Random Updates · 8 December 05
Lessee, where was I?
F R E E Z I N G ! !
We’re hovering around 5°F with a crunchy skiff of snow decorating the otherwise ice-crisped landscape.
Zeke and I have been walking to or from work four or five times a week (great gas mileage!) and the morning walks are always the toughest to brace for. Not for Zeke, of course, he wears the same outfit year round and you don’t see him writing weblog entries complaining about it. You also don’t see me standing in an ice-lined creek hoping someone will throw a stick in.
On the electric car front I’ve been puttering with the dash wiring and heater, which seems timely. Trimmed down the black plastic heat casings and connected them, along with the ceramic cores, into a contiguous unit. The black plastic is like a modern version of bakelite. Bakelite was invented by Dr. Leo Baekeland around 1909 and is considered the first plastic. You make it by mixing Carbolic Acid with Formaldehyde. Yum!
The stuff around the heater is somewhat similar, although not quite as stiff as bakelite. Still, I cracked it a bit while drilling the holes larger for the bolts.
Oh, I forgot to tell you the story of buying the heaters!
Being holiday shopping time our “business strip” is nigh-impenetrable this time of year so I opted for the closest *mart, this one being the k variety. Only one ceramic heater choice, a slightly more expensive oscillating version. Twenty four bucks, still not bad. I grabbed two.
At the check out stand:
“Did you find everything you were looking for?”
“Uhm, sure.” (I’m smooth)
“We offer an extended warranty plan with these. If anything should…”
“No. No thank you.”
“It’s just that something could go wrong with these and…”
“The extended warranty only costs an extra…”
“Listen, all I’m going to do is take them apart.”
“I want the parts.”
“Uhhhh…ok. Will that be all today?”
Extended warranty on an item that has a 3 year warranty, either of which I’d probably spend more than twenty four bucks worth of time & gas trying to get honored. My wife worked at Sears for a while. Their commission on most items is dismal, the real money comes from selling warranties.
(photo I took of a CD drive lens…totally unrelated)
Back to the heater, there’s just a bit of metal work to make a mounting bracket inside the air chamber. After that I’ll be crimping a bunch of wires and then doing a quick test of the two heat settings: hot and hotter (well, I hope so).
Earlier this week I finished dressing the gnarly dash cable bundle. Got rid of another connector in the process. This was a ground. Grounding in Eve is kind of interesting. I’ll have to write about that in a later entry, along with pictures of my handiwork.
Andy sent along an email volunteering to donate his old Palm III if I couldn’t find mine, which I really appreciate. Lots of great feedback, on and off the site, thanks to everyone for the comments and emails.
I have another update to post on James’ EV when I get a chance. It sounds like he’s real close to going for a test drive.
Also, I want to mention that there’s a new version of Firefox out. Version 1.5 is very nice, I use it all of the time on my windows machine at work: no popups, no attacks, tab browsing is great, and if you edit your own website there are some killer plug-ins to make the job much easier. Highly recommended: get it!