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! Jen’s Boot Camp and Allerton Abbey Experience

 
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I am now debating between two thermometer/weather station setups for the annualized thermal inertia test:

The first, by SensorPush, which I am leaning heavily toward, is simple and works with my cell phone. It is not waterproof, but I could build a roof for the outside unit(s) with not much trouble.

https://www.amazon.com/SensorPush-Wireless-Thermometer-Hygrometer-Android/dp/B01AEQ9X9I/ref=sr_1_9?keywords=remote+temperature+logger&qid=1567366853&s=gateway&sr=8-9&tag=pfa12-20

The second one by Davis Instruments is more complicated and more expensive, and I would have to figure out which modules to buy for the various sensor points, how to set them up, get the separate software, etc.—and messing with that kind of stuff feels like it is sucking out my soul. But it measures a lot more variables. But Paul doesn’t really care about anything but temperature.

https://www.amazon.com/Davis-Instruments-6250-Vantage-Wireless/dp/B002LLVFK0/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=davis+instruments+integrated+sensor+suite+6250&qid=1567282161&s=sporting-goods&sr=1-1&tag=pfa12-20

If anyone has any feedback on either of these, or knows of a better option that meets all our criteria (discussed earlier in this thread) please let me know! Otherwise I’ll probably order the first one within a day or two.

I will probably be moving into the Abbey sometime in the next few days, so I’m super excited!
 
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Working at the Abbey and on gardening stuff with Ashley for the PEP event.

(Day 29)
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Shallow-rooted seed mix for the roof of Allerton
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IMO (of course...) go with the simple one the meets Paul's interests. Unless they're the same price, then choice is a (little) harder, but I bet the simple one is cheaper (busy at moment, haven't checked).

You have a full life, lots other stuff to do, lots of _that_ pretty important by itself. Logistics will be enough challenge w/out adding deep tech detail. You'll pay a little more in time recording results "manually" compared with ideal setup of the Davis system; but doesn't sound like tech spins your wheels. <g>   And the big system could be a BIG issue setting up and maybe risk failure to get there.  So KISS.

Advice: On receipt immediate test for proper function, including connection with phone and returning more or less plausible temps from various places. Any function you think you paid for and will want, test it. Immediately. Keep the package for a few days, see if things still work after being powered up a while. Good? Good. But the failure rate of cheap electronics (ie, almost all electronics available today) is significant. Waiting to test can cost you both time (winter's coming) and money (return window).

If all goes swimmingly, somebody can approach a more expensive purchase later, knowing what worked, what more was needed, etc.


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Jen and I learned how to sharpen a chainsaw today. Jen is awesome so she also developed how to play air guitar and do yoga while sharpening a chain saw.

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Gosh, those sharpening pics make me appreciate my vise! I've never sharpened without some sort of saw holder... looks tricky.

I use a jawhorse most of the time, but for the lab, a stump vise/loggers vise would probably be a better fit.

They're cheap and compact/portable. And if you can do a decent job without one, you will probably be super fast and awesome with one!
 
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Thanks, Dillon! I will have to check those out!
 
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Working with Ashley this week has been great!

(Day 30)
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Ashley got to work on some finish plaster at the Abbey—she’s a natural
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Ashley getting the rocket water heater BB
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The finish floor has started going into the lower cell of Allerton Abbey. Fred is in charge of making it look amazing.

(Day 31)
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Ashley working on her dry stack wall around the apple tree at Allerton
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Ashley sharpening a chisel in the shop
 
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I have moved into Allerton Abbey, more or less, although the floors are still under construction, which presents some logistical challenges. We are hoping to finish the floors and begin the thermal inertia test soon, although it hasn’t been ideal floor-drying weather lately, even with the doors/windows open. I experienced my first snow at the Abbey last weekend—it was incredibly beautiful. I’ve only seen snow a handful of times in my life.

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How beautiful!  
Both the snow and the wonderful floor and wall surfaces
 
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