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Forum: Conservation 09-07-12, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,197
Posted By Sandcruiser
still noodling this idea I've seen some...

still noodling this idea
I've seen some interesting door-sensors, would love to incorporate the ability to kill the AC when the door is open. not the whole unit... just tell the indoor portion to...
Forum: Conservation 03-10-10, 02:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,197
Posted By Sandcruiser
Mini Split AC limiting usage

Hey all
I am about to start renting out my house as a vacation rental.

I have 4 minisplit AC units that we don't use much, but renters tend to set them at 16*C (60*F) and try to make a meat...
Forum: Conservation 08-28-09, 07:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,682
Posted By Sandcruiser
I'm frequently saddened when I see people with...

I'm frequently saddened when I see people with air conditioners blazing, but a ceiling fan turned off.... air movement goes a long ways towards adding comfort and saves $$
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-28-09, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,074
Posted By Sandcruiser
I regularly throw in stuff like toilet paper...

I regularly throw in stuff like toilet paper rolls/paper towel rolls (cardboard), scraps of notebook paper (better than the trash, and closer than the recycle bin when I'm in the kitchen) or other...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-28-09, 05:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,963
Posted By Sandcruiser
peanuts make a pretty decent groundcover, you can...

peanuts make a pretty decent groundcover, you can mow if you want. Not sure about water requirements.
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-28-09, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,364
Posted By Sandcruiser
the real trick is learning to differentiate the...

the real trick is learning to differentiate the "yummy salad fixin" young plants from the "noxious garden-engulfing weed" young plants. Once I figure that out-- I'm there.

I've got papaya trees...
Forum: Lighting 07-28-09, 03:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,552
Posted By Sandcruiser
we have similarly bad electrical supply issues at...

we have similarly bad electrical supply issues at my house (in Costa Rica)... I've got dozens of 55w halogen lamps with m16 bases and each one has its very own transformer. I'm in the process of...
Forum: Lighting 07-28-09, 03:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,649
Posted By Sandcruiser
I suspect that the complaint is made regarding...

I suspect that the complaint is made regarding the light quality, not the bulb itself. Some CFLs are much whiter/blue than incandescents
Forum: Lighting 07-28-09, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,434
Posted By Sandcruiser
ours is some sort of non-standard socket size.......

ours is some sort of non-standard socket size.... I'd like to put some sort of LED solution in there as we tend to leave it on .... a lot.
Forum: Lighting 07-28-09, 03:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,186
Posted By Sandcruiser
startup time is another good column. A CFL that...

startup time is another good column. A CFL that takes 4 seconds to fire up isn't a good candidate for a motion-detector light. A metal halide pendant that takes 30-60 seconds to full-brightness...
Forum: Lighting 07-28-09, 03:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,186
Posted By Sandcruiser
the reason I ask is that I'm under the impression...

the reason I ask is that I'm under the impression that for most single lamps, lumens/watt falls off as you increase wattage.

ie: a 25 watt bulb is not 1/2 the brightness of a 50 watt bulb (in...
Forum: Lighting 07-24-09, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,186
Posted By Sandcruiser
are those all "same wattage" bulbs?

are those all "same wattage" bulbs?
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-29-09, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,074
Posted By Sandcruiser
Sprinkling sawdust over the top of the pile will...

Sprinkling sawdust over the top of the pile will eliminate fruit flies and probably hep with your c:n ratios. Just be aware that fine-cut sawdust can really pack together and hamper circulation. ...
Forum: Other Improvements 06-03-09, 10:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,193
Posted By Sandcruiser
I'd say that the water should help cool the...

I'd say that the water should help cool the bearings, but the motor is air-cooled. It seems to me that 45* C air isn't going to cool it as well as 30* C air would (it will never drop below 30 in...
Forum: Other Improvements 06-02-09, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,193
Posted By Sandcruiser
Pump efficiency related to temperature?

Not sure where to post this- mods, please feel free to move it.

I was thinking about my biggest power drain today and believe that it is the pool pump. It is a 3/4hp ( I think ) pump that runs...
Forum: Introductions 06-02-09, 04:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,901
Posted By Sandcruiser
fruit trees. lots and lots of fruit trees all...

fruit trees. lots and lots of fruit trees all along the northern edge of the fence (so that they get plenty of southern sunshine). Free food (eco friendly), pretty (eco friendly), and they'll help...
Forum: Conservation 06-02-09, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,283
Posted By Sandcruiser
I pulled the CD/DVD drive out of my laptop. I...

I pulled the CD/DVD drive out of my laptop. I reckon it probably pulls a few watts for a few minutes every time I startup/shut down. Can't hurt.

Mostly I did it to aid in cooling-- it's hot...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-02-09, 03:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 18,229
Posted By Sandcruiser
If your 4 gallons figure is accurate, then the...

If your 4 gallons figure is accurate, then the dishwasher described by the OP is a better way to go... assuming that you can pile all the dishes from the day into and run it when full.

And...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-02-09, 03:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,549
Posted By Sandcruiser
I've got an old sony laptop w/ a tiny HDD and...

I've got an old sony laptop w/ a tiny HDD and 512mb ram
I'd like to run it as an entertainment server: mostly music. iTunes won't even install due to lack of processor power and/or RAM.

what...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-02-09, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,605
Posted By Sandcruiser
the 120 watts is based on several different 40-60...

the 120 watts is based on several different 40-60 hour time periods in which the consumption averages approx 120 watts. We get very (very!) frequent 1-3 second power outages here. The kilowatt...
Forum: Other Improvements 06-02-09, 12:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,778
Posted By Sandcruiser
boric acid works nicely. I won't debate the...

boric acid works nicely. I won't debate the organic-ness of it, but it is a naturally occurring salt.

regardless, I mix a little with sugar and water, to make a honey-like paste, which dribble...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-02-09, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,605
Posted By Sandcruiser
Edit: I'm averaging a pretty reliable 120 watts...

Edit: I'm averaging a pretty reliable 120 watts consumption on the fridge. Which actually surprises me! I figured it would use a lot more power than that. It takes more power to illuminate my...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-02-09, 11:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,605
Posted By Sandcruiser
I'm still pulling a baseline-- looks pretty solid...

I'm still pulling a baseline-- looks pretty solid at 120 watts, average, so far.

I think that the best bet with the fan would be something low-wattage/low-flow (and low noise!) that could run all...
Forum: Forum News & Feedback 05-06-09, 06:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,570
Posted By Sandcruiser
always better to start simple and get it done. ...

always better to start simple and get it done. "Better" isn't better at all unless something already exists.
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-04-09, 01:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,074
Posted By Sandcruiser
Looks like I was mistaken re: manure C:N ratios. ...

Looks like I was mistaken re: manure C:N ratios.

One thing I do know: mixing a bunch of stuff together seems to break down faster for me vs. doing a pile of just 1 or 2 ingredients.

Seems...
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