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Reflector Helps Monitor Water Level At Night
Ken Brading, Atascadero, Calif., has two 2,150-gal. drinking water storage tanks that sit about 700 ft. up a hill behind his house, with no electrical power nearby. His problem? He wanted a way to see the level of water in the tanks - pumped from a well - after dark without having to climb up the hill.
  Brading fitted the tanks with float-style level indicators that he made himself. Then he tried mounting ordinary spot reflectors on the indicators but, at that distance, they lacked sufficient reflectivity to be used with anything but a power spotlight.
  "While working late one night I discovered that the DOT-C2 reflector tape on the back of our utility trailer reflected extremely well at that distance with just an ordinary 3-cell flashlight. I put some of the tape on the level indicators and found that I could shine a light through the windows in the house and see it easily. What's more, the peel-and-stick tape is easy to apply and you can get it at any trailer and auto supply stores," says Brading, who notes the tape can be used in other ways, such as on a gate to see if it's left open, or on a pully or sprocket to see if it's still running.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ken Brading, P.O. Box 3066, Atascadero, Calif. 93423 (ph 805 461-8551; kbrading@tcsn.net).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6