December 27, 2018: PipeMare update

One step forward, and two steps back. My office day job has given me lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), so work has slowed down even more. Fortunately, many of the immediate tasks are not too physically demanding.

I’ve used some time checking/repairing all magnet valves and wiring up the PipeDream Flute windchest. However, the windchest failed the first pressure tests. The leather pallet surfaces of the magnet valves are just too old and stiff and do not make a good seal. I will probably have to replace the pallet seal surfaces with a softer leather. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a problem, but since the valves has already been installed and wired together inside the windchest, it becomes quite a bit more difficult. Sigh.

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