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Forum: Solar Heating 10-20-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 128
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Posted By bennelson
Glad to see this project continuing! I'd...

Glad to see this project continuing!

I'd love to come out and shoot some video when the panels get mounted!

PS: I got a bunch of Evacuated Tubes now! Up for grabs for a project!
I think it's...
Forum: Solar Heating 11-13-12, 06:01 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 39,948
Posted By bennelson
If the rack isn't finished yet, are you still...

If the rack isn't finished yet, are you still planning on adding crossbracing?
Forum: Solar Heating 11-06-12, 08:56 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 39,948
Posted By bennelson
Wow that's a big trench. Guess under the porch,...

Wow that's a big trench. Guess under the porch, you had to make it big enough for yourselves.

That's almost more of a TUNNELING operation than anything.

Time to re-watch SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-19-12, 01:36 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 39,948
Posted By bennelson
This project has jumped threads once or twice as...

This project has jumped threads once or twice as it evolved.
It all sort of started when I discovered that a cousin of mine wanted to get rid of the old solar panels on his house, and offered them...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-19-12, 10:51 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 39,948
Posted By bennelson
I gotta come over sometime and help shoot a...

I gotta come over sometime and help shoot a video!

Photos are great, but they don't always give the best sense of scale and motion.

This project is the most ambitious DIY home-scale solar hot...
Forum: Solar Heating 09-20-12, 09:10 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 39,948
Posted By bennelson
I can't come out Saturday, as I'm giving...

I can't come out Saturday, as I'm giving presentations at the Mother Earth Fair in Pennsylvania.

For digging under the porch, how are your boards attached? Any chance they are screwed down instead...
Forum: Solar Heating 09-19-12, 08:40 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 39,948
Posted By bennelson
You're making that poor woman dig? It's a good...

You're making that poor woman dig? It's a good thing she loves you!

Invite me over sometime and I'll trade you digging labor for lunch!
Forum: Solar Heating 02-09-12, 10:15 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 39,948
Posted By bennelson
What's the actual status of the panels...

What's the actual status of the panels themselves?

I seem to recall that you were planning on designing a better way to hold the glass onto the front of the boxes?

The original clips that did...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-23-11, 11:04 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 39,948
Posted By bennelson
Wow, looks like the rack is bigger and farther...

Wow, looks like the rack is bigger and farther away than I first would have imagined!

Got any rental time left on that post hole digger? We could come and do my post holes next!
Forum: Solar Heating 10-13-11, 11:42 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 39,948
Posted By bennelson
I think some fill is a good idea. It will...

I think some fill is a good idea.

It will look better, be easier to mow around, etc.

Try to do some volume calculations, so you have a good guess as to how much fill you need.
Forum: Solar Heating 07-11-11, 09:24 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 39,948
Posted By bennelson
I like what Xringer stated in post 14. If...

I like what Xringer stated in post 14.

If you ever need to make any changes to the system, it would be a little easier.

Should make it a little less work to set everything up.

When are you...
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