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Forum: The Billiards Room 04-16-18, 06:35 PM
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Posted By creeky
Ready for the Silent Spring?

As the son of a biologist and a determined nature lover I have been watching the plight of the bees with some concern. Now it looks like the bees are the least of our problem.

You see, coinciding...
Forum: Solar Power 12-29-17, 04:31 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
Well. I got an email earlier this week from one...

Well. I got an email earlier this week from one of my fellow chevy volt experimenters. Not sure what happened but he had his cells go wildly out of whack.

After some months of no real voltage...
Forum: Solar Power 10-24-17, 08:02 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
Seems reasonable. But I have no idea as to price....

Seems reasonable. But I have no idea as to price. I would like to get my hands on the motor and drivetrain. And imagine so would a lot of folk. Sadly I don't have the time for that right now. But you...
Forum: Conservation 10-19-17, 06:15 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 33,062
Posted By creeky
I thought I'd share a pic of one off grid system...

I thought I'd share a pic of one off grid system I helped build this summer.

http://www.bobolinksolar.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/8moduleSWinstall-169x300.jpg

This is 3kw of solar and 18kw...
Forum: Solar Power 10-12-17, 09:02 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
Jimmy, I have a solar business. bobolinksolar dot...

Jimmy, I have a solar business. bobolinksolar dot com
you can contact me there. thanks

btw. for all who are following. the units are proving slow but steady. which is what I had hoped for. The...
Forum: Solar Power 10-04-17, 11:31 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
I am super pleased to announce the addition of...

I am super pleased to announce the addition of the BMS. This is a simple "active balancing" unit wired here for 12S! Huzzah
...
Forum: Solar Power 06-22-17, 07:41 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
One Year Update: Well, I'm jumping the gun...

One Year Update:

Well, I'm jumping the gun on this a bit. But in celebration of SPA day (solar power appreciation) I tested my lithium cells to monitor cell drift/balance.

Here's the result
...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-17-17, 09:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,355
Posted By creeky
I would go have a look at buildingscience.com. If...

I would go have a look at buildingscience.com. If I remember correctly they have a section on crawlspaces.

https://buildingscience.com/documents/information-sheets/crawlspace-insulation
...
Forum: Solar Power 03-26-17, 09:33 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
Hey randen, how'z the truck? Being off grid...

Hey randen, how'z the truck?

Being off grid I'm pretty energy thrifty. So I do have all LED. Along with a zigbee network that turns lights on and off with timers/sensors.

And I've been selling...
Forum: Solar Power 03-14-17, 03:14 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
Just a quick update (I know. I always say that.) ...

Just a quick update (I know. I always say that.)

The 12s cell monitor does appear to draw down off all cells. The first monitor I tested appears to have one cell measurement .02v lower than the...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-22-17, 10:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,118
Posted By creeky
Might as well. I run mine on the cold line. One...

Might as well. I run mine on the cold line. One thing you'll notice is the initial rinses don't work as well. But by the time you get through the hot wash the plates et al are fine for the final...
Forum: Solar Power 12-02-16, 09:03 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
Fun with heat Having fun with keeping the...

Fun with heat

Having fun with keeping the batteries warm. Turned out I had a huge hole in my insulation. Got that fixed. Redid the lid. Etc. Will post an update in a few days on what temp the...
Forum: Solar Power 10-04-16, 05:59 PM
Replies: 740
Views: 164,404
Posted By creeky
September 2016: 128,400w 2 kw of off grid...

September 2016: 128,400w

2 kw of off grid use. So that's actual power created. Used "live" and stored in my battery bank for later use. Doesn't look like much compared to the numbers seen in other...
Forum: Solar Power 09-01-16, 09:44 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
2 month Lithium report The cells continue to...

2 month Lithium report

The cells continue to check out exactly at the voltage spread noted in my first test.
I have 1 cell at .02 lower than the highest. Many cells .01. And most cells within...
Forum: Solar Power 08-06-16, 10:52 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
Thanks Steve. I appreciate the encouragement....

Thanks Steve. I appreciate the encouragement. Warning, I do enjoy a slight deprecation of intent. It makes the story more interesting (to me anyway;).

I couldn't speculate on cost. It really is...
Forum: Solar Power 07-18-16, 11:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,940
Posted By creeky
You can also keep a horse and buggy ready if your...

You can also keep a horse and buggy ready if your car fails. Kerosene lamps if the power goes out. A box of ice etc.

The advantage of quality new tech is its more reliable. For a small power...
Forum: Solar Power 07-18-16, 09:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,940
Posted By creeky
A lithium battery would be a better choice. You...

A lithium battery would be a better choice. You avoid the need to trickle charge during idle periods. Simply charge to 60% and then leave it until you need it.

I would invert the power. Get a 300...
Forum: Solar Power 07-13-16, 10:07 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
I had a nice adventure recently. You see I have...

I had a nice adventure recently. You see I have one bad battery out of the Volt pack I acquired. This 48v battery has one cell at 3.62 while all the other cells come in at 3.83.

What to do?
...
Forum: Solar Power 06-30-16, 09:09 PM
Replies: 740
Views: 164,404
Posted By creeky
Writing to you now using the electrons from my...

Writing to you now using the electrons from my lithium based stored energy. What a beautiful time to be alive.

Thumbs up to both of you. Robaroni and pinballlooking. We are the future if the...
Forum: Solar Power 06-14-16, 09:45 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
Right. So. I have had a lovely chat with Joe at...

Right. So. I have had a lovely chat with Joe at Morningstar. On the website the controllers I have are said to support the Volt lithium chemistry.

Well. One way to find out. A back and forth with...
Forum: Solar Power 06-10-16, 03:12 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 42,047
Posted By creeky
Whoops. Let me start with the REC BMS. Not 700...

Whoops. Let me start with the REC BMS. Not 700 Euros. 470 Euros. 700 Canadian. Whew.

And Tear Down Begins!

Can't begin to express the pleasure I derive from taking something so beautiful apart....
Forum: Conservation 05-19-16, 01:14 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 33,062
Posted By creeky
Might I suggest some reading on lithium? I see...

Might I suggest some reading on lithium? I see posts based on an inadequate level of knowledge. By ex. I read "Lithium batteries are made of small individual cells". While in fact there are 1000ah...
Forum: Conservation 05-17-16, 09:00 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 33,062
Posted By creeky
I've been living full time off grid for five...

I've been living full time off grid for five years now. I love it. So here's a few things I've learned.

ONE: Build it: Solar.
It's easy. And cheap. (this could also be called ignore the trolls)...
Forum: Solar Power 05-01-16, 01:50 PM
Replies: 740
Views: 164,404
Posted By creeky
Congratulations.

Congratulations.
Forum: Conservation 03-19-15, 05:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,518
Posted By creeky
I put "click" flooring directly over 1.5"...

I put "click" flooring directly over 1.5" polyiso. it took some getting used to as it squeaked in one area by the door for the first year. but it's been down over 3 years now with no issues. do wish...
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