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Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-29-16, 07:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,624
Posted By Xringer
Built your own split system?

They have these new gizmos now, and they look interesting..

Universal Split Air Conditioner Control System A/c Control Board - Buy Air Conditioner Control System,A/c Control Board Product on...
Forum: Conservation 03-13-16, 11:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,235
Posted By Servicetech
85% That's the MAXIMUM efficiency you can get out...

85% That's the MAXIMUM efficiency you can get out of a non-condensing gas appliance. The other 15% of the combustion process is latent heat, and you must condense the combustion gasses to capture it....
Forum: Solar Power 03-02-16, 11:12 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,343
Posted By pinballlooking
Solar sailboat.

My brother-in-law just sent me this he lives in FL
I am not sure how it would make out in a wind storm.
http://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=6719&stc=1&d=1456938764
Forum: Solar Power 02-16-16, 04:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,706
Posted By AC_Hacker
Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power

http://assets.rollingstone.com/assets/2016/media/227922/_original/1455135815/1035x887-R1255_nat_A.jpg

How the Koch Brothers are undermining the growth of Solar Energy in the USA.

MUST READ
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Forum: Solar Heating 01-18-16, 11:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,420
Posted By pletby
I have been digging through the archives and have...

I have been digging through the archives and have found that all of the pictures of the panel construction have been lost in a recent computer upgrade. I do have photos of the install however. ...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-10-15, 08:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,405
Posted By mechanic
The old ecobee smart, not the smart si, this one ...

The old ecobee smart, not the smart si, this one

http://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachments/appliances-gadgets/6206d1447166839-what-kind-thermostat-do-you-use-image-jpg
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-24-15, 01:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,894
Posted By Piwoslaw
There is an old thread: Test results - Power...

There is an old thread:
Test results - Power savings from timer on fridge (http://ecorenovator.org/forum/appliances-gadgets/1448-test-results-power-savings-timer-fridge.html)
If you do go ahead...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-20-15, 04:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,840
Posted By MEMPHIS91
.25 kwh/day Refeigerator

Howdy guys, so I was looking for a way to power the fridge solar powered. I put a meter on my existing fridge and it read 2.8kwh in one day. Though that is doable I needed it to fit the solar system...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-14-15, 10:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,457
Posted By dablack
Ok, first two pictures for showing how the FLIR...

Ok, first two pictures for showing how the FLIR thermal camera works. Here is the pex manifold. You can see the hot water line and that we had the shower and something else going at the same time. ...
Forum: Conservation 08-28-15, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,440
Posted By oil pan 4
I tried it on another air conditioner, this time...

I tried it on another air conditioner, this time one that was a few years old.
The coldest air on the discharge it picked up before the paint was 52'F, then after the paint was 47.5'F.
This time I...
Forum: Conservation 08-24-15, 07:13 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,789
Posted By stevehull
excellent manual J and building tips

See below for an excellent Manual J equivalent. The explanations on heat loss through footings is superb.

A bit technical, but no differential equations, just straight algebra.

Site Overview...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-29-15, 11:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,742
Posted By marx290
Embedding Thermoucouples Into Refrigeration Lines

I thought I would offer my experience making thermocouple sensors which are sealed directly inside of refrigeration lines. I did this so I could get more accurate or responsive readings, when I'm...
Forum: Solar Heating 07-26-15, 05:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,036
Posted By Acuario
Combined solar + heatpump central heating/cooling

Anyone following my adventures will have seen the thread on our new build.
As a result the old boiler room where I had the heat pump/solar etc. was demolished and a new room built to house...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-16-15, 04:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,457
Posted By AC_Hacker
Don't want to deflect this thread, but the "gap"...

Don't want to deflect this thread, but the "gap" in the above photo is a really important concept.

When I was building my Mini Loo, I left a gap at the bottom of the wall, where the tile shower...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-16-15, 07:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,457
Posted By dablack
Hey John, I was on hardie website the other...

Hey John,

I was on hardie website the other day trying to get a good hold of exactly how I want to do it. They have a download on best practices.

The question I always have is where do I put...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-08-15, 03:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,315
Posted By ferox
My plastic tank have 1000L, was tested in the...

My plastic tank have 1000L, was tested in the first start to 85C.
All 4 beer keg with 9 bar.
All works good, from 2013.

Pictures here...
Forum: Conservation 03-19-15, 08:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,466
Posted By AC_Hacker
There is another kind of PolyIso that is...

There is another kind of PolyIso that is reinforced with fiberglass to give it greater compression strength.

You might look into that. As I recall, the compression strength was about 40% greater....
Forum: Conservation 03-19-15, 05:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,466
Posted By creeky
I put "click" flooring directly over 1.5"...

I put "click" flooring directly over 1.5" polyiso. it took some getting used to as it squeaked in one area by the door for the first year. but it's been down over 3 years now with no issues. do wish...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-11-15, 10:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,315
Posted By GaryGary
Hi, I did a little more searching around on the...

Hi,
I did a little more searching around on the IBC totes.

Talked to Hoover in Nebraska. Asked about using IBC totes for solar heated water storage.
He said that the lighter wall thickness...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-10-15, 07:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,315
Posted By Mikesolar
I don't see why you cannot use the IBC with a...

I don't see why you cannot use the IBC with a wire cage for hot water up to even 180F. The plastic may soften SLIGHTLY but not enough to make a difference. I would just set your controller to limit...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-10-15, 02:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,315
Posted By GaryGary
Hi, I asked one of the makers of rotomolded...

Hi,
I asked one of the makers of rotomolded polyethylene tanks what temperatures the tanks could withstand -- the answer was:

"Our tanks are rated to spike at 140 and run a constant temp of 120....
Forum: Solar Heating 03-10-15, 01:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,315
Posted By Daox
I seem recall this not being a good idea. I...

I seem recall this not being a good idea. I can't for the life of me remember why though... :)

I emailed gary from builditsolar. Hopefully he will chime in.
Forum: Solar Heating 03-10-15, 12:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,315
Posted By gasstingy
I'd go to Build it Solar for this type setup and...

I'd go to Build it Solar for this type setup and look at what is posted there to get started. There is a design there I plan to mimic when I get my {nearly} never-ending garage/workshop project...
Forum: Conservation 03-07-15, 04:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,466
Posted By Drake
Up here in the tundra I did the floor of my...

Up here in the tundra I did the floor of my unheated crawlspace cabin floor as such. standard 2x8 floor joists with small wave gavl barn roof metal on top(this made up my rodent proof under floor...
Forum: Solar Power 02-28-15, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,920
Posted By NiHaoMike
More inverter reviews and teardowns than you ever...

More inverter reviews and teardowns than you ever know existed:
https://www.youtube.com/user/knurlgnar24/videos
One trick for reducing power use of motor and resistive loads is to get a 100V/50Hz...
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