I have it up and running, finally!

Dr. Dickie

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I finally got my powerwall up and installed, with 120V AC going to my solar panel in the house. Was on solar power last night and right now.
A great BIG THANK YOU to all here who helped me, I really do not think I would have done it without the incredible knowledge given so freely and easily on this site.
Now (no rest for the weary) I have to start building the battery I am going to use to power a fan in the shed to keep the temps down in this coming summer.
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This was when I was setting up the Batrium through the USB cable, it is now on the WIFI and I can monitor it in my house. I have e wifi set up coming to be able to get the Midnite solar on Wifi was well.
 

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Yay! Looks good love the purple wall/shelf these are 160p? How many watts is your inverter?

Later floyd
 

Dr. Dickie

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Yay! Looks good love the purple wall/shelf these are 160p? How many watts is your inverter?

Later floyd
Yep. 160P of LG M26 cells. The inverter is just 3 Kw. Like an idiot, I was so focused on making sure my battery could last 3 days without solar input, I was narrow focused on just 120 V. So when I ran the 140' of AC line, I only buried 2 conductor wire. DOH, why didn't I just run a 3 conductor for split phase down the road.
Well, next year I am going dig that all up and run 3 conductor wire. That way when I sell the house, the new owner need only put in some batteries (or maybe I will install a nice LiFePO4 battery) and they can go.
 

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Why not put down a trench or pipe instead? And then later on you can expand it or add more wire without digging :)
 

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Yep. 160P of LG M26 cells. The inverter is just 3 Kw. Like an idiot, I was so focused on making sure my battery could last 3 days without solar input, I was narrow focused on just 120 V. So when I ran the 140' of AC line, I only buried 2 conductor wire. DOH, why didn't I just run a 3 conductor for split phase down the road.
Well, next year I am going dig that all up and run 3 conductor wire. That way when I sell the house, the new owner need only put in some batteries (or maybe I will install a nice LiFePO4 battery) and they can go.
I do stuff like this all the time.... its so hard to implement something that's all-new correctly the first time! And also willing to move ahead and redo/make it better. Refreshing to read that I'm not the only one :)
 

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Why not put down a trench or pipe instead? And then later on you can expand it or add more wire without digging :)
It is in conduit, but there is NO WAY you are pulling 130 ' of 6 AWG 2 or 3 conductor wire through that, especially at the 90o turns.
 

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If the conduit is large enough to handle 6 /3 romex or 3 6 AWG wires if so you can just dig up the 90º elbows and install junction boxes so you have straight pulls.
later floyd
 

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If the conduit is large enough to handle 6 /3 romex or 3 6 AWG wires if so you can just dig up the 90º elbows and install junction boxes so you have straight pulls.
later floyd
Yeah. but even so, one run would be about 30' the other about 100'. 30'? Maybe, but pushing it through 100'? No way. It is just 1" pvc conduit. Easier to dig up the old 1" conduit and put in new. That way I just have to push/pull it 10' at a time. I wasn't that hard.
 
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I had a 4*30mm2 alu solid core cable pulled through a 20meter of pipe.. The pipe was 1 mm larger :D Pushed it plus dragged it. 4 person and had to use alot of things to get tit rhgough.. Nightmare but doable. Didnt plan for that thick cable but thats what i got.

I always dig down thick pipes nowadays and never with sharp bends and with proper pull lines from start :D
 

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I had to run a pair of 4wire x 6awg cables thru a 2" pipe with a few 45deg elbows - the red line below. That's 8 x 6awg wires. Started off pulling - but the pull line came off the cables about 2/3 way thru. Pushed and pushed... no luck and could not pull it back!.
Finally dumped a entire bottle of "Wesson Oil" down the pipe - and somehow was able to finish the push. PHEW!!! It can be difficult to run wire in pipe :)

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