10998Re: Coffee Can Tipping Bucket Mod for La Crosse 23xx
- May 1, 2008Joe,
Nice job on the bucket.
I did have one question, at the end of the funnel, is the water
stream isolated so it does not spray water on to the circuit board?
Thanks for sharing.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jdonovanwv5"
> here's one for those of you that love the dependable 23xx wireless
> station EXCEPT for the tipping bucket with the tiny enclosure that
> screams "home model"
> The mechanism on the 23xx bucket is basically sound. My gripe with
> it is that the area is ledd than half that of a standard bucket, it
> has a rather shallow 12 mm top lip, and the rectangular horizontal
> section means that "crosswind" rain to the bucket long dimension
> easily be undercaught. Plus, I've had wind in dry weather blowinto
> the bottom drains of the bucket and cause tips.kegworks.com,
> My makeover is documented in the MAXWELL HOUSE RAIN GAUGE photo
> folder. It consists of an original 2315 tipping bucket base with
> cover removed and placed inside a standard 6" coffee can equipped
> with a funnel. here is the list of parts
> 1 2315 tipping bucket base
> 1 standard 6" coffee can with a 10 mm "lip" on top (with the plug-
> type cover) (I used maxwell house but any brand would do)
> 1 7" x 7" 0.25" cast aluminum plate, milled corners
> 1 6" diameter stainless steel funnel with sieve at outlet
> oil-base primer and rustproof spray paint
> The funnel is commonly available in US -- I got mine at
> a brewing supply site, but it can also be found on Amazon. It hada
> handle which must be snipped off -- use tin snips. The funnel hasa
> rolled outer lip about 3 mm in size that is close to horizontal.with
> This is fit to the coffee can and silicon-sealed to the flat lip of
> the top of the coffee can. This lip (the can) must be trimmed by
> about 50% to get a solid press-fit with the funnel. Easy to do
> standard tin snips, the metal is quite soft.of
> The throat of the funnel must be cut back (hacksaw) to within 1/2"
> the base of the funnel. The stainless is quite ridgid but can becut
> with care. Also, be be on the safe side, I reduced the diameter ofnot
> the throat to 5/16" using tygon tubing pieces nested and siliconed
> <inside> the funnel throat. The base of the throat is about 5/16"
> above the crest of the teeter on the tipping bucket. Oh, and the
> clips holding the sieve in the base also had to be cut back so as
> to get tangled in the teeter.flush
> The can has a pair of 3/4" angle brackets bolted to it, and I use
> galvanized deck screws to fix the angle brackets <through> holes in
> the aluminum base to the corner of a deck. The tipping bucket is
> fixed to the based with four medium-thread self-tapping bolts,
> to the bottomof
> The only cludge is that, to fit, about 1/2" had to be cut off each
> the corners of the LaCrosse part. Oh well. One could use anythingaluminum
> one wanted to as a base, but I had some pieces of beefy 1/4"
> in the shop. The base is drilled with an array of 3/8" holesbeneath
> the ends of the teeter, as drains.and
> Problems were, surprisingly, cutting the aluminum. Had to go out
> buy an appropriate bimetal coarse-tooth blade for my recip thatcorrosion
> wouldn't heat and weld to the aluminum on long cuts. Concerns: I
> want to make sure the base drains well enough not to cause
> on the reed switch board.TO
> The good news: it works great, using a 0.3890 tweak from Wuhu.
> Calibrates well and very stable.
> paint: $4
> coffee can : $7 (but we drank the coffee)
> funnel: $12 with shipping
> everything else lying around the shop.
> So.....this rain gauge is now (you knew this was coming.....) GOOD
> THE LAST DROP!!!
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