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January 2016 Visit

by on Jan.31, 2016, under Electrical, Security

We’re doing some remodelling down in the valley, so I needed to come up and borrow some of my tools that I had stored at the Ranch.  Since I was making the trip, I used this time to upgrade one of the security cameras to provide a much more detailed high-resolution capture when motion was detected.  With the old camera, I had a hard time distinguishing who had been captured by the camera, because the photos were of such low resolution.  The new camera takes much clearer pictures, and when I view them at full resolution, I can zoom in to see minute details.

HikVision Security Camera

HikVision Security Camera

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Remote Monitoring of Solar Charger

by on Sep.25, 2014, under Electrical

Over the labor day weekend, I installed a new add-on for my Midnite Solar Charge Controller.  It is called a Whizbang Jr.

Basically, this allows the charge controller to measure the actual current directly into and out of the battery, without worrying about what loads I might have turned on at any point in time.

This allows the charge controller to make better decisions on when to stop charging on any given day, putting less strain on the batteries.  It also will allow me to more effectively monitor the actual state of charge of the batteries, rather than guessing based on battery voltage.  But that part hasn’t been added to the software, yet.

I haven’t grabbed any photos of my install yet, but here is a generic one that I’ve borrowed from the manufacturer…

Whizbang Jr.

Whizbang Jr.

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More Solar Equipment Work

by on Apr.27, 2014, under Electrical

I made it up to the Ranch on the weekend of April 11th. I had four goals on this trip:
1. Install a temperature controlled fan in the solar equipment box
2. Open the place up after winter
3. Replace the water pump for the cabin
4. Collect pictures to support creation of a how-to guide for the Ranch

Fans Installed in Solar bay

Fans Installed in Solar bay

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Solar Installation – Part 3

by on Sep.16, 2013, under Electrical

Once the exterior of the job site boxes was complete, the next step was to bolt them to the porch deck.  I used carraige bolts to minimize the chance of someone removing them from the outside.

Next, I started work on the interior.  The equipment was set in place and moved around until a satisfactory arrangement was found.

Finding positions

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Solar Installation – Part 2

by on Sep.16, 2013, under Electrical

Once the ground wire was routed from the panels to the ground, they were attched to the ground lug in the combiner box.  This box is used to combine the outputs of the two strings of panels into a single pair of wires going to the charge controller.  There are circuit breakers installed, mostly to use as switches to isolate any problems.

Combiner box installed

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