Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar

Day 104

Mr. Sunny's Solar Panel Rack


8:43am:
The Solar Panel Rack that has been our primary project for the passed three days, is essentially complete.

The rack is constructed from five aluminum extrusions. There are two side rails that are raised by spacers underneath each of the four stainless steel hold down bolts. The spacers are necessary because Tránsito's roof is curved, front to back. The spacers allow the rack's side rails to bridge that curve.


There are three connecting rails that are attached to the side rails. The center connecting rail has not yet been installed.

When a solar panel is to be installed on the Solar Panel Rack, adaptors necessary for attaching that panel to the rack shall be fabricated.

Solar Panel Rack

9:15am:
Municipal Court
The Scampy Team is heading north this morning, bound for the City of Beaverton.

George has been ordered to appear at the Municipal Court at 1pm. He will be represented by his lawyer.


11:30am:
Postal Annex
A couple of weeks ago, I obtained a mail box at Postal Annex in Beaverton. I needed this box to have a Beaverton shipping address for stuff that I buy online.

I just arrived at Postal Annex and picked up my packages. One of the items is a small fan that I intend to mount inside Mr. Dometic, our fridge!

Mr. Dometic is unable to provide a cold temperature when it's hot outside. Only a temperature about 30℉ less than ambient. The little fan should provide enough circulation for Dometic to give us a temperature of less than 50℉.




1:00pm:
Attorney at court
My attorney has arrived at the Municipal Court in Beaverton. We are the only case before the court at 1pm.

I have been ordered by the court to appear for a Pre-trial Conference on September 13th.

My appearance this afternoon was extremely brief. It began at 1pm and I was back inside MsScampy at 1:15pm.





Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 228 feet





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31 comments:

  1. Good luck in court!
    Chris

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    1. Unknown,

      All that happened at court today was, I received an order to appear for a Pre-trial Conference in September.

      In only 15-minutes, I had returned to MsScampy.

      George

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    2. The court system does not have the room for a trial for such matters. Pissing contests with cops usually means you lose.

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  2. Nice job on the rack. When you bolt down the panels, try to leave room for a third panel. You may decide you need it.

    Keep your cool in court. Be polite and explain your position. I have a feeling you will be OK.

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    1. Croft,

      Thanks for the rack compliment! 😎

      Also, thank you for your solar rack advice.

      Today's court appearance was not a trial. Only an appearance to set a date for a Pre-trial Conference.

      George

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  3. And...... We are anxious to hear!

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    1. Croft,

      I believe that I commented on this in my reply to your prior comment.

      George

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  4. Holy guacamole. I wonder how much it will cost for your lawyer to show up for that 15 minutes.

    BTW- I reply to a comment yesterday, I have been making Tioga and George meat loaf for years. Thank you for all those years of blogging George (aka The Butch Cassidy of Beaverton)

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    1. Tom Pawka,

      My agreement with my lawyer is for a fixed amount. I paid no additional legal fees today.

      We call it:
      MsTioga's Spicy Meat Loaf!

      Click [Here] to view our MsTioga Magazine story about our meatloaf!

      George

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  5. Sounds like a great meat loaf. Note to self: must try it.
    Too bad the court did not conclude the case. That should keep you in Oregon for awhile. Hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Vera,

      What I am doing here, is camping around the Beaverton, Salem and Lincoln City areas.

      Now I must remain in this area until my court case concludes. Where I am, does not matter much, as long as I'm camping.

      George

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  6. Sounds like a waste of good money, George's and tax payers.

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    1. Gail Homer,

      This is how our legal system works. I got charged with a crime. Now, I must defend myself against that charge.

      Gail, you may not ever have been charged with a crime. Most persons have not experienced the criminal justice system.

      Now you may experience it thru my court case. It may seem like a waste of money to you. But what is the alternative?

      George

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  7. George did something stupid. The Oregon taxpayer supported Curt system will extract its pound(s) of flesh.

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    1. Jim Burnett,

      Enlighten me, Jim. What did I do that was stupid?

      George

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    2. Antagonizing a LEO and misuse of the e911 system. Is this really so difficult to understand? This blog is like watching a slow motion train wreck as you flit from parking lot to parking lot.

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    3. Jim Burnett,

      I was not aware that it is a crime to phone 911 for help, when it is NOT an emergency.


      So, you do NOT like my Blog, but yet you read it anyway? Please explain that. I don't understand.

      George

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    4. Mr Burnett George called 911 because he was concerned that he was in danger from the officer. It was his assessment of the situation he was in. If a policeman feels he is in danger from a citizen he will shoot and explain later that it was justified because he felt he was in danger at that moment. George tried to get help from the non-emergency line first and called 911 only when he couldn't get a human on the line. I can not see how he can be charged with calling 911 with out good reason. This seems to me like it was escalated by the officer unnecessarily.

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  8. Panel mount is looking good!

    Can't tell from the picture, but is the mount at the front of the van? If it is, wouldn't be better to mount it in the rear (if possible) closer to Scampy's battery and use a shorter wire?

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    1. Nick Gatel,

      In my opinion, the location on the roof is not important.

      Shorter wire? Closer to Scampy's battery? You are writing about inches.

      George

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  9. good Luck with the court.... I say DRAG IT OUT and make Oregon pay some of their wacky pot earnings... eventually, you'll get off easy... If you're still there when we get there, perhaps will meet up and go have lunch....

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    1. Middle Class American,

      Thank you!

      Lunch? Sounds good to me!

      George

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  10. George, do you have any kind of fan blowing air over the cooling tunes in the rear of the refrigerator?

    If not, adding a fan there will do more good than trying to circulate air inside the refrigerator.

    What happens is in cool weather, the heat of the coils sets up a chimney effect, carrying the refrigerator'so waste heat away.

    When the weather gets hot, there isn't enough temperature difference between the air and the coils so the chimney effect breaks down and the refrigerator's heat just sits stagnant.

    It doesn't take much, one or two muffin fans set to blow upwards past the rear coils or suck air out the top vent is enough to restore the hot weather cooling.

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    1. Lou Schneider,

      You may have mis-read my Blog post. The fan that I am installing is going in the Dometic fridge's vent.

      I disagree with your description of why an absorbent type fridge does not do well in higher temperatures.

      An absorbent fridge only cools about 40℉ below ambient temperature. That's the only reason that an absorbent fridge does achieve lower temps in hot weather.

      George

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  11. For safety, it is important to verify the temperature of the refrigerator. Foods held at temperatures above 40 °F for more than 2 hours should not be consumed.

    Per the USDA

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    1. Ed, Carol and Gopher the dog,

      I guess that I disagree with what you state is the advice of the USDA.

      Maybe 50°F? I'd agree with that temp.

      George

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    2. Your health. Your choice.
      "Danger Zone" (40 °F - 140 °F)

      Leaving food out too long at room temperature can cause bacteria (such as Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella Enteritidis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Campylobacter) to grow to dangerous levels that can cause illness. Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F, doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. This range of temperatures is often called the "Danger Zone."

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    3. Ed, Carol and Gopher the dog,

      Too long is the operative word here. But...... exactly how long is, Too long?

      A couple hours is OK by me.

      George

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    4. As stated in my first post from the USDA, two(2) hours.

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  12. Its like a bad car accident .. difficult not to look. It is a misuse of the e911 system to call with a non-emergency. You are not terribly bright are you?

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  13. I for one think Mr. Jim should take a hike and get off our pal George's butt...As for food temps..George is a bit older than than the rest of us out here..Must be working for him...
    Rock-on-George...!!

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