Wednesday, October 14, 2009

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!

Coffee's brewing--the sound it's making my music (it and the rain...). I have a feeling I can use all the help I can get today. Dee is on her way, the glass delivery is on its way, Mike has a first run of the new website to run by me later today before it goes live tomorrow, Bullseye sends out the ennouncement about my grand opening tomorrow, and it's warp factor nine, full speed ahead. (Oooh, I smell the coffee--it's done!).

Today, everything gets moved around in the studio... again. Shelving units--and everything on them--get moved from the first shed to the second, shelving in the studio filled with five lb jars of frit (a little over half a ton of frit... no kidding) gets moved to the first shed, and everything that has been haphazardly stored under the work table for the past 2+ years gets moved to wherever it will fit. Oy. The big wetbelt sander finally gets placed, and then it's off to buy more lighting for it and the lap grinder and more shelving for, well, more stuff!

The big engineering task of the day is the design of the ventilation system for the glass beadmaking classroom. I found a great site by Mike Aurelius and it is just chock full of math and physics. Now I just need some slow and quiet time (and a Grainger catalog) to decipher it. This paragraph from the example that seems closest in size to mine also brings up concerns:

"This particular example also presents us with a problem. When the system is running at full capacity, it will be exhausting 3000 plus cubic feet per minute of air. This is a huge amount of air, and it will have a very definite effect on the temperature of the air inside the studio, especially during the winter and summer months. Because, not only are we exhausting 3000 cubic feet per minute of air, but we are also bring in 3000 cubic feet per minute of fresh outside air. Let’s say the room is 20 feet by 20 feet with 10 foot high ceilings. This is a total space of 4000 cubic feet. We will be completely changing the air in the room every 1.33 minutes. If the temperature outside is -10 degrees, you can imagine that the room temperature is going to fall very quickly."

Oh boy, like I don't have enough problems already keeping the temperature bearable in the studio! At least it doesn't get to -10 degrees here in Hotlanta--but keeping it cool in the summer will be something else.

Okay, no more time to dawdle. The day has begun!


Bill said...

Maybe you can wrap yourself in ice cubes before you enter the room?

Dee said...

LOL we made some progress, just not as much as we would both like.