For the last seven months, part of our program has been charging and conserving the power of four Dewalt construction batteries. Charged offsite, these batteries were our sole source of power outside the sun itself. They powered everything from LED flashlights to screw guns, saws, drills and a radio (apparently they even power an espresso maker but sadly, we never found that mythical tool.)
In the mornings, flush with three bars per battery, light and music filled the space and the wealth of the new day was manifest by the clunky jumble of spare lithium blocks on the floor at the ready; pure potential. The boards came off the windows, daylight poured in and the flashlights illuminated the far reaches. As we wore through the day and the batteries pushing our massive rock up the hill, the beams of the flashlights gradually traded places with the waning sun as our critical light.
Blinking flashlights were the cue to wrap it up lest you find yourself boarding up the windows by hand in the dark. The radio was shut off. Sheer exhaustion synced with the dying batteries and we meted out every last joule with care.
Oh, but those days are over!! We have a box, and outlets! And extension cords, and power strips!! And work lights!! We strung those lights through the space like crepe streamers for a prom. The Dumpster Days were pivotal moments in this project, but this was the first major milestone.
We have power!