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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 the City of Springfield.
Of the huge amount of debris were salvaged 2 types of brick; all
were solid brick with the exception of about 100 figure-8
Finding it impossible to monitor what is needed in Ohio to obtain
one-generation power plant 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.
Having moved from Florida where everything worked perfectly, It was
quickly found that Ohio's sun and wind wasn't sufficient with the
hardware I was working with.
In an effort to solve the new problems, the garage became the focal
point of much of my time.
But while out here...I became a little bored with the routine of
monitoring the data from the controllers, checking specific gravity of
the cells, etc.
partition wall (non-bearing/non-retainer) is born.
It started out simple and without any plan; I wasn't sure why I was
doing this in the first place.
Will it be a closet?
...a place to put the trash?
...a porta-potty in there maybe?
Shelving, shoes, chickens...the
options were abounding, but something
will go in there!
However, When I
awoke I had
brilliant idea to add a seat.
(that would be the ugly, concrete-filled, thing on the right).
dawned on me....
Not only is it in the
way and ugly, but what an incredible
waste of otherwise usable
So I spent the rest
evening digging it all back out.
By the afternoon it was
Vanquish the seat
vanquish the indoor
vanquish a place to
put dry sauna rock things (phhttt....yeah like I need
a sauna in the garage, right?),
vanquish a place to
imprison the capitalists (it's just not large enough for the two
that own our nation).
Maybe a place to serve them coffee?
So why am I out in the garage so much? 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 of those reasons:
1.) If the expensive
batteries are jeopardized by low voltages,
the financial investment is potentially lost.
So, the wall project took on a
life of its own.
to Ohio has shown me that climates are a force to be reckoned with.
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. It is year two
into this project and I've made some rather startling discoveries,
especially in batteries (discussed in the Batteries
section of the Solar Pages). I
would not have made the discoveries had I been distanced from these
batteries, but that's another topic altogether.
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 out here in the garage, it soon became needful to make
battery connectors. It seems I
might have accidentally designed an awesome remedy to ever having to
replace the wiring, ever again! Check out tip #1 in the batteries
section for something that should
have been found on the
(if 90+% of the internet were not censored away from us, I might have
saved a few hundred dollars replacing automotive battery cables and
connectors!). In short, I've only replaced my batteries once in over a
decade, however if I were NOT out here, there would surely have been
much loss. If data can not be seen, it would not become
apparent that the power plant is deficient for the change in region.
3.) The ever-present
live monitoring, an intimacy of the patterns in which the
banks perform during controlled changes, experimenting with micro vs
battery banks, and other thoughtful problem-solving experiments in the
power, as evidenced by the discoveries stated further into this
shown here are installed in 3/4 bond fashion (on
their faces rather than their beds).
Installing the brick "on-end"
footage in living space at the expense of wall strength. To make
up for the vulnerability are added corners and wing walls .
However, the real reason for laying the brick on-end fashion was
avoid all the build-up of mortar that existed. As seen in the
photos, there's a lot of existing mortar from it's previous
It would be near
impossible to install the brick using the conventional method,
hand-clean each and every brick was not an option.
Using metal wall ties purchased at Lowes
, the ties are
installed into the brick bed joints and adhered to the studs through
the drywall seen on the left of the brick wall.
When the mortar runs out,
Watermelon Time (fresh
from the garden)!