I went to Auckland (town) for a few days last week to organize things, things I cannot share at the moment with you. Anyway, the trip went well and I was able to finalize the things I had to do. It was strange driving in a straight line on the motorway, it was strange doing so with many cars around, it was strange realizing I had trouble keeping up with a minimum speed limit, it was strange to see kids hang out at night on the parking area of a mall, which was already closed for hours.
I’ve been back on the Barrier since a few days and was greatly looking forward to watching some movies, which I borrowed from a friend… However, heaps of rain and cloud cover meant that I couldn’t charge the batteries via solar polar. Hence, I started my home-made generator up, only to realize that the alternator was not functioning. I tried fixing it, well, hit it really hard with a hammer a few times, made sure it was getting enough power to start up, but it just didn’t want to produce any electricity.
The next day was just as bad weather-wise and I still had great hopes for a movie marathon. Hence, I located another alternator which I was given in the messed up shed and tried my best to install it. However, being well familiar with the fact that when things are tough (working in the rain, only little area to move around, getting dirty and trying to use a multimeter properly, which gives false readings in high humidity), it pays to use the brain, because what seems unpleasant now might become really difficult in a few moments.
Yupp, instead of trying to mount the alternator next to the engine, it was a good idea to test if it worked at all. It turned out that it had the same problem. I was starting to get furious, the multimeter was about to learn how to fly, my confidence was at a low point. Was I doing something wrong? Were both alternators actually fine?
On the third day, it was still raining too much, I gave it another try and concluded that the alternators were faulty. Later, it turned out that my gas califont (used to make hot water for the shower) didn’t work properly either. Not sure what the problem is, but when you are standing in the rain, in the middle of winter, all naked, and realize that the maximum water temperature is 37 deg. Celsius, you start feeling a bit pissed off.
Another thing that seems to be happening during this time of the year is that my mobile internet connection, well both the connection and the signal strength, are crappy.
The sun is shining today though, I made a stack of fire wood and will have a hot bath tonight, the batteries are topped up via the solar panel, and I will finally be able to watch a few movies on the laptop tonight.