Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty). Live streaming video at http://ustre.am/TM8N
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Had a visit today from my friend Don B. I met him the first week I was out here. Been meaning to get him back out to check my progress because his metal work and dome designs were the inspiration for my welded rebar trusses and curved roof. He gave me an A+ for my efforts so far.
Picked up the washing machine and spent the afternoon stripping it down to the bare essentials. The mechanical features all work perfectly even though the electronic brain has failed. I eliminated all the grid related parts and now I just have to stare at it for a couple of days to figure out the best way to rig it to the bicycle. Also have to decide the best use for the parts I have extracted. This is not a new idea - there are plenty of folks out there that have done the same thing - just do a google search for "bicycle powered washing machine".
Shot some tests with the new camera and I am quite happy with the quality but nothing editorially post-worthy so far. 88,91,61,0,C