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Dec. 4th, 2010 @ 06:27 pm Solar Power!
I got the solar panel for the roof of the HandiTrailer mounted with brass bolts so it doesn't react to the alunimum and got the leads ran inside to the service panel where I'm going to hide the regulater that keeps the battery topped off but not over charged and shuts the solar panel off when it stops producing enough power to become a drain on the battery, next to the battery charger wired in to it to, both isolated from each other with diodes, and mounted a winch on the floor for dragging things I can't lift up or just don't feel like it LOL and wired up a flood lamp to use when I'm backing up today.

The solar panel puts out 1.14 amps and must be fairly efficient as such things go since I was getting around 11 volts last night just from the kitchen lights and more than 20 at 8 am this morning...

The trailers more or less done now except for tieing all my wiring in place so tommorrow I'll probably drive it to the farm and build a dog pen and fill it up with stuff to bring back.

1.14 amp Solar Trickle Charger


The porch is pitch black the white reflection you see is the infared lights built into the camera but you can actually make out objects fairly clearly when it's parked on the road without something to shine back at it and the light is invisible when you look at it in the dark.

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Date:December 5th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
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Date:December 6th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)

On-going Adventures

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I do not know if you even read these comments, but I want to tell you that your make-mentality has inspired me, I am something of an amateur maker (person who choses to make what I need rather than buying it) and started reading your blog (live journal) when I found your tornado shelter and thought wow, he really knows what he is doing.

Your skills seem so awesome and what I want to know is how you came to posses such a diverse and interesting range of skills.

Keep up the good work!

P.S. I am always fascinated with your continuing modifications of the handivan, it seems like every little boys dream to be able to think of a new modification and just do it.
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Date:December 6th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)

I Read Everything

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Which answers two questions and more on the second I can watch someone do something for a while then I just have the ability to pick up on whatever skill they were preforming.

I can't remember how many majors I've had over the years but then I get bored and the outside is callin me like some Jethro Tull song so I've worked with my hands most of my life.

I'm also the first born of the electrical enginneer that invented the GFI and Arc Fault protectors among other things and have a Psychologist for a wife who is always telling me what to do LOL.

Thanks for the comment and yes I wanted a van when I was a teen...

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