We're back in Ellesmere for the second time since my last post, we came in last weekend for a bit of shopping then went out to moor near the winding hole just a half mile away, then came back in again yesterday to meet Val and Johnny for the last time before we toddle off for the summer.
Sunny but cooler as we came into town yesterday.
We'll be here for a couple of days; we've been spoilt with all this fine warm weather so we're going to wait out the chilly, damp conditions that are forecast for today and tomorrow. They're even talking about snow!
We got away without damage through storms Dudley and Eunice (although we had a close call...), but Storm Franklin wasn't so considerate. We heard a bang on the roof during the high winds, I don't know what hit us but it was solid enough to shatter the glass on one of the smaller solar panels...
It was still generating electricity, but with the damage to the glass it would deteriorate quickly as dust got in the cracks.
And small splinters of glass were a danger too.
So I bought some two-part clear casting resin, mixed it up and flowed it over the surface.
Apart from a couple of small fish-eyes the whole surface is now sealed without any noticeable drop in performance.
You remember I installed a solar dump to warm the domestic water a little while ago? Well, the fine weather gave it a work-out, it worked fine - for an hour or so. Then there was a burning smell...
The cheap Ebay double fuse holder had melted on the load side, not blown the fuse, just melted the housing. So there must have been a high resistance in there somewhere. Now it's been replaced with a 30 amp screw-terminal midi fuse holder and a separate one for the 5 amp control side.
No chance of checking it out in anger for a few days though!
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