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Forum: Conservation 06-19-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 45,140
Posted By MN Renovator
I like the video, good explanation. I guess you...

I like the video, good explanation. I guess you are locked in with the water heater contract as you've mentioned before, but where I live, a top quality 9 year warranty water heater costs $500 and...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-04-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,079
Posted By MN Renovator
My opinion on your quotes. Even in Minnesota,...

My opinion on your quotes. Even in Minnesota, people are encouraged to put in a 16 SEER system and our cooling load is small compared to Arizona. The difference in equipment cost shouldn't be more...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-04-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,079
Posted By MN Renovator
You asked the question, but it seems like you...

You asked the question, but it seems like you came here with an answer already in mind. Air conditioners exist that use less than half of the electricity that the US government's 13 SEER requirement...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 04-10-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 767
Posted By MN Renovator
I considered getting an Ecobee for the data...

I considered getting an Ecobee for the data logging function but was put off by the price. My current thermostat has an 'energy' button that counts the run-time based on when it is calling for heat...
Forum: Solar Power 03-23-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By MN Renovator
I agree that 3 solar panels in series would get...

I agree that 3 solar panels in series would get you to the terminal voltage you are looking to supply to the charge controllers. 5kw system is a bigger system than what I have on my house which will...
Forum: Solar Power 03-16-20, 11:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By MN Renovator
What sort of solar modules were you considering? ...

What sort of solar modules were you considering? 60 cell modules? 72 cell modules? 36 cell modules?
What total solar module nameplate wattage are you aiming for?

If you've already decided or...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-15-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 760
Posted By MN Renovator
It's funny, I saw this COVID thread and before...

It's funny, I saw this COVID thread and before clicking on it, was picturing something that would be discussing the topics that we generally discuss on this forum.

The one that I think of is the...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-15-20, 10:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 760
Posted By MN Renovator
This isn't even a factor. Why would you think...

This isn't even a factor. Why would you think that you have SARS-CoV-2019 in your home air filter? Perhaps if someone who you knew had it was in your house, sneezed directly in the air intake and...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 02-28-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,127
Posted By MN Renovator
I originally wanted to do this to balance the...

I originally wanted to do this to balance the HVAC airflow in my house, to monitor the temp rise of the furnace to replace the filter when airflow begins to drop, and to compare energy usage to the...
Forum: The Billiards Room 01-30-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,139
Posted By MN Renovator
"Hope it's not Lyme disease! Yikes!" Did you...

"Hope it's not Lyme disease! Yikes!"

Did you exchange blood with the squirrel or have a tick end up on you from the squirrel that ended up feasting on your blood?
Lyme disease is a blood...
Forum: Tools 01-27-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,712
Posted By MN Renovator
That really sucks. If it's not a common model...

That really sucks. If it's not a common model where you could find another non-working one and swap parts, I wouldn't spend $140 to fix an old snowblower.
Forum: Tools 01-19-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,712
Posted By MN Renovator
Daox, have you identified the main jet? I don't...

Daox, have you identified the main jet? I don't see any pictures of it, so I want to make sure you don't think it's an insignificant/unidentified part. For newer carbs, they don't use an adjustable...
Forum: Conservation 01-18-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,685
Posted By MN Renovator
You can rent a decent thermal imaging camera at...

You can rent a decent thermal imaging camera at Home Depot, do it on a day where the temperature inside and outside is significant.

I bought one of the phone attachable types used for super cheap...
Forum: Tools 01-15-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,712
Posted By MN Renovator
A better and cheaper option is to get ethanol...

A better and cheaper option is to get ethanol free gas if you can in your area.
www.pure-gas.org
If that isn't available see if you can find UL94, which is the unleaded version of aviation fuel,...
Forum: Tools 01-14-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,712
Posted By MN Renovator
Is that float inside the carb hanging freely or...

Is that float inside the carb hanging freely or is it stuck up, I can't tell, give it a push up and see if it moves up and down. If it's stuck give it a little tug to see if it will drop into...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-12-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,468
Posted By MN Renovator
*shudders at unencapsulated fiberglass* hopefully...

*shudders at unencapsulated fiberglass* hopefully the unit is inside a space where space heating is desired.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-01-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,695
Posted By MN Renovator
I think you'll find the price difference between...

I think you'll find the price difference between energy star 2 pane windows and 3 pane windows R5 to be high but could be worth it, but aiming for glazing that is R9 or higher might be very cost...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-01-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,695
Posted By MN Renovator
You seem to have calculated the gain/loss related...

You seem to have calculated the gain/loss related to the difference between the interior and exterior temperatures correctly but you haven't factored in solar gain through the windows. This is the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-29-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,695
Posted By MN Renovator
I'm coming from a 1985 built to minimum code...

I'm coming from a 1985 built to minimum code 2100sq ft house with 2x4 construction R13 fiberglass walls with a R5 polyiso wrap and leaky double pane windows. With the design temp based on the San...
Forum: Conservation 12-28-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 45,140
Posted By MN Renovator
Thanks for the link. In the US, the mortgage...

Thanks for the link. In the US, the mortgage companies are more competitive and prepayment penalties aren't that common here. Here 'term' means the duration of amortization. Most loans here are 30...
Forum: Solar Heating 12-27-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,412
Posted By MN Renovator
In a solar air panel/module(whatever you want to...

In a solar air panel/module(whatever you want to call it), the exiting air temperature should be lower by increasing airflow so less of the heat is lost through the glazing, sides, and back of the...
Forum: Solar Heating 12-24-19, 01:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,412
Posted By MN Renovator
You should have more airflow and less temperature...

You should have more airflow and less temperature rise for best efficiency. 150f into 70f is an 80 degree temp rise. 2-4 cfm per square foot of solar footprint is the rule of thumb I've been told.
Forum: Solar Heating 12-22-19, 10:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,412
Posted By MN Renovator
Without heating water, I think you've removed the...

Without heating water, I think you've removed the freezing and high temp issues, I'm not sure why you want to complicate something and reduce efficiency by trying to heat air and turn it around to...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 12-22-19, 10:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,127
Posted By MN Renovator
This looks like the level of functionality I was...

This looks like the level of functionality I was looking for. The price point is nice. I'm still trying to figure out all the pieces I'll need to get this working, but I think I'll figure it out. I'm...
Forum: Conservation 12-19-19, 03:59 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 45,140
Posted By MN Renovator
"5 year mortgage term comes up for renewal in...

"5 year mortgage term comes up for renewal in 2020"

I'm unfamiliar with Canadian mortgages because this isn't standard in the US.

In the US the most common loans have 30 year fixed rate terms,...
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