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Oh boy that is what I was afraid of. So many people want to go do their own thing without knowing anything about it. ‘The Code’ is not your enemy its your friend. Most book stores I have been in has a DIY section and in there you can find a summary of how to fix and wired you house to “Code” Most jurisdictions do allow a home owner to carry out minor repair and additions to their house.

Strictly speaking inspections are only called for if the home is connected to the grid, financed by a mortgage, or in some way involve other parts of society. Insurance inspectors may want to see an inspector’s approval but many off-gridders are self financed, self insured and by definition not connected to the grid. What inspector? But if you have followed the code what can they find wrong?

When you see a ‘Code’ guide explain how to wire something you know you can find the relevant parts at a local store.

What’s good about the code is the fact so many stores carry home repair books Handyman guides and the ‘Average Joe’s guide to the Code. Detailed explanations can be found everywhere. ASk some trades guy if he knows how to wire up a wall switch and a light and he will say yesy. ASk him if he knows how to wire an off-grid house and he says no. In most cases ther is no difference and where ther are some differences product manuals and manufacturers usually provide guide lines.

Looking fir schematic? Its at the book store on available online.

I do not have enough time in a day to google, evaluate, and forward, all the thousands of hits you will get if you go look yourself.

Code Guide books tell you the right way to wire up something so it will be safe. In addition many areas have a ‘Code Guide’ specific to the local jurisdiction not some generic thing that skips the important parts relevant to you.

I work a lot with boats. I can tell you the industry insurance people report that most electrical fires originate in the DC section because for the same power levels more DC current is needed at lower voltages.

If basic electrical terms and circuits confuse you, better get going and teach yourself the basics. Try googling “self directed tutorial on electricity”.

I saw a new product brand (Samlex) at a local automotive store. The catalog had a whole series of typical applications notes. Other manufacturers do the same. These can teach you a whole lot about system assembly.

Inverters are in essence solid state generators and the battery can be considered a fuel tank. It is not that complicated.