Tuesday, December 28, 2010

So tired

Foster dog is recovering nicely. But I've been with her 24/7 since I got her back and I'm exhausted. I hope she can sleep alone tonight, because my own dogs miss me and I want to sleep in my own bed tonight.

The battery bolts came in the mail yesterday and... they fit! I need to get some pipe cleaners tomorrow and clean out the bolt holes, though - looks like mud daubers had set up shop in them some time ago and they are full of dirt.

I'll also try to play with some floor plans for a dome tomorrow and see what I can come up with.

Update: To help alleviate some confusion (mostly mine), click here to see what my batteries are. Please note where it says "Terminal Type I2-Thread lead alloy recessed terminal to accept M6 bolt"

I will try to take a close-up picture of one when I get to cleaning them.

Update 2: Ok, here's a pic of my batteries.

The one on the right is exactly how they came to me. The one on the left, I have inserted the bolts I bought. There seems to be a "stop" inside the socket, so there's a gap between the hex nut and the face. This begs the question, do the cables I use for the parallel connection go under the hex nut, or between the hex nut and the wing nut, or does it matter?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wrapping up the year

While I try to recover from the big vet bills of November, I've been looking at other options for my cabin and I'm seriously considering a geodesic dome. The metal framed one, not the wood one. I like the aesthetics a lot, but the round-ish shape is a bit difficult for cabinetry and furniture. Domes are also extremely strong in high wind. I also looked some more at yurts, but I really don't care for the way they look on the inside.

I ordered some bolts for my batteries that I think will work. If I didn't mention it before, the batteries I bought didn't come with the bolts that you attach wires to, and it took me forever to figure out what I needed to buy. Hope I got it right :) I'm hoping the bolts will come next week. Next, I need to figure out where to buy the cables to hook the batteries to each other. Then see about the rest of the gadgetry to charge them and use the power. My house here is surrounded by really tall trees except on the north, so sunlight is scarce, but I'd like to get something going anyway just to get the hang of the system.

Christmas day was off to a good start, then my foster greyhound girl made the mistake of arguing with Tara (the boss dog) and got her ass handed to her. She's at the UGA vet school where she got stitched up and is spending 2 days there with a grenade drain in her chest. They expect to release her tomorrow. Tara got a few cuts on her face and has been pretty subdued since the fight, but seems ok. I will be keeping them separated while the foster dog recovers.