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Umukuri Startup & Shutdown Procedure

In cases of ambiguity please refer to the comprehensive Policies and Procedures from which the following steps were compiled.

Startup Procedure

Energy System Startup

  1. The Inverter always remains powered ON. If it isn't powered on when you arrive flick the power switch at the right-hand underside to the ON position.
  2. Ensure all of the ORANGE switches on the Container Switchboard are in the UP (on) position.
  3. Check the Battery Monitor is reporting a State of Charge (SoC) of at least 80%.
  4. On the Container Switchboard ensure the BLACK switch at the bottom right is in the UP position, connecting the energy system to household consumption in the Bach and the Lodge.
  5. Check to ensure the gauge on the Container Switchboard maintains a steady 230 Volts.
  6. On the Bach Switchboard in the toilet flick the MAIN ISOLATION SWITCH at the left to the UP position to connect the Bach to the energy system.
  7. Keep an eye on the Display Panel in the kitchen throughout your stay, to ensure the Battery State of Charge (SoC) always remains above the 70% minimum threshold in accordance with the Umukuri Energy Policy.
  8. On the first of September and the first of May each year settings 26 & 27 must be altered on the Inverter and the Battery Monitor must be synchronised. Please refer to the Energy System Season Change Procedure for details.

Water System Startup

  1. On the fenceline at the stream beside the Bach, turn on Water Valve 1.
  2. Flush Water Filter 1 for 8 minutes, until the sediment build-up from the low point in the pipe comes through and the water runs clear.
  3. Flush Water Filter 2 until the water runs clear.
  • (If and when required, for instance after heavy rainfall or a loss of pressure, uncap both filters, remove the filters and clean with hot soapy water and a toothbrush. Use the Boa tool located in the Container for easy opening and closing of the filter caps.)
  • (During your stay open the flush tap at the bottom of the Water Tank located at the waterfall for a few minutes to remove sediment.)

Gas System Startup

  1. Connect the three Gas Cylinders to the Barbecue, Stove and Water Heater respectively.
  2. Turn on both the blue Water Valve and the yellow Gas Valve underneath the Water Heater.
  3. Flick the Outside Electricity Sockets switch for the Water Heater into the DOWN (on) position.
  4. If necessary, attach the Vapour Booster to the Water Heater's gas cylinder and plug it into the Outside Electricity Sockets.
  5. Use the Vapour Booster sparingly. Keep it powered OFF until ten minutes before showering and turn it OFF afterwards in accordance with the Umukuri Energy Policy.

Energy Monitoring Startup

  1. Check the Router is powered on in the Bach study. If it isn't, flick the power switch at the right-hand side of the Charging Station located in the study bookshelf to the ON position.
  2. Hold down the left-hand most button at the top of the Display Panel located in the Bach kitchen for three seconds to power it on.
  3. The Display Panel will take several minutes to boot and launch a web browser. Ensure it's receiving live data from the Server by watching for updates to the figures displayed on the Energy Monitoring pages displayed in the web browser.
  • (The screen on the Display Panel will go dark after five or ten minutes of inactivity. Tap the left-hand most button at the top to turn the screen back on at your convenience.)
  • (If the browser doesn't launch automatically, press the big GREEN icon on the Display Panel's homescreen to launch it, then browse to the Umukuri welcome page at http://wiki.umukuri)

Shutdown Procedure

Pest Control

If possible prior to your departure:

  • Check the Goodnature Trap has fresh lure and at least a few strikes remaining on the CO2 cannister.
  • Set the DoC Box Trap.
  • Set mouse traps in and around the Bach.

Cleaning

  • Thoroughly clean the Filleting Table and replace the board with a concrete block to weigh it down.
  • Thoroughly clean the Barbecue including the plate and grill, and store it in the Bach.
  • Thoroughly clean the baskets, shelves and surfaces of the Refrigerator, and prop both doors open with a towel.
  • Thoroughly clean the grill trays, oven trays, roasting dishes and surfaces of the Gas Stove.
  • Thoroughly clean the showers, bath, hand-basins and toilets.
  • Wash all the floors in the Bach and the Lodge.
  • Vacuum the Bach and the Lodge, and empty the Vacuum Cleaner.
  • Wash and dry all towels, tea-towels, bathmats and bedding used during your stay.

Energy Monitoring Shutdown

  1. Holding down the left-hand most button at the top of the Display Panel located in the Bach kitchen for three seconds will bring up a dialogue box on the screen. Select the Power off option in the dialogue box to turn off the Display Panel.

Gas System Shutdown

The Gas System is shut off when Umukuri is unoccupied.

  1. Turn off both the blue Water Valve and the yellow Gas Valve underneath the Water Heater.
  2. Turn off the three Gas Cylinders from the Barbecue, Stove and Water Heater respectively.
  3. Disconnect the Vapour Booster from the cylinder and from the Outside Electricity Sockets, and return it to storage.
  4. Ensure both the Outside Electricity Sockets are switched to the UP (off) position.

Water System Shutdown

The Water System is shut off when Umukuri is unoccupied.

  1. Ensure all taps, showerheads and hoses are firmly switched off.
  2. On the fenceline at the stream beside the Bach, turn off Water Valve 1.

Energy System Shutdown

The Bach is isolated from the Energy System when Umukuri is unoccupied in accordance with the Energy Policy. (Electricity continues to operate in the Container and the Lodge.)

  1. On the Container Switchboard ensure the ORANGE switches remain in the UP (on) position maintaining electricity in the Container.
  2. On the Container Switchboard ensure the BLACK switch at the bottom right is in the UP (on) position maintaining the energy system connection to household consumption.
  3. On the Bach Switchboard in the toilet flick the MAIN ISOLATION SWITCH at the left to the DOWN position to disconnect the Bach from the energy system.
  • (Ensure all of the switches {ORANGE and BLACK} on the Container Switchboard remain in the UP (on) position.)
  • (Ensure all of the switches on the Lodge Switchboard remain in the UP (on) position.)
  • (Ensure the Inverter remains powered ON.)

Waste

In compliance with the Waste Disposal Policy no waste is left at Umukuri.

  1. Take all Liquid, Organic, Recyclable, Solid and Hazardous waste that cannot be otherwise processed according to the Waste Processing Procedure back to the mainland.

Security

  1. Close and chain the gate to keep pigs out.
  2. Roll the Barbecue up to the French doors on the back deck.
  3. Close up and lock the Bach and the Lodge.
  4. Place the Quad Bike in the Container and detach the battery lead.
  5. Close and lock the Container.
  6. Put up nets on the decks to keep off the ducks and wekas.
wiki/umukuri_startshut.txt · Last modified: 2021/02/24 10:41 (external edit)