Jump to content
Corsair Community

Hey There


Llama

Recommended Posts

I'm new here. Just got the HC last week. I must say that The Quick Start instructions were very good since my computer was in pieces before I got it, so I couldn't look at the CD. I've been lurking her for a week or so. I have a few questions for you guys, but I don't want to overwhelm you. :):

 

Llama

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks, Wired. I think that the biggest reason that I bought the HC was it's modability. I haven't ever done any mods, but Fall and Winter are coming sooner than later...gotta have some projects.

 

I've been through the thread with pictures of mods. There are some cool things out there. Right now, I'm leaning away from radiators and towards an extra reservoir or holding tank. MorrisG's pickle jar is simple but great. The one that really got me to thiking was H2Cool's acrylic reservoir. I hope that he or someone can point me in the right direction. I really don't know too much about forming or joining the stuff. Also tapping holes, etc. I would prefer to buy parts and put them together myself.

 

Other than that, I guess I'm good for the moment. You all seem to be a great group of peoples. :)

 

Llama

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Llama,

Welcome! I am not sure where to send you for an external tank. I had the same problem trying to find one and ended up making my own. If the process I took is not up your alley, I suggest something like the "pickle jar". It is easy, cheap and effective. I used acrylic because of the challenge and my space limitations on my desk. It got carried away quicly with the led's and fiber optic but I had to have my project fun for the summer too. Back to your question....there are some acrylic tanks out there that are small and I question there effectiveness. Stev also mentioned that they have messed with some of them and have had horrible problems with the joints and leaking coolant...not good. I am redesigning my tank with o-ring seals at the end but that also means machining 4" acrylic end caps on the lathe...not fun or easy so far. Is the pickle jar sounding good about now....? Let us know what you do and TAKE pics of your progress. It is a great way to follow your progress.

Good luck.

Marc

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Reservoirs for small cooling projects are nearly non-existent or very pricey.

 

My reservoir study was based upon what was available via retail and home-brewed reservoirs that are worth a mention.

 

This is for an RV leveling system for camping. Somewhat pricy for the complete RV system, but people do pay for these things.

http://www.vci.net/waterlevel/trouble2.htm

 

Here is another type that is a batter acid catch tank for motor-sports ...

http://www.jcwhitney.com/webapp/wcs/stores...ZX&appId=492723

 

Here are a few that are very much like the one you had built!

http://www.oilrite.com/Reservoirs.htm

 

And let's not forget the UNIX-MONKEY's awesome reservoir. This one, I had actually built and love! I added an o-ring seal to both sides too.

http://www.unixmonkey.net/articles/reservoir

 

These are really cool looking and hold up very well. Although somewhat pricey.

http://www.vetus.com/products/filters/nosmell_filters.cfm

http://www.vetus.nl/producten/mainns.asp?productid=54&lang=2

 

 

Another neat home-brew job that is cost effective to the budget ...

http://www.virtual-hideout.net/guides/pvc_...oir/index.shtml

 

Nice price for only$40 and the chrome finish is amazing!

 

http://www.zcarparts.com/store/merchant.mv...ategory_Code=CP

 

http://www.zcarparts.com/store/merchant.mv...ategory_Code=CP

 

http://membres.lycos.fr/gnafetgnaf/Bxn%201.jpg

 

 

I have a few more, but they don't have the right fitting sizes needed; Sullivan and Dubro hobby fuel tanks for model planes and helicopters.

 

Stev

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks a bunch, guys.

 

Stev, the Unix-Monkey one looks very doable at my skill level. I'll have to check some of the other links when I get home.

 

Marc, I'd be very interested in instructions or a walkthrough on yours before or after you redesign it. I still think it is the nicest reservoir I've seen. It may be beyond my skill level, but I should improve in time.

 

I hadn't thought about taking any pics, but I guess I should even though the setup is completely stock at the moment. When it is completely changed into some custom beast, I'll have a reference to the past...:)

 

 

Alan

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Llama,

question there effectiveness. Stev also mentioned that they have messed with some of them and have had horrible problems with the joints and leaking coolant...not good. I am redesigning my tank with o-ring seals at the end but that also means machining 4" acrylic end caps on the lathe...not fun or easy so far. Is the pickle jar sounding good about now....? Good luck.

Marc

 

H2Cool

 

i've read its not recommended to machine clear pvc. here is a site that produces nice plastics an in canadian money may be cheaper for usa buyers. http://www.fabcoplastics.com/catalog/onlineca.htm

Link to comment
Share on other sites

KaptCrunch,

Thanks for the advice. I took a look at the website you recommended and did not find anything that would fit my needs. I am interested in any information you may have on the machining of acrylic. I have done some testing and have not had much success at it. It is easy to chip and can be dangerous. The acrylic piece I have is 2" thick by 4.25" diameter and is cast clear. It was expensive and I am a little leery of turning it into two end caps. I will let you know what I decide to do and will take pics of the process.

Marc

:D:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I am interested in any information you may have on the machining of acrylic. I have done some testing and have not had much success at it. Marc

:D:

 

ok Marc

 

Excessively fast machining causes local overheating, generating internal stresses which must subsequently be relieved by annealing. Otherwise, sooner or later, these stresses will cause fine surface crazing which may spread under the effects of solvents or stress (for example during bonding or painting).

 

The material will not overheat during machining if the following general instructions are followed:

 

spray with water containing 2% cutting oil (dextron or any water soluble oil) or a small jet of compressed air or an atomised water spray directly at the cutting position.

ensure efficient removal of cuttings.

keep tools perfectly sharp.

 

hoping u got excess to a lathe with 7" chuck

holding in jaws of lathe, use a solid nylon 6"dia hollowed out for your end caps tight fitted in the nylon, to pervent slippage wrap some .030 sim stock on outter of work then screw in some wood screws, 8 locations

this should hold your piecse well. for your tube use a nylon or hardwood plug tight fitted in end, an wrap paper towel around tube

 

cutting speeds no more then 1500 fps @ cutting tip

marc also what ur intensions to make it fit on the outer side or inside of tube like a giant threaded cork?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

An alternate idea that I came up with over the weekend was a product called Alumilite. It is a Urethane resin that does come in clear, though it is recommended that you cast that under pressure to avoid excessive bubbles. It might be cool to cast an end cap rather than machine one at least for me. I have a query on their message board how or if it will bond bond with Acrylic or Polycarbonate. If so, it will be easier for me to do something like that.

 

I'll let you know what I find out, but if you are interested, check them out at http://www.alumilite.com

 

Alan

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Llama,

I am very interested if the end product can be buffed and polished. I have a 3d template I made from wood on the lathe and can make a negative mold in some flexible poly material. My model has a "C" channel for an o-ring and will not be glued to the acrylic tube. It will be a pressed fit and will have an internal stainless bolt to keep the ends on. It is easier to see than to describe. Stev game me the idea of an O-ring rather than the acrylic cement.

Let me know what you find on this. I will check out the site on your thread.

Marc

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Marc,

 

I think you may find promise with Alumilite. I'm not sure about buffing and polishing, though my gut reaction is positive. When you check out the website, join their forum and ask. They are pretty quick about answering questions as long as it is a weekday. :)

 

Your template sounds ideal for making molds. They have a variety of silicones and other materials that should fit the plug-making mold bill. I got a clear picture of your project from your description. I look forward to seeing the results!

 

Alan

Link to comment
Share on other sites

KaptCrunch, no I do not have access to a CNC machine. I do have a lathe in my shop but it is for wood. I have turned some acrylic on it but it is very tricky to do without chipping it...also can be dangerous. Thanks for the input.

Marc

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...