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Forum: Conservation Today, 12:52 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,864
Posted By MN Renovator
Do you mean 240v charging, are you talking about...

Do you mean 240v charging, are you talking about the F150 EV?
Forum: Solar Power 11-25-19, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 160
Posted By MN Renovator
Why asphalt? It costs $1000 or so every 20...

Why asphalt?
It costs $1000 or so every 20 years when you replace the roof.
Installing a metal roof costs a fortune.
The metal roof cost invested in something else will easily cover the $1000...
Forum: Conservation 11-23-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,864
Posted By MN Renovator
The specs on the Cybertruck look great and the...

The specs on the Cybertruck look great and the price for a 500 mile range vehicle with access to a supercharger is amazing. I'm imagining the disappointment when someone hitches up a 2 or 3 ton...
Forum: Solar Power 11-21-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 160
Posted By MN Renovator
Sunlight exposure, snow/ice, and things like hail...

Sunlight exposure, snow/ice, and things like hail are what cause your shingles to degrade. When they are sheltered by your solar panels, you've got a section of your roof where the shingles will live...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-21-19, 12:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By MN Renovator
OP, If you are looking to use R290 because you...

OP, If you are looking to use R290 because you think you can't buy the R410A, that's not true. You can buy it almost as easily as buying a can of R134A for a car, just from a different place than...
Forum: Solar Power 11-01-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 686
Posted By MN Renovator
PVwatts let's you put the details to see what you...

PVwatts let's you put the details to see what you gain or lose when changing things like direction and roof angle for your location.

https://pvwatts.nrel.gov
Forum: Solar Power 10-30-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 686
Posted By MN Renovator
You could take the modules and racking and leave...

You could take the modules and racking and leave behind the flash mounts.

If you wanted to remove the flash mounts, you'd either put flashing where the mounts were or install shingles over where...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 10-09-19, 06:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 783
Posted By MN Renovator
The entering air of an AC condenser being 65...

The entering air of an AC condenser being 65 degrees instead of 90 degrees doesn't reduce the power consumption by that much. My compressor uses about 2200 watts with a 90 degree entering...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-27-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 741
Posted By MN Renovator
I've been looking at installing this model on my...

I've been looking at installing this model on my house but instead going with the 12k BTUhr unit to better cover a majority of the cooling needs instead of replacing my slightly oversized 2 ton(a 1.5...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 08-20-19, 11:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,075
Posted By MN Renovator
There are heat pump pool heaters, so what you are...

There are heat pump pool heaters, so what you are trying to do makes sense and is a better idea than heating electrically using resistance heat. There was someone here who modified a window unit to...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-14-19, 01:57 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,741
Posted By MN Renovator
I just looked it up, it's a FPR 5 / MERV 7...

I just looked it up, it's a FPR 5 / MERV 7 filter. Not sure how you think a pleated filter isn't going to catch dog hair. Here's a link showing it's MERV 7. I get these on sale from a different home...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-12-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,741
Posted By MN Renovator
"crappy Tru-Blu" Not sure why you say that....

"crappy Tru-Blu"

Not sure why you say that. They are decent filters and they don't cost much, 2 for $3, when on sale. They do a good job of protecting the A-coil from getting gunked up without...
Forum: Solar Power 07-04-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 49,476
Posted By MN Renovator
I know it's fairly simple but it looks more...

I know it's fairly simple but it looks more complex than the diagrams and discussions earlier. There are more thermal stages with 'heat gained here, but then pulled away here' stuff.

If I had the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-01-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 301
Posted By MN Renovator
Insulated studs

I was watching this video on Youtube by Matt Risinger where he is talking about insulated studs.

They are to replace 2x6 or 2x8 wood studs with what is essentially 3x6 or 3x8 studs. Looking at the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-01-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 813
Posted By MN Renovator
"That's a 2 ton 10 seer unit. Not super efficient...

"That's a 2 ton 10 seer unit. Not super efficient by today's standards. Not much better than a window AC unit."

It's worse. The EER ratings on window AC units from even the previous energy star...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-01-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 246
Posted By MN Renovator
You might as well just leave the fan off when you...

You might as well just leave the fan off when you take a shower and open the door immediately(leave it open) when you get out of the shower to bring the moisture down in the bathroom to disperse the...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-29-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 41,770
Posted By MN Renovator
I don't have direct experience but I've used a...

I don't have direct experience but I've used a corded Black and Decker electric mower that I got for about $20 with a bad top bearing that caused the rotor to grind into the permanent magnet and tore...
Forum: Solar Power 04-06-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,528
Posted By MN Renovator
The solar panels themselves are now dirt cheap...

The solar panels themselves are now dirt cheap relative to the full cost of a system. Right now the highest cost of a consumer purchased system installed by a professional is currently the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-25-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 556
Posted By MN Renovator
Intermittent connection or it might need voltage...

Intermittent connection or it might need voltage to bridge a gap and start an arc. At lease you've figured out which side of the branch is causing the dead short allowing you to leave it disconnected...
Forum: Conservation 03-25-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,436
Posted By MN Renovator
I agree that it is primarily from keeping your...

I agree that it is primarily from keeping your indoor air conditioning(evaporator) coil from getting plugged up. It's an expensive PITA to pay someone to clean the evap coil, to the point where you...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 03-09-19, 11:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,570
Posted By MN Renovator
My fridge is an 'Estate' by Whirlpool. The...

My fridge is an 'Estate' by Whirlpool.
The timer is a 10 hour timer on mine, the timer runs whether the compressor is running or not.

The defrost cycle only runs if the refrigerator thermostat...
Forum: Conservation 03-07-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,848
Posted By MN Renovator
I called my garbage hauler and they put me on the...

I called my garbage hauler and they put me on the list of houses to stop by their rear loading garbage truck that they roll through the route every two weeks. I think it was $20 to get added to the...
Forum: Conservation 11-06-18, 07:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,724
Posted By MN Renovator
Maybe in the 48, but Hawaii has them beat because...

Maybe in the 48, but Hawaii has them beat because they are basically importing all of the fossil fuels needed to run their power plants and it is not cheap to float those boats all the way down...
Forum: The Billiards Room 11-01-18, 09:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 612
Posted By MN Renovator
It's a bit sad to see this magazine come to an...

It's a bit sad to see this magazine come to an end, I've been a subscriber for about a decade. I used it for decisions regarding my solar system, reading other's off grid stories, learning about...
Forum: Conservation 10-19-18, 06:54 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 37,169
Posted By MN Renovator
If you drive around the Volt for 5 years and...

If you drive around the Volt for 5 years and don't put much mileage on it, does the car eventually count down to 0% on the oil life for some sort of calendar based recommendation for changing the...
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