Today was an absolutely gorgeous June day – bright, clear, low humidity, and warm. There was no way I was going to pass this day up for some kind of work around the house, so after a late breakfast we piled in the car and headed out for a hike.
It’s been five months since I completed my battery-powered insulin refrigerator, and I’ve discovered a design flaw that might require some rework soon.
When my daughter Ginger had her Type 1 diabetes onset last March, one of the first preps I put in place was getting a backup to our backup generator. Insulin is life, and the supply must be protected at all costs, and since insulin must be kept cold, refrigeration is crucial. I can’t allow any single points of failure in my insulin supply and delivery system, so we have multiple stashes of insulin in multiple fridges with multiple sources of […]
My refrigerator battery backup project is finally complete and in service. I’ll wrap up the last phase of the build and talk about the next steps – no point just staying at version 1.0, after all.
We continue with what is quickly turning into one of my favorite builds ever. Today we’ll tackle the electrical design and build.
In part 1 of this series, I covered the design goals for a refrigerator battery backup for our small insulin fridge. In this post, the build continues with more casework, some cable management, and getting ready to install the electrics.
November 29, wake-up temperature: 9°. I’m no stranger to working outdoors in the cold, but it takes a while to acclimate, and it usually doesn’t get this cold and snowy until well into January. Time for some long-neglected indoor projects.
I seem normal to me. Well, maybe “normal” is a little too strong a word. But I’m at least reasonable, I think. But apparently that’s not how the world sees me. Case in point: a couple of days ago, Mrs. P and I took our daughter for her first follow-up appointment with the endocrinologist after her onset of diabetes. As usual with doctor appointments, we talk about what we want to accomplish – questions we need answered, prescriptions we need […]
We’ve had a lot of power outages lately. Looking back at my generator run records – yep, I’m that guy – I can see we’ve had one outage a month for the last three months. Every time it’s that same dodgy cutout fuse that blows, and leaves us in the dark for three hours or so. I don’t consider that a good reliability record, so I’ve started the futile process of complaining about it. I called the power company, and […]
Since my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in March, I haven’t written that much about diabetes preparedness. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been prepping, of course, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts on food preps for the diabetic. As always, I’m not offering any medical advice here – I’m just telling you what I’m doing to get our pantry in order. It’s probably a good time to brush up on my disclaimer. For the uninitiated, Type […]