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Forum: The Billiards Room 04-06-12, 02:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,759
Posted By AlanE
Alternative energy's shortcomings are all over...

Alternative energy's shortcomings are all over the news lately with solar companies worldwide going bankrupt as they can't compete without massive government subsidies, with the latest company going...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-02-12, 02:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,073
Posted By AlanE
To tell you the truth I don't really know because...

To tell you the truth I don't really know because this is from an engineering report I read years ago. All I recall is the 1% per year figure.

I'm not sure if they did a calc and then averaged it...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-01-12, 04:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,073
Posted By AlanE
Not at full capacity they won't. From the...

Not at full capacity they won't. From the performance studies I've read they calculate that you lose roughly 1% performance per year due to UV damage and due to the break down of materials within the...
Forum: Forum News & Feedback 04-01-12, 03:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,741
Posted By AlanE
I'm automatically subscribed to every thread in...

I'm automatically subscribed to every thread in which I leave a comment.

I checked my email account after not having used it for a long time and it was inundated with ecorenovator emails. I then...
Forum: Forum News & Feedback 04-01-12, 01:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,741
Posted By AlanE
I'm getting email notifications for new posts

I'm getting email notifications for new posts and in my user control panel I've selected the NO EMAIL NOTIFICATION option. What's going one?
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-29-12, 03:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 13,974
Posted By AlanE
I haven't looked into the details of door...

I haven't looked into the details of door construction at all. That's on my list of things to do.

Right now my IMPRESSION is that I would take xps sheets, laminate them to sheet metal, and . . . ....
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-28-12, 11:30 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 13,974
Posted By AlanE
I'd be interested in that because I'm planning on...

I'd be interested in that because I'm planning on building some well insulated doors for the walk-in freezer I want to build.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-23-12, 08:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,165
Posted By AlanE
My question is in the same vein as "what is the...

My question is in the same vein as "what is the best flavor of ice cream?" The answer depends on how you define best. The research you cite had some specific questions that they wanted answered. Are...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-23-12, 06:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,165
Posted By AlanE
What is "best?" It looks to me like you have...

What is "best?"

It looks to me like you have to do an optimization calculation here. There is clearly a Best standard for minimizing energy usage, a best standard for retaining heat in the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-23-12, 01:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,165
Posted By AlanE
Unless the mean annualized temperature of the...

Unless the mean annualized temperature of the ground surrounding your basement is at or above the temperature you find comfortable in your living environment, you're going to be losing heat from your...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-22-12, 08:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,576
Posted By AlanE
I'm fine with that so long as people don't buy...

I'm fine with that so long as people don't buy these "civic improvements" on someone else's dime. Are you in favor of part of your property taxes going to the farm owner as an annual stipend to...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-22-12, 05:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,576
Posted By AlanE
We're now through the Looking Glass. Look there's...

We're now through the Looking Glass. Look there's the Mad Hatter over there.

For a conventional residential tenancy...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-22-12, 04:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,576
Posted By AlanE
Does this also mean that the cost of washing my...

Does this also mean that the cost of washing my car, changing its oil and buying new tires, not to mention the cost of any auto repairs, should also be paid for by the taxpayers, for the future owner...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-20-12, 11:14 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 30,483
Posted By AlanE
There you go again trying to control everyone...

There you go again trying to control everyone else's life. Look, why don't you eat just corn and soy and not try to impose your tastes and religious views on everyone else.
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-19-12, 11:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,759
Posted By AlanE
Or look at AC's manifesto thread - he, and...

Or look at AC's manifesto thread - he, and others, have managed to put together very inexpensive functioning GSHPs and by doing so they've pushed the energy efficiency calculus to be more cost...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-19-12, 06:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,759
Posted By AlanE
Is that the same things as Savonarola screaming...

Is that the same things as Savonarola screaming "Burn the heretics"?
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-19-12, 03:51 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,759
Posted By AlanE
Exactly right. The MUST condition being invoked...

Exactly right. The MUST condition being invoked is just a furtherance of a particular religious viewpoint for there are other alternatives which invalidate the MUST condition.



Do you travel...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-19-12, 03:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,759
Posted By AlanE
I'm a big advocate of the scientific method, so...

I'm a big advocate of the scientific method, so you'll understand, I hope, that GIGO reports don't really float my boat. Hirsh made a prediction - peak oil will arrive before 2015, that is, aggregate...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-19-12, 03:23 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,759
Posted By AlanE
This too is a faith based response but it's...

This too is a faith based response but it's dressed up as logic. Religious scholars through out history are very good at doing this and it's entirely legitimate to create a logical argument based on...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-18-12, 06:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,759
Posted By AlanE
This is a religious statement. It simply takes an...

This is a religious statement. It simply takes an article of faith as given, we MUST have a global AE system, and then dispenses with any examination of WHY this must be so. God exists. Don't bother...
Forum: Wind Power 03-15-12, 05:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 12,609
Posted By AlanE
Just to show that I'm not irrationally opposed to...

Just to show that I'm not irrationally opposed to wind power let me say that I intend to build a small windmill, not for power generation, but as a well pump. I'll build a reservoir and when the wind...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-14-12, 05:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,759
Posted By AlanE
They can safely deal with the waste, the problem...

They can safely deal with the waste, the problem isn't that they don't know how (isolate) the problem is that they face political opposition.

To be sure, political opposition is, when it's...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-14-12, 05:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,759
Posted By AlanE
In a situation where all of your choices are...

In a situation where all of your choices are suboptimal the best alternative is to chose the alternative with the fewest negatives and stick with that alternative until the situation changes...
Forum: Wind Power 03-13-12, 11:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 12,609
Posted By AlanE
I go to the same trouble I see you going to - you...

I go to the same trouble I see you going to - you seek to correct misinformation about heat pump technology when you see it posted, well I'm doing the same. Romanticism and ideology can't overcome...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-13-12, 08:53 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 127,600
Posted By AlanE
Closed loop. On a side note, please keep...

Closed loop.

On a side note, please keep posting about your experiences. I'm finding the grout adventure interesting reading.

I'm wondering if your problems are stemming from the small diameter...
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