Yesterday, we ordered a Husky (Homelite) 5000W generator. I figured that this was plenty big to power my compressor for the roofing and all of my powertools. After we're settled in, we can use it to supplement the solar panels and turbines during heavy loads and bad power generation days.
Today, we ordered the next component for our running water.
It's a 250 gallon "food grade" plastic water tank. The beauty of it is that it's 62"L x 29"W x 42"H so it should be able to squeeze down the steps and through the door into the basement. I'll have to add a fitting in the top for the line from the windmill pump but this shouldn't be too much of an issue. Until we get the windmill up, we'll end up hauling water in to fill it. It's going to be a pain but we'll just have to look at it as one baby step of many. It sure beats the bucket in the bathroom!
So we had some drama this morning with *J*. The Stairclimber batteries died halfway up the second flight of stairs from his bedroom to the main floor. I ended up having to back down to the landing and dismantle the climber and bring it up in two pieces. I then had to lug *J* up the stairs, followed by his wheelchair. These were the original batteries that we bought with the climber and I have no real idea of how old they are. I was almost afraid to see what the replacement cost was going to be but surprisingly they were a common 12V industrial battery. A 20 minute trip to the battery store and $60 later and we were back in business! I'm sure glad this didn't happen on my DW's watch. It would have been a disaster.