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Part 2 - Getting things organized

Well, this pile is a little more organized. As you can see, there are bulkhead mounts for the poppet valves, squeeze block mounts for both small and large cylinders, and even additional mounting brackets for the larger cylinders. A needle valve will control the flow rate of the CO2, and will be used in addition to a regulator on the tank itself. Better safe than sorry!

Finally, you can see the blue neoprene hose which will connect all of this together.
Here, you can see I´ve installed the valves, nipples, plugs and gauge to the manifold. The dangling wires will be attached to a terminal block after I solder the leads onto them. It will look more organized after I manufacture a board and place it into a watertight compartment.

I can see right now that I´ll have to get a 90° elbow for the gauge to sit straight up. My error!
The board comes first. I cut a piece of Celtec large enough (I hope) to house my Clippard valves, terminal blocks, radio receiver, automatic depth control (ADC), automatic failsafe (AFS), two (2) radio channel expansion modules and the forward bilge pump.

So far, I´ve installed one (1) common pole terminal block (for battery power), one (1) of two (2) larger terminal blocks (in lieu of quick connect wire terminals) and my clippard valve manifold. As with the propulsion unit board, I´ve used bolts long enough to raise the board off the bottom of the watertight container.
Here, you can see I´ve installed the 2nd terminal block and organized the wiring a bit. Each valve has two (2) wires (positive and negative), and the wires for two (2) or three (3) valves have been threaded through pieces of blue neoprene tubing.

I could have cut the wires to length, but I wanted the extra in case of future breaks, burn-outs, shorts, repositioning, et cetera. Better safe than sorry.
A closer view showing the wires, tubes and wire terminals. The outside of the terminal blocks will house the wires from my receiver and expansion modules. Don´t you agree, this looks much more organized than quick wire connects?

Yes ... the gauge is still just sitting there because I haven´t gotten an elbow yet! More sub parts shopping left to do.

Next Step - Part 3 - The beginnings of the watertight container.

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