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Forum: Solar Power 10-26-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By mk1st
Finally up and running

I rebuilt my old crappy garage and reoriented the new one for full southern exposure. Took a while to get everything up and running because I was doing everything myself (except the final wiring...
Forum: Solar Power 10-26-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 741
Views: 173,733
Posted By mk1st
Very nice!

Very nice!
Forum: Conservation 10-26-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,336
Posted By mk1st
That looks cool. Love seeing more and more of...

That looks cool. Love seeing more and more of these around town.

Any particular reason you took the fenders off? Did they..... 'offend'er you? groan....
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-26-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Posted By mk1st
Any mold growth means you have a water problem. ...

Any mold growth means you have a water problem.
It will either be a 1)water leak or 2) condensation (in rare cases it could be both)

1) A water leak will usually be pretty easy to determine and...
Forum: Solar Power 07-17-17, 11:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,509
Posted By mk1st
Update: here's the progress: Ordered Quick Mount...

Update: here's the progress: Ordered Quick Mount PV kits (very nice), all set for the future panel installation!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yq4oj3srikf4kh0/IMG_1433.JPG?dl=0
Forum: Solar Power 05-17-17, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,509
Posted By mk1st
Mounting PV panel supports

Last year I tore down my old crappy garage and am in the midst of rebuilding it. The new design is optimized for solar exposure so I can install PV eventually but can't afford it right away (this new...
Forum: Conservation 12-19-16, 01:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,841
Posted By mk1st
I always tell my customers who are considering...

I always tell my customers who are considering one that it's not the unit that saves that much money or energy, it's how you use it. If a teenager can take an endless shower they will!
Forum: Conservation 04-11-14, 03:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 12,387
Posted By mk1st
Attic Fan

Whole house attic fans are an older technology that are a good idea in theory but frequently don't work well because of where they are installed and what they are being asked to do. Typically, when...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-12-13, 01:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,865
Posted By mk1st
Solar heated basement floor: Awesome

Because your floor is relatively small and is not going to be your primary heat source, I'd probably not get all super wiggy about the performance overall, especially if you heat the water with...
Forum: Conservation 12-08-11, 08:30 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 39,892
Posted By mk1st
Indeed. Why is it that we want to live in caves?

Indeed. Why is it that we want to live in caves?
Forum: Conservation 12-08-11, 08:58 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 39,892
Posted By mk1st
Indeed, there is always more to the story. I...

Indeed, there is always more to the story. I absolutely agree that things can work out fine as long as there is no moisture problem in a basement. My generalized point was that rigid foam on the wall...
Forum: Conservation 12-07-11, 04:10 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 39,892
Posted By mk1st
warmwxrules: I would not recommend using any...

warmwxrules: I would not recommend using any fiberglass in a basement due to the potential for condensation (unless your foundation happens to be insulated already on the exterior). Also, insulation...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-30-11, 12:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,478
Posted By mk1st
Nail on Head

After testing hundreds of homes I can safely generalize that homes of a simple shape are tighter and more efficient than those with vaults, angles, cantilevers and floor height changes. Along the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-12-11, 04:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,478
Posted By mk1st
Cool. @1.22 are those bilco doors to the...

Cool.
@1.22 are those bilco doors to the "basements". You don't see those used much on new houses.
I think it's a lack of imagination that prevents people from believing that we can offset a...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-11-11, 04:00 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,478
Posted By mk1st
Yes, advanced framing would use 24" O/C, but...

Yes, advanced framing would use 24" O/C, but that's just the beginning. What it is is a technique to eliminate the unnecessary framing i.e. that which does not contribute to the strength of the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-11-11, 11:04 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,478
Posted By mk1st
The "2x6 construction" mentioned in the initial...

The "2x6 construction" mentioned in the initial post does not necessarily indicate a more efficient house. If you run the numbers on a 2x6 wall with only cavity insulation and then compare it to a...
Forum: Conservation 12-02-10, 09:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 25,955
Posted By mk1st
Warmer windows

Doax, your efforts are mighty. It is true that having pockets of STILL air will improve your R value but the work you are doing is probably not realistic for most homeowners, including having to put...
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