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Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps Yesterday, 10:42 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,844
Posted By randen
5 Ton GSHP Build

In Ontario Canada winter is starting to set in. This morning long before my first coffee the thermostat in the shop started the DIY Geothermal heat pump. At exactly 6:00 am the system was call to...
Forum: Lighting 11-11-14, 10:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 278
Posted By randen
Yes Definitely you use the old fixtures. You...

Yes

Definitely you use the old fixtures. You remove the ballast and direct wire the LEDs to 90-280vac.

You will love the LEDs
Forum: Lighting 11-11-14, 09:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 278
Posted By randen
Better lighting for the man zone

Yes, but use the wiring already there. put the 4 fixtures (flush mount) over the hex boxes of the screw base lights. Drop the wires in.

I'm really pleased with the amount of light from the LEDs....
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-03-14, 09:53 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,844
Posted By randen
5 Ton build is now 6.25 Ton operational

Monday morning

The work day in the shop is about to begin so we started the heat-pump. I still have to do some control work, the system is still all manual. I will still be supervising the system...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-01-14, 01:29 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,844
Posted By randen
5 Ton GSHP Build

Yahhh Heat!!!

I realize its not so cold out yet and the field loop is quite warm (14.5 Deg C) but this version is putting out some BTUs

The shop's temp. climbed from 14 to 22 Deg C in 2 hrs....
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 10-29-14, 09:49 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,844
Posted By randen
5 Ton GSHP Rebuild

Finally!!!

A kick-butt GSHP. Its about my 5th attempt but we have heat and lots at first glance. The surplus 5 ton 3 phase compressor turned out to be a dud!!! Oh how I hate practising placement...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-29-14, 03:56 PM
Replies: 450
Views: 104,269
Posted By randen
With the concrete floors constant temp. no...

With the concrete floors constant temp. no expansion are required. Our floors are near 2000 sqft with no cuts. I would not want to entertain the chance of cutting into a tube that may have floated a...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-06-14, 09:33 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,844
Posted By randen
5 Ton GSHP Build

The DIY Heat-pump is leak tested. Both the refrigerant side and water side are now holding pressure. The specialty British standard Male pipe thread adaptors worked flawlessly. The insulated boxes...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-04-14, 11:29 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 24,556
Posted By randen
Ron342 I had found that there is the sweet...

Ron342

I had found that there is the sweet spot (quantity of R290) in the system. As you add the refrigerant the pressure-vapour mechanism begins to function. Along with this increase in the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-10-14, 12:18 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,524
Posted By randen
another hot water tank heat pump

I can see the finish line clearly now. We drained and removed the Rented Propane fired Hot water tank. And in went the DIY heat-pump hot water tank. Not so smoothly. Old copper fittings are a little...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-28-14, 06:21 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,312
Posted By randen
The quest: Lots of heat, few dollars

Wewantutopia

I'm part of the motley crew.

Having first hand experience with Geo-thermal I would compare the price per unit heat BTU Geo vs. High efficiency Natural gas very close dollar per...
Forum: Solar Heating 12-04-13, 05:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,369
Posted By randen
Solar hot water space heating for the shop

At last, the production of the copper fin and tube risers has begun. The plywood form tool needed to be lengthened 2 ft. The collector that had been manufactured for the house was 8 ft. were as the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 10-25-13, 08:11 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,524
Posted By randen
another hot water tank heat pump

Well so far so good. I wound a tighter more neat cork-screw type HX. The copper cork-screw was wound into the threaded bung hole. It proved to be a little on the difficult side but the end product...
Forum: Solar Heating 09-20-13, 04:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,816
Posted By randen
Solar hot water space heating for the shop

Well yes on the storage.

The office portion of the shop has in-floor heating. Its made up from 6" of concrete so it stores heat nicely. The shop however was built before I gathered much wisdom and...
Forum: Solar Power 08-14-13, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By randen
Jill You are correct. I'm a habitual DIY-er...

Jill
You are correct. I'm a habitual DIY-er living in Canada. Built many things including my home. I have seen the kits of solar panel cells for sale. To build them properly with the proper glass...
Forum: Lighting 08-07-13, 08:12 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,403
Posted By randen
I've been a huge fan of LED lighting for a while....

I've been a huge fan of LED lighting for a while. If they are purchased directly from China the prices are good. Imagine replacing a light for the last time. The daylight type are my favorite. I had...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-23-13, 07:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,221
Posted By randen
Michael Good going. You will see some of my...

Michael

Good going. You will see some of my posts on the manifesto. We as well had the oil thirsty hot water heaters suppling or home for heat. The hot water was circulated in our concrete floor...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-13-13, 01:19 PM
Replies: 450
Views: 104,269
Posted By randen
Cbearden Congrats on your new build. You...

Cbearden

Congrats on your new build. You will enjoy the heated floor so much. I have heated floors in both shop and home. The shop was done first to try it out as no-one was doing it around here....
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-09-13, 10:58 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,844
Posted By randen
5 Ton GSHP Build

Most of the components have arrived and are being assembled. A few alterations have been nessisary. The height of the new compressor is about an inch taller and its having a bit of a snowball effect...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-30-13, 07:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,812
Posted By randen
My personal favorite is a litttle shot of propane...

My personal favorite is a litttle shot of propane and wave the torch around the unit. Dramatic and effective.

Randen
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-30-13, 06:52 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,812
Posted By randen
AC Hacker Had you tryed a spray bottle with...

AC Hacker

Had you tryed a spray bottle with soapy water and compressed air.??Look for the bubbles. Old gas-fitters tool.

Randen
Forum: Solar Heating 01-26-13, 10:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,793
Posted By randen
Ideas for net zero home

Blue bomber man

Welcome to the site.

There are many good ideas made here. Alot of them on the cheap. Taking an old humidifier and turning it into a very efficient heat pump water heater. Making...
Forum: Wind Power 12-12-12, 07:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,268
Posted By randen
Wind turbine for hydraulic or air pump

Both have been done to death. This has been such a problem with wind turbines some tinkerer's investing so much time and effort without studying the true dynamics of wind/power production. Then to...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-01-12, 07:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,282
Posted By randen
Geo thermal heated garage Master Plan

The Master Plan wrote:

This last year just running the loop with nothing hooked to it the high was 58F the low was 38F. I am going to monitor it again this year.

Just from practical experience...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-23-12, 12:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,369
Posted By randen
The cost of copper is not cheap but its...

The cost of copper is not cheap but its coeffeicient of heat conduction is more than twice than that of aluminum. I haven't experimented with the two conductors (fins)side by side to gather any...
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