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Forum: Conservation 11-09-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,532
Posted By nibs
Yeah, did not notice the date until after I wrote...

Yeah, did not notice the date until after I wrote it............ better late than never.
Forum: Wind Power 10-26-20, 09:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,023
Posted By nibs
Having carved perhaps a thousand windmill blades...

Having carved perhaps a thousand windmill blades in the 1980's I wonder why more people do not just go to a two bladed prop. My blades really flew, in about 10kts of wind, they filled the circle, ie...
Forum: Other Improvements 10-26-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,121
Posted By nibs
Put in a header tank on the hot side of the fire...

Put in a header tank on the hot side of the fire place & split the supply side line with a tee into the hot line with a water temperature controller. But the big danger is boiling the water in the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-30-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 601
Posted By nibs
Sounds like you are pretty well insulated, but...

Sounds like you are pretty well insulated, but insulation is like money and love, you just cannot have too much of it.

Wrote that last night & was a little tired. To answer your primary secondary...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-30-20, 01:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 601
Posted By nibs
Have you done a heat loss calculation, if not you...

Have you done a heat loss calculation, if not you are groping?
A tankless water heater is a terrible choice, they are designed to put out short bursts of very hot water, inslab heating needs a...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-14-18, 12:34 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 33,004
Posted By nibs
Still using my ugly old 'once upon a time...

Still using my ugly old 'once upon a time craftsman' second set of 4 trojan T105s, we mostly charge the tractor with a 175 W 30V solar panel which we are going to try to mount as a sunshade. Use the...
Forum: Conservation 06-14-18, 12:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,532
Posted By nibs
About 7 years ago we installed a hillbilly hot...

About 7 years ago we installed a hillbilly hot tub a 6' diameter galvanized stock tank.
we wrapped the wall with about 1" of flexible foam insulation and placed the tub on 2" of styrofoam wrapped...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-25-17, 05:46 PM
Replies: 364
Views: 243,113
Posted By nibs
On my third summer with a set of 4 6V T105...

On my third summer with a set of 4 6V T105 trojans, 24 volts total, have yet to run out of power in any application. even driving in the local parade
Have abandoned the mower, but use forklift and...
Forum: Tools 11-18-16, 10:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,428
Posted By nibs
In the early 1980's looked at the possibility of...

In the early 1980's looked at the possibility of selling house sized gensets running on natural gas, in San Diego, the break even at that time was reasonable. Just got wrapped up in other projects so...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-02-16, 10:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,046
Posted By nibs
Steve, the main reason I thought about 12V pumps...

Steve, the main reason I thought about 12V pumps is familiarity, have been using them for years and know them well. Also they are inexpensive I have several, I buy them at yard sales, the weak link...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-02-16, 09:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,046
Posted By nibs
Have not researched other pumps, but am very...

Have not researched other pumps, but am very impressed with the Shurflo style pumps, they operate on 12V, we will have a battery bank for solar so 12 v is no problem and if we use mercury switch...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-01-16, 10:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,046
Posted By nibs
Angry Thank you for the input. It is great to get the...

Thank you for the input. It is great to get the positive feedback. sounds like I will be putting in 2,000 lin ft.
Is it better to stay with 250 ft loops?
I was thinking that perhaps a good way to...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-26-16, 03:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,046
Posted By nibs
"I'm older than you." Then act your age and...

"I'm older than you."
Then act your age and drop the insults.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-23-16, 05:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,080
Posted By nibs
I always try to do my epscrete either in a...

I always try to do my epscrete either in a sheltered location, or on a windless day,
I find it pretty hard to stop the stuff blowing around.
Some people wet the eps in the bag with a little liquid...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-23-16, 12:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,046
Posted By nibs
The floor will be slab on grade, from the...

The floor will be slab on grade,
from the bottom, waterproof membrane, 2 or 3 inches of epscrete, 2 or 3 inches foam insulation, pex piping, and 2 possibly 3 inches of fiber entrained high strength...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-11-16, 03:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,080
Posted By nibs
I have used fly ash in quite a lot of my work, it...

I have used fly ash in quite a lot of my work, it works really well, ups the strength or replaces some of the cement.
Put a brick of EPS crete into the firebox of my hot tub heater, after a couple...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-11-16, 02:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,046
Posted By nibs
How much pex for inslab heat.

!,200 sq ft house, hope to put in the floor next season. Will be 2 inch concrete, planning 2 0r three loops,
1 living room,
2 2nd bdroom, bathrm, & utility rm
3 master bed.
May combine 2 & 3...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-08-16, 07:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,080
Posted By nibs
EPS crete (DIY insulation infused concrete)

First off my camera is down, so no pics.
We first started reading about EPS crete about 5 years ago, it is fairly common in Europe, in NA not quite so much.
Here is how we do it.
We collect...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-07-16, 11:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,142
Posted By nibs
EPScrete is cool stuff, insulating concrete, I...

EPScrete is cool stuff, insulating concrete, I built a little machine to grind up styrofoam, and use epscrete extensively, last place I used it was behind the chimney on a fireplace, wanted to keep...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-07-16, 03:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,142
Posted By nibs
With the foam, you do not need to be quite so...

With the foam, you do not need to be quite so fussy with compaction, a good firm base is good.
I use either sand and wet it down well, or epscrete 1 cement, 2 sand, and 5 or 8 eps grindings by...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-06-16, 02:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,142
Posted By nibs
You need to make certain that the insulation will...

You need to make certain that the insulation will not take up water, if the foam soaks up water it loses much of its insulating value. Pretty much the only two types that are monocellular are the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-28-16, 12:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,906
Posted By nibs
Thank you for the input. It makes sense. I...

Thank you for the input. It makes sense.
I would hope that the trusses are better than R3, because they make up about 1/4 of the volume of the roof structure. If I calculate the truss as being 6"...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-11-16, 11:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,044
Posted By nibs
Boy no opinions on using the tar covered...

Boy no opinions on using the tar covered insulation below the slab on grade floor.
Still wondering if the oils from the tar might migrate upwards through the cement.
Or what material, plastic?,...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 08-11-16, 11:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,952
Posted By nibs
Chiming in a little late here, but the space...

Chiming in a little late here, but the space behind the chimney would lend itself to styro-crete. Ground up styrofoam entrained in concrete.
I did that behind my fireplace and it seems to be working...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-25-16, 11:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,906
Posted By nibs
Riddle me this (condensation)

Just finished the plywood cover on my new flat roof and have a question about dew forming and drying on the roof.
construction is as follows.

Box beam trusses 1 ft tall, plywood clad, with Roxul...
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