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Old 10-10-2011, 02:34 PM   #256
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Jim, what we routinely do is to make an enclosure where the batteries are...

I will put up a pic of the process on my thread as it proceeds.
If I used the online calculator correctly to do a 1:1 switch from generator to battery I would need 3,160 Ah? At 48V I am not sure how many batteries that would be since you have to figure on series and parallel portions. I would need to create a spreadsheet. but from rough calculations a generator is cheaper. Seems like a better idea would be to have a bank that would work for a few hours.

How ironic, as I was beginning to think about building an un-interruptible power supply to go along with the generator. Switching mechanism do they exist?

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If I used the online calculator correctly to do a 1:1 switch from generator to battery I would need 3,160 Ah? At 48V I am not sure how many batteries that would be since you have to figure on series and parallel portions. I would need to create a spreadsheet.
3,160 amp hours? What would that run and for how long. That is huge consumption. Would that by any chance be watt hours?
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How ironic, as I was beginning to think about building an un-interruptible power supply to go along with the generator. Switching mechanism do they exist?
Sorry...I didn't spot this question before.

Yes, fully automatic switching and starting systems are available.

I suggest you visit the Homepower website, there is everything you would ever want to know about the subject. I think it's www.homepower.com
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Started excavation for retaining wall. Having trouble getting posts out of ground, tractor break out force seems not to be strong enough? Unless I am doing it wrong?

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Chris, I'm having trouble following your project. Not enough pic's with descriptions. It went from bathroom to digging outside. What was in this location before? Need a little more information to see the complete picture. Thanks, dorf dude...
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Before pictures, see also pictures in very first post. I am basically doing the entire house over, by myself. Used a chain connected to my loader. Tried to pull up vertically, the first two posts snapped off at the ground. I do not see any cement. Originally owner put up this post and OSB retaining wall which finally fell over so far had to interrupt my interior projects to address. Final block wall will turn and meet vertical portion of front porch.

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Before pictures, see also pictures in very first post. I am basically doing the entire house over, by myself. Used a chain connected to my loader. Tried to pull up vertically, the first two posts snapped off at the ground. I do not see any cement. Originally owner put up this post and OSB retaining wall which finally fell over so far had to interrupt my interior projects to address. Final block wall will turn and meet vertical portion of front porch.

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That is Ugly! I know I don't need to say it but waterproof and add drainage. More pic's is always better dorf dude
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If you still have a post that is hard to pull up try this: Take a chain and hook as close to the bottom of post as possible, us an old car tire standing against the post with the chain laying over the tire, when you pull the chain it should pull the post up out of the ground.
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WOW! "OSB Retaining wall" - seems like an oxymoron doesn't it.
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Originally owner put up this post and OSB retaining wall which finally fell over so far had to interrupt my interior projects to address.
Hmm. Now I'm thinking that 'paving' my driveway, patio and walkway with OSB isn't going to be such a good idea.

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If you still have a post that is hard to pull up try this: Take a chain and hook as close to the bottom of post as possible, us an old car tire standing against the post with the chain laying over the tire, when you pull the chain it should pull the post up out of the ground.
Wow! Thanks! Will get a hold of an old tire and try this. Raining now so will need to wait till things dry out.
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I forgot to say the tire needs to be on the rim, flat or not it should work. Just don't back up and make a running jerk, there is no telling where that post may go.

I saw a young guy pull a pine tree out of the ground with a running jerk using a nylon rope and the tree turned into a rocket after it tore up his tail gate and top of his cab. He wasn't using a tire but a straight jerk, but the post could go airborne with a running jerk.
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I forgot to say the tire needs to be on the rim, flat or not it should work. Just don't back up and make a running jerk, there is no telling where that post may go.

I saw a young guy pull a pine tree out of the ground with a running jerk using a nylon rope and the tree turned into a rocket after it tore up his tail gate and top of his cab. He wasn't using a tire but a straight jerk, but the post could go airborne with a running jerk.
Still raining and wet, given that I have a 12 post deck that could have easily been done with 4, these posts could be as deep as 4-8 feet in the ground. Given lumber comes in 10', 12' and 14' About 6' is sticking out of the ground. I need to check strength of my chain. I am going to need a pretty substantial size diameter tire.
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Still a bit damp and some muddy spots, but had to get going. Doing things the old fashioned way. Dug down about 1.5 feet, wrapped chain and it pulled out. First post was just stick in ground about 4 feet. Second post is set in concrete. We will see how this one goes.

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