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Creeky is a wonderful guy who enjoys the outdoors, living off grid, building tiny green homes. He also likes beer. He is often found drawing cartoons, dancing naked in the rain, and pondering the existence of consciousness in the human race. He truly appreciates the support of his readers. Esp. when they buy him beer. Hint hint. Oh. And, yes, he is shameless.

Lithium: 1st year report

First year with lithium and the bird is still on the wire

Cell balance remains perfect. The no BMS route remains a great solution. I give thanks to the many other lithium adopters for their words of wisdom.
Well, I’m jumping the gun on my one year lithium report,
but I have to say everything has gone very well
  • no cell drift. None. Zip. Zero.
  • efficiency far surpassing expectations
  • no maintenance other than monitoring
  • = happy Creek

It was a lot of research and study getting the solution worked out. However, the work has paid off. Thanks to all those on the web and elsewhere who helped me with this. A couple of forums; ecorenovator and endless-sphere in particular. Peace and happiness to all.

If anyone tells you to buy lead acid as a battery solution for off grid living. Run, don’t walk, away. Lithium rules!

Fun with lithium

New lawn mower, new inverter, fun with lithium!

My new inverter is a hard wire 3000w. With .3a at 48v tare (or idle load) and a nifty new display screen. I hope this will keep me going for a few years.

Just received my new inverter. A CNBOU 3000. Look, it has a new display showing the voltage and the amps out. I haven’t got a fully charged battery to run the burn in and test the various idle draw claims. But looks good with the nifty display, no?


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Sunsets and stories

Ah sunlight
Went to an art show. Caught this sunset with Sue as we left.
Coming soon

I’ve been pretty busy lately finishing a big project. I promise I’ll post a few new projects soon. Including:

  • a complete page documenting my Chevy Volt battery pack conversion
  • the hilarious tale (well I found it funny) of my tractor shed build

Stay tuned! And thanks for coming by, boy.

Summer’s Bounty

The cornucopia of summer

Summer is alive with transition. We push our fingers into wet warming soil, carefully dropping tiny seeds. Watch as the first early summer shoots rise from the ground. Wait with anticipation as we tend with trepidation, fearing hail, marauders, weeding, supporting, watering, feeding. And, finally, late summer we reap. Grateful for the bounty bestowed.

From garden to plate.
From garden to plate.

The rhythm of the season, like the pacing of feet or a song of words, a steady progression yet filled with hesitation, tumbling, skipping, harmonics.

Our work is not yet done.

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