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Brewing…

So it’s been 5 days steeping the tannins out… Please don’t comment that I was a few minutes late taking the comparative photo this afternoon, I know I was…

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I Like to Watch

 

I’ve posted my Frameline 32 choices. To see what I will probably be attending, visit frameline.castrocam.net.

The field is initially looking week, particularly the Documentaries which are almost exclusively being shown at the Roxie and Victoria Theaters. I will NOT be attending any of the films at the Victoria — we’ve been pressing our luck too long at that location. It is an UMB right on top of Mission Creek.

See the entire Festival Program at http://www.frameline.org/festival/

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What a difference a day makes…

What a difference in just one day. The few leaks were all but gone by early morning, but the water is “clearly” taking on the the reddish tint of the of Western Red Cedar tannins. I have heard that the tub will continue to leach the tannins for several months. The tub might even be heated by then.

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Fill’er Up!

After three trips to Lowes down by the airport, I finally got the right parts in the right sizes and cut the pipe to the right size, all glued onto place. After a quick lunch which gave the PVC cement some time to cure, it was long last the time to test my coperage skills.

After a quick interior rinse, I began to fill up the tub. Before there was even an inch of water over the bottom, two leaks started to show up — the two places where one could see some light between the staves after the initial tightening of the hoops.

It took exactly 30.0 minutes to fill’er up to six inches below the top. But for the initial break-in period, I took it all the way up. Hmmm . . . yep, a few leaks around the outside, all but one at the joints between staves at the bottom, the other leak being up at the top. It appears that the croze is holding well. What a reward for the work that the croze took. All it took was a few more turns on the hoop nuts and the biggest leak totally stopped. The rest continued to ooze a bit, but even only three hours later, the leak rate started to significantly drop off. They say in the business that it can take up to two weeks to leak-free. We’ll see.

The strong afternoon winds caused a seiche to form thus flipping the top 3/4″ of water out on over this sides. By late afternoon, the wind had also carried pollen to form a fine layer on the water surface, and as you can see from the pics, it didn’t take too long for he water fowl to foul the bottom.

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The tub gets placed in its new home

Thanks to my good friend Matt, who reminded me Thursday night of the benefits of using wheel, lever, and inclined plane, I managed to roll and flip the tub onto its foundation sans assistance. Not even damaging the drain hole plumbing on the bottom. Speaking of drains, if you were about to go down the drain, this would be your last view. . . .

I guess for that to really be your last view, you would also have to visualize water and maybe some feet dangling above.

Then the notable big oops, because I didn’t render the cement footings on the AutoCAD drawing, they stick out along the edges (yea, only I would even notice, you probably didn’t in the top pic…. so no way am I going to do a redo).

After the tub was on its feet, I drilled 2½” holes for the five jets and the second drain. Six holes later, the back looked a little like cheese….

 

At the end of the afternoon, I went over to an open-house at our new neighbors Andy & Ruth new hillside villa across the street. They get to look at the [lack of] my house paint job.

They have a great view from their back yard.

And speaking of views, visualize bubbling hot water at your feet….. The real vision is still weeks away — as I still need to buy a few pumps, filters and pipe it all together.