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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-15-19, 10:00 AM
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Posted By Drake
Plumbing my radiant floor

I am at the point in deciding how to plumb/control the hydronic radiant floor in my new addition space. It is three loops(200' ea) of 1/2" non-ox pex laid in concentric sq spirals from outside to...
Forum: Lighting 12-28-18, 07:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 785
Posted By Drake
It is not the energy efficiency that is most...

It is not the energy efficiency that is most important(thought they need to be LED) but the ease and unneeded wiring required for several multi way switching wanted.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-03-18, 12:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
Posted By Drake
Decided to go with three shorter loops because my...

Decided to go with three shorter loops because my local Menard's store was clearing out 250' rolls of 1/2 of non-O2 pex 75% off to go to 300' rolls. I have three 200' runs in the layout plan now so...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-08-18, 05:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
Posted By Drake
More pex loops better???

I'm putting hydronic pex heating in a high mass concrete slab 14' x 30'. It is for an open room floor plan so it could easily be done with just two loops and meet 1/2 pex length...
Forum: Lighting 04-13-18, 09:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 785
Posted By Drake
Modern sensor lighting

I'm at the point in my eco build to be planning lighting and the wiring to control it. It is a very open floor plan with multiple egress point to most main rooms(so lots of _way switches if...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-01-18, 10:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,217
Posted By Drake
I plan to do in floor(concrete) loop design as...

I plan to do in floor(concrete) loop design as BBP described, closer spaced exterior to wider interior runs in sq spirals, as it will also help redistribute direct passive solar gain from direct...
Forum: Conservation 05-09-17, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,217
Posted By Drake
The screen keep out many more insects than just...

The screen keep out many more insects than just mosquitos but doesn't No-see-ums. The screen is unnecessary for insulated insert purposes it is just already in the extra screens I had. I have one...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-30-17, 06:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,499
Posted By Drake
Is VAE like "latex modified". I have read that...

Is VAE like "latex modified". I have read that when using anti fracture barriers and tile that it is not recommended using a latex modified thin set tile adhesive. These modern adhesives can really...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-30-17, 01:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,499
Posted By Drake
The slab will be covered with dark(for...

The slab will be covered with dark(for solar)porcelain tile which I can install myself so rough surface will be good for adhesion. I have used fiber in other slab projects just not with radiant...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-30-17, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,499
Posted By Drake
This is for a passive solar heat sink and...

This is for a passive solar heat sink and hydronic heated floor. Highly conductive material is desired not insulation. Insulation will be below floor to direct heat loss into living space.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-30-17, 09:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,499
Posted By Drake
I have not yet chosen a thin slab mix. It will...

I have not yet chosen a thin slab mix. It will be 3/8' rod reinforced, 1" thick. It does not need to be self leveling or light weight. I am leaning toward a small arg premixed HS concrete as it is...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-25-17, 01:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,499
Posted By Drake
Glass fiber reinforcement in thin slab mix???

Any opinions or knowledge of glass fiber in a thin slab mix for fracture prevention in a radiant hydronic floor being a poor choice? Glass is a good heat conductor as windows prove. My thin slab...
Forum: Solar Power 04-21-17, 04:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 725
Posted By Drake
It will be a direct run from basement to attic...

It will be a direct run from basement to attic two stories, about 25'. As I plan to grid tie if I'm doing any PV I might as well cover front of roof. I have to cross a couple of top and bottom...
Forum: Solar Power 04-18-17, 02:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 725
Posted By Drake
Wire size for solar array???

Want to preinstall a conduit run for future PV roof array from my attic to basement main box during new construction. What gauge main feed wiring and how many would be required? I have 30'x20" of...
Forum: Conservation 04-18-17, 02:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,108
Posted By Drake
In theory if you can keep the demand of building...

In theory if you can keep the demand of building less than supply of earth tube it should be feasible. Certainly would perform better than air to air heat pump not using pre tempered air. Not...
Forum: Conservation 04-10-17, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,217
Posted By Drake
Insulating window inserts

Last year someone asked for photo of how I skinned extra screen inserts with window stretch wrap for extra insulation over winter. I remembered before I stored them this year. I skinned both sides...
Forum: Conservation 04-10-17, 08:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,108
Posted By Drake
I buried 3 110' runs of 6" pipe in the same...

I buried 3 110' runs of 6" pipe in the same trench I dug to gravity daylight drain my footings out thru our hillside. I plan to use them to pre temper incoming fresh air into DIY HRV at night time. ...
Forum: Conservation 02-02-17, 10:12 PM
Replies: 560
Views: 511,407
Posted By Drake
Long tube in tube DIY xchgr

Came across a Utube vid by Tom Heylen 'DIY air heat exchanger - PVC pipe and soda cans'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baHbOtkbgwY who has built very much what I was thinking of designing. VERY...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-12-16, 07:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,959
Posted By Drake
Yes free is key! In central Minnesota we have a...

Yes free is key! In central Minnesota we have a large variety of rock types to collect(glacier area) and many old farms grew as many rocks as crops so years of rocks removed from fields where piled...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-25-16, 10:33 PM
Replies: 588
Views: 209,518
Posted By Drake
That is exactly what I am working on.

That is exactly what I am working on.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 02-04-16, 06:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By Drake
I hadn't thought about heat tape and NON-metalic...

I hadn't thought about heat tape and NON-metalic pipe. I want to use HDPE pipe as it can take freezing if it should happen. Would oversizing the pipe be to any advantage in preventing freezing? ...
Forum: Conservation 01-11-16, 02:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,486
Posted By Drake
Finally has gotten cold enough here this winter...

Finally has gotten cold enough here this winter to need to put up the window covers. Here is a pc of the one for my casement window using an extra screen with shrink window film on each side. Extra...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-10-16, 10:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By Drake
Possible -30 nights with extended -10 not unheard...

Possible -30 nights with extended -10 not unheard of. Though the trickle plan would not be costly as we have own well the,as stated, extra load on the mound septic system we are coded to have would...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-09-16, 04:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By Drake
eco pipe heat wrap?

Are they all pretty much equal resistance haet tape or is there any that are more energy saving? I have three options of how to get water supply run to new main living addition, thru exiting heated...
Forum: Biofuels 01-04-16, 10:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,983
Posted By Drake
Read once where sod homes of the plains were...

Read once where sod homes of the plains were supplemently heated by piling animal manure against outside walls to compost over the winter to temper, insulate and seal drafts. Good fresh compost for...
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