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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-09-18, 05:27 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By sunspot
Thank you all for the very informative...

Thank you all for the very informative contributions to this thread. I've learned a great deal.

I assumed I'd be using direct burial armoured cable for the mains install so figured a conduit would...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-04-18, 08:16 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 167
Posted By sunspot
installing a new steel roof on a barn

The process of installing a screw down steel roof will be old hat to many of you but if it isn't, or you have 10 minutes to kill, here's a video of our barn being re roofed.
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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-02-18, 02:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By sunspot
I'm digging a bit deeper so I can still get 12"...

I'm digging a bit deeper so I can still get 12" of separation and have sufficient cover over the works.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-01-18, 10:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By sunspot
trenching for phone and power

We've got overhead wiring for phone and power. We also have big trees and winter storms with strong winds. Not a great combo. So... proactively I thought I'd install underground conduits for the...
Forum: The Billiards Room 02-01-18, 08:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 187
Posted By sunspot
On further research, is there a solution that...

On further research, is there a solution that doesn't require a subscription, account, user fees, or wifi? I'm thinking more of a power cord and remote hard drive. I don't need live streaming.
Forum: The Billiards Room 01-31-18, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 187
Posted By sunspot
nest camera

There was a Great Gray Owl in the yard the other day which got me thinking (again) that I'd like to put a nesting platform up to hopefully attract a nesting pair of raptors. And if I'm going to climb...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-20-17, 12:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 438
Posted By sunspot
repurposing golf balls

Over the last few years we've been gardening - a lot. And gardening seems to involve a lot of digging. As we dig we find... golf balls! Seems the previous owner spent his time smacking balls in every...
Forum: Solar Power 05-27-17, 06:59 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 343
Posted By sunspot
Small PV system goes live!

Connecting that last wire, flipping the switch and seeing it come to life - the feeling can't be beat. For those of you with larger systems I can't imagine the satisfaction of watching it power up...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 04-20-17, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 983
Posted By sunspot
Added a bit of whimsy. ...

Added a bit of whimsy.

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z130/Greg_M_/seedling%20shelf/sign_1_zpsts7r3yxo.jpg...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 04-11-17, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By sunspot
I was extolling the virtues of hydroponics to my...

I was extolling the virtues of hydroponics to my sister explaining how the battle with slugs would finally be over. She showed her cruel side when she said the lettuce rafts could become slug ferries...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 04-09-17, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By sunspot
hydroponic first steps

It was a blustery day for a launch but the lettuce rafts are adrift!

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z130/Greg_M_/garden/raft_1_zpslqfz5mk4.jpg...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-19-17, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 983
Posted By sunspot
Thanks guys. Just what I need, another project!...

Thanks guys. Just what I need, another project! Fascinating stuff. I'll be having a go at it once I figure out what type of system I want to try.
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-17-17, 03:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 983
Posted By sunspot
DWC hadn't occurred to me. I'll read up on it....

DWC hadn't occurred to me. I'll read up on it. I've been learning a bit about micro-greens and thought I might try that in the winter months.
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-16-17, 02:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 983
Posted By sunspot
Yeah, good question. Truth is we probably don't....

Yeah, good question. Truth is we probably don't. I started building this as a valentine's gift for the best wife in the world but it took longer than I thought to put together so... it's waaay late....
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-15-17, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 983
Posted By sunspot
seedling shelf

I just finished a shelf for starting seedlings indoors. It's got room for a heating mat at the bottom. Three shelves above that have six T8 flourescent tubes each. I used lumber yard spruce so it's...
Forum: Solar Power 03-01-17, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 343
Posted By sunspot
battery equalization and diversion loads

Is there a simple/elegant way to automatically disconnect diversion loads while batteries are equalizing?

Small, single panel (190 watt), off grid, 24 vdc system. PWM controller.

Thanks folks!...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 12-03-16, 06:53 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 13,537
Posted By sunspot
One massive door? Let's see. Harder for the...

One massive door? Let's see. Harder for the missus to manage, less likely to seal remotely well, lets twice as much conditioned air in/out per use etc. etc...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 11-26-16, 06:26 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 677
Posted By sunspot
Quick, easy, PV mount

Plans for the garden include irrigation, pond aeration, and an electric fence around the apiary. The power will come from PV/batteries so I thought I'd get on with putting a panel out where it will...
Forum: Other Improvements 10-26-16, 12:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,183
Posted By sunspot
What stevehull said. I don't rely on teflon tape...

What stevehull said. I don't rely on teflon tape anymore unless it's a tiny (ie 1/8" NPT or smaller) fitting.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-25-16, 11:36 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 498
Posted By sunspot
exterior mineral wool insulation board

I'm about to add some sort of exterior finish to a portion of our house. Part of the area to be addressed is a concrete block wall rising ~ 8' from grade (house is slab on grade with a block 1st...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-20-16, 01:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,205
Posted By sunspot
I just want to add a couple of photos of progress...

I just want to add a couple of photos of progress made on the buffer tank portion of this filter installation. The four 400 l tanks are plumbed in parallel with 1" pvc discharging through a gate...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 08-13-16, 09:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,658
Posted By sunspot
Thanks for the positive comment Dev. The roof has...

Thanks for the positive comment Dev. The roof has since been extended down the side of the house as well.
...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-26-16, 07:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,205
Posted By sunspot
Absolutely! And likewise, if you ever find...

Absolutely! And likewise, if you ever find yourself on the island give me a ring.

Cheers, Greg
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-23-16, 08:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,205
Posted By sunspot
What a great use for a sand filter. I wouldn't...

What a great use for a sand filter. I wouldn't have thought of that. Does the schmutzdecke tolerate the heat? I suppose it would be simple enough to halt the filtering while the tub was heated and...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-25-16, 10:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,205
Posted By sunspot
Sorry for the very delayed response nibs, I...

Sorry for the very delayed response nibs, I haven't had much time at home lately.

I managed to get the filter completely full of sand last fall and topped it up with water. I've been letting the...
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