Middle of the Manifold
This is going to be the most boring post ever, beating out even the endless photos of plants.
PVC work is like that. You spend an entire afternoon cutting large things apart then gluing them back together again in a cloud of toxic fumes. There's no excitement.
I got back from the hardware store and finished gluing the two beginnings of the manifold together like so:
Then I began laying out the plumbing that comes after the valves in the manifold. You may recall that the inside version of the manifold uses the same pieces as the outside version, but in a different configuration, so I laid out two parallel rows like I had for the two beginning parts. Lots of little bits.
The only really satisfying thing about PVC gluing is that the layout gets smaller as you work, so a large loose arrangement of pieces tightens up to a neat, tidy array.
Noel came home partway through this and helped me with the last bit of gluing, when I was ready to give up for boredom and too much fuminess. So now all I need to do is figure out where I want the two manifolds to go, and set them in place. That will happen tomorrow.
PS: greetings to everybody who is coming here from the little mention in the Christian Science Monitor. We're not spackling at the moment, but I'm sure PVC work is right up there on things it is better to watch people do than do yourself.
posted by ayse on 06/10/06