Car repairs done!

A few months ago, our 1999 Ford Taurus started running rough.  Initially, I thought of spark plugs and engine tune-up.  We did a few things, got it running slightly better, but for the last couple months it has still wanted to die whenever it idles, with the exception of a cold-start, when it would rev the engine to about 3k rpm for a minute or two.  I began to suspect a vacuum leak…

moderately obstructed shot of Ford Taurus

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This morning’s weather forecast…

So, I look at my igoogle homepage and I see:

Weather Forecast - Really?

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Wind Turbine update

Well, my grid tie inverter is dead.  I’m sending it back to the manufacturer, and they will hopefully send another one out quickly.  Once I have that, we’ll hopefully be able to get feedback into the grid from our turbine.  It’s neat to see it spin, and see it charge a battery.  Will be exciting to see it power something!  More pics coming soon.

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A small side note.

As a side note… yes, I know the header pic on this blog is still a Missouri pic.  It’s a great picture, but I’m going to change it to a KS pic soon.  One of these days.  I’m also testing some settings (mostly the FB interconnect thingy) with this post.

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More Wind Turbine work done… and much progress.

Today, Dad, Davey, Barak, Josiah and I did some more work on the Wind Turbine setup…

We had it up on a pole last weekend ago (thanks to James and Wendy for coming over to help) but didn’t see any significant power from it, and it didn’t appear to be turning as fast as it should.

A couple days ago, I bought a deep cycle battery, hoping that having my setup match the instructions exactly would be the key.  It wasn’t.  Though it was nice to see the charge controller understand the battery it was now connected to! Continue reading

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More, More, More…

Well, I figured out how to do the ‘more’ tag….  😉

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Wind Turbine Setup

So, last weekend we started setting up a wind turbine…

Here are a couple pics of it going up…



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Well, I finally imported from an old blog…  and it worked!  Who knows, maybe I’ll like WordPress…  😉

In other news, Davey and Barak had their first basketball practice today.  Their team is the Sabres.  They’ll be practicing twice a week, and their home games will be at the Arlington school.  Should be a good experience.

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Hello world!

Welcome to my WordPress blog. I have (mostly) given up on DotNetNuke.  The installation process is a little too finicky, and the blogging is a little too out-dated.  And I’m not willing to pay a fortune for excellent, current, strong blogging tools for DNN.  So, here we are!  And we’ll see how it goes.

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Breast-Feed or Else


Warning: Public health officials have determined that not breast-feeding may be hazardous to your baby’s health.

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