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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-31-21, 10:26 PM
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Posted By ME_Andy
The real reason I'm excited to write is that...

The real reason I'm excited to write is that we're moving again soon. Rather than sell the previous houses, we're starting to build up a little collection of rentals. Given the home price surge in...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-31-21, 10:17 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
It has been a long time since I've posted. The...

It has been a long time since I've posted. The family has grown by one and we moved once, downsizing from 1950 sf to 1450 sf. Being smaller and two story, I figured utility bills would drop. But,...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-15-19, 01:22 AM
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Posted By ME_Andy
The fiberglass kind is worse. And even cheaper...

The fiberglass kind is worse. And even cheaper than 2/$3, I think
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-13-19, 10:58 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
I had a feeling that would be Jeff's opinion....

I had a feeling that would be Jeff's opinion. There's an interesting chart here to look up exactly what your filter stops. I'm not convinced TruBlu was even catching most dog hair.
...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-11-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
K&N reusable air filters

I took the plunge and bought two, infinitely reusable K&N home air filters. The cost was something like $130 but we'll worth it, IMo. They should pay for themselves in about 3 years. They're very...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-24-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 61
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Posted By ME_Andy
I don't know what you mean...

I don't know what you mean...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-11-19, 09:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
Found a new little trick to keep us cool at...

Found a new little trick to keep us cool at night. Our bedroom ceiling fan is in the center of the room. It blew on our feet. We now sleep upside-down so our upper bodies are under the air stream.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-04-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
@elhigh thanks. I don't track the numbers too...

@elhigh thanks. I don't track the numbers too closely but our electric this month was $33. Last year it was $72. Some of the differences are a 3.66kW solar system, more computers running at home, and...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-22-19, 10:27 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
My small step today was putting some insulation...

My small step today was putting some insulation over the attic stairs. This is the $40 Amazon kit I got. Very easy to install.
...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-22-18, 09:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
The Tesla solar panels are alive! ABB inverter...

The Tesla solar panels are alive! ABB inverter and 3.66 kW of Hanwha Q-cells.

https://preview.ibb.co/emZBz9/inverter.jpg

https://preview.ibb.co/gH2ye9/panels.jpg

I was originally bummed out...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-02-18, 12:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
Annual maintenance

This was the first time I've really looked around the attic. There's a big, fluffy pile of insulation through most of the attic, but a plywood walkway near the AC ducts. I think there's spray foam...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-29-18, 08:31 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
Some small work... Planting a juniper that will...

Some small work... Planting a juniper that will eventually grow to 4' dia x 20' tall, to shade our AC in this blistering Texas heat.http://i67.tinypic.com/2kjz1c.jpg
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-08-18, 05:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
Here's a link to the more precise cash flow...

Here's a link to the more precise cash flow calculator. It says 14 years to pay off.
...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-08-18, 05:17 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
I did a little $5 upgrade today... Insulation in...

I did a little $5 upgrade today... Insulation in the outlets in the external walls, then plugging them with child safety plugs.
...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 12-30-17, 12:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
A new house!

It's been awhile, but here's a little update. We sold our starter house to a friend, no realtor involved, and moved to a bigger, new house that's a bit closer to work. I wanted to get even closer but...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-14-17, 11:51 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
Can anybody help me out with advice/links to the...

Can anybody help me out with advice/links to the requirements for a solar installation in Austin? I'm thinking about a gazebo with solar in the back yard. I'm not sure if that's going to require a...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-26-17, 08:56 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
We got a Google Nest. It's fun! I like the Eco...

We got a Google Nest. It's fun! I like the Eco mode which is activated when the house is empty. It's set to maintain a temp between 69-79. It's also a very slick, ergo-friendly mechanical design. I...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-11-17, 12:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
I appreciate the ideas, y'all. I took the first...

I appreciate the ideas, y'all. I took the first baby step today by stashing 40 gallons of water in and around the garage. This is a similar technique to what greenhouses use to regulate temperature....
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-29-17, 07:56 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
Perhaps a cheaper option... Phase Change...

Perhaps a cheaper option...
Phase Change Material Materials Manufacturers for Air Condition (http://www.teappcm.com/airconditionphasechangematerial.htm)

The Alibaba sellers have minimum orders of...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-29-17, 05:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
Here's a phase change material which would work....

Here's a phase change material which would work. Now i need to figure out if the price is reasonable,

savENRG (http://www.rgees.com/products_pcm-pouches.php#warm-packs)
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-29-17, 05:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
Hi Elcam, The gym is only a mile away, so...

Hi Elcam,

The gym is only a mile away, so there's no sweat involved in getting there and back.

Now I wanted to see what y'all think about some methods to cool my garage. 115 degrees plus in the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-25-16, 08:48 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
Well, it's the first post in a long time, but...

Well, it's the first post in a long time, but things are going swell. The roommate situation is working out awesome. We got a good one and the $500/mo is nice, too. Plus it's probably the easiest way...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-06-16, 06:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
Did you ever see anybody do this? ;) ...

Did you ever see anybody do this? ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oktQAndwOig

The BMW in the video reminds me of how much I hate BMW's... maybe that will be the subject of a future blog...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-06-16, 06:46 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
I mostly agree with you except on a couple...

I mostly agree with you except on a couple points. Acid in the oil is gonna get burned up by blowby, just like the oil does, so that's not a huge issue.

Oil changes really aren't that cheap. For...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-06-16, 02:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 29,563
Posted By ME_Andy
What can automakers learn from a lawn mower?

(from my blog, PVcharts.com (http://pvcharts.com))

Briggs & Stratton has come out with a cool new lawn mower that never needs oil changes...
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