Water tank modification

So I got the water tank, and all was well. However I thought a heating element would be appropriate since it does get pretty cold here. Hubby said maybe not necessary, it’s inside, I doubt it’ll freeze. Well, I got an element anyway, only I miscalculated the dimensions, and when it arrived it was too big to go in the hole. Duh! The element was too expensive to just not use so I figured I’d modify the tank to get it in.
Let me tell you something; you can never have too many various kinds of Stanley knives around, just like you can’t have too many clamps. So what I ended up doing was cutting two slits in the opening, just big enough to fit the element through. I thought it came out pretty good, and I could still screw on the top.

Modified to fit the heating element.

Modified to fit the heating element.

Lately it’s been freezing cold, like 10-12 deg at night. Tonight as I was going to fill the water buckets, NO WATER!! WTF??!! It’s plugged in, the fuse hasn’t blown, what’s going on? I unscrew the top only to find the element had gotten hitched by the threaded wire protection around the cord, and hadn’t completely followed the decrease of water in the tank, i.e. not fully immersed.
I finally got the faucet open with some hot water, heat etc. I thought that think was never gonna start flowing again.
Now how’s that for today’s big DUH!!? Write it down to live and learn. Always check that the element is fully immersed. And I have to find a way to just get rid of that protection wire around the cord. No animals are ever gonna have access to the cord anyway. That’s next on the list now. That way no danger of getting hitched and not following the water as it goes down in the tank.
Did I feel like an idiot? You bettcha!! πŸ™‚ Then again it was a little funny. πŸ™‚

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