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Flushing the insides of the pipes:



And possibly the most stressful mains water pressure test: posting a message saying it's not leaking whilst the test is still in progress biggrin.gif

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post #82 of 253
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Lapping plates:



Tinning plates:



Tinning pipes:



Attaching one of the hot plates:



Current state of progress (still need to attach the remaining hot plates and make everything good):

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I lost a lot of time today when my new 200W soldering iron stopped working and I had to return it to the shop and get a new one. The old one has been sent back to the factory for repair. I may have burned it out or it may have failed after I got flux in it accidentally.

My tablet battery was flat so no photos of the process today.

I attached the remaining plates, cleaned everything up a bit, reassembled the chillers with the TEC spacer plates and foil, clamped the assembly as before and reheated to reflow the solder. I cleaned it all up a bit again afterwards too.

Here's the latest:



All the brazing and soldering is done. I completed it without using the little blowtorch. I have awarded myself the title "Wielder of the flame of Iwatani" biggrin.gif

They are usable now and I think they'd probably work OK but I want to lap the plates again and paint everything else to tidy them up a bit.
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post #84 of 253
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I reheated one of the sets of pipes after noticing it was a bit bent when I saw the picture in the previous post. This time I put the clamps at the edge of the plates. It's better now. After that I lapped the plates, painted the rest with some black acrylic, cleaned off the excess and polished the plates with metal polish.

Lapping the inside plates (sandpaper is on a thick glass shelf resting on the towels):



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I ordered the 12 TECs today. I went with the Laird UltraTECs that I simulated. I didn't manage to find any TECs in the huge Shanghai electronics components mall and there weren't any comparable TECs on Taobao so I ordered from Digi-Key.

I also ordered a 25cm PCIe riser ribbon cable to replace the one that was too short. In the process of investigating PCIe bifurcation I came to the conclusion the earlier style of cable I had was probably not going to be capable of PCIe gen 3 speeds so I ordered a 3M cable made from their twin axial shielded ribbon (again from Digi-Key). The end of the new cable is different from the old one, I will have to factor this into the second version of the brackets.
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Filled in customs declarations forms for importing the TECs and the PCIe cable.
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PCIe cable should be delivered tomorrow but the TECs exceed some sort of value threshold which means I need to go in person to the customs office to get some sort of clearance. Prepared the documents tonight.
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Wow, did you ship expedited?
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Wow, did you ship expedited?

I used the default for Digi-Key which is FedEx international priority. The projected delivery date of this morning has been updated to indicate that both packages have arrived but are held up in customs. So the FedEx tracking page was hopelessly optimistic since it would have been impossible for either package to clear customs and reach me this morning. I'm glad I didn't bother waiting at home for it.

Instead, after a morning call, I set out on the mission to get the customs clearance for the other package...

Whilst generally correct, details of the instructions FedEx gave me for getting the customs clearance were also subtly wrong.

I started out badly anyway by making my own error of going to the east end of the street looking for the customs building rather than the west end (I think the root cause was that I used autocomplete in google maps and the only option was for the wrong end and I didn't notice the error) but even when I finally worked out my mistake and got to the west end of the street, the address from FedEx turned out to be for a tower block with many companies but no customs service. It took a while to discover that the customs service was technically in the same building but that the entrance was at the back from a different street with a different street name and a different building number.

By the time I found the right place (by asking around the security guards) the customs building had shut for their 1 1/2 hour lunch break so I had to miss my own lunch and wait until they reopened.

Eventually, with the help of another foreigner with the same customs clearance issue and much better Chinese than me, I discovered that the person behind the counter wasn't sure whether or not I would have to pay import duty (the reason given was that it was "the first time" but I didn't understand) but in any case, and despite being a personal purchase, I had to fill in a form which would need the company stamp of my employer.

This form is available online but wasn't one of the documents I'd been instructed to prepare by FedEx. I was also supposed to bring photocopies of some other docs in addition to the originals that FedEx had told me to bring.

The real killer though was the requirement for the form to be stamped with my company's seal. Since my employer is a multinational this meant I had to return with the form and submit a ticket to HR to get them to process the request and instruct the one person who's job it is to look after the company seal to stamp my form.

HR sent a reply indicating that, if the request turned out to be too complex for L1 support they would escalate to a subject matter expert and I should get a response within 24 hours.

So the arrival of my TECs will be delayed behind HR, customs, a further courier operation to get customs cover back to FedEx and then finally FedEx processing and delivery.

None of this will result in a significant delay to the project schedule though: Forever is a long long time doh.gif
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HR didn't quite manage the 24H turnaround but did get me my stamp by EOB today. I didn't manage to find out the company customs code though so I have some blank fields in the form. I will try my luck with the customs office anyway ASAP.
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