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Forum: Conservation 07-23-12, 03:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,126
Posted By sparkchaser
Hi DAOX, I was wondering the same thing, and...

Hi DAOX,
I was wondering the same thing, and recently borrowed a Kill-A-Watt from my PUD and did pretty much the same test, with the same conclusions! The new little power supplies that came with my...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-25-12, 07:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,521
Posted By sparkchaser
Hey all, I've been thinking of trying the DIY...

Hey all,
I've been thinking of trying the DIY HP water heater too. I have a couple used in-wall (like window shakers) AC units, on e 230VAC, the other 120VAC. My WH is in a pantry in the kitchen,...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-08-12, 07:56 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 40,824
Posted By sparkchaser
About those holes in the studs for wiring, don't...

About those holes in the studs for wiring, don't worry about them being straight- I just drill every second stud from, say, the left, then come back and drill the others from the right, thus making a...
Forum: Conservation 12-19-11, 10:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,473
Posted By sparkchaser
Hello, AC Hacker, the box extension looks like...

Hello, AC Hacker,
the box extension looks like this...see attached image.

The plastic one looks similar but usually has a flange all the way around the front edge. Note tape on outlet terminal...
Forum: Conservation 12-19-11, 03:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,473
Posted By sparkchaser
Hey folks, For your duplex outlets and switch...

Hey folks,
For your duplex outlets and switch boxes there are available plastic extension inserts to make room for thicker walls without having to move the boxes. I prefer the plastic ones because...
Forum: Conservation 12-19-11, 03:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,473
Posted By sparkchaser
Helo all, Anyone use a hot knife of hot wire...

Helo all,
Anyone use a hot knife of hot wire cutter? Its very clean and fast, just kinda stinks sometimes from burning smell of melting plastic.
Forum: Conservation 12-19-11, 03:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,473
Posted By sparkchaser
HI AC! I was just wondering if those spacers...

HI AC!
I was just wondering if those spacers are wood or plastic? Certain materials have lower heat transfer properties, thus lower thermal bridging. Also minimizing length of spacers could be good.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-22-11, 12:17 AM
Replies: 1,942
Views: 1,639,750
Posted By sparkchaser
Hello all, I was wondering about that! I had...

Hello all,
I was wondering about that! I had read somewhere the pressure and quantity were less than R-22, but I didn't know just how much!
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-18-11, 12:15 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 49,376
Posted By sparkchaser
Oh, and thanks for answering my question about...

Oh, and thanks for answering my question about the length/size too!
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-18-11, 12:14 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 49,376
Posted By sparkchaser
About the picture: yes, that is the schrader...

About the picture: yes, that is the schrader valve for servicing the refrigerant. Larger systems will have two- one low pressure, one high. Small systems like this one or the one I'm going to hack,...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-17-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,143
Posted By sparkchaser
Hello all, A previous house I had used an...

Hello all,
A previous house I had used an Apollo Heating system that got its heat from a gas fired water heater, and had an air handler in the attic, with 3/4" or 1" cpvc pipe from the heater up to...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-16-11, 12:24 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 49,376
Posted By sparkchaser
Well, you could do the vent thing, but my plan...

Well, you could do the vent thing, but my plan would be to run it more in the summer rather than winter. The pantry containing the water heater is next to the refrigerator, so I was thinking I would...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-15-11, 11:12 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 49,376
Posted By sparkchaser
Wow, that was a great find! I followed the Costco...

Wow, that was a great find! I followed the Costco link and also looked at the owners manual. Looks pretty much like a 115 vac window AC with a long loop in place of the outdoor side. That kind of...
Forum: The Billiards Room 11-15-11, 12:23 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 18,639
Posted By sparkchaser
Hmm. I wouldn't think we would need very much...

Hmm. I wouldn't think we would need very much thorium to do a home-sized reactor- Too bad it hasn't been really developed for that- imagine "Honey, we're almost out of thorium, go in the back yard...
Forum: Forum News & Feedback 11-14-11, 11:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,665
Posted By sparkchaser
Does it have auxiliary thermocouple input for...

Does it have auxiliary thermocouple input for outdoor temperature? (For economizer features etc.)
Forum: Conservation 11-14-11, 11:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,623
Posted By sparkchaser
Wastewater Heat Recovery

Hello all,
I've been looking around this site and didn't find a thread on wastewater heat recovery, so I guess I'll try and start one.

Several years ago I read about a heat exchanger for...
Forum: Conservation 11-14-11, 08:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,296
Posted By sparkchaser
Sounds like a perfect application for...

Sounds like a perfect application for multi-splits! And if you need a new roof sometime add foam board insulation with foil both sides under new roofing. Otherwise, perhaps add a little more blow in...
Forum: Conservation 11-14-11, 08:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 13,011
Posted By sparkchaser
Nice! I was thinking about that coroplast...

Nice! I was thinking about that coroplast harvesting thing myself! I hate seeing all those political signs go to waste! I have some windows that would work well in, such as the bathrooms which...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-14-11, 07:53 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 49,376
Posted By sparkchaser
Hmm... I have a couple window ac units in my...

Hmm... I have a couple window ac units in my shop, a 230vac 12,000btu, and a 115vac 8,000btu unit. I was thinking of experimenting with one of these as a heat pump, first by simply reversing it and...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-07-11, 03:48 PM
Replies: 1,942
Views: 1,639,750
Posted By sparkchaser
Hmm, that just got me thinking! I'll have to look...

Hmm, that just got me thinking! I'll have to look into that down hole hammer thing. And the Harbor Freight tool.... Then there's the air compressor required to run one of those- it would require...
Forum: Introductions 11-06-11, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,510
Posted By sparkchaser
Hi Big Al, latest project here today was fixing...

Hi Big Al, latest project here today was fixing some electrical in the attic and putting plywood catwalks in place for insulating on Friday. We will be blowing in cellulose to R-49. I hope that will...
Forum: Introductions 11-06-11, 01:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,510
Posted By sparkchaser
My belated intro! (Not from Nigeria!)

Thread split from here (http://ecorenovator.org/forum/conservation/1780-what-your-average-kwh-day-usage-7.html#post17370). (Piwoslaw)

Hi Big Al, sorry, I guess I didn't properly introduce myself...
Forum: Conservation 11-06-11, 01:14 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 92,680
Posted By sparkchaser
My belated intro! (Not from Nigeria!)

Hi Big Al, sorry, I guess I didn't properly introduce myself here:o

EDIT (Piwoslaw): I moved the rest of your post to the Introductions sub-forum:
My belated intro! (Not from Nigeria!)...
Forum: Conservation 11-06-11, 02:28 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 92,680
Posted By sparkchaser
D'Oh! I wish I knew those were available! I just...

D'Oh! I wish I knew those were available! I just replaced my toilet's innards! My houseful of girls goes through a LOT of water! Showers, flushing, laundry etc. I've been threatening to get a shower...
Forum: Conservation 11-06-11, 02:24 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 92,680
Posted By sparkchaser
Here is a quick data-dump of my place. It is a...

Here is a quick data-dump of my place. It is a 1960 ranch style home about 2300 sq ft and is poorly insulated, heated with electric space heaters. When I bought the place last year it had an old oil...
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