Tuesday, July 10 2012
What a crazy trip this is.
I pray for rain, get some, which is awesome, but this morning I learned that the new WiFi router which I recently setup on the mountain uses just enough extra electricity that one full day of cloud cover drains the batteries. I'd say, "Ya can't win," but it isn't what I truly feel. We can win. It is just that we found a limit this morning. Now I can either go up to our remote WiFi tower and disconnect the extra power draining router, which isn't doing anything anyway, or I can see if Desertgate wants to buy more powerful photovoltaic panel for up there so we can possibly push the Internet to Sapello. I doubt that latter option is what they want. I think they have plans for a new tower over near Sapello.
I'll call Eric in a while and let him know what I'm doing and see what he thinks.
I'd love to add a couple photovoltaic panels to our wind power system, but like many folk we have cash flow issues. That's okay, we can live without solar panels for now. I've been contemplating putting the big blades back on the wind turbine. Another little limit I think I see is the tail weight on the turbine is insufficient to keep the turbine facing into the wind, and we may be losing energy because of this. I'm no engineer, this is only a guess, on the other hand I've been known to guess correctly often enough to get a bit of credence.
Anyway, I have limited monitoring abilities for the Wifi tower. If we wanted to blow a disproportional quantity of money to what the tower is worth, we can get Web based monitor that would show battery voltage, of course the voltage would need to be high enough to run the monitoring system. My little test is meek and mild, but it was beautiful and effective. I had the LAN based software up on my Netbook screen I use for work, as the sun came over the Crestone and I shot the first picture this morning I saw my remote WiFi Tower register for just a second. What it meant is that the sun was striking the photovoltaic panels on the mountain and it was bringing the remote equipment back online literally.
The bottom line: The moment the sun crested the ridge, the Internet came back online. Of course the sun was striking the PVs on the mountain a while before we saw it down here on the other side
We did have enough methanol to make biodiesel yesterday, so after busting a few more rocks out of the foundation pit and a little cat nap I loaded up the WVO collection gear went to town.
2012-07-10-Brian-Morning-Sun This time of the year the Sun comes in the northern windows and nearly as soon as it begins charging those batteries on the mountain it hits me, as seen above. Morning light is a gentle orangie pink.
As I said I went to town, it began to rain again just about as soon as we were in the Jeep. Buddy wasn't quite certain what the black dealies flopping back and forth outside the window were all about, and he watched them closely for a while.
I donned rain gear to pump WVO, buddy didn't like that outfit too well either and requested permission to re-enter the vehicle. The oil titrated beautifully at around 2. That is so great. It means that the chemicals do not need to be so strong to transesterify the triglycerides, the process of making biodiesel.
I spent a good amount of time in the hardware store in the plumbing section. The staff at BTU are helpful and many. I actually turned away all requests for help, saying I wanted to figure this out for myself, thanks though. we'll see if I did the figuring properly.
(sewer-pipe-layout) alrighty then, I'll throw down a quick description and let you go.
(sewer-pipe-layout) Above at the bottom of the pic is the $35 double tee with two pipe size reducers that go from the four inch pipe to 2 inch. On the left is the bath-tub drain, the right side goes to the kitchen sink. About halfway up toward the trailer is the tee to the new lavatory, toilet, sink and a vent pipe. The pipe continues back to the toilet in the trailer in 3 inch as it was.
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