An Eccentric Anomaly

Ed Davies's Blog

Offgrid Fridges

The other day I was asked what I'd be doing about running a fridge off-grid. This was once an interesting question but it's not so much now though the explanation of why is sufficiently involved that I felt the others present might have been less than completely enthralled so I just said “plug it in”. Here's the longer answer.

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Scenery

Bit too breezy today for me to be happy getting my scaffold tower out so I popped over to Thurso for some 30mm galvanised twist nails and general shopping then took some photos on the way home.

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Perihelion Review

Another wet and windy day so I've just been doing a little review of where the time's gone on this here house build and thought it'd make a useful reference.

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Laser Level Calibration Check

This evening I went up to the site for the first calm dry evening for a while to use my laser level to mark up the position of the centre stud for the east gable. While there I did a check of the level's idea of horizontal.

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Telephones

I don't much like telephones. They're great for “operational” use for updating when you're already expecting visitors, deliveries or whatever. They're also great for chatting (particularly with video), again when you're expecting a call because you've just escalated from chatting on a text medium or whatever.

What I don't like are calls (incoming or outgoing) when you're not expecting things and are put on the spot to make decisions. And they're totally infuriating for transferring data (e.g., giving an address or directions). And the lack of a record is a serious impediment (though I suspect some people see that as a plus, but maybe they have better memory than me).

I don't hate telephones as much as James Fisher does but I can definitely recognise where he's coming from.

So, it's a bit surprising how many telephone numbers I have.

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West Gable

It's a windy sunny day and I'm out of jobs to do on windy days so it seems like a good time for an update.

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Raspberry Pi Clock

The Raspberry Pi is (in)famous for not having an internal hardware clock to keep time while it's powered off. This can mean that the clock has weird values for a few minutes after the device starts up until it's got a network connection and an updated time via NTP.

There are battery-backed real-time clock boards (“hats”) available for the Pi but I haven't got one. Here's how my logging software deals with this.

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Gable Start

Still here. Finished the sarking under the floor. Started on the west gable.

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Bedroom Sarking

In my previous post I'd done the joists for the living room, study and main bedroom and started on the sarking boards under the living room.

Since then I've finished off the living room sarking boards and done the study and main bedroom.

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Some Flooring

So far since the local builders finished with the sarking there's been snow, horrible east winds, me having a couple of short but nasty colds and a bit of chasing the scaffolders to take their scaffolding away but also a bit of progress, mostly on the house floor.

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