tmelhiser Posted April 12, 2010 Share Posted April 12, 2010 Well, let me start by saying, I need to find a new four leaf clover or another leprechaun to tuck in my back pocket. I was mixing up some NaCl-H20, making ready for the joy that will be my office system. I had my trusty Eheim pump stirring things up nicely and making good time. The way I set up my sump, I can shut off one chamber and let the Eheim pump out the existing water, let the RO/DI system refill it, salt it up, let the Eheim go back to mixing it for a while, and finally drain some from the main display, reopen the chamber and release the newly mixed brew. (quite a handy invention, now to automate it!) It's time to come back and stir the sediment that collects in the corners. I reach in to adjust the head and angle it to catch the dead spots. (This is my last catch in the automation process... how to validate a good mix. But that is another post, this one is about electricity!) I noticed a small blue arc under the water near the pump my right hand was holding under water. In that moment, I think I had a few hundred random thoughts take place, the oddest of which was, "Could it that be one of those strange blue dots I see after looking at the sun?", only to be followed by, "Do I smell bacon?". That thought was quickly dismissed, but oddly enough, I didn't let go of the pump. I pulled it out, looked at it and the cord started to smoke. At which point, I gently (but quickly) laid it on the wood frame of the stand, furiously searched for the end of it's plug, but was distracted by the blue fire igniting. Opting for the panic button, I downed the entire pump array. Fire out, smell lingering, I hear, "Something smells funny, I sure hope the neighbors aren't cooking meth again!" (not really, but it would have been better than the, "I smell something, I'm leaving, hope you're ok...") Now the back story. I put this pump in use only a few days ago after having loaned it to a friend. When I got it back, I noticed that when I turned it the wrong way, it "bound up". I thought the drive shaft of the propeller had been slightly bent from a random shell fragment or snail or someting and didn't want to spin, so I thought nothing of it. Turns out, "they" (gender neutral so as not to hint at the identity of the indiviual, but it rhymes with Boosh Dag as I affectionately now call them) forgot to tell me that they had the cable in a bind and had to "pull it hard" to get it free. My best guess is that some sharpness was holding it fast and nicked the internals of the cable, which then exacerbated as I twisted and turned it to mix sediment. I'm feeling quite lucky to be here right now without a funny smell, no curly hair, and no trip to Seton. Now, all this just to ask, is there a way to re-attache a new cable to this bad boy that will be water tight. If the answer is not a 100% sure, this will never leak, I don't think I want to risk it. I've already used up all my lucky for this year. -t Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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