Blaine Clark wrote:Low voltage such as outdoor or even indoor lighting. Low voltage indoor lighting for off grid situations can be very helpful. DC can be generated by solar panels, generators operated by leg, fuel, wind, water or boiler power or stepped down by transformers from higher voltage. Thermostats simple + dual control as in primary heat and backup heat switching. Door/window alarms including intruder alerts for out buildings using motion detection and magnetic switches, possibly even CCTV. Most areas require either installation by licensed electricians or inspection by licensed pros for higher voltage work so there could be a drawback for higher voltage work. Another option for higher voltage wiring is when done under the supervision of a licensed pro, so adding this to the list and including higher voltage wiring might still work.
r ranson wrote:Since my house is so strangely wired, I'm trying to decide if I want to make a map and frame it next to the breaker box, or if I just want to get a label maker and put stickers on each outlet as to which breaker it goes to (like they do in some doctor offices)
Mike Haasl wrote:Good ones Skandi!
Weird, they'll let you rewire a car but you can't rewire a light switch?
Mike Barkley wrote:Changing a ballast &/or starter for a fluorescent lamp fixture???
Julie Reed wrote:John M says “Most of an electricians time is spent running wire, not the actual switch, panel work.”
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Oh, and you’re 100% correct about abandoning fluorescent in favor of LED. I have used those same retrofit lamps for several years now and love them.
Mike Haasl wrote:For fire safety we have some BBs (I believe in homesteading) for setting up smoke detectors, CO detectors and fire extinguisher stations. Or are you talking about more elaborate systems? Anything that is fancier than something a person would have on their homestead is likely outside our scope.
Last night I remembered that communication wiring may be worth adding. Phone lines, LAN lines and coax. Any others?
Julie Reed wrote:“In the fire safety design however there is no national code. Fire code inspections are all the way down to the city level in their unique requirements.“
My experience has been that this is determined by the local fire department in conjunction with the building and zoning people (maybe not everywhere). Those who inspect and enforce are usually not the same people who implement or develop the codes. They ARE usually involved when (if) a code gets modified or updated, or a variance is requested.
Since many homesteads are in locations not subject to permits (or less stringent codes) it may be well worth inviting the fire department to look at your plans and finished structures. A lot of code stuff is bogus (needing a permit and inspection to erect a fence), but a lot of it isn’t, either.
john mcginnis wrote:Have you considered a badge on homestead automation using dirt cheap microcontrollers? One chap on youtube has built a automated hose shutoff when the water level is reached. May not sound like much but what kind of time or water is wasted monitoring a stock tub filling up? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbQfBndbXbw
Mike Haasl wrote:OK team, I updated the list based on a call with Paul. Some of the suggestions will be put into other badges (Homesteading, Tool Care, etc).
Thanks for all the input, any others to add? Especially for the items in the Straw badge with XXX in front of them? They're primarily solar things that I'm not as familiar with...