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Water Tank For Lapidary Grinder


Dan

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i need to rig together a water drip feed for my new lapidary grinder. does anyone have any tips on what i can use? i want to make it myself and save money. can anyone show me their system or tell me how they made their tanks.

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I recalled that others have posted images about this. My search term "drip" brought up several, I have posted links to a few:

 

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Debbie K: http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/2514-mounting-handpiece/page__view__findpost__p__21318

 

From Colin (a description of his setup): http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/2447-drilling-holes-in-greenstone-jade/page__view__findpost__p__21238

 

From Danny Lopaki: http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/2375-cutting-jadestone-with-a-rotary-tool/page__view__findpost__p__20418

 

and farther down on that page: http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/2375-cutting-jadestone-with-a-rotary-tool/page__view__findpost__p__20443

 

There may be more. Good luck with your creative juices while figuring out the optimal system for your uses.

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thanks i had looks up water tanks and searched along those lines and didnt find much to be of use. didnt try just typing in drip feed. do you know if it has a actual name something that i can look up on normal search engines?

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The cheapest and easiest is to take some container of water that is elevated, punch a hole along the bottom edge and run a line out of that with a valve. I went to the local hardware store and got a pack of valves for a drip system. I used 1/4 inch tubing and drilled the hole in the resevoir at 3/16ths. I deburred it and crammed the tubing in so it fit tightly. The downside to this is that you have to stop and refill the water when it runs out.

 

if you can find a cheap fountain pump, those work well. They work best f they are not trying to pump rock sludge, so set up some sort of settling bucket that overflows into the container from which your pump runs.

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Hi Dan, I also had similar problems with controlling my water flow from a suspended water barrel. I solved it by getting from a garden shop, a drip feeder tip --- used for controlling the amount of water for individual plants. It is quite small and requires a feed pipe from the tank that matches it. It works great, you can adjust the flow from about a drip per second -or less-to a constant flow. Cost in NZ less than a $. I also like Dan's previous idea of using a pressure garden spray unit,-- number 1 reason, they are cheap-- you may find the hose size is adequate for the drip nozzel.....

cheers Colin

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i have just finished making a connecting piping to each wheel and the sandpaper. each pipe has a knob that lets me to close down the water supply to the individual wheels so i have the best water flow. im going to take a half gallon ice tea jug and a quarter inch hose connection. then i just need to pour water into the jug when i need too. how fast will i go through a half gallon? will i need a larger water supply? is a quarter inch hose large enough or is to going to be to small? ill post a picture later after i get it set up and running this weekend.

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