I feel a little lax about my typical entropy posts... don't worry stuff is still breaking and getting fixed (or not).
My inner nerd finally said no mas.... the variable solar driveway lamp behavior was making me nuts... Since the sun is not predicted to return until friday, the night light on time is briefer than before.
Not a great picture but too late, it is already out by my driveway charging one lamp with both solar cells (wired in parallel). Hot melt is holding the second cell on.
Up close the two cells look different. One has a greenish tint when you look at it from about a 30 degree angle, the other does not have an off angle color change.
I ordered some replacement lamps, only $3 each. I thought these two were from the same production run but clearly used different solar cells. They look like similar output voltage on the bench unloaded. I am optimistic that this will max out the charge from low sunlight today
More stories to come, I embraced some gordian knot solutions for nagging problems.. I'll report after they work, assuming they work.
Got less than 1" of rain overnight, but with the ground saturated all that rain water ends up flowing through my ditch... My far back culvert pipe is clogged with leaves... Small branches help trap leaves and slow/clog water flow. Even with my high water boots (almost up to my knee ) water was too deep to get close to the pipe... I got close enough from the sides to get some water moving.
I also had to clear the grille for a french drain I buried in my front yard a few years back because it was clogged with leaves and dry grass. Clear and draining now.
All the water flowing through my open trench is eroding it wider... I might have room to lay the pipes side by side...(I hope not) but possible in some places.
I like to blame my neighbors yard for the sand/silt, but I see some new silt coming from another ditch, so I am contributing plenty of silt/sand myself.
The more I do, the more I need to do....