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2012 Project No 3 - Laminar Water Jets.

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  1. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Dedicated Elf Administrator

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    2012 Project No 3 - Laminar Water Jets.

    Goal:
    Install two Laminar water jets firing into the middle of the Megatree closest to the driveway, these will be light by RGB lighting and hopefully made leaping as well.
    Reasoning:
    These just plain look cool and I want to build a couple, plus always wanted some sort of water feature.
    If you want to read more check out http://laminar.forumotion.com/

    Layout Requirements:
    Laminar Jets buried in the yard firing into some sort of "pond" under the tree, piping to return water to pumps and all pump pipes for the jets to be buried in the yard, at least a 100 litre water tank for the pump will also need to be buried

    Items:
    Various items to construct the Laminar Jets - details to follow
    PVC piping and Irrigation pipe to move water around
    At least two submergeable pumps
    100L plus water container/tank that can be buried
    Soleniod valves and electrical control circuits
    high powered RGB light
    Optical fibre
    I'll detail this better as we go
    COST:
    No idea yet except for
    8000L/Hr pump from bunnings $70

    Now the one thing that I can't do is the brass outlet nozzle as this needs to be made on a lathe, so if someone has a lathe and could help out please raise your hand

    Cheers
    Phil
     
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    Sounds like a way cool idea

    But not something I think I'll copy... water tends to missbehave when the temperature drops to -25 celsius :)
     
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    Re: Re: 2012 Project No 3 - Laminar Water Jets.

    Could be a great effect..frozen arches :))
     
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    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    Have you also considered a wind meter for this project as water can easily go astray with the wind
     
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    +1 the idea of a wind meter.

    Also a low water cut-off might be a good idea, just in case to protect the pumps.
     
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    Eric outback NT Living the fast life

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    brass outlet nozzle send me the specs and i will get one made in my hospital workshops
    can it be made out of stainless? we have little brass
     
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    Eric


    appreciate the offer, AAH has offered in chat to get one done so i'll take that up at the moment, just hadn't updated the thread to reflect the offer.


    On the subject of Brass v SS, the experience from the Laminar Flow forums is that SS degrades on the fine edge far faster than Brass, though maybe that was poor quality SS.


    Maybe it's worth trying one of each, let me get a 3D drawing done.


    Wind Meter is on the books thanks for the reminder, low water cutoff is handled by the pumps as they have inbuilt low water switches.


    Cheers
    Phil
     
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    SmartAlecLights Im a SmartAlec what can i say! Community Project Designer

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    Phil,

    I built a laminar jet last summer, you don't have to use a brass nozzle. I used a pex pipe milled with my dremmel and it seemed to work great. Glad you found the laminar forum, lots of good info on getting the stream right but very little knowledge on RGB. Hit me up if you have any questions, I'll be anxious to see what you come up with.

    Zach
     
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    I spent hours looking at the Laminar forum. Very interesting stuff.
     

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