Thursday, January 12, 2012

Final 4th. Bedroom is finally done.

Today I put the finishing touches on the 4th. bedroom. With the help of Wilma, we hung the curtains, and an antique picture frame.

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The finished 4th. bedroom.

I really took my time on this job. I actually started around December 3rd. removing the old carpet and patching the walls prior to painting. Then came the beginning of the installation of the new floor on December 17th.  The walls and ceiling only took 14 days. Now that’s what I call “milking the job”! As there is just two of us living in a 4 bedroom home there was no rush to get the room completed.

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The installation of the new floor.

Wilma wanted to keep the “Antique” look for this room, so the first piece of furniture that went in was the vanity dresser. It was from my parents first bedroom furniture set bought in 1949. So I guess that qualifies that piece. The next was the oval picture hung to the left of the the window. It came from my Grandparents next door neighbor, we called her “Aunt Becky”  who gave it to Wilma. It’s vintage is somewhere around the 1920’s. It’s actually a convex piece of glass that was hand painted on the inside. I remember Aunt Becky telling us it was supposed to be a famous castle in Germany on the Danube River.

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The gold colored round piece above the picture is what was used to hang the picture. Back in those days, the walls were plaster. There was a fairly large decorative molding that was on the walls about 8 inches from the ceiling. On the backside of the gold colored piece is a steel hook that actually fit over and hooked to the molding. We could have hung this picture without using the hanging piece, but I thought it gave it justice to show it just as it was back in the ‘20’s. This is something that Wilma will cherish forever.

Now that this job is completed we both can focus on getting the Motorhome ready for our “Snowbird” flight to Florida late next month. We both are getting pretty excited about that, as this will be our very 1st. time we will be living in Florida for more than a couple weeks.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Inverter Installed

I have been waiting for a week for today to get here. Why you may be asking? Because the weather forecast was for the temperatures to get up to 50 today! Can you believe it? This is January 6th. in Michigan, and it reached 50 degrees F. today! What a beautiful day it was indeed.

By 10am this morning I was outside getting my tools ready for the installation of my new Sunforce Pro Series 1000 Watt Inverter.

Sunforce Inverter

For what I need it for it is a bit overkill, but Amazon was having a sale on this model making it cheaper than the model below it. And we all know, I’m a cheapskate! Winking smile

Wilma and I had talked a few weeks ago on where the best place would be to install the inverter. With the supply cables being 10 ft. long, I knew it would be somewhere close to the Deep Cycle House Batteries. Wilma came up with the idea of putting it under the kitchen sink. There is a shelf under the sink that is used, but the area under that shelf is available. So after taking some measurements, I found that it indeed would fit in that area.

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I would have to first construct a platform between the tan enclosure and the front of the cabinet. To the garage I went and found in my lumber pile the plywood and material needed.

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Removable platform in place.

Now it would be a matter of measuring, marking, and drilling the holes in the floor for the 12 volt wiring. Below is the largest outdoor storage area I have. The wiring must pass through this storage compartment, make a 90 degree turn and out to the battery compartment which is just below the steps at the entryway.

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Wires dropping through the floor into the storage compartment.

The next step was to drill holes the size of garden hose in the metal compartment wall. This will then get the wires to the battery compartment.

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The 12 volt wires going into the battery compartment.

I was lucky in that the 12 volt wires could pass through an old garden hose. So I used the garden hose to isolate any vibration of the wires when passing through the floor and the metal compartment.

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The 12 volt wires connected to the “backside” of the inverter.

There is plenty of room available to store the needed Heavy duty extension cord next to the inverter.

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The 110 VAC side. The on/off switch, 2 outlets, a 12dc outlet, and meter.

I realize that one of the cabinet doors will have to be slightly open for any cord to be plugged into the inverter. This is ok with me as it will allow for extra ventilation. The only time we will be using this inverter is at night, as we both must use CPAP machines when sleeping.  

Last year I used a much smaller “Modified Sine Wave Inverter” to operate my CPAP machine. The batteries held out all night without any noticeable voltage drop. With this “Pure Sine Wave Inverter” we are unsure if both machines can operate the 6 to 8 hours needed without the unit shutting down with low voltage from the deep cycle batteries.  The inverter will shut itself off if the voltage in the batteries drops to around 10 volts. We will be keeping our fingers crossed the first night we use the inverter. At the worst we just won’t get a full night sleep. If that happens I might have to be thinking of adding another deep cycle battery to the two we already have.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.