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  1. Generally if someone needs a loan to build or add on they can take out a building loan that is paid off with a regular mortgage after the building is complete. Building loans have some specific rules and a limited time. Building loans are often through a local bank and the interest rates are higher.
  2. I didn't spend a lot of time on the web site but it looks doable. Would you then use trusses for the roof?
  3. 13.3v is 40 to 90% SOC on these batteries. There is no need to go higher in most cases. 13.4 is up to 99% SOC
  4. One might want to look up the charging profiles of a lithium battery. Because they have little internal resistance these batteries charge at very high rates until charged. This charging is very different than lead acid. If I were to even consider what you are thinking about I would NOT purchase the lithium addition for the converter. First it charges to 14.7v. None of the batteries you are looking at are rated for that voltage. Lithium batteries do not need to be charged 100%. 13.5 to 13.6v is a fully charged battery and unlike lead acid given time the battery will reach that voltage even if without a higher voltage charge.
  5. There is a note that seems pretty important in this case but this is your choice. I am only giving you my opinion. My experience with LifeP04 batteries makes me wonder why these charging parameters are offered on this converter but that is another story.
  6. That battery specs 20 amp charge rate and maximum voltage of 14.5v. My thoughts are if this battery is depleted to any significant degree the converter will provide up to 55 amps and try to charge to 14.7v.
  7. A good example as to why I wear an N95 mask. Some others won't be masked at all or improperly wear a mask or wear an ineffective mask or... An N95 mask provides excellent protection for the person wearing it and those around them.
  8. Most BMS's have a maximum amount of current that will pass in or out and typically act like a circuit breaker. If that current limit is exceeded the BMS will open the circuit. Over charging to an unsafe voltage is also limited with most BMS's but as long as the cells are balanced and the charger is set to the correct voltage the BMS will not restrict the charging as the battery will only charge to the chargers set voltage. One BMS 2 different functions. Another function of many BMS's is to maintain safe voltages, to high or to low in each cell. If these voltages are outside of the limits the BMS will also open the circuit.
  9. Lithium batteries are rated for the maximum charge amps. Typically .5c to 1c but it varies. A BMS will also likely restrict the amount of current allowed through it. Many times it will just open the circuit for charging or even stop all current in or out for a period of time if that value is exceeded.
  10. When we received our booster shots at the health dept. they required medical grade masks. Other masks including cloth masks were not acceptable. Some airlines are also requiring high quality masks such as N95 masks.
  11. We had to haul water for our house for a couple of years. We used a 425 gallon unbaffled tank in a 3/4 ton diesel. This was in the mountains. While I could feel the sloshing it wasn't severe or dangerous. Even with partial loads that PU was heavy enough to handle that much. I now have 2-100 gallon water tanks on our HDT. One is for fresh water and one is for waste water. Occasionally we also carry a couple of 50 gallon barrels to help our boondocking friends. Our car is a Subaru loaded length wise with the tanks on either side of the car. I can't detect the sloshing at all on the HDT.
  12. I have done what you describe and it seemed to work. I would think it is important to make sure the ring connectors are together with nothing between these. Steel or even stainless steel are not the best conductors.. Any connection is a potential problem or failure point so I would keep an eye on it. I would also test the connection for heat during the heaviest likely load. This type of connection is not likely to be a "recommended " procedure so I wouldn't expect it to be standard or an engineering practice. If you want to you could check for voltage loss through the connection with a volt meter. Bottom line is I think it will work.
  13. I have been an advocate of good masks for a long time. Had these quality masks been available and recommended I believe it would have saved lives. If one is going to go to the trouble and expense it only makes sense to wear a good mask. The one draw back to the better masks, at least for me is if I am doing something strenuous it is hard to catch my breath. Another slight irritant is these need to be worn tightly to eliminate leaks. In time this can be uncomfortable. In any case being vaccinated, wearing a quality mask and social distancing is about as good of protection one could have. With that protection I am relatively confident I can run to the store or whatever but we still don't eat out and avoid crowds.
  14. You are so right. The MC4 connectors are not as reliable as one would hope. This is on a temporary ground mount so I am just living with it but even though I fixed the one connector that failed there is another problem. 2 strings of 3 panels in series and one measures 8 amps the other 7 amps. Shorted each of the solar panels read about the same. 1 amp at 100v is quite a bit of difference
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