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Forum: Solar Heating 03-07-10, 08:48 AM
Replies: 32
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Posted By bennelson
Well, I WAS hoping to see higher temperatures...

Well, I WAS hoping to see higher temperatures than that as well.

I did a test last summer in my back yard, using the same barrel and pump (pump was at 12V flow rate, I had to cycle it on and off...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-06-10, 09:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
It's Saturday! Time to be at home instead of at...

It's Saturday! Time to be at home instead of at work all week, away from the Solar Panel.

Tim just told me that he is running the circulating pump on the panel right now. It's sunny and about 37...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-02-10, 08:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
If we cut that little notch in the frame of the...

If we cut that little notch in the frame of the panel, we would be able to have the entire guts of the panel out - check all the soldering joints, and pressure test it. After that, we would put the...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-01-10, 08:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
No mill handy, but we did talk about that! I...

No mill handy, but we did talk about that!

I think the clips should work fine. The main issue was that we were re-using the holes in the collector frame, and some of those holes were a little...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-01-10, 02:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
Here is the video of the work we did fixing up...

Here is the video of the work we did fixing up the panel.

YouTube - Solar Panel Refurbish (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKnIhWh7yCM)
Forum: Solar Heating 03-01-10, 01:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
Glad you liked it. I filmed that one! :D ...

Glad you liked it.
I filmed that one! :D

Metro - this was only a test to see what it would take to fix up this panel, test the flow rate, etc.

We don't know what the rest of the panels may get...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-01-10, 10:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
Here is a video which is an overview of how a...

Here is a video which is an overview of how a Caleffi brand hot water system is installed.

At about 1:17 in, there are a couple shots of a brass coupler connecting one panel to another. Right...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-01-10, 09:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
Any sort of complete circle still needs to fit...

Any sort of complete circle still needs to fit around whatever size connectors we decide to use.

How about something like this?...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-01-10, 09:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
The big issue we found working on this panel is...

The big issue we found working on this panel is that the frame of the panel is made from FOLDED ALUMINUM.

It's nice that it makes for a lightweight panel, and I am sure these were less expensive...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-28-10, 08:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
I went over to see Tim (Doax) today and brought...

I went over to see Tim (Doax) today and brought the solar panel to refurbish.

In one day, we cleaned it up, soldered on new connections to replace the ones that were hacked off, and hooked it up...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-26-10, 08:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
The panels I can get are not huge. They can be...

The panels I can get are not huge. They can be easily moved and installed by one person though.

I have a different panel, which I bought used, which is 4'x10' - that one will be used on my house...
Forum: Solar Heating 02-25-10, 03:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,275
Posted By bennelson
Old hot water panels to refurbish.

Here is one panel that I have that I got from my cousin.

He has nine more. The panels need some TLC, but I was surprised at how warm it got just propped up in my garage on a sunny cold day!
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