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Forum: Conservation 01-28-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 592
Posted By Elcam84
Nice. I would love to do that. Plastic direct...

Nice. I would love to do that. Plastic direct burial tanks aren't too expensive but digging the hole is.

I ran some numbers and to water our yard once requires about 12k gallons of...
Forum: Conservation 01-13-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,310
Posted By Elcam84
Yup electric waterheaters cost far more to...

Yup electric waterheaters cost far more to operate than the general public realizes. Usually you can assume it costs about $50 a month to operate for a typical household.

We will be going with a...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-06-21, 05:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,023
Posted By Elcam84
That one has already been through the debunking...

That one has already been through the debunking ringer. It's another solar road scam. The science is clear it isn't feasible. It works but the return is so low making it extremely inefficient and it...
Forum: Lighting 12-23-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,591
Posted By Elcam84
That would be nice. We don't get rebates for...

That would be nice. We don't get rebates for anything here. But that has to do with your electricity provider. Some do some don't. If your usage is high enough that can get you into a lower rate...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-20-20, 11:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,641
Posted By Elcam84
My goof and typed that wrong. The typical...

My goof and typed that wrong.

The typical factory AC in a car is usually rated at around 3 tons. Now if you are doing a van and it's been insulated etc then yeah you can get away with less....
Forum: Tools 07-20-20, 11:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,000
Posted By Elcam84
Yeah most of them rarely come off the tractor...

Yeah most of them rarely come off the tractor anyway. My friend has a newholland TC35 and I hate that thing. It's one of the Japanese manufactured ones. Not a whole lot of hours on it but...

...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-20-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,335
Posted By Elcam84
The blanket around the compressor is there for...

The blanket around the compressor is there for sound deadening. If your unit didn't come with one you can purchase one and put it on. They make a tremendous improvement in the sound level.

...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-20-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,641
Posted By Elcam84
FYI the AC system in the average car is around 3...

FYI the AC system in the average car is around 3 tons. Some smaller some larger. For a van you will be on the larger end. So you would need 3+ tons of ice per hour to cool it...

So to keep...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-20-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,670
Posted By Elcam84
The biggest failure item in minisplits is the...

The biggest failure item in minisplits is the power supply. They are jam packed full of big electrolytic capacitors which are the most likely item to fail in all electronics.

I have a condenser...
Forum: Tools 07-20-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,000
Posted By Elcam84
That was a good find at that price. That said...

That was a good find at that price. That said those old ones are not fun to install. I really like the new ones you can do in less than 5 minutes with minimal 4 letter words.
Forum: Conservation 07-20-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,310
Posted By Elcam84
Or just get a 220v contactor that has 220v...

Or just get a 220v contactor that has 220v primary coils and a 220v sonoff. Then no need for another outlet. Just use the hotside of the waterheater feed.


What I find curious...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-20-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,247
Posted By Elcam84
Will be interested to hear how they hold up. I...

Will be interested to hear how they hold up. I don't bother sharpening since the sand eats them for breakfast anyway.

FYI the 5 lobe star on the craftsman and the husky are the same as they...
Forum: Lighting 04-01-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,591
Posted By Elcam84
I guess you aren't into construction and familiar...

I guess you aren't into construction and familiar with cribbing. I have a set of taller jack stands but they are too wobbly at the height I need. Its more stable to add cribbing and keep the jack...
Forum: Lighting 03-30-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,591
Posted By Elcam84
Well the lights got put off for a long time... I...

Well the lights got put off for a long time... I finally swapped out 10 of my 4' T8s for Halco LED 4100K bulbs.

I tested a fixture before and after. With the electronic ballast one fixture was...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-25-20, 11:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,613
Posted By Elcam84
I hope it doesn't get hotter but.... It was 95*...

I hope it doesn't get hotter but.... It was 95* here today and it's still March. We have about 1700-1800ish which is a little on the small side for the two of us. We have one totally unused room...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-17-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,613
Posted By Elcam84
To add an update. After talking to a couple of...

To add an update. After talking to a couple of the HRV and ERV companies and others non recommend either unit for our climate as it's just too humid and often like now there is no escape 66* 95%...
Forum: Solar Heating 12-20-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,877
Posted By Elcam84
Legionella is definitely a concern but I would...

Legionella is definitely a concern but I would assume if your water heater is hot enough like mentioned you should be Ok but I worry if water flow is high enough at times that some could get through...
Forum: Solar Power 10-28-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,371
Posted By Elcam84
There are better routes to go that will pay for...

There are better routes to go that will pay for themselves over time and not catch on fire. Tesla has had a number of their commercial systems catch on fire at Walmart even when disabled and there...
Forum: Lighting 10-08-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,591
Posted By Elcam84
Well I had great plans but everything got in the...

Well I had great plans but everything got in the way.... This summer was extremely hot as in we had our last 101* day on the 6th of october. Yes 2 days ago... Went from 101* in the afternoon then the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-09-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,023
Posted By Elcam84
Unfortunately we have many many dams/reservoirs...

Unfortunately we have many many dams/reservoirs in poor condition in this country along with other aging infrastructure IE roads and out power distribution network.

Big dirt work...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-09-19, 09:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,023
Posted By Elcam84
Pumped hydro is pretty much the only feasible...

Pumped hydro is pretty much the only feasible method at the moment. The mine shaft thing sounds good but very few mine shafts are straight down of any length and they are generally small and they...
Forum: Lighting 06-22-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,591
Posted By Elcam84
Adding to and upgrading shop lighting

Well have a new project in the shop and I am spending allot more time in the shop (66 mustang build) Torn down to the shell lots of welding etc...

I have Ok lighting in the shop. I have 5 8'...
Forum: Lighting 04-05-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,582
Posted By Elcam84
We have switched out our lighting to LED as the...

We have switched out our lighting to LED as the old ones fail or a new fixture is installed. The main benefit is not the cost savings but the better color light and higher CRI. I hate those old...
Forum: Conservation 03-25-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,571
Posted By Elcam84
Extremely important. It keeps the evap coil from...

Extremely important. It keeps the evap coil from being plugged up with dirt, hair etc. Also if that air wasn't filtered you would be blowing dirt and crap all over the house.

As for the...
Forum: Conservation 03-23-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,571
Posted By Elcam84
Basically what I was going to say about reusable...

Basically what I was going to say about reusable filters. In the automotive world they improve airflow at the detriment of poor filtering but in most all dyno tests the K&N didn't to an appreciable...
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