As the winter continues to get colder and colder, working on the fountain become more and more difficult. There is ice all across the base of the south end and getting the lights onto the north end is hard when you have to safely scale the tower.
Right now, we have accomplished one of our tasks. The first task was to get lights put up on the north end. If you walk by a night, you will now see a ring of red light atop the tower with a spiral of white lights. This is a change from the years past. Normally, there would be computer controlled lights playing different patterns instead of the static lights. No worries though, the computer controlled light will still be around.
This year, we have plans to put up the computer controlled lights on the south end. The big issue with this, though, is power. Right now, there is a box in the fountain that has a single power cable and a single non-terminated Ethernet cable. This is good enough to get the controlled lights up, but we also want to be able to run lights down the spillway as well. For that, we would need another power. The box that the two cables are coming out of has a bend somewhere in it and we haven’t had any success running another line though it. We are hoping that next week we will be able to install the second power line.
Besides having problems with that cabling, we have also had cabling issues setting up the north end spillway. It seems that no one remembers how to attach the cables or even where most of the cables are. Right now, both lines are just a few feet too short to be attached to anything. To top that all off, there appears to be algae growing inside the south end of the fountain! Where there is standing water, there will be algae. We topped that off with some algaecide. Hopefully that will help the light in the pool shine brighter.
There issues should be addressed by next week Tuesday. For now, please enjoy the lights on the north end and do not touch the fountain. Dustin reports that the metal is rather cold.