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Forum: Solar Heating 03-11-09, 07:22 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By bennelson
I haven't checked for overnight heat holding yet,...

I haven't checked for overnight heat holding yet, but I can tell you that it can't be good right this second. All the crazy weather we have been having lately (snow, rain, thunder-snow, wind.....)...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-06-09, 12:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,911
Posted By bennelson
Um, finish upgrading my electric car, help you...

Um, finish upgrading my electric car, help you with the EcoRider, convert my truck to bio-diesel, make bio-diesel, rebuild my garage.......
Forum: Solar Heating 03-06-09, 10:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,911
Posted By bennelson
Holy Crap! I built a Sauna!

I am home today, it's sunny, and time to test out the cheap-o greenhouse!

It's 42℉ and sunny. A beautiful, unseasonably warm day.

I finished building ver 2 of the mini-solar-greenhouse at the...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-04-09, 06:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,911
Posted By bennelson
Mostly, it's just a little experiment. I saw...

Mostly, it's just a little experiment.

I saw a pretty cool-looking A-Frame greenhouse, and I though, "hey, I could build one of those!"

I already had all these materials just sitting around, so...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-03-09, 09:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,911
Posted By bennelson
Yea! I just helped pass Neighborhood Electric...

Yea! I just helped pass Neighborhood Electric Vehicle ordinance in my city!

OK, where was I?

er, um, Photos.

I used a stake to hold up an end wall....
Forum: Solar Heating 03-03-09, 06:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,911
Posted By bennelson
Version 2 is done. I don't think the wind is...

Version 2 is done.

I don't think the wind is going to blow it away.

I replaced the blanket ends with another (partial) piece of the scrap greenhouse glazing, and some more pink foam.

I...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-03-09, 02:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,911
Posted By bennelson
Well, I just crawled inside the cheap-o doghouse,...

Well, I just crawled inside the cheap-o doghouse, er...greenhouse.

It's warmer in there than outside, but not by a ton. I did throw in a scrap of foam insulation which is black on the one side. I...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-03-09, 01:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,911
Posted By bennelson
If anyone has more ideas for greening up a...

If anyone has more ideas for greening up a garage, head on over to:
http://ecorenovator.org/forum/new-construction/242-eco-garage.html#post2288
Forum: Solar Heating 03-03-09, 12:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,911
Posted By bennelson
I would SO LOVE to have a passive solar garage! ...

I would SO LOVE to have a passive solar garage!

Too bad about the orientation and that great big pine tree! The only way to get some good solar heat to the garage might be with some hot air...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-03-09, 10:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,911
Posted By bennelson
Cheap-o Greenhouse

I built a greenhouse this morning....From scratch....In about ten minutes.

http://gallery.me.com/benhdvideoguy/101110/DSC_0303/web.jpg

Ok, ok. So it's not what you would call "Big" or...
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