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Things I want to Buy / Good News 2018
« on: December 13, 2018, 06:54:33 PM »
I was shifting through the posts this morning and have continued to notice this is not a "Good News" kind of place for the most part.  We're sowing up 2018 and thought some of us might want to reflect on outcomes that were pleasing for the year.

My swimming pond continues to spring forth with life.  I didn't know so much algae could grown in a single spot.  I'm thinking my new handle might be "The Old Fart From the Green Lagoon." 

Last month was the lowest electrical bill We've had since we moved here 20 years ago.  Solar does pay back and then just keeps giving.

Our volunteers on the farm seem to just keep getting better.  Perhaps our recruiting message is better tuned.  I'm still flabbergasted how many strangers will help you get along in this life.

What are the good things that have happened in your year 2018?

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Changfa Engines / What's this really worth?
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:52:42 PM »

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Everything else / You've Just Got To Love Those ICEs
« on: June 25, 2018, 06:18:36 AM »
A fun video on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BE476MvO_g&t=0s&list=WL&index=83

Rolls-Royce Merlin says it about best for me.  Just a click or two beyond my Morris Cooper S.  But then the Allison V-12 got me to thinking I'm just a chump for V-12s.

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Everything else / Changes to Energy Generation
« on: June 24, 2018, 07:18:55 PM »
I watched a neat article on YouTube today.  I do enjoy Robert Llewellyn and his Fully Charged series.  This one dropped a small $80 Billion bomb about 2/3s way through.  Older oil and gas rigs in the North Sea are being pulled out.  The current crop is going to cost eighty billion dollars just for removal.  How can Shell or Exon afford to do this?  They don't.  The people of the United Kingdom are.  Please don't bitch about electric car subsidies out loud to me ever again.  Oops, that should be 80 billion UK pounds; not USD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYr7aGf0-wA

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General Discussion / Phantom Energy Use
« on: June 23, 2018, 05:58:11 PM »
Can anyone find a realistic or reliable data for this phenomena?

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Everything else / Router Speed Control Device vs. 4X36 Belt Sander
« on: February 04, 2018, 01:54:33 AM »
I thought it would be so easy.  Slow my cheapski stationary belt sander with a router speed control device so I can sharpen knives and the like.  You guys that known the outcome should shed the light upon my wrinkled brow.  As I looked at this https://smile.amazon.com/Work-Sharp-Sharpening-Repeatable-Consistent/dp/B003IT5F14/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517709121&sr=8-1&keywords=knife+sharpener+belt+driven I knew I already had the stuff I needed or I thought I did.  So how do I slow it down and why didn't my brainstorm work?

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General Discussion / The Trouble With String Invrters
« on: January 22, 2018, 06:51:42 PM »
Wow!  My electric bill jumped up above $300 again.  Runing the pool pump too much?  Too many hot showers?  No, a couple of trips out to the SMA inverter and it's obvious that one of two panel strings are not working. 

I've cleaned all the rats nests out but still three KW at noon prevails.  The inverter has two three KW strings so no math majors required.  One of the strings is down.

So I'm sure three KW at about 270 volts is pretty dang dangerous.  You're advice - warnings - heads-ups would be appreciated.

Casey

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Everything else / Commitments for 2018
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:47:18 PM »
It's that time of year again.  Where you commit to one project or 17.  

What's on the top of your list?

I've gotten absorbed in converting the swimming pool to a swimming pond.  Kiss my bank card poison sellers and electricity hackers.  I'm going gravel filters and air powered lift pumps.  As in all major capital investment toys "Do No Harm" is the foundation of the project.  Should some silly person want to purchase this part of Eden they can always go back to the money lenders.  I'm thinking the smarter use of energy is one of the pillars of this site.

Ok, I've shown you mine.  How about a look at yours?

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General Discussion / No New Posts 11-14 and 11-15
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:37:50 PM »
Is it me or has no one actually posted anything in two days?

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Holy Moly.  The big one with electric start.  This engine will not accept crude oil as a fuel - it's right there in the users manual.  OK, It's a bit rough and the generator has been swiped.  That radiator is actual a condenser.  The hole in the block is part of the cooling system that goes up to the condenser.  As is this puppy probably weighs in at a ton.  My understanding is that this unit will deliver a real 6 KW 24/7.  Oh yeah, there's a giant oil sump in the cast iron base and has a pressure oil system with a factory filter.

Good Luck

http://www.ebay.com/itm/263253713486?ul_noapp=true

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General Discussion / Microcogen - New Look
« on: September 24, 2017, 06:54:14 PM »
?

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Everything else / Witte Engine Skid Base
« on: January 22, 2017, 12:06:39 AM »
I have this 1200 pound plus Witte generator.  See avatar.  I'm thinking that because it runs pretty darn smooth that pouring a slab with anchor bolts is over kill.  I can't get pre-mix delivered here so concrete would take a lot of Girl Scout cookies.

The Witte is about six feet long and dimensioned lumber starts at 8 feet lengths so I would just cut the front of two 4 X 8, or 4 X 10, or 4 X 12 (s) off at 45 degrees and call that the base.  Then cut three cross members out of the same material spanning the total width - Flywheel Outside Edge to Flywheel Outside Edge.  Lastly I block those cross members in real snug with more of the same material.  Comments are solicited on:

1.   Yes or No on the concept?

B.   Which dimension of lumber?

3.  What kind of glue?

iv.  Red or Yellow Paint?

5.   In general I think......?

The skid will only be used for transporting the engine once.  From the carport out across 100 plus yards of lumpy field with a couple of turns and then into the generator pit.  (Pit is more for drama than actual description.)  I'll then level it up in a bed of "base course" or "3/4 minus" which ever they call unwashed crushed gravel in your part of the woods.

Casey

PS.  Sibling topic on this and Micro Co-Gen site.

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The Public Utilities Commission has just trashed canned Grid Tie.  In the old stupid program (it must have been stupid or they wouldn't have trashed it) when you over produced kilowatts in the mid day sun that excess was saved for you and applied towards your evening use one for one.  The new and improved grid tie program in Hawaii has some great improvements.  Your're now paid wholesale (.15) for each extra hour you produce in the day time.  And then when you need power in the evening you get to pay retail (.30+).  That's a net profit of 35,600% per year (100% per day comes to 36,500%).  Not a bad gain for The Hawaii Electrical Corporation (HELCO - the company from Hell - anagrams live) on my plant and equipment.  Yup, it gets worse.  If I upgrade my existing system I must turn it over to the new program - no grandfather or grandmother. 

Gosh, I wonder why I balked at adding another 4 KW to my roof top.  Incidentally, the first big public auction went down this July where the equipment and materials of the dying solar installation companies were liquidated.

Best Solar window in the United States and the Peoples representatives just sold us down the river.  Don't worry.  This improved program is coming to you.

I don't understand why all of these new wholesalers don't have to report their income to the state and federal tax collectors - taxable gain scenario?  But then can trips to Hover Damn be write-offs.  Or to Germany to review their solar innovations?  Or to the Grand Caymans to investigate off-shore unreported incomes - you know where third world politicians hide their illicit gains.

Oh, HELCO just applied for a license to build generator systems based on natural gas.  The future is for first worlds.

Casey

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