House should start Obamacare refinement by voting on “Across state lines”!

We all remember the 50,000 page Obamacare bill that nobody read. We all remember how Nancy Pelosi said, ” lets pass it so we can see what is inside!”

Of course, now that Republicans control the house, they want to make massive changes that will increase policy costs by 20% in the short term for most, and increase policy costs on low-income 50-year-olds by 750%. hence, the competition conjecture is simply foolery.

The first thing that the Republican house should do is vote on across state lines health care policies. Lets see how that goes first. Next, we can look at eliminating the Obamacare capital gains tax, and device tax.

Lastly, republicans should roll back residential capital gains to 15% like it was before Barack Obama.

Americans are not interested in a 50,000-page health care bill that increases healthcare costs by 15% to 20% in the short term and eliminates subsidies for 50-year-old men with diabetes.  As it is Trump care or Ryancare or whatever the hell it is called is an attack on older Americans.

In the first breath, Trump surges in Syria, and asks for the biggest increase in military spending in history. In his next breath, he wants to further devastate the healthcare system and drive costs up 20%.

At this juncture, Trump and Ryan are making Republicans look sickening.


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Everyone hates the House Republican healthcare plan.

Per the Congressional Budget Office, Ryancare will increase healthcare policy costs by 15% to 20% right off the bat. In addition, lower-income 50 and 60-year-olds will see their premiums skyrocket and then have to foot the entire bill given that the proposed tax credits would be simply worthless.

At this juncture, the House Republicans that support Ryan’s bullshit healthcare plan must be voted out of office in 2018.  This Obamacare replacement bill is both costly and coldly inhuman.  Allowing insurance companies to increase policy costs on a 50 year by 5 times that of a younger person is garbage legislation.

If the republican house was smart, they would pass only the “across state lines” aspect of the bill, and then take a wait and see position.

One week, Republicans ask for a 55 billion increase in the military budget and in the next breath seek to grow healthcare costs by 15% a year.





Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval mobilizes Nevada Guard to help Lemon Valley

Nevada Governor mobilizes Nevada Guard to help Lemon Valley.

Mother nature has a way of changing her mind. After years of drought and lower than normal snowpacks, the Sierra Nevada mountains are packed full of snow. In addition, the foothills of Nevada have endured massive rainfalls and wild temperature changes as well. The massive onslaught of water is wreaking havoc on Nevada communities as the Truckee river and other Carson plain rivers overflow.  Even Walker lake is seeing close to 1000 cubic feet of water per second via the Walker river.  Something that has not occurred for several years. In just a few more weeks and Walker lake will have risen  2 feet in depth. This is before the massive Sierra snowpack melts in the spring.

Lemon Valley has born the brunt of mother nature’s wrath. The community is located on what used to be a dry lake bed during the days when the Great Basin was full of water. The terrain gently slopes toward I-80 and is full of dry lake bed depressions, washes and natural drainage areas. Before Lemon Valley was developed for housing etc., rainfall would coalesce at the low points and dry lake areas.  Today, road infrastructure and housing developments have blocked normal avenues of water runoff, hence, water collects in areas that are framed with road infrastructure and development. Washoe county did not plan or incorporate an appropriate level of drainage infrastructure, so,  they have a massive manmade mess on their hands.

Ultimately, the lemon valley will have to incorporate a drainage system with pumping stations. Consideration might be given to digging up White lake, and turning it into a drainage collection lake stocked with trout.   Of course, all the alkali soil would have to be removed and the lake bed lined with new soil. Just a thought.

Anyways, while Donald Trump remains lackadaisical as it relates to Federal disaster funds for lemon Valley, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has mobilized the Nevada Guard to the aid of Lemon Valley.   He is anticipating the next round of flooding when spring temps rise and the massive Sierra snowpack begins to melt in earnest. Not only will Lemon Valley flood more, all the communities along the river areas will see flooding once again. It seems that the Nevada Guard has it’s work cut out for them and will be on copious manning days for the duration.

Consideration might be given to asking up other guard units in the country that operate heavy equipment if they want to engage in training opportunities. It is simply a matter of active duty orders and attachment. 

I need you to contact the head of the Nevada Guard and instruct him to contact other Guard units or the Guard Bureau for heavy equipment operators. Then I need you to round up heavy equipment from the counties. At least fill the billeting at Stead with Guard bums willing to work. The money will come out of the National Guard fund and industrial fund, I believe.


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Governors across the country do not like the current House Obamacare replacement bill

The House and Executive are doing a robust sell job on the Obamacare replacement bill. The only problem? They are not asking the 50 state governors their opinion on what needs to be done.

States like Nevada have a massive labor force of people that work for basically entry level wages. Nevada’s casinos are full of workers that are on a service based wage structures. These service-based economy wage earning individuals clean the hotel rooms, cook the food and drive the trucks and vans that provide the massive logistical requirements that keep Las Vegas alive.

Places in rural Nevada also have low wage earning economies of scale. Without subsidies, they will go on Medicaid because they have just enough money for a roof over their heads, transportation to work, and food for the kids. This is the reality.

When the average household income across the nation is approximate $44,000 to $50,000  a year, families cannot afford health care policies costs that eclipse $1000 or even $1500 a month. Most families would rather pay the mortgage so they have a place to live instead. Subsidies allowed large Nevada families to stay off of Medicaid and provide health care for their families. When a family has tax deductions for a mortgage and several children, tax credits are meaningless. In fact, the current healthcare policy cost construct will soon consume %50 to 75% of a family’s yearly take home pay.

When Obamacare was passed, Nevada added over to 600,000 individuals to Medicaid.  Without subsidies, Nevada’s Medicaid roles will expand even further. People who make only enough to stay off Medicaid will simply make less and use Medicaid. In reality, it is only a matter of a few thousand dollars off one’s modified adjusted gross income.  If Nevada then has 1 million people on Medicaid at $5000 a year average cost per individual, the yearly Nevada State Medicaid bill hits  $5,000,000,000.

There has to be a balance between Medicaid and total private sector healthcare.  Medicaid could be expanded to include pre -existing conditions. In addition, Medicaid enrollees would be charged a monthly premium based on a needs assessment and income levels. Private sector healthcare would go back to pre-Obamacare cost levels and coverage with the addition of a subsidy for pre-existing conditions. The Federal government would basically double insure private sector pre-existing conditions. Then most people could afford the healthcare cost and have more money to fuel the economy.

The first order of business is for the House and Executive to go back to the drawing board and ask the country’s governors what they think.

As I recall, Newt Gingrich had some really good ideas about Healthcare on 2012.  I think he should chair a national Governor’s symposium on the restructuring of Obamacare. As it is, Donald Trump seems to not be able to delegate authority to those that actually have a knowledge base about Medicaid and its delivery at the state levels.  In fact, US Congressmen are not authorities on State run healthcare and Donald trump seems to be defaulting and not leading on the healthcare issue. .


Written by:  Stephan Andrew Twain Brodhead




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President Trump needs to look into Lemon Valley flooding in Nevada

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval should pick up the phone and ask president Trump to suspend EPA  regulations via executive order and have him direct FEMA pumping assets to Nevada. Pump Lemon Valley water using 12 inch  PVC flex discharge hose miles away on BLM land.  Lemon Valley would be dry in days. 

Nevada’s lemon Valley is basically a product of bad county planning, a high water table,  soil that will not absorb water, and absence of a porous aquifer system.

Farmers across America understand the problems associated with high clay content soils in low-lying areas. Many times a remedy is to skim off the top soil and clay layer and replace with new topsoil. In addition, drain rock and perforated drain pipe can be installed that directs water to other areas of a property. When that fails, most farmers will buy a huge electric or diesel powered sump pump with inexpensive plastic flex drain hose. He or she will then simply pump water away.

Soil can also be treated with acid that perforates the soil and allows water to be absorbed.

Lemon valley requires massive infrastructure to include sump pump drain rock systems on individual properties and a drain system in the streets that can be pumped to a different area like White lake etc.  Inevitably, however, lemon Valley will need a massive sump pumping station and piping infrastructure that removes the water as it collects.

In the meantime, the county of Washoe needs Federal assistance. Funds could go to buying a massive array of sump pumps and inexpensive drain hose that can be directed to the closest Reno City drain system, or treatment plant etc.

Ultimately, a holding lake will have to be created.

I wonder if the Stead Air Base drainage system could be hooked into?

Rudy could run the flex hose along the road to the north of Stead. Stead is already a massive superfund site because of all the aircraft solvents used and fuel spills etc. diffusing a little water onto the property would do nothing to harm the ecosystem that hasn’t already been perpetrated by the Federal parasite.

Even a 5 horse gas powered Northern Tool sump pump for $169 would drain a massive area in hours.  Find the lowest spot and dig up the street. Dig a hole and install a  5000-gallon  plastic septic tank and diesel sump pump.

FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineering have access to a massive trove of pumping equipment and trucks etc. The first order of business is to acquire several miles of flex drain hose and dozens of diesel powered water pumping units and water tanker trucks that can transport the water to other BLM land areas for dumping. Simply suspend EPA rules via executive order and do it.  The longer you wait for the more possibility for cross contamination from residential septic systems. 


Lemon Valley is a conglomeration of inept county planning, stifling EPA rules, inept bureaucrats, lack of funds, and basically people that cannot think or act out of the box. Yall just kind of stupid on these matters. Just ask a farmer.

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Bill 635 of 812,

Tax credits for Nevada Guardsmen on Tricare Retired Reserves

In previous years, retired Guard and Reserves were not entitled to Tricare. Retired active duty received Tricare for a couple hundred bucks a year for life for the most part. The legislation was then passed that a retired Guard or Reservist could pay for Tricare. The only caveat is that the cost of the healthcare plan for a retiree and his or her spouse was about $1000 per month. Again, active duty retirees get Tricare for about $300 to $400 a year and the same coverage costs $12,000 a year. Nevada Guardsmen and Reservists pay  30 times the cost  that active duty pays for Tricare.

Many Nevada guardsmen have retirement point summaries that equate to 75% of active duty performed. meaning, they have performed 15 years of active duty while a Guard or reservist. Even then, Tricare is not prorated to a Guard or Reservists point summary. This is unfair given that many Nevada patriots have been serving during the “High Ops tempo” since Desert Storm.

Obamacare gave subsidies for healthcare premiums, however, there were no subsidies for Tricare. A pre-Obama State-provided healthcare program became the alternative for many retired Guardsmen that could not afford Tricare. Obamacare would drive the cost of entry level healthcare policies through the roof. Policies that used to cost less than $300 a month in Washington state with dental and vision, grew to $800 a month with no dental and no vision. To mask the high cost of Obamacare, subsidies were given to those with low incomes. If the income was too low, they were put on Medicaid. Then when one on a fixed income sold their house, the entire premium came due during tax filing. So, that crappy Obamacare policy that costs $300 a month with subsidies would then cost $800 a month. The entire cost would then be pulled from an IRS tax return.

The House proposal for tax credits as they relate to the American Health Care Act will work for those that make higher incomes and need a tax deduction. When someone sells a house and has a capital gain,  tax credits will offset the cost of a health care policy. For many retired Nevada Guardsman, the loss of subsidies will drive them into Medicaid or the VA system because they have given their working lives to serving in the Nevada Gaurd. The VA will not cover spouses, hence, the spouse of a Nevada Guardsman will be forced into Medicaid. This is outrageous and a slap in the face for the Nevada patriot who protects the people of the Battle-born state. Tricare tax credits would allow the family of a Guardsman to all be on the same high-quality health care policy. Tax credits for TricareRetired Reserves is the least we can do for Nevada patriots that put  themselves selflessly in harm’s way and donate countless weekends and time to the defense of the nation and the betterment of our lives here in Nevada.

The House should add tax credits for Tricare as well. This would allow Nevada’s retired Guardsmen to afford Tricare. Senator Heller, please look into this, and add an amendment that mandates tax credit for Tricare retired Reserves to the bill presented by the House.

I have not fully reviewed the lengthy American Health Care Act. I think that is your job.

While you all may think me obtuse and unworthy, I try to enhance your knowledge base when I can. Find someone else with my level of Brod knowledge. Now if you will excuse me, I have to go to Lowes and get a toilet seat for the ADA compliant  bathroom.


Written by:

Stephan Andrew Twain Brodhead

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Colonel Daniel Brodhead to Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman, 30 December 1777

Colonel Daniel Brodhead to Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman

Quarters [Valley Forge] Decr 30th 1777

At the Request of his Excellency the Commander in chief I take the Liberty of addressing you with a few Remarks, which have occured to me, relative to the Minutiæ of our Army: and some which in my Opinion may, by able Hands be improved, into Usefull Regulations.

I have had the Mortification to see that the different Staff Departments, have been for the greater part filled, with Men of low Ideas & indifferent Characters, owing perhaps to a Resolve of Congress which Declares, that, no Person in our Army should hold two Commissions1—This Resolve, altho I do not understand that, a Staff Officer at present holds a Commission, seems to have prevented Commissioned Officers being appointed into the Staff Department; which I conceive to be injurious to the Service; For were those Departments filled with Officers from the Line, they would not suffer themselves to be insulted in doing their Duty, as too many of the Officers in those Departments at present do, and their Honour would urge them to every exertion, in the way of their Duty: And upon this Plan, I am clear, that one half the Officers now employed in the Staff Departments, wou⟨ld⟩ be quite sufficient, for the Duty required of them. At present it is too obvious to escape the attention of a discerning Eye, that too many being employed for nearly the same Duty, their reliance on each other, and not being made of sufficient Consequence, occasions the greatest Supineness, Negligence & disorder.

I think it was also Resolved in Congress, that where Rations of Forage were not drawn for Horses, no back Rations should be paid for2—This appears to me very unreasonable, with equal Justice might they refuse Paying back Rations for Men, when their Commissaries neglected to Furnish them—This Resolve has in my opinion been Productive of very great Evil in our Army, I will not undertake to say that the Commissaries of Forage have been the more negligent on this Acct. But whether they have or not I believe it will not be denyed that the Inhabitants have been great suffere⟨rs⟩ in having Forage taken from them, without receiving the least satisfaction for it—I am persuaded this wa⟨s⟩ the case for this Reason. Officers could not, out of their Pay, afford to pay the Prices demanded for Forage, unless some equivalent was allowed for the unsupplied Rations; and yet their Horses must be fed or rendered unfit for Service; besides this the Rations allowed for Horses are by no means sufficient at this season of the Year unless the Horses are well Sheltered from the inclemency of the Weather.

I am informed that great waste is suffered of that valuable Article Hides, but as I am not well informed, shall say nothing more than that it might not be amiss for the Commissary of Hides, to be ordered to settle with the Commissary Genl of Purchases and see whether he has done his Duty.

I conceive that if proper Persons were appointed to gather the dirty Tallow of the Beef Cattle slaughtered for our Army, which at present is carelessly thrown away, & of the Ashes which might be collected from the Hutts, and furnished with large Kettles for Boiling Soft Soap, that the noncommissioned Officers & Privates of the whole Army might, soon be supplied with a sufficient Quantity to wash their Linnen, and a great quantity of Salt which must be used, for making Hard Soap saved to the United States. And if proper persons were appointed to Boil out the oil which the feet of the Cattle would produce, that a sufficient Quantity might be procured for Oiling the Arms, Accoutrements & Harness belonging to this Army.3

No Cause being greater or better than the Cause of America, her Officers ought to be put on as respectable a footing as any in the World—A Value ought to be set on their Commissions and their Commissions made transferable, the only mode to retain Gentlemen in the Army, and induce others to enter the Service—All Officers ought to receive half Pay during Life and be liable to be called into Actual Service when required. And where an Officer falls in the Service, his widow if he leaves one, ought to receive half pay during the Term of her Natural Life, And the Male Children of the Officers, ought to be Educated & brought up, at the Expence of the United States, according to the Rank & Merit of their Fathers, and they should be subject to be called into the Service in a suitable manner, as soon as they arrived to a proper Age.4

Noncommissioned Officers have not Sufficient respect shewn them, and their Authority over the Privates is not supported as it ought to be—Their Cloathing ought to be far Superiour in Quality to the Privates, and should have sufficient to enable them always, to appear clean before the Men. And as they are the active Officers, they ought, (especially the deserving among them) to be Carest. All Officers sent on Publick Business, ought to be allowed Forage for their Horses, & reasonable Expences.

It ought to be at the option of the Officers, either to draw Money for their retained Rations, or draw them in Bulk.

A Grand Sutler ought in my opinion to be appointed to each Division of the Army, & furnished with Liquor for the Officers at a reasonable rate, and the Officers to be allowed to draw, as many Jills of Spirits as they are entitled to Rations, but the Returns for Spirits ought to be made for all the Officers of the Regt at one Time, & signed by the Commanding officer of the Regt, & divided between the Messes by the Qr Master Sergeant, This Sutler should not be allowed to take any Profit on the Liquor, but be allowed Wages for his Trouble.

The Cloathing of the Army being generally too small, I apprehend it would be best to have the Patterns cut larger, and leave it to the Regimental Taylors (of whom there is commonly a sufficient number) to fit the Cloathing to the Men.

Colonels of Regiments, ought to be permitted to employ Agents, at such Towns or Places as they might Judge Proper, to Provide Cloathing for their own Regiments, especially as it appears that the Cloathier Genl & his Deputies fall greatly Short of Supplying the Army: and that Department, on the present Plan, has too great a Monopoly of Publick Contract for a few individuals, daily complained of, to Retain.

Regimental Paymasters paying individually the Privates of their Regts, I apprehend to be wrong. For at the same time that it saves the Captain’s some Trouble, it renders the Soldier too independent of his Officer, and puts it out of the Officers Power, without risk, to assist their Men with Money; altho they may be distrest for want of a small Sum, which is often the case in the Absence of the Regimental Paymasters; whereas if the Pay of the Companies was put into the Captns Hands, they being the best Judges of the immediate Wants of their Men, could have the Monies laid out by the Consent of the Men, to their Advantage. And all the Casualty Monies remaining in the Captains Hands, after Paying their Companies, should be put into the Colonels Hands as a purse for the contingent Expences of the Regt, for the due expenditure of which, the Coll should render a fair account to his Brigadier, every six Months.

The sick in Regiments are by no means Provided for, as they ought to be; and the Trifle of small Comforts provided for the Men, it is said, are commonly used by the Surgeons, to the great injury of the Sick: Each Regt ought to be furnished with a Hutt in Winter, and a large Hospital Tent in Summer, and no more of the Sick sent to Hospitals than cannot be avoided, as their Distance from the Regiments, affords great oppertunity for unnecessary absence from Camp, & finally Desertion.

The Division or Brigade Quarter Masters ought, to take great care, that the Horses assigned their Divisions or Brigades, have proper care taken of them, by the Waggon Masters & Drivers; they being most essential to the necessary movement(s) of an Army, and at Present so much neglected & Abused, even when Forage is provided by the Forage Master, that I will venture to say, it is not now in our Power, to advance or retreat with our Baggage & artillery.

Notwithstanding the Genl Orders issued again⟨st⟩ Officers keeping Horses, in or near the Camp, who are not entitled to Forage, too little regard has been paid to those Orders, by many Corps, and much of the Officers attention is taken up in providing for them, besides which it affords means for many to be absent from Camp, to the great neglect of Duty.5

I conceive that the different Articles proper to be brought to Market at Camp, ought to have stated Prices, and such of the Farmers as should refuse complying with the Terms, ought to be treated as Enemies—Nothing should be taken from the Farmer, but what considering his Circumstances, he could Spare without distressing him, except in Cases of the most Absolute necessity—All marauding should be severely Punisht, and where officers who have gone through the Country with their Horses, & under pretence of paying the Inhabitants for the Forage fed their Horses, have procured such Forage, and afterwards refused pay and given recipts, unless they are well entitled so to do, they ought to be made examples of.

As to the filling the Regiments, it appears to me, that no mode can be adapted, that will so speedily & effectually do it, as the drafting the Militia in the different States, and the sooner this can be done, the better, as it will require some time to discipline them, And if it was recommended by Congress, to the different States, that the Legislature of each state, pass a Law for that purpose: I have not the least doubt but it would be readily complied with, and I am further ⟨of⟩ Opinion, that all singlemen should be first drafted And that Non associators should also be enrolled & drafted for Waggoners, Artificers, Hospital waiters, Pioneers, Butchers, &c. instead of Soldiers, which would add greatly to the Number of our Fighting Men.

I have wrote to Genl Green my Sentiments, on sundry Matters relative to our Army: I wrote to him because I understood he was to collect the Sentiments of the Genl Officers, & officers commanding Brigades, relative to Rank, Arrangement, Regulations, &c. which I doubt not his Excelly has seen.

I shall be happy if any thing I have offered may be of Service to my Country, as it is that I wish to serve, with the greatest disinterestedness. Sir I have the Honour to be, with Sentiments of Regard & Esteem, your obedt Humble Servt

Daniel Brodhead



CC Senator Dean Heller

The Federal Leviathan parasite is packed full of overzealous employees. Employees that are easily manipulated into overzealous behavior that violates our fundamental rights. George Bush perpetuated the rise of the surveillance state with the Patriot act. Everyone was subject to bulk data collection in the name of national security. The normal court and judicial system was replaced with secret FISA courts that could order expanded surveillance on an individual without any consideration of our Bill of Rights.

Per Newt Gingrich, 95% of all Federal employee donations went to the Democratic party in 2016.

President Trump stated that Barack Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower. This could be true.

Hillary Clinton blamed hacking on the Russians and downplayed the role of Wikileaks. She even went so far as suggesting the drone striking of Julian Assange. The FISA court used Donald Trump’s commercial association with Russia to warrant expanded surveillance of his campaign. Some are saying the request came from the Obama administration, hence, the surveillance agenda fell upon party lines. All the while, Hillary Clinton ran media interference by blaming the Russians and fixating on the Trump/Putin relationship. This suggests that Hillary Clinton, the DNC,  Barack Obama and several departments in the Federal government were colluding in a massive propaganda and surveillance scheme. If this is true, Obamagate dwarfs Watergate and indicates a Stalinesque level of illegal activity along party lines.  This is a total affront to ‘We the people,” the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

Obama used the tactics of division and isolation throughout his presidency. He doubled down on all things Bush save pro-life and the sanctity of marriage. What we received from the one-time anti-war candidate was a closet neo-con and the expansion of the Welfare-Warfare-Surveillance state. It was a republican that first absconded our Bill of Rights and called it the act of a patriot. However, it would be a democrat president that used the secret FISA courts to direct surveillance measures on a presidential candidate along party lines.  The Patriot Act has legalized partisan surveillance. It won’t be long before overzealous partisan hack Federal parasite employees expand the agenda to include the surveillance of State and local candidates,  school teachers, principals, police officers, and every citizen.

Americans saw the division in 2016 and throughout Obama’s presidency. We saw how liberals rioted, burned cars and beat up American citizens that voted for Trump. We are now seeing uprisings that seem to parallel Munich in the 1920s.  We are also seeing the Federal parasite turning to Gestapo-like measures. In fact, Obama seems to have turned the federal parasite into an organization in the mold of the KGB.

It is time to restore the 4th amendment. It is clear that the employees at the Federal parasite cannot be trusted.

We have nothing to worry about as it relates to Donald trump. The real threat to our Bill of Rights and the American dream is the Federal parasite.

Obama’s surveillance of  Donald Trump was not the act of a patriot, it was the act of tyranny. Those involved must be exposed and removed from positions of authority. “We the people”  have to cut this cancer of surveillance tyranny out of our government before it becomes accepted the behavior. The U.S. Constitution and the Bill or Rights cannot be altered by those that would abuse power, therefore, We the people must insist that the FISA courts are limited to foreign surveillance and not politicians and citizens. The Patriot Act has failed us, and has let the worst in Federal parasite behavior out of the bag.

It seems the only US Senator with the balls to ask for a senate inquiry on this matter is Lyndsey Graham.

Senator Heller, I need you to look into this matter…

Written by: Stephan Andrew Twain Brodhead


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Planning my residential solar power system for Boulder County , Colorado property

When an American manufacturer can build a 320-watt panel and sell it for $144.00, the solar paradigm shift has arrived.  The wonderful thing about buying housing low and selling high is that one has money leftover to plan and build a low-cost solar power system for the home one lives in.

While Elon Musk is touting a solar roof that costs huge money, smart solar engineers look at Ebay for the solar panel deals. In addition, I just had our roof replaced with some architectural roofing that will last 30 years, so adding 10 each 320-watt solar panels to the roof is appropriate. The solar panels and roof will outlast the human.

Anyways, on my trip to Colorado to do a major remodel, I will stop in and buy some panels at Solar BLVD. in Corona, California. The cost will be less than $1600 for 3200 watts. While I am there, I will interrogate them on their choice for a grid tie inverter, and battery charging system. I will also pick up an aluminum based roof racking system. My choice of batteries is simply Costco or Sams club 6-volt golf cart batteries at $100 a pop. An 8 or 12 battery bank is more than adequate to run today’s LED lighting. a 600-watt microwave, and a natural gas furnace fan.

3200 watts will power a 24,000 BTU ductless mini split and heat and cool a 1500 sqft house. This will eliminate the need for complete dependence on the electrical grid and natural gas.  The mini split runs during the day and the natural gas furnace comes on at night if it is even required.

One method of heat banking that I am looking into is a “heat banking room”  that is heated to 95 degrees during the day and then ducted back into the living quarters at night. The room would have R-60 walls. no windows, and heat retaining materials within it. It would be large enough to offset heat losses during the night. Once the house temperature hits 55 degrees, the furnace would kick on and then operate until the sun comes out and charges up the solar panels.

A second mini split or thermal panel could be used to heat a boiler system with several 80-gallon  storage water heaters less heating elements. The water heaters would be wrapped in insulation and insulating foam board.  At night the retained water heat could be pumped into a  heat exchanger in the center of the house that is equal to the heat loss survey results.

Anyways, I have to finish up the barber shop and get it rented next week.

Glory and status are fleeting when it is a product of the media or a bureaucracy.  Real estate and cash flow seem to be a better method. 

Written by: Stephan Andrew Twain Brodhead

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