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Battery Maintenance

by on Aug.12, 2014, under Ranch Maintenance

While waiting for the scrap lumber to burn down, I did battery maintenance.

First, I let the solar panels charge until the charger went into float mode (about 1:00 pm that day).

Then I checked that the water level was above the plates of the battery (it was in all cells).  I had not filled the batteries since May, so I was concerned, but all was well.

I checked the initial voltage on each battery. They were all in the 6.53 – 6.55 range (I wrote them down, but didn’t capture the figures in the snapshot I took to bring back to town).

Next, I put the charger into equalize mode. I ran in that mode for about an hour, but for the last 15 minutes or so, it had clouded up, so wasn’t fully effective.  I’ll have to run another equalize charge next time we come up.

Finally, I let the system go back into float mode, and measured the voltages and specific gravity for each cell.  All were in the good range (1.265 is usually considered 100% charged).

Battery # After Equalization Float Voltage Cell 1 SG Cell 2 SG Cell 3 SG
1 6.55 1.265 1.265 1.265
2 6.54 1.265 1.265 1.265
3 6.56 1.265 1.265 1.265
4 6.56 1.265 1.265 1.265
5 6.52 1.265 1.260 1.260
6 6.56 1.260 1.265 1.265
7 6.56 1.260 1.265 1.260
8 6.53 1.260 1.260 1.260

 

Checking Specific Gravity.

Checking Specific Gravity.

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Cleaning Up…

by on Aug.12, 2014, under Ranch Maintenance

I’m ashamed to admit that I got a little lazy with properly disposing excess lumber during the building process.

Since the burn bans are over for the year, and everything is nice and green, I decided to burn up the scrap lumber pile that had been stacking up for years.

Burn Ring

Burn Ring

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August 2014 at the Ranch

by on Aug.12, 2014, under Seasons

With the Monsoons in full swing, I decided to head up to the Ranch to get a break from the heat.  I came up alone, for just the weekend.

I did a little cleanup work and battery work, but mostly I sat outside and played with my new iPad while waiting to throw another piece of wood on the burn pile.

Here are some pictures of the scenery, nice and green…

Anvil Rock, from the west side...

Anvil Rock, from the west side…

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Shed Painting

by on May.19, 2014, under Ranch Maintenance

While we were up doing touchup painting on the LittleHouse, we painted the Shed for the first time.

Front of shed painted

Front of shed painted

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Spring Maintenance

by on May.19, 2014, under Ranch Maintenance

Tara and I decided to run up to the Ranch last weekend to do a little spring maintenance.  It hardly seems fair that we have to repaint/do touchups when we are still working at building the place!

Anyway, the paint on the front door trim never did stick too well, and had been peeling pretty good.  I blame it on poor quality primer that came with the trim, because that is the part that was peeling.  We have had no other peeling on the rest of the house trim, only that door.

We started by scraping off all of the loose paint chips from the trim.

Tara scraping off the old paint on the front door.

Tara scraping off the old paint on the front door.

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