I ordered The Energy Detective (TED) Pro Home
for a couple of reasons. One is that I am not sure my electrical coop here in central Texas is calculating my usage correctly. If you don’t have anything to show your usage you have no choice but to trust them and their meters. When they put in the Net Meter for my solar install they they tried to stick me for around $500 extra because they said the old removed meter was running slow and out of calibration. They could not tell me how long, how slow, or how many owners had that meter so they dropped the charge. The other reason is to effectively break down my usage and find the energy pigs allowing me to reduce usage.
Here is what you get:
One Measuring Transmitting Unit (MTU) with Power Cable
2 Current Transformers (CTs) 40 inches long
One Energy Control Center (ECC) with power cable
One Ethernet cable
I will have a non-standard install. I will be installing in my main breaker box located on a pole directly under my meter. I have 3 separate buildings and that is the only place they all come together. I am going to attach the CT’s to the cables going directly to the meter. The smallest circuit I have in that box is 100 amps and the Standard TED Pro Home will only allow you to hook up to a 40 amp or smaller circuit. I spoke with one of the engineers at The Energy Detective (TED) and he said I could do it but needed a fused MTU power cable. Luckily they can provide one.
I received the fused MTU cable as well, it is about 9 1/2 feet long and has fused red and blue wires in addition to the fused black and white wires. I pinned everything out with my multimeter and they are wired the same. I am just going to cut back and cap the red and blue wires.
I hope to get the install started next week, I have to do some work over in the shop
We have 27 Enphase M-215 240 Volt Micro-Inverters. They are supposed to put out 0.27kW each which would give us a peak of 7.29 kW
I will try to keep this blog to home and sustainment items. I will keep the shop related stuff on the shop blog HERE
We had the system installed by the folks at Air, Wind, and Solar
I will write more about that later. Lets just say I am still waiting on everything to work as advertised. Everything was installed May 19th, 2014. I will edit this if it ever gets working.
Another headache I will be writing about is our Net Meter and electrical coop, we thought this was supposed to be easy and at least save us some money…
Started by putting the speed changer back together. It will be on top so I want to slide it on first.
Next up, put the headstock on and started putting it together. The thing is heavy! I decied to add weight and put it together while it is on the wall.
Again, this thing is heavy! So I got these extra clamps to help hold the load
Put the table mount on using the same clamps as above for extra support.
Got a lot of it put together, just the motor and some minor parts and I will be done!
Hope to be done soon.
Getting the drill press set up. It is a ShopSmith 10E and looking at the serial number spreadsheet maintained by the Shop Smith mail group it was built in 1949. Still works great!
It got a little scuffed up during the move so I decided to break it down and give it a rebuild/refresh. The first thing I did was to clean up the way tubes. I used my other Shop Smith 10E as a lathe, hooked up the tubes using an expandable rubber stopper and a home made wheel rest. Turned is on slow and started with150 grit sandpaper to remove the rust and polish them up.
Then cleaned and painted up the base and other parts:
Then hung it up:
Took the headstock and motor apart for painting and cleanup:
Got the motor put back together:
Hope to get more done soon!