Dumped in my driveway were two very large dump-trailers full of
masonry and dirt. The debris came from a portion of
building that was tore down in town.
Of the huge amount of debris were salvaged 2 types of brick; all
were solid brick with the exception of about 100 figure-8
The following is not only a hobby, but also an experiment.
Finding it impossible to monitor what is needed in Ohio, my new State
of Domicile, to remedy the tether of monopoly financing for my family
tree's power needs, has left me with no other choice but to come into
closer proximity of the battery banks, charge controllers, inverters,
solar arrays, and wind generator.
But while out here...I became a little bored with the routine.
Hence, brick partition wall (non-bearing/non-retainer).
It started out simple because I actually wasn't sure why I was even
doing this in the first place.
Then I started thinking that this could be made into a closet,
or a place to put the trash,
could put a portapotty in there,
shelving, shoes, chickens...the
options were abounding.
However, When I awoke I had
brilliant idea to add a seat
(that would be the ugly concrete-filled thing on the right).
But it dawned on me....
what an incredible
waste of otherwise usable
So I spent the rest of the evening digging it all back out.
By the afternoon it was
clear: Vanquish the seat idea,
vanquish the indoor Grill,
vanquish a place for dry sauna rock things (phhttt....yeah like I need
a sauna in the garage, right?),
vanquish a place to
imprison the capitalists (it's not large enough for the two monopolies
that own our nation).
Maybe a place to serve them coffee?
When I finally reach the point where the local power of choice (from
God) is sufficiently built to cover my entire electrical
needs year-round, it's then that I will move back into the house.
There are a number of reasons that staying in close proximity to the
power plant is needful right now, I'll name but a few:
1.) If the expensive batteries are jeopardized by low voltages,
the financial investment is potentially lost. Being close and
ever-present to the batteries allows me to note the consumption and
ponder whether the need for additional panels or batteries or both are
necessary to overcome excessive low-voltage situations.
2.) Since I've been
ever-present to the power plant for the past two years, I've been able
to notice anamolies concering the choice of wire (solid vs stranded;
smaller guage vs. higher, etc.). In fact while making my own
connections using brass connectors and fat lower guage wire, it seems I
might have accidentally designed an awesome remedy to ever having to
replace the wiring ever. Using common automotive cables and
cable ends is not wise (I can say that now because I've been through a
cajillion of them). The acid and deep-cycle settings of an
off-grid battery just eat them up and a couple of times did so in a
dangerous fashion. I'd say about once per year all the
connections needed replacement when using automotive
cables. When the common connectors become defective and
wear, they wear down to the wires inside the connector (in other words,
the entire ends of the battery cables were being completely eaten up
exposing the wire strands from the cable leaving nothing to hold it in
place). The tailoring
of the system will be
more than likely completed by the end of 2018 (God-willing).
3.) When detrimental excessive low-voltage occurs , being
in close-proximity allows me to simply turn
off a light or other device to rectify the problem. Not doing so,
is a problem. If I were in the house I'd not have that
liberty at all since the fuse boxes for the solar and wind are out
here. In short, the approach permits
live monitoring gaining an intimacy of the patterns in which the
banks perform. In Ohio Climates, much of the new data
from season to season here is something I never really had to learn
domiciled formerly in Florida. I just
assumed that everything would be the same irregardless of what State I
happen to relocate the system (I knew there'd be some adjustments, a
few additional panels and batteries but who knew snow was going to come
into the equation?).
Oh, the wall, right...
long the wall project took on a life of its own. The brick
shown here are being installed in 3/4 bond fashion (on
their faces rather than their beds). This provided
footage in living space at the expense of wall strength. To make
up for the vulnerability are added corners and wing walls .
The wall is tied into the
existing studs behind the drywall by metal wall ties (which go into
the brick bed joints).
The overall length to the back wall is 16 feet (as the crow
flies south); However, outside dimensions are over 24 linear
feet in length measured one-side.
there's no more mortar left .... it's Watermelon Time (fresh
from the garden)!
THIS CONCLUDES One
Brick At a Time