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Forum: Conservation 07-20-17, 10:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,376
Posted By gtojohn
A/C repair dropped my power usage by 45%!

Folks, its been a long time since I've been here. My time is so limited I don't spend much time on the web anymore. This fortunate accident seems big enough I should share with like minded people.
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Forum: Conservation 04-03-16, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,234
Posted By gtojohn
Its definitely pumping through the filter. Its a...

Its definitely pumping through the filter. Its a relatively large filter for a low flow pump so it has a very minimal resistance to flow. Box says 6.4' lift . Found the kil-a-watt, it uses 18 watts....
Forum: Conservation 03-02-16, 08:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,235
Posted By gtojohn
Frost was on the outside, on top of the shingles...

Frost was on the outside, on top of the shingles above the attic without furnaces. Attic space with furnaces, no frost on the shingles. My ducts are reasonably tight, lots of mastic, rebuilt 2...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 03-01-16, 01:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,977
Posted By gtojohn
Programmable thermostats are super easy to...

Programmable thermostats are super easy to install as well. A decent basic thermostat like the honeywell pro 4000 costs about $35 and installs in 15 minutes. 4-5 low voltage wires and you're done. ...
Forum: Conservation 11-21-15, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,934
Posted By gtojohn
Looking a little further, all the 6 speed fans...

Looking a little further, all the 6 speed fans have a dc motor and they use half the power of the ac motors, around 30 watts on high speed. While some are pricey there are several models in the $160...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-13-15, 10:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,987
Posted By gtojohn
View from upstairs to back french doors. ...

View from upstairs to back french doors.
http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb410/gtojohn1965/cabin%20build%20spicewood/Message_1443906473889.jpg...
Forum: Conservation 09-23-15, 09:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,653
Posted By gtojohn
Cooling degree days, it was warmer this year!

I was comparing my energy usage from the last 2 years and was surprised to find that despite what I perceived to be a more mild summer we had more cooling degree days this year. Even the local...
Forum: Solar Power 06-21-15, 03:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,268
Posted By gtojohn
I just finished my first whole month billing...

I just finished my first whole month billing cycle with my small array. 638 kwh of usage total, in June I used less power than January and thats with gas heating. Which is actually tied for my 3rd...
Forum: Tools 05-14-15, 01:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,601
Posted By gtojohn
I believe I saw 30# for about $80 at costco last...

I believe I saw 30# for about $80 at costco last year. You could weigh it, subtract 3# for your container.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 05-14-15, 01:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,240
Posted By gtojohn
Chamberlain makes a gdo with battery back up.

Chamberlain makes a gdo with battery back up.
Forum: Solar Power 05-01-15, 03:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,268
Posted By gtojohn
I managed to replace my subpanel last week and...

I managed to replace my subpanel last week and tie in the pv on saturday. I haven't had the time to sort out the envoy system monitor. It shows connected to the web but hasn't discovered my equipment...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-01-15, 02:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,987
Posted By gtojohn
Gable end

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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-01-15, 01:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,987
Posted By gtojohn
The cabin rough framing might be finished this...

The cabin rough framing might be finished this weekend. I've been busy with work while my carpenter has been working away at it. Improvised design changes... I added a gable to the south facing roof...
Forum: Conservation 04-20-15, 09:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,328
Posted By gtojohn
New label ...

New label
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Forum: Solar Power 04-20-15, 09:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,268
Posted By gtojohn
Installed 1.4k last weekend! Its a tiny amount of...

Installed 1.4k last weekend! Its a tiny amount of power, but its a start. Roof mounting brackets took the longest. I built my own racks from 4x super strut for $24 a 10' piece and 24x simpson 5"...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 04-10-15, 10:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,580
Posted By gtojohn
probably the board its the weakest link. Try "fan...

probably the board its the weakest link. Try "fan on" on the thermostat to see if the blower kicks on. Usually this is a different relay. If that works you can temporarily change the thermostat over...
Forum: Tools 03-29-15, 10:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,165
Posted By gtojohn
They're out there on Amazon $113 and ebay for...

They're out there on Amazon $113 and ebay for less. Mine was an open box special for $35. They come standard with only one sensor, which works for folks with balanced 220v. The sensor for my other...
Forum: Conservation 03-21-15, 02:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,462
Posted By gtojohn
I didn't know it was so easy to get nitinol! Time...

I didn't know it was so easy to get nitinol! Time to weird out the kids with some "metal i found at the ufo crash"!
Forum: Solar Heating 03-20-15, 02:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,098
Posted By gtojohn
http://ecorenovator.org/forum/renovations-new-cons...

http://ecorenovator.org/forum/renovations-new-construction/4328-cabin-build-tx-hill-country-2.html
Pier and beam. Slab quote was over $4k. This was less than $1k. Additional benefits of a crawl...
Forum: Conservation 02-28-15, 07:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,397
Posted By gtojohn
I keep the bigger ones in safes to prevent things...

I keep the bigger ones in safes to prevent things from rusting. Apparently used in pest control, per Billy the Exterminator, "death by desiccation!" I opened some paks and dropped them inside a chase...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-18-15, 02:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,987
Posted By gtojohn
For insulation I'm looking at a wealth of things...

For insulation I'm looking at a wealth of things I've learned from this site. For walls I plan on a rainscreen design, Siding, air gap, radiant barrier house wrap, taped rigid insulation, sheathing....
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-17-15, 03:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,987
Posted By gtojohn
http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb410/gtojohn1...

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In the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-17-15, 02:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,987
Posted By gtojohn
http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb410/gtojohn1...

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google...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-13-15, 08:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,987
Posted By gtojohn
Cabin Build in TX Hill Country

After months of planning and daydreaming I broke ground yesterday on my cabin build. At this moment only 5 piers have been poured with 13 more to go.
Overview plan is budget minded off grid build....
Forum: Lighting 01-22-15, 08:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,810
Posted By gtojohn
Another reason for the skylight is aesthetics....

Another reason for the skylight is aesthetics. Our kitchen is now in the middle of our house without windows. I prefer bright work areas and natural daylight. Daylight helps keep people happy and...
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