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Look like pretty good helpers to me. I can't wait until we move to the Ozarks. Lots of preppers and homesteaders around those parts. Definitely be looking to network when we get there in 2 years.
We'll try to keep it together until you get here...
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So...we got the lines from the combiner box to the house laid, and I connected them up.
My ten 24 volt panels are connected in 5 strings of 48 volts, going to the combiner box, which is going to the Outback FlexMax80, which is going to the 48 volt battery bank.

Turning on the charge controller I see only 36.7 in which is 24 volt I believe.
See pics below...I am wondering if one of my connections from the panel to the combiner is bad, thus making it take the lower value?



these are my settings, which should be correct...any solar guys have an opinion?



I have to go for a PET scan today, so I will dig into it tomorrow.
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Ahh, the sweetness of having the power flow is awesome.
Seems the switch on the combiner was installed wrong. Each pair of panels is coming in at 85-86 volts, and all 5 strings are flowing into the Outback to the batteries.

I removed the 12 volt batteries, controller, and panel from the system, and installed a 48v to 12v converter in it's place. I'll move the 12 volt system to the shed for a light.

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Helped a guy move this past weekend, just loaded the heavy stuff up for him. He gave me some metal roofing and an old 3 section wood stove I'll try to restore in exchange. Good deal for both of us. I used some of the roofing on my old wood shed that didn't have a roof, to help keep it dry. I'll cut one sheet up to put in the open spot, just couldn't find either my snips or jigsaw...lol, maybe my son hid them because he was tired...


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Been awhile since I've done anything..damned health. Have a lil spot in my lung that had went from 8cm to 10cm...just got back from the doc on the results of the MRI...after 6 months, still 10cm..next check in another 6 months. March I get the cancer in my colon cut out Fun times....
Anyway, my son and I are tearing apart pallets and torching some for our kitchen walls...limited budget and what not.
here are a couple pics, not the greatest, my phone sucks. I actually think this will be nice.


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the pics arent showingup - says not found or removed...
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the pics arent showingup - says not found or removed...
is that better? Should see them now
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Yup - thar be walls here!
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Here is a pic that my son took, much better quality.
The cabinet side has a panel we didn't put in yet.

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Changed from a whole house inverter, to inverters for separate rooms / specific uses.

Took out the breaker box and am mounting the inverters in it's place. Still have 2 to go, but the whole house is live now, just careful what is running on each one.
Certainly not pretty, but it's functional.

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Oh, and here is a pic of the inverter power cables they sent, vs what I made up to use.

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No backhoe, trencher, ditch witch.....but have a tractor and a bucket
Digging the first of 2 trenches, one for water and one for propane...will finish them up with a shovel, but saved a lot of backbreaking work.



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What do you do with left over cherry hardwood flooring? Well, make a countertop of course!
Mocked up, but will be set tomorrow. This will be the coffee station.
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What do you do with left over cherry hardwood flooring? Well, make a countertop of course!
Mocked up, but will be set tomorrow. This will be the coffee station.
You have done some amazing work. Your new home is beautiful.
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