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Nobadays
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 14:35
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Our main solar array is mounted on the cabin roof, so when it snows we lose most of our charging ability. We have 750watts of panel mounted on the front of the deck where we can sweep the snow away...that certainly helps. I also have 1000w of solar on a new ground mount that charges the system dedicated to the shop. Enter a friend with a couple of spools of #8 AWG... "Use all you want," he said! So I ran from my shop to the combiner box on the cabin, added a breaker there and a 3 way switch in the shop. It's a pretty long run so I still get a good bit of line loss but full sun tests are showing ~800watts still getting to the cabin. I'll take it! Did have to put warning labels at the 3 way /combiner box to NOT RUN main array and shop array at the same time. Would be slightly over SCC voltage.

The other project was to frame in and log side the unsightly back deck framework. Also will help with fire mitigation. Still need to stain the log siding and mount the access door.

The pictures of the new log siding were taken yesterday.... the snowy one today! We are expected to get between 4" and 10" today... and we are already over 5"!
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Nobadays
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 14:38
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Another picture... east side and access door cut out.
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gcrank1
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 15:41
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Great progress!
When we got our place I was wishing the prev owner/hack 'builder' had oriented the roof to the sun. Now Im glad the array never got put up there.
I like your ground rack. Mine is very simple for 6 panels, each pair on its own 2 legs that I can move as needed/wanted. Then I do a ground screw with a cinch strap to secure. They are waayyy easy to broom off yet high enough that our ground snow never got close last winter.
What 'log siding did your use? Any tips, my wife is saying she would like me to do the whole 16x24 exterior.......after I get the new windows in.

FishHog
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 15:51
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Looks really good.
My main fall project was to harvest a bear. Now that it is all in the freezer were home from the cottage other than some week to 10 day trips over the winter.

Nobadays
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 16:38
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Thanks!

The log siding is milled at a local Amish molding shop. It's like ship lap with a radius. The gable ends of our cabin are done with it as well and you really can't see where the D-logs end and the siding begins. Goes up fast with two people. The only tip I would have is vertical end boards to butt it up against. I think they do make fake log ends for the corners but my guess is that would be $$$. For figuring purposes, this direct from the mill was ~$3/sqft.

Congratulations on the bear.... do you render the fat? Had a friend who used to try to get a bear every couple of years. He would render the fat and always give me some bear grease for my work boots.

Our wood is all in... going to help the neighbors get a load after this first snow melts.... still have to change the cable on the snowplow winch and then getbthe tracks on the Geo Tracker, but gonna wait a couple weeks for that unless winter really decides to set in!

FishHog
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 16:52
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Quoting: Nobadays
do you render the fat?


Yes I do, didn't do it all, but got what I could pack out of the bush with the meat and its plenty for my use. Makes for very good pastry, never tried it for boots, as its too good to eat

Nobadays
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 17:13
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Plan - B in action! The snow stopped after dumping about 8", cleaned the panels off and now as the sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds, I'm harvesting +700 watts.... while my main array is still covered! Yipee!
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Nobadays
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 17:18
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Quoting: FishHog
Yes I do,


I guess it would be good for pastry! We never tried that.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 19:21
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Bear oil was a commodity on the frontier. In my rendezvous days I had to give it a go when I was gifted a bunch of black bear fat (friends wife said he Had To Get It Out Of Their Freezer!).
The fine oil that rises to the top was the best. We used it for our muzzleloaders and black powder cartridge rifles.
The middlin oil was utility and the heavy settlin's was the 'grease'
When renderin its best over an open fire in a big kettle to sit around and eat the cracklins as ya go. A little corn squeezins to chase 'cleans the palate'.

Curly
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 22:34
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Quoting: Nobadays
The other project was to frame in and log side the unsightly back deck framework.


It could not have been easy to install that log siding on the deck framework with the steeply sloping ground. Nice job! Any hints on how you did that without sliding down the hill?

Nobadays
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2021 22:52
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Quoting: Curly
It could not have been easy to install that log siding on the deck framework with the steeply sloping ground


You noticed that! Our land is basically all hillside except where flat areas have been carved out. The view is great but working on the hillside is tough!

It wasn't easy! No hints... did slide... often! Both framing and siding were quite a task. My wife helped with the framing and after 3 days we were beat! My neighbor helped me do the siding.... he tumble down the hill once! Caught himself before injury. Took us two half days, the front was not too tough other than climbing up and down for 4 hours, we cut up top and brought the boards down. The ends... felt like you were going to fall the whole time, legs tense and on your knees for the lower boards. Glad it's done!

Nobadays
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# Posted: 24 Oct 2021 11:13
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Getting another project done.... well we hope to get it done before winter otherwise we will be in the mud! We are on a hillside and there wasn't even room to turn the pickup around at the cabin. We had to turn around before the driveway and back in.... same for when hauling water each week. So hired a local earth mover to dig our hillside back about 15 feet then move the overburden around the side of the cabin to build a nice sized yard. We really didn't even have a decent flat spot to put a fire pit on or any kind of yard!

He will be hauling in gravel to cover the enlarged driveway/parking area and topsoil for the side yard. Mainly want the gravel before winter other spring thaw will be a mess!

Also got in another half cord of good dry, dead standing spruce. The neighbor needed a little wood and I still had permit for a full cord. Got the woodshed filled back up from burning this fall and restacked the porch for winter.... we always clear the porch off in the spring for fire safety.

Here's some pictures
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Nobadays
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# Posted: 24 Oct 2021 11:15
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Some more
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