Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pix of this and that.

Haven't updated the blog in a while so I'll mainly do it with pictures. The first four pictures are from Bigfoot and were on their last trip down here. (Thanksgiving) The first  was a sunset or sunrise from their place. The other three were taken at the Legion Thanksgiving day dinner. Once again I didn't even know the picture was even being taken and I think the one with Frann and I in it was probably taken by Littlefoot. It may look like I knew the picture was being taken because I was looking that way, but I didn't. Frann caught one of me like that while we were having breakfast at the BBMI a while back. Boy are woman sneaky!
 The following pictures are of the trip to Odessa. The first is a picture of Frann's new battery bank after RN and I got through making the cables for them. The lugs were too expensive so we made them out od copper tubing like I did for my bank. One is of Frann and my younger sister at their house. One is of my little sister and I standing behind my 60+ year old highchair. :( One is of a water tank Frann left here for me to use for a shower tank. I didn't know she left it here until today. I wonder if she is trying to tell me I need to shower more? ;) The last is of the steel siding JustMe turned me on to for the storage building. Because of that I'm now rethinking the way I will cover it.


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13 comments:

  1. Tffnguy

    Im glad your doing ok. I just got back from San Antonio. I had to undergo some test's and get a Cat scan at the VA hospitol there. I was in at 7:00 am and out at 8:30 am. Not bad for a goverment run facility. (this was a follow up appoinment to some surgery I had last year) Im ok, the doctors just want to monitor how much "Shiner Bach" was in my bloodstream.

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  2. Thank you for the pictures, I love pictures :-) Glad you were able to make it over to Odessa even if it was just a quick trip. It is always nice to be able to spend time with family.

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  3. That sunrise/sunset picture took my breath away ... seriously ... my breath caught in my throat.

    I miss you, Mr. Smith, and love seeing more snapshots of you ... you are looking GOOD!!

    As far as the Legion pics .... I KNOW THOSE PEOPLE ... woohoo! I see David Secor, and Sunni and Zano ... and there's FRANN, too ... lots of friendly faces.

    I need to come visit again ... I have no idea WHEN though :(

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  4. Great pics. That sunset is beyond outrageous. So Beautiful. Can't wait until I'm a friendly face, too : )

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  5. I, too, liked you post. Interesting and great pictures, too.

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  6. Thanks for the nice pics, Dave. I like the siding. Hope to see the finished product soon. Good luck with the build.

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  7. Slight MAJOR problem! While I was trying to get setup for a new host server for my main site I knocked over a cold drink on the keyboard of my laptop. It won't boot now. I'm on the desktop now, but won't be able to use that at night so I'll see about updating this tomorrow.

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  8. David
    I'm trying to get my brain wrapped around that picture of those batterys and the wiring of them. Can you explain how you are pulling 12V off of these as wired

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  9. Riverhauler, it should be obvious, but the way its wired you have two 6 volt batteries wired in series to make one 12 volt battery. That is done twice and then the 2 12 volt banks are wired together. That is the same as my bank is done, but 4 times rather than to. Trust me it works. It could be wired differently to get the same thing, but this the way I do it.

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  10. David I understand the use and wiring of 6V golf cart batterys for RV use. my question was where you came off the bank with your +&-.

    Here is a diagram that might help

    http://www.smartgauge.co.uk/batt_con.html

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  11. River, note the two leads coming off of the two front cables. That was what I connected Frann's inverter up to since she only has a 300 watt inverter. If she ever gets a large inverter then she will need to wire it to one of the posts on the 12 volt side. Not likely she will ever need a larger inverter though. I still use a 300 watt and it runs the evap, laptop and lighting in here without a problem. Right now I'm running the desktop off of the 300 watt inverter.

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  12. Riverhauler,
    Something that might help is noting that the batteries are placed in alternating groups. In the photo, the upper terminals are arranged (neg, pos, neg, pos). If we consider each 6V pair to be a 12V battery, then you're right that Tuff Guy is drawing his power from the end battery of the bank.

    Tffn,
    You'll increase effeciency and extend battery life if you use opposite terminals from opposite ends of the banks of batteries. This doesn't take any extra cable. All you'd have to do is reverse the one long cable at the bottom left in your photo. It does spread the leads for charging & load out a little bit, but increasing battery life should be worth that!

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  13. Tffnguy

    Did you dry your laptop out or is it history? John Wells at the field lap made a flamethrower, maybe you can get him to "dry out your laptop". Gee', I like to see that video!

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