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Forum: Solar Heating 10-15-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
Posted By menaus2
Sure Daox. Plumbing: I have a Taco style pump...

Sure Daox.
Plumbing: I have a Taco style pump pulling water directly from the tank and circulating it through the furnace plenum. Kept it simple with 3/4" pex and shark bites to connect with the...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-14-20, 01:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
Posted By menaus2
Just an update on the project: 1.Cut down a...

Just an update on the project:

1.Cut down a bunch of trees as they were starting to block the collector going into fall. More solar heat & more firewood!

2. Integrated the hot water tank with...
Forum: Solar Heating 08-20-20, 12:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
Posted By menaus2
So its been about 3 months since my last update,...

So its been about 3 months since my last update, and overall the collector has worked great over the summer and have made some refinements also.

1. The reflectors have really helped out with the...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-25-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 30,263
Posted By menaus2
I've been impressed with how copper heat...

I've been impressed with how copper heat exchangers have worked on my tank. You can always buy copper wort chillers on Amazon if you want something premade that will look nice. They can be run in...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-12-20, 11:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
Posted By menaus2
Over the past couple of days the tank never...

Over the past couple of days the tank never really got above 80F. The sun angle is pretty high and the big tree by the panel was starting to block it especially around mid-day... so I cut it down in...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-10-20, 01:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
Posted By menaus2
The battle station is armed and fully...

The battle station is armed and fully operational! Seriously though, I got the glazing on got water flowing the past few days and did a test run today since there were periods of clear sky.

I...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-06-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
Posted By menaus2
The pipe is 2 runs of 1" Oxygen Barrier pex with...

The pipe is 2 runs of 1" Oxygen Barrier pex with 5 layers of bubble foil insulation wrapped around it. Its inside an 8" corrugated solid plastic drain pipe. I don't think "boiler pipe" is the right...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-30-20, 11:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
Posted By menaus2
Whew! Thanks for the info! Since my last...

Whew! Thanks for the info!

Since my last post, I've gotten the underground pipe in (mostly). It was easily a week of digging and probably the hardest part of the whole project so far since it was...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-18-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
Posted By menaus2
Absorber fins and painting are done! I did my...

Absorber fins and painting are done! I did my best to make everything an equal length, but I'm sure each run will be off a bit.

Does anyone have an idea how much difference in flow there might be...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-11-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
Posted By menaus2
Absorber fin installation continues! A little...

Absorber fin installation continues! A little over halfway done. I've spray painted completed sections to get an idea what it'll look like finished (as well as a motivation boost!) Straightening out...
Forum: Solar Heating 04-04-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
Posted By menaus2
Construction continues into the slow tedious...

Construction continues into the slow tedious phase of collector pipe and aluminum absorbers. For the back of the absorber I stapled up 3" wide strips of aluminum coilstock. Not sure on the thickness,...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-28-20, 10:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
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, 11:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
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, 01:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
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 03-11-20, 12:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
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, 10:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 15,621
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, 10:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
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, 10:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
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, 10:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
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, 04:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
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, 04:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,746
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: The Billiards Room 07-26-12, 11:45 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 10,973
Posted By menaus2
No, I'm saying lots of small actions are better...

No, I'm saying lots of small actions are better than no action. Big changes on the corporate or governmental level? Even better! Fantastic! But you have to be realistic about the political process....
Forum: Solar Heating 06-25-12, 11:02 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 22,284
Posted By menaus2
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ydf43q9f9Ps/T-h...

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ydf43q9f9Ps/T-h3QkLcJdI/AAAAAAAAAqA/96OX-mbq_rk/s505/20120524183645.jpg

I have both heat exchangers tied into the house plumbing like this. You can see the two...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-20-12, 11:29 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 22,284
Posted By menaus2
Update: Folding and securing the EPDM liner ...

Update:

Folding and securing the EPDM liner

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_BBugmmEJv0/T7mw6whgz5I/AAAAAAAAAmY/RadzJaF-8TI/s505/20120516134027.jpg

Putting on the composite decking boards...
Forum: Solar Heating 11-08-11, 11:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 15,621
Posted By menaus2
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-mzKPnyrDS3s/ToO...

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-mzKPnyrDS3s/ToOUvDC3OoI/AAAAAAAAAOg/BZ0BRKCOG3s/s320/20110928164159.jpg

Baffle in place.
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