UPDATE: 4:56pm Water has mostly stopped & drying equipment beginning to work. Much cleanup & repair work to be done, but we are on the way back to good.
A little precursor to the following article. At some point between 1am and 8am Jan 26th water started leaking in our storage closet in the space. This was due to a pipe bursting in a nearby restaurant which closed down over a month ago.
11:00 am- We find our store room with 2 inches of water, laptops switches and sparkfun kits all drenched.
11:30 am- Makers get to work!! @leftyfb brings in water pumps used in his fish tank to pump water out.
1:00pm- More makes join in with mops and buckets
2:00pm- The Lowell fire, police and public works try to stop the broken water line.
3:00pm- The water still keeps gushing down the crack on the wall
4:00pm- Makers build a dam to contain the water
5:00pm- There is too much water for the fish tank pumps to pump out.
6:00pm- We head over to lowe’s to get a real water pump.
7:00pm- We have the water pump hooked on to a timer that goes on every 30 min. to pump the water out from the store room to a drain
9:00pm- Ha! now we are getting some progress. but the water still keeps pouring.
9:30pm- Makers take apart laptops and use compressed air to salvage a few remaining laptops that were not completely drenched.
10:30pm- Makers get to work on a flood detection system using raspberry pi, pi-face and a block of wood.
12:00am- All the makers go home for a nap 🙂
The pump worked the whole night in 30min cycles to pump water out, the dropcam kept an eye on the leak and the raspberry pi made sure it woke up the Makers if there was more flooding… This might have been a small problem that was completely over engineered but this shows the dedication and creativity of Makers and their skill to use what was lying around to solve a real problem. The professional water damage contractor who came in the next day was surprised and very impressed with the ingenious way this problem was tackled and he said “we could not have done this better”… Thanks to all the makers who gave up their Sunday night plans to be here and help us out. keep checking out lowellmakes for updates (or @lowellmakes)
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