Worklog: Massively (Update #65, 29th Nov – Final Pics + Aussie copper pipe fittings!)

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    Have to pay it, was well played indeed :)
     
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    Here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1280153/pipe-bending-101 If you take your time to go through it there a stack of info, I don't know if you've seen this one before though. If the info is not there you could probably ask B-neg himself
     
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    Thanks mate, looks like it's grown a bit since last time I read but always fun catching up. I think the only issues I have with pipe bending these days really are the ones I create for myself, and while they're sometimes hugely frustrating to fix the challenge is always (retrospectively) rewarding :) It's also fun to get more confident as you go and test the boundaries of whats possible!

    Time for an update I reckon.

    Update – Polishing pipes, if you know what I mean (…I mean polishing pipes)

    I took the loop apart to get started polishing it all up:

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    Initial sanding with 1000/1500 grit:

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    Brown polishing compound:

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    Blue polishing compound – this is the magic:

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    See the imprinted writing on this piece? This was a length of the UK copper (not the stuff crane made for me) and I hadnt noticed it was so prominent until it was polished up. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending how you look at it, that particular piece was the one I would have to redo about four more times to get right!

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    After polishing them up I gave all the pieces a few coats of this clear topcoat. I think I talked about this in a previous post but will rehash here. I was originally concerned that the topcoat wouldn’t be sufficient protection on the polished copper – that it’d either look crap, flake off easily or not provide adequate protection. What I ended up doing was carrying around a small piece of coated copper in my pocket for three days, making sure the oils from my hand were making pretty regular contact with it.

    After the couple of days I was satisfied that the coat would be sufficient. From wear and tear there was one point I could where the topcoat was starting to craze, but in terms of oxidisation the copper was still untarnished a week later. That’s more than sufficient for my need which is basically preventing accidental-contact leaving fingerprints!

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    Hanging the pieces out to dry inbetween coats:

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    Pieces finished – into the machine they go. Don’t worry about the visible o-ring coming out of the GPU, fixed it up later :)

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    After some thought I decided the bottom two parts of the loop (midplate to GPU and res to midplate) were too direct and difficult to fit so I decided to redo them. Here’s an older pic to show you the two pieces I mean at the bottom:

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    I figured out that it was easy to simplify these bends by changing fittings to reduce the complexity of each bend to that of a single 90 degree turn. Here’s what I ended up with:

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    Both pieces could be flipped around so the bend happens in the other direction but I kinda like the way they look. Time for round 2 of polishing these replacement pieces! Won’t you follow me on this amazing journey…again? :p

    Raw:

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    Sanded with 1000/1500 grit:

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    Blue compound:

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    ..and finally, topcoating again with what little light remained in the day:

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    All finished and the pieces tucked out of the way until I have time to continue on the loop:

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    I’ll end this update with something that’s a little sad – the last vengeful disapproving girlfriend comic! The comic was in part to celebrate reaching 150,000 so I reckon being at nearly 250,000 now means it’s had a decent run. We’ll have to think up something new for the future maybe?

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    Hope you guys are well – keen to hear what you think of the work! :)
     
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    excellent as allways:thumbup:
     
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    Looking bloody magic mate :thumbup:

    ... Can't wait until I see the words "Just Add Water"
     
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    Jizzed, jizzed everywhere!
     
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    Damm fine work but your still covering that great looking res?

    What happened to the res bbracket you made?
     
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    The pipes are looking great but yeah not a fan of the one running infront of the res...fix it god damn it :lol:
     
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    Yum, blue compound! not that it would be edible. :sick:
    the pipes look so nice, ! :thumbup: in fact IMHO I think you've out done other people with non coated copper pipes! no expert opinion here tho just a fan!
    but i agree with VirtualNinja and BigDave I wanna see that sexy res :upset:
     
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    Very nice work there. I'm currently in the process of building my own loop with copper pipe.
     
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    Great work on polishing those pipes mate, they look amazing. Love the setup and layout so far mate, can't wait for the final pics. Last home stretch:):D
     
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    wow, that's looking good :thumbup: are you going to keep the copper look on the pipes or get them chromed? I personally think they might fit in with the theme more if they were black or silver.

    That's just me though, I don't think copper looks very good unless done in a steampunk styled build.

    Don't take it too harshly though, You've gone above and beyond what many people can do.
     
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    yeah i agree with comment on copper pipe and the color
    but i think what Saate's done with the blue compound and polishing is really good, to me it looks as good as plated pipes

    also completely irrelevant, i admire you speed test what kind of internet is that?
     
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    Well It's sort of cheating but it's not considering I pay $10,000 a year for it. This is the University of Queensland's internet, I put this as my speed test since I live at a college there, so it's basically my home internet. AFAIK it is difficult for home users to get this kind of speed since ISP only provide those plans to institutions.
     
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    Great work Saate! looks awesome

    I vote to keep the copper polished as you have it already - coating that beautiful metal would cheapen it IMO. (like too much makeup on a perfect girl)

    Can't wait to see how you route the wiring.
     
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    yeah i go to Deakin, and they also have insane net,
    i couldn't even get net like that in my area even if it was a dream
    i have no board band, no ADSL, ZILCH!
    mobile broadband is the only option in my area, its such a joke specially in this country! literally 100m away people are running ADSL2+
    any way excuse the rant
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    But it will oxidise won't it. I thought that was the reason for the top coat?
     
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    No you misunderstand - the top coat is fine(to preserve the copper shine), I just do NOT think the pipes should be chromed / blackened.

     
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    yeah neither, they look so nice after Saate polished them :tongue: :leet: :thumbup:
     
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    IMO copper only works well with more copper, black or white. copper with silver just seems very.... discordant

    That's not to say I don't appreciate the long time it would have taken you to polish them Saate
     

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