Archive for September, 2009

Adobe and Panels are here!!!

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Ok, I ordered my first batch of adobe in the interest of time since winter is fast approaching.  Pictures of them are in the gallery.  For the first batch of 1300 adobes, the final cost including delivery was $2,345 and that included the pallets and offloading with a forklift.  These are fully stabalized adobes, meaning you can put them in a bucket of water and they will not lose their shape.  They are not moisture permeable, so should hold up even during the rainy season with no external plastering.   I want to keep the original adobe brick appearance on the first building at least.  The solar panels are in and I’m going to be mounting them today or tomorrow, the inverter and the rest of the stuff is still at the shop waiting for me to pick up.   I heard a mouse the other day, so meet the mousetrap squad…  First is Marduk a veteran mouser adopted from a local shelter…

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Next we have Gilgamesh and Enkidu…  they were inseperable at the shelter so I adopted them together to be the next generation of mousetrap squad.  Marduk keeps them in line…

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I’ll be taking some pictures as the installation proceeds and will update the site again soon.

The Game has been called due to weather

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Ok, it’s mid september, and I already have an inch of snow in the yard.  I’m having trouble embedding images in this section so you’ll have to check the gallery.   You will also be able to see the shed in progress.   I need to have it finished by Friday so that I can install the solar and wind power systems but the weather is not cooperating with me.   If I have to I will finish it in the snow.  Keep checking in, I’ll have some good info on the power system soon as I’m installing it.

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Power System and Shed

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Well, the Solar system and wind turbine have been ordered.   I get so much wind in this valley that I decided a turbine would be the way to go for supplemental power.  I am starting the system with two 205 watt solar panels and a 400 watt wind turbine.  I made sure to size the inverter and everything so that later expansion would be possible.   The total cost for the system (self-installed) is about $7,500.   I will add an itemized list of equipment soon, I don’t have it with me today.  Still no internet at the property since everything in this town is on “moĊ„ana” time.   I’ll be stopping by the office to express my dissatisfaction shortly.  I am building an 8′ X 8′ shed to house the power equipment and for a small amount of storage.  I’ll post pictures when they’re ready.   The first snow of the season fell on the high mountains last night…  something of a warning to me that I need to get the lead out and get myself winterized.  More to come shortly.   I added some pictures of the Rio Grande gorge and whatnot.  Enjoy.

Finally here!!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

As promised, I am posting the final costs for the land, the RV, and some of the basic living expenses I will be incurring.

Land:  Final closing costs, all told were $12,258 for the 10 acre parcel of mesa land.  Images are in the gallery section.

RV:  I went with a travel trailer, rather than an RV.   The travel trailer is 26 feet, 1 queen bed and 2 bunk beds, kitchen, living room, bath, dining and an external shower.  Final cost was $7,400.   I didn’t have to spend this much or get quite as large of a trailer, but since I will be living in it through the winter, I figured it should be as comfortable as possible.   I am still calculating my water and propane useage and will post amounts and costs when I have that calculated.   It cost about 20 dollars for 30 lbs. of propane.  Water is $10.48 per 1,000 gallons if I haul it myself from the community well.

I am going to meet with Solar Ray ( www.solarray.com ) today to talk about what size my hybrid solar/wind system will need to be to meet my power requirements.  I will post the final cost of that as well.  I will also be traveling to the EarthShip community ( www.earthship.org ) to learn from their experience and to get some ideas for my own home.   I will post what I learn.

This is a beautiful area and so pristine, it seems to rain almost every day and there is a lot of wind that blows through the valley.  I chose well when I chose the site for the house, there will be plenty of resources available for sustaining myself.  I can’t wait to get started.  More to come soon…