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  • Post in thread: Finally Installing our System (What Have I Done Wrong So Far?)

    Thought about putting this in Beginner's Corner, but I suppose it's more appropriate here. After years, we're finally putting things up on walls. Got our solar shed built this summer, put the 160 pound Quattro 15K on the wall along with one of our MPPTs. Since we could only afford the metal...
  • Post in thread: Finally Installing our System (What Have I Done Wrong So Far?)

    Didn't think we would get this done before winter, but we did. Cabin and solar shed wired with breaker boxes and supplying AC power, and we got the panels mounted on our two solar arrays. Next summer, five more... It's super cool to see the ground mount design we made in CAD become a reality...
  • Post in thread: Got our first DIY 3.5KW Rotating Bi-facial 7-Panel Ground Mount in the ground (only six more to go)

    It has been years of posting on this forum, realizing I'm an idiot, learning something, then doing something else for a bit and forgetting everything I thought I previously learned, only to be an idiot again and have to re-learn what I thought I knew. Years, and all before we had actually built...
  • Post in thread: Just Learned: Most Victron Multiplus II's *Do Not* Support Parallel Operation

    Victron fixed the issue. They said they'd ensure the issue was resolved at no cost to us, and the Regional Manager actually offered to provide us a new Quattro 48/15000 230V and pay for shipping it to us, if we'd pay for shipping one of the 48/8000s back to the dealer. We decided to keep one...
  • Post in thread: Anyone canning? What pressure cooker do you use?

    I have my first batch of pressure canned meat whittled down to only 547 pounds/pints of meat after eating on it for several years. Had over a thousand jars initially, turns out we don't eat as much meat as we thought we would. We use an All American pressure canner. Fits 16 pint jars in it...
  • Post in thread: Just Learned: Most Victron Multiplus II's *Do Not* Support Parallel Operation

    Happy to report that Victron reached out to resolve the issue without cost to us. Will update after all that coordination is done.
  • Post in thread: Begin to swim

    Concur. Thankfully Will has a strong character, very obviously sees the value in opposing viewpoints and differing perspectives, and has seen how human nature combined with Internet forums work and has decided to make one of the rare harbors to be found for expression online with his forum...
  • Post in thread: Finally Installing our System (What Have I Done Wrong So Far?)

    It takes the generator running the 5KW chargeverter about an hour of running to charge that ten percent. Our loads are currently pretty light, so that ten percent buys us about 12 hours of time roughly. I disabled the auto start for the time being though, until I get my batteries in a warmer...
  • Post in thread: Finally Installing our System (What Have I Done Wrong So Far?)

    Another thought if you have a heavily forested challenging terrain area like we do and you're looking for a good way to figure out the best place for solar... What we did was we flew a drone to map our property and made a point cloud. Then we put that point cloud into ArcGIS and used the solar...
  • Post in thread: Do we need a system to ban members?

    Any forum that doesn't have a real commitment to free speech will decline over time. We're adults. We can ignore those whose content we don't want to see. Nothing else need be or should be done in my opinion.
  • Post in thread: My 44kW vertical and bifacial set in Finland.

    Concur. I'll go with the cooler weather. Our location has never seen 80F, hottest we get is in the 70s. Coldest is maybe -10F. I'll take it. And digging a root cellar or going underground is a great way to equalize. 55F or so year round is God's climate control.
  • Post in thread: Solar preparation for the crazyness that is coming.

    I couldn't agree more about the CBDC and what that represents. When it gets adopted, and given that I don't think Americans actually have any real voice I believe it will, then it's game, set, match on our grand experiment that started during the Enlightenment. But some will be able to live...
  • Post in thread: Electric tracked ATV

    No idea on the first two questions. As to the third, I'm planning on starting an OnlyFans to fund the ATV. People will give cash hand over fist to watch a middle aged guy groom real Alaskan squirrels.
  • Post in thread: Got our first DIY 3.5KW Rotating Bi-facial 7-Panel Ground Mount in the ground (only six more to go)

    This is exactly my thought process. Because I only have 3 hours or so to charge in the winter, I want a lot of panels producing a lot of energy, and I want all my equipment to be able to charge the batteries with every single ounce of it. During the planning process we encountered a lot of...
  • Post in thread: Anyone canning? What pressure cooker do you use?

    We have three Harvest Right medium units. Thought being they'll be easier to sell if we need to. They have larger units as well that can do more at one time, but their really big one has trays that are likely too big for a normal dishwasher. Agreed on using them in the summer when the solar...
  • Post in thread: Solar preparation for the crazyness that is coming.

    Great idea to prepare and my wife and I have been doing it for the last five years. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, I'm not sure if our efforts will really do much. I think the situation may well be far worse than I was imagining when we started. Some of my assumptions were likely too...
  • Post in thread: Cables should be same length....but one is a half inch off (problem or no?)

    Good point. No power on the bus bar, no components turned on, but now is probably a good time to break the habit of just letting things lay around...
  • Post in thread: Solar panel clamps for P1001A unistrut ground mount?

    Ha! I don't have the bandwidth to name all these moose. This one chose to sleep there by the cabin and there was another one on the other side of the cabin bedded down. We're a minority in these parts so they might name us. I was gonna get to work, but she's still there and looks comfortable...
  • Post in thread: PV connection torque for Victron MPPT RS 450/200 not specified?

    So we contacted the dealer here in North America about getting this MPPT RS fixed after we busted one of the trackers during torquing the PV connection. Dealer sent us the latest manual which was revised in October and it now specifies a torque of 1.2NM. So the older number we used was...
  • Post in thread: Just had the world's greatest assassin visit me

    Saw a big shadow of a bird fly right by us a few minutes ago and looked out a side window and saw him in a deadwood tree next to our cabin. I made a call and to my utter surprise he flew over and down from the side of the cabin and landed on our deck right in front of us. Maybe ten feet away...
  • Post in thread: All Electric Tractor

    Agreed, the market place is likely the best place to solve this issue. But unfortunately liberty-mindedness is in low supply and there's even lower demand.
  • Post in thread: Do I need a pre-charge resistor for a 300 watt inverter?

    Got er done. Used a 100W 120V light bulb on the negative. It turned on for a half second and went right out. Hooked it up, no sparks, everything worked fine. Thanks for the advice!
  • Post in thread: A huge reason this forum was created

    From what I can gather, you have a unique gift of integrity, forthrightness, and attention to detail. Thanks to your gumption I have benefited greatly. Thank you for this resource and for your videos.
  • Post in thread: Looks like the forum has been hacked :(

    I find it puzzling how many people connect their expensive systems to the internet. Monitoring remotely is great and all, but the risk...
  • Post in thread: Solar preparation for the crazyness that is coming.

    I devoured her books decades ago but thought the society she postulated was just a fictional literary device to make a point. I thought there was no way society could become as absurd as what she depicted in the Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged. Boy was I wrong.
  • Post in thread: Reverse PV Combiner Box?

    Okay, so option B is definitely out. I don't have $50,000 to spend on wires. Truth be told, after a month or so of posting on this board I'm already on my third marriage and I want this one to last...
  • Post in thread: Just Learned: Most Victron Multiplus II's *Do Not* Support Parallel Operation

    Alaska is a great place if you like watching your bank account drop with the temperature. The Victron equipment is a small fraction of the cost this place exacts from you during any big project.
  • Post in thread: Planning off-grid workshop/home in northern Wisconsin

    I don't have the experience to help you out, but I'm interested in the discussion. We are doing something similar although we don't have the power requirements you have (at least I don't think). We are hoping to run a freeze dryer in the summer that uses something like 14KW of energy in 28...
  • Post in thread: Trench and conduit advice

    You think the excavator is quicker than using one of these skid steer attachments? Cuz having just used the excavator with the 12" bucket, I'm saving up for one of these things I think. They look much quicker and safer and I love the idea of being able to then use the forks on the track loader...
  • Post in thread: DB Fiber optic buried next to DB triplex power cables in a trench - problem?

    That's easy enough to do. I can do that with a shovel without going back and forth with the excavator and risking collapsing the trench.
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