Saturday (06-November-2021) — New Jersey

Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Time-lapse videos working outdoors and using Red Rover. 1) Building a wood frame in the second storage shed to hold the 4′ by 8′ sheets of plywood. I built it to store the plywood above the rolls of deer fence 2″ by 4″ and 4″ by 4″ pressure treated wood. 2) Installing the winch for the DP Power half-ton trailer. Probably wouldn’t have taken so long if I read the directions first. But how better to learn than by doing??? One problem with the directions was drilling a 1/2 inch hole to install the heavy-duty eye-hook. The section behind the threaded part of the eye-hook was larger than 1/2 inch, so the hole had to be increased in size using a Dremel grinding tool. 3) Moving the plywood to the new wood frame. Yesterday, I was reminded how heavy plywood sheets could be. Red Rover was not able to lift a pallet containing 4 3/4″ sheets and 8 1/2″ sheets. A 3/4″ sheet weighs ~ 70 lbs, and a 1/2″ sheet ~ 43 lbs. Not counting the pallet, that would be 624 lbs. In order to move the plywood, I needed to separate the 3/4″ and 1/2″ sheets. Also, Red Rover needs to be running at 3000 rpm to maintain the hydraulic pressure to raise the forks loaded with the plywood.

Daily Electric Energy Used (58.2 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (28.3 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Mostly sunny. The Geothermal furnace is now on to heat the house. Indoor temperature set to 64° F. Deficit of 29.9 kWh.

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, sky, and seascapes, travel, and astrophotography. I look for unique ways of viewing the world and presenting my images. I have traveled to over 55 countries in six continents, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on home renovation and expansion of a wildflower garden/meadow.

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