Thursday, May 25, 2006

Demolition Continues

Meryl ties down load #4.

The trailer never looked so good.

Roof by Frank Gehry.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Fit to be Tied

I've been using my solar system for some months now, but I haven't been approved to sell power back to the utility. Today I was approved to grid-tie the system. The first such installation for West Oregon Electric Co-op (WOEC). On this sunny afternoon my meter immediately started running backward, generating 1 kilowatt. I'll never make money at the current rates or number of panels, but it will offset some use, and gives me battery backup for my refrigerator and water purifier.

From left to right: Bruce (PGE), Matt (Clatsop County), Steve (WOEC). Discussing how the
system protects linemen.

Bruce, Me, Matt, Steve and "Gunny" (WOEC lineman)


As the old manufactured home starts on its path to disposal, I'm reminded of the saying, "beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes to the bone."

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ice Box

One more experimental feature of the house is to take an ordinary fridge, but put it inside an insulated box that is directly connected to the outside. For this purpose I intentionally located the fridge on the north wall.

The two white boxes are Panasonic passive air vents. I eventually discarded the covers to get 1/2"
addtional depth.

The inlet and outlet covers on the exterior wall.

The fridge in place needing a seal and trim around it. A foot off the floor is a nice height for
the fridge compartment, but the freezer is up there.


The drawers are in less faces.

The space in the middle is 24". The right size for a dishwasher, but I will put in a small
rollout, butcher block island.

It's so nice working with trued equipment. These drawers were a dream to make. Made to the
specifications, they fit first time. Made of reclaimed wood, with plywood bottoms.

The garbage/recycling bin is about 2' x 2' x 2' and hold four small bins. I used this design in
my last house, and I really liked sliding open a drawer and just sweeping the crumbs right
into a bin.