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Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 12-15-16, 07:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,307
Posted By MN Renovator
I used to live in a house built in 1990 that had...

I used to live in a house built in 1990 that had a Whirlpool oven that used a piezo ignition. It would click for about a minute, wait another minute to prove the flame, then the burner came on. ...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-06-16, 10:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,343
Posted By oil pan 4
My friend was running 2 dehumidifiers in his...

My friend was running 2 dehumidifiers in his basement.
He complained that the dehumidifiers were heating the house up during the day causing the slightly under sized central A/C to run well into the...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-27-16, 10:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,343
Posted By where2
I'm surprised no one has suggested using an...

I'm surprised no one has suggested using an arduino, a temperature/humidity sensor, and a relay board to convert this 1.77 L/kWH unit with a defective humidistat to an smarter device. If you don't...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-27-16, 11:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,343
Posted By jeff5may
If you can get a replacement control board for...

If you can get a replacement control board for $35, that's pretty much a no-brainer. Super easy to swap out: usually just a handful of screws and the thing just unplugs. Plug new board in, reassemble...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 07-22-16, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,104
Posted By jeff5may
As long as the fan is installed with the stock...

As long as the fan is installed with the stock hardware, it will deliver at least 90 percent of its maximum capacity. If mounted on a peak or on a slanted (vaulted) ceiling, and the blades closely...
Forum: Solar Heating 06-07-16, 09:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,350
Posted By CarbonKevin
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe moist air...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe moist air requires a greater input of energy to achieve the same delta t as would a comparable volume (or volumetric flow) of dry air.
Forum: Solar Heating 06-07-16, 09:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,350
Posted By JRMichler
I use 0.018 BTU/ft^3/deg F, the same as bmxeroh. ...

I use 0.018 BTU/ft^3/deg F, the same as bmxeroh. It's almost certainly more accurate than typical temperature and airflow measurements. A one degree error on inlet and outlet temperatures could...
Forum: Conservation 05-26-16, 11:26 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 37,277
Posted By stevehull
Randen, When I spoke of balancing it was not...

Randen,

When I spoke of balancing it was not to balance the two 120 legs - rather it is production vs load balancing.

You can't just connect a PV panel/inverter up to an appliance (even if 240...
Forum: Conservation 04-23-16, 06:52 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 37,277
Posted By MEMPHIS91
I find that most people who are looking to go off...

I find that most people who are looking to go off grid either don't understand all the is involved (money, batteries, no sun for days, etc.) or that do it as a worst case scenario as in grid down....
Forum: Conservation 04-23-16, 03:07 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 37,277
Posted By oil pan 4
$40 a month is a deal compared to going off grid....

$40 a month is a deal compared to going off grid.

In a nut shell to go off grid you need to first save as much electric power as possible.
Then you need to convert most if not all your heating...
Forum: Conservation 03-13-16, 04:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,570
Posted By MN Renovator
Would it? 100kBTU is 1ccf or 100 cubic feet, so...

Would it? 100kBTU is 1ccf or 100 cubic feet, so based on your numbers, that would be 1000 cubic feet of combustion air. That would be an air exchange for 125 square feet. 24 hours of continous...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-11-16, 10:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,094
Posted By MN Renovator
I can't wrap my head around this post. ..at all. ...

I can't wrap my head around this post. ..at all.

I live in a house built in 1985. 2100 square feet. Before starting my insulation and air sealing retrofit efforts with about R30 tops cellulose in...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-10-16, 04:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,181
Posted By natethebrown
My large semi-raised bed garden

I thought I would go ahead and post about my gardening experiences. I have learned some lessons along the way that, perhaps, someone may find useful. As far as a little background, last year...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-07-16, 09:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,094
Posted By stevehull
Thermal buffering is the sum of many thermal...

Thermal buffering is the sum of many thermal masses. The smallest thermal mass is the air mass. The most substantial are heavy dense things like stone counter tops and such. The resultant thermal...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-06-16, 07:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,094
Posted By stevehull
BBP Good points on not simply using total...

BBP

Good points on not simply using total seasonal heating (or cooling) degree days for design load - alone.

I use both and expected wind and thermal mass. I look at the heat (or cool)...
Forum: Conservation 03-01-16, 08:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,570
Posted By JRMichler
Frost on the inside of a roof is due to warm...

Frost on the inside of a roof is due to warm moist air leaking from the conditioned space. Fix those air leaks (there is always more than one) and you will save much more than by preheating furnace...
Forum: Conservation 03-01-16, 12:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,570
Posted By Mobile Master Tech
GTO, There will be some efficiency to gain,...

GTO,

There will be some efficiency to gain, but I see a few hurdles.

One, even if your furnaces have combustion blowers, they are still draft furnaces requiring certain flue attributes as...
Forum: Conservation 12-31-15, 03:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,259
Posted By warmwxrules
This fall i was using my dehumidifier in the...

This fall i was using my dehumidifier in the basement to dry my clothes on a rack. Just a few items were dried at any one time, but in a day most things were completely dry and the big thing..no...
Forum: Conservation 10-26-15, 02:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,501
Posted By Daox
Thanks for the reminder gtojohn. Degree days are...

Thanks for the reminder gtojohn. Degree days are very important when tracking energy use IMO. I log them in my own personal spreadsheet on my energy use. It really helps analyse things.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-20-15, 10:38 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,267
Posted By Xringer
mini Temperature Controller

Digital STC 1000 All Purpose Temperature Controller Thermostat with Sensor 2Y | eBay...
Forum: Solar Power 09-29-15, 09:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,984
Posted By where2
It is a primitive video recording device...

It is a primitive video recording device utilizing sequential access magnetic media, rather than direct access media. Video Cassette Recorder = VCR.

Technically, I could build a similar setup...
Forum: Solar Power 09-28-15, 09:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,984
Posted By jeff5may
What's a vcr? Is it like a DVR or something?

What's a vcr? Is it like a DVR or something?
Forum: Conservation 09-23-15, 10:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,501
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: Appliances & Gadgets 08-01-15, 10:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,368
Posted By Elcam84
Yeah that makes sence after looking into it a...

Yeah that makes sence after looking into it a little.

Here is no way we could leave the ac off at all during the day. The system is sized correctly so it isn't big enough to quick cool...
Forum: Conservation 07-24-15, 09:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,604
Posted By MN Renovator
I've found that I can't bring an effective...

I've found that I can't bring an effective reduction(or increase in the cold months) in indoor temperature unless it is over 10 degrees difference between the inside and outside. With high moisture...
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