Derelinquat me gehennam solus


A rant, just a rant,

Trying to talk to some of the younguns where I work is, well, ‘challenging’ would sum it up quite well.
The biggest challenge is in probing current knowledge, which tends to be lacking in large doses. I’m not talking about current events or social things; they tend to be up to speed on that, even if they don’t understand implications of such.  That whole lack of substance in their education makes critical thinking a rather elusive beast. It’s that lack of substance that challenges me. 
I was trying to explain the point of my wind mill to a guy here, and ended up giving a lecture on basic electricity elements, just to get him in the ballpark of my current endeavors. Forget the where for and why, just the basics tended to baffle him.  I know it wasn’t my delivery because I was using analogy, not concrete science. I was teaching a simple elementary school science class to a grown adult, married with a new born.  I could tell that talking about ohms, amps, dump loads, and battery chemistry would have made his head explode. (Maybe I should do the merciful thing and make his head explode)

I have no doubt this is in direct correlation to his public education indoctrination.  I recall several teachers that lacked either motivation or interest, or both, in their subjects.  Most often they were extracurricular coaches, forced to teach a subject for the privilege of coaching.  While I remember them well enough, I can’t recall a damned thing they actually taught beyond certain subject titles, and almost no content of those courses.
Granted, there were notable exceptions to the coach/teacher issue.  I prefer to list those exceptions as teacher/coach as they not only took pride in the educator role, the tended to passionate about their subjects. That passion was infectious to the mind hungry such as myself.
I wanted to become a teacher, and through various events, that dream was never fulfilled.   No regrets though, since my personal education has enlightened me on how perverted the whole scene has become.  I cannot imagine trying to teach under current rules of engagement in public schools.  Let alone trying to slide in real teaching under the radar of “common core” bee-ess. 
I recall Jaime Escalante,  seeing his passion on any subject, and his drive to improve those around him, to point of fault in some cases.  That was the teacher I wanted to be.  Mr. Sherman,  Mr Battle, too many more to list; those were my heroes at one time. 

How many kids today have a teacher for a hero?

I have to wonder, and the realization makes me sad at times.

Dio gets his annual stress test.

Yikes, that beast was scary in getting it to fly.


It’s not fully installed, I just wanted to fly it and tune the upper guy wires and make sure that my anchors were placed properly.    I actually off set them about 5 degrees counterclockwise from the tower.  It seemed like I was able to get a better pull on them to line things up.  They still need further tuning,  but I have the lower lines to install as well as the actual whirligig atop the steel toothpick.
Did something a little different on the anchors as well.



There is 4′ of t-post below that bracket and the brackets are now at ground level (and yes, they are painted as well.  Don’t need them rusting away.). That’s 1/4″steel plate with a grade 8 shouldered bolt and I brazed the nuts in place to keep them from walking off.  I woulda/shoulda  used thread locker, and will, if I ever need to pull them, but as it is, they ain’t goin’ nowhere.
The ground around here is mostly clay and rock and I figure 4′ of post driven into that virgin soil should be near enough to concrete as I can get without actually having concrete.  Feel free to call me a fool but from what I saw of the staying power on my previous anchors, for a much less stable tower,  I doubt it will be an issue.
Anywhoos, the whole thing is back on terra firma , and I am working on the rest of the rigging and feeling oh so much less stressed about this project.  I will have the new genny in hand monday, at which time I will do what I have to to adapt the frame to it, the blades are direct fit (same 17mm shafts ) and then it’s just hard wire and fly! (I’ll slip in some painting of exposed metal in there somewhere.:mrgreen: )
I also have two rectifier’s to play with.  Both 100A , one from one source, the other,,,
I am just curious to see how the different units perform so I will use the original for a short time recording what info I can, then switch and see if I get an improvement or not. 

More later, but there really isn’t all  that much more of interest other than how it performs.  That will be in a couple posts spread out between others.  (I will label them as something that can be searched for though.)
I will post up a video and pics once it’s flying and spinning. 
So y’all take it easy and we’ll talk later.  Ima gonna have a beer n relax for a bit.

ps: I forgot about the new tailfin I made at work.  The last one was a largish sheet of stainless and heavy as hell.  This one is same gage, but aluminum and “different “.    I like it!


(Dontcha just luv my camo stylin’ and muddy dawgpaw covered steps)

UPDATE: made a tool to pull my old anchors. HA! Bent the livin’ hell out of it and only yanked one anchor up. The other two didn’t budge! And those were only 2 1/2′ -3′ deep. The t-posts are 4′ and one is known to be into rock. We felt it breaking up as we drove it (in our feet through the ground.), likely sandstone or weakened shale. We have loads of that in the hill from the old coal mines.

Chinese scientists study viability of manned radar station on the moon

Chinese scientists study viability of manned radar station on the moon.

Think about it.  They are getting flak from the naysayers, but how else do you explore “the final frontier” without taking that first step.
I for one applaud them for taking the steps this country pissed away over the last couple of decades.    We are finally seeing private enterprises take up where NASA dropped the ball, but I firmly believe China has the were withal to pull off something like this, and make it work finding many work arounds  for the many many complications that are sure to bust their chops.
Granted, they currently have a much larger workforce and this is a project that will provide several key positions and oodles of lower ones.  I have to think that there are many people, not just from China, that would jump at the chance to live on the moon. (If I were 20 years younger, I would start studying mandarin just so I could volunteer )
There is a downside option to this as well.  Read “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Heinlein.  The moon sits on the other side of a gigantic gravity well.  It only takes a little power to flip a sizable rock over that edge, and the kinetic energy in a falling rock is pretty substantial.  A small guidance system and ,,,    well. Read the book,  you’ll understand.

I just thought others would find this just as interesting, inspiring, and worrisome as I did.

Bolts and really nutz!

It’s together!  Still need a windmill outta the sky and guy lines but the tower is assembled and laying there waiting for me to put a crew together for all the fun.



And here is a detail of the top mast.


I used a pair of binocs to look up at the tower to see what I did for the top mast last time.  I still had 12′ of that pipe left over so, what the hell, do it, and if need be, bring the torches up here and do some on site welding.
Time for the “rest” in my weekend, talk atcha’all later.

Damp n muddy

Lots done today, thanks to a friend from work.  Tower base concreted in, ditch dug, conduit laid and the wire ran, all before noon! Woo-hoo, go us!


Rough pic, was using the zoom function


Detail of base and where the conduit exits

Buddy left then, and it was time to go work on the other parts still on the bench.  Was able to get things rolling and had the welding  side of things done (for the most part, one more small section  needed) and was even in the process of paint, when the rain made


Hillbilly paint booth

a return.

I am using the flat earth tones for paint as I really prefer my stuff to not stick out like a beacon.  It’s bad enough getting the occasional sunlight flash off the blades when they are in motion.  That flash can be seen for over a mile, as I witnessed last winter. The blades were powder coated black at work and I find that they still reflect.  Much less than if they were still unpainted aluminum though.  Bright shiny galvanized pipe would stick out hard once the leaves have fallen, so, Camo paint.😉
Tomorrow (today, seeing how I forgot to post this last night) is housekeeping and laundry day so while I am doing laundry, I will be working on that last section.   May have an update Sunday evening (Monday morning) and hopefully one with pictures.
Still need to set guy lines, pull down the old tower, and I still need the new alternator from windblue, so this will be an ongoing monologue from yours truly.

That said, I can already tell that this design is going to perform so much better than the last one.  In that pic where I have that long section laid out, there was no sag even though it was only supported on the ends.  The current standing tower would have sagged 4″ or better over the same length.  Guy wire support should be much simpler to tune with this one (I can hear the current ones sing due to how high strung they are to hold the tower steady ). In addition, this one is set up further from the house and trees, as well as 18′ higher (current rig is only 24′)  I shouldn’t have as many problems with low lying turbulence.   All in all, I think it’s going to play a much bigger role this winter than what I have, did last winter.  (And I won’t lie, the current genny leaves a lot to be desired in output even when it’s cranking over good.  I am very disappointed on that purchase.)

Friday frets, (no music,,,

Though plenty of muses.  
Had a rant all ready to roll out, then read Francis’ blog post this A.M. and felt a chill.  I had written nearly the same thing, though not word for word, and even cited the same players in the field, John Saxon, and Jaime Escalante. We even equated public education to child abuse!!

The universe does work in strange ways, it matters not if you call it God, Is, Universe, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster: It just works! So long as you believe!   That’s why I tell people, my beliefs will NEVER clash with yours, so long as you respect my position of belief, just as I respect yours. Anywhoo, go read his post if you haven’t already.  I deleted mine since he said the same things, only better.
Been back at the tower again today, had to refill my atcetylene tank, and managed to get the MIG to do more than sputter.  She was able to at least get some pretty nice tack welds in place, and that made for some faster building.   But here are some pics for ya.



The first row of points for the guywires


Made from a 5/8th lock washer. Beefy!

Tomorrow is a bit of a change of pace.  A bud from work owes me some cash, but I worked it out where he can help me out in stead. We are going to concrete in the base and trench in the PVC conduit to the house as well as do the initial wire runs.  Being alternating current from the genset,  I can run 12-2 from point to point and not have many issues. (For y’all overseas, 12-2is three strand solid core wire, and I believe they still call it Romex over there. I know old carpenters still call it romex over here as well.)
Tomorrow is another day, and I will try to get pics, weather permitting.  Weather won’t stop us unless we get lightning,  and since I will be holding the base, hinge, and 10′ section up, no thanks on that scenario.
(Oh yeah, the hinge)


  Mañana tarde!

Thought you should know.

Gotta make this go viral.

I have stated it more than a few times here.  The woman has history that makes many a bad person look saintly. 
Please, if you blog, repost this, make it go viral.
(Edit: read this as well.


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