Archive for June, 2011

Help us win!

We are on a blog list to win something (not sure what exactly) on Just go there and fine traveling tek and click the vote button. Seems other people have us beat. The Ticnors are just cooler then us. So maybe we can grab second. 🙂

Visiting friends

After our round of jobs was done, we headed over to our friend Mikes house. Him and his wife have always been so hospititable. We enjoyed hanging out. We went and saw the biodiesel plant where Mike works. They recycle used cooking oil into usable diesel fuel. Pretty darn cool. The plant is almost totally carbon free too. It's powered by a windmill and uses fuel cells that will soon run on the left over from making the bio. Now that's pretty ingenius.

We even helped to clear up some of the "back 40" that was over grown. Turned out pretty nice. Even got some siding up on the old goat shed. 🙂 Thanks guys. We had fun.

Abbott Farms

Stayed at Abbott Farms to be close to a couple jobs. It was pretty cool. There wasn't really anyone else there and no one with kids, so they sort of gave us free reign. We were allowed to play in the play house that was reserved for grandchildren. They pumped up the bounce house for us, but it was too windy and they had to let it back down. The wind was ridiculous. We thought we might blow away. We chatted with Mrs. Abbott for some time and had a grand time. We bought some fresh beef and homemade jellies and such from their store. The hamburger was soooooo good! They are great folks and definitely high on our list of places to visit.

Fun sound level stuff.

I was concerned about running my generator at the farm we are parked at for fear it would be too loud (I am running a Champion 3500/4000 generator). So I did a bit of research. I have heard people swear by how quiet the Honda generators are, but I wasn't convinced that was worth nearly 3 times more money.

Just for comparison.

Near total silence - 0 dB
A whisper - 15 dB
Champion 2000 Inverter generator - 53dB
Honda eU2000i - 53 dB to 59 db
Normal conversation - 60 dB
Honda EU3000i - 57 dB to 65 dB
Champion 3500/4000 Generator - 68 dB
Inside a car - 70 dB
A lawnmower - 90 dB
Diesel truck (30 ft) - 100 dB
A car horn - 110 dB
A rock concert or a jet engine - 120 dB
A gunshot or firecracker - 140 dB

So, I can run my big champion and not really affect people. I probably wouldn't run it at night as a courtesy, but it's no louder then driving down the road. Right now I am running it and I can barely hear it over my air conditioner. The people in the house where I am boon docking said they can't even hear it all (approx 100ft away).