Sunday, April 29, 2012

bad to my batteries

Been putting off cleaning up my batteries since next on the list is moving them and the panels to a new spot by the SW container.  As usual, the positive sides build up the corrosion over time and I decided I'd better do a pre scrub just to keep things running smoothly till their next home and brand new connections.  Cleaned and soaked all the positive ends with baking soda and water (works like a charm)then sanded them back to bare copper.  Bolted it all back down with a healthy portion of dielectric grease at each connection.

Lopped off another squash today - just shy of a full pound.  452g = .996489lb  This one I am going to coat with wax and drive it 1,000 miles so it will taste like what's in the grocery store...

Used my two cutouts from the containers for a heavy duty coop roof and additional shade on the pen.  81,97,59,0,B .99

13 comments:

D. B. Day IV said...

Any thought on rattler protection for the chicken coop?

D. B. Day IV said...

Are you planning on preserving your soon to be abundant yields?

MontelloOffGrid said...

that's a fine looking coop!

jmick said...

Some folks say that rattlers won’t eat eggs. But roadrunners WILL eat rattlers, and since roadrunners are birds they must lay eggs. Seems like you need a roadrunner coop. of course catching them for frying might be a trick. (smiles)

Unknown said...

If you put some grease (or Vaseline) on all the exposed metal parts of the battery it won't corrode.

Abby said...

Better make sure things can't dig under the chicken pen, too.

http://www.offgridintexas.com/allenergies/blog/2012/04/the-great-chicken-massacre.html

D. B. Day IV said...

New technology to create drinking water from air with turbine. Appears to use wind as substitute for electricity in Pepino in order to harvest water and not temp change!

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/29/world/eole-water-turbine/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

nate.mckenzie.aouc said...

Gonna put a head high fence over the top of this? Looks great 2 me!

nate.mckenzie.aouc said...

What are the dimensions of your chicken pen?

Allen Hare said...

Useful, but non-glamorous work there on the batteries. Glad you got that done. It's pretty important.

That's quite a squash. Did you have it for dinner?

Nice recycle use of the container cut-outs. The coop is evolving well.

Darin said...

Question about the batteries... wouldn't it be better to have several inches of gap between each battery so they can better dissipate heat while charging or discharging?

Darin

Phil said...

KY works great on those battery terminals as well (jk)

Jim R said...

Suggestion:
Nickel
Iron
KOH
water and electrodes ...