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Forum: Solar Heating 11-12-20, 12:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,941
Posted By Acuario
A very sharp knife and a lot of care! When I have...

A very sharp knife and a lot of care! When I have to remove PEX fittings I cut a deep slit into the pipe the length of the fitting following the line of the pipe, but not down to the fitting. At the...
Forum: Solar Heating 11-03-20, 02:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 228
Posted By Acuario
I'm currently getting around 7C increase per...

I'm currently getting around 7C increase per panel. I can't increase the flow through the panels and the HX is quite small bore so there is a limit to what I can pass through it.

My thoughts are:...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-01-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Acuario
It's all diy - the controller and installation...

It's all diy - the controller and installation anyway. The heatpump itself is a basic compressor/fan/reversing valve unit that I have added my own controller and control software to.

I describe it...
Forum: Solar Heating 11-01-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 228
Posted By Acuario
Question Configuring hot water solar panels

I currently have 3 solar water panels connected in series to provide heating to my underfloor heating in the house.

As I write (a nice sunny Sunday at 13h) the water temperature in the floor is...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-01-20, 03:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Acuario
Setting temperature via weather feed

I may have posted about this before but anyway this is an update and it's now working...

It is now cool at night so time to run the heatpump which is connected to the under floor heating in my...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-01-20, 03:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 864
Posted By Acuario
If you investigate the motor a bit more you'll...

If you investigate the motor a bit more you'll probably find one of the wires is providing a square wave pulse output that varies depending on the speed of the motor.

It should be fairly simple to...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-29-20, 07:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,703
Posted By Acuario
Improving cooling efficiency?

I was thinking the other day, in the summer I'm obviously running my heatpump in cooling mode. The compressor is still just doing it's job and compressing gas so generating a lot of heat that then...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-27-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 15,473
Posted By Acuario
For water or for electric?

For water or for electric?
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-24-20, 01:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,860
Posted By Acuario
Here are a few photos of the plants that are...

Here are a few photos of the plants that are growing on 23rd March. The runner beans are just starting to flower and everything else is growing like crazy. I've started planting some out in the...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-14-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,860
Posted By Acuario
As we are on lockdown by the government for the...

As we are on lockdown by the government for the Coronavirus I'm taking advantage to work on the greenhouse.

Here is the ventilation fan (ex evaporator fan from a mini-split) installed and with the...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-12-20, 12:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,860
Posted By Acuario
Here is the (almost) finished greenhouse. I...

Here is the (almost) finished greenhouse.
I still need to add some of the automation but it is now operational.

https://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=8867&stc=1&d=1583987058...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-01-20, 12:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,860
Posted By Acuario
Here is a photo of the plants on 29th February in...

Here is a photo of the plants on 29th February in the existing polytunnel

https://ecorenovator.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=8852&stc=1&d=1583040156

..and the new greenhouse taking...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 02-29-20, 01:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,860
Posted By Acuario
Here's an update on the greenhouse and future...

Here's an update on the greenhouse and future plans..

So far no very strong winds so the poly tunnel is still standing although it is starting to deteriorate. Everything inside is growing like...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-15-20, 01:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,297
Posted By Acuario
Ok, thanks, that makes sense. The machine was one...

Ok, thanks, that makes sense. The machine was one with conducts and the control panel does have an 'Energy save' button so I guess that's what it was for.

It doesn't sound like I need to implement...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-11-20, 11:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,297
Posted By Acuario
Question Two speed fan

I have a question..
The majority of machines I have hacked to convert to heat pumps have had single speed condenser fans. I have just 'inherited' two Fuji 7kW machines that have 2 speed fans.

My...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 02-11-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,605
Posted By Acuario
I had to fix a tv for one of my neighbors....

I had to fix a tv for one of my neighbors. Exactly the same model. It seems this model is particularly prone to led failure of this type.
I also recently fixed a Philips tv, about 5 years old, an...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 02-06-20, 12:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,860
Posted By Acuario
Here is a screenshot of the performance during 24...

Here is a screenshot of the performance during 24 hours, it lets me monitor both the solar batteries and temperature variations in the greenhouse.

It's amazing that in February, typically the...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 02-06-20, 12:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,860
Posted By Acuario
You should give it a go, it makes so many...

You should give it a go, it makes so many projects viable such as solar heating, heat pump control, monitoring and so on..

In the greenhouse at the moment I have sweet peppers, tomatoes, lettuce,...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 02-04-20, 02:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,860
Posted By Acuario
All year greenhouse V2.0

After the V1.0 disaster here we go again..
I was given a polytunnel a couple of years ago, brand new unused. I'm going to try with this for now however a local glazing company have just offered me...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 02-03-20, 02:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 15,473
Posted By Acuario
It's been a few years since I posted anything...

It's been a few years since I posted anything about the greenhouse so here's an update.

In the part of Spain where I live we sometimes have very strong winds. When I bought the greenhouse I asked...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-11-20, 01:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,972
Posted By Acuario
Check out the dewpoint monitor I made...

Check out the dewpoint monitor I made https://ecorenovator.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5023 this uses UDP to communicate rather than MQTT so no need for a MQTT broker. I also use the same method using...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-12-18, 02:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,087
Posted By Acuario
Without the electronics from an indoor unit you...

Without the electronics from an indoor unit you will have to build your own controller for the outdoor unit as the chances of breaking the communications protocol with only one end is pretty...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-10-18, 05:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,087
Posted By Acuario
I haven't tried this but here are my thoughts on...

I haven't tried this but here are my thoughts on the project.

From what I have seen there are 2 types of multisplit. The older type (pre inverter) had individual compressors for each circuit and...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-10-18, 04:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,864
Posted By Acuario
Hi, sounds like you are making good progress. I'm...

Hi, sounds like you are making good progress. I'm interested to hear how you progress with the controller. I previously hacked an inverter but in a different way to you. One thing I'm interested in...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-11-17, 08:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,640
Posted By Acuario
IOT heat pump controller - thermostat

Well my heat pump controller is functioning really well these days, a lovely warm house and although the defrost is still using a fairly basic algorithm it is working. The critical temperature in my...
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