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Forum: Solar Heating 09-29-14, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,990
Posted By jeff5may
If you are thinking about the outdoor plumbing...

If you are thinking about the outdoor plumbing thing, PLEASE do a drain-back system of some kind. The small upfront expense of pumps and thermostats and such is so much less than busted, frozen, or...
Forum: Conservation 03-14-13, 11:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,532
Posted By stevehull
Drake, I made up a preheat "gray water"...

Drake,

I made up a preheat "gray water" heater for our shower almost 20 years ago. It has worked very well - maybe too well at times.

In short, I took a scrap piece of 3 inch copper and wound...
Forum: Solar Heating 11-02-12, 04:08 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 22,284
Posted By Mikesolar
One other thing to think about is to make sure...

One other thing to think about is to make sure your PEX rolls off like wire because it has a memory and should not twist. I am concerned about how the tubing will interact with the end of the...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-03-12, 07:39 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 40,066
Posted By greif
you may want to add cross bracing to the posts to...

you may want to add cross bracing to the posts to stiffen everything up like I did with mine. I have withstood 76 miles per hr winds so far and mine is out in the open
Forum: Conservation 07-04-12, 11:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,764
Posted By S-F
Drill and Fill Part 1: Drill And Fill Part 1 -...

Drill and Fill Part 1:
Drill And Fill Part 1 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeXCr5Jvx54&feature=youtu.be)

Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR_E0QRPMVE&feature=youtu.be
Forum: Solar Heating 06-07-12, 10:02 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 22,284
Posted By Xringer
Sweet!

I just skimmed this thread and found the workmanship of the tank very impressive!
The insulation job looks topnotch, so performance should be excellent.
I'll bet it's going to outlast all the...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-21-12, 03:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 22,284
Posted By Mobile Master Tech
Stop the presses!! Before you buy any...

Stop the presses!! Before you buy any "traditional" circulators, be sure to check out the electronically commutated pumps built by ITT/Laing and sold under Laing, Bell & Gossett and others.

Their...
Forum: Solar Power 05-09-12, 12:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,899
Posted By Ryland
If you are doing a small 12v system then I'd get...

If you are doing a small 12v system then I'd get some of these Water Miser Battery Vent Caps (http://www.flowsystemsusa.com/water-miser-vent-cap.html) then put the flooded batteries in a rubbermade...
Forum: Conservation 11-29-11, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,603
Posted By warmwxrules
Exterior windows ...

Exterior windows
http://i39.tinypic.com/14j8gg3.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/158b3p5.jpg
Slot that holds them in place.

I also am using wood shims to keep them in place. I want everything to...
Forum: Conservation 11-09-11, 09:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,079
Posted By Ryland
I've added insulation to small rooms before and...

I've added insulation to small rooms before and found it to be worth while, I felt that using foil faced foam gave the best results, also if you pull off the old dry wall you have a chance to seal up...
Forum: Conservation 09-30-11, 09:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,123
Posted By Daox
Stealth 0.8 GPF / 3 LPF toilet

Just wanted to mention this one as I think its really cool. While doing the blog articles for all the giveaway donators I came across Niagara Conservation's Stealth 0.8 GPF ultra-high-efficiency...
Forum: Other Improvements 09-01-10, 09:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,664
Posted By Daox
Master ROI list on green appliances/renovating

This is a great list of ROIs on a whole bunch of green renovations. They've got just about everything on the list including; insulating ducts, on demand water heaters, planting trees for shade,...
Forum: Conservation 03-12-10, 09:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,302
Posted By Piwoslaw
Sweden - Oil independance through conservation and efficiency

A few days ago the Wife attended a mini-conference on energy conservation and efficiency, co-organized by the Swedish embassy. She brought home some very interesting information, which I'll share...
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