I guess I made a showing today, but didn't get near as much done as I wanted to. I guess that's about par for the course though. I finally pulled the plug on the generator and tried to put one of the new ones in, but both were totally wrong and wouldn't work. I wound up just cleaning it again instead and was able to use the hammer drill to drill through the rock and pound three stakes about 2 feet in to the ground .They won't go anywhere even without concrete. Also managed to pound a 9 foot base pole in the ground where all of the critters have had success digging. I managed to pound that sucker about 4 feet deep using the fence post driver so it ain't going nowhere either. The pole in the picture will only put the wind generator up about 15 feet, but where it is there are no obstructions to block the wind so I'd imagine it will do the trick. I don't want to put it any higher until I get the right pipe to put it on anyway and will be real lucky to man handle the genny up that high by myself anyway. Only managed to get one of the guy wires strung out, but hope to get the others finished also tomorrow to stabilize the pole. Hopefully tomorrow I can have the genny up and its early duty will just be to charge the new treated batteries and the others that I'll be treating pretty soon. Now that I have my digital volt meter fixed I find that it only takes the gas powered charger 15 minutes a day to top off the four bank batteries. I could stretch that to every three days, but I like to leave the lap top on all the time and use the over head light a lot, plus have several battery powered devices charging at the same time also.
Don't remember if I've ever posted a shot of my newer solar lights charging or not so here's how its done. I put them out early in the morning and bring them in just before dusk and you already know that those 8 do a pretty good job on lighting this place up when I'm not running the 120 volt light. I gave up 4 of my older solar lights yesterday to a guy I met at the Legion because he doesn't have any way to get electricity and only depends on a flashlight to read by at night and for lighting. When I went to Study Butte yesterday he was at the Cottonwood store on his old Honda trail 70 and that's his only transportation. A 36 mile round trip on it is about a 2 hour affair on the mountain roads between here and there. I wound up hauling his Igloo cooler back here so he could haul other stuff and when he got here I gave him 4 of my older solar lights. I've been leaving those outside since I put the others on the sealing anyway. Hope it makes life a little easier for him. Also offered him a ride in to town and to Alpine when I go. I could use the company and no sweat off of me otherwise.
It was a little cool all day so I spent the first part of the day in here tinkering with more junk trying to make the cell phone my home phone. Made a little headway on that and found another signal back toward Alpine that might be a better tower to try and use. Also found another back toward Marathon, but it wasn't that great. Its supposed to be a little warmer each day and to be in the 80s by the weekend so MAYBE I can start getting something done around here. (If the wind doesn't blow like hell!)