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  • Free TV! the Makings of a Frankenstein Antenna

    Thank you! Go for it and share the experience.

    Great point! I used my zip code.

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  • Free TV! the Makings of a Frankenstein Antenna

    You are welcome! Go for it.

    Omar, you are so right about the plethora of designs on the net. Enough designs to make your head spin like "Linda Blair in the Exorcist".

    That makes sense. I do have excess wire on the inside so I can still make that loop. Thank you, I appreciate it.

    Great, how is it working out?

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  • Free TV! the Makings of a Frankenstein Antenna

    William, I was not trying to give a template per se for someone to duplicate. I do believe that the distance from the stations was a key factor in my design working. Nonetheless, I took some measurement and did a sketch of what I did so far. I am still experimenting with the opening of the whiskers to see how it affects the channels.

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  • Free TV! the Makings of a Frankenstein Antenna

    For those who wanted some more details, I attached a sketch of what I did, mistake and all, plus a close up of the mounted antenna. You can adjust the whiskers to get max channel and better signal. Also, I found that the ability to adjust the antenna horizontally proved to be more effective than vertical movements of the dish. I did experiment with the balun and I went down to 71 channels. I tossed it in the storage basket. Direct connection is it. Again, this works for me. You may have to use longer antenna wires, along with a balun. Don't just settle for my unscientific template, see what works you.

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  • Born_to_build commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave2 days ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    Thank you!

    You are welcome! Go for it.

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  • Free TV! the Makings of a Frankenstein Antenna

    Awesome! I was very surprised at the result I received. However, because of this, I'm seriously considering divorcing Uverse at the house.

    You are welcome! Please share your experience.

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  • Born_to_build commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave5 days ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    My apologies Gene, I was referring to Monocrystalline panels. I know they are better and more efficient. But are they worth the extra cost?

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  • Born_to_build commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave5 days ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    Go for it. The journey form shed-solar has been a memorable one.

    I know, it is a topic worth exploring. What's your input? Are they worth the extra cost?

    You are welcome. I hope you will post it. We can all learn from each other's experience.

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  • Born_to_build's instructable Adjustable Solar Panel Mount's weekly stats: 6 days ago
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  • Born_to_build commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave6 days ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    I'm with John, I believe your experience will be a tremendous benefit to this community.

    John, as Gene stated, the charge controller regulates the current going to the battery. It prevents the battery from overcharging by cutting off the juice from the solar panel. The charge controller and watt meter gets its power from the battery so a small amount of power is being used by the system. I can hear my controller clicking off as it maxes the battery capacity and then on as it drops below. This happens while the inverter is off.According to the research, it should not affect the components. As Gene said, it was made for such operation.

    I appreciate this information. The power-hungry tools (table saw, miter saw, and drill press) will not be on a continuous daily basis (30min of actual usage when using) and those I definitely will use at high noon. On the days when I'm working late evenings and nights l primarily will be using the cordless tools. The system then will be running the Tv, and lights (5w /20w) and at times the PS3. I was using a line from the house but I wanted the off-grid experience for the Shed-cave. I try to focus on my budget ($1k or less) more than the math. If I follow the math, I probably would not have taken it off the grid.

    You are welcome! I do hope you will share your experience. There is still so much I need to learn about this free-energy operation.

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  • Born_to_build commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave1 week ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    I Agreed. The actual panel spec: V=17.2v and A=5.81. According to the calculations, the distance from panel to the batteries should factor in the determining the size of the wires. This is important for efficiency (smaller wires generate more heat over the distance). Mine was a distance of 24ft. Also, I will be adding another panel in parallel in the future.

    The actual cost including all the wiring, the led lights, the materials for the panel and the watt meters $578.24

    Whenever you have more info, please share. The cost of MPPT's is what move to the PWN.

    Because of the cost involve in setting up off-the-grid systems, I decided to start small and add as needed. This is a basic system which meets my winter need for the shed. When my work picks up in the spring, so will my power consumption. Most of the tools I use during this time are cordless tools (circular saw, jigsaw, drills, etc). Presently, I'm deciding on the best heat source so I have not spent more than an hour each time in the Shed-cave. So far I have tested it running a 5W light, gaming, charging a single battery but mainly during high sunshine days. Battery holds up with not much drainage during this time. There is still more test for me to do. I know what the theory says, I just want the practical base on my specific location, design, and application.You can use this same se...

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    Because of the cost involve in setting up off-the-grid systems, I decided to start small and add as needed. This is a basic system which meets my winter need for the shed. When my work picks up in the spring, so will my power consumption. Most of the tools I use during this time are cordless tools (circular saw, jigsaw, drills, etc). Presently, I'm deciding on the best heat source so I have not spent more than an hour each time in the Shed-cave. So far I have tested it running a 5W light, gaming, charging a single battery but mainly during high sunshine days. Battery holds up with not much drainage during this time. There is still more test for me to do. I know what the theory says, I just want the practical base on my specific location, design, and application.You can use this same setup with a higher wattage inverter. A 2000W circular saw will need at least a 2000W inverter with a 4000W surge. I would use a 3k/6k inverter just to be safe. Light use, while the sun is shining, would work even though it would be a great demand on this system. You would see a significant drop in battery voltage.My thought is this, the more the demand, the bigger the supply has to be. The more power hungry tools I use, the bigger the battery (ah) and/or more amps to keep the battery charge.I will be purchasing a 1500w or higher PSW inverter in near future. This will power my table saw and higher amperage tools. I also will be adding another panel and batteries. I intended to spend some good quality time in the Shed-cave.

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  • Born_to_build made the instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave1 week ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    I bought an 8 ft copper rod from HD, cut it in half, and hammer them in the ground. I use ground rod clamp and attached 8AWG wire for the shed and 10AWG for the panel.

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  • Born_to_build commented on Born_to_build's instructable Adjustable Solar Panel Mount1 week ago
    Adjustable Solar Panel Mount

    I appreciate the information and will consider for a future build.

    Now I can put a sun tracker on my to-try list.

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  • Born_to_build commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave1 week ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    Thank you for your encouraging words.

    Thanks for your keen observation. The picture was intended to be used as an example of a parallel connection and not a 12v battery array. I guess it does make sense to 12v example since I'm talking about a 12v system.

    Thanks for your keen observation. The picture was intended to be used as an example of a parallel connection and not a 12v battery array. I guess it does make sense to use a 12v example since I'm talking about a 12v system.

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  • Born_to_build commented on Born_to_build's instructable Adjustable Solar Panel Mount1 week ago
    Adjustable Solar Panel Mount

    Thank you. I did an instructable called "Off the Grid Shed-cave" which provided information on what I used, where I got them, and the cost.

    Thank you! I'm thinking about adding some kind of wind turbine to this post. If not, I will definitely consider making the adjustment for a center pivot.

    Got it!

    I appreciate your encouraging words.

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  • Born_to_build commented on Born_to_build's instructable Adjustable Solar Panel Mount1 week ago
    Adjustable Solar Panel Mount

    Thank you. I realized that afterward and cork it.

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