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Episode Info: This episode,  An OCC update, I will cover the first extended stay of the season, almost back to normal, and ITB carries on with month 21 of construction. Not much happened while the power was down, in some areas. In The Beginning, ITB, Month 21, April This is the part of the episode where I sift through emails, text messages and pictures collected during that month, to give you the most accurate accounting of Our Country Cottages beginning stages. The beginning of month #21 still had OCC without power backup working. The generator was fixed but something in the solar control system, the system that ties everything together, still was not happy and we were still a couple of days from having the solar crew come for a visit to try to figure it out. That leaves me making daily trips, to build fires in order to keep the temperature up in the cottage. I had also found a better firewood supply option to those “winter special” traditional firewood green net bag bundles. There was a company offering clean firewood, of the type I required, and were willing to deliver it to the cottage. How could I not give them a try? One palette of firewood, delivered, please. I got a promise of delivery in a few days. My first trip of the month, April 1st, has me stepping out of my vehicle and spilling my coffee down my front while unloading. Yes it’s in the log book. I was the only one there which seems to be the norm, especially during those power problem days. At least the batteries were fully charged by the sun. I’ll take this opportunity to mention that the batteries were only able to be fully charged by the sun because I was not using the power to heat the place. And so, a fire was built and I decided to turn the boiler on. I noticed that first for the domestic hot water ran and then the radiant heating. Keep in mind this is still early days for me and the system. I had figured out that by putting my hand on the pump bodies, in the utility room, I could figure out which system was working. There is a picture, on the website, ourcountrycottageanarrative.com, under menu heading, “Our Country Cottage”, that’s where all the pix are, and then under “Heating”, fifth picture down, shows these pumps, labelled, in the utility room. I started investigating the hot wateRead more »

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