Stealth Curtain Evolution
6am - Scampy's stealth curtain project has been on-going for a couple months. Slowly evolving. Never satisfactory!
This project began at the Kmart Store in Apple Valley where a black twin bed sheet was bought. You may recall that each curtain was made up from this bed sheet fabric, a little bit larger than each of Scampy's windows. Testing proved that in order for lite not to shine thru, this black fabric must be doubled over.
The plan was to hang these curtains from Scampy's existing curtain rods. This plan was doomed from the start. These curtain rods were much too weak for the repeated handling due to opening up each the day and closing at nite.
Also, it was found that simply hanging these curtains allowed lite to be seen from the outside at nite. That definitely was NOT stealthy.
Velcro was then used to bring the curtains tight to the window frames, in an attempt to keep lite from showing. Velcro does NOT have the qualities needed. The glue backing of Velcro does not hold very well. And very often when opening the curtain, the Velcro itself or its glue backing would come loose!
My friend Mimi [John's wife] suggested using blackout fabric. A couple of days ago I went to a Jo-Ann Fabric Store and bought a yard of this blackout fabric. A piece was cut out for Scampy's window door. Velcro was used for holding the fabric to the window frame. Again, Velcro just did NOT do a good job. But the blackout fabric did an excellent job!
We needed something to hold the blackout fabric to the window frame that would be much superior to Velcro.
Magnets to the rescue!
This morning, the idea of using magnets popped into my brain. Wow! This idea had potential!
Examination of Scampy's window frames found that screws held the frames to the walls. At first, the thought was to screw the magnets to the frames and use a second magnet to clamp the blackout fabric. But that method would require buying magnets with a hole for the screw.
Then, it was considered to use a small piece of steel secured by the window frame screw. The magnets would hold to the small piece of steel which in turn would hold the blackout fabric to the window frame. And do a much better job than Velcro!
That's where we are now! 😀
7am - Testing magnet idea
While changing Baby Boid's seeds and water this morning, it was noticed that we actually have the exact size magnets that would work for the Stealth Curtain Project!
These magnets were purchased from The Container Store a few days back.
The blackout fabric from the Jo-Ann Store was used to test the magnet's holding power. Only one magnet held the entire yard of fabric!
11:30am - Testing Water Thief
Scampy's fresh water tank is very low. Perfect time to put Tioga George's Water Thief to the test! We completed the Water Thief only yesterday afternoon.
Little Honda and MsScampy drove to the South Shore Boat Ramp. We wanted to test out our Water Thief at the same location that our Camco Water Bandit failed so miserably about a week ago.
Tioga George Water Thief
BTW: The Tioga George Water Thief filled MsScampy's fresh water without even one hint of any problem!
PS: Water Thief is hooked up to a shower. I suppose that this shower is for users of the Boat Ramp to get clean.
I found that this shower had some kind of timer in it. The shower would work for about 5 to 20 seconds, then turn off.
What kind of brain would limit the shower to work for only 5 to 20 seconds? And for what purpose? If water conservation is this brain's aim, how about allowing water service to this brain's home to be timed to shut off in only 5 to 20 seconds?