Solar Install – 4/14/2017

I finally got around to installing the solar panels at Waterfall. Eric met me out there to supervise the install. I got all of the panels mounted before he showed up. Then it was a matter of organizing the cables based on what we had and plugging it all in, SUCCESS!

It needs to be cleaned up, but I have to go home and order some longer cables first.

Hogan Haake

Waterfall Batteries

We’re working on a solar system for waterfall so we can be off the grid. Eric came out with me today to install the larger batteries. We had to relocate them since there wasn’t room where the old one was. He brought out the soldering iron to make sure they last.

The batteries are installed and the power is on and working. We’ll have to come back another day and get the solar panels complete… Somebody forgot to bring drill bits 🙁

Hogan Haake

Steam Engine – 1/6/2017

Eric Ent from work came over with his model steam engine. He got it running recently and I found it fascinating. We thought trying the propane torch would really make it move, and it didn’t disappoint. It is a Wilesco steam engine, possibly a D4 model.

It worked much better with the propane torch, but we didn’t want to risk breaking the boiler due to excessive pressure. The whistle worked a little, but seemed to require more pressure that we wanted to provide. I spent the next few days researching steam engines, but it seems like it would take too much time and money for a full time hobby!

Hogan Haake