I built the beginnings of the new structure to hold the water filters last week. I modeled it based on the scribblings that pass for my notes. For some reason (entirely unclear to me now) I had written “18 inch height” on the notes. Between my feeble memory and the photos I have, I was sure there was more space available. I want to use as much space as is practical to insure there is adequate room to access and change the filters.
We popped over to Seaview West this past weekend to visit the boat and pick up and drop off a few things. I also wanted to verify some of the measurements in the engine room. I measured real good this time.
I based last weekend’s effort on my previous notes and measurements. Turns out I did have more room than I thought. So I made a new platform that takes advantage of the available space. I decided to call my first effort a “prototype.” Makes me feel better about doing it the second time.
Below are the old and new platforms. On the left side is the original (the “prototype”). The one on the right uses the new measurements. 24 inches tall rather than 18 inches. Same width. but a little deeper than the first one.
Our friend Bruce, who shows up from time to time on our blog, stopped by this weekend. I put him to work on the band saw and sander. His job was to cut the rounded corners and sand everything down. He did a Yeoman’s job.
Having done this once before (the prototype), and with Bruce’s assistance, we were able to bang this out in about an hour and a half.
The plan is to mount the filters at the top of the back board. The existing pump will relocate to the front of the small upright at the front. The existing accumulator tank will live in the middle. And the whole contraption will sit where the existing plumbing is now. Here’s a photo of the existing plumbing.
… at least that’s how I think it will all work.
After some contemplation, I think I have simplified the parts necessary to connect it all up. I need to mate the new plumbing up to 3/4″ fittings on the existing plumbing. We are down to just these fittings.
Here is the list of parts so far:
- Pentek Big Blue filter housing – we are using two
- Filter mounting bracket – one for each filter
- Food grade silicone grease (for the filter seals)
- Pentek polypropylene sediment filter – the first filter
- Pentek carbon filter – the second filter
From Fisheries Supply
- Bronze 1″ NPT 90 degree elbow
- Bronze 1″ NPT ball valve
- Bronze 1″ NPT hex pipe nipple
- Nylon 3/4″ hose to 1″ NPT male pipe adapter
- Trident reinforced 3/4″ water hose
This coming weekend it’s time for epoxy, paint, drilling, mounting, fixing mistakes, and more!