Sunday, December 13, 2009

More Droid Lift Work, Doesn't Pass Certification Yet

It was apparent that I needed to cut down the top of the manual droid lift, and relocate the pipe holder. The 3"-diameter pulleys definitely interfere with the bars.

Time to hack and redrill.

I also decided to use a smaller square tube and U-bolt inside the droid for the droid lift hook. The larger U-bolt was just too tall.

Then, it was over to Mike's for inspection. Mike resoldered my atrocious job on the phono plug.

Finally, the moment of truth. Would the lift work?

No, the lift won't work as it stands right now.

There are two problems. First, the steel mast is too short. The problem is it bends a little bit as the load is put on it, and that causes the boom to be too low. I need to find a new steel rod and cut it to size again.

The second problem is that the diagonal support that connects the mast and boom needs to be cut down, as it runs into the droid. This support pipe needs to move closer to the corner where the mast and boom meet.

So the droid lift isn't quite ready to go, but it's getting there.

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