Sunday, October 31, 2004
Friday, October 29, 2004
Rebuilt Starter Installed
$156 for the rebuild, but definitely worth it!
The deer hunters were not pleased, as it scared off the game.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Progress at Green Trust
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
The Transfer Switch Saga - post mortem
Sunday, October 24, 2004
We are much better, now
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Weekend woes, and progress.
Then the gas gen shook some bolts loose and dropped the on/off switch into the flywheel.
It's not been a good couple of days. Today, the gas gen is back in service, the veggiegen starter is at the shop, and the inverter is off getting exchanged. It does say it's protected from shorts. Right.....
The well pump, which quit on us last week, and needed a capacitor to get it going again, is running but not pumping. Worked this morning. Go figure.
PJ is here, and we are constructing more sections of the Geodesic Quonset, so I will have more pics up tonight. Last night my wife and I played 4 rounds of Yahtzee by candle light, kids stayed at friends. The woodstove is mighty friendly when it's 25 degrees out.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Blown Inverter, A deal of a replacement!
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Geodesic Quonset Takes Shape
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Auto Transfer Switch installed, Geodesic Quonset lumber arriving.
The Automatic Transfer Switch for the VeggieGen was installed today. It worked flawlessly. With the generator off, the battery bank powers the house through the Cobra HighGear 2kw MSW Inverter. Since this Transfer Switch is set up for 220vac, the two hot positions for the inverter (shorepower) are jumpered to supply 120vac to both sides of the AC Panel. Do not do this if you have a 220vac breaker feeding a 220vac appliance. The VeggieGen (3 phases of 120 vac per phase) has two 120vac legs feeding the generator positions on the transfer switch. The output of the switch feeds the main breaker of the AC Panel. The wire is 10/3 with ground which handles the 30 amps per leg we can pull from the gen. 30 seconds after the Generator is started, power flow to AC panel is smoothly switched from Inverter to Generator. The Computer and Satellite Receiver don't even see the change. You can also get more info on our PV/Wind System at our Wiki Site.
Automatic Transfer Switch - Two 50 amp hots and one 70 amp neutral switched.
2kw Inverter, 30amp charge controller, and other PV System Components
12 volt, 675 ah Battery Bank - Six 6 volt Trojan T-105
50 amp generator powered Battery Charger
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
V.K. DESAI's Objectives
Our entire activity is guided by the following objectives :
(1) To promote tiny enterprises for rural development in various industrial fields using local raw materials and for local use.
(2) To promote tiny enterprises for agricultural processing at local level to achieve self reliance, to remove exploitation of the poor rural people, to generate income at local level, to generate employment in villages etc.
(3) To design and develop simple and small technology and cheap technology for developing countries for various industrial fields, particularly for agro processing activities.
(4) To design and develop appropriate technology & intermediate technology for the village industries related to basic needs of the people.
(5) To promote small scale projects for self help projects for the communicities and villages.
(6) To develop small scale decentralized technology for decentralizing various industries.
(7) To promote tiny enterprises to make available various chemical free natural products.
(8) To promote women entrepreneurship by making available to women appropriate technology for family size enterprises.
(9) To improve the quality of life and elevate the standard of living in developing countries through homogenous development of the society.
Saturday, October 09, 2004
The Geodesic Camper
Friday, October 08, 2004
The Ten Best Reasons Why Conservatives Should Be Environmentalists
“Ten Best” lists are a popular feature of contemporary American culture. Likewise, both the environmental movement and conservative political philosophy are important components of contemporary American life.
Unfortunately, and unnecessarily, the two movements are often viewed as incompatible. But they are not. On the contrary, in the century that has elapsed since the administration of Republican conservationist Theodore Roosevelt, they have been highly compatible philosophies.
What are the main connections between conservatism and conservation? The following are the ten best reasons why conservative Americans should be environmental activists.
#10 FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
The federal budget is bloated by billions spent on unnecessary, environmentally destructive projects. A typical example is Florida’s Kissimmee River, which the Army Corps of Engineers spent tens of millions to channelize, creating an environmental disaster, and is now spending millions more to restore to the way nature intended it.
More than $8 billion has been earmarked to restore water flow to the Everglades, harmed by past water diversions funded by the taxpayers. Conservative taxpayers have every reason to support the Green Scissors* program, which identifies the most wasteful federal land and water pork- barrel schemes, and works to cut them from the budget. They should also urge ending taxpayer subsidies for logging, grazing, and mining on public lands.
#9 LOCAL CONTROL
Both conservatives and environmentalists appreciate the benefits of keeping decision-making close to home whenever possible. Environmentalists understand that local residents are often the best defenders of nearby natural assets. Beneficial federal laws and regulations sometimes have a short shelf life, or suffer crippling amendments. Community environmentalists are one of the best checks on the abuses of the federal bureaucracy, such as the Army Corps of Engineers.
But local control can cut both ways, and conservative environmentalists must guard against local governments falling under the influence of special interests that seek to benefit from abusing our natural heritage.
#8 STRONGER FAMILY TIES
Outdoor activities are one of the most effective and pleasant means for families to strengthen ties. Recreational pursuits such as hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, nature study, and river running bring families together. Children are naturally curious about nature and greatly enjoy family outings to natural areas. Even better is helping to sustain America’s natural heritage by volunteering for stewardship work—such as maintaining protected natural areas—and becoming involved in environmental issues.
#7 AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Pride in the beauty of one’s country is a universal trait. Americans in the future will want to enjoy the same natural wonders as Americans of today, and conservative Americans will want to preserve that beauty, as Dwight D. Eisenhower did when he created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Our national parks have been called “the best idea America ever had.” Conservative Americans will want to protect these showcases of America’s beauty, landscapes, and history, and to work to ensure adequate funding to care for them.
#6 PROFITABLE BUSINESSES, HEALTHY ECONOMY
Anything that reduces energy consumption and increases resource efficiency in business, industry, and commerce will lower costs and thereby increase profits. At the same time, reducing energy consumption and the volume of waste products will simultaneously lower pollution emissions, producing a double benefit. The same considerations apply in our personal lives, especially with regard to important decisions such as the type of family car, major household appliances, and home lighting that we purchase. Conservatives will want to examine fuel-efficient vehicles such as hybrids.
#5 AMERICA'S FUTURE
The greatness of nations depends in part on the adequacy of their natural resource base. Conserving and reducing waste in natural resource extraction and use, and insisting on sustainable management of forests, fisheries, and water supplies, will make more resources available for succeeding generations, resulting in a stronger America in the future. Wasting them will make future generations more dependent on foreign natural resources, and on the willingness of these nations to share them. Allowing toxic chemicals to pollute the environment and threaten public health is an affront to individual liberty and an irresponsible lack of consideration for future generations.
#4 PRIVATE ENTERPRISE AND JOBS
Many environmental advancements have been made by small businesses, which are often more willing to innovate than large corporations. And environmental industries and enterprises of all sizes and types, such as pollution control equipment, renewable energy technologies, and ecotourism, constitute a multi-billion dollar segment of the national economy. Many thousands of jobs are created in these industries every year. In the field of natural area protection, private organizations and land trusts are increasingly being sought as the most secure and least bureaucratic tools for conservation.
Patriots love their country and desire to protect it. Love of country mandates working together to protect the nation’s inherent beauty, the integrity of natural areas that provide essential services, and its reserves of natural resources.
Opposition to environmental protection, resource conservation, and natural areas restoration indicates a willingness to allow one’s country to deteriorate and weaken—an attitude both unpatriotic and in the long run certain to be self-destructive.
Remember Theodore Roosevelt’s words: “Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.”
#2 NATIONAL SECURITY
The United States can clearly benefit by reducing its dependence on foreign fossil fuels, which entangle the nation in questionable alliances with unsavory regimes in politically unstable parts of the world. The best ways to reduce fuel imports are to encourage wider use of domestic energy from solar, wind and farm products, increase energy efficiency standards for vehicles and equipment, expand the use of combined heat and power plants, and make our energy facilities more secure by decentralizing energy production.
#1 IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO!
Environmental protection is in the tradition of far-sighted Republican leaders such as Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater, John Chafee, John Saylor and many current members of the Congress and state legislatures.
Protecting and enhancing America’s environment is the rational thing to do, the patriotic thing to do, the conservative thing to do, and the American thing to do.
Let’s work together to see that the conservative environmental agenda, so strongly supported by the members of REP America, gets accomplished.
Conservation is conservative.
The Green Elephant
Green Elephant Philosophy
Monday, October 04, 2004
The Automatic Transfer Switch is here!
Sunday, October 03, 2004
How to beat the energy costs, and other projects.
Friday, October 01, 2004
Green Trust Builds a Geodesic Quonset