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Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 12-30-08, 01:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,620
Posted By Blister
I did the door thing from a metal door my dad...

I did the door thing from a metal door my dad replaced at his house. I didn't refinish it though. It's going to be a work table once the addition is built so no sense messing up new finish.

Some...
Forum: Conservation 12-30-08, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,682
Posted By Blister
We don't keep the house a particular temperature...

We don't keep the house a particular temperature since we no longer use the central heat. We use space heaters and just run them until it's warm. Even if one has to run continuously, it still uses...
Forum: Other Improvements 12-30-08, 01:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,682
Posted By Blister
I liked the pen turned into a laser using the DVD...

I liked the pen turned into a laser using the DVD drive guts. Probably the destructive side of me coming out but if it lasted longer than a lighter and could be recharged with solar, it may be a...
Forum: The Billiards Room 11-20-08, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,168
Posted By Blister
Nope. No bottled water. We have a deep well out...

Nope. No bottled water. We have a deep well out here and the water is pretty good. Prolly better for us than the commercially sold stuff.

Coming from SW Florida where the water is filled with...
Forum: Introductions 11-16-08, 07:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,860
Posted By Blister
Nice to see you. Welcome.

Nice to see you. Welcome.
Forum: Conservation 11-16-08, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,316
Posted By Blister
We have central heat but have the same problem....

We have central heat but have the same problem. It's not adequate for the house. The central heat and air is the main cause of the inflated bills we've paid in the past and the damn thing doesn't...
Forum: The Billiards Room 11-15-08, 01:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,098
Posted By Blister
That is awesome. Those people would get very...

That is awesome. Those people would get very tired of me very quickly. I would have questions for days and days.
Forum: Solar Heating 11-15-08, 01:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 19,759
Posted By Blister
Hey guys, the poster GaryGary I believe is the...

Hey guys, the poster GaryGary I believe is the author of the builditsolar website. I invited him here to comment on the articles and projects we've been discussing from his website.

Welcome Gary....
Forum: Conservation 11-15-08, 01:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,316
Posted By Blister
Usage was 966 KWh. According to the 13 month...

Usage was 966 KWh. According to the 13 month breakdown on the bill, last years usage for this month was 2000 KWh. The real test will be in February. Last years usage was 3060 KWh.
Forum: Other Improvements 11-14-08, 11:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,389
Posted By Blister
About 20 years ago, one of the largest providers...

About 20 years ago, one of the largest providers in the area advertised something similar to this. They said that if the majority of their customers agreed to a price hike, they would in turn take...
Forum: Conservation 11-14-08, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,316
Posted By Blister
Woot! Lowest power bill in years!

This month, our electricity bill was a grand total of $100.99. That's the cheapest power bill I have ever had to pay.

The house is 100% on-grid and the bill regularly was $200-250.

I'm pretty...
Forum: Conservation 11-14-08, 10:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,694
Posted By Blister
We use them in everything. The flashlights, the...

We use them in everything. The flashlights, the digital thermostat, remotes...etc...

We have some that are 3 and 4 years old and we paid $40 about three years ago for the charger. They're all...
Forum: Solar Heating 11-02-08, 07:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 10,204
Posted By Blister
*FREE* Passive Solar Energy Book pdf

I was pokin' around SolarGary's site some more this morning and ran across this free e-book on solar passive concepts. I've been through 2 chapters and already have seen several ideas that will help...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-29-08, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,705
Posted By Blister
Yeah, I have. I bought 20 page magnifiers a year...

Yeah, I have. I bought 20 page magnifiers a year or two ago from that online auction site and have just been looking for an excuse to use them. They are fresnel lenses and would direct a lot of...
Forum: Wind Power 10-27-08, 11:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,895
Posted By Blister
I wish that was all I had to worry about here...

I wish that was all I had to worry about here concerning grid tie. If one has hopes of selling power back to their local power company, they should look into it first. The whole system is set up from...
Forum: Introductions 10-23-08, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,936
Posted By Blister
No can do. Sorry. Most of the pictures that were...

No can do. Sorry. Most of the pictures that were taken are in a computer that doesn't work anymore. The one I'm using now doesn't allow for me to make that old hard drive a slave drive so the pics...
Forum: Introductions 10-21-08, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,936
Posted By Blister
They are actually pretty easy to build. Anyone...

They are actually pretty easy to build. Anyone who can drive a nail and use a shovel can build the one I did. In total, it cost less than $500 to build but $350 of that went for a 250gal polyethylene...
Forum: Introductions 10-21-08, 11:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,936
Posted By Blister
We didn't this last year but we will resume next...

We didn't this last year but we will resume next year. For the last 5 years, we used a homemade hydroponic system to grow cucumbers, tomatoes and cantaloupe. Before that we had small plots in...
Forum: Introductions 10-20-08, 08:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,936
Posted By Blister
I'm not sure whether you're asking about housing...

I'm not sure whether you're asking about housing or the area so I'll be forthcoming with both. lol. We live in a mobile home on 21.5 acres that belongs to my dad. We're trying to make the place as...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-20-08, 03:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,304
Posted By Blister
Some things we're trying to accomplish

This is basically a cut-n-paste from my post on ecomodder. I figured it'd be better to have it here. It's just a few things we're doing and a few things we're going to do in the near future, God...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-20-08, 03:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,870
Posted By Blister
If you may open the window, then bubble wrap is...

If you may open the window, then bubble wrap is definitely the way to go. The bent up surface will catch light from various angles and put them in the room and the still air in the bubbles is good...
Forum: The Billiards Room 10-20-08, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 9,948
Posted By Blister
For me, it's one year or less unless it's a major...

For me, it's one year or less unless it's a major home improvement like a 30%+ renovation or the purchase of a vehicle. Then it's similar to yours, 5 years.

I remember when we changed all carbon...
Forum: The Billiards Room 10-20-08, 02:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,141
Posted By Blister
It's hurting us and almost stopped us from our...

It's hurting us and almost stopped us from our projects that we've already begun. Unless I have extra work to supplement my income, we basically survive off of less than 10k annually. The extra work...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-20-08, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,870
Posted By Blister
How do you normally do your plastic? If you do...

How do you normally do your plastic? If you do two sheets with air in between it'll be good but if it's only one sheet, the bubble wrap will be better due to the still-air insulation within the...
Forum: Introductions 10-20-08, 02:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,936
Posted By Blister
Hey from GA..

Hi guys,

My wife and I have been interested in various ways to save energy and be more self-sufficient while doing it for around 8 years now. We are interested in pretty much anything DIY, that's...
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