent interface for my oil line to enter the unit without risk of it coming out. What a mess that would be. I also want to drill 2 more sets of holes in my secondary combustion chamber. It was making a high-speed oscillation (like a pulse jet engine) because it was not getting enough air at higher oil feed rates. But all in all... the test was a resounding success! I was so pleased with the performance of this baby that I can't even begin to explain how happy it makes me.
I will of course be posting more as I further my development with the furnace and today I want to get some daylight video of my chimney outside.

Drip Feed Veggie Oil Advanced Testing

I started messing with WVO several years back. You can view the items on my main site to see the various projects I was working on but nothing really ever went anywhere ...not far at least. That is to say, until now! Enter the era of the Drip Feed Waste Veggie Oil Heaters. These puppies use no electricity, no compressed air, no separate burner box or attachment. They are just super simple and very quiet when tuned properly.

This design appears to be poineered by a youtube user named Ozzirt: It further appears to be based upon the same principal that Woodgas production uses; that of secondary combustion. This allows for a much hotter burn as 30 - 40% of the heat is generated by the off-gasses from the primary combustion fire. This secondary burn greatly reduces emissions and keeps the system clean. More heat, less pollution... sounds like a win-win for everyone!