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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby working on it » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:56 pm

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Carl01234 wrote:35 degrees is an average summer day here. Do Canadiens melt?


Well, the 'feels like' is around 45c. so probably 70-80% humidity.. so sweating will not help. But yes, generally, I can't handle the heat - If given the choice between 45C and -45C i'd take -45c.

I took a trip to the badlands once.. it was 30c there, and it was the most awesome summer day i'd ever had, because there was no humidity.
  • I'm looking at the thermometer outside my office window (actually my dog-sitting room) at home, as I read this. It reads 101 degrees F (38.33 Celsius). I just came in after watering my wife's flowers, while she travels around in the northlands, and after an hour in the sun, I really wasn't uncomfortable. It's because the humidity is quite low for around here, at 32%.
  • Your statement about the low humidity in the Badlands made me think about one summer day in 1977, at the Petrified Forest in Arizona, where I hiked miles & miles for many hours in direct sun, and barely broke a sweat. It was 105 degrees, and <10% humidity, as I recall (can't remember what I ate two days ago, but I remember odd things from the past...the remnants of my once-photographic memory, I guess). I just now checked the weather at the Petrified Forest, via Google...it's 96 degrees and 5% humidity. Not bad at all.
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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby NorthEGPhoto » Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:39 am

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Carl01234 wrote:35 degrees is an average summer day here. Do Canadiens melt?


Well, the 'feels like' is around 45c. so probably 70-80% humidity.. so sweating will not help. But yes, generally, I can't handle the heat - If given the choice between 45C and -45C i'd take -45c.

I took a trip to the badlands once.. it was 30c there, and it was the most awesome summer day i'd ever had, because there was no humidity.
  • I'm looking at the thermometer outside my office window (actually my dog-sitting room) at home, as I read this. It reads 101 degrees F (38.33 Celsius). I just came in after watering my wife's flowers, while she travels around in the northlands, and after an hour in the sun, I really wasn't uncomfortable. It's because the humidity is quite low for around here, at 32%.
  • Your statement about the low humidity in the Badlands made me think about one summer day in 1977, at the Petrified Forest in Arizona, where I hiked miles & miles for many hours in direct sun, and barely broke a sweat. It was 105 degrees, and <10% humidity, as I recall (can't remember what I ate two days ago, but I remember odd things from the past...the remnants of my once-photographic memory, I guess). I just now checked the weather at the Petrified Forest, via Google...it's 96 degrees and 5% humidity. Not bad at all.


In general, it is rare to have heat in Ontario without accompanying crazy humidity. But, lots of lakes. Its hard to travel 50 miles without having to divert around one. But yeah, when it gets over 30% or so it starts feeling like you're walking around trying to push through a wall of hot jello. Starting to wonder if i should reconsider installing an A/C or at least a dehumidifier in the box of my trailer. I don't have much weight allowance, but maybe a small dehumidifier along with my fan would work. Or maybe if I use the dehumidifier I could use a swamp cooler inside the box.

I mostly camp in the off season anyhow, so it probably won't be a problem. Spring before the bugs, fall after the bugs and the leaves are nice. Though, the bugs this year are not so bad, last year if you went out unprotected they'd swarm you so thick you could barely see.
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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby NorthEGPhoto » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:24 am

Well, I survived. I think I probably drank enough water to fill lake Ontario, but I managed to get the DC wiring all hooked up, and generally cleaned up the mess inside. I'm not finished with it yet, during the process I ran into a few problems which I will need to fix. I've got a couple of bus bars on order to make wire management a little easier. I'll need to extend some wires as well. I did decide to not vent my battery box to the outside since the only time that might be a problem would be at night with the top all buttoned up - which will never happen, since I don't intend to die of carbon monoxide/dioxide (as with all homebuilt trailers, I imagine this may change at some future date). I have a simple 48 AH car battery in there, but I built the box big enough for 2 'golf cart' batteries, which I'm still looking for 'the price is right'. Found a place near home that rebuilds them for $80 a pop.. so that may be where I end up going. I'd really like to get them for $50, but I may be being too much of a skinflint.

I managed to install my 27" monitor on the center stack and wired up my switches and ceiling lights. It is nice and bright. I'm getting 40v during full sunlight to my MPPT charge controller and 19v during overcast, so charging isn't an issue. I can run all my lights and fan + monitor off of solar and still charge during full sunlight. For overcast, or at night, I've wired up the six ceiling lights in such a way that I can turn on the front left, right, or the back left or right to minimize battery usage.

I have DC outlets on my battery box which are not connected to the main 'battery disconnect' so they can be used indipendantly, they have their own switches (because those have annoying LED indicators I didn't notice when I bought them, which are always on)

Pictures to come in the next few days, I'm still collecting an converting all the footage. Heat wave is still going strong so getting home usually involves collapsing in front of the TV with a nice Cold one. :beer:
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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby NorthEGPhoto » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:44 am

As promised, here's the video.

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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby NorthEGPhoto » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:44 am

Thanks to having this Friday off, i'm heading up north again tonight. only got a couple days, but I have to get my 7 blade recepticle installed in my car as well as a few other goodies :twisted:

Thanks to prime day, I managed to pick up a dash cam as well as a Led Light bar (which hopefully won't be stolen.) My mattress has arrived up there already, so i'll be expanding that out and giving it a test drive if it isn't too stinky. gotta get the measurements from it as well.

If I have time I'll also be cleaning up the wiring a little. Grabbed a rivet-nut gun while I was at it, so that gives me a few more options for mounting things. pretty cool to be able to add threaded nuts to pretty much any thin material.
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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby NorthEGPhoto » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:29 am

Well, this past weekend I spent a bit of time doing some minor cleanup work. I received the mattress and did a test sleep after it had suitibly off-gassed. I thought I might be too heavy for the 6" milliard tri-fold but it is just right, at least when placed directly on the floor. now i'm thinking I need to get another one for home!
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I filled the section between the walls and the wheel-wells with flexible exterior grade acrylic caulk. supposedly it is shrink proof.. but, we'll see. I need to hit the underside again with rubberized rocker guard next time i'm up, the caulk should have had plenty of time to shrink if it will. I have another tube if that happens.
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I got the proper sized battery terminal connectors and cleaned up my battery box, enclosing the final side. I still have stray wires to clean up outside. I also tested and mounted my internal antenna and ATSC tuner box - of course, in a place you barely get signal with a 40ft tower I didn't get any channels as expected. i'm sure once I get to camping somewhere with better line-of-sight to a tower things will change. Don't expect to be spending anything but rainy days watching TV anyhow, except for maybe checking on the news if I'm going to be doing a bit of running around or maybe some news photography/videography.
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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby NorthEGPhoto » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:04 am

Well, we had up here in Canukistan what is known as a 'civic holiday' last weekend and I was able to go back up north.. but I didn't get a chance to check out the trailer at all.. We had a bit of a firewood bee, which was quite a task considering the heat wave we're going through. Lost a good 2lbs in sweat and blood, but now my parents have enough wood for 2 winters so all good. I also managed to get enough wood for the cabin I stay at while i'm up there, and hardwood this time so hopefully I can sleep through the night during the -40c nights instead of having to wake up every 2 hours to tend the fire or lose a toe.

I also did an oil change, and replaced the gear oil in both differentials of my subaru. A little ticked, since the dealer was supposed to check that during regular maintenance, and yet the check plugs have obviously never been removed. Guess my decision to stop going to the stealer for service was well founded. And the black sludge that came out of those cases reinforced that further. after a nice flush out with some clean oil, I filled it up with purple blood and now things are nice and smooth. my wallet is a bit lighter too, but not nearly as light as it would have been after another dealer visit.

I took a day to go explore around the mighty ottawa river on sunday, and visited the little known westmeath provincial park. it was about a 4km walk down to the shore, where a long yellow sandbar / oak savannah stretches pretty much as far as the eye can see. I took a few photos, but not really any i'm happy with. getting rusty! too much trailer building! I was a bit worried about getting sand in my gear as well. Probably worth a visit in the fall, or winter.. and preferably during the dawn or evening for better conditions.

My next job on the trailer is, again, re-coating the wheel wells with rocker guard on the underside, and building a sliding bed platform. I'm still not sure exactly how that will work.. though I know the measurements - i need to decide on the lumber. thinking 2x4s for the frame and 2X3s for the moving sections. I wanted to go lighter with 1X3s but I don't think they will handle my weight well when sitting since the weight won't be as distributed. Maybe some testing is in order. I think 2x3 slats might just be too heavy back there, but maybe in exchange I can use less...

maybe 2x3's with 4" gaps as opposed to 1x3's with 1" gaps... :thinking:
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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby Staryder61 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:25 pm

You're moving right along with the Wedge,, :applause: :applause: keep the updates coming..
Pictures and videos are awesome..
Wow, that was a lot of wood to cut..
As for the heat, keep hydrated.. we have reached a hotter summer this year than I remember in the past..
100 to 104 here with 80 to 90 percent humidity.. so makes it feel like 107 to 111 degrees.. this week had a cool front blow in and dropped the temps to 98-99.. :lol:
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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby NorthEGPhoto » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:56 am

Staryder61 wrote:You're moving right along with the Wedge,, :applause: :applause: keep the updates coming..
Pictures and videos are awesome..
Wow, that was a lot of wood to cut..
As for the heat, keep hydrated.. we have reached a hotter summer this year than I remember in the past..
100 to 104 here with 80 to 90 percent humidity.. so makes it feel like 107 to 111 degrees.. this week had a cool front blow in and dropped the temps to 98-99.. :lol:


Yeah we just had a cold front come through downtown toronto and flood a bunch of places, though it seemed to be fine by the time I had to go to work yesterday morning. Nice and cool at night, and warm during the day which is how I like it.

Though, really looking forward to fall. Favorite time of the year. Cool, but not cold, with the odd warm day, bugs are gone, and I don't have to stay up so late to watch the stars at night.
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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby NorthEGPhoto » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:26 pm

Well, I got some bad news on Thursday. I was told my position was no longer required. I've got 6 months pay continuation, to find a new job. So I guess, until that happens - there will be no more work on this trailer, as I need probably about $200 more lumber, and right now that is better saved for food!

I have savings of course, but I will not touch those unless I absolutely have to.
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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby Staryder61 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:35 pm

Sorry to hear about the job,, hopefully the job search will find you one quickly.. taking care of what needs to be done always comes first and the Wedge will get done at a later date.. Hang in there, and the best luck to you finding another job...
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Re: The Wedge (Name Subject to change!)

Postby NorthEGPhoto » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:32 pm

Haha, or at worst case I guess I might just live in it! LOL. i'm at the 'do i really want to work for someone anymore?'
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