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A Glimpse Into the Life of a Miner
If you’ve been following the journey of a hobbyist miner, you’ll find quite a repertoire of experiences, filled with continuous learning, trial, and error processes. A quintessential example is a particular unit which has caused a series of unprecedented issues, most notably creating indoor heatwaves that pushed the house’s temperature to nearly 90 degrees. This unexpected phenomenon even required the intervention of three AC repair guys to understand and resolve this issue.
Understanding The Heat Problem
This harrowing situation was due to a setup consisting of two powerful exhaust fans, renowned for their substantial 1600 CFM capacity, located in a window. These were responsible for sending stagnant, hot air out of the house during a scorching period that lasted two weeks with temperatures around 90 degrees in Pennsylvania.
The Cause and The Solution
Ironically, the issue escalated when hot air came in through two passive hoses on the opposite side of the room, which got sucked into the house and expelled on the other side. This situation created a vicious cycle that created excessive humidity in my basement and, worst of all, disrupted the AC system’s normal function throughout the house.
These arduous weeks of suffering 85 degrees indoor temperatures and series of visits by the AC repairmen, the only effective solution was to shut down all my mining rigs, remove the exhaust fan, after which the house temperature significantly dropped within 10 hours, and the AC was back to functioning as normal. Today, the basement is a comfortable 72 degrees and is cool enough for my regular work, plus it helps to regulate the heat coming from my mining rigs.
Basement Upgrade and Electrical Installations
Apart from dealing with heat problems, there’s been significant progress in improving the basement. For instance, countless Ethernet cables are affixed in every corner, which will eliminate the need for any switches in this room.
Electrical boxes have been installed in various parts of the basement; some are intended for the TV, while others will power up an upcoming refrigerator. This extensive wiring system allows for a seamless connection between the mining room and the rest of the house.
In the near future, the basement will feature a wall-mounted network rack powered by dedicated outlets right above it. Adding to this will be the installation of two powerful exhaust fans that will help ventilate the mining area.
The Continuous Journey of Progress
Although slower than desired, the progress made on this personal project is notable. The coming week will likely see the completion of all basement Ethernet cabling from the initial three to a necessary total of 40. This process involves deploying RJ45 keystones and a patch panel, plus adding a thousand feet of Cat6 to bolster the existing Cat6 setup.
Furthermore, I intend to attend to the HVAC issues and route electrical wires with the help of a professional electrician in the coming week. The grand plan includes a foam insulation board in the mining room and my office to be fitted on Friday.
The Miner’s Ongoing Venture
Despite encountering challenges, the adventure remains exciting, given the enormous learning opportunities and capacity to improve further. The major refurbishment achieved with regards to electrical installations, Ethernet connections, and ventilation shows tremendous progress in my mining operations.
The mining equipment has also seen better days, particularly after creating a recent video featuring the latest 1060s set up, with more room for expansion. However, I am also working on resolving issues with my 2080, but overall, the journey continues to be more thrilling by the day. Till the next update, I appreciate your company and interest in this project. Remember to subscribe and hit the thumbs up for more updates.