OK I have a few problems so let me ask the group for some suggestions. First, my office email server crashed out hard today (second time in 2011 - looks like I will buying a new server for the New Year - awesome) so I cannot post pics of my water loop. I took them this morning before the crash, had them all set to post, then blammo - dead server.
Here's my other, rig-related, problem: What to do with draining the loop. I have attempted to show my water loop below, but it really doesn't do a good job since in 3D it's much more complicated. So here's my attempt at explaining my problem -
I have all the components being cooled in the main unit (top) with the pumps and rads in the pedestal base. ALL tubing goes through the acrylic divider (have good pics, but no posty since no servey) and I need to somehow drain the system for maintenance, etc. I have yet to leak test this loop and so far don't know how much fluid will run "south" thereby allowing me to remove tubing from various fittings to get the main unit off of the pedestal.
Anyone out there have a similar setup? Anyone with some good ideas?
I was thinking about drilling out access holes in the pedestal to get to my quick disconnects to drain the loop. Or I may even cut out an entire section (create a door-type floor) to allow complete access to the pedestal. I am a little stuck since my push for ascetics over function has left me in a bit of a bother.This sucks I know, but it's the best I can do after two bottles of wine!
So I need a drain option - take a look at the previous posts to get an idea of how the main unit and pedestal work. At the moment I am leaning toward punching holes in the pedestal and exiting 1/2 of my quick disconnects out there so I can connect the other ends. Any better options?
Thanks in advance for the ideas.