Posts tagged: electricity

Shielding the Power System with Garbage

By , January 30, 2020

Ever since I installed a breaker box for our off-the-grid power system in 2015, (see Hangover), it has had a flaw, an Achilles’s heel, if you will: the breakers in the breaker box have been vulnerable to inadvertent switching.

The three breaker switches, which can cut off power flow to or from the battery, the controller, and the solar array, can get bumped, disconnecting any or all of these components.

Had I thought about it a bit more, I likely would have installed these switches upside down (are you old enough, gentle reader, to remember the old “Upizoff” joke from our childhood?) but I didn’t.

One or more of those switches has been accidentally switched every great now and then over the last 4+ years, especially since we put totes holding warm weather gear and work gloves on the old battery box.

off-the-grid power breaker box

You can see here that the breakers are vulnerable to clothing and other gear flipping them inadvertently (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Clawing Our Way Back

By , October 24, 2014

This week I’m continuing the process of catching up with homestead tasks after visiting family Outside. I’m cruising back into some jobs; others, I’m having to claw my way back.

We should have equalized our battery bank sometime around October 16. We do this every 60 days, overcharging the batteries for a couple of hours, then checking the fluid levels in the batteries. I take responsibility for this job in our home. My absence highlighted the need to decompartmentalize essential tasks.

We often think of our family as a team, working together as a unit (see “Everyone’s Okay.”). Each of us specializes on specific tasks, but we try to ensure overlap in skill sets, so that if one member can’t perform, another can step in. Continue reading 'Clawing Our Way Back'»

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