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MacGyver and shit [Apr. 28th, 2005|07:53 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Patio outside my home office was flooding. A little ethernet cable took care of that:


(the drain wasn't obviously plugged, the water wasn't deep enough to plunge, and ethernet cable w/ the innards ripped out was the only tube I could think of to syphon....)

[User Picture]From: janinedog
2005-04-29 02:58 am (UTC)
Heh, awesome. My lab partner and I did that with some tubing to empty out fish tanks today. Except she was the only one brave enough to suck on the tube and taste the gross used aquarium water. :P
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-04-29 03:00 am (UTC)
I pinched a couple inches from my mouth so I felt the water hit the pinch and stopped sucking before I drank any.
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[User Picture]From: janinedog
2005-04-29 03:03 am (UTC)
That wouldn't work with our tubing; it was too think to pinch. Plus, it's been used many times over the years so it tastes like aquarium before you even suck any water. :)
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2005-04-29 03:05 am (UTC)
I wish I would have thought of that when I syphoned brake fluid with my dad. Hah.
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[User Picture]From: killhamster
2005-04-29 03:09 am (UTC)
can you stop a car with your teeth now?
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From: phil
2005-04-29 01:20 pm (UTC)
"Damn! I shouldn't have eaten the mint first."
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[User Picture]From: xaosenkosmos
2005-04-29 03:15 am (UTC)
You do realize you can just submerge the whole cable, put your finger over the end, and then set it up for gravity feed, right? With the "tubing" you were using, pinching the end off might have been easier; it's all the same.

(I've had to siphon off some nasty, nasty aquarium water before, which is where i figured out that trick =)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-04-29 03:18 am (UTC)
Oh, no, I didn't know that. This was my first syphoning experience I think, so I'm a newbie.
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[User Picture]From: nemo
2005-04-29 03:33 am (UTC)
"This was my first syphoning experience I think,"

Let's hear it for not being able to keep track of all the sucking you do.
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[User Picture]From: xaosenkosmos
2005-04-29 03:38 am (UTC)
Ah, okay. The real trick is to make sure you get the air out: air bubbles are compressible, which can interrupt the column of water that's trying to fall up.

The physics of the process are a fun mindfuck =)
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[User Picture]From: teknotus
2005-04-29 07:13 am (UTC)
You can have some air. The trick is to have a larger vertical distance from the apex of the siphon to end of the hose in the section of hose that the water is flowing to than in the part the water is flowing from. It is about pressure. The side with the larger vertical distance of water in it will have a lower pressure at the top because of the weight of the water so water will flow from higher pressure to lower pressure.
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[User Picture]From: askbjoernhansen
2005-04-29 09:16 am (UTC)

get fishies

Get a small aquarium. Fish are great pets. They are pretty and when the tank is setup (biological filtration, a heater and a timer for the lights) it's close to zero work. :-) And you learn to siphon for the occasional water changes. =)

- ask
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[User Picture]From: gaal
2005-04-29 05:51 am (UTC)
Also, it heps when the cable is CAT5 or better.
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From: legolas
2005-05-04 07:52 pm (UTC)
I had just typed out pretty much exactly the same thing...
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2005-04-29 03:06 am (UTC)
Try it with gasoline. Activates new areas of the palate.
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[User Picture]From: feren
2005-04-29 03:15 am (UTC)
Water. Can't stand the stuff, myself -- fish fuck in it.
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[User Picture]From: remark
2005-04-29 09:49 pm (UTC)
Just like that bottled water commercial!

"Do you know what the fish are doing in there? Spawning!"
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[User Picture]From: matte
2005-04-29 04:00 am (UTC)
Ya know, with the rising cost of fuel this is probably not a bad skill to possess.
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From: jamesd
2005-04-29 05:46 am (UTC)
You get the crazy plumbing of the day award.:)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-04-29 03:33 pm (UTC)
I think it's stupid and spells the end, but Scott and Board can do whatever they damn well please... they're the ones that bank-rolled it for years.
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From: xiambax
2005-04-29 08:06 pm (UTC)
pure nerd brilliance
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[User Picture]From: thgintaetal
2005-05-01 04:42 am (UTC)
First it was PoE, next was VoIP. But look what the innovative people at Six Apart have done with their spare time - they've invented H2OoE - yet another public utility that can be shoehorned into the lowly Ethernet cable!
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