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Old 09-07-2015, 10:52 PM   #21
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I just bought my wife a rock & a wash board
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There ya go spoilin' her agin'.
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This isn't funny!!! One of you two owes a key board since I shot orange soda all over it.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:57 PM   #22
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I just bought my wife a rock & a wash board
At least it can double as a musical instument.
I hope you went with a Columbus!
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:57 PM   #23
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We got a Kariba combo unit (same as Splendide) one Craigslist for $150. Worth $900 easy. It only holds a tiny amount of clothes, but it runs on 115v power, which is nice. We will use it when the generator is running. I haven't run a full cycle on it yet, but I've heard that it takes AGES to dry and that it uses about ten gallons of water for a cycle. I plan on washing my clothes by hand and then putting it in the machine for the spin cycle and part of a dry cycle so I can hang it up. Last year on a four-month stint on the road I tried to hand wash and line dry, but the weather was never good enough for the clothes to dry so they molded. The spin cycle will really help with that. It cost us at least $20 each laundromat trip, so even though I can only do 1/3 load at a time, it'll add up to savings.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:13 PM   #24
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Well in the boy scouts we used to get a tote or a 5 gal bucket and fill it up with dirty clothes soap and water and drive, about an hour later (sooner on rough roads) we would switch them to clean water to rinse. It works ok.

I need to do some arduino programing to control a solenoid to take the rinse water and divert it into a holding tank to then use it for the next wash cycle then another solenoid to refill the holding tank with clean water for the next rinse cycle. That should use only half of the water. The same thing could be done with ball valves and me paying attention but lets face it thats never going to happen.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:39 PM   #25
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You guys are trying to build battery's way bigger than necessary.

Head on over to the DIY electric car sites. That's where the real info to learn about lithium battery's can be found.

And for the record, we can already buy solar and wind charge controllers set up for lifepo4 battery chemistry.

Large load items in a well built system don't run off the battery's. The inverter triggers the generator to start, protecting the battery's from complete discharge, and to fast of discharge (C rating).

The inverter I will be using can share a low voltage AC input (As low as 60 volts AC from long power cord loss), power from the battery bank, and input from the generator all at the same time to provide high current spikes for things like welding, ect.

I like the newer lithiumfarrahfawcett batteries. They are very very sexy and reasonably priced.
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This isn't funny!!! One of you two owes a key board since I shot orange soda all over it.

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So sorry Cal....I learnt years ago to never swallow.

Whoops....forgot the rest of the story......never swallow when reading (there is always a wise guy or two to trip you up).
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