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Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-19-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 281,679
Posted By nibs
There are a few articles on youtube about it, the...

There are a few articles on youtube about it, the main thing to overcome is converting ac line power to DC for the motor.
If you start a thread I will chip in.
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-19-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 281,679
Posted By nibs
I too am getting ready to do major surgery on our...

I too am getting ready to do major surgery on our electric garden tractor.
Converted it about 10 years ago to a series wound 24 Volt 2.5hp motor with 4 T105 golf cart batts. The second set of golf...
Forum: Tools 02-26-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,548
Posted By nibs
IMO one of the best things about it is that if...

IMO one of the best things about it is that if and when the bottom of the tank starts getting rust pinholes you have enough material that you can weld to.
When my cheapo modern ones rust through...
Forum: Conservation 02-26-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,801
Posted By nibs
IMO insulation is like fun and money, you can...

IMO insulation is like fun and money, you can never have too much. The lid in my house is R70, we have no attic, but the snow does not melt unless the ambient temp is above freezing.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-29-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,236
Posted By nibs
I must say that having a microbiologist for a BF...

I must say that having a microbiologist for a BF has been kind of handy in the era of runaway covid.
Have worn masks since march, keep alcohol in the car (not tequila darn it) for hand washing, and...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-29-21, 04:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,236
Posted By nibs
My microbiologist friend tells me that bleach...

My microbiologist friend tells me that bleach kills mold, and does not believe that vinegar kills it, but she does say that it may set up a condition in which mold does not like to grow in, but does...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-28-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,818
Posted By nibs
Another excellent source of information is...

Another excellent source of information is heatinghelp.com, if you are respectful and not asking questions because you were too lazy to look up the answers, there is a huge body of information, many...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-28-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,236
Posted By nibs
mk1st says "Definitely DON'T try to "kill the...

mk1st says
"Definitely DON'T try to "kill the mold" with bleach!!"

My microbiologist friend says bleach is a very effective anti mold agent, curious why you say not to use it?
Also says be...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-28-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,338
Posted By nibs
The same power to weight ratio numbers apply to...

The same power to weight ratio numbers apply to wave power.
Sailing our yacht at night with only the stars and compass to entertain one, used to wonder about using wave power to generate...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-28-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,821
Posted By nibs
The foam will bridge any minor defects in the...

The foam will bridge any minor defects in the grade, the down sides that I can see, infloor heating would be a bit tricky if you wanted it. (We love our warm floor), and if you are bermed at all (we...
Forum: Conservation 11-09-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,323
Posted By nibs
Yeah, did not notice the date until after I wrote...

Yeah, did not notice the date until after I wrote it............ better late than never.
Forum: Wind Power 10-26-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 17,665
Posted By nibs
Having carved perhaps a thousand windmill blades...

Having carved perhaps a thousand windmill blades in the 1980's I wonder why more people do not just go to a two bladed prop. My blades really flew, in about 10kts of wind, they filled the circle, ie...
Forum: Other Improvements 10-26-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,916
Posted By nibs
Put in a header tank on the hot side of the fire...

Put in a header tank on the hot side of the fire place & split the supply side line with a tee into the hot line with a water temperature controller. But the big danger is boiling the water in the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-30-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,188
Posted By nibs
Sounds like you are pretty well insulated, but...

Sounds like you are pretty well insulated, but insulation is like money and love, you just cannot have too much of it.

Wrote that last night & was a little tired. To answer your primary secondary...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-30-20, 12:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,188
Posted By nibs
Have you done a heat loss calculation, if not you...

Have you done a heat loss calculation, if not you are groping?
A tankless water heater is a terrible choice, they are designed to put out short bursts of very hot water, inslab heating needs a...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-13-18, 11:34 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 39,372
Posted By nibs
Still using my ugly old 'once upon a time...

Still using my ugly old 'once upon a time craftsman' second set of 4 trojan T105s, we mostly charge the tractor with a 175 W 30V solar panel which we are going to try to mount as a sunshade. Use the...
Forum: Conservation 06-13-18, 11:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,323
Posted By nibs
About 7 years ago we installed a hillbilly hot...

About 7 years ago we installed a hillbilly hot tub a 6' diameter galvanized stock tank.
we wrapped the wall with about 1" of flexible foam insulation and placed the tub on 2" of styrofoam wrapped...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-25-17, 04:46 PM
Replies: 373
Views: 281,679
Posted By nibs
On my third summer with a set of 4 6V T105...

On my third summer with a set of 4 6V T105 trojans, 24 volts total, have yet to run out of power in any application. even driving in the local parade
Have abandoned the mower, but use forklift and...
Forum: Tools 11-18-16, 09:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,349
Posted By nibs
In the early 1980's looked at the possibility of...

In the early 1980's looked at the possibility of selling house sized gensets running on natural gas, in San Diego, the break even at that time was reasonable. Just got wrapped up in other projects so...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-02-16, 09:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,909
Posted By nibs
Steve, the main reason I thought about 12V pumps...

Steve, the main reason I thought about 12V pumps is familiarity, have been using them for years and know them well. Also they are inexpensive I have several, I buy them at yard sales, the weak link...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-02-16, 08:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,909
Posted By nibs
Have not researched other pumps, but am very...

Have not researched other pumps, but am very impressed with the Shurflo style pumps, they operate on 12V, we will have a battery bank for solar so 12 v is no problem and if we use mercury switch...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-01-16, 09:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,909
Posted By nibs
Angry Thank you for the input. It is great to get the...

Thank you for the input. It is great to get the positive feedback. sounds like I will be putting in 2,000 lin ft.
Is it better to stay with 250 ft loops?
I was thinking that perhaps a good way to...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-26-16, 02:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,909
Posted By nibs
"I'm older than you." Then act your age and...

"I'm older than you."
Then act your age and drop the insults.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-23-16, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,722
Posted By nibs
I always try to do my epscrete either in a...

I always try to do my epscrete either in a sheltered location, or on a windless day,
I find it pretty hard to stop the stuff blowing around.
Some people wet the eps in the bag with a little liquid...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-23-16, 11:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,909
Posted By nibs
The floor will be slab on grade, from the...

The floor will be slab on grade,
from the bottom, waterproof membrane, 2 or 3 inches of epscrete, 2 or 3 inches foam insulation, pex piping, and 2 possibly 3 inches of fiber entrained high strength...
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