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Forum: Homesteading 11-21-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By 12vman
All types of batteries have internal losses. Some...

All types of batteries have internal losses. Some more than others.. *Note Flooded lead Acid Battery Storage*
https://www.powerstream.com/Storage.htm

Any type of charge will maintain a battery as...
Forum: Energy 11-18-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 289
Posted By 12vman
The alternators has a regulated 12 v.d.c. output....

The alternators has a regulated 12 v.d.c. output. I will assume you need 120 v.a.c. An inverter will come into the picture and a capacitor or battery pack to assist the need to stabilize the d.c....
Forum: Forum Help 08-16-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 835
Posted By 12vman
I have "Some" powers here but not sure if I can...

I have "Some" powers here but not sure if I can delete an account. I will look into it.
Forum: Energy 08-12-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 472
Posted By 12vman
Quick battery run down.. 2 @ 105 aHr.. 210...

Quick battery run down..

2 @ 105 aHr.. 210 total. Divide by 4.. ~50 aHr. of "Safe" available power. (To stay within the 25% discharge amount) If ~10 aHr. was used, That's ~20% of the safe capacity...
Forum: Energy 07-04-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 490
Posted By 12vman
Another reality.. Don't expect a 1 to 1...

Another reality..

Don't expect a 1 to 1 charge ratio to the battery from the solar charge system..

There is a 20% loss in the charge/discharge cycle. If you provide 100aHr. of charge to the...
Forum: Energy 07-04-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 490
Posted By 12vman
10 to 1 ratio.. It's in Ohm's Law.. ...

10 to 1 ratio.. It's in Ohm's Law..

Example.. Your TV that uses .45 amps @ 120 v.a.c.

Find the wattage.. (120 X .45 = 54 watts) *120 being the working voltage & .45 being the current demand...
Forum: Animals 06-25-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 713
Posted By 12vman
Free Range Cats, Chickens, and Rabbits.. ...

Free Range Cats, Chickens, and Rabbits..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z54KBJz2qts
Forum: Solar 05-21-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,195
Posted By 12vman
Simple deduction brings the best option.. ;) ...

Simple deduction brings the best option.. ;)

You can still use your battery. Use a battery charger and charge the battery while making coffee..
Forum: Solar 05-21-2018, 01:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,195
Posted By 12vman
What exactly would you need an inverter for?...

What exactly would you need an inverter for? Using that 100 watt system would make it so you wouldn't need to chuck batteries around if you keep your loads down..

I found these ceiling fans that...
Forum: Solar 05-21-2018, 01:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,195
Posted By 12vman
That could be an option for sure. The alternator...

That could be an option for sure. The alternator will carry the load if it can produce 50+ amps. The battery would cushion the abrupt load and fade to the alternator..

No.. Not stupid at all! The...
Forum: Solar 05-20-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,195
Posted By 12vman
This calculator will be a good tool to use.. ...

This calculator will be a good tool to use..
http://www.ohmslawcalculator.com/ohms-law-calculator

To find the current draw (amps) of the item you plan to operate, add the normal operating voltage...
Forum: Solar 05-20-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,195
Posted By 12vman
You are correct. Positive to battery "A" and...

You are correct. Positive to battery "A" and negative to battery "B". The paralleling cables should be as big in gauge as possible. Perhaps 6 or 8 gauge..

The age difference in the batteries could...
Forum: Solar 03-05-2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,360
Posted By 12vman
The most logical thought is to get the water to...

The most logical thought is to get the water to ground level and then pressurize it for use. A submersible pump draws much less current at free flow..

Think having a holding tank at ground level....
Forum: Solar 03-05-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,360
Posted By 12vman
I would consider 2 Ga. at that distance. You...

I would consider 2 Ga. at that distance. You should remember the surge demand as the pump starts, regardless of the soft power on function..

Also, read this sentence real close.. You might...
Forum: Animals 02-17-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,156
Posted By 12vman
I had to make the same decision with a buddy that...

I had to make the same decision with a buddy that I had with me for 18 yrs. When he allowed the cats to eat his food right beside him, I knew..

It's hard.. I understand..
Forum: Solar 02-12-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,100
Posted By 12vman
I agree with blackpowderbill. Make your 3 strings...

I agree with blackpowderbill. Make your 3 strings in a row. (assuming 6 volt cells) Series connect all 3 pos/neg connections along each side and feed/draw from opposite ends. Make all of the...
Forum: Solar 11-02-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,103
Posted By 12vman
If they have a grid tie system, they could make...

If they have a grid tie system, they could make such claims. Being "Off Grid" with 4000 watts and to heat a home... I call BS..

They's both from potential "Green Weenie" territory and like to...
Forum: Solar 10-18-2017, 08:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,357
Posted By 12vman
Very nice! I'm still chuggin' along on 512 watts..

Very nice! I'm still chuggin' along on 512 watts..
Forum: Communications/Computers/Software 10-02-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,966
Posted By 12vman
"Can you can trick out your GMRS two way radio...

"Can you can trick out your GMRS two way radio with a repeater & antenna so that the distance is dramatically increased?"

One would need to carry 2 units (TX/RX). Not really "Legal" but... ;)

...
Forum: Energy 09-20-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,567
Posted By 12vman
Sure.. Perhaps in another thread.. ;)

Sure..

Perhaps in another thread.. ;)
Forum: Energy 09-12-2017, 09:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,567
Posted By 12vman
I understood the need of air flow when I built my...

I understood the need of air flow when I built my current home. I lived in a 20' camper for 5 yrs. using a kerosene heater to supply heat, heat my bath water, and even cooked on it..

The inside of...
Forum: Energy 09-11-2017, 09:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,567
Posted By 12vman
Quote.. "If you're in OH, then you can't be...

Quote..
"If you're in OH, then you can't be doing this because it's necessary. You must be getting some secondary gain-- like those gearheads that invest $100Gs in their LowRider cars with all the...
Forum: Energy 09-10-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,567
Posted By 12vman
The problem is the constant 24/7 load and the...

The problem is the constant 24/7 load and the assurance of reliability. Trying to fulfill the demand in an hour during the Winter in December..

A) The old guy statement wasn't meant to be...
Forum: Energy 09-09-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,567
Posted By 12vman
Lots of questions and rough.. ;) *224W x 24 hr...

Lots of questions and rough.. ;) *224W x 24 hr ~ 5.4 kW-hr/d.

Watts divided by working voltage (120).. 45 aHr./Day.

Battery voltage @48 volts. (Suggested for an A.C. voltage system) 86.4...
Forum: Conversations 08-24-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,746
Posted By 12vman
A small group of us from my job reserved rooms in...

A small group of us from my job reserved rooms in Anna Ill. on the 29th of August in 2016. It was total there. Carbondale had a big to do on the campus (SIU) and we avoided all of that madness.. ;)...
Forum: Solar 07-18-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,410
Posted By 12vman
The negative reviews on that kit is usually...

The negative reviews on that kit is usually because of higher expectations than the kit can achieve. 45 watts isn't a lot and most folks don't have the panels installed in a prime location (sometimes...
Forum: Solar 07-17-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,410
Posted By 12vman
Looks great! Nice project.. That Harbor...

Looks great! Nice project..

That Harbor Freight kit has been the launch pad for many over the years. I enjoy following folks getting their feet wet..

Two things to note..

Does the box the...
Forum: Homesteading 06-07-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 17,140
Posted By 12vman
Congrats! Sounds like fun!

Congrats! Sounds like fun!
Forum: Solar 04-03-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,535
Posted By 12vman
These guys used to sell panels by the pallet....

These guys used to sell panels by the pallet. Lots of neat things here..

https://bensdiscountsupply.com/
Forum: Forum News & Announcements 04-01-2017, 11:30 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 35,321
Posted By 12vman
Quote.. "Going thru on the password reset...says...

Quote.. "Going thru on the password reset...says a new one will be e-mailed to me...nothing...several times.
'That lack of support may have something to do with this as well."

Just so ya'll know,...
Forum: Forum News & Announcements 03-18-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 35,321
Posted By 12vman
I've been coming here everyday for the last 13...

I've been coming here everyday for the last 13 yrs. Seen many changes and many folks come and go. Seen couples meet and marry! Seen folks start homesteads and evolve way beyond myself. Gained...
Forum: Solar 03-09-2017, 09:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,535
Posted By 12vman
Hi.. Send me some links and I'll check 'um out..

Hi..
Send me some links and I'll check 'um out..
Forum: Energy 02-22-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,348
Posted By 12vman
Here's another chart.. ...

Here's another chart..

http://www.solarseller.com/dc_wire_loss_chart___.htm

In this case, bigger IS better.. ;)

8Ga. seems to be fine for a 2% loss at 30 Ft. It's always better to overkill...
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 02-08-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 20,195
Posted By 12vman
Good to see you, laura. I'm still around and...

Good to see you, laura. I'm still around and usually check in daily..

Seems that folks are losing the dream and the drive for this lifestyle. Other social media sites and all of the bells and...
Forum: Forum Help 02-02-2017, 11:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,665
Posted By 12vman
Yep.. Things have changed. View the site via...

Yep.. Things have changed. View the site via Chrome and its totally different. It's been that way for a while.

The ads in the upper right are new. Never seen those before viewing with IE..
Forum: Conversations 01-20-2017, 08:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 16,016
Posted By 12vman
Sad times indeed. You are an important asset here...

Sad times indeed. You are an important asset here and will be missed by many. It's hard to see a very long time friend "need" to go. So sorry..

Keep in touch with us. Become a mod and keep us in...
Forum: Solar 01-12-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,243
Posted By 12vman
In the past, solar was $5/watt. That's when I...

In the past, solar was $5/watt. That's when I started building my system. Today it can be found for under a buck per watt,.

I saved for a year to purchase 196 watts to avoid the need of hauling...
Forum: Conversations 01-01-2017, 12:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 16,393
Posted By 12vman
Happy New Year everyone. I hope for a better on...

Happy New Year everyone. I hope for a better on myself..
Forum: Conversations 12-26-2016, 11:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,487
Posted By 12vman
Hope everyone had a great Christmas. Looking...

Hope everyone had a great Christmas. Looking forward to the new year.. ;)
Forum: Energy 12-15-2016, 09:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 14,116
Posted By 12vman
My charging condition statement was in reference...

My charging condition statement was in reference to your quote in post #4..

"My batteries are going on 4 years old now, which I had hoped was only midway through their life cycle, being AGMs. It...
Forum: Energy 12-14-2016, 09:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 14,116
Posted By 12vman
Quote... "One other question: could my batteries...

Quote... "One other question: could my batteries be too cold? Besides being too old/tired?"

Where do you have the batteries installed? Are they in a climate controlled room/area? Cold batteries...
Forum: Your Homestead 12-12-2016, 11:33 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 23,357
Posted By 12vman
Fantastic! Sometimes I wish to start over and use...

Fantastic! Sometimes I wish to start over and use the knowledge I have now. I can think of many things I would have done differently if I would have known while I was building..
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 12-11-2016, 11:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,326
Posted By 12vman
Thanks! Actually pretty laid back today. Snowin'...

Thanks! Actually pretty laid back today. Snowin' a little. Just piddled around with some hobby stuff..
Forum: Energy 12-10-2016, 11:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 14,116
Posted By 12vman
"This "brown out" goes for about 1–2 seconds,...

"This "brown out" goes for about 1–2 seconds, then the inverter snaps back on, and then the fridge gets it power (and all the rest of the devices we have plugged in)."

Another theory would be you...
Forum: Energy 12-10-2016, 11:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 14,116
Posted By 12vman
Hmmm.. During the "Day".. Maybe the solar is...

Hmmm.. During the "Day".. Maybe the solar is pushing the battery charge voltage to the upper limits of the inverter?

If all is good during the night, monitor the battery voltage provided by the...
Forum: Energy 11-24-2016, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 9,338
Posted By 12vman
Be aware of the odd voltages. (For charging and...

Be aware of the odd voltages. (For charging and running voltage) Most solar charge controllers on the market are designed around lead-acid and the parameters just don't match well..

Inverters are...
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 11-15-2016, 10:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,764
Posted By 12vman
Howdy-Howdy.. I'm still hangin' around.. Welcome...

Howdy-Howdy.. I'm still hangin' around.. Welcome Back!
Forum: Homesteading 10-27-2016, 09:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 12,621
Posted By 12vman
Congrats! Proves if you keep a dream alive it can...

Congrats! Proves if you keep a dream alive it can happen! Hope all goes well for you..
Forum: Solar 10-16-2016, 11:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,767
Posted By 12vman
Howdy and Welcome! It's possible but location is...

Howdy and Welcome! It's possible but location is a factor. The battery should be in a temperature controlled environment so consider that also..
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 10-16-2016, 10:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,515
Posted By 12vman
Howdy and Welcome! Kinda slow around here but...

Howdy and Welcome! Kinda slow around here but lots of experienced folks with brains to pick..
Forum: Hands-On How-To 10-07-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,284
Posted By 12vman
Yeah.. If you have an older analog TV. The tuner...

Yeah.. If you have an older analog TV. The tuner will not convert the digital. Newer TV's have the tuner built in.
Forum: Conversations 09-26-2016, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,760
Posted By 12vman
I purchased a Servel 17 yrs. ago and never had a...

I purchased a Servel 17 yrs. ago and never had a problem with it. I also have a small Dometic flush mounted in my kitchen removed from a 1972 camper. Both operate full time. I don't mind buying...
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 09-21-2016, 12:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,155
Posted By 12vman
Welcome back! Been kinda slow around here but...

Welcome back! Been kinda slow around here but we's still around..
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 09-11-2016, 01:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,897
Posted By 12vman
Happy Birthday Annie

Have a great day and don't be spike'n that sweet tea.. ;)
Forum: Your Homestead 08-30-2016, 08:45 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 23,357
Posted By 12vman
Fantastic! Sometimes I'd like to wipe everything...

Fantastic! Sometimes I'd like to wipe everything out and start over again but... Bet you're excited!

Keep us updated. I'm happy for you.
Forum: Hands-On How-To 08-19-2016, 11:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,284
Posted By 12vman
I avoided the need for a rotor. I purchased 2...

I avoided the need for a rotor. I purchased 2 dual band antennas, pointed one North and one South and used a 2-way splitter/combiner to connect both antennas to a single coax ran to the inside of the...
Forum: Hands-On How-To 08-19-2016, 11:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,284
Posted By 12vman
"Most" older antennas will work fine BUT many...

"Most" older antennas will work fine BUT many channels changed frequency after the digital conversion..

2 types of antennas are needed in some areas. (VHF and UHF) Most channels converted to UHF...
Forum: For Sale / Trade / Wanted 08-08-2016, 11:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,213
Posted By 12vman
Tell me about your home power. Is it low voltage...

Tell me about your home power. Is it low voltage D.C.? (12, 24, ??.. Volt..) Perhaps we can get rid of that inverter..

The sound bar.. Does the A.C. cord go directly to the unit or does it use a...
Forum: For Sale / Trade / Wanted 08-05-2016, 08:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,213
Posted By 12vman
I try to keep the costs as low as possible and be...

I try to keep the costs as low as possible and be creative. I enjoy using common things and put them to a different use..

This is my hobby until I master it. I've gained a lot of knowledge over...
Forum: For Sale / Trade / Wanted 08-05-2016, 12:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,213
Posted By 12vman
Lightbulb Low Power Audio Options

I've been messing around with energy efficient portable stereo equipment for several years now and I believe I'm ready to design just about anything for anyone that may have a desire for quality...
Forum: Animals 07-04-2016, 10:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,572
Posted By 12vman
Look around.. They could be layin' somewhere...

Look around.. They could be layin' somewhere else. Do you have roosters?
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 07-04-2016, 03:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,179
Posted By 12vman
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/923/NP...

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/923/NP3WU8.jpg
Forum: Conversations 06-26-2016, 12:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,068
Posted By 12vman
I agree. A true loss indeed..

I agree. A true loss indeed..
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 05-11-2016, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,482
Posted By 12vman
Howdy! Been a long time no see! Glad to see...

Howdy!

Been a long time no see! Glad to see yer back!
Forum: Energy 04-19-2016, 09:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,774
Posted By 12vman
Which unit did ya git? ...

Which unit did ya git?

http://realgoods.com/grundfos-sqflex-submersible-solar-pump-6-sqf-2
Forum: Energy 04-19-2016, 11:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,774
Posted By 12vman
There are a lot of other factors to consider. If...

There are a lot of other factors to consider. If you use a battery to store energy, there will be a 20% loss from the start. A battery will only return 80% of the total charge..

What voltage are...
Forum: Energy 04-18-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,774
Posted By 12vman
I doubt that 510 watts is going to support a...

I doubt that 510 watts is going to support a fridge or freezer for long. Perhaps an attic fan to help get the heat out of your attic area during the summer..

That would depend on how close the...
Forum: Sports & Games 04-09-2016, 11:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,232
Posted By 12vman
30 yrs. ago, I'd be on the skis. Today I'd be on...

30 yrs. ago, I'd be on the skis. Today I'd be on the sidelines drinkin' beer near the burn barrel.. ;)
Forum: Homesteading 04-09-2016, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,383
Posted By 12vman
Congrats! You have lots of fun and adventure...

Congrats! You have lots of fun and adventure ahead of you. Starting from scratch gives you the assurance of knowing what you have and the fulfillment of knowing that you built your own empire..

I...
Forum: Energy 03-18-2016, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,631
Posted By 12vman
The Honda EW171 is a 120 v.a.c. unit only. What...

The Honda EW171 is a 120 v.a.c. unit only. What model do you have?
Forum: Energy 03-16-2016, 11:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,631
Posted By 12vman
I'm thinking the Honda is putting the power...

I'm thinking the Honda is putting the power through both field windings of the pump motor in series instead of going through "Each" coil as a separate load with the ground or common as reference.....
Forum: Energy 03-16-2016, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,631
Posted By 12vman
Not faster but stronger. The motor uses the...

Not faster but stronger. The motor uses the separate phases to work with each other to create double the torque at half the current.

There are two field windings that uses both phases to induce a...
Forum: Energy 03-16-2016, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,631
Posted By 12vman
Sounds like a common ground issue. The Einhell...

Sounds like a common ground issue. The Einhell seems to copy standard proto call. (2-120 v.a.c. legs in reference to the common, or ground) These two legs are 180 degrees out of phase. When tested...
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 03-11-2016, 01:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,324
Posted By 12vman
Happy Birthday Admin Guy!

Happy Birthday Oliver! Thank You for keeping this place in order.

Have a Great Day and share some cake with the youngin's..
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 02-18-2016, 11:12 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,524
Posted By 12vman
Happy Birthday Guys!

TEX, Quietgentleman...

Have a Great Day!!
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 01-27-2016, 10:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,880
Posted By 12vman
Happy Birthday Humbug!

Have a Great Day and a whole bunch more!!
Forum: Animals 01-19-2016, 11:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,753
Posted By 12vman
I found this place and I'd attempt it if needed....

I found this place and I'd attempt it if needed. I didn't know what Bumblefoot was until now.. Learn every day! Thanks!
...
Forum: Pets 01-07-2016, 09:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,283
Posted By 12vman
Some dogs don't like to go if they are on a...

Some dogs don't like to go if they are on a leash. Can you provide a fenced in area for him to roam alone?

If you've had dogs inside in the past, chances are you will never break him. It's in...
Forum: Hellos & Happy Birthdays 12-07-2015, 11:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,768
Posted By 12vman
Good to see ya.. Yeah, we got the bird...

Good to see ya..

Yeah, we got the bird disease. Slept all afternoon but all is good..
Forum: Solar 12-04-2015, 04:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 12,561
Posted By 12vman
Are these the guys? ...

Are these the guys?

http://www.interstatebatteries.com/p/golf-car/group-number-size/group-number-size-gc2-gc2-xhd-s?dsNav=N~2147384911-2147384903
...
Forum: Solar 12-03-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 12,561
Posted By 12vman
This is a great read with lots of information....

This is a great read with lots of information. Try to understand how the load on a battery affects the aHr. reserve. The harder you pull, the less reserve they actually have..

Thanks, Wind and...
Forum: Solar 12-03-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 12,561
Posted By 12vman
Do you have a link to the exact battery that you...

Do you have a link to the exact battery that you are using?
Forum: Solar 12-03-2015, 12:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 12,561
Posted By 12vman
I will assume 3 amps @ 120 v.a.c. If this is...

I will assume 3 amps @ 120 v.a.c. If this is true, the 24 volt battery is seeing a 15 amp draw from the inverter plus a small bit of losses..

You should never draw the battery below that 20% mark....
Forum: Conversations 11-07-2015, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,642
Posted By 12vman
Many times I'll relate a song to an event that I...

Many times I'll relate a song to an event that I experienced during my day or an upcoming Holiday. Could last for a week or so at times..

Now, Alice's Restaurant is runnin' through my head.. LOL.....
Forum: Your Homestead 11-07-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,186
Posted By 12vman
Works good for building antennas too.. ...

Works good for building antennas too..

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/196/20090627quaddone0002.jpg

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/196/20090627quaddone0003.jpg
Forum: Forum Help 11-03-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 10,834
Posted By 12vman
I feel your pain. Nothing makes me any more angry...

I feel your pain. Nothing makes me any more angry than to "Peck" (Being I can't type) a long post and watch it vanish! If you have sensitive ears, you wouldn't want to be within a couple blocks of me...
Forum: Solar 10-25-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 10,849
Posted By 12vman
Quote.. "Lets start by saying the most...

Quote..
"Lets start by saying the most miserable 'Off Grid' experience you will ever have is trying to run your home off DC (Direct Current)."

Now, Wait a minute.. ;) And, Welcome to the Mix..
...
Forum: Water 10-24-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,117
Posted By 12vman
Short answer.. NO.. If your area has been...

Short answer.. NO..

If your area has been "Zoned" and public utilities have been put into place close enough for you to connect to, you are forced to connect or pay as you were..

They (The...
Forum: Energy 10-22-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 12,852
Posted By 12vman
I've ran propane almost fulltime from day one. I...

I've ran propane almost fulltime from day one. I had a small 12 volt fridge for a short period but it wasn't big enough. (in area/size)

I never allowed a fridge to become a necessary item for...
Forum: Preparedness/Survival Skills/BOBs/Kits/Gear 10-19-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,918
Posted By 12vman
Those things are great but they don't stay in the...

Those things are great but they don't stay in the lighter socket very well. I add some strips of black electrical tape between the ground contacts and jam 'um in the sockets. Work fine.. Last long...
Forum: Preparedness/Survival Skills/BOBs/Kits/Gear 10-19-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,918
Posted By 12vman
Those solar charged batteries are cute and sexy...

Those solar charged batteries are cute and sexy if you only see the outside. The technical side says a different story..

This is a 5000 mAh battery with a solar panel. If you read a little...
Forum: Preparedness/Survival Skills/BOBs/Kits/Gear 10-18-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,918
Posted By 12vman
Don't consider a unit with a panel and a battery....

Don't consider a unit with a panel and a battery. It will take days to recharge the attached battery because the panel is so small..

You already have a battery and your goal is to charge it....
Forum: Plants 10-09-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,397
Posted By 12vman
I believe these are it. I've ate them before...

I believe these are it. I've ate them before pickled..

http://www.seedsavers.org/onlinestore/cucumber/Cucumber-Mexican-Sour-Gherkin.html
...
Forum: Homesteading 10-07-2015, 12:26 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 27,334
Posted By 12vman
I guess I could start over if I was to purchase...

I guess I could start over if I was to purchase someone else's "Mini Farm" or Homestead that was pretty much done. I could apply some of my ideas and efforts to make it somewhat the way I'd want it...
Forum: Homesteading 10-04-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 27,334
Posted By 12vman
I get shunned around here and I've lived here all...

I get shunned around here and I've lived here all of my life! I'm "Different" because of my lifestyle and noted as "The crazy old guy that lives out there on batteries"..

Rumors fly amuck. I...
Forum: Homesteading 09-30-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 27,334
Posted By 12vman
"Knowing what you do now, what would you have...

"Knowing what you do now, what would you have done differently? "

Put a metal roof on the lower half like I did on the upper half.. LOL.. It got me.. ;)

Ground mounted my solar panels instead...
Forum: Homesteading 09-30-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 27,334
Posted By 12vman
Personally, I'm 58 now and I couldn't imagine...

Personally, I'm 58 now and I couldn't imagine trying to start over as I did here..

10 acres of nothing. A 20' camper (Drug in via dozer) and a couple of marine batteries. Carried all of my...
Forum: Solar 09-11-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,377
Posted By 12vman
First.. Welcome! Lots to cover but we need...

First.. Welcome!

Lots to cover but we need more information.. ;)

..the possibility of a converter connected occasionally to the battery for small appliances..

What kind of "small"...
Forum: Solar 08-30-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,853
Posted By 12vman
The first thing I would do is perform a load test...

The first thing I would do is perform a load test on the battery if they have been dormant for a couple of years. The electrolyte could be stratified and require a good heavy charge to mix them up...
Forum: Solar 08-16-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 10,088
Posted By 12vman
120aHr.. 25% discharge limit.. A 30aHr. battery.....

120aHr.. 25% discharge limit.. A 30aHr. battery..

I use 2 of them for my outdoor lighting on a separate system from the house. Gives me an extra 60aHr. to play with..
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