Hey, Figjam -
1) The Harbor Freight pump does not (now) come with alligator clips, as you've mentioned in the last couple of posts. The one I bought from Harbor Freight this week has only a little push-on end that connects to the solar panel. I note that it is also (now) 7 volts, not 12, which requires some voltage conversion. (I strung together a bunch of things that are all car-charger accessories.)
The water outlet may also have changed; 3/8" tubing would not fit on the inside (too small), nor outside of the water output. So I'm going to use the little plastic risers that come with the pump to lift the water column. I can mate those risers to the inside of 5/8" o.d. vinyl tubing immediately before the T connector, and (also) use the 5/8" tubing for the ring. (I tested; the pump _can_ lift water using the 5/8" tubing, but it loses some pressure at the top because it's lifting a heavier water column. The pressure doesn't drop much around the ring at the top, given that the pump is not "lifting" this water.)
I confirm that I purchased the pump you have in your post.
2) I note also that the orange Home Depot project bucket I bought appears different from yours. See attached photo, and look at the configuration of the reinforcement rings at the top. I suspect Home Depot uses different manufacturers either over time, or over different parts of the country.
Since this appears different, can you please confirm the height of your bucket? Mine is 14 3/8" (without lid). If it's different than mine, I probably need to adjust the height of the cooler pads. I _assume_ the principle on cooler pad height is:
- Inner pad goes full height, from bottom of bucket to touch the bottom of the lid;
- Outer pad is a bit shorter, roughly by 1-2x the vinyl tubing diameter. (Maybe 1" shorter?)
I'm very bummed that I couldn't find a supply of cooler pads here in Massachusetts before I need to put my bucket in my shipping tote (to go in the semi trailer headed to the Playa.) I'm going to have to build that last part on the Playa, and hope it all works. Wish me luck.
I note also that your fan supplier was out of stock. I found the same fan here: http://bit.ly/136f7N0
I note that making the bucket holes as pretty as the ones in your photo took about 15 minutes with a utility knife to clean up the ragged bits after using the hole saw.
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