For the last 2 days, my solar irrigation system has been unable to work due to the lack of sunlight. Because of the high heat, the plants definitely needed some water, and I really didn't feel like lugging buckets of water up a hill. Fortunately, I had some crap in the Wreckroom that could make my job easier.
Easier is good. :)
Basically, I need some 12 volt power to run the pump for an hour or so.
Just over 60 miles south of me, the Butte fire is raging; and 80 miles to the west is the Valley fire. This picture of the Sun was taken around 3PM. California is burning. [hella sadface]
Fix Some Crap
Oh, some broken battery terminal clips!
Who said being a pack-rat is a bad thing? Wooowee, I sure am glad I didn't throw the broken clip in the trash. A bit of J-B Quick and that broken clip is as good as new.
Add Some Twisty Cap Thingies
When I set up my solar irrigation system, the panel was attached to the pump with MC4 connectors. As luck would have it, I just happened to have a set of heavy gauge wires with MC4 connectors on one end and bare wire on the other.
A few quick twists (and some gorilla tape) and everything was together and ready to rock.
Give It Some Juice!
Boring, isn't it? :)
After walking to the irrigation site, the wires were connected to the pump and the clips were attached to my spare motorcycle battery.
Booyah! flowing water.
After everything was running, I cleaned out some clogged emitters and watched as the water soaked into the parched land.
Now quit reading, and go do a rain dance. please.