I was threatened with a storm…

…and it arrived exactly on schedule.

Which is to say in the wee hours. I woke at three to the sound of wind in the eaves, and was not altogether surprised to find that I had to shovel my way off the porch. Unfortunately the snow was preceded by freezing rain, so I was shuffling around like an old man afraid of more falling down – which I suppose I am at this point. Tobie was absolutely giddy with excitement but rather disappointed at the brevity of his morning walkie.

Now unfortunately…

I have to go back into it and do some work. The ice under the snow makes it pretty much pointless to try and clean off the solar panels, plus the heavy overcast would prevent them from doing much good even if I could clear them. I have made a place for the generator inside the cabin so fortunately it should start without very much cord yanking: Unfortunately I first have to lug it out of the cabin and over to the powershed. Guess I should dust off my snow boot and go do that to get it out of the way. It’s damn near mid-morning already and the battery voltage is currently going nowhere but down.

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5 Responses to I was threatened with a storm…

  1. chris says:

    I hope you meant to say a connection to the secret lair from the power shed.. running a generator inside a closed space is a no-no, as I am sure you are aware

  2. ka9vsz says:

    chris: Joel is smarter than he looks. The cabin keeps the genny warmish for easier starting at the power shed. Now, if only I had an easier to start ME in the morning…

  3. Anonymous says:

    What’s the nominal voltage for your bank Joel?

  4. Joel says:

    Not quite sure how to answer that. It’s 12 volts. So it charges at about 14.4 and its fully charged resting voltage is 12.6 to 12.9 depending on the temperature.

  5. Mike says:

    Not a fan of snow, much less freezing rain.

    Next time you’re in town, you should check to see if the hardware store has any liquid ice melter. With a small pump tank, the liquid stuff should make clearing the solar panels a lot easier.

    Good luck to you, Joel.

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