Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Construction Begins!

2:36 am:
This morning our Yingli 250 solar panel will be installed on to Box Van's roof.

I will not be going on the roof. Too hazardous for me at my age. As I blogged to you yesterday, I plan to hire a fellow who is looking for day-work.

I have observed a group of these guys when I visited the Home Depot in the City of Lemon Grove. They speak Spanish to each other. So, I imagine they are from Mexico or some other country in Central America.

Note: I am not working at this early hour. I will be going back to bed in a few minutes. I only went online to send this Blog post to you. 😎




2:59 am:
I just fell down a few minutes ago and hit my face on the rather sharp corner of one of the workshop's steel shelves.

This is not, in my opinion, a sign from God indicating that I should stop what I am doing and go live in a retirement home.

No! What happened occurred because I was walking on my mattress which is lying on Box Van's floor. I have walked on that mattress often. I recognized that my walking on that mattress made me unstable. I simply ignored it!

I gotta get my mind in gear and stop being a sloppy thinker!




9:47 am:
I have been receiving comments stating that I may not survive all of these beatings that I am giving myself.

Hell! I'll be 81 at the end of November. I am lucky to be alive! I should worry about bashing my face up now and then?


9:53 am:
Stuff has been coming up on my radar which is taking precedence over the Yingli solar panel install.

The solar panel will install is sliding back from today to tomorrow.


10:04 am:
Did I Blog about buying the fresh water tank? The tank is coming from Canada. It has a 26-gallon capacity and will weigh 208 lbs when full.

The tank will be installed in the center of Granny's Attic. I will bring a water hose into Box Van and connect that hose to a short hose attached to the filler fitting on the fresh water tank. That short hose will have a valve on the end.



7:10 pm:
Yingli, our 250-watt solar panel is now installed on Box Van's roof!

A couple of day workers from Mexico were hired to get the extension ladder setup. I did all the rest of the work of the Yingli installation myself.

Four 1/4-20 threaded rods were used to secure the Yingli. A wood riser block is used with each threaded rod in order to elevate Yingli so that solar panel's frame does not touch Box Van's curved roof.






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44 comments:

  1. It really IS hard to stay balanced when walking on a mattress,I had to once while I was moving furniture. I hope you were able to get a good night's sleep afterwards, and that the solar panel installation goes well.-N

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    1. N,

      It was hard for me to fall asleep after that fall. But not completely because of pain from the fall.

      My hands were sooooo cold! Usually when I tuck myself into my 5℉ sleeping bag my hands get warm quickly. But not this time!

      My cold hands kept me awake!

      Also, from the fall, I have bruised right ribs,a 3" cut on my left forearm and my whole body is sore!

      George

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  2. Im not sure I would hire a random guy off the street to do this job because if you cant go up there you cant verify a job well done. Also if he breaks something you get to pay for it because he surely wont.

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    1. Andrew,

      I have no problem hiring day-labor. They want to work. They actively look for work. They are my kind of people!

      Yes, I will be up there. Not on the roof. But on the ladder. The roof is only 9 feet high. Not a big deal.

      Breaks something? Really?

      George

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    2. Yeah. What happens when Mr uninsured day laborer accidently drops your panel on the concrete. You pay. But I know you dont worry about what-ifs and thats fine. Worrying is no way to live

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  3. A "day laborer" for dangerous and heavy projects does not take away from this being "your build", only shows the boss knows when to delegate responsibilities.

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    1. Squire,

      Are you writing that I am the responsible one?

      If so, I agree.

      George

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  4. I hope you live to see the completed project! One of these days your falls will be more serious!

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    1. Flowergirl,

      A fall may be considered "Proof of Life!"

      If I had remained in Guava Gardens [Senior apartment], I may never have fallen. But would I be truly living? Or, simply existing.

      Flowergirl, I rush at life. I leap at life. I have faith that, whatever comes my way
      [ie: Falls], I shall overcome! Because I am invincible.

      George

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    2. My my, Hey hey. It's better to burn out than to fade away. Right George?

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    3. Tom,

      Don't you just love Neil Young! 😍

      At Farm Aid 1985, Neil Young was iconic. His face, his music! Wow!

      George

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  5. Didn't your Mama ever tell you your not supposed to jump up and down on your mattress because you could hurt yourself. Seeee

    But on a brighter note, have you considered a tankless water heater
    Less weight and less fuel consumption
    The only con is you need to have a 12 v rv water pump.
    Depending on the model, you could mounted to the wall and vent it through the roof.
    https://www.rvweb.net/best-rv-tankless-water-heaters-reviewed/

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    1. Ed,

      Would you do me a favor? Would you please ask my Mama if she told me that?

      I now realize that my water heater will be located on Box Van's floor if do not use a water pump.

      George

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    2. I contacted a fortuneteller she did a sΓ©ance and she said your mama said she most certainly did

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    3. Ed,

      Was that fortuneteller dead? My Mother is died in 2002.

      George

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  6. You may look like Frankenstein by the time this project is completed. Are there lights on inside the box when you are walking at night? Hope so.

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    1. Hotel,

      Lights? Lights? I don't need no stinking lights! [From Treasure of the Sierra Madre].

      George

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  7. Mr. Vagabond Surpreme, you remind me of my niece who was accident prone when she was little. She ran in back of a batter at home plate & got hit which gave her a black eye. The same week she fell of a playground equipment and broke her arm that was put in a cast. Her mother would not take her in public because she feared someone might accuse her of child abuse. My niece eventually got her way and her mother took her along to go shopping at a grocery store. People gasped when they saw my niece LOL

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    1. Rita,

      Your niece is my kind of people!

      George

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  8. How strong is that roof George? Not sure it was designed to have people tramping around on it.
    Bill

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    1. Bill,

      Thanks for asking.

      Strong enough, in my opinion.

      George

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  9. Will the granny's attic be able to support the weight of the water tank ?
    Geromio

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  10. Good grief, George!

    At a minimum, get some split pipe insulation (looks like a swimming pool noodle) and fasten it to those sharp corners to cushion the blow in case you trip again.

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    1. Lou,

      Why?

      The heavenly creature who arranges for me to fall will just find some other thing for my face to collide!

      George

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  11. Quit being so damn stubborn about the rv water pump. You will have to have one and they are the most reliable system on a rv.You do not have enough "fall" on the water for enough pressure to enter a water heater and rise back out.

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    1. Squire,

      I will try a water system without a pump. And, if that does not work-out, I will add a water pump.

      George

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  12. George you have quite a collection of arm chair quarterbacks. Keep doing things your way, moving forward. Remember it’s your dream/reality keep on building, just be a little more careful.

    Doug

    Doug

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    1. Doug,

      Thank you for your good comment! 😎

      I am constantly adapting myself so that the several accidents that have happened to me lately do not reoccur.

      George

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  13. 10 little monkeys jumping on the bed. One fell off and broke his head. 9 little monkeys and so forth. Mama took the last one to the doctor and the doctor said "KEEP THOSE MONKEYS OFF THE BED!"
    A little humor. Carry on Come back George.

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    1. Bev,

      A little humor? Yes.


      Come back George?

      George

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    2. You always "come back" from adversity.

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  14. Seems you would want a bed and kights of some sort first.

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    1. Jack,

      Is that: "....bed and lights...?"

      I have both of those things!

      George

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  15. Looking back on the comfort you enjoyed for many years with Ms Tioga and then with Scampy, to me this seems like a nightmare. Freezing at night, endless work on converting a vehicle that will get 8mpg with rising gas prices not to mention that you are now 15 years older, all I can say is good luck, and keep on truckin’.
    Bills

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    1. Bill,

      Yes! MsTioga and Scampy definitely were comfortable for me!

      Because you may be my longest continuous Reader, I'll share with you how I feel about Box Van.

      Bill, I have a vision for Box Van. A vision that gives me the chance to construct perfect living quarters for myself. And a perfect workshop too!

      I plan face-frame cabinets with maple hard-wood drawer fronts. The two doors [Pass thru door and exit to workshop door will be matching made from matching maple hard-wood.

      The joy that I get from planning and executing the Box Van project is so fantastic! It's a miracle!

      Here I am, just weeks away from my 81st year, and I am having the best time of my life. 😎

      George

      PS: There is an electric heater whirring away right next to my chair!

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    2. Good for you! Where are you getting the power to run an electric heater? Plugged in somewhere?
      Bill

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    3. Bill,

      I bought a $20 buck electric heater at Home Depot. This is just a temporary addition to Box Van's equipment.

      My buddy John let's me use his 120 volt AC power.

      This $20 buck heater only takes the chill off. It does not warm Box Van much.

      George

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  16. Perhaps you should get a roll of bubble wrap and wrap yourself so when you fall, you won't break! George, if I lived closer to you, I'd come help you get Box Van built out into your perfect little home. Take it easy, be careful and I sure hope you have a "ICE" page taped on the inside wall in there in case something happens! In an RV, authorities tend to check if a person is inside, in your box van they may not. Or not until at least there are some windows to indicate a possible home.

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    1. Middle,

      Bubble wrap?

      Thank you for your help offer.

      ICE? Is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement?


      Box Van will never have real glass windows. However, high-definition video windows are coming.

      George

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  17. We are curious. What are you doing for ventilation without windows? We fear you won't have enough oxygen when it gets cold and you are close up tightly. We are not criticizing you; just worried.

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    1. Clay,

      Fear not! Also, worry not!

      If the time comes when I feel a lack of air, I shall crack open a door.

      George

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  18. I like your progress on box van. Eventually it will all fall in place. A home is never 'done' and always in perpetual repair/maintenance. I know, I own a home, I had it built, and now still adding this or that to it or changing out stuff to upgrade. It's a pleasure to work on a home and little progress here and there give so much satisfaction in the end. Dream and built George.

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    1. Rita,

      My drafting T-square arrives today. Now, with a full set of drafting tools,I will be able to begin putting my ideas down on paper!

      Thank you for your, "Dream and build" comment, Rita! 😎

      George

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