Our Country Cottage a Narrative
About This Show
Our Country Cottage, a Narrative, podcast is intended to be for those that want to, are in the process of, or have already realized their dream of building a retreat or retirement place in the woods. I will be sharing what I have learned from all phases of our project, from planning to enjoying and coming to terms with our cottage in the country.
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Episode#10 Back Up Generator & ITB Construction
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Back Up Generators, Why am I giving up on this one so fast, and In the Beginning (ITB), looks at the first days of construction. So generators are much like cars. Well at least the engine part is. You can get a high end jobbie that will cost a fortune or a low end unit that costs a lot less. I went for a low end unit under the self misguided assumption that I would hardly need to run it. At the time I selected the model, I seem to remember several people advising me to step up a bit but I had convinced myself and also convinced my supplier that I was looking at the whole cottage project as a experiment and well, OK, Our Country Cottage was turning out to be way more expensive than originally thought. This is one area that would not be too hard to upgrade later. Not like the windows or the insulation etc. The generator is not even in the cottage. It is across the drive on a cement pad so replacement wouldn’t even require going inside. Not even getting a muddy boot print on the floor. In the price range I was looking at, there were several manufacturers, but only one that had a warranty that would get me through at least one winter. This was important to me as this was an experiment and I really didn’t know how much use it would have. I was hoping that when all was said and done I wouldn’t need it at all. There is still part of me that is holding on to that ideal, even though reality has smacked me in the face a couple of times now. The first smack in the face.... The first smack in the face came when construction got delayed until winter and then some. I will get into this more in this podcasts instalment of “In the Beginning”. But for now suffice to say that when our generator was put into service, it became the main power supply for the cottage construction and heat. Yup the whole cottage was heated by one of those little electric cube construction heaters that kept the generator running, for many times, 24/7. The hours piled up very quickly. Settings for the solar power system were still being worked out. I would show up at the site with the sun shining brightly and the generator running full bore and had been for several days, even though there was enough power from the sun. gad. I have since realized that this range of units are mainly designed to be used in city back yards when a storm strikes and the city power