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[2 days ago]
Correction on your 26,000, excluding the building costs, the electrical part of the system only cost me $18,000. Not bad for off grid living.
[2 days ago]
@mckinley (#<7kbwzra https://twtxt.net/search?tag=7kbwzra>) When you consider building cost 4,000, batteries cost 9,000 and the inverters and solar controllers from Victron cost 4,000, the rest of the money s...
[3 days ago]
If sombody like James want to have 30 units of power on storage, you need the same as what I have here but you go 48 Volt DC, that is 24 cells per row, cable one for 300 amps, and 24 cells on next row, and than 5 inverters of 3000VA with a 10 amp circu...
[3 days ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/DQxvTqvYG89HPbt2JCaK98) A closeup of the wiring bay with 10mm brass bolts and 16mm2 wires to each inverter, the maximum size each inverter has a hole for.
[3 days ago]
My cables are 10mm brass bolts to a huge copper plate . Wires are 16mm 2 capable of up to 60 or possibly 100 amps. Yet I drag only 20 amps from them. Notice my overkill of wiring and set up. Going bigger is more costly, keep that in mind. If you drag m...
[3 days ago]
My next door neighbour is upgrading his power cables to 19mm dia, 300Amp lines. He has lead acid 1000Amp hours. Lead acid needs gentle use. So never take them below 80% fully charge. That is only 200Amp hours of power you have. So you can only remove ...
[3 days ago]
Our electric power bill used to be 430 PER 100 DAYS, or about 1700 per year. This set up may not run a large house needs like my Son on 30 units per day, but it runs easily our needs on 5 units per day, with 10 units of power in reserve for cloudy days...
[3 days ago]
If anybody wants to go off grid, and a reasonable with doing stuff, I have a website explaining all the things required here:

http://spiritualsprings.org/ss-1576.htm

This link have so far 15 webpages, showing you all the steps required, which are als...
[3 days ago]
The other aspect is stress over technology. The less space on a page of words, the more crammed the words are, the more difficult it is to read and digest the words. Compare a university book with a kids book and see the difference. Now compare the spa...
[3 days ago]
If one inverter breaks down, I have 4 others still running power lines to the house. Notice the weight of the single one verses the weight of the 5 others is the same, meaning the inductance is the same, but the prices are different. Why is that? Suppl...
[3 days ago]
And you will note the 5 smaller ones with other pieces, are around 800 to 1000 dollars cheaper, than the one big 4000 VA Inverter, actually to run continuously at 4,000 watts, it needs to be a 5000VA, and costs

Victron 5000 VA 24 Volt, 4000 watt conti...
[3 days ago]
@lyse @prologic (#<37dokda https://twtxt.net/search?tag=37dokda>) Yes that was what I was thinking, I compare inverters
Weight: 34.8 Kilograms
Warranty: 5yrs
Code: INV-VC24-05-120-100
Price: $3646.64 total...
[4 days ago]
About the same cost I paid for the 5 inverters, 3 controllers, 5 circuit breaker and the 5 residual circuit breakers. So is one box better than 18 individual ones?
[4 days ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/vF8zLyRKQtuo9iakUrRV9h) The finished project so far. My neighbour reckons one can buy a VIctron box with 3,500 watt inverter, 100 amp solar control and Residual circuit breaker and circuit breaker, plus amp charger all rolle...
[5 days ago]
These T8 four foot LED 24V DC tubes are expensive at $50 each....
[5 days ago]
Note pull cord red circle red arrow. easy to turn off light from your bed.
[5 days ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/eYibNKW8SJ3FAA8dEhoQEi) LED tubes 24V DC with a view of our bed/lounge room
[5 days ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/mEmeeKXFwQ4EVT7eSV4vXA) Near completed power house/

Note the pipes to remove H2 gas, and the light 24 wire, plus the 5 inverters.
[6 days ago]
@prologic (#<mofsqfa https://twtxt.net/search?tag=mofsqfa>) nice, have fun
[7 days ago]
Beautiful sunny day today, at Dululu.
[9 days ago]
Some say light travels only as a wave, some say light travels as both a wave and a particle. It's a mystery to consider which.
[10 days ago]
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[10 days ago]
For free too please?
[10 days ago]
how do you send SMS to a phone from your computer?
[11 days ago]
@prologic (#<e54h2ra https://twtxt.net/search?tag=e54h2ra>) Not sure seems 500ml per month.
[12 days ago]
Will add water to 5mm above max level and at max level means to add more water.
[12 days ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/i6RJJeMr6dLVZBwsD4Z86R) Notice the interior plates are getting exposed. (Red arrow), I added 500ml of distilled water to each cell, and this is not near enough yet for some cells.
[12 days ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/uSVi2NWDdfsokowLpifbFL) The water level in the batteries is misleading. Half way between max and min should be OK? NO
it means your cell plates are exposed.
[2 weeks ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/Jmwbx8a9Ve92ijaoN3RZAD) Sunny days charge the system to near full by 9:00 am. Things are running fine.
[2 weeks ago]
@prologic (#<2s3ou4q https://twtxt.net/search?tag=2s3ou4q>) Interesting read from their website, but how much do they cost?
[2 weeks ago]
@prologic (#<d664drq https://twtxt.net/search?tag=d664drq>) Yeah so it's cheaper to purchase a 240V fridge rather than a 24volt one, much cheaper and easier. In fact the only things I can't do so far on my of...
[2 weeks ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/ioxa4fsCuqv4nT9GafuMMd) What is set up so far, fridge has it's own dedicated inverter 560W, the washing machine, lounge TV and bed fan has another inverter 900W, the water pump has it's own inverter, 560W, all three are runn...
[3 weeks ago]
Our fridge went through the night off grid for the first time, no worries. Uses only 6 amps, 150 W when running, cheap compared to the water pump.
[3 weeks ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/bLGvvcGR8NrbdTfVfSdoKn) System so far, fridge now connected to solar.
First night running off grid. Seems happy, voltage in bank is 25V, around 80% full.
[3 weeks ago]
Nice to be home
[3 weeks ago]
Tree fell over nearly killing Diane, near chook pen crushing the railings. Big clean up this weekend.
[3 weeks ago]
@prologic (#<5ear6ya https://twtxt.net/search?tag=5ear6ya>) Yeah inrush current is correct.
[3 weeks ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/sbuHi7UA9ayLPb8AbCNHrT) Been getting carbon from the water during charging process. Apparently it's normal part of KOH reacting with C in the air. You clean the cells after 8 yrs of carbon build up.
[4 weeks ago]
Just swapped it over for 50Amp fuse, notice for a flash brief 1/2 second I saw what might have been 27 Amps as the pump turns on, ie initial rush of current, as the 516W motor is very inductive in its draw of current.
[4 weeks ago]
The water pump is 516 W, draws 20 Amps and runs on 240V using 2 amps. So why does the fuse trip all the time?
[4 weeks ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/hbFCA2ARh93N9P6KB7mJDa) Can't understand why this Inverter keeps throwing the switch? The Fuse is rated at 30Amps but keeps on tripping? Weird.
[4 weeks ago]
@prologic (#<6phqvja https://twtxt.net/search?tag=6phqvja>) True, they want you to consume more, not less. This is a fundamental problem with society. I remember once a 8 yr old PNG boy cooking breakfast usin...
[4 weeks ago]
Found a preloved one in Blackwater.... How good is the Lord in heaven. 
Runs on just 400 watts.
[4 weeks ago]
Cannot find a washing machine which uses less water and runs on less than 400 watts of power. The LG 5Kg Fuzzy Logic is no longer being made. Fisher and Paykael also no longer make the 7 Kg smart drive machines. Most stats do not include watts on the s...
[4 weeks ago]
50, 000 watts per day? Boy. I would like to get it down to 5,000 watts per day. I only have in theory, a battery bank that stores 15,000 watts per day, leaving some for cloudy days, etc.
[4 weeks ago]
Got our power bill today $430, the off grid cost us 19,000, so will take only 11 years to break even.
Why and how are we using 13 KWhr per day? Fridge 3 units, water pump 3 units (6hrs perday) bore pump (3 units) 6 hours pumping per day, fans (0.5 unit...
[4 weeks ago]
Notice Trina gave me 29 amps and Zeus also 29 amps. 

Will need another string to make up when I get cloudy days
[4 weeks ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/jUVYGuCTAHGabv3UL6iuwa) On a sunny day, now I get 60 Amps of charging, but on overcast days things are not so good.
[4 weeks ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/8My22JrxErSvKMSaPbVqnc) Removed all the solar panels, and wired up new strings, one on left are Trina 370W, 2 in series 2 in parallel, making 4 panels in total, gives 30Amps
And 6 on right are my older Zeus Apollo all 45 v ...
[1.2 months ago]
Yeah I learned that a single dud, say 2 amps drags in parallel all other solar panels to 2 amps, and a single dud in voltage say 20 volts drags all other solar panels in series down to 20 volts, So One should check every solar panel first for volts and...
[1.2 months ago]
@prologic (#<qdkqnyq https://twtxt.net/search?tag=qdkqnyq>) Possibly, will have to undo string wiring and check each one individually, plus also check why MPPT given 75 Volt performs so badly with 5 amp output?
[1.2 months ago]
The theory never matches the practical performance.
[1.2 months ago]
At least now, I have learned how to do this, measuring current from a solar panel. The 8 yr old panels I used obviously are making piddly squat current. At least I have my 4 year old new, 45 V 5 A solar panels, should give me 28 volts for the eight of ...
[1.2 months ago]
I suspect my solar panels are duds, not making enough current, Confirmed email from David, my supplier from Iron Core Batteries. I will have to stop charging the batteries with little amounts, turn off the system, remove all solar panels, and start aga...
[1.3 months ago]
Diane used the water pump heaps yesterday, plus water controller switching on, the bank dropped to 22Volts. What does this mean? How much battery storage do I have left? I suspect 30% but not sure? And do I get really big bulk adsorption charging curre...
[1.3 months ago]
I will be interested in how the batteries faired on their first running of the water pump over the entire night, and morning charging rate? Currently at 7pm, the batteries were at 25V or about 60%. That's a fair drop in storage. I suspect the 500amphou...
[1.3 months ago]
Getting 150 watts and 5amps off the roof.
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/eCpUPm9g4wM9sUXrQqTqej) Showing MPPT B, the second one.
[1.3 months ago]
Cloudy showery day, still got 200Watt and 6amps going into battery.
[1.3 months ago]
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/rHDw3LrpJCebAD4km886Xg) Got the MPTT to connect to the computer.
[1.3 months ago]
@prologic (#<nuzvisq https://twtxt.net/search?tag=nuzvisq>) Possibly considered portable camping equipment, where total safety is not important.
[1.3 months ago]
The water pump draws 18 Amps, changing the float voltage from 28V to 26V in about 10 minutes of operation. The solar panels respond with charging 6 amps and 7 amps. After resting the pump draws 0.6 A and the battery bank is back to 28V and float full ...
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/hg3pbAjQxH9oYAycZ8qBoi) Close up view of RCD and CB, the neutral and earth wires are joined in Australian standards. The CB is limited to 4.0 amps, about 930 watts.
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/DDUME9PfZVJ2mNuPKefugF) The first inverter is now up and running. wow. Will test the system now during the week.
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/KCkBWytzg9PWSp4NyNXyg8) Running a 60w 240V light bulb costs the battery bank 2.5 Amps, so running a single 240 V light costs 24 Amp hours, about 1/10 of mine total storage.
[1.3 months ago]
Tried out my new changed inverters and they do not have an active neutral, they have an dead one, which it is supposed to be. Seems like India has different wiring standards, and they sell products to Australian without changing to our wiring electric...
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/kewpgAf8FNL4g8nKQXVPkM) Remove the earth wire from one jumper and move it carefully to the other jumper, like red arrow. Now you have one active wire and one neutral wire. 
Why isn't this the default for Australian standards?
[1.3 months ago]
This is potentially dangerous, if you use a RCD, it will not work, so its a cheap comprise for portable power appliances. After 2 hours of reading found a updated manual solution:
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/jQedWG5XBMoDaXNFHrrAxR) Discovered my Phoenix 1200VA inverters are cheap and nasty do NOT come with neutral and active outputs by default, they come with two actives instead, ie floating.
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/4ZGsv7GMtCt2N4mgLCRzSA) Uninstall, install software again, no luck. Seems can't connect to the MPTT. Will try old windows Xp software?
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/fUqiucKAWoAU5WkUVBRqzd) System so far, red arrow shows my attempt to VE direct USB to MPPT.
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/ZpeHboJLTd8Azcw9LSEMwY) On adsorption, the incoming charge current is between 2 and 5 amps, not much I thought? Something wrong?? Have to get clamp ammeter to confirm this?
[1.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/JwD4698FwSPgCLSyrKLzRX) Begin by installing the DC DC convertor, change the voltage down (red arrow) to 9.0V, so it changes 24V to 9V to run ammeters.
[1.4 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/fJkyiuPKaDb293qMiZpFkJ) Details of where the second string begins, note coloured coded wires.
[1.4 months ago]
It has taken a full week to achieve this. Must find out what the Amp charging is? The second string will achieve the charging rate faster of course/
[1.4 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/M3dTaBLp5DG53FvcA89KTC) Ready to install the next string of panels, 2 in series, 2 in parallel, 75V @ 10 A. The system has settled down down, fully charged and floats at 27.6 V.
[1.5 months ago]
The Australian Government announced that in July, all farmers can grow GM wheat, oats and soyabeans. The list of Genetically Spoiled foods is growing. Now wheat is on the list. This means nothing in the shops can be eaten or trusted to be eaten in a he...
[1.5 months ago]
[1.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/2YQn6gzD9eceUGkpguimbB) View of fans down the wall from outside
[1.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/A9yhTMy6VydoXyqTj35Ty7) Got the 24 volt fans working, two 12 volt computer fans in series. In a metal box I made, with pipes to duct H2 gas eventually
[1.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/7z3qijDbChneXHPoGqQxJ9) Close up of first MPPT on (see arrow)
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[1.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/SvYuEDnzruCdTR7cyxNQcH) The system is running crudely.
[1.6 months ago]
@prologic (#<2hvxjqa https://twtxt.net/search?tag=2hvxjqa>) Can't do until voltage of bank settles down, still running at 27 volts instead of 22 volts. So the chemistry is still getting used to reactions. Plu...
[1.6 months ago]
@lyse (#<sgsyaia https://twtxt.net/search?tag=sgsyaia>) Ah yes, the easiest way to remove electrical shocks.

72DC at 10 amps can potentially kill you. I note once connected to the MPTT the voltage drops to 39VDC.

I will be working on the second solar...
[1.6 months ago]
Our system is up and running now, with open end voltage of one array at 75VDC and when connected to the MPPT drops to 27 volts. Not sure of current as yet, my ammeters are waiting to be installed. The batteries gurgle, making H2 gas.
[1.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/3WYkHEB3XFUKdgWbVvcNZA) Add crimp, I actually add 1/2 crimp, breaking other unused end off, and crimp together, than add heat shrink tube, and vermin protection, wire away from rain and mice.
[1.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/z4bB9VAjxcUfbUyiiW4QBk) I know others do the barrel connectors differently. for me, this ensures the best electrical connection, but is ugly to view. Twist the wires together.
[1.6 months ago]
Arrows show the cheap brackets, two screws to panel and two to purlins, so each solar panels is held by 16 screws, using four brackets.
[1.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/w6CsCvvr9w7qmWgVgWGsxK) Solar panels screwed into place, blankets keep power out for now, ready for wiring up. Light drizzle.
[1.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/QjaVW2ZG6iTFCR2pBm6HLZ) Color code your solar panel wires, and we are ready to hook up, charging currents.
[1.6 months ago]
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The plate will need covering in tape to ensure oxidation and rust does not get into copper plate. As well as protect humans from potential electrical shocks.
[1.6 months ago]
It was cheaper to purchase a 22mm drill bit than to get a business to drill further holes.
[1.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/pfpEpMj5FHWqm9pGhUTCZj) The copper rail bar, drilled to share the two battery posts, and nine 10mm brass bolts for adding power in or out.
[1.7 months ago]
@prologic (#<hkvv4ja https://twtxt.net/search?tag=hkvv4ja>) Arhh, yes, but people chat more when they disagree than when they agree. So often being a programmed antagonist, actually is helpful.
[1.7 months ago]
@prologic (#<hkvv4ja https://twtxt.net/search?tag=hkvv4ja>) wow, the Skinners Box is really taking over the world, and I can't stand it, you sit around at Smokeo watching people socially conditioned on their ...
[1.8 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/sHsZUm6YJQ7bEhwJofphXE) A rough, unpainted steel supporting frame for all the 18 battery cable wires leading from copper rail plate, pictured in orange, to the black wall. One wire shown in red.
[1.8 months ago]
Have any of you heard of the Denmark protest for 9 days over a bill of law forcing all to receive a mandatory vaccine. The people protested with pots and pans for 9 days and they dropped the bill.
Now Western Australian Government has passed a similar ...
[1.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/tLKmr3Vq5wFtAeKkb4833H) A closer view showing the original lug, and the processed crimped lug.
[1.9 months ago]
Red arrows show the lug 130mm long and it was 30mm wide now shrunk to 20mm wide.
[1.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/MQxT2zKtB4659DrxwTcnxJ) Finally the crimping company I found "Pirtek" in Blackwater was able to crimp these lugs, for just $22 using a machine able to crimp up to 30,000 tonnes of force, makes my crimping tool of 12 tonnes s...
[2.0 months ago]
@prologic_blog (#<s2m3oka https://twtxt.net/search?tag=s2m3oka>) Interesting article, Spyda.dev only lacks the time, to become big enough to tackle Google as a search engine. And as you write, your back...
[2.1 months ago]
[2.1 months ago]
(#<dmx2lxa https://twtxt.net/search?tag=dmx2lxa>) @lyse You so go to have around Lyse. I going to see if a local Engineer has a 20mm bit and drill these holes straight away, otherwise, I will have to drill it myself as you say. Who would know the most ...
[2.1 months ago]
True better to engineer things yourself, anyhow, I have to drill out these holes bigger, just because of the confusion of words over products. 

What happened to keep is simple stupid. KISS
[2.1 months ago]
Quote "While it is in the family of coronaviruses, COVID-19 is a new virus affecting humans"

The word "it" refers to the common cold virus.

While"common cold virus" is in the family of coronaviruses, COVID-19 is a new virus affecting humans.
Really? ...
[2.1 months ago]
So is COV19 just a new strain of the common cold family, like SARS and MERES? Boy did I laugh at this idea?
And if they have never isolated the COV19, how would they know anyway?
[2.1 months ago]
The Stanford Children’s Health clearly explains the distinction needed to understand this false claim: "A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the ...
[2.1 months ago]
So I would have been better off getting a 16mm copper tube, squashing the ends in a vice clamp and drilling the 21mm hole myself, would have cost less, be better understood by me, and I would have got the product much faster, without all this "hoo har"...
[2.1 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/9mj6f4J7WjeDVUgoYQXRN4) Here is what might be the proper product I want, but alas no price is displayed...so you have to enquire, BOTHER. Notice all the BIG names, STUD HOLE, etc, and unimportant to me, yet the actual diamet...
[2.1 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/22Hk38q89jU5vuYrLGMNz3) This is what I purchased, thanks to browsing history, Amazon has no records of my purchase, isn't that funny? Notice the confusing lack of words shown in red.
[2.1 months ago]
SO it seems I required a M20 fixing hole cable lug? Hmm?
[2.1 months ago]
The red arrow show the desired hole required. I will have to get somebody with a 20mm drill and drill out the hole. I found a website explaining :

"Stud size is not normally of major concern as most crimp terminals or lugs would be available in a sta...
[2.1 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/7dSJX4nJpGqvnFZFt4E6mP) Well well, another Internet purchase mistake.
Seems like you cannot get the terminology right and end up with the wrong product. I would have been better getting a cope pipe and making my own..

It se...
[2.1 months ago]
Great news, some chicken wire has arrived from our order long ago, since than the truck rolled and destroyed our cargo. We have only 15 rolls to pick up, but we are getting there. Now I have another few projects to build.
[2.2 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/uqvXisEh7qzwPTs6SndxFL) GOD wrote the ten descriptors of love on stone, using Hebrew words with God's own finger, that Moses is holding up here. This implies to me that that love is universal, and love rules can be written d...
[2.3 months ago]
Having trouble matching the output of my Inverters, hard to find a 4.0 amp Circuit breaker, eventually found ones made in the USA for 25 each, includes freight and duty costs. Way cheaper than 80 each a shop quoted me. Not sure if I can cover or mount ...
[2.3 months ago]
@kt84 (#<bscf7ma https://twtxt.net/search?tag=bscf7ma>) Nice cherry tomatoes.
[2.3 months ago]
Hot and humid today
[2.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/7g7frfwGPwWPAC2p92wg2Q) Interesting search engine. Still developing. Tried to search "solar panels", no results made sense. How does the search handle spelling mistakes? I am amazed anyone can achieve this so quickly and mak...
[2.5 months ago]
Hoping the solar panels will create a tropical roof affect over the building and shade it somewhat. This frame will hold 12 solar panels, each 200 watt, giving me, using the MPPT a theoretical yield of 2400 watts. Over a 4 hour sunshine, I should get ...
[2.5 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/wtqsUzmgNndLaQwTJWoPqP) This view shows the 23 degree tilt towards North, to get maximum solar power from the solar panels.
[2.5 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/9kyeLRExGdbKxV3i2F2eD7) The solar panel supporting frames are bolted into place.
[2.5 months ago]
@prologic (#<mjmb4fa https://twtxt.net/search?tag=mjmb4fa>) Complexity is the killer of all invention!

How true. Keep Inventions Simply Simple. KISS
[2.5 months ago]
The MPPT is rated to 30 amps, so the 72 V 10A becomes 27V float at 26Amps, wasting no power, unlike the cheaper PMW controllers. This is theoretical maximums for each series and parallel solar arrays, each rated at 200Watts.
[2.5 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/oPYcE79tsBMF2xV3j5UgNE) Getting ready for details of the proposed solar strings for each MPPT solar controllers.
[2.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/R9L6yXpByXF9H9bRHPvS5E) Why can't I find advice on better crimping techniques. This proposal of mine is far better, reduces potential barriers of current from 3 interfaces to one, or none. You twist the wires together as ele...
[2.6 months ago]
I suggest people download the SPARS report for 2025 to 2028, from John Hopkins Medial University Hospital and read their potential stories of how Corona Virus Pandemic will play out for the next 7 years ahead. It is a 20MB download and 89 page report.
[2.7 months ago]
@prologic (#<mjmb4fa https://twtxt.net/search?tag=mjmb4fa>) How true, no such thing as zero maintenance.
[2.7 months ago]
(#<6ouob5a https://twtxt.net/search?tag=6ouob5a>) @lyse Maybe, have a single computer fan removing the H2S smells from pit compost toilet, a room about 1.5 by 1.0 by 1.5m and this fan works 24/7 has done for 4 years, plus AGM lead acid battery for 4 ye...
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/8QbJLr4rasZVWF7GcQir2P) Longer view of battery bank set up. All I need now is the cable lugs on the ends, and the copper plate bus bar on the other end, and I am ready to go.
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/ccmTkn6oX5ye3ZZzJPur2R) Hopefully this is hooked up OK, hard to confirm this on the Internet, as not much about Ni-Fe battery banks around. But I ran across a few images the same as mine.
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/NVjttdaQiNVUCjpDhjKMYj) Cleaned the posts, spring washers and nuts.
Tightened them with shifting spanner, not too tight, just until spring washer is flat on the post.
[2.7 months ago]
So should you use Vaseline to protect your battery terminals from corrosion? I don't. Clean your battery posts regularly, and remove cause of KOH reaching the terminals, is my answer. 

It's a forum debate out there, over which is best, or better. Mai...
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/MBqWUVbe7Bgr5Z4veKFCdi) I touch the probes inside the gel, the probes are already coated in the gel, yet by pressing the contacts together, some metal to metal surfaces get through, so the ohmmeter records near zero impedance.
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/RC33Sny5ZxvTpD525xti2i) The question is asked Does Vaseiline Petroleum Jelly conduct electricity, and useful on battery terminals? 
I use a ohmeter with probes in the gel one mm apart. Answer is no. The jelly does not conduct.
[2.7 months ago]
Thanks for the comments everyone. Bit worried about humidity inside the room, two computer 12V fans is series, might help remove the stale air trapped inside?
[2.7 months ago]
The left side lagged 2.5mm from level, but became level from counter-level principle once other right side is loaded. Both side of the cage are now near level, so the 3mm angle iron spanning 900mm is just enough to carry the weight.
[2.7 months ago]
Having trouble sourcing the 20mm diameter hold stud cable lugs, able to carry 200Amps., the image shows them pictured as black leads.
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/eWubCDanA2c5xpyri4bLXk) The middle of the bank, turns the corner, and the leads are not black or red, technically white means 'load'; each post is wired +ve to -ve. This ensures the bank is wired +ve to -ve, but the posts a...
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/cfrYwPgs8AnSEaLP3qxbZS) The power end of the battery bank, each post is sharing the current load, so a copper plate with holes drilled for each inverter draw-off.
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/ibxUZTnvHdRqqDpYZRo3zi) Larger view. Note why the batteries are staged higher than the other, to view topping up with distilled water. Also note the way the batteries go, +ve to -ve posts, along the cage frame.
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/2uWKMHMdFhZmyYdwQ8TTCG) Couldn't find a shop to cut sheets, so went with thin but larger angle iron. This is 30 by 30 and 1.2mm thick, fits inside the other angle iron, and allows the plastic feet of battery with support. I ...
[2.7 months ago]
Also you cannot source a 20mm stud hole cable lug, only on the Internet, no shop has them. Bother. More delays.
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/CFedFArzbYz9rUnkNESRZS) I didn't know the base of the batteries have round plastic feet to stand on, and these are missing the angel iron, see red arrows. So now I need to place a steel plate into the angel iron channel to s...
[2.7 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/TsFLqyFNupW896guXAgLwH) Painted the power house green.
[2.8 months ago]
@kt84 @prologic (#<h4bm4da https://twtxt.net/search?tag=h4bm4da>) Where did this picture come from Kate?
[2.8 months ago]
One mistake I apparently made, you cannot draw off a lower DC voltage between the cells of the 24 VDC, such as 9VDV or 12 VDV, as this causes a change to the battery bank internal resistance, interfering with solar charging. So I need a 24 V DC to DC c...
[2.8 months ago]
@lyse (#<2ezy3dq https://twtxt.net/search?tag=2ezy3dq>) Probably you are right, tube steel posts used for homes do rust on the inside, but the most common oxidation is the outside, where the dew night and day temperatures react with the post going into...
[2.9 months ago]
Notice four pumps, storage and power areas of the room, and even the cage frame show the staged height of each row of batteries, make it easier to top up distilled water to each battery cell.
[2.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/tRx6jJCXx42j5TZKozM4gH) Here is the basic floor plan again the each intended use of the room.
[2.9 months ago]
Yes the power house has multi purpose functions. It houses our water bore, the most important thing to a property is a source of good bore water, and we finally have that. It also houses all the water pumps, around four of those. It is a storage room f...
[2.9 months ago]
@lyse (#<2ezy3dq https://twtxt.net/search?tag=2ezy3dq>) Good point Lyse. I didn't paint the welding either, just dropped it into the concrete. Some say iron doesn't rust further once it has a coating of rust on it, but should the frame fail after 10 ye...
[2.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/oPDQoaXp4VYFjQse5jwtmY) Side view showing the staged height difference for batteries. Hope it will hold them up, the channel is only 3mm thick, each post holds 100Kg, the spans are 900mm and must hold 100Kg per channel, I su...
[2.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/2LKzAUNUSsB9usATCmstmR) The finished weld battery cage, concreted into dirt floor.
[2.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/SLAcRqyozbUvoZbm2SVG9k) A close up of the welding position, note the clamp to ensure the width of channels is exactly 285mm, the width of the batteries is 280mm.
[2.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/xvnDKjDedbMFEjdLqESo3f) Began to weld channels to top of cage frame for batteries, note it is upside down, right to left, and held in place by star pickets and rope, everything level, using three spirit levels. Hard to set u...
[3.0 months ago]
[3.0 months ago]
@lyse @prologic (#<aieetca https://twtxt.net/search?tag=aieetca>) Arr yes Lyse there is no kill like overkill. We don't have a secure storage room on our property, so this room is it.
[3.0 months ago]
Cost of paint and the power house is ready for the electrical batteries. Yeah.
Will begin welding the cage frame for the batteries.
[3.0 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/zWHupEE4YfHCAwiQEUXmCA) Also fitted the insect screen, Red arrow shows the cement render over the roof gaps, making everything insect proof.
[3.0 months ago]
The red arrow shows the cement render, vermin proof rafter and roof areas.
[3.0 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/GYCPqwncKwWWuFUXmnsm9c) The door opened, with lots of steel, so you can't break in.
[3.0 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/LUikwFPfZeDbAsTTXk2Rcm) Finished the door today. Lots of welding all day.
[3.0 months ago]
@kt84 (#<mqzlfyq https://twtxt.net/search?tag=mqzlfyq>) I would never a mask personally, as breathing in your own exhaust gases leads to illheath. We are supposed to breathe in 0.023% CO2, with a mask on, your br...
[3.2 months ago]
Finished the cement rat barrier of power room, grinded off excess mortar, ready for painting. Could add steel flashing to roof, but costly, about $150, money I don't have right now. At least the power room is vermin proof, albeit a bit ugly looking.
[3.2 months ago]
(#<vwu5h6a https://twtxt.net/search?tag=vwu5h6a>) Yes I just tried this with Lyse, and it is a nice feature. You could remove the conversation, reply feature buttons, too complex, a reply is the beginning of a conversation, a reply to a reply adds to ...
[3.2 months ago]
(#<cs5siea https://twtxt.net/search?tag=cs5siea>) I am glad you do Lyse. Soon I will show you all how to wire up the power required for off grid to run daily a house consuming 5 units of power daily. The system has a total storage of 12 units, leaving ...
[3.2 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/6GXNVEKkgnfnfcus7NskzL) Finally I have to cement the surrounds to make everything rat and mouse proof. Notice the chicken wire for a background support for the cement render.
[3.2 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/MWgo7KQJ4VyQJVeF7ZPQU) View of roof, most sheets are second hand, as the rafters and purlins were also. I started with a 100x50 on its side, than a 75 by 75, than a 100x50, than finally a 100 x 50 on its side with a 100 x 50...
[3.2 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/HUu3FCcD2AEPxxLVRssEi5) The roof and ceiling are in place, and the 23 degree angle support for solar panels are bolted to a threaded 12mm rod running down into the building.
[3.2 months ago]
Rain
[3.3 months ago]
Lots of rain over here. Water across roads. Lots of mozzies too. However it's a blessing, the garden trees will grow better on fresh than bore water.
[3.3 months ago]
What a long week on my own, working as a gardener. It's a wonderful object lesson. Last day today. Yeah.
[3.3 months ago]
Bit wet today, long day too. Having a look at the best MPPT solar controller, the Victron 100 Volt, 30 Amp. This takes in 72 volt panels at 5 amps and converts to 27 volts at 26 amps. They are roughly $200 each and have adjustable voltage float settin...
[3.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/StoBfZj2C6MgAoQWP7Y8UT) Hot day today, exhausting mowing grass with all this wet weather about.
[3.4 months ago]
[3.4 months ago]
Have lots to learn about cumbungi, you need a crowbar or fork to dig it up, what I obtained was wrong....and roasted it is nice as Aborigines and Pioneers say
[3.5 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/2H7zibHqKEjGigjAPstKMj) Cumbungi looks like this, after roughly prepared for eating, washed etc. And they call this a staple? I don't think so. Would lose weight eating this everyday for a whole week/LOL. I will cook this up...
[3.5 months ago]
Happy 2021 everyone.
To my mum and my wife :)
[3.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/YiDip8rGfAgHZvvcaD5qJ) My gif image

Why doesn't the image appear as gif, ie animated?
[3.6 months ago]
[3.6 months ago]
[3.6 months ago]
I think I am back, my telstra bungle allowed me on, despite no account details, and this is windows 10, microsoft edge. On Lenovo, cost me $200, second hand.
[3.7 months ago]
rained yesterday, preventing me from finishing my work
[3.8 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/inWhs8ohfbRU7LZPqSTgKE) The window end of the power room. Notice the blocks are used to make string line supports.
[3.8 months ago]
I mix only 1 cement and 3 sand each time, not much, but on hot days, the cement goes off fast, so add little water half way through and mix again to creamy texture. Cover you barrow with cloth helps keep sun off.
[3.8 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/7aqaKkz5MotcedaCTGmnc7) Make your mortar go past each block you lay, so it has time to go off, and hold up the block once it is placed. Than point up your work with your trowel, adding mortar to missing joints and filling in...
[3.8 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/qVwyNrsV9pMaHwvbjVHBiU) Welded window frame, red circle, notice 4 courses left to top of door and window, but 10mm is not enough, making 20 mm short, so I need each mortar layer to be 15mm thick. See red arrows.
[3.8 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/7B3Gt4d28YtVqdZJgygfLK) Progress, Laid about 32 blocks today, including doing all the tasks myself. Getting blocks, pointing up grooves, raking, and mixing cement. I use a strong brew, 1 cement to 3 sand, as my sand is bush ...
[3.8 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/TqfBfrprC2aXfPTKAGRuEF) The mortar must be 10mm tick, so I use a thick tile (red arrow) to make level for string line to follow. Laying blocks with a string line is easiest way.
[3.8 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/9mCAqKTz45EouUHRSBoEzV) Each block requires 10mm mortar, a thick tile (red arrow) and use string line to lay blocks. Easier this way.
[3.9 months ago]
testing off grid
[3.9 months ago]
This building is cheaper than poured concrete trenches, plus concrete floor. Carpet will achieve same job as concrete floor. The power room needs to be moisture, insect and vermin proof. Having a dirt floor will help draw moisture out of the air.
[3.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/vaCYALNFfgAihS3SxkfLNo) Concrete in bond beams OK, some dry batches, but hopefully OK. Also welded frame for door, 1.6 high by 600mm wide, notice the 25mm angle iron hugs the blocks. Door not standard 1.8m and starts 200 of...
[3.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/XxYk3ngDMEDNZawXp92LXK) Ready to pour concrete mix. By hand of course, and all batches must go in a quickly as possible.
[3.9 months ago]
Red arrow shows some blocks rise up too much, by 2mm, the blocks need to be level within 4mm tolerance, ready for concrete.
[3.9 months ago]
[3.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/bjpLDTU2azpqKYSivAnEG3) Now ready for reo to go in, wired together with 600 by 600 angle bent Y12 rods. You need only one rod, and fill bond beams with concrete.
[3.9 months ago]
Busy waiting upload??
[3.9 months ago]
Red circle shows the tools you need to lay blocks, two small spirit levels and a block hammer, and a trowel.
[3.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/tUR43N2ba7qnnj6yiPyzr5) Other red arrows show other sites that require more or less mortar as required.
[3.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/JVDCW79RkeGxucBxyZgBVT) When you lay the mortar I remove one block at a time, not as bricklayers do...on a hot day the mortar goes off fast. The red arrows show the amount of mortar required and the position the block needs ...
[3.9 months ago]
The arrow shows the gap for the mortar to fill. I use steel straight edge rather than string, a straight edge does 2 jobs at same time. Task is to get blocks laid in mortar to within 4mm level.
[3.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/dQuGBjgm787GxY5zBCoWW4) Hard to speak of images you can't see right now?
[3.9 months ago]
Busy uploading images.
[3.9 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/xnidE3SfYKP3tqDNbD2qjY) when pouring your concrete strip, the inner edge is moved along, see red arrow.
[3.9 months ago]
Busy, not uploading now
[3.9 months ago]
To begin my course of laying blocks
[3.9 months ago]
Yes Rigid makes a 24VDC brushless motor compressor uses 2 to 8 amps, 200W, with 455Watt of cooling, about 1/3 size of Mitsubishi Heavy Avanti of 2000 Watt cooling. Have contacted them for price and products.
[3.9 months ago]
Talking to James about Mitsubishi Heavy Air conditioners, the smallest is Avanti with 2.0 kWatt cooling.
Just found one that is 300Watt cooling. 

https://www.rigidchill.com/micro-dc-aircon/ 

Will email and check price, 24V DC and uses a compressor. W...
[4.0 months ago]
each fruit tree is looked after reliably. Lost plants from cheap water controllers, blocked sprinklers, ie bore water blocks things. What to do? Stay tuned to off-grid-living for ideas.
[4.0 months ago]
When I came to this water line, nothing was proper. Taps too low to the ground, so I raised all the taps costing me heaps. People don't like to do things properly and spend to money. Water controllers are a worry. Stupid things. No point buying cheap o...
[4.0 months ago]
Always use 40mm blue strip poly even if you don't need this. Its rated for 30PSI and does not rot in UV, tough etc. Now do I rip out the entire system and replace the lot with 40mm poly? What to do with poor quality work? Sure it costly slightly more, ...
[4.0 months ago]
We have a leak in our pipe network. Power bill was 300 more than it should. The pressure pump is on 24x7 and using 300W continuously. So I bought 3 water mains, at cost of 100 dollars, to isolate the problem of leak. The leak is somewhere out back. Sil...
[4.0 months ago]
I was thinking of using twenty 24 volt water pumps at 60 dollars each, rather than one pump at 300 each, but the price and age of the pumps is same, no better reliability. Inverters are now 98% efficient, so this makes 240 appliances cheap to use rathe...
[4.0 months ago]
Weird, the big green tank looks sloping inwards, went out to check. Nope, the tank is exactly vertical to the smaller green tank, so the photograph is wrong.
Weird, can't explain this angle. There would be 20,000 litres of fresh water in this tank now...
[4.0 months ago]
Any bowing in formwork sticks, place to outside, and pour concrete next to formwork making it level. Notice yellow spirit level to check top of formwork.
Use concrete blocks to hold formwork sticks in place.
[4.0 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/Fz4vHoFUetV72BSwHaJjLD) Formwork stage, cheap as I can, use the timber edge to get a level top for concrete blocks, to within 5mm and make concrete base 400mm bigger than it needs to be. The blue carpet is for water works. ...
[4.0 months ago]
Lovely 30mmm rain as storm late night, our big tank is nearly full, about 2/3
[4.0 months ago]
The terminals are very big, 20mm nuts and with huge stainless steel metal bar joins them together.
[4.0 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/WAQgxTdyL5Ap3yR4HHMmUL) Our batteries arrived into our shed today yesterday, have to pick up other half of them. Heavy 400Kg , making each battery weigh 35Kg.
[4.1 months ago]
Too busy to upload another image?
[4.1 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/GxdbvQprg4LyDTmQAsFF8S) We stopped for the night at JollySwag. The digital guide leads up into a 8 way intersection, hard to follow digital things, Di can't navigate, nor could I, notice the pattern of how we took up this ch...
[4.1 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/ZRskHttuDwo6ofgBBYwpgY) Lovely well behaved grandkids for Mum on our get together 14 December.
[4.1 months ago]
Mum bit slow, arrives today we think?
[4.2 months ago]
On our way to Mum in Tenterfield, for early Xmas, and see grandkids.
Staying at Toowoomba for now
[4.2 months ago]
The link shows the picture OK
[4.2 months ago]
That might be a clue James, the link didn't resolve the picture?
[4.2 months ago]
Over two days, the upload feature is busy. !(https://twtxt.net/media/KuGwrmFJvpahhaJJsFPXKK) No comments in console.
This is a picture of Beno, out shed that has nice peaches in it. We ate some last weekend, without no fruit fly larvae in them, nice an...
[4.3 months ago]
Notice trench made by ramming timber, than form work to make level top, and concrete mixed by hand, into that, than start making knockout bottom layer, with steel (Y12) in them to hold bottom course together.
[4.3 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/7RCESG4uQt6GEvHSZAVUEE) Another 40 degree weekend, our blocks arrived. The footings get preparations. Decided to make building 4.2m by 2.8 m.
[4.4 months ago]
Our blocks arrived today, now the building of the power room can start.
[4.4 months ago]
@kt84 (#<sx3kffq https://twtxt.net/search?tag=sx3kffq>) nice on. Lovely size too.
[4.4 months ago]
in fact I have written 1575 webpages, and with thousands of tiny images, the website totals only 38MB in size. In average that's 25,000 bytes per file. I think it takes roughly 8 bytes to make a single letter, so that's 3,000 letters per page, or assum...
[4.4 months ago]
Problem is clicking on his JS mouse over, yields nothing for me, so the navigation is impossible.

I like to keep things simple. My biggest webpage is just 73Kb in size, and that is because it maps the entire webpage by indexing over 1500 webpages by c...
[4.4 months ago]
Just checking out my nephew's website [Eastward Missions](https://www.eastward.edu.au/), the home page is 250,000 bytes long, while my own website in [Spiritual Springs](http://spiritualsprings.org/), is just 25,000 bytes long, a mere ten times smaller...
[4.4 months ago]
What a process to get a SIM phone number, stupid Telstra process, even though I have an account already, I had to sign as guest, new person, add my drivers licence, get sent and email, than ring #<100 https://twtxt.net/search?tag=100># to recharge my ...
[4.5 months ago]
I spoke to an electrician today and learned a few things. The inverter has two modes of current, continuous and peak. The peak allows to handle big loads for a few seconds. The circuit breaker is sensitive and must allow peak current flow.

So for a 24...
[4.5 months ago]
I also plan 30 fuses which are resettable, some rated at 50 amps , some 40 amps and some 20 amps.
[4.5 months ago]
There are also 9 hall effect ammeters to gauge the currents coming in, and currents going out at any time, These sit all the time in the circuits, but not part of circuit, they measure flux around the wires, ie hall effect.
[4.5 months ago]
The 20 cells hopefully fit across width of room, they have 32mm PVC pipe to draw off H gas using computer fan. Placed high so easy to top up with distilled water, weekly. The power in with 3 solar controllers. The power out with four Inverters, RCD and...
[4.5 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/oXqB9JXJKmEtAD6j78qDHn) A rough idea design of the interior of the power room and layout of components.
[4.5 months ago]
@prologic (#<5w7wrua https://twtxt.net/search?tag=5w7wrua>) No JS errors, only that warning about cache
[4.5 months ago]
[4.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/CVFhWNvHCWkm2B4d3oYwXM) 40kB file showing console code warning. Upload OK
[4.6 months ago]
Picture of where I work, messy due to others.
[4.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/7HErHfCXjAEvPRj9k94Fr8) Looks like if I add code (showing javascript) here I get access blocked. 
COnsole shows warning : disabled back and forward caching.
[4.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/tnikwabXSYx7Qxg8LCcrZW) Still working OK, with uploads, Console says Warning. DOM7011. The code on this page disabled back and forward caching. For more information, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=291
[4.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/j3CDiQSiUrdBMEpfTX2r2E) The rocks show where I need to level up more foundation soil, etc, to make natural ground level.
[4.6 months ago]
![](https://twtxt.net/media/5kNwHWJQNwwvAzsZ2c8aGT) Upload OK
The old shelter over bore pump removed, Concrete posts dug out.
Temperate was 40 degrees, hot day.
[4.6 months ago]
Well the problem of upload is not firing up my PC, first time, clicking on Twtxt.
Anyhow busy it is...