Thursday, April 29, 2010

swamp cooler season is almost here...

Well....it officially got HOT today. 102 outside and 92 inside. That is unacceptable. That being said - got to work on the new swamp cooler today. Managed to find my soldering iron and a cyclical timer kit I bought last year. http://www.canakit.com/60-minute-1-hour-adjustable-on-off-cyclic-timer-kit-ck191m60-uk191m60.html Took about an hour to assemble the 30 components onto the circuit board. I reckon a really good weekend project is to get the new improved swamp cooler into service as soon as possible.

New improvements to the big solar oven are working well - up to 275 degrees without the reflectors. Gonna shoot for 10 loaves of bread tomorrow but the rest of the project is on hold. Good news is, I got a lead on a great deal for a trailer -to mount the whole rig on from my former neighbor and good buddy Charlie O.

Light'o'day project this morning....I personalized Benita's water bowl. I doubt that she was able to fathom the significance but it made me feel good as I have been meaning to do this for over a year. Besides....I needed something to update her facebook fanpage. Apparently....some big goons can't read. 88,102,55,0,W Yesterday was 72,96,45,0,B

6 comments:

Ted said...

http://www.livingonsolar.com/solar-cooling.html

frann said...

When I get a swamp box going down there it won't need a timer..it will be on 24-7. Benita is so gracious.

John Wells said...

Thanks Ted....Ive seen that site - a good plan if you have plenty of water - their cooler uses about 80% more water per day than mine...but I only have to cool 128 sqft. Fran - the timer controls the water flow through my cooler not the amount of time the cooler is on. Believe me....when it gets HOT out here, I keep it running as long as I have to to stay cool.

fallerya said...

I think the goon is able to fathom the significance...

Bob from Athens said...

Expect that after you hook up the timer, you will cut water usage by a consideral amount. Reminds me of back "in the good old days" out in Arizone when we would just hang a wet towl or someting close in a window. Now that was one fancy a/c system powered entirely by nature entirely "off the grid".

Allen Hare said...

Some great new stuff coming out of The Field Lab, John. You're inspirational, as usual.