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Gas Lines for the LittleHouse

by on Jan.18, 2017, under Gas Appliances

We came up in late October to run some propane lines into the LittleHouse.  These are to feed a wall-mounted, direct-vent propane heater,  gas water heater, oven/stove, and possibly refrigerator.  The house heater will be mounted on the North wall, near the northwest corner of the house.  We hope to have solar radiant heating run under the floor throughout the house, but the propane will be our backup heating system.

The other appliances are all located in the kitchen area, along the north wall of the kitchen.

We started out by installing a manifold in the Northeast corner or the house.  There are two 6″ black pipe nipples installed on the back, along with two plugs on the unused ports on the back, and one plug on the unused port on the side.  We also installed a gas valve at the inlet to the manifold. This is where the propane tank will tie in.  From there, we have one line run to the direct-vent heater location, and a second line running to the kitchen.

Propane manifold

Propane manifold

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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 Design

by on Jul.23, 2013, under Electrical

We’re getting ready to finish up the Solar Installation this Fall.

The Specs:
Solar Array: 6 SW-230 Solar World Panels, 2 Strings of 3 at 90 volts: 1380 Watts
Array Combiner Box: Midnight Solar MNPV-3
Charge Controller: Midnight Solar Classic 200
Batteries: 8 Crown CR-220 batteries in series: 48 volts at 220 Amp-Hours
Inverter: Outback FX3048T – 48 volt, 3000 Watts
Emergency generator: Honda EU2000i – 2000 Watt


Click on the picture below for a larger view…

LittleHouse Solar Design Small

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Solar Panel Installation

by on Mar.17, 2013, under Electrical

Well, Spring is here, and it’s time to get back to work.  For Spring Break this year, we came up to install the solar panels on the roof of the LittleHouse.

Panels installed

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Building Porch Railings

by on Mar.18, 2012, under porch

Over Spring Break this year, Tara & I headed up to build the porch railings on our front porch. Here is how we did it…

Porch Railings

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