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Forum: Solar Power 08-11-20, 11:05 PM
Replies: 741
Views: 174,831
Posted By where2
Your comment isn't as odd as it may seem on the...

Your comment isn't as odd as it may seem on the surface. I spend my weeks sitting behind a PC pushing a mouse creating digital design projects, but I find doing tangible hands-on projects on the...
Forum: Solar Power 06-02-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 951
Posted By where2
I believe the mathematical calculations to...

I believe the mathematical calculations to determine the pie shaped triangles are a form of calculus equation. It's been 30+ years since I last sat in calculus class, but I'm fairly certain the...
Forum: Product Reviews 05-19-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,160
Posted By where2
Until July 2019, I had not driven, or been a...

Until July 2019, I had not driven, or been a passenger in any EV either. However, I managed to convince my wife to go test drive a used EV with me one night after work. (It was a used off-lease VW...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 04-14-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,718
Posted By where2
When I got to thinking about this question, it...

When I got to thinking about this question, it dawned on me: why not make a man in the middle device? Sense the high versus low condition on the output leads to the thermostat wire, and log high (or...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-26-20, 10:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,430
Posted By where2
For others who may someday need this knowledge: ...

For others who may someday need this knowledge:

Using NiHaoMike's suggestion as a starting point, I was able to determine that JST connectors come in a variety of pin spacings: 1.0mm, 1.25mm,...
Forum: Tools 01-18-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,332
Posted By where2
Got 2 free generators - Neither worked

A few months ago, a neighbor moving out down the street pushed a garage kept Coleman Powermate 5kW gas generator to the curb for the scrap folks or the garbage men. I picked it up in hopes that it...
Forum: Tools 01-18-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,286
Posted By where2
When you pull it out this next time, check the...

When you pull it out this next time, check the passages and high speed jet. I found using the fine wire from the inside of a twist tie (like you find on a loaf of bread) works well for poking through...
Forum: Tools 01-16-20, 10:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,286
Posted By where2
Yes, ethanol free is finally becoming relatively...

Yes, ethanol free is finally becoming relatively easy to come by in my metro area in FL due to the sheer number of people refueling their boats. (no not the Land Yachts, but 25-36' double and triple...
Forum: Conservation 01-16-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,426
Posted By where2
Keep up the great progress though!! I have one of...

Keep up the great progress though!! I have one of these projects to do on a '70's stick built house in Maine. Are you doing this all by gut instincts and a flashlight, or are you using an IR camera...
Forum: Tools 01-14-20, 10:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,286
Posted By where2
Daox, when I searched that MTD model number,...

Daox, when I searched that MTD model number, those carbs appear to run around $12-$15 on eBay for a complete new carb!!
Forum: Tools 01-14-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,286
Posted By where2
Oooh, small engine mechanics... This thread I can...

Oooh, small engine mechanics... This thread I can totally relate to!! I've got LOTS of small engines!! When I was growing up, my best friend's dad used to do small engine repair for extra $$$ on the...
Forum: Conservation 12-28-19, 12:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,405
Posted By where2
Around $26k, before the tax credits. (not...

Around $26k, before the tax credits. (not including enclosed transport). If you've heard good things about the e-Golf, you're ahead of most people. The e-Golf marketing from VW appears to have be...
Forum: Conservation 12-22-19, 12:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,405
Posted By where2
2019 VW e-Golf (BEV)

Back in the summer, I ran across a thread on one of the forums I frequent about the deals people were getting buying 2019 VW e-Golfs. At first, I was a bit skeptical that these deals really existed...
Forum: Conservation 12-18-19, 01:04 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 36,006
Posted By where2
Our farm in northern Maine sits on a ridge facing...

Our farm in northern Maine sits on a ridge facing the west, and presumably has decent wind potential. I've often toyed with the idea of using one of those small turbines to tinker with. However, I...
Forum: Solar Power 12-01-19, 09:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,710
Posted By where2
Having a 4.4kW solar array, and having a neighbor...

Having a 4.4kW solar array, and having a neighbor who regularly asks me when I'm going to come up with a "backup plan" for when the grid is down, Rob wins the prize for having created his own...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-24-19, 11:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 15,512
Posted By where2
Thanks for the update Pinball. I thought I'd seen...

Thanks for the update Pinball. I thought I'd seen a thread about this subject years ago. I need to open up the L1 charger that came with my eGolf. It's a Delphi that may be adaptable to 240V. It...
Forum: Solar Power 11-22-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,131
Posted By where2
This is why I have a metal roof: pay now, or pay...

This is why I have a metal roof: pay now, or pay again later... (NOTE: Labor in the future will cost more than today, it's called inflation... The typical Federal Reserve target is 2% annual...
Forum: Solar Power 11-16-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,191
Posted By where2
UL 1741 makes exciting a grid-tied inverter...

UL 1741 makes exciting a grid-tied inverter challenging without a grid. It also saves the lives of linemen working on your grid. If you have a UL 1741 approved with stand alone production capability,...
Forum: Solar Power 11-04-19, 10:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,929
Posted By where2
The merit to the services offered is like...

The merit to the services offered is like anything else: what's your time worth? Plenty of places offer PV permit package services, including Renvu where I ordered my last panels. From my point of...
Forum: Solar Power 11-03-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,232
Posted By where2
Basically, yes IMHO, it really does boil down to...

Basically, yes IMHO, it really does boil down to price, # of cells, and wattage. My poly's have been collecting sunshine for 6+ years. I think the last pallet of panels I bought are mono's.
...
Forum: Solar Power 11-02-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,929
Posted By where2
Codes have a purpose in life, it's to keep your...

Codes have a purpose in life, it's to keep your neighbor from torching their house because they DON'T know enough about electricity to make sound decisions.

A three line diagram is literally what...
Forum: Solar Power 11-02-19, 08:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,232
Posted By where2
Most important insight I can offer is to know...

Most important insight I can offer is to know what state limitations exist, if any. In FL, we have a limited list of panels that have been "state certified" for use in creating a "state certified...
Forum: Solar Power 11-02-19, 01:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,929
Posted By where2
I've permitted a DIY system in FL. It is NOT an...

I've permitted a DIY system in FL. It is NOT an impossible task. My 4.4kW install passed inspection with flying colors. I'm about to draw 3-line diagrams for permits up for a second DIY system. If...
Forum: Solar Power 11-02-19, 12:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,664
Posted By where2
When plugging things back in, keep track of the...

When plugging things back in, keep track of the arrow on the inverter plug and the arrow on the trunk cable connector. The arrows need to point at each other when you're making the plug connection....
Forum: Solar Power 10-30-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,664
Posted By where2
Have you priced a replacement M215? Get an M250...

Have you priced a replacement M215? Get an M250 if you can't find the M215s.

One bad inverter won't shut down two arrays. One bad microinverter shuts down one panel. Explain how your multiple...
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