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Painting tubes is only effective in conjunction with a device that can paint items, like a filter, retriever, or a sorting machine. Painted tubes will not allow items of any other color to pass through (though unpainted items can still pass through). Painted items will not prioritize the colored route, however; they will still go to the nearest available ...


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I'm pretty sure you've got the wrong Buffer. All the RedPower Buffer does on its own is store items. Each input side corresponds to 5 separate inventory slots, but the output side has access to all 25 of them. It doesn't output on its own. You may be confusing it with the Buffer from the add-on mod TubeStuff, which accepts items and sends them on as stacks, ...


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Transposers only take out a single item at the time so it's only used for very low through put machines, when used inline they can strip the color of an item and when applied with a redstone signal they can block the line. They can also pick up items that land on them and spit it out in the world. Retrievers are handy on a ore processing line to collect ...


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Painting tubes is purely a method of identification, Just like Unionhawk said the painting is only useful when the painted tubes are used with other Redpower items like Sorters, Filters and Retrievers. The only really effective use i've found for colouring pipes is the sorting machine, Painting a section of pipes will draw items given the same colour in ...


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Transposers have three separate uses: picking up loose items from the environment (e.g. in a mob farm), pulling items out of inventories, and acting as gates/valves for tube networks. Sucking up items (whether from an inventory or the environment) is done one at a time via a redstone pulse and when not connected to a inventory items will be sucked up from ...


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You can use a Ejector (crafted like a Relay but with redstone instead of red doped wafer) and have it pulsed with a timer. This allows stacks to form before they are sent out into the tube network.


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