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Posted September 11, 2014 - 08:43 PM

I just started this project (14' X 14' Covered Pergola) for my Wife. The concrete has just been pored. Now she is wanting a ceiling fan for a breeze and some lighting. I can run a 150' extension cord, but would like to look into solar options. Lighting would be LED, and not sure what a ceiling fan would require. I see this used mostly in the evenings so Battery power / Invertor would be needed for at least 6 - 8 hours. Could a Harbor Freight 45 Watt unit work here?

What I am talking about can be found here http://gardentractor...ew-shop/page-35

 


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Posted September 11, 2014 - 11:07 PM

Solar power is a great alternative to being on the grid. Love the idea for after dark, but how are the bugs down there? If lights are used having the pergola fully screened in may be necessary--- just sayin'.


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 04:50 AM

    I love the idea od a solar setup!!!  I am looking into that for my sugar house.  look in to the new led lights, and maybe into a fan for a camper that would run on 12v dc.  I am going to use all camper stuff in my sugar house then just run 2 12v dc deep cycle battery's in tandem for the power source.  if you run a solar panel setup with an inverter, the inverter will suck up allot of power just to convert it to 110v.  Good luck and keep us posted, OH YEAH :wewantpics:


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 06:51 AM

Solar huh? Neat idea.
Here is an interresting fan. It's small, but maybe you don't need huge... Or can use two?
http://www.ebay.com/...T-/231274030978

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Posted September 12, 2014 - 07:29 AM

Solar power is a great alternative to being on the grid. Love the idea for after dark, but how are the bugs down there? If lights are used having the pergola fully screened in may be necessary--- just sayin'.

Yes the bugs can be a pain, I bought one of the industrial bug zappers and placed it in a tree in front of my shop so I could have the doors open on cool nights. It appears to help keep some of the bugs out, but the shop lights are rather bright. The bug zapper is cool to watch, and it will fill up with bugs in one evening and clog up and need emptied. It is supposed to keep the back yard clear of bugs. Please don't mention the "screen" or I will be doing that too! :)


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Posted September 13, 2014 - 10:05 AM

Here are some pictures of the foundation pour, Construction starts Monday, I am taking the day off from work just to take pictures.

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Posted September 15, 2014 - 06:06 PM

Ok, here are some pictures, they will be back tomorrow to finish it, If not I just scored two nice trailers.

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Posted September 15, 2014 - 09:20 PM

I really like building things my self, It brings a lot of satisfaction to a project, but for this it does take at least two able bodies due to the size of the lumber. 6X6, 4X4, and 2X6. I watched them struggle with notching the 6X6 and was thinking I probably could do that with my pole saw (they used a chain saw). I would have needed to use a couple pool ladders to build a scaffold, they had a real one. And I would have needed to buy a couple new tools (defiantly a missed opportunity). Over all I am good with the work, but ultimately this is the Wife’s project, and hopefully once it is done I can get back to finishing the “Man Cave” and start the search for a new LGT project.

 

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Posted September 15, 2014 - 10:02 PM

Ya know, if the pergola thing falls through, (or over) 14x14 would be just right for two GTs and a workbench.
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Posted September 16, 2014 - 05:34 AM

 

Ya know, if the pergola thing falls through, (or over) 14x14 would be just right for two GTs and a workbench.          

  I was thinking the same thing , lets see , paint shop or welding shop or machine shop or....................


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Posted September 16, 2014 - 06:03 AM

  I was thinking the same thing , lets see , paint shop or welding shop or machine shop or....................

Or just a nice covered area to work on the tractor without going in the shop!


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Posted September 16, 2014 - 02:34 PM

Finished product, We will be staining this our selves and She is furniture shopping, she also want's to add some roll up shades..

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Posted September 16, 2014 - 05:50 PM

Looks like an awesome tractor repair facility! Hope she enjoys it!



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Posted September 16, 2014 - 06:43 PM

HaHa, I ended up doing a break job on My Son's Miyata or what ever that car is called Monday. Had to break out the Pop-Up shelter. I have some plastic chairs that I asked her if I could put out there (Temporary) to move them out of my way....... I got the stare (with the twitching eye) and was told to put them on my shop patio if I needed them out of the way. Any use or design of that area is off limits to me. 


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Posted September 16, 2014 - 06:44 PM

HaHa, I ended up doing a break job on My Son's Miyata or what ever that car is called Monday. Had to break out the Pop-Up shelter. I have some plastic chairs that I asked her if I could put out there (Temporary) to move them out of my way....... I got the stare (with the twitching eye) and was told to put them on my shop patio if I needed them out of the way. Any use or design of that area is off limits to me. 

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