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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-13-19, 12:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 679
Posted By CrankyDoug
Audible alarms work in some neighborhoods and not...

Audible alarms work in some neighborhoods and not in others. Poorly installed alarms are easy to defeat, even by amateurs. Most of the residential and commercial alarms I've had to deal with fall...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-18-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By CrankyDoug
Acrylic vs polycarbonate (Lexan)

I have to make four removable storm windows for the skylight in my house. They are trapezoidal so there will be a lot of waste. I will need two 4X8 sheets.

Acrylic is less expensive than...
Forum: Tools 10-17-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 293
Posted By CrankyDoug
I've purchased two of these. No problems so far....

I've purchased two of these. No problems so far. They are available in 30V or 60V and in various current ratings.
...
Forum: Tools 09-11-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,015
Posted By CrankyDoug
Production line welding heads are sometimes...

Production line welding heads are sometimes watercooled. I've never seen a portable or stand-alone power unit with water cooling other than for TIG torches.

I am surprised there aren't any...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-13-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,540
Posted By CrankyDoug
I can attest to that fact. I put the largest...

I can attest to that fact. I put the largest filter/grill assembly I could find in the return air duct at my mom's house. I figured twice the area would allow me to use the best Filtrete on the...
Forum: Conservation 08-13-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 21,998
Posted By CrankyDoug
Hard to say but not wanting to find out after the...

Hard to say but not wanting to find out after the fact. Perhaps what I need to do is talk to the assessor. That in itself poses some risk. I do know my neighbors have been gouged for small DIY...
Forum: Conservation 08-13-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 21,998
Posted By CrankyDoug
Well my 6.4kW batch of solar panels is still...

Well my 6.4kW batch of solar panels is still stacked in storage. I'm still wondering how to put them up without the resulting property tax increase robbing me of any energy savings. The idea one of...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-18-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 573
Posted By CrankyDoug
I can offer some observations from my experience...

I can offer some observations from my experience with air dryers. Perhaps it will give you a place to start.

All of the refrigeration cycle air dryers I've worked with use flooded evaporators to...
Forum: Other Improvements 06-10-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,074
Posted By CrankyDoug
The most cost effective way to get big double...

The most cost effective way to get big double pane windows is to buy sliding glass doors and build around them. I made the mistake of buying huge vertical slide windows because I thought they would...
Forum: Solar Power 06-05-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 763
Posted By CrankyDoug
Hi Steve; I'm finding some conflicting...

Hi Steve;

I'm finding some conflicting reports about the switch.

https://runonsun.com/~runons5/blogs/blog1.php/solworks/est/enphase-iq8-update

As I understand it the IQ8 can run...
Forum: Solar Power 06-01-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 763
Posted By CrankyDoug
I just looked at the IQ8 description on the...

I just looked at the IQ8 description on the Enphase site. They seem headed in the right direction. It requires a switch if you want to use your solar when the grid goes down, though Ron didn't...
Forum: Solar Power 05-31-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 763
Posted By CrankyDoug
As far as I know all grid tie inverters sync to...

As far as I know all grid tie inverters sync to the grid and therefore shut down when the grid goes down. However, the safe-off methodology used in ebay (inexpensive) inverters may not meet NFPA70...
Forum: Solar Power 05-30-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 763
Posted By CrankyDoug
Well you were right about the blocking diode...

Well you were right about the blocking diode being too simple. Blocking diodes don't block alternating current.

I don't know how things are up in MD but about a year ago several people here in GA...
Forum: Other Improvements 05-27-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,735
Posted By CrankyDoug
Bulldog; Perfect timing. I tried to use the...

Bulldog;

Perfect timing. I tried to use the jet pump to flush some of the silt from the bottom. As soon as I stirred up the silt the orifice in the foot plugged. That was a week ago. We've...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 05-21-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,042
Posted By CrankyDoug
I had a backhoe fuel tank with several pinholes...

I had a backhoe fuel tank with several pinholes in the bottom. Didn't notice them until I tried to clean the rust out. Mixed some marine epoxy and fumed silica (cabosil) to thicken it and poured in....
Forum: The Billiards Room 05-16-19, 09:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 214
Posted By CrankyDoug
Let's see if I can contribute something without...

Let's see if I can contribute something without the politics.

I can't speak for SVAYA as I've not heard of them. But I have been fortunate to work with, for, and alongside companies in eastern...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-16-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,414
Posted By CrankyDoug
Take a look at this thread...... ...

Take a look at this thread......

https://ecorenovator.org/forum/showthread.php?t=6711

I haven't installed the device yet so I can't give you any facts, other than reports from people who have...
Forum: Conservation 03-25-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,230
Posted By CrankyDoug
Just spent an hour at walmart looking at air...

Just spent an hour at walmart looking at air filters. Andy, I concur that some of the cheap pleated filters have holes in them. In fact, the filter media has an array of holes punched through it,...
Forum: Conservation 03-25-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,230
Posted By CrankyDoug
I suppose it depends a lot on your region and the...

I suppose it depends a lot on your region and the dust generated in your own house. Here in GA the pollen is presently falling like volcano ash. We also seem to generate a lot of lint (year round)...
Forum: Conservation 03-23-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,230
Posted By CrankyDoug
I've had mixed feelings about K&N filters for...

I've had mixed feelings about K&N filters for years. Their off road motorcycle filters improved breathing but were terrible at keeping fine silt out of the engine. Some riders started putting the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-22-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 871
Posted By CrankyDoug
They look good but are rarely cost effective. ...

They look good but are rarely cost effective.

I've looked into them a few times over the last 25 years. Cost varies widely by region and many areas don't allow them. Most juristictions require...
Forum: Other Improvements 02-09-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,391
Posted By CrankyDoug
I have two standalone dehumidifiers (one for each...

I have two standalone dehumidifiers (one for each floor) and have never had trouble with them. They use AC compressors and consume about 700W. It isn't really wasted heat when you are heating the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-21-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 38,004
Posted By CrankyDoug
Or maybe they don't trust their heat pumps. ...

Or maybe they don't trust their heat pumps. Since R410 replaced R22 the number of evaporator failures has gone though the roof. Manufacturers know what the problem is and they know how to correct...
Forum: The Billiards Room 01-01-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 454
Posted By CrankyDoug
The picture in your link does not appear to show...

The picture in your link does not appear to show any sign of a flame front, though it seems unintuitive that a ruptured line would cause such catastrophic damage. Then again, a friend of mine...
Forum: Tools 12-30-18, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,171
Posted By CrankyDoug
Question for Mike; I see the TS100 on ebay...

Question for Mike;
I see the TS100 on ebay under several brands - Uy Chan, Sainsmart, Ykey, Usmile (really), Novellife, etc. Are they all about the same or is there one you prefer?
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