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Forum: Other Improvements 04-02-15, 01:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,904
Posted By wuck
Thought it was about Nikola's secret battery,...

Thought it was about Nikola's secret battery, unearthed from a dank basement somewhere.

Oh! That Tesla. Guess I'm old and have my head in the sand (Am and Do)

But yeah. Detailed? All I need to...
Forum: Solar Power 03-26-15, 12:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,619
Posted By wuck
Foggy memory [kindof]...

Foggy memory [kindof] verified:http://ecorenovator.org/forum/solar-power/936-off-grid-grid-tie-inverter.html
Around page 4 bad things happened . . .
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Pat
Forum: Solar Power 03-26-15, 12:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,619
Posted By wuck
Steve, the frequency accuracy of a standard...

Steve, the frequency accuracy of a standard gasoline generator may not be good enough to turn on the grid tie. An inverter output generator might work, compare freq and voltage specs between...
Forum: Solar Power 03-19-15, 12:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,255
Posted By wuck
Excellent! I'd been thinking about your "Blasted...

Excellent! I'd been thinking about your "Blasted SSR's" since you posted, but hadn't thought of a polarity issue. A friend of mine once told me "If the circuit you designed isn't working, then it's...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-08-15, 09:16 PM
Replies: 645
Views: 245,788
Posted By wuck
Oh Yeah! Another exciting xringer video!! Can't...

Oh Yeah! Another exciting xringer video!! Can't wait . . .

Wait, hmm, hmmmmmmmmmm.

Oh. He got me with the "frost cam" once before. Crap. He got me again.

Fool me twice . . .

:)
Pat
Forum: Conservation 01-21-15, 01:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 16,403
Posted By wuck
As we leave our home regularly for 1 to 2 weeks...

As we leave our home regularly for 1 to 2 weeks at a time, I've been able to experiment with/measure our pilot lights.

The water heater, a 3-year old GE/Rheem Low-NOx NG 38 gallon uses about 0.1 ...
Forum: Conservation 01-21-15, 12:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,469
Posted By wuck
My wife's cousin left home for a couple of weeks...

My wife's cousin left home for a couple of weeks once, on arrival back home there was a stream of water cascading down from the living room above the garage . Apparently shortly after their departure...
Forum: Solar Power 11-21-14, 12:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,255
Posted By wuck
So Rich, did your SSR survive the summer? Any T&P...

So Rich, did your SSR survive the summer? Any T&P valve (http://www.watts.com/pages/support/tp.asp?catId=64) excitement?

Pat
Forum: Solar Power 11-21-14, 11:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,864
Posted By wuck
But, there have been a few startup issues, with...

But, there have been a few startup issues, with plant operators predicting another 4 years to hit predicted peak output.

"Factors such as clouds, jet contrails and weather have had a greater...
Forum: The Billiards Room 11-20-14, 12:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,132
Posted By wuck
Bad, Bad. It means you'll have to scrape frost...

Bad, Bad. It means you'll have to scrape frost off your windshield before driving to work.

Pat
Forum: Conservation 11-16-14, 11:46 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,027
Posted By wuck
AC, what are your battery/charger plans? I don't...

AC, what are your battery/charger plans? I don't have any batteries around, so I'm looking FLA vs SLA vs something more exotic. Gotta take everything down to check the wall warts current/voltage and...
Forum: Conservation 11-11-14, 11:31 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,027
Posted By wuck
Flashlights are really nice to have - if you can...

Flashlights are really nice to have - if you can find them. I've resolved that by purchasing a couple of plug-in LED lights. They are always ready, and automatically turn on when the power goes off...
Forum: Product Reviews 10-20-14, 12:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 30,615
Posted By wuck
I installed one of these a few years back on a...

I installed one of these a few years back on a 30-something year old toilet. Although the installation went OK, I found the valve would creep up on the standpipe causing a slow leak and random...
Forum: Conservation 09-17-14, 08:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,760
Posted By wuck
https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=...

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.olino.org%2Farticles%2F2010%2F10%2F11%2Fdeurbel-op-zonne-energie&edit-text=&act=url

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Pat
Forum: Solar Power 07-19-14, 01:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,521
Posted By wuck
Data sheet helps, thanks. Charge controller...

Data sheet helps, thanks.

Charge controller is a good investment, I wasn't questioning that. Just wondering why the load needed to be controlled by it. So, from the data sheet, I see the...
Forum: Solar Power 07-16-14, 12:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,521
Posted By wuck
On further review . . . In this application,...

On further review . . .

In this application, I'm not sure why your charge controller needs to feed the gate opener?

Why not just connect the gate controller directly to the battery (with...
Forum: Solar Power 07-15-14, 11:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,521
Posted By wuck
Link for controller and/or gate opener? Maybe an...

Link for controller and/or gate opener? Maybe an app note?

Your gate opener might have executed the controller with a spike, if so your new controller could meet a similar fate.

Pat
Forum: Lighting 07-08-14, 07:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,243
Posted By wuck
I think Aaronhenry is looking for a website to...

I think Aaronhenry is looking for a website to compare electrical costs between different providers, probably a very difficult undertaking on a large scale.

Out here in California, my PG&E E-7...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-30-14, 12:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,001
Posted By wuck
Here you go, up to 8 hours backup, 5 hours talk...

Here you go, up to 8 hours backup, 5 hours talk time. Wouldn't work well for the wilds of Sonoma County, where our power has gone missing for up to 7 days. We're about 50 miles North of San...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-29-14, 02:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,001
Posted By wuck
Not sure about that, I've run across these 2-3...

Not sure about that, I've run across these 2-3 times troubleshooting for friends/family. Always have to find a paper clip and the reset button, cycling power doesn't reboot them.

Pat
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-28-14, 11:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,001
Posted By wuck
A couple of years ago, I was running a generator...

A couple of years ago, I was running a generator to keep our fridge and freezer cold during a winter power outage (yes, we have winter and blackouts here in California). On a whim, I added another...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-28-14, 11:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,001
Posted By wuck
I've been using Ooma now for 5-6 years, haven't...

I've been using Ooma now for 5-6 years, haven't really had any issues. Lately, I've been thinking about dropping it, just because we don't use it much. However, my rural house is in a bit of a cell...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-23-14, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,620
Posted By wuck
4 lbs? In a backpack? Ouch. Planning a 170...

4 lbs? In a backpack? Ouch.

Planning a 170 mile trip this fall (Tahoe Rim Trail). I'm an old fart, measuring every OUNCE going into my pack. Got no room for something measured in pounds:)

Maybe...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-19-14, 01:18 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 105,735
Posted By wuck
Rich, The FET circuit should work fine, but,...

Rich,

The FET circuit should work fine, but, the devil is in the details. Here are a few thoughts (without looking at data sheets) . . .

Vin must swing from 0V (off) to >>Vth to ensure the FET...
Forum: Lighting 04-18-14, 10:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,206
Posted By wuck
The CREE lamps are now under $10 at the big box ...

The CREE lamps are now under $10 at the big box (both 40W and 60W equivalent).

I picked up 6 of the 40 W replacement (450 lumen @6 W) a few days ago, and when she wasn't looking, installed them...
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