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Forum: Conservation 02-26-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,949
Posted By WillyP
My local hardware store sells these foam pads...

My local hardware store sells these foam pads that go into the gutters. They are for keeping the downspout from getting clogged. But I bet they would work great as a filter as well.
Forum: Conservation 02-26-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,761
Posted By WillyP
I worked my way through college as an insulator....

I worked my way through college as an insulator. So I am a little Biased. But it is well worth the money to invest in insulating up to the local requirements. This is especially true if you plan on...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-29-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,082
Posted By WillyP
That makes sense. Vinegar changes the ph and will...

That makes sense. Vinegar changes the ph and will make the mold sick.
Forum: Solar Heating 01-29-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,600
Posted By WillyP
Sorry man! I am in the design phase right now. I...

Sorry man! I am in the design phase right now. I am asking a million questions and have already realized some serious errors in my plan. I wont begin construction on the house, until spring of next...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-29-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,082
Posted By WillyP
Bleach doesn't evaporate (like water) But it does...

Bleach doesn't evaporate (like water) But it does break down. It leaves behind salts that do in fact help prevent mold from growing. I've never heard of chlorine based bleach adding to mold growth...
Forum: Solar Heating 12-30-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,600
Posted By WillyP
Jeff: I am not using it for domestic hot water....

Jeff:
I am not using it for domestic hot water. I will be using an electric hot water heater, powered by the PV panels (grid tied system).
I will be heating the whole house.
The Evacuated tubes...
Forum: Solar Heating 12-28-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,600
Posted By WillyP
Ironically oil was my way of keeping it simple....

Ironically oil was my way of keeping it simple. It wont freeze, it lasts much longer than Glycol, and it is cheaper. Unfortunately I now know it also doesn't hold heat as long and would be very...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-23-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,759
Posted By WillyP
Affordable is a tricky thing. If you go really...

Affordable is a tricky thing. If you go really cheap, you might end up having to replace the tiles sooner, so in the long run that can cost more. It also depends on what you are replacing. It is kind...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-23-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,735
Posted By WillyP
The term eco friendly building can apply to a...

The term eco friendly building can apply to a number of factors. Usually it refers to buildings that do as little damage to the environment as possible. Several factors go into this. Using a quality...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-14-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,503
Posted By WillyP
I have been contemplating a similar system. My...

I have been contemplating a similar system. My solution was to store hot water for the radiant floor system in underground tanks, buried inside. For the evacuated tube heaters, I am going to use a...
Forum: Other Improvements 10-14-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,873
Posted By WillyP
I am curious how this turned out. Did you go with...

I am curious how this turned out. Did you go with copper?
I just want to throw out there. I live in a seventy year old house with copper pipes inside the slab (for radiators) there has never been a...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-14-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,585
Posted By WillyP
I know this is an old thread. But just for sag....

I know this is an old thread. But just for sag. Stevehulll nailed it with his suggestion. Pond liner is by far the cheapest and easiest fix for something like this. just rent a trncher and dig down a...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-14-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,082
Posted By WillyP
usually when dealing with mold, the first thing...

usually when dealing with mold, the first thing you need to do is fix whatever is causing the moisture. In the attic it probably has to do with poor ventilation (or a leak). If you cure that, in...
Forum: Conservation 09-18-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,217
Posted By WillyP
These are all excellent points. But, my main...

These are all excellent points. But, my main concern is not so much saving energy, as much as only using so much at one time. Solar panels produce a finite amount of juice, if the AC, the...
Forum: Conservation 08-26-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 52,294
Posted By WillyP
That is not off grid. That is stealing power....

That is not off grid. That is stealing power. There is a difference.
Forum: Solar Heating 08-21-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,333
Posted By WillyP
Iam curious, where did you decide to place the...

Iam curious, where did you decide to place the temperature sensors in the storage tank?
Forum: Solar Heating 08-05-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,600
Posted By WillyP
I would love to hear some first hand experience...

I would love to hear some first hand experience information. By "flat plate" are you talking about a box with tubes in it?
Forum: Solar Heating 08-04-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,600
Posted By WillyP
I am absolutely interested. To be clear, I have...

I am absolutely interested. To be clear, I have no intention of running oil through the slab. I was going to use oil to go through the evacuated tube heater and into coils, inside the water tanks. My...
Forum: Solar Heating 08-02-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,600
Posted By WillyP
[QUOTE=gadget;62912]The other problem with oil is...

[QUOTE=gadget;62912]The other problem with oil is messy leaks. There will always be a leak at some point.

I ran an open tank hot water setup in my greenhouse a few years back. Water temp was 100F....
Forum: Solar Heating 07-30-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,600
Posted By WillyP
my problem with water is; at the heat the...

my problem with water is; at the heat the evacuated tube heaters run, the tanks would have to be vented to be safe. There will be a lot of evaporation in a vented tank with 185° water. I think this...
Forum: Solar Heating 07-30-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,600
Posted By WillyP
Here is a diagram I made of the system. Somebody...

Here is a diagram I made of the system. Somebody asked me for this someplace...
Forum: Conservation 07-30-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,217
Posted By WillyP
appliances that communicate with each other

Does anybody make appliances that use wifi to communicate when they are running? I am building a new home, and what I am searching for is; an air conditioner that will communicate with the...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-22-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 858
Views: 212,659
Posted By WillyP
That sounds awesome. I am in the design phase of...

That sounds awesome. I am in the design phase of a new home, which I hope to build next summer. But aquaponics is one of the big must have items for us. When I was younger I used to design and build...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-22-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 858
Views: 212,659
Posted By WillyP
I know this is an old thread and I am sure this...

I know this is an old thread and I am sure this system was built years ago and is working fine now. But I just wanted to throw out there, to anybody reading this recently. Solar powered water pumps...
Forum: Solar Heating 07-20-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,847
Posted By WillyP
I made an air heater this way. I found if you...

I made an air heater this way. I found if you drill the hole in the bottom off to one side, then stack them so hole is on the opposite side from the flip top hole, it gives better heat transfer. I'm...
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