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Fixed Solar Panels And The Off Grid Project Expands

I fixed my solar power problem and added something new to The Off Grid Project. I hope you like it New live weather feeds here: http://www.theoffgridproject….
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23 Comments

  • jgreen302

    Ok. . Troy. . . Electronic Math and a discussion with a Electrical
    Engineer. Here is what you need to know. With DC you use +30% on your
    wire size calculations. So if you panel produces 30amp (example) you have
    to use an AC wire for 40amps to handle 30amps DC. (9amps is the +30% and
    they dont make a 39amp wire). Load however does not factor in. IF the
    batteries are low, the panels will dump power at max regardless of load.
    So your wire problem was going to hit no matter what.

  • Schnauzer Mom

    Wait a second I just heard you say we needed the rain but earlier in the
    video you said it’s been raining everyday practically.

  • karenchakey

    Hey weeds are good, I just found some wild carrot today! Troy you should
    get one of those screen tents, they don’t cost that much and set up a cot
    or hammock outside and sleep in that to stay cool! or a hammock or make a
    DIY hammock, I have a video on that, then but a bug net over it, and a tarp
    over it, make your own bug net with a sheer curtain bought at the second
    hand store. Maybe I’ll do a vid and show you, cuts down on using air
    conditioning or when you don’t have juice to run it and you said it was
    cooler outside.

  • MollyDolly

    Sorry about the truck bill. I feel your pain. $900.00 in CA would be just a
    brake job and a windshield wiper blade. Which is why we DIY the repairs…
    and by that I mean the husband does it. 😉

    You have awesome mechanical skills. Perhaps it is time to park under the
    big white car port, break out the tools and get er done. I believe there
    are several mechanics on here who would love to armchair quarter back, I
    mean offer expert technical advice. There isn’t much on that truck that
    can’t be fixed on the side of the road. So, if you care to post the list of
    repairs needed… let’s see what can be done to at least give that bill a
    haircut.

  • MrRantek24

    Just a thought Troy. I use a small chest freezer in my MANSHED. It has a
    dial on it so I turned it up until I got a steady 40 degrees temp inside. I
    use it as a fridge in my MANSHED. Now it gets up to a 100 degrees out in
    the MANSHED during the week. But it only runs for about 5 mins or so about
    every 3 hrs. I run the AC out there on the weekends. It will even keep
    things frozen if you put it in frozen, and put it at the bottom. None of my
    liquids freeze in there, bottled water, tea, punch etc. It works amazingly
    well. You don’t loose any cold because you are opening the top. If you
    can’t find a chest freezer with the dial on it, they sell a digital control
    thermostat on Ebay really cheap. I actually bought one for this freezer,
    but when I got the freezer, it already had one built in. A lot of off the
    grid people are using them as fridges. You might want to check it out.
    MrRantek24.

  • FrugalPrepper

    What Gauge wire do you need? I have a lot of wire just laying around my
    shed. I could send you some. Just a thought. You might want to put a
    shade cover over the fridge to keep the direct sun off of it. The sun
    beating down on the all black paint is probably making it hard to cool.
    Also a small computer fan or something to circulate some air around the
    sides may help too. As a temporary thing could you rotate a few 2 liter
    bottles between the freezer and fridge compartment to keep the bottom a
    little cooler. Also having the bottom full of something like water bottles
    will allow them to get good an cool at night and will make it stay cooler
    during the day.

  • Terry Teague

    if you can’t afford to fix the truck, wiring or replace the fridge how can
    you afford to start building a home? i don’t get it. i tried to watch the
    part of the vid showing your weather app but i kept nodding off……guess
    i’ll have to go back to watching paint dry ;)

  • gene mayne

    Hi Troy, a lightning strike would have burned out all your solar set up
    not just one RV fuse, that much I am sure of one bolt of lightning took my
    solar set up left me nothing to repair and you would lost all wiring in
    RV you would see the burn marks you will find its mice got at RV and I have
    same problem on my 4×4 no mot,cash but you did say you get fair bit from
    your tube ad’s web site set up me I don’t even have a camera to up load
    anything with any more since my camera was on charge night lightning strike
    my set up life can be so hard in the UK severe weather nothing ,in Brazil
    its 30 c and that’s there winter kids family’s live in the streets been
    they took down their tin house’s were they lived just for a foot ball
    games be held now that hard living I have a daughter who donates 10 weeks
    to help kids there when she can with her friends twice year the weather
    conditions change so fast to storm’s

    

  • lee986321

    Off grid weather do it yourself blow your mind project lol.
    like I say I like this as it is original.

    oh did you know you can send that data to the weather channels underground
    site? they can use that data.

  • deborah west

    any wind power is better than none…cant you just remove every other
    blade on broken unit to balance out loss of broken blades..get those bad
    boys back up in the air

  • GrandsonofKong

    Troy:

    If I understand, the propane fridge in the RV leaked right? So what
    happened to the propane fridge you used on the trailer? I recall it use to
    work great for you>
    What about getting another RV type fridge off Craigs List?

  • lylskeets

    Prune the branches and top the apple tree. It is probably root bound or
    the soil is getting to hot during the day. By pruning and topping you allow
    the tree to help heal itself. It used all it’s stored energy making the
    flowers. Now it needs a rest

  • Kingraptor84

    Glad to hear you got Solar back up and running Troy! sounds like you were
    really hurting without it.
    If you get desperate for refrigeration run a thick bead of silicon around
    the door seal, close the door and let it dry. Then use a razor to reopen
    the door to continue use. The silicon will eventually fail but might give
    you an extra few weeks without constantly discharging your battery bank!

  • Myke Dave

    Oh, almost forgot to add earlier (my phone is acting goofy), since we DIY,
    why do we send in our vehicles for repairs we can DIY? You said around a
    hundy for small repairs like turn signals. C’mon, dude. And now 800 for
    ball joints? Order the parts from NAPA or Discount Auto, remove the
    assembly, beat out the old joints, squeeze or beat in the new ones, and
    reassemble. There’s prolly 50 good videos on TY to help you through. You
    can do it, man! :)

  • David R

    I think you should build a outdoor shed, for a propane Freezer, doesn’t
    have to be that big, and if you portion everything out, freezing will make
    your food last longer, and the propane freezer wont heat up anything
    inside, and you can also insulate it more. I saw a guy do that in light of
    putting that inside his log cabin. =) Plus if you set it up in the center
    of your meadow, you might be able to use straight solar to keep your food
    frozen instead of using a battery at all, that is if you use a camper
    fridge.=) It might be possible to salvage the parts for all that too. I
    have seen people do that on a air conditioning unit, and if a cloud blocks
    the sun it stops working. But if it was a well insulated Freezer, it
    wouldn’t matter if it stopped working for a while. To get around the start
    up you could always use capacitors.

  • HellBoundWizard

    Well, you can’t go lower than 12 gauge wire for low wattage arrays. I
    can’t remember what you are capable to pull but given the run you will have
    to use 8 – 10 gauge wire.

  • Miner Don

    it appears the problem with the fridge/freezer is that your fridge portion
    is not sealing. That’s why the freezer is cooling down fine, but the
    fridge is still way too warm. The temp sensor is likely inside the fridge
    rather than the freezer and that’s why it’s never turning off. you might
    try to see if you can get the fridge part to seal better as a temp fix. It
    might actually be more cost effective to sacrifice your food and turn off
    the fridge. It sucks to lose food, but it would be better than ruining
    your batteries.

    you should throw that fridge away ASAP. you already pointed out that you
    plan to use a chest freezer reconfigured to operate as a fridge. +1 to
    that idea!

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