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Forum: Renovations & New Construction Yesterday, 05:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 142
Posted By WillyP
Affordable is a tricky thing. If you go really...

Affordable is a tricky thing. If you go really cheap, you might end up having to replace the tiles sooner, so in the long run that can cost more. It also depends on what you are replacing. It is kind...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction Yesterday, 05:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,109
Posted By WillyP
The term eco friendly building can apply to a...

The term eco friendly building can apply to a number of factors. Usually it refers to buildings that do as little damage to the environment as possible. Several factors go into this. Using a quality...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-14-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 694
Posted By WillyP
I have been contemplating a similar system. My...

I have been contemplating a similar system. My solution was to store hot water for the radiant floor system in underground tanks, buried inside. For the evacuated tube heaters, I am going to use a...
Forum: Other Improvements 10-14-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,077
Posted By WillyP
I am curious how this turned out. Did you go with...

I am curious how this turned out. Did you go with copper?
I just want to throw out there. I live in a seventy year old house with copper pipes inside the slab (for radiators) there has never been a...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-14-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,480
Posted By WillyP
I know this is an old thread. But just for sag....

I know this is an old thread. But just for sag. Stevehulll nailed it with his suggestion. Pond liner is by far the cheapest and easiest fix for something like this. just rent a trncher and dig down a...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-14-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Posted By WillyP
usually when dealing with mold, the first thing...

usually when dealing with mold, the first thing you need to do is fix whatever is causing the moisture. In the attic it probably has to do with poor ventilation (or a leak). If you cure that, in...
Forum: Conservation 09-18-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 780
Posted By WillyP
These are all excellent points. But, my main...

These are all excellent points. But, my main concern is not so much saving energy, as much as only using so much at one time. Solar panels produce a finite amount of juice, if the AC, the...
Forum: Conservation 08-26-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 35,515
Posted By WillyP
That is not off grid. That is stealing power....

That is not off grid. That is stealing power. There is a difference.
Forum: Solar Heating 08-21-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,881
Posted By WillyP
Iam curious, where did you decide to place the...

Iam curious, where did you decide to place the temperature sensors in the storage tank?
Forum: Solar Heating 08-05-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,139
Posted By WillyP
I would love to hear some first hand experience...

I would love to hear some first hand experience information. By "flat plate" are you talking about a box with tubes in it?
Forum: Solar Heating 08-04-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,139
Posted By WillyP
I am absolutely interested. To be clear, I have...

I am absolutely interested. To be clear, I have no intention of running oil through the slab. I was going to use oil to go through the evacuated tube heater and into coils, inside the water tanks. My...
Forum: Solar Heating 08-02-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,139
Posted By WillyP
[QUOTE=gadget;62912]The other problem with oil is...

[QUOTE=gadget;62912]The other problem with oil is messy leaks. There will always be a leak at some point.

I ran an open tank hot water setup in my greenhouse a few years back. Water temp was 100F....
Forum: Solar Heating 07-30-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,139
Posted By WillyP
my problem with water is; at the heat the...

my problem with water is; at the heat the evacuated tube heaters run, the tanks would have to be vented to be safe. There will be a lot of evaporation in a vented tank with 185 water. I think this...
Forum: Solar Heating 07-30-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,139
Posted By WillyP
Here is a diagram I made of the system. Somebody...

Here is a diagram I made of the system. Somebody asked me for this someplace...
Forum: Conservation 07-30-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 780
Posted By WillyP
appliances that communicate with each other

Does anybody make appliances that use wifi to communicate when they are running? I am building a new home, and what I am searching for is; an air conditioner that will communicate with the...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-22-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 858
Views: 162,431
Posted By WillyP
That sounds awesome. I am in the design phase of...

That sounds awesome. I am in the design phase of a new home, which I hope to build next summer. But aquaponics is one of the big must have items for us. When I was younger I used to design and build...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-22-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 858
Views: 162,431
Posted By WillyP
I know this is an old thread and I am sure this...

I know this is an old thread and I am sure this system was built years ago and is working fine now. But I just wanted to throw out there, to anybody reading this recently. Solar powered water pumps...
Forum: Solar Heating 07-20-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 896
Posted By WillyP
I made an air heater this way. I found if you...

I made an air heater this way. I found if you drill the hole in the bottom off to one side, then stack them so hole is on the opposite side from the flip top hole, it gives better heat transfer. I'm...
Forum: Solar Heating 07-20-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 29,065
Posted By WillyP
I've been reading this thread and want to toss in...

I've been reading this thread and want to toss in my two cents. I build a lot of wooden stuff. If you are looking for the best structural bang for your buck, invest in high quality wood glue....
Forum: Solar Heating 07-14-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,139
Posted By WillyP
Need help designing a solar water heater for radiant floor heat

Anybody who has ever owned (or operated) a well-designed greenhouse*1 knows how well heat sinks work. However anybody who has owned a poorly designed greenhouse knows (without a doubt) that heat...
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