Below are motion-detected lighting at the onset. The notion of
becoming like all the other old people (forgetful, neglectful, spacey,
clumsy, basically dangerous to self) is incessantly on my mind.
So, to plan for my future well-being, everything I do needs to have
longevity and automation as key. Now if I can just get the
damn toilet to flush.
Coats never hung well on the blue thing anyway. The blue thing
has an expected lifespan of short....any ... day now.
This is what the kitchen compost (trash can for bio-degradables) looks
like when it needs to be buried in the garden. I've yet to
grow any good coffee or bananas.
This is the first of two projected water holding tanks for the reverse
osmosis that is hopefully going to be installed soon. For
the past few years (3?) my water has come directly from a hose that is
unfiltered water from the ground (it's a separate line from the water
supply that feeds the house). Although the house has a
myriad of filters and water softener and r.o. units, the garage gets
its water the only way it can right now. I'll leave it up
to the next generation to figure out something better because ideally
it would be nice to have the water pre-filtered and then pumped out to
the garage AFTER all the house's filters. I'm thirsty just
thinking about all that work.
Below is a photo of what a fly would see. We need more
Below is the old server about to be put out to pasture.
Although this octo-core with 16gb ram (upgradable to 64mb's) was a
breath of fresh air when it first arrived here, it's time to put the
old liquid-cooled pc to the side for new and improved.
I believe the filter below was traded with Jimmy for something.
In any event it's going to serve the purpose of an over-kill
preliminary water filter (it's actually not what is preferred in a
pre-filter...it's what's available).
Here is the first holding tank and reverse osmosis system soon to go
into action. Water without the amoebas (just kidding).
This 3-car garage is easily heated with the new firewood stove (and boy
oh boy can I tell you about what defines a good stove from crappy
eye-candy. The first year out here almost killed me!
";-) The heat generated by the new (for me) cheap stove
that is in place here is awesome, it's a totally different kind of heat
that is kind of hard to describe.
Here's the deal on the stove. Once upon a time I spent
$300.00++ on a brand new fancy stove. It had legs and was very
beautiful to look at. That stove had to go, it was sold to
a man for a loss, $75.00. Now about this cruddy-looking
stove seen below. See the dial on the lower left of the
unit? That's to turn the fan on and off. There are
two fans to the right and left at the bottom of the stove. Those
fans push air under the fire chamber, up the back of the unit, over the
top of the fire chamber (below the cooking area) and out toward
me. So, it's a box inside a box that is suspended by steel
What makes this stove so efficent though, is not necessarily the fans;
it's the concrete floor the stove is sitting atop!! If you were
to put your hand on the concrete anywhere in this 3-car garage floor,
it would be warm. In a word, Thermal
Mass. Long after a fire goes out, this building
remains a comfortable temperature. The previous eye-candy
stove did NOT have a fan and had legs that kept the heat of the box far
from the floor. See that tray-like thing at the
bottom-center of the stove? That's a convenient ash
Tray. It is carried outside daily and emptied (the other
previous stove did NOT have a convenient ash tray. In fact,
the previous stove was an utter nightmare to clean out because as soon
as you opened the door to do so, in came the smoke!).
This stove has a damper control (after the firebox) and a draft control
(airflow before the firebox). The box is so large that my
firewood supplier need not even split much (toothpicks burn up too
quick and a fire needs to last at least 3 hours before forcing one to
wake up to feed it again....however with this stove and that thermal
mass, I can go 5 or more hours for hot and 8-15 hours for warm).
Did I mention the benefits of thermal mass? Behind this
firewood stove is a furnace that burns all types of oils.
The heat produced from that furnace produced a petrol smell, it heated
only the top half of the garage so legs and feet were cold, it totally
did not work for me for a number of reasons. Trying to cook
on the furnace was impossible.
Everything (almost) in this garage runs off of big batteries (325ah
each). However during the winter time solar energy to
recharge the batteries is now so great in Springfield Ohio.
Although there is a wind generator up and in use, it's not complete yet
pending a blocking diode and proper regulator. The
two 150v 60a charge controllers in here have been in service long
before I arrived in Springfield Ohio and have operated flawlessly (they
are american made, they are durable, they require no fans (potential
problems), and I could go on for two days about all the times that
these morningstar mppt charge controllers have superceded all my
expectations in a controller. The last (and only other)
battery bank survived 5 years of use (actually mis-use is a better
term...initially every off-the-wall experiment I could conceive was
done with those batteries....one day it was 48v bank, next day it was
36v, then 24v, then 12v....I settled with 12v for a number of
reasons. Primary of reasons was the fact that most
everything we operate consumes around 12v (as opposed to
110v). Your laptops run at about 15-20v, the led lights are
12v (nice, direct, little loss), radios and security cameras and even
my dvr are 12v already (cut the corporate crap converter off the end,
split the wires and voila~ no more chains!).
The filter in this unit is not as pricey as those in the reverse
osmosis system, is a little easier to service too.
The filters for the r.o. are expensive...will need to design
replacements that are user-servicable.
So it's off to the workstation for a remedy!
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