The latest project I’ve been working on has been getting a shallow point well installed with a solar powered water pump so we can start watering the gravel pit to get some grass to grow. I just added 330 gallons of storage to it on Saturday.
I’ve been watching lots of videos about solar power lately. One YouTube channel I’ve found super informative is DIY Solar Power with Will Prowse. He has forums which people post their setups and I found this slick idea.
Obviously it folds with the panels facing outward, which I’d like to reverse to protect the panels. Shouldn’t be too hard to do. Putting it on my winter projects list.
In other news it sounds like we will be purchasing and installing a large solar array at my dad’s house with an all in one grid connect with battery bank for power outages. I’ll be sure to document that when we get firmer plans.
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I had originally intended on digging out a pond / swimming hole because I’ve just always wanted to have one. I have this weird phobia about swimming in water that I can’t see the bottom of and if I dig a hole in the ground the odds of something you’d see on river monsters biting off my toes are close to 0%. For the time being I am giving up on that dream. I am unsure as to what the hell if any permits I am going to have to deal with to dig this thing out. I’d rather not have the DNR or DEQ or ATF or any of nem ner big gubmint agencies out on muh property(Side Note: If you haven’t checked out the sovereign citizen movement I suggest you do. I love watching these guys try to talk in some crazy moon language to try and legal-ese their way out of not having a license and registration. It almost always ends in them getting pulled through a broken window or having the K9 unit ripping a guys arm apart. HILARIOUS!). I’ve found that avoiding fines has been crucial to my ability to pay back my massive amounts of tax debt.
The second reason that I wanted the pond was as a water source for reclaiming the gravel pit and trying to establish plants and a root base.(We want to plant monarch butterfly and honeybee habitat plants. (I’m turning into a hippy.)) At the time I thought my only option would be to use a DC submersible pump running off a solar setup to force the water out of the pond and into water storage of some kind. That was dumb.
What’s one way to get water without digging? Pounding a pole into the ground! I ran to the local hardware store grabbed a sand point, connecting collar, 10′ of 1 1/4″ galvanized pipe, a check valve, and a 1 1/4″ to 3/4″ garden hose adapter. I very safely stood on the boxside of my truck with wet feet to pound the mother down, down into the ground. Thankfully I didn’t hit any major obstructions and just used a pipe wrench to turn the pipe if it stopped making progress. I probably could’ve just pounded the sand point down and pulled water, but pipe is cheap, and Katie has really been encouraging me to take risks now that I have a life insurance policy.
I soon realized that I had forgotten to grab a generator for the AC pump. SMOOTH!! I did the next smartest thing I could by connecting everything including a garden hose. I have been know to puff tuff in my time and began to pull a vacuum with my lungs. Much to my surprise it actually worked really well and I was able to get potentially contaminated water in my mouth as a reward. (Remember how Katie has been encouraging me to take risks?)
Cut to: My wife coordinating with family members buying me some solar panels for my birthday. She was very disappointed when they arrived with the words SOLAR PANELS written across the packaging in giant letters when I got home before her. I was pretty ecstatic about this as it let me order everything I needed to get a test run done in with them.
AND THAT’S WHERE THE VIDEO PICKS UP!
WHAT HAS OCCURRED SINCE THIS VIDEO WAS SHOT?!?!?!
Water Barrels Acquired. 6 @ 55 gallons @ $8 a pop! Now, I’m no math major but that’s at least 200 gallons of water I can store for only $160! The plan is to put them at the highest point in the pit to create water pressure so we can run sprinklers. I plan on connecting them all by using the bung plugs on top with a series of 2″ PVC pipe and burying them upside down so that we can draw and fill easily with everything protected from the elements. For a rough idea of what I am thinking of check out this guy’s setup without the need for a diverter as I am planning on making some kind of a waterfall out of anything excess that runs out a hole on the top.