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My camp build — 2010 to 2015

The story in five parts
  1. My camp build – 2010
  2. My camp build – 2011
  3. My camp build – 2012
  4. My camp build – 2013
  5. My camp build – 2014
  6. My camp build – 2015 in progress …
My camp build started as a dream

The dream was to create a writer’s paradise. I wanted a tiny writer’s cabin with a window that had lots of panes of glass. This window would look out over water. You wouldn’t sit at a table, you would lie in a bed.

What a great dream

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Hay rack dado doo dah day

Dado blade to the rescue

Well, if you remember yesterday, my screws weren’t long enough to attach the 7.5 inches of insulation and strapping to the roof. Alas.

Overnight I figured the only way out of this mess was to rip some dados in the polyiso and put my strapping into the dados. Thereby recovering the depth I needed to get my screws to grab.

Dado blade to the rescue.
Dado blade to the rescue.

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Hay rack consternation

Every job needs a Whaaa?

No it doesn’t. But, this is mine. See the great big sheets of insulation on the roof. They’re 3″s deep. Oh wait, no they are not. They’re 3.3. So times 2 layers, plus 3/4″ for the strapping … now attach with 8″ screws less 3/8″ for the screw head and special saw/auger bit tip …

Add a bit of angle … the screws don’t make it into the wood deep enough to hold a roof down in the wind. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

I was making excellent progress and feeling quite jolly when ... dang it.
I was making excellent progress and feeling quite jolly when … dang it.

I’ze in trouble.

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My off grid solar experiment

 Creeky’s solar system:
Or how I live the life of Riley off grid
Check out the coming Solar posts for more information about how I built my solar system.
Background:

When I started building my solar system in 2010 there were very few resources available in my part of the world. So I took the “build it and hope” approach.

  • First I built a solar shed with a rack that allows the solar panels to be easily adjusted for spring/fall, summer, winter, and big wind storm in the forecast. You can read more about the shed in the shed post.
The first cladding of the solar shed is complete. Let the rains come.
The first cladding of the solar shed is complete. Let the rains come.
  • Then I got some good batteries configured for 12 volts
12vbatterypack
These are Crown 395s. I have 6. 3 sets of two, in serial, in parallel strings. Works for me. And gives me about 1200 amp hours at 12 volts or 15kw of power. Which, with lead acid battery packs means about 3kw of reserve power.
  • I installed 1kw of solar panel power. Panels were in the 4 to 6 dollar a watt range. I was very fortunate to find high quality mono crystalline panels for $2/watt from a solar provider clearing inventory of demo panels.
    • As I’ve grown my needs I’ve upgraded to two mppt controllers so that I can have 2 kw of panels to charge those batteries. Currently (ha ha) I have 1.5 worth of panels
The solar shed
This is me spring of 2012. 1kw of panels working away.

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The solar shed: Part One

Building the shed

Your first quandry with any solar system is where the heck to put it.

Using a hybrid timber frame / regular wall I built an 8x8x10 frame for my shed.
Using a hybrid timber frame / regular wall I built an 8x8x10 frame for my shed. She’s solid as a rock boys.

You have to hang panels that are 3 feet by 5 feet in my case and weight 50 lbs each. You have to store batteries: 720 lbs of lead for me. And you need a safe dry spot for your charge controller, your inverter, your combiner boxes. And, if you’re like me, cheap, you have to do it on a limited budget.

What do you do? Here’s my solution:

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