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Forum: Lawn and Garden 09-03-14, 12:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 776
Posted By Ryland
Motors often have a continues and a peek hp, gas...

Motors often have a continues and a peek hp, gas engines are rated in peek hp.
Motors almost never list their peek hp as their rated hp.

If you can, wire that motor for 240v, even if you use the...
Forum: Conservation 06-25-14, 08:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 817
Posted By Ryland
How does a shower cost you $1,300 per year? ...

How does a shower cost you $1,300 per year?

My natural gas water heater costs $2.75 per month,
My water bill averages around $7 per month.
Sewer bill is around $11 per month based off of fresh...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-03-14, 08:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 798
Posted By Ryland
The losses are in the freezer, 2/3 of the energy...

The losses are in the freezer, 2/3 of the energy that a freezer uses are turned in to heat and all of that heat stays in the house.
A pound of ice takes 144 BTUs to melt it, Window A/C tend to be...
Forum: The Billiards Room 04-07-14, 08:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,532
Posted By Ryland
Wow, you really didn't do your research! The...

Wow, you really didn't do your research!

The house that has drawn attention is doing so because they are collecting rain water and dumping it down the city sewer without paying a sewer bill.
...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 03-28-14, 05:17 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,735
Posted By Ryland
I just use my multi-meter on the amp setting,...

I just use my multi-meter on the amp setting, fractions of an amp are no problem and I don't have to hack kill-a-watt.
Forum: Conservation 01-22-14, 09:08 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,301
Posted By Ryland
We are comparing devices that do the same task. ...

We are comparing devices that do the same task.
I don't have a clock radio to wake me up because my cell phone wakes me up, I don't have a battery charger full of batteries for my portable tape...
Forum: Solar Power 01-14-14, 07:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 976
Posted By Ryland
I haven't tried to do this my self, but I do know...

I haven't tried to do this my self, but I do know that most inspectors want it to be in conduit up to the point that it connects to the wiring from the micro inverters and if possible I think that...
Forum: Conservation 01-12-14, 05:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 694
Posted By Ryland
That is why I drill a small hole, you can stick a...

That is why I drill a small hole, you can stick a wire in to see if there is insulation and you can fill the void you find with expanding foam, drilling a drinking straw size hole every foot or so...
Forum: Solar Power 11-07-13, 08:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 744
Posted By Ryland
I grew up with a battery bank in the house, my...

I grew up with a battery bank in the house, my parents still have battery back up, I would never go the route of whole house battery back up unless you regularly have multi day power outages, not...
Forum: The Billiards Room 07-16-13, 01:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By Ryland
Most houses that don't have central air...

Most houses that don't have central air conditioning don't have the furnace fan run at all in the summer, if you are worried about humidity then get a dehumidifier that turns on at a set humidity and...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-11-13, 06:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,014
Posted By Ryland
A normal car battery will work, but the gel...

A normal car battery will work, but the gel batteries like that seem to handle deeper discharges if I remember right, they also tend to be easy to find a direct replacement for the battery.

On my...
Forum: Other Improvements 05-08-13, 03:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,526
Posted By Ryland
What I ended up doing was getting a window A/C...

What I ended up doing was getting a window A/C unit and putting it upstairs in a window and it works really well to cool the whole house, the main thing is keeping the house dry, It's at the top of...
Forum: Biofuels 01-22-13, 09:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 14,542
Posted By Ryland
http://www.suttonfruit.com/pics/urea_electrolysis....

http://www.suttonfruit.com/pics/urea_electrolysis.pdf is the document on splitting urine.

They are showing the cost of hydrogen made this way as costing a little more then half of that made from...
Forum: Tools 01-08-13, 08:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 528
Posted By Ryland
Pocket size EMI phantom load detector.

I really like the idea of this electromagnetic interference detector for detecting phantom loads, sure a Kill-a-watt works well for stuff that is plugged in that you know about, but there is always...
Forum: Conservation 01-07-13, 09:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,100
Posted By Ryland
One that I never see listed is the furnace, mine...

One that I never see listed is the furnace, mine draws around 16 watts all summer long, the guy that serviced it said it would flipping the breaker off in the summer should reduce stress on the...
Forum: Tools 12-17-12, 07:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,006
Posted By Ryland
I've had the compact lithium Makita batteries...

I've had the compact lithium Makita batteries "die", same with the DeWalts... the cells are still just fine but the battery drops in to a fail safe mode, on the Makita that happens if you try to run...
Forum: Tools 12-02-12, 01:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,006
Posted By Ryland
To fit a lithium battery on to an old NiCad tool...

To fit a lithium battery on to an old NiCad tool I took a sheet of 1/4" thick plastic sheet (nylon I think) and a chunk of plastic cutting board, I mimiced the lithium tool mounting by making little...
Forum: Conservation 11-18-12, 09:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 652
Posted By Ryland
At least here they sell foam caps that you can...

At least here they sell foam caps that you can put over outside water taps in the winter to keep the heat loss down.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-15-12, 07:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,181
Posted By Ryland
where are you getting your info from that you...

where are you getting your info from that you want a lower temp for more efficiency?
You want a lower temp for comfort, a floor that is to hot makes your feet sweat, 140F sounds about right for...
Forum: Solar Heating 11-14-12, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,712
Posted By Ryland
any thermostat that is designed to run A/C will...

any thermostat that is designed to run A/C will turn the A/C on when it gets to the set temp, of course that switch is a low current switch that is designed for 24v, perfect for a relay or solid...
Forum: Solar Power 11-01-12, 01:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,490
Posted By Ryland
How much is the output dropping? 10% or so on a...

How much is the output dropping? 10% or so on a hot day? on a 1kw system that is $200 worth of panels that are more or less being cut out of your production, as I see it you can either spend that...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-04-12, 08:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,255
Posted By Ryland
If you do the roof make sure that you are venting...

If you do the roof make sure that you are venting the underside of the roof decking or you will end up with a hot roof.
I would insulate the walls with it because you can stop thermal bridging in...
Forum: Other Improvements 10-01-12, 08:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,726
Posted By Ryland
I had the same problem of waiting a long time for...

I had the same problem of waiting a long time for hot water in my up stairs, I fixed it by running new hot water pipe using PEX pipe, 1/2" PEX has a high enough flow rate for the bath tub but the...
Forum: Conservation 09-21-12, 05:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,314
Posted By Ryland
I have two motion sensors in my house, they are...

I have two motion sensors in my house, they are the common ones that every big box store sells.
I have one in my garage so when I open up the door and walk in with my bike the light turns on, I can...
Forum: Conservation 07-09-12, 11:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,555
Posted By Ryland
I've done plaster and stucco on straw bale...

I've done plaster and stucco on straw bale houses, I've also done plaster repair and plaster takes skill, the up side is plaster is not perfectly flat! so when you notice a line from a seam in dry...
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