Springfield Ohio's Kenny Hendrick while still aliveKenny's Brick-thing

Made With Trash

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 slump brick.

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.
Debris from demolished Hospital in Springfield
Then I started thinking that this could be made into a closet,
or a place to put the trash,
or I could put a portapotty in there,
shelving, shoes, chickens...the options were abounding.

However, When I awoke I had this brilliant idea to add a seat

(that would be the ugly concrete-filled thing on the right).

Dumb Idea with concreteBut it dawned on me....

what an incredible waste of otherwise usable space!!!




So I spent the rest of the evening digging it all back out.
Springfield Brick Seat Fail








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? Brick Masonry in Springfield Ohio


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 battery banks perform. In Ohio Climates,  much of the new data from season to season here is something I never really had to learn when 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...
Weep hole in brick to allow drainageBrick Wing Walls and Corners

Before 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 increased square footage in living space at the expense of wall strength. To make up for the vulnerability are added corners and wing walls .
Used brick laid on-end



The wall is tied into the existing studs behind the drywall by metal wall ties (which go into the brick bed joints).

Brick meets drywall with wallties



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.
Brick Closet being erected
Springfield reclaimed brick
Springfield Garden WatermelonSince there's no more mortar left .... it's Watermelon Time (fresh from the garden)!
Springfield Garden Watermelon



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