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by Train Wreck
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: 2017: A Solar Odyssey
Replies: 21
Views: 4062

Re: 2017: A Solar Odyssey

We got the lid situated the other day: http://f-lan.net/images/bman2017/solar_box_06.jpg http://f-lan.net/images/bman2017/solar_box_07.jpg The only question that remains is how to set up the ventilation fans. I want positive air pressure in the box, though I also want the intake filter to do as good...
by Train Wreck
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: 2017: A Solar Odyssey
Replies: 21
Views: 4062

Re: 2017: A Solar Odyssey

One of those would probably be perfect for a one time use out on the playa to make sure nothing is severely overheating. $28 for peace of mind? Sold.
by Train Wreck
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: 2017: A Solar Odyssey
Replies: 21
Views: 4062

Re: 2017: A Solar Odyssey

Thanks for the suggestions, some seeing eye. I've already got a decent multimeter- good idea about the thermocouple. I wish I had the scratch for one of those fancy no contact infrared thermometers... As far as things running hot are concerned, we were thinking of mounting a 4" fan directly on top o...
by Train Wreck
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: 2017: A Solar Odyssey
Replies: 21
Views: 4062

Re: 2017: A Solar Odyssey

We made some progress yesterday, mostly on the box. A little about the construction... the box is 2' square, framed in 2x2s and clad on the sides with 1/4" hardwood ply, and the bottom is 1" ply. All joints are glued and screwed for maximum strength (and pleasure?). The two vents are forced air heat...
by Train Wreck
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Waterproofing interactive lighting controls
Replies: 6
Views: 2657

Re: Waterproofing interactive lighting controls

As far as sliders are concerned, you may want to consider using capacitive touch sliders since they have no moving parts, no wipers, and no contacts to get fouled up. I haven't used them, though they seem to hold up well out there based on ones I've seen on other projects.
by Train Wreck
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Waterproofing interactive lighting controls
Replies: 6
Views: 2657

Re: Waterproofing interactive lighting controls

I've done the electrical and electronics for several mid sized interactive installations in the past, some of which were honorarium. We've had the damnedest of times getting buttons that didn't crap out once out there- not only do you have to worry about waterproofing in the event of rain, but you h...
by Train Wreck
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: 2017: A Solar Odyssey
Replies: 21
Views: 4062

Re: 2017: A Solar Odyssey

This is my first time going to the Playa so I'm expecting to produce less power then I normally produce since I'll need to bring down my panel at night (don't want to chance a dust storm while out or asleep) and during heavy wind durning the day. We're planning a 3x100W panel array connected to 3 b...
by Train Wreck
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: 2017: A Solar Odyssey
Replies: 21
Views: 4062

Re: 2017: A Solar Odyssey

Yesterday we set up the solar equipment and did a test run for the first time. Fortunately, everything seemed to work fine-- the output was sufficient (even at sea level, with the panels lying flat on the ground). We had a 200W resistive load, plus a laptop and a speaker system plugged in to a 600W ...
by Train Wreck
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: 2017: A Solar Odyssey
Replies: 21
Views: 4062

Re: 2017: A Solar Odyssey

I agree- not having to listen to a gas generator, even one as quiet as a Honda, is really nice :) So some progress has recently been made: we picked up a couple of 12V 105Ah AGM batteries and plan on wiring them up in parallel to get a total of 210Ah at 12V. I also managed to find some panels identi...
by Train Wreck
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: 2017: A Solar Odyssey
Replies: 21
Views: 4062

Re: 2017: A Solar Odyssey

I've picked up a charge controller already, a 40A MPPT unit from epsolar, mainly because it has a decent readout and allows for user-defined charge settings. Research indicated that MPPT really outshined PWM in cooler weather, though the readout and user-defined charge settings was worth the extra c...
by Train Wreck
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: 2017: A Solar Odyssey
Replies: 21
Views: 4062

2017: A Solar Odyssey

Hello All! An introduction: the camp I belong to has used the same generator since 2006, which finally gave up the ghost this year after many hours of service, both on and off playa. Several years ago we started adding some solar to supplement our power needs and subsequently reduce the amount of ga...
by Train Wreck
Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:34 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Conditions 2014
Replies: 285
Views: 21124

Re: Playa Conditions 2014

I hope it snows now.
by Train Wreck
Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Conditions 2014
Replies: 285
Views: 21124

Re: Playa Conditions 2014

Pics were taken at Point 1
by Train Wreck
Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Conditions 2014
Replies: 285
Views: 21124

Re: Playa Conditions 2014

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by Train Wreck
Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Conditions 2014
Replies: 285
Views: 21124

Re: Playa Conditions 2014

Hail...
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by Train Wreck
Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Conditions 2014
Replies: 285
Views: 21124

Re: Playa Conditions 2014

These pics were taken within an hour ago. Yikes!
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by Train Wreck
Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Conditions 2014
Replies: 285
Views: 21124

Re: Playa Conditions 2014

Update from a friend who just made it out there: "It's hot as balls!"
by Train Wreck
Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Is there a prevailing wind direction at BRC???
Replies: 15
Views: 2227

Re: Is there a prevailing wind direction at BRC???

The Black Hole is actually at 5:45 and E this year if memory serves :)
by Train Wreck
Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Using car's battery for yurt power?
Replies: 45
Views: 4864

Re: Using car's battery for yurt power?

Costblow carries a deep cycle marine battery at 115 amp hours for about $100. I'd also recommend you get a separate deep cycle battery charger (~$100 for a decent one) to plug into the AC receptacle of the EU2000-- the charge port on the generator is not "smart" so it has the potential of overchargi...
by Train Wreck
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: EU1000i 2000i External Fuel Tanks
Replies: 67
Views: 7926

Re: EU1000i 2000i External Fuel Tanks

This tank is new and doesn't have a vent. Damn EPA. I'll look into the fuel demand valve from Attwood.
by Train Wreck
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:51 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: EU1000i 2000i External Fuel Tanks
Replies: 67
Views: 7926

Re: EU1000i 2000i External Fuel Tanks

Have any of you had issues with pressure buildup in the external tank? As a test I set mine out in the sun today and noticed that it puffed up slightly due to a buildup of gas vapors. Is this bad for the engine to have pressure like that on the fuel line? Should I worry about venting the external ta...
by Train Wreck
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Conditions 2014
Replies: 285
Views: 21124

Re: Playa Conditions 2014

Probably 70% of the crowd and 50% of the camps this year have never experienced one. That is exatcly the reason it would great. ) So,in other words,you are happy to see danger and harm come to the city in order to thin things out a bit? I'm happy to be reminded that in life, and especially while in...
by Train Wreck
Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: City map: Purple & white
Replies: 25
Views: 1859

Re: City map: Purple & white

Anyone know how to get a hold of placement as early as Monday before the event starts? I'll be coming in on the 18th and I want to setup camp (after G street), though I want to make sure there aren't any conflicts. That way if there is some asshole claiming I'm in their 'spot' I can calmly explain h...
by Train Wreck
Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Conditions 2014
Replies: 285
Views: 21124

Re: Playa Conditions 2014

I want a multi-day apocalyptic level whiteout as we haven't had one of those for a while. As people have already mentioned, it'll probably thin out the population, not to mention give perspective about how little control you really have in the desert.
by Train Wreck
Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: City map: Purple & white
Replies: 25
Views: 1859

Re: City map: Purple & white

You could always find a black rock ranger and have them radio placement to verify your location isn't reserved. Same thing applies if there is a dispute after setting up.
by Train Wreck
Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: 2014 Art & Performance
Topic: damn son, where'd you find this?
Replies: 12
Views: 1336

Re: damn son, where'd you find this?

I heard D Lot is the place to be for killer trap step. Just show up early to the event and you'll see what I mean.
by Train Wreck
Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Electronics in hot RV all day question
Replies: 19
Views: 1527

Re: Electronics in hot RV all day question

What is this reading thing you speak of?
by Train Wreck
Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:44 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Electronics in hot RV all day question
Replies: 19
Views: 1527

Re: Electronics in hot RV all day question

I've used a small cooler for cell phones and the like as well. No ice needed, I just put it in the yurt. A good shady spot, or a vehicle with mylar shades in the windows as mentioned before would probably work just as fine. If you're really concerned for your gadgets and don't plan on using them dur...
by Train Wreck
Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Virgin burners french couple search a camp.
Replies: 8
Views: 730

Re: Virgin burners french couple search a camp.

Awkward camp threesomes... fuck that noise.
by Train Wreck
Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Real World Solar Panel Output
Replies: 7
Views: 1114

Re: Real World Solar Panel Output

Hmm... maybe my meter is giving me an inaccurate reading. I'm using the endless breeze fan and the DC solar pump, so I should be getting a reading of 3 amps. I'll change the batteries in my meter and measure again.

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