Winter milestone achieved

Hey, in the boonies you take your entertainment where you find it.

The solstice and length of days isn’t the issue that it used to be here at the Secret Lair. Last winter I substituted the Lair’s two Interstate batteries with a whopping four rather old Trojans…

batts
…and found that while you can use a minimum battery bank for your minimal needs – I did for years – there are unexpected benefits to not doing so if you don’t need to. The batteries of the slightly larger bank are each substantially less discharged overnight – surprisingly so – and while that might not make a lot of difference to these four rather elderly batteries it should improve their replacements’ life expectancies significantly.

Nevertheless, I’ve been doing this a long time now, I’m old, and once a habit has achieved the status of a tradition I don’t necessarily stop doing it just because it no longer makes sense. For example, in mid-winter I do tend to watch and see at what time the sun breaks over the eastern ridge from the kitchen window. And today, for the very first time this winter…

daybreak
…the sun appeared at 7:59, or officially before 8 AM. That’s only an improvement of six minutes over the solstice sunrise observation of 8:05, but us poor folks take our milestones where we find them.

We still have quite a lot of cold weather ahead, but the days will get inexorably longer and Spring will come. Human sacrifices may not be necessary once again this year. :)

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2 Responses to Winter milestone achieved

  1. Zendo Deb says:

    Less discharge leads to longer life.

    There are a lot of advantages to the Trojan batteries – aside from the fact that they are built like tanks. If you look around (and you are going to stick with T-105s) you can find an automatic watering system. All you do is keep a reservoir filled with distilled water, and you never have to worry about the acid levels.

    That can also extend the life.

  2. terrapod says:

    Gee, I don’t know Joel. Seems to me you have been making human sacrifices to Murphy quite a bit in the last month or so 😉

    Send over a list of any hardware or repair stuff you may need or want an extra of on hand and I will see what is in the basement and barn that can be sent to the drop.

To the stake with the heretic!