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    • January 14, 2020 12:04 PM EST
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      Dan Hilyer said:

      I'd hate to be the guy on the other end of that saw 

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         Hahahahahahahaha....you made my morning!!!!

       

                            

       

       

       

       

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    • January 14, 2020 1:04 PM EST

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      Can't get the picture to open, so will just have to take Dan's word for it.  I remember from Colonial Williamsburg that when sawing planks by hand, the apprentice had the bottom position (AND all the sawdust & splinters), so I suppose it is something similar.

      Regards,  David Meashey 

       

      P.S. After I posted, the picture finally opened.  I'd really hate to tip that slab of ice.  Talk about a cold shower.  Probably would not get the urge to "make whoopie" for several months!

      This post was edited by Dave Meashey at January 14, 2020 1:08 PM EST
    • January 14, 2020 3:18 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:

      Okay, after reading about ice factories and their ability to make ice, it is out of the scope of a little ice house on a small back woods narrow gauge in 1880's Idaho to have ice production. Storage in a small storage house is far more reasonable and likely especially in the northern part of a northern state.

      Devon, right you are. I also did a bit more reading and found this quite interesting and verifies your logic completely.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_trade

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    • January 14, 2020 3:38 PM EST
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      Cutting and storing natural ice goes back a long time. I recall reading about Egyptian pharaohs got snow from Europe. Would take a lot of snow to give the pharaohs a snow cone...

       

      Cutting and storing ice would be right for you Devon.

    • January 14, 2020 4:26 PM EST
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      While it would be fun to make an all out ice factory, that is just not what I am after. Thanks for all the info though, it was interesting reading.

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    • January 14, 2020 7:03 PM EST
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      Just an after the fact, little bit of information.

      After the mechanical ice making industry sorted out most of the systems that didn't work or were unreliable/dangerous the Ammonia Absorbsion system pretty much became the industry standard. These systems were built and installed well up into the 1950's, with upgrades and improvements of course. In fact in the 1950's Ammonia technology was used in residential air conditioning systems that were sold and installed by several companies. The last one (residential) that I can remember tearing out and replacing with a Freon compression unit had to be about the mid to late 1980's.  They had gotten almost 30 years service from that system.

       

    • January 14, 2020 10:07 PM EST
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      Well a little production on the office building. Its all ready for paint.

       

      I could have been happy with this as my entire build. Its a cute little building, lol. But in the grand scheme it is but just a fraction of the larger whole. Onward and upward.

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    • January 14, 2020 10:22 PM EST
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      Now, Devon, you know when you paint over that cedar the smell is history 

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    • January 14, 2020 10:26 PM EST
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      I do believe that in at least 37 states, and 3 provences, that it is illegal to paint over aromatic red cedar.

       

      Just saying

       

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    • January 14, 2020 10:26 PM EST
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      I will glue a little block inside to keep the moths off it

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    • January 14, 2020 10:27 PM EST
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      It does seem like a same to paint over it.

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    • January 14, 2020 10:28 PM EST
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      Maybe if you all is nice I will just apply a nice clear coat over the aromatic cedar deck.

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    • January 14, 2020 10:44 PM EST
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      That building stinks, Devon! :-)

    • January 15, 2020 12:54 AM EST
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      So I am hoping this works. I took apart a solar path light. I am hoping to use the various components to at least light the office and maybe a couple other lights. The solar panel is an amazing fit in the top of the chimney.  I am hoping that by adding a 2000mAh tenergy battery instead of the stock one will give me a little better performance with a couple LEDs.

       

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    • January 15, 2020 11:00 AM EST
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      Cool idea with the solar panel, unfortunatly it won't work here in Oregon

    • January 15, 2020 5:35 PM EST
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      Rick Marty said:

      Cool idea with the solar panel, unfortunatly it won't work here in Oregon

      No aqua panels yet?

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    • January 16, 2020 9:13 PM EST
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      Looking good, Devon.

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    • January 17, 2020 2:26 PM EST
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      Okay I am excited about this part. So I ruined the first solar cell and LED system. Which sucks because that cell fit so nice in the chimney. I went to the dollar store and picked up another. Too bad but the cell is larger and won't fit in the chimney. So I am going to make a rock to put the solar cell, battery, circuit board, and switch in that will sit next tot he building. But at any rate I broke apart the little path light and got the solar cell out and all the other pieces without breaking it. It had a larger battery than the other one with more mAh. I think this one is 150 the other was 100. I cut the stock LED off the board and soldered on longer leads and a single warm white LED. That worked. Then I cut the leads and added a pico LED in parallel. That worked. I got greedy and cut in again and added a second pico in parallel. It worked. And I have to say with not much in the way of diminished brightness,I assume because they are all getting the full voltage being in parallel. I finally wired in a switch. It worked.

       

      So I have these little lanterns that I have had for awhile that I believe are from Ozark but can't swear by that. I drilled the bottom up into the globe. I then glued in the pico LEDS. So now I will have an LED in the office to light it and then a lantern on the upper deck to work by and one on the lower deck to drink bourbon and pet Pepper by.

       

       

      Now the battery and solar cell are directly connected so the battery will stay charged all the time. I am not sure how these things work but when the solar cell is exposed to light it shuts off the LEDs. I see no photo eye so I am assuming that there is a built in mechanism that is telling them to come on and off based on the voltage from the solar cell. Who really cares as long as it works. So the battery and solar cell will always work together to keep the battery charged but the LEDs themselves are now on a switch so that they will only be on when I want them on. all and all I am pleased.

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    • January 17, 2020 2:57 PM EST
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      Glad you were successful in getting that worked out like you wanted.  Sometimes its just simpler to learn by trial and error.  You remember those lessons, too.  How much bigger is the solar cell?  Could you add a cap to the chimney that would be large enough to hold the cell.  You remember, Dave "suggested" a cap.

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