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    enough negativity, memorial weekend chat

    What are your FUN ENJOYABLE plans?
    A movie , bbq, shopping, house work, parties, family, friends, beach, projects?

    I will see TOP GUN, hit the empty gym, do a few projects, and the rest is to be determined as i go.

    What do you have going on?
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    Originally Posted by x-trainer ben View Post
    What are your FUN ENJOYABLE plans?
    A movie , bbq, shopping, house work, parties, family, friends, beach, projects?

    I will see TOP GUN, hit the empty gym, do a few projects, and the rest is to be determined as i go.

    What do you have going on.
    Enjoy the movie and your weekend ben..

    It's just another 3 days for me. Hoping to do close to a 50 mile hike bringing the hammock breaking it into 2 days and if that falls through, I will be Kayaking and fishing..


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    Putting together a 2000W Solar system for my barn and (if time allows) running PEX to complete a sprinkler system.


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    50 mile hike bringing the hammock breaking it into 2 days
    Are you able to source water or do you carry it all? Have you ever weighed your ruck? Do you move at night?



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    Originally Posted by eomrat View Post
    Putting together a 2000W Solar system for my barn and (if time allows) running PEX to complete a sprinkler system.
    That's awesome!! ^^

    I've been meaning to do some serious research on solar power for back up power in my home.

    Do you have a resource you used to get legitimate information on the ins and outs of solar? I hear good things and bad things about it and I have a feeling it all boils down to politics, unfortunately.
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    Originally Posted by eomrat View Post
    Putting together a 2000W Solar system for my barn and (if time allows) running PEX to complete a sprinkler system.

    Very nice and satisfying work... 2000W is a decent size, how many panels?



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    Are you able to source water or do you carry it all?
    Lakes and streams everywhere so I only carry a nalgene bottle full

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    Have you ever weighed your ruck? Do you move at night?
    I weigh it occasionally and try to keep it under 40 lbs for longer trips, for a trip like this, the hammock only weighs about 3 lbs so I doubt the pack will even hit 15 lbs
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    Sunday is Monaco Grand Prix in the morning and the Indy 500 in the afternoon so a TV day.
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    Originally Posted by bustasinclair View Post
    That's awesome!! ^^

    I've been meaning to do some serious research on solar power for back up power in my home.

    Do you have a resource you used to get legitimate information on the ins and outs of solar? I hear good things and bad things about it and I have a feeling it all boils down to politics, unfortunately.
    It all boils down to math. And the math is in favor of doing it right now. Everything is so much better and cheaper than it was even 5 years ago.

    My complete system, including all wires, brackets, fuses, etc was just under 7k$ The whole thing is scalable so I could have spent around $4K but I wanted to be able to run a MIG welder and A/C at the same time, so I doubled my battery capacity and added two extra panels. I also used a 48V system because copper wire is expensive AF right now and higher voltage = less wire.

    The system will generate around 12kwh and based on my past usage I will be able to replace around $110/ month. I get power from the TVA and it is actuall really cheap at 10.4 cents per kwh. Even so, my payoff time will be around 5 1/2 years. My system does not qualify for any type of incentives for a number of reasons.

    Solar panel warranty states 80% efficiency at 20 years. Inverter warranty is 8 years and batteries are 10 years. (The batteries are 70% of the cost)

    If you own an EV, this is a no-brainer. My system can fully charge a Model S Tesla every other day in the summer and every three days in the winter.

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    Very nice and satisfying work... 2000W is a decent size, how many panels?
    6 panels. 345w each.
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    Originally Posted by eomrat View Post
    It all boils down to math. And the math is in favor of doing it right now. Everything is so much better and cheaper than it was even 5 years ago.

    My complete system, including all wires, brackets, fuses, etc was just under 7k$ The whole thing is scalable so I could have spent around $4K but I wanted to be able to run a MIG welder and A/C at the same time, so I doubled my battery capacity and added two extra panels. I also used a 48V system because copper wire is expensive AF right now and higher voltage = less wire.

    The system will generate around 12kwh and based on my past usage I will be able to replace around $110/ month. I get power from the TVA and it is actuall really cheap at 10.4 cents per kwh. Even so, my payoff time will be around 5 1/2 years. My system does not qualify for any type of incentives for a number of reasons.

    Solar panel warranty states 80% efficiency at 20 years. Inverter warranty is 8 years and batteries are 10 years. (The batteries are 70% of the cost)

    If you own an EV, this is a no-brainer. My system can fully charge a Model S Tesla every other day in the summer and every three days in the winter.

    This kid has an absolutely crazy story and is as good as they come. I have verified as much as I need to and this is the guy I trust.

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    6 panels. 345w each.
    Really appreciate this information! You da man.


    Edit: And you're right, I have an EV and I want to build a small system to power my car charger exclusively.
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    Enjoy the movie and your weekend ben..

    It's just another 3 days for me. Hoping to do close to a 50 mile hike bringing the hammock breaking it into 2 days and if that falls through, I will be Kayaking and fishing..


    Happy Memorial weekend fukkers
    Have a great time! Love me some hammock camping.

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    It all boils down to math. And the math is in favor of doing it right now. Everything is so much better and cheaper than it was even 5 years ago.

    My complete system, including all wires, brackets, fuses, etc was just under 7k$ The whole thing is scalable so I could have spent around $4K but I wanted to be able to run a MIG welder and A/C at the same time, so I doubled my battery capacity and added two extra panels. I also used a 48V system because copper wire is expensive AF right now and higher voltage = less wire.

    The system will generate around 12kwh and based on my past usage I will be able to replace around $110/ month. I get power from the TVA and it is actuall really cheap at 10.4 cents per kwh. Even so, my payoff time will be around 5 1/2 years. My system does not qualify for any type of incentives for a number of reasons.

    Solar panel warranty states 80% efficiency at 20 years. Inverter warranty is 8 years and batteries are 10 years. (The batteries are 70% of the cost)

    If you own an EV, this is a no-brainer. My system can fully charge a Model S Tesla every other day in the summer and every three days in the winter.

    This kid has an absolutely crazy story and is as good as they come. I have verified as much as I need to and this is the guy I trust.

    https://www.youtube.com/c/WillProwse


    6 panels. 345w each.
    We're in our second full month of having full solar. Rainy springs aren't a great measure perhaps but the past week we are returning energy to the grid. Very nice! Savings are looking to be about 1200 a year, with an install cost of 16k.
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    I don't wanna sound racist, but Memorial Day is NOT supposed to be happy.

    Consumerism has hijacked many important holidays, for the sake of the once almighty dollar, which will soon crash as we enter the greater depression.

    Memorial Day I think of my friends who gave their lives for a corrupt empire full of criminal politicians who never served.

    Memorial Day is reminder why we should preserve Liberty and Freedom at all cost, which are being taken away by the same evil politicians who run the empire who sent my friends to die for oil.
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    Hopefully it is beach weather and I can go work on my tan, I am too "white"
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    I weigh it occasionally and try to keep it under 40 lbs for longer trips, for a trip like this, the hammock only weighs about 3 lbs so I doubt the pack will even hit 15 lbs
    I pride myself on my ability to move great distances quickly while under a heavy load. In fact, it was a key part of my profession for most of my life and has always been the focus of my training. I am quite impressed by how well you move.
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    Looking forward to watching some track and field as diamond league is coming to Eugene. The 100 m field looks more like an olympic final, and the mile should be interesting as well. Track has always been my favorite sport to follow and watch.

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    We're in our second full month of having full solar. Rainy springs aren't a great measure perhaps but the past week we are returning energy to the grid. Very nice! Savings are looking to be about 1200 a year, with an install cost of 16k.
    Very cool!

    Pardon my ignorance, but by 'returning energy to the grid', is this statement literal? I mean are you selling energy back?

    15 year pay back period doesn't seem that great, but what I would love about it would be the independence feeling.
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    Originally Posted by eomrat View Post
    I pride myself on my ability to move great distances quickly while under a heavy load. In fact, it was a key part of my profession for most of my life and has always been the focus of my training. I am quite impressed by how well you move.

    Here’s one for ya that I came up with and did it:

    Course is 120’ (I started at 50’ and stretched it every other day to 120’)

    Carry each sandbag lightest to heavest jog back to get next bag, then carry them all back same way, bear hug no shouldering.

    50# 75# 100# 125# 150# 175# 200# 225#

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    Looking forward to watching some track and field as diamond league is coming to Eugene. The 100 m field looks more like an olympic final, and the mile should be interesting as well. Track has always been my favorite sport to follow and watch.

    Will bring my camera out in nature for some tests - as a newbie I am just trying to experiment with different settings to see if I can come to some conclusions....do some side by side comparisons etc. Did this indoors a little bit yesterday. Plus reading up some about it atm, and looking for deals on some used equipment. Will likely go for an older (8 yrs old) high quality camera - my current one is pretty ****ty, but has a cool 30x zoom and is decent for macro shots.
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    Wait - 'coming to Eugene'? Your location says Sweden - I live in Springfield my brother!

    Originally Posted by bustasinclair View Post
    Very cool!

    Pardon my ignorance, but by 'returning energy to the grid', is this statement literal? I mean are you selling energy back?

    15 year pay back period doesn't seem that great, but what I would love about it would be the independence feeling.
    yeah I'd hope/still hope my buyback is closer to 10 years in the end but we'll see.
    yes I can sell back/actually make money if my generation is more than my consumption - but generally it will just build a credit until winter.
    Eventually I do want to add batteries so I can keep my energy and have a safety net for if/when the grid goes down.
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    Wait - 'coming to Eugene'? Your location says Sweden - I live in Springfield my brother!
    Lol, maybe that came across as if I live there - my bad. Meant it's usually good competitions there..good tradition etc. Would have been a nice spot to practice photography though.
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    Here’s one for ya that I came up with and did it:

    Course is 120’ (I started at 50’ and stretched it every other day to 120’)

    Carry each sandbag lightest to heavest jog back to get next bag, then carry them all back same way, bear hug no shouldering.

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    Then they died in vain.
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