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Forum: Conservation 04-29-15, 02:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,486
Posted By Ryland
The nitnal wire I bought was junk, haven't bought...

The nitnal wire I bought was junk, haven't bought more, might opt for the pre made springs.
Forum: Conservation 03-20-15, 06:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,486
Posted By Ryland
I ordered up one of the heavier wires I could...

I ordered up one of the heavier wires I could find on Ebay, one version of it said it reacts at 70F other 98F, ordered a 5 foot long piece for $12, now to wait...
...
Forum: Conservation 03-20-15, 10:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,486
Posted By Ryland
My bath sink has the standard drain stopper that...

My bath sink has the standard drain stopper that relies on friction to keep it up or down.

The most common use of Nitinol that I've seen is heat activated springs, when the water water turns it...
Forum: Conservation 03-19-15, 06:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,486
Posted By Ryland
Nitinol Drain Closer Idea

I had a thought today as I was filling the bath room sink with warm water.

Wouldn't it be nice if the drain stopper closed on it's own, a spring would default it to closed, but a Nitinol...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 09-03-14, 01:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,316
Posted By Ryland
Motors often have a continues and a peek hp, gas...

Motors often have a continues and a peek hp, gas engines are rated in peek hp.
Motors almost never list their peek hp as their rated hp.

If you can, wire that motor for 240v, even if you use the...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 09-02-14, 02:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,316
Posted By Ryland
Any chance of using a 240v motor? You'd have...

Any chance of using a 240v motor?

You'd have less line loss and 3hp 240v motors are somewhat common.
Forum: Lawn and Garden 08-19-14, 08:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,316
Posted By Ryland
So you are tilling with a cord behind you? Did...

So you are tilling with a cord behind you?
Did you do a chain or belt drive off the motor?
Forum: Conservation 08-11-14, 07:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,832
Posted By Ryland
My old fridge was from the 1970's and used around...

My old fridge was from the 1970's and used around 275kwh per year and when I replaced it I figured I'd find loads of them that were better... that was not the case! so I gave it to a neighbor who now...
Forum: Wind Power 08-05-14, 09:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,495
Posted By Ryland
Blade design and pitch is going to dictate the...

Blade design and pitch is going to dictate the free spinning speed to a point.
It also depends on what style of over-speed protection it has.
Forum: Conservation 08-05-14, 09:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,799
Posted By Ryland
A double door like that is going to be annoying...

A double door like that is going to be annoying to use and I would only install one in a very low traffic area.

Going to a garage, you already have one air lock, the garage door, so the seal of...
Forum: Tools 07-30-14, 09:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,774
Posted By Ryland
The worst part of a cheap level is that it falls...

The worst part of a cheap level is that it falls apart, we have one at work that went out of plumb without warning.

I have a nice Stabila level that was well worth the money.
Forum: Other Improvements 07-23-14, 03:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 22,302
Posted By Ryland
New furnace! Instead of the fan drawing 650...

New furnace!
Instead of the fan drawing 650 watts like the old one did, the new one has a low speed option that draws 70 watts, combine this with a single window AC unit at the top of the stairs in...
Forum: Conservation 06-28-14, 12:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,755
Posted By Ryland
Where do you get one with a higher flow rate? I...

Where do you get one with a higher flow rate? I haven't seen one for sale in 10 or more years, unless like was said, you drill out the jets.

But even at that, $1,300 per year for showers is nuts!
Forum: Conservation 06-25-14, 09:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,755
Posted By Ryland
How does a shower cost you $1,300 per year? ...

How does a shower cost you $1,300 per year?

My natural gas water heater costs $2.75 per month,
My water bill averages around $7 per month.
Sewer bill is around $11 per month based off of fresh...
Forum: Solar Power 06-15-14, 09:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,774
Posted By Ryland
I agree that the panel is to small if the battery...

I agree that the panel is to small if the battery is being used at all.

I have a few 10 watt panels that I connect to batteries that have a slow discharge from vehicle clocks and such and they...
Forum: Conservation 06-06-14, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,976
Posted By Ryland
You can often rent "Chip Hammers" more or less a...

You can often rent "Chip Hammers" more or less a hammer drill that has a hammer only setting, it works like a hand held jack hammer.
Don't toss the bricks down the center of the chimney, they can...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-03-14, 09:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,105
Posted By Ryland
The losses are in the freezer, 2/3 of the energy...

The losses are in the freezer, 2/3 of the energy that a freezer uses are turned in to heat and all of that heat stays in the house.
A pound of ice takes 144 BTUs to melt it, Window A/C tend to be...
Forum: Solar Power 05-27-14, 12:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,560
Posted By Ryland
The big advantage is that you tend to get more...

The big advantage is that you tend to get more out of each panel because you are cutting back on your losses by stepping up to a higher voltage right away, you also tend to get maximum power point...
Forum: Solar Power 05-09-14, 11:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,060
Posted By Ryland
Yep, it takes something like a tree or bullet to...

Yep, it takes something like a tree or bullet to kill a panel, if your panels are close enough to a tree to have it fall on it then it will most likely be close enough to that tree to be shaded....
Forum: Solar Power 05-09-14, 11:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,046
Posted By Ryland
Often things like "solar shingles" use thin film...

Often things like "solar shingles" use thin film PV or plastic coated pv, both of those brake down in sunlight and have a short life span.

Products like Solar Slate, a glass covered solar roof...
Forum: Solar Power 05-07-14, 08:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,060
Posted By Ryland
I am confident that silicone is not the most...

I am confident that silicone is not the most valuable part of a dead solar panel, it is also a very small part of it! even in a new panel the aluminium frame is a costly part and the glass that...
Forum: The Billiards Room 04-11-14, 09:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,088
Posted By Ryland
Stuff like this is why I get annoyed at people...

Stuff like this is why I get annoyed at people who install solar without permits, using substandard parts and a rats nest of wires, because those people are just as likely to get headlines written...
Forum: The Billiards Room 04-10-14, 09:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,088
Posted By Ryland
I have been around people who live off grid and...

I have been around people who live off grid and have different life styles my whole life and the examples that have been given of it being "illegal" tend to be someone doing something stupid that...
Forum: The Billiards Room 04-07-14, 09:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,088
Posted By Ryland
Wow, you really didn't do your research! The...

Wow, you really didn't do your research!

The house that has drawn attention is doing so because they are collecting rain water and dumping it down the city sewer without paying a sewer bill.
...
Forum: Solar Power 04-04-14, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,448
Posted By Ryland
Check Craigslist and you might be able to find...

Check Craigslist and you might be able to find some used golf cart batteries, 2 or 4 of these 6v batteries will give you many years of useful life, the shallower discharge rates are much better for...
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