Category: Off-the-Grid Power

Electronics Cabinet

By , December 12, 2018

The irony of my timing is not lost on me. I recently completed a long-delayed project: I built an electronics cabinet for the homestead, in the middle of a low-power period (see Analog Days, Oil Lamp Nights).

I wanted to finish it as soon as we’d completed installation on our new hot water heater (see An Alarming Debut) so that we could decorate for Christmas.

Michelle has wanted the cabinet for a long time. She’s always dreamed of something—anything—to tidy up the snarled pile of electronics, their chargers, and their cords that sits under the window by the 12 volt outlets.

But there’s more to it than neatness. I envisioned a true home power center, and that’s what I built, to the best of my ability.

electronics cabinet

The electronics cabinet, closed (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Feeling Powerful

By , December 9, 2018

I have written before of the power of self pity (see Confessions of a Squeaky Wheel or The Power of Self Pity) and once again, complaining seems to have given us precisely what we want.

Our battery bank is fully charged! We’re feeling powerful.

25 knots south

Perfect weather for feeling powerful, wind at about 25 knots south (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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