Monday, November 26, 2012

Angry Eyes

 Here's lookin' at you, kid.
Can you tell I got a lot done today? 
But really, I did.  I had my first foray into the world of electrical wiring this afternoon and made some big blue sparks not on purpose.  A little while back I ordered a custom light fixture for the dinette area, but wanted it to run on 12 volt with LEDs (because it requires 12 bulbs... a huge electricity drain with standard bulbs), so I had it sent with the wires sticking just a little out of each cuff so I could do my own thing with it.

I then purchased these little T10 sockets:

and T10 LEDs:
After a little bit of monkeying with polarity, I discovered that the LEDs actually had to all be plugged in the same direction or they wouldn't light up.

Which, of course, leads me to the 144 ping pong balls that wound up in the trailer.  I couldn't just have bare LED bulbs showing at the end of each cuff, so I bought some seamless, unstamped ping pong balls (which were cheapest to buy in a huge bag).  The ping pong balls got horrible reviews when used for playing ping pong, so I knew they were the balls for me!
I needed the balls to fit over the light, so a hole needed to be drilled in each one.  I marked the spot for the hole and put two in vice grip with a rag to protect them.
The next step was completely logical.
After the whole light fixture was assembled, angry eyes and all, I tested it out with a 12 volt battery:
It is exactly what I wanted!  Now I just need to figure out how to get the sockets to stay in the cuffs.

I also worked on more window frame sanding/polishing in preparation for the glazing tape to arrive this week.  It finally came back in stock at VTS! 

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