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Old 04-22-2009, 10:10 PM   #1461
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On a serious note, i keep wondering about combining a small car's alternator & some glassed fabric to make a lil windmill to generate electricity.
I've thought about this too. I figure if nothing else I can just use it to run a 12 volt heater in my basement. Every cent helps.

The problem I haven't figured out yet is how do you keep the heater from running when the battery starts to drain too much? I know I could make it disconnect once the battery voltage dropped below a set point, but as soon as the wind blew the alternator would put out enough voltage to make trip the "ON" set point, even though the heater would be pulling more juice than the alternator is putting out, thus it would continue to drain the battery.

Let me know if you try this Orangello. I'm interested to hear you're (or anyone else's) results.

(Please exuse my spelling, my wifes computer doesn't have spell check.)
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So for my 1000th post, I would like to state that my wife is off to work until 8 tomorrow. I have the house to myself, 12 cold ones in the fridge, ribs in the oven that have been slow cooking for 5 hours, and a chocolate cake in the fridge. My only debacle is which movie series to watch tonight. All six Star Wars, all four Matrix (that's right I said four), Lord Of The Rings, The Bourne series, The Transporter series, the Oceans series, or just Mel Brooks movies. Or do I just fondle, er... field strip my guns. Or both. I'm so torn.
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So for my 1000th post, I would like to state that my wife is off to work until 8 tomorrow. I have the house to myself, 12 cold ones in the fridge, ribs in the oven that have been slow cooking for 5 hours, and a chocolate cake in the fridge. My only debacle is which movie series to watch tonight. All six Star Wars, all four Matrix (that's right I said four), Lord Of The Rings, The Bourne series, The Transporter series, the Oceans series, or just Mel Brooks movies. Or do I just fondle, er... field strip my guns. Or both. I'm so torn.
Make sure that the ammo is in the safe before you get on the outside of too many of those cold ones!

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So for my 1000th post, I would like to state that my wife is off to work until 8 tomorrow. I have the house to myself, 12 cold ones in the fridge, ribs in the oven that have been slow cooking for 5 hours, and a chocolate cake in the fridge. My only debacle is which movie series to watch tonight. All six Star Wars, all four Matrix (that's right I said four), Lord Of The Rings, The Bourne series, The Transporter series, the Oceans series, or just Mel Brooks movies. Or do I just fondle, er... field strip my guns. Or both. I'm so torn.
Really? There's 4 Matrix movie's? I've only seen 1 and 2. What's the names of the other 2? I would like to rent them.

Personaly, I like to watch zombi movies when my wifes away for the evening. She hates that sort of stuff. I just laugh at them...then go to bed and pull the coveres over my head.
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Make sure that the ammo is in the safe before you get on the outside of too many of those cold ones!

I'm just sayin'.
Its the law in MA to keep ammo separate from guns, so I'm already almost set. I just need to clear my carry gun. I'm also smarter than the average idiot

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Really? There's 4 Matrix movie's? I've only seen 1 and 2. What's the names of the other 2? I would like to rent them.
Answering this gives a glimpse into my nerd side.
Before The Matrix (the original), there's an anime movie called, The Animatrix. Its the prequel, and its all anime. Even if you don't like anime, which I don't, you will still like The Animatrix. Its a fantastic prequel and explains a LOT. Its also pretty gruesome.

Prequel - The Animatrix
1st - The Matrix
2nd - The Matrix Reloaded
3rd - The Matrix Revolutions
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I've thought about this too. I figure if nothing else I can just use it to run a 12 volt heater in my basement. Every cent helps.

The problem I haven't figured out yet is how do you keep the heater from running when the battery starts to drain too much? I know I could make it disconnect once the battery voltage dropped below a set point, but as soon as the wind blew the alternator would put out enough voltage to make trip the "ON" set point, even though the heater would be pulling more juice than the alternator is putting out, thus it would continue to drain the battery.

Let me know if you try this Orangello. I'm interested to hear you're (or anyone else's) results.

(Please exuse my spelling, my wifes computer doesn't have spell check.)
That simple V = on/off algorithm would be easy to program in an inexpensive IC to run the heater B+ circuit. Tango get on it! Random Thoughts Thread - The Club House
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Its the law in MA to keep ammo separate from guns, so I'm already almost set. I just need to clear my carry gun. I'm also smarter than the average idiot.
Sorry Dan, I didn't mean to go full Dad on ya! Random Thoughts Thread - The Club House
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Besides Losing the ammo, unplug the computer.

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And Cane
Thanks for the bunker assist with Jolene. Very well done.
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That simple V = on/off algorithm would be easy to program in an inexpensive IC to run the heater B+ circuit. Tango get on it! Random Thoughts Thread - The Club House
Yes Tango get on it (PLEASE) and when you're done, send me the IC and a bill...and a schematic...it's been several years since I've done any electronic design, and I never really got past discreat componet design then. I've no idea really how to program an IC.

Also Tango, you were the first person I thought of when my HD crashed. Is there any chance of saving the 10 years of pics I have on it?
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