Thursday, April 5, 2012

In Case You Were Wondering, It works

Just in case you were wondering, the new rain water reuse system has been completed and is in use. Yesterday was the first time I switched everything over to 100% rain water that was collected in the 3000 gallon harvesting system.


All the electrical worked, the battery was charged from the solar panel and the pump came on with a flick of the switch. The system pressured up for the first time as I held my breath. I just knew a pipe would burst or a fitting would start leaking because usually that's what always happens. After a few seconds the lines reached the desired pressure and the pump shut off.

"Holy Crap! It's working." I called out to the wife.

"That's great honey" she said back in that voice every man knows that really means, "I am responding, but I am not listening."

"Go ahead, water something" I said excited to see the new system put to use.

"Yea, that's real nice" she said not turning around and still working in the garden with her cute little sun hat on.

"I'm going to run down to the bar for a while babe, see ya later" I said to see if that would get her attention.

"What, What's going on?" Now suddenly aware I was in the same yard.

"Oh, nothing, hey I got the water system running do you want to use it"

"Oh, wow, you bet, that's great" Now she was all smiles.

I still have to do some final clean up and add the other batteries but never the less, this is the finished product.
   
I was worried this little pump would not meet the demand but it does a great job.
 The battery is plugged into the outlet to energize the switch over at the bath house. The extra plug will serve as an extra for when I need to plug in some low voltage lighting or anything else I can think of.
I can add several more little panels as the system grows and gets bigger.










Thank y'all for stopping by.

26 comments:

  1. i just know that you have to be feeling over the moon right now..it is nothing short of fantastic when things work the way the are expected to. we are still getting rained on in northeast mississippi...was gonna get some okra planted this morning but it wil l have to wait awhile longer. and doggone it but it is too muddy to walk out and check on the taters..lol, the mud is so bad it will suck your boots right off your feet!

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    1. Anony - Thank you.
      I understand about the mud. We have been here 2 1/2 years now and we have just now started growing grass in some of the problem area I have cussed over and over about the mud. Raised beds were the only way to go here to have a workable garden.

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    2. lol, got the raised beds..think i am gonna hav e to build a bridge to get to them if it dont quit that doggone rain..shoot, i already have a bridge to the clothesline..:)

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    3. It sounds like you have a rice field but I do know what you mean.

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  2. Congrats on a great job. The set up is going in my homestead file. Thanks for posting

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    1. K - Thank you for stopping by. If you need a better description just let me know.

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  3. Damn fine job!!
    YeOldFurt

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  4. Love it! Please come visit us and show us how to set everything up ... whine ... whine ... whine.

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    1. DFW - Thanks, I wish y'all lived closer and I would.

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  5. Excellent! If we had sunshine in Oregon we'd be tempted.
    Solar doesn't work too well around here even though you see a lot of it.

    Blessings,
    Red

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    1. Thank you Red Woman, Yea, sun is kinda the key in the whole thing. Without it just leaves you in the dark.
      Maybe you can do a small wind turbine.

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  6. MDR, buddy - congrats on another fantastic job! well done! i'll be printing all of your posts like this and adding them to our files. jambaloney is gonna love this!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Thanks Kymber, if you need me to send schematics I can.

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  7. TIP TOP job pal!

    or as you would say:

    "hiiiigh cotton"!!

    cheers!

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  8. Awesome! We like our solar panel system too. It aerates the pond everyday when we're not there. Fine job as always!

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    1. Thank you Izzy, Just like us, y'all get plenty of sunshine to run these systems.

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  9. Well looky there! That is awesome. I have so much to see when I come out there and a little brain picking all at the same time. - Genevieve

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  10. That looks cool. Awesome indeed. I am going to refrain from letting my hubby read this post because then I will hear a I told you so to the "responding but not listening trait". :)

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    1. Thanks Coley. Yup, he knows what I am talking about.

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