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Forum: Solar Heating 03-28-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By menaus2
Had nice weather yesterday before rain moved in,...

Had nice weather yesterday before rain moved in, so prioritized making sure the OSB was protected enough since it shouldn't get wet & I don't have plastic laying around. Sealed up all the seams with...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-26-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By menaus2
The world slows down, but construction continues!...

The world slows down, but construction continues! Framing has been completed. The shed wall isn't exactly plumb, but it's level. Good enough! I siliconed (black silicone) the wood to keep moisture...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-22-20, 12:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By menaus2
With a good portion of the inside plumbing done,...

With a good portion of the inside plumbing done, I've shifted to working on the collector frame. I was able to scramble & get all the materials before the Beer Virus cases started taking off so I...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-21-20, 11:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By menaus2
Hi Redrok! According David Poz (great...

Hi Redrok!

According David Poz (great youtube channel btw). Solar is more efficient per dollar & solar thermal is more efficient per area. I think he used commercial collectors so idk how a diy...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-17-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 196
Posted By menaus2
I wouldn't touch the filter. Its there to, well,...

I wouldn't touch the filter. Its there to, well, filter the air! Better to have a virus on the filter than in the air where it can spread. Viruses need a host to multiply, and are way smaller than...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-10-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By menaus2
Got the heat exchanger coils inside the tank...

Got the heat exchanger coils inside the tank completed. I connected the refrigeration type copper tubing with flare fittings into the diy manifold. Although it looks like some sort of brain interface...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-05-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 12,924
Posted By menaus2
Just an update on the system. It's been operating...

Just an update on the system. It's been operating for 9 years or so without a hitch although there have been some changes made to it years ago. First, I closed off the space between the collector and...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-03-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By menaus2
The layout is trying to make the best out of...

The layout is trying to make the best out of limited space. I built the tank last year with only Domestic Hot Water in mind. The tank is only 100 gallons, and the temperature probes have never shown...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-02-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By menaus2
Heat exchanger coils are wound in the tank. It...

Heat exchanger coils are wound in the tank. It wasn't easy hanging over into the tank for a few hours, but it got easier as I worked my way higher in the tank. I had a 24" diameter by 30"H space to...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-26-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By menaus2
The ground will still be frozen for a few months...

The ground will still be frozen for a few months yet, but I'm going to start with the inside work. First on the list are the heat exchanger coils in my 100 gal. tank. I already have a 60' 1" copper...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-15-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By menaus2
Also some rough diagrams of the system as well as...

Also some rough diagrams of the system as well as my mostly uninformed wiring for the space heating controls. :thumbup:

https://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=8843&d=1581801509...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-15-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By menaus2
menaus2's 240sqft Hydronic Thermal collector

Hi All! It's been a while since I've documented a major project on the forum, so I'll be starting from the planning process going forward.

Last year I installed a 36sqft drainback collector with a...
Forum: Conservation 02-15-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,066
Posted By menaus2
Very true about nuclear power (or as I like to...

Very true about nuclear power (or as I like to call it, fossilized supernova fuels)! France & Germany are a great example of unintended consequences. I was very skeptical for a long time, but the...
Forum: Solar Heating 01-20-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 298
Posted By menaus2
Solar Air Heater/ Night Radiative Cooling "Double Play" System?

I've been mulling over a large air based solar heater recently, but the question I've been asking myself is if there is any way to utilize it during the summer for cooling purposes. The idea is to...
Forum: Solar Heating 01-20-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 661
Posted By menaus2
I occasionally throw a gallon of bleach in the...

I occasionally throw a gallon of bleach in the tank and call it good enough. Both of my hot water systems I've built have a pex coil type heat exchanger and I don't think the water going through the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 10-23-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,606
Posted By menaus2
If the 15% reduction turns out to be accurate, it...

If the 15% reduction turns out to be accurate, it would seem to be the final nail in the coffin for the idea. It looks like a high SEER mini-split would be the far more economical choice, and a D/C...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 10-09-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,606
Posted By menaus2
Hard to dig up solid information on the impact of...

Hard to dig up solid information on the impact of outside air temperature and air conditioner efficiency. The closest study I've been able to find is here:
...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-24-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,606
Posted By menaus2
Earthtube-fed air conditioning?

I have an idea that I haven't been able to find really discussed elsewhere online, so I thought I'd throw it out here. :thumbup:

Basically, instead of using earth tubes to directly condition a...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-14-15, 09:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,364
Posted By menaus2
I'm not sure what you mean by "heat pipes", but...

I'm not sure what you mean by "heat pipes", but you want to go with an enclosed collector of some kind. I agree with Jeff that drainback is the way to go. No antifreeze to deal with and very...
Forum: Conservation 03-30-13, 07:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,215
Posted By menaus2
I've been thinking about grey-water-heat-recovery...

I've been thinking about grey-water-heat-recovery as well, and it's great to see some sweet projects already completed. I've been thinking a lot about the use of pex-al-pex as a lower cost quick...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-11-13, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,569
Posted By menaus2
Wow that's some story! I'm definitely considering...

Wow that's some story! I'm definitely considering plexiglass now, it's mostly a question if they can be mounted in a sliding frame so the windows can be opened.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-27-13, 10:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,569
Posted By menaus2
Apartment renovation project

Hello fellow Ecorenovators,

I'm starting/started work on a rental property (the same one I installed a solar hot water preheater in last year...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-21-13, 05:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,633
Posted By menaus2
As far as protecting air from moisture between...

As far as protecting air from moisture between the two windows have you considered a desiccant material in that space? Assuming the two windows are fairly well sealed, I'd think it would be able to...
Forum: Conservation 01-27-13, 07:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,808
Posted By menaus2
Fun times huh? Back to ecorenovating...

Fun times huh? Back to ecorenovating...
Forum: Solar Heating 11-16-12, 06:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 12,924
Posted By menaus2
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-47kYNa3G5RI/UKb...

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Just an update: Some finishing trimwork around the foam insulated exhaust pipe.
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