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  • in reply to: May 1st! #67360
    Tom
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    Up date. Running a little behind.  The rain up here in Michigan has been terrible this year.  Not to mention the snow and the cold.  We have started to move our extra stuff.  I have purchased my Aims 3000 watt pure sine wave inverter/charger.  Also 8 215ah 6 volt batteries.  And still shopping for my Panels.  I will start with the generator.  That kind of sucks.  Next time I update I will be moved and off the grid.

    in reply to: Do it right the first time #66890
    Tom
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    I got my copy of Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook. It is a great book. I would recommend it to any newcomers.

    in reply to: Do it right the first time #66858
    Tom
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    Gordo, Thank you for your input. I would like to not be LP dependent. But as for right now I will be using it for cooking, gas dryer, water heater and maybe LP fridge. I will be 100% using wood heat. My other fridge idea was to use the chest freezer conversion.

    My reasoning for the 24V instead of 48v is about the money. What I found is that the cost is a lot higher for the 48v equipment. The only advantage I see is that the amp draw is lower tha should increase the battery life. If there are other advantages to 48v I would like to know. I am looking to start out with 8 golt cart batteries. I have been looking into better batteries to start out with.

    My water supply will be a 500 gallan water tank in the basement. I found a 12v water pump that will put out 5.3 gal a min and 65 PSI. The well is a deep submersable pump.

    Thank again,

    Tom

    in reply to: Do it right the first time #66849
    Tom
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    I might add that there will be a family of 4 will be living in a 1800 SF home.

    in reply to: 24V battey bank #66801
    Tom
    Participant

    Of course, Never gave that a thought. I have a few of those around the shop that I have removed from construction equipment. Thank you for your quick response.

    Tom

    in reply to: Batteries and Inverters #66003
    Tom
    Participant

    Thank you for all your replys. I can see that I wont have to reinvent the wheel. I can learn from others mistakes. I can also see that there there can be some misunderstanding. I said that I was not going to run the washer and LP dryer or well pump off the batteries. Mr Gordo must have missed that. but thats ok. Mr Elnav does not want me to ruin my batteries so his input is great. I am guessing that you think that the generator will be my only soarce of recharge? I dont know, Like I said earlyer, batteries will be lights, LCD TV, and basic kitchen. I will have a one cyl diesel engine with altinator to run daily to recharge then bank. I am going to check the options of battery voltage 24 or 48. Mr Elnav, when I get closer to moving off the grid, I will make a point to contact you for more details to increase the life if the batteries. FYI, in west michigan, not sure how solar and wind will work for battery up keep.

    Thank you.

    Tooltime66

    in reply to: Batteries and Inverters #65997
    Tom
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    Thank you for your input. I will not plan on splitting the bank, that would have been my gut feeling. As far as the 6000 or 8000 watts I would not want to cut may self short I will powering a 3 bedroom house. the well, washer and dryer will be running off the generator one day a week. random LED or floresent for lights. TV, microwave, toaster. At first, a refrigerator untill I install a LP fridge. The wife thinks she would like to have a dish washer. up to 3000 watt draw, I dont think so.

    The thought I had as far as going to 48 volts is up front cost. 24 seems to cheaper and easyer to find. But, I will still check out all my options before anything is bought.

    Tooltime66

    in reply to: Batteries and Inverters #65995
    Tom
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    FYI… I have a 1 cylinder diesel engine with 24 volt altinator that came off an old sign board. I plan on useing it to help recharge the batteries. I hope that it will be fuel efficant. I need to test run it on a gallon of fuel to see how long it will run.

    Tooltime66

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