Thursday, January 05, 2017

Curtains



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!

Blackout fabric
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!


Amazing!



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?

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17 comments:

  1. George
    Have you considered flexible refrigerator-door magnet strips sewn into the curtain's perimeter? Then, a narrow strip of sheet-metal glued around the window perimeter could serve as the mating surface, providing a near-perfect light seal.

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    1. More to my previous...
      Consider this stuff as a mating surface around the window frame:

      https://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Magnet-Tape-thick-wide/dp/B005HYA8Z6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483629806&sr=8-1&keywords=flexible+magnet+strips

      and also as the sewn-in magnet. On the bottom horizontal section of the curtain, insert the magnet as a bunch of 1" or so pieces so it allows the curtain to fold and flex easily when opened.

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    2. Hi W3,

      Wow! Interesting ideas!

      Thank you sooooo much!

      Tioga George

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  2. Use duct tape to secure curtain :-)

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Do you feel that duct tape would do the intended job? 🤔

      Tioga George

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    2. George, I know you were really POed when trying out your Water Thief at the boat ramp, but in my mind, I know later that logic must have prevailed. As an owner of a small boat and, therefore, use boat ramps quite frequently, those showers are simply for rinsing off feet, hands, and whatever you are carrying back to your vehicle (which can be rinsed in 20 seconds or less); they are not regular shower baths using soap. Also, those rinse showers do not contain potable water. If you use that water for drinking or cooking, you should add a cap full of Clorox to the tank for purification.

      Dee

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    3. Hi Dee,

      I would NOT describe myself as POed. Irritated would be accurate.

      I'm sorry that you are defending the 20 second timer for the water shower. But to put more bluntly how I feel:
      Anything less than 1-minute is just about as ridiculous as could possibly be!

      Let me give you a little info about my fresh water tank:
      * The only thing that I use the water in my fresh tank for is:
      [a] Washing dishes
      [b] The toilet
      [c] FYI: I've been carrying bottled water in my RV since 2004.

      * Because of the shower timer, it took more than 20-minutes to fill Scampy's 8-gallon fresh water tank. That kind of conservation should be pounded out of existence with a baseball bat!

      Tioga George


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    4. Well, George, then you are more mild mannered than I am; personally, I WOULD BE POed if I had to take that long to fill my water tank. OK! Where is my Xanax? (LOL!) I get POed just thinking about it.

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  3. Uh oh, I think Dee's message is important. Makes sense that the water wouldn't necessarily be potable.

    Have to tell you a story re the timers on showers. During our RV'g days we encountered quite a few. Sometimes quarters had to be inserted in order to restart the water. You got so many minutes per quarter. Guaranteed it took a few quarters to do a decent job, I will never forget one particular campground in central WI. There was a timer on the water. When the water stopped, there was a chain---above my head nearly out of reach! --that had to be pulled to restart the water. No such conveniences as shelves, etc, for soap, shampoo. Those were on the floor. You can't imagine the dance I had to do to get my hair washed, rinsed, what with trying to handle bottles and keep a hand free for the infernal chain! Now, some brain must have been involved with that set-up, huh???




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  4. George... I was just. " thinking " that maybe the " brain " that designed the 20 second timer had in " mind " that someone would come along with a water thief and use the shower for a purpose other than what it was designed for. Additionally blocking areas with their r.v. Just a " thought " !

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    1. Dirk, most ramps don't mind that you use the "potable" fresh water. But such water is located convenient to the temporary boat slips used after you launch your boat. If you have a large enough boat, then you most likely have a fresh water tank on board which you fill at those water stations. Our boat is small, so we just fill up empty gallon milk jugs. LOL! The only reason you would not have access to good water 24/7 is if some mischievous kids were fooling around on the boat slips at all hours of the night and leave the water running; then that would necessitate locking down the fresh potable water at night.

      Dee

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    2. Hi Dirk,

      I do not mind one bit you taking issue with anything that I post here.

      However, in this water timer deal that the brain designed, your analysis of the reasoning behind it is, just about as wrong as the night is long. 🤔

      Tioga George

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  5. Dee... My point was that George asked the question " what kind of brain would install a 5 - 20 second timer?" I replied someone that didn't want the shower used for other that it's intended purpose.

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    1. Hi Dirk,

      I see that Dee [wisely] did not reply to your "My point was" comment. So, I'll take a crack at it!

      I believe that your point is grasping at straw.

      Tioga George

      PS: Also, you might have lost your grip on that straw with an imaginary intended purpose.

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  6. maybe it is too short of a timer to rinse off. But it sure wasn't designed for someone with a water thief to come along and fill their tank.

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    1. Dirk, this is my last words on this inconsequential subject. We are talking about NON-potable water here (i.e., "trash" water). Who cares (if one has the patience to do it)! George, just thinks outside the box, which is a good thing.

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  7. My daughter made my "black out" curtains a few years ago, primarily for hot days. It keeps the light and heat out. She used Velcro as the curtains that came with my fifth wheel already used Velcro. So far it's worked great. When I need to block heat or light I just add them. Gary

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