Porch August 2021

It’s not totally finished yet. The truss and beams will be wrapped with cedar boards to look like a timberframe.

Also, the concrete is doing some weird delaminating, so that issue is in discussion.

But now there are more seating options that are quite comfortable!

Leopold bench and chair made by Norm Fankell, husband of my wonderful friend Chris whom I’ve known since kindergarten. He reused treated wood from a play set he made for their kids 20 years ago!

Scamp Lodging


Front porch.

Scamp and outhouse.

Composting toilet.

Back bunk, can convert to a table. Set up currently as a single bed.

Front bunk.

Sink, fridge, stove and furnace.

Projects by Carl 6/23/2021

My brother traveled here from Colorado and did some more house projects. My house is smarter than me. At this point, from my phone, I can monitor and control:

– garage door
– air quality
– electricity consumption
– window blinds
– thermostats
– solar panel production

And I can monitor the water use as I use it.

Tasks completed:

  • soldering work on trailer connection
  • move frequently checked network items to lower shelf
    • starlink router
    • DSL router
    • A/B switch
    • Cisco router
    • Map out all circuit breakers with full detail
      • in house
      • in garage
    • install two electricity monitors
      • test all inputs to each monitor
    • smart garage door implementation
      • replace garage door button
    • Get Purple air quality monitor working
    • install metal edging around house foundation by Thursday when excavator comes to lay river stone.
    • living room floor outlet trim
    • move heavy book case from garage to living room
    • level out kitchen window shade, left side keeps dropping off front bracket
    • change angle of solar array, document future angle changes
    • troubleshoot garage door sensor problem
    • added phone number in FOTAI system
    • figure out intermittent wifi connection for main thermostat
    • thermostat hardwire connection tightened

LED Recessed Lights –all new in box

6 inch directional downlights
3000k warm white
Quantity = 4


4 inch downlights
3000k warm white
Quantity = 12

3 inch rotatable downlights
2700 soft white
Quantity = 12

Cases of metal frames 6 inch and 4 inch.





Garage and electricity

Looking north. Garage door offset to the right/east to make sure the driveway clears the electric pedestal meter socket on left.
SW corner exterior of the garage. Underground wire from the electric pedestal enters the garage through this conduit goes through the wall straight into the breaker box.
Garage breaker box
Inside garage breaker box. Only two 100 amp breakers are installed so far. Far as I can tell, they are not serving anything. 22 additional slots are available.
Close-up of the two 100 amp breaker switches in garage panel.
Branch breaker bridge leftover by garage panel.
Bag of extra parts left by garage breaker panel.

Plate on exterior siding to receive an outdoor electric outlet.

The north side of the post of the electric pedestal also has an outlet on it. I am currently using it with long extension cords to power the garage door and the camper which is behind the garage.

So an outdoor charger could be placed on a second post outdoors next to the electric pedestal if we could avoid all the underground wires emanating from the existing electric pedestal meter socket.



Inside House

Breaker Box detail spreadsheet of labels

House breaker panel box in utility room.
In house breaker panel box, main breaker switch at the bottom of the panels which turns all the panel off.
House breaker panel labels. Also see the link to the spreadsheet https://www.wedalroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Breaker-Box-details.pdf
House breaker panel box, sticker inside door

Outside house

Conduit on north wall. L-R: internet, ?, pedestal wire, well pump wire.
75 ft from pedestal to house conduit and breaker panel box.

Inside Garage

The garage has nothing wired into the garage breaker panel. The door is powered by an extension cord that connects to the outside electric pedestal outlet.

pieces left on top of breaker panel in garage

Breaker bridge –extra piece left on top of garage breaker box
Garage breaker box with 22 open slots. No labels.
Garage breaker box has two 100 amp breakers. No labels.
Garage breaker box on inside west wall. wire goes out the wall and in conduit into the ground. Then wire goes about ten feet south to the electric meter pedestal underground.


Solar Array

See Ruth’s solar array information

Front of Fronius inverter
Left side of Fronius inverter
Fronius inverter wire in conduit going into the ground 75ft to the electric meter pedestal.
Looking up at the mini-inverters connected to each panel
Front of Fronius inverter showing the conduit entering the ground to carry wire to the electric pedestal.
Fronius inverter
16-panel solar array

Electric Pedestal


Front (east) of electric pedestal meter socket
Breaker box brand is Milbank
All of the breakers inside the electric pedestal break box. Only the well is labeled on the bottom right. I assume the two upper left switches that are off, go to the garage. No other labeling.
North side of pedestal with outlet box
South side of pedestal
West side of pedestal

Window blinds

My brother Carl received training and became a certified Lutron representative. He gave me 8 window blinds for the new house. Lutron has hundreds of fabrics, colors and style of blinds.

I chose the honeycomb blinds because I was feeling guilty about large windows losing heat in the winter and the cellular shades add 3R-value to the windows. I also really like the streamlined look.

These smart window blinds are hardwired along with the other electric service, but you could operate them off batteries or nearby outlet. You can program them to a Pico remote, and you can also schedule them to a clock or to sunrise/sunset using the app (which means you don’t have to be at home to adjust the window blinds).

Light-filtering blinds.

Room-darkening blind.

Yaggi Antenna

TechToo antenna. Can I plug this into the Alfa adapter?
Alfa 802.11b/g Long-Range Wireless USB Adapter
Starlink power brick. White cable to wifi, black cable to wall box labelled “Master”.
Starlink wifi router with two ethernet jacks. One says “Aux” with black cable which goes to the AB Switch.