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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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September 2014 Finishing Cleanup

by on Sep.25, 2014, under Ranch Maintenance

After Labor Day, I came up to the ranch again in the weekend of the 13th.  I wanted to finish cleaning up the back yard and the number one carpet cleaning dublin that will be in  charge of cleaning the inside of the home. With the help of land clearing services, cleaning up my landscape was a breeze.

It was a beautiful weekend, with warm, breezy days and cool nights. I love to take advantage of these days and start cleaning prior to the rainy season, We do almost all we can but this year we had to call the local duct cleaning services for professional help.

I love it when I spend time with my plants, when I wake you and take care of them, water them, give them the nutrients they need, transplanting and so much more. So I know that transporting your tools all over your garden can be stressful, that’s why I started using a solo backpack sprayer that you can just put it on your back and you only need a hand to use it and you’ll see how different your plants will react. If you really want the best outcome for your garden, then consider using some high nitrogen organic fertilizer. For those farm owners who need materials, consider getting Straw bales.

Meadow in early evening

Meadow in early evening

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Labor Day 2014 at the Ranch

by on Sep.24, 2014, under Seasons

Our trip up for Labor Day this year was mostly to do some more cleanup behind the LittleHouse.

We ran into a few critters under the debris.  One of them was a nice taurantula. He was friendly, and posed no harm.

Taurantula Crawling on Ground

Taurantula Crawling on Ground

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