Posts tagged: Off-the-Grid Power

Hangover

By , May 13, 2015

I arose late this morning, around 7:30, feeling woozy. My head aches. My muscles, especially in my arms and hands, are cramping. There’s a dent in one palm where I stabbed myself with a screwdriver. I’m a mess, but our off the grid power system now features proper breakers!

The new breaker box. Most of the wiring will be covered when I replace the sheetrock heat shield (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

The new breaker box. Most of the wiring will be covered when I replace the sheetrock heat shield (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

I powered down and began installing the breaker box about 7:00 p.m. last night. I think I got to bed around 2:00 a.m. I had sorted wires, drawn diagrams, measured, and assembled components beforehand, but the final act of reassigning wires, cutting new ones, and overcoming the general cussedness and inertia of ticklish projects ate up the time and my energy.

I listened to a favorite book while I worked. Michelle said she heard very little swearing! I did swear, I confess, but I managed to keep it fairly quiet. She slept on the couch to lend moral support, and that simple gesture helped wonderfully.

I learned that all of our really big spiders come out to hunt in the cabin at night. I kept my mind on my work, and didn’t kill a single one. They have their job, I have mine.

At any rate, it all works! We now have proper over current protection. I can sleep better (and longer!) tonight.

Power Shift Interlude: Tribute to a Household God

By , March 19, 2015

“Jesus’ name is ‘Omen’. Omen says we can watch a movie!”

Aly announced this one evening at the dinner table when she was about 4 years old. The statement, apparently based on a misinterpretation of the standard dinner grace closing, shocked and delighted us with its metaphysical and etymological leap, and its naked attempt to sway the vote for that evening’s entertainment.

“Omen” has become somewhat of a household god for us: the God of Available Power. We often jokingly refer to the Trimetric monitor on our battery bank as “Omen,” particularly when consulting it to see if we do indeed have enough battery capacity for a movie.

Omen, the Household God of Available Power (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Omen, the Household God of Available Power (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Continue reading 'Power Shift Interlude: Tribute to a Household God'»

Panorama Theme by Themocracy