Monday, February 05, 2018

Solved but not fixed

Remember the air con tray on the balcony that fills with condensation water, especially when the weather is hot and even more so when it is humid. We did have a few humid days and on the worst day I took out 25 litres (5.5 gallons) of water in three separate sessions with the squeeze bottle, taking about 20-25 minutes.

I had not stopped thinking about what Strayer suggested, a bilge pump. Eventually it came to me, that is the right words to search for something on Ebay. I did not want anything mains powered as each time I would have to run a lead out to the balcony, too much bother. I've just remembered words I was trying to think of, stirrup pump.

So for $16.70, free postage, I ordered this. It was described as being able to pump diesel, aquarium water and oil. It runs on two D (torch) batteries. It only took three days to arrive and as you can see from the box, it is actually made to pump olive oil in Greece, well the writing on the box is mostly Greek. It would be useful to fill olive oil bottles for us at home from the large tins we buy. That can be a messy task.

Well, the weather cooled didn't it, and the tray dried out completely, but we had the air con on yesterday and again today and there was enough water there to pump out. It pumped out about 5 litres in less than one minute. Now I want lots of water to be made so I can play with my new toy while River plays with her Gracula.

Even if it only lasts a year and has to be replaced, who cares at that price when you consider what are saving by not having the tray and element replaced and the very high electricity cost for the element to steam the water away.


The top screws off to insert the batteries. I think we have reached the end of my ever so fascinating posts about the air con drip tray. I thank you for your patience.

17 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:59 am

    Returned from Melbourne two days ago. Marvelous it is in every way. Must return for another visit. The trams are a delight. Roderick

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    1. Roderick, I am very pleased you enjoyed your visit. We love our trams and love complaining about them.

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  2. Boys and their toys! LOL

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  3. Ahhh, excellent post! I shall file that away for mentioning to friends who boat on the Murray and at Laanecoorie !

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    1. Jayne, just make sure the still keep their bailing bucket.

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  4. I love your obscure posts.

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    1. That's good, Marie...I think.

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  5. If it works fast save you a lot of work in the long run.
    When our reverse cycling A/C was installed (the new one) the installers mucked the pipe up in the roof that goes into the down pipe so water now comes just left of that but not into the wall cavity, they are supposed to come today to fix it, but of course they haven't turned up as yet.
    Enjoy your new toy.

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    1. Margaret, how annoying. Such a simple detail and they get it wrong. I hope they put more effort into the rest of the installation.

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  6. My late mother once bought a (very decorative) huge 5 litre tin of olive oil in Greece. When she got home she found it to contain very big green olives in BRINE. That's what happens if you don't speak Greek.

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    1. Cro, ha, that's funny. Never had such an experience really.

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  7. It does seem like a great solution, cheap and easy, so very Australian. I was wondering if the tray is flat on the balcony or raised on a stand, if raised an obvious solution is to get a tray with a removable plug in the base. The you just pull the plug and let the water out into buckets for your potplants.

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    1. River, it is flat but I do at times pour a bucket of water into the self watering pot that contains a hardy prickly plant with red flowers. If it was raised, I could had siphoned the water from the tray into a bucket. Yes, I have forgotten its name. As we can't drip water, the other plant, the potted petunias go inside for watering in the kitchen sink.

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  8. Oh I'm glad you got one!! That would be fun!

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    1. Luckily you don't need one for a raft, if your raft is like I think it is.

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    2. I do end up with water in my raft getting in and out, and when its rough and waves break over the vinyl pontoon sides, but its not that much and I can just pull it out and turn it over to get rid of it. If I took it out on an estuary or bay though, open to tides and the ocean, I would have a bilge pump along, but I don't think I'd have the nerve to take a flexible 12 foot vinyl raft out into a tidal area. I can get one at Harbor Freight for about $5.

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