Huichol page 35 June 28th - 29th trip
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The purpose of this trip was to finish the roof
by installing the caballete
(ridgecap), install the 5W solar panel and 4 LED lights inside the shelter,
move the kitchen area up to the south end of the shelter out of the rain,
install a small pump below the slab and small tank 15' vertically above the
slab to supply the kitchen sink as it now was about 6 feet above the gravity
level of the spring, make new paddle ends for the boat paddles, and install grommets in one of the big tarps to shield the north end of the shelter from the driving rainstorms when it rained. All these things were accomplished.
Installing the caballete or ridgecap across the top of the roof.
Finished roof - if you look hard you can see the
small solar panel on the
far right end of the roof sticking out. It's fairly flat so it catches the morning
sun from the east and the afternoon sun as it sets in the west.
Better view of the 5W solar panel that is used to
power four 2W LED
lights. The lights are not bright enough to read by but plenty bright to
see to get around inside the shelter. A 2W light , even LEDs, do not give
the light of a 100Watt light bulb, but much more light than a 2W christmas
tree bulb. I'm impressed. The sunlight is free. The only cost to operate is replacing the small $20 motorcycle battery every three years or so.
Here's a closeup of the 2W LED light used
Here's a pic of two of the lights installed in
the north half of the shelter.
Two just like it are also installed in the south half with a separate switch
for each pair inside the power panel box. They can either light the whole
area for a couple hours each night or half the area for up to 5 hours.
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