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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-03-13, 04:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,510
Posted By vmike
I'm also in Oklahoma, I put a metal roof on over...

I'm also in Oklahoma, I put a metal roof on over ten years ago. I would not go back. My house had 3/4 shake shingles, been on there since the house was built in 62 without a problem, after a large...
Forum: EcoRenovator Blog Discussion 02-04-13, 02:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,738
Posted By vmike
I use a saws-all with a good wrecking blade and...

I use a saws-all with a good wrecking blade and cut the nails. The pallets come apart quickly and intact.

mike
Forum: Solar Heating 11-08-12, 10:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,942
Posted By vmike
I did this years ago using one of those...

I did this years ago using one of those automotive canister heaters designed to heat the cars engine. The units work from 120 volts and are designed to thermosiphon. I had made a soaking tub and...
Forum: Solar Heating 08-29-12, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,328
Posted By vmike
I did some experiments a few years back using my...

I did some experiments a few years back using my waste solar heat for cooling. The first one was a modified gas fired absorption air conditioning unit, way back in the 70s. It was a dedicated...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-12-12, 11:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,023
Posted By vmike
I've done these for dedicated lab operations...

I've done these for dedicated lab operations several times. For basically, standard operation, I use a Dayton Controls 2E206 temperature controller, you can buy them from Graingers and other places....
Forum: Wind Power 01-20-12, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,528
Posted By vmike
I based my comment on both of the volt meters...

I based my comment on both of the volt meters reading nearly the same. That's why I suggested loading the alternator. My 24 volt PV charged bank reads 28 volts because that's where the charge...
Forum: Wind Power 01-20-12, 10:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,528
Posted By vmike
Charging current is a function of load. If his...

Charging current is a function of load. If his battery bank is fully charged, the resistance will be high, the current draw low. His volt meter does drop to the battery voltage. I'd probably slap...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-12-12, 09:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,362
Posted By vmike
I fitted both of our bathrooms, which are a 40'...

I fitted both of our bathrooms, which are a 40' pipe run from the water heater with switched circulation pumps. What I did was to place a pump and electric valve between the hot and cold pipes. A...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 12-14-11, 10:30 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 114,368
Posted By vmike
Way back in the 70s I made a bike stand with a...

Way back in the 70s I made a bike stand with a friction coupled generator that you could just set the bike in, climb on and peddle. I picked up a couple of identical used front forks at the bike...
Forum: The Billiards Room 11-04-11, 10:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 15,587
Posted By vmike
The primary problem with the thorium reactor is...

The primary problem with the thorium reactor is public fear. A fear which has already been heavily exploited. The US has been burying thorium ore since the 40s, there is an abundance of it on this...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-04-11, 10:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,948
Posted By vmike
The solar chimney was primarily considered for...

The solar chimney was primarily considered for the unit next to the house without the use of the cool tubes. Simple placing the condenser away from the house is also a consideration. The primary...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-04-11, 10:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,948
Posted By vmike
I have a couple of thought projects I've given...

I have a couple of thought projects I've given much consideration to, but not much physical labor. The chances of putting 6' deep trenches for cool tubes in mostly sand stone is highly unlikely. The...
Forum: The Billiards Room 10-14-11, 10:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,207
Posted By vmike
Or, this group finds it perfectly normal.

Or, this group finds it perfectly normal.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 10-04-11, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,842
Posted By vmike
Surprisingly, the failures are almost always on...

Surprisingly, the failures are almost always on the freon loop. Generally a pin hole or split next to the joint where the tubes bond together. Heat, I assume exacerbated a fault in the tubing...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 10-03-11, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,842
Posted By vmike
I've used some of those where the two pipes are...

I've used some of those where the two pipes are simply bonded together and wrapped in insulation like the one you show. I have one that looks just like yours except the entire coil is encased in a...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 08-03-11, 10:02 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 34,358
Posted By vmike
You might consider making up a plenum to adapt...

You might consider making up a plenum to adapt the shape of your box fan to the radiator. You'll get better use of what you have on hand. Cardboard will probably suffice for a prototype.

I've...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-25-11, 10:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,250
Posted By vmike
I'm not sure why you'd want to slow the...

I'm not sure why you'd want to slow the compressor in your AC unit down. The sealed units are designed to achieve pressures at a certain RPM, with the motors efficiency similarly designed around...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-25-11, 10:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,103
Posted By vmike
A friend of mine has a plastic barrel sitting on...

A friend of mine has a plastic barrel sitting on a milk crate that the washing machine drains into. She has a valve near the bottom of the barrel to drain the water into buckets to carry the water...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-12-11, 10:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,103
Posted By vmike
My tub, shower and laundry empty into a separate...

My tub, shower and laundry empty into a separate system from the black water septic. I have never had a problem with the water from the gray water system doing anything but making the plants grow. ...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-11-11, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,103
Posted By vmike
An inexpensive submersible water garden pump for...

An inexpensive submersible water garden pump for the tub might be a viable possibility. If you have room in your laundry a collection tank between the wash machine and the drain will make collection...
Forum: Solar Heating 06-03-11, 09:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,959
Posted By vmike
I tried the absorption chiller experiments in the...

I tried the absorption chiller experiments in the late 70s. The panels I was using at the time would only give me 250 degrees of temp on a good sun day. No where near what the gas flame put into...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-26-11, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,959
Posted By vmike
Thoughts on Solar Cooling

This is not exactly solar heating, but looked like a good place to discuss this. Background; I've been playing with solar hot water heating systems for many years. My house is retrofit solar...
Forum: Tools 05-24-11, 04:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 63,492
Posted By vmike
The filter dryer I use is very similar to the one...

The filter dryer I use is very similar to the one you're looking at. The ones I've cut open usually have a screens and either desiccant or zeolites for the drying material. You can dry them out...
Forum: Tools 05-24-11, 09:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 63,492
Posted By vmike
I run my co2 or nitrogen or argon, whichever I'm...

I run my co2 or nitrogen or argon, whichever I'm using as a purge gas through a refrigerant dryer between the regulator and the pipe being brazed. I have a valve on the work side of the filter to...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-23-11, 10:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 17,622
Posted By vmike
I had no problem at all with the plastic liner in...

I had no problem at all with the plastic liner in the freezer holding the weight of the water. Recently I was looking over some junk at a farm sale and opened a chest freezer that was setting...
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