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I Can Take No More - Colossus Goo Kit Project (Sorta')

I've tried different coils, removing the small coil, putting in new custom coils, slowly warming the wax for weeks - still my Purple/Pink has not responded.  

It is just too sensitive to temperature changes in its environment - meaning it only runs well in a very narrow temperature range.  I'm convinced its the bloody wax.

So, I've drained the liquid, and I'm in the process of melting the wax on the base.  My plan is to goo kit it with clear liquid and that pretty neon blue everyone likes so much.  This should be fun!


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No, you don't look silly, LOL.  You didn't know, Doug.  
Doug Ditzel said:

Ohhh, well, don't I look silly. 

We pulled an all-nighter (several all-nighters, actually) last year to fix my no flow purple/pink Colossus, Doug.  

I hybridized it with Magma Tower goo and added a coil.  I did the same thing to my slow flow purple/yellow Colossus -- just used less Magama Tower goo.  

They both flow well to this day with the purple/pink requiring more tweaks with the dimmer switch.  There are step-by-step instructions somewhere in this thread.  LOL

I have a third clear/red Colossus that has been stellar from day one.  The clear liquid does get a slight haze from time to time, though.

Doug Ditzel said:

Oh damn, well I've never had the pleasure of owning a colossus so I didn't realize they had a dimmer installed. And yeah, I did actually take a look at the Heritage thread and realized its a mile long. Well best of luck Kirk on this project.

Did you cap these cold, hot, or warm?  I'm about to filter mine and wasn't sure on the capping...I don't want an explosion, nor do I want the top to get sucked in. 

I also unfortunately got a small tear in the white stopper on the rim...basically the rim of it started to tear away from the center part that goes down into the neck of the globe...think it'll cause me problems or should I be ok, since it will have the black sleeve over it still and then the other cap?  Anywhere to get these large stoppers if not?

BTW...AWESOME job on these...they look beautiful!

I capped them cold.  I think you are fine with the stopper.  Just be sure to reseal the metal top on tight.  The black plastic sleeve holds it all together and is added insurance.  Good luck with your filtering.

This is what happened....still think it should be ok?  I'm surprised that capping these cold doesn't cause too much pressure to build.  I would have thought ideally would be to cap it somewhat warm but not fully hot so that there'd be some vacuum when it cools and some pressure when it heats, not all pressure or all vacuum.

Did you ever complete this project?   I'd love to see a clear (not white) goo kit.

My colosuss exploded.  It never worked properly.  We had it in our attic and would only flow if it was well over 90 degrees.  We forgot, left it on over night, and found that red liquid had leaked down through our light fixture to the floor below.  We have what I hope is just water and wax all through our attic room where we kept it.  It does not smell great.  Is that stuff toxic?  Does anyone have advice regarding clean up?


Been there, done that. Lots of Dawn, wax remover, Kilz, and paint.

Sorry to hear of another.

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