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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:21 pm

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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:15 pm

Watching the weather on the news, it looks like it'll be a nasty week. Glad he got the roof on and I was wondering if he was able to block off the doorways. Brrrrrr...
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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:33 pm

I can't get the garage doors in until the ceiling goes in (as that's what the door tracks mount to!)

I might just block off the openings with construction plastic or something. It's really only a problem if it's snowing and the wind is blowing north, which it was a bit last night.

Here's what it looked like this morning.
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The worst I can say at this moment is that I'm back to Level 1 charging. My GE Wattstation doesn't like the combination of temporary 240V connection and bad weather. It gives me an error. Level 1 isn't so bad. I have a Volt charger I got from a friend (broken, which I then fixed) which can do higher current than the iMiEV charger was designed for, so I do get a little faster charge from it. Pre-heating doesn't work nearly so well from Level 1 as from Level 2, though!

You can see more current photos of the project at: http://300mpg.org/2016/12/10/bens-garag ... -the-roof/

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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:04 am

Actually you can install the doors anytime you like - You just can't open/close them

You install the tracks on either side of the opening, assemble the door sections and the overhead tracks go on last. To be able to open them, it would be a really simple matter to screw a 2 x 4 or two temporarily to the ceiling joists and put up the horizontal rails. It wouldn't take 10 minutes to take them back down when the time comes to install the ceiling

If it looks like you're going to have lousy weather for some time, I'd get it buttoned up so you can at least work inside with a heater

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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:48 pm

This photo brings up a question.... Which is more likely to get hit, Ben's white car in it's winter camouflage, or my black i driving around in perpetual twilight?
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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:46 pm

Insurance companies routinely rate WHITE cars as the safest overall. The thought is that the more light a car reflects, the more likely it is to be seen in overall conditions.

Black is TERRIBLE at night.

I think that the best color to be seen would be "safety colors" such as "Hunting Season Blaze Orange" or "Construction Worker Yellow/Green."

Believe it or not, RED is not a very visible color. It tends to be dark, rather than bright. Fire Trucks are usually RED more from tradition than from a safety point of view. We have one municipality in my area which has Day-glow Green trucks. You can really see them!

Overall, I think that having your LIGHTS on is very important. I really like how many cars have Daytime Running Lights. I'm still shocked at how many drivers there are out there that have gray or silver cars, drive on overcast rainy/snowy/cloudy days, sometimes after sunset or before sunrise, and DON'T have their lights on! For the love of safety, turn on your lights!

PS. I love the DRLs on the iMiEV, especially after an LED upgrade!

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Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:36 pm

Solar Panel Planning:

https://youtu.be/NEl2GNE3dvA

See also: http://300mpg.org

Time to trim the trees and the house(?)!

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