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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-06-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 484
Posted By Elcam84
I haven't done the insulation yet as it's still...

I haven't done the insulation yet as it's still summer here until october.... All the usual has been done. in fact the only wiring penetrations into the attic are for light switches as all the outlet...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-03-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 484
Posted By Elcam84
Nearing the end of major remodeling

Well I'm getting near the end of all the work I need to do in the attic. I had to move walls run wire run vent pipes etc etc. And It's finally coming closer to an end. Well at least close enough that...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 09-03-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,213
Posted By Elcam84
I would be more worried about belt slippage which...

I would be more worried about belt slippage which is a common issue on homeowner mowers since they are made to be more forgiving.
Forum: Conservation 08-07-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,158
Posted By Elcam84
The only way to run it like you want may be to...

The only way to run it like you want may be to use Smartthings. I know it has more control over thermostats than some apps do.

As for running the fan continuously with the AC on that...
Forum: Tools 07-31-21, 10:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,381
Posted By Elcam84
The lathes never go that cheap though and I have...

The lathes never go that cheap though and I have more need for a lathe than a mill. The two $100 ones at auction were pretty worn out and had shop made riser blocks on them which is pretty common to...
Forum: Tools 07-30-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,381
Posted By Elcam84
Cool new toy. I miss having access to a machine...

Cool new toy. I miss having access to a machine shop. Been looking for a lathe and mill off and on. Have seen a few Bridgeports go for $100 at auctions but I didn't have a way to transport them home...
Forum: Conservation 04-04-21, 01:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,158
Posted By Elcam84
One really good use of those is being able to...

One really good use of those is being able to record usage on a separate panel like a panel for a shop where you have the ability to write off the electrical usage on your business taxes.

I...
Forum: Conservation 04-04-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 13,459
Posted By Elcam84
Nothing smells as good when burned as coal other...

Nothing smells as good when burned as coal other than the mesquite in my smoker. I love the smell of burning coal especially in a locomotive.

Would be nice for the shop but wood/coal heat wastes...
Forum: Conservation 01-28-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,939
Posted By Elcam84
Nice. I would love to do that. Plastic direct...

Nice. I would love to do that. Plastic direct burial tanks aren't too expensive but digging the hole is.

I ran some numbers and to water our yard once requires about 12k gallons of...
Forum: Conservation 01-13-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,158
Posted By Elcam84
Yup electric waterheaters cost far more to...

Yup electric waterheaters cost far more to operate than the general public realizes. Usually you can assume it costs about $50 a month to operate for a typical household.

We will be going with a...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-06-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,190
Posted By Elcam84
That one has already been through the debunking...

That one has already been through the debunking ringer. It's another solar road scam. The science is clear it isn't feasible. It works but the return is so low making it extremely inefficient and it...
Forum: Lighting 12-23-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,967
Posted By Elcam84
That would be nice. We don't get rebates for...

That would be nice. We don't get rebates for anything here. But that has to do with your electricity provider. Some do some don't. If your usage is high enough that can get you into a lower rate...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-20-20, 10:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,709
Posted By Elcam84
My goof and typed that wrong. The typical...

My goof and typed that wrong.

The typical factory AC in a car is usually rated at around 3 tons. Now if you are doing a van and it's been insulated etc then yeah you can get away with less....
Forum: Tools 07-20-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,784
Posted By Elcam84
Yeah most of them rarely come off the tractor...

Yeah most of them rarely come off the tractor anyway. My friend has a newholland TC35 and I hate that thing. It's one of the Japanese manufactured ones. Not a whole lot of hours on it but...

...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-20-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,797
Posted By Elcam84
The blanket around the compressor is there for...

The blanket around the compressor is there for sound deadening. If your unit didn't come with one you can purchase one and put it on. They make a tremendous improvement in the sound level.

...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-20-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,709
Posted By Elcam84
FYI the AC system in the average car is around 3...

FYI the AC system in the average car is around 3 tons. Some smaller some larger. For a van you will be on the larger end. So you would need 3+ tons of ice per hour to cool it...

So to keep...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-20-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,734
Posted By Elcam84
The biggest failure item in minisplits is the...

The biggest failure item in minisplits is the power supply. They are jam packed full of big electrolytic capacitors which are the most likely item to fail in all electronics.

I have a condenser...
Forum: Tools 07-20-20, 07:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,784
Posted By Elcam84
That was a good find at that price. That said...

That was a good find at that price. That said those old ones are not fun to install. I really like the new ones you can do in less than 5 minutes with minimal 4 letter words.
Forum: Conservation 07-20-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,158
Posted By Elcam84
Or just get a 220v contactor that has 220v...

Or just get a 220v contactor that has 220v primary coils and a 220v sonoff. Then no need for another outlet. Just use the hotside of the waterheater feed.


What I find curious...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-20-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,213
Posted By Elcam84
Will be interested to hear how they hold up. I...

Will be interested to hear how they hold up. I don't bother sharpening since the sand eats them for breakfast anyway.

FYI the 5 lobe star on the craftsman and the husky are the same as they...
Forum: Lighting 04-01-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,967
Posted By Elcam84
I guess you aren't into construction and familiar...

I guess you aren't into construction and familiar with cribbing. I have a set of taller jack stands but they are too wobbly at the height I need. Its more stable to add cribbing and keep the jack...
Forum: Lighting 03-30-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,967
Posted By Elcam84
Well the lights got put off for a long time... I...

Well the lights got put off for a long time... I finally swapped out 10 of my 4' T8s for Halco LED 4100K bulbs.

I tested a fixture before and after. With the electronic ballast one fixture was...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-25-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,541
Posted By Elcam84
I hope it doesn't get hotter but.... It was 95*...

I hope it doesn't get hotter but.... It was 95* here today and it's still March. We have about 1700-1800ish which is a little on the small side for the two of us. We have one totally unused room...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-17-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,541
Posted By Elcam84
To add an update. After talking to a couple of...

To add an update. After talking to a couple of the HRV and ERV companies and others non recommend either unit for our climate as it's just too humid and often like now there is no escape 66* 95%...
Forum: Solar Heating 12-20-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,757
Posted By Elcam84
Legionella is definitely a concern but I would...

Legionella is definitely a concern but I would assume if your water heater is hot enough like mentioned you should be Ok but I worry if water flow is high enough at times that some could get through...
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