Tuesday, December 22, 2009

All in Good Time!


I've made a deal for more than enough batteries to put me over the 800 AH requirements to get DSL and a phone to the property. My wind generator should take care of the rest of that requirements. My main problem now will be digging deep enough for the swivel for the wind generator pole to go on. Out of five holes I've dug about a foot deep was the deepest and I'd like to go down at least 14 inches. The others were only around 4 to 5 inches before hitting solid rock. Looks like I'll be investing in a hammer drill and a long masonry bit before I go any deeper than that and it will take one for the wind genny pole and three more for the guy wires to support the pole. Of course I will have to have a generator backup for when the wind doesn't blow enough to keep the batteries up. All in good time I guess?




ADDITION

I made a a very poorly planned trip to the land yesterday to try digging more holes in different places to see about putting up the wind generator. I didn't take any drinking water or anything else to drink so I was getting thirsty by the time I left there. Especially after pounding on the rock for a while with a pick. I also forgot the GPS and camera to document my findings on measurements. I did have my 25 foot tape with me (which would only come out to 24' 6" including the 3" of the case.) I also forgot to take a pen, paper and calculator so didn't have anything to figure on and I'm lousy at doing math in my head now days. I didn't know my cell phone had a built in calculator until I was messing with it last night so now at least I'll have one when I go back today. I'll also make sure to take the GPS, camera, pen and paper.

While there I walked down to the road north of the land to measure from there back to the end of the property. I looked further down the road toward the American Legion and noticed where someone had piled up rocks around a piece of PVC so assumed someone was trying to figure out the boundaries for their land. I walked down to it and measured from it to the edge of the road north, but evidently it is in the wrong place because after figuring it up that came out to 464 feet which should only be 330 feet from it to the road's edge. My other measurements were from the other side of the road south and to a point south of  the driveway on my land. I marked that so with my figures there should be another 181.5 feet to the south corner (IF the boundaries are actually from the road's edge). When I go back out there later today I plan to finish the measurement to find where the actual corner would be if the measurements are from the road's edges. I'll mark that with the GPS and see where it comes out in comparison with the safe corner Just Me gave me and the original coordinates I got from CCL when I bought it. I'll update this again later with what I find.

8 comments:

  1. Maybe you could just pour a nice concrete slab with rebar over say a 10 x 10 area to hold the windmill down.

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  2. The wind gets mighty high around here at times and it isn't unusual for them to blow over. I'd have to have guy wires on it anyway. I probably would pour a small slab around it though and put the batteries around the pole in boxes . I figure that should be around a thousand pounds there to help hold it down.

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  4. Congrats on the battery bank!!! did you get them locally?

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  5. Thanks to all that responed to my question about my tract, i will be out there now around the first week in January .Its great to find some pepole that are still helpful in these times. Thanks JW

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  6. OGT, those aren't the batteries I just used the picture to give an indication of what the thread was about. The batteries I made the deal on are used and need some attention. I've had good luck rejuvenating old batteries and figure out of the 10 that will be delivered to the land I should be able to use at least 6 to 8 of them. The ones that won't rejuvenate will probably be used as weight to hold stuff down.

    Good luck with the land JW. At least the main road out to it should be decent and there seems to be quiet a few people living out that way so maybe you will luck out on the road going to it.

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  7. Thanks for the link to my new blog. I didnt know you could rejuvinate bad batts, cool. good luck with them anyway.

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