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Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-18-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 55
Posted By CrankyDoug
I can offer some observations from my experience...

I can offer some observations from my experience with air dryers. Perhaps it will give you a place to start.

All of the refrigeration cycle air dryers I've worked with use flooded evaporators to...
Forum: Other Improvements 06-10-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 713
Posted By CrankyDoug
The most cost effective way to get big double...

The most cost effective way to get big double pane windows is to buy sliding glass doors and build around them. I made the mistake of buying huge vertical slide windows because I thought they would...
Forum: Solar Power 06-05-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 331
Posted By CrankyDoug
Hi Steve; I'm finding some conflicting...

Hi Steve;

I'm finding some conflicting reports about the switch.

https://runonsun.com/~runons5/blogs/blog1.php/solworks/est/enphase-iq8-update

As I understand it the IQ8 can run...
Forum: Solar Power 06-01-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 331
Posted By CrankyDoug
I just looked at the IQ8 description on the...

I just looked at the IQ8 description on the Enphase site. They seem headed in the right direction. It requires a switch if you want to use your solar when the grid goes down, though Ron didn't...
Forum: Solar Power 05-31-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 331
Posted By CrankyDoug
As far as I know all grid tie inverters sync to...

As far as I know all grid tie inverters sync to the grid and therefore shut down when the grid goes down. However, the safe-off methodology used in ebay (inexpensive) inverters may not meet NFPA70...
Forum: Solar Power 05-30-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 331
Posted By CrankyDoug
Well you were right about the blocking diode...

Well you were right about the blocking diode being too simple. Blocking diodes don't block alternating current.

I don't know how things are up in MD but about a year ago several people here in GA...
Forum: Other Improvements 05-27-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,244
Posted By CrankyDoug
Bulldog; Perfect timing. I tried to use the...

Bulldog;

Perfect timing. I tried to use the jet pump to flush some of the silt from the bottom. As soon as I stirred up the silt the orifice in the foot plugged. That was a week ago. We've...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 05-21-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 385
Posted By CrankyDoug
I had a backhoe fuel tank with several pinholes...

I had a backhoe fuel tank with several pinholes in the bottom. Didn't notice them until I tried to clean the rust out. Mixed some marine epoxy and fumed silica (cabosil) to thicken it and poured in....
Forum: The Billiards Room 05-16-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 87
Posted By CrankyDoug
Let's see if I can contribute something without...

Let's see if I can contribute something without the politics.

I can't speak for SVAYA as I've not heard of them. But I have been fortunate to work with, for, and alongside companies in eastern...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-16-19, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 441
Posted By CrankyDoug
Take a look at this thread...... ...

Take a look at this thread......

https://ecorenovator.org/forum/showthread.php?t=6711

I haven't installed the device yet so I can't give you any facts, other than reports from people who have...
Forum: Conservation 03-25-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 675
Posted By CrankyDoug
Just spent an hour at walmart looking at air...

Just spent an hour at walmart looking at air filters. Andy, I concur that some of the cheap pleated filters have holes in them. In fact, the filter media has an array of holes punched through it,...
Forum: Conservation 03-25-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 675
Posted By CrankyDoug
I suppose it depends a lot on your region and the...

I suppose it depends a lot on your region and the dust generated in your own house. Here in GA the pollen is presently falling like volcano ash. We also seem to generate a lot of lint (year round)...
Forum: Conservation 03-23-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 675
Posted By CrankyDoug
I've had mixed feelings about K&N filters for...

I've had mixed feelings about K&N filters for years. Their off road motorcycle filters improved breathing but were terrible at keeping fine silt out of the engine. Some riders started putting the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-22-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 463
Posted By CrankyDoug
They look good but are rarely cost effective. ...

They look good but are rarely cost effective.

I've looked into them a few times over the last 25 years. Cost varies widely by region and many areas don't allow them. Most juristictions require...
Forum: Other Improvements 02-09-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 737
Posted By CrankyDoug
I have two standalone dehumidifiers (one for each...

I have two standalone dehumidifiers (one for each floor) and have never had trouble with them. They use AC compressors and consume about 700W. It isn't really wasted heat when you are heating the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-21-19, 04:22 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 35,059
Posted By CrankyDoug
Or maybe they don't trust their heat pumps. ...

Or maybe they don't trust their heat pumps. Since R410 replaced R22 the number of evaporator failures has gone though the roof. Manufacturers know what the problem is and they know how to correct...
Forum: The Billiards Room 01-01-19, 06:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By CrankyDoug
The picture in your link does not appear to show...

The picture in your link does not appear to show any sign of a flame front, though it seems unintuitive that a ruptured line would cause such catastrophic damage. Then again, a friend of mine...
Forum: Tools 12-30-18, 02:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By CrankyDoug
Question for Mike; I see the TS100 on ebay...

Question for Mike;
I see the TS100 on ebay under several brands - Uy Chan, Sainsmart, Ykey, Usmile (really), Novellife, etc. Are they all about the same or is there one you prefer?
Forum: Tools 12-30-18, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By CrankyDoug
Thank you all for your suggestions. I was...

Thank you all for your suggestions. I was surprised how inexpensive the Weller tips were on the site Pinball brought up. I've used the Weller WESD51 and liked it so that's my choice.

I never...
Forum: Tools 12-27-18, 01:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By CrankyDoug
Cost effective soldering station

I've owned everything from dollar store irons to 500W 15" long monsters for soldering stainless sheet to high dollar temperature regulated soldering stations.

At present I am using a 25W Weller I...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 12-16-18, 08:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 516
Posted By CrankyDoug
Steve; At one time nearly all the chain sold in...

Steve;
At one time nearly all the chain sold in the US was made by Oregon, sold under at least a dozen brands. Files were either Oregon or about three european brands. Oregon had developed a...
Forum: The Billiards Room 12-15-18, 02:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By CrankyDoug
Hang in there Steve. I know how health issues...

Hang in there Steve. I know how health issues can wreck an otherwise good retirement. My physical/mental therapy is PLC programming and fixing CNC equipment for my former employer. The owner and I...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 12-15-18, 12:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 516
Posted By CrankyDoug
I held off responding hoping someone else would...

I held off responding hoping someone else would have more recent experience with chain sharpeners. I've been doing it by hand for 45 years, sharpening three chains a day when I was logging.
...
Forum: Solar Power 12-12-18, 07:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 14,758
Posted By CrankyDoug
I think the problem with IGBT's is that, while...

I think the problem with IGBT's is that, while they will turn off under load, they don't do it very well unless you drive the gate down quickly. The 40N120L3 in my PV hybrid water heater has a...
Forum: The Billiards Room 12-08-18, 03:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By CrankyDoug
Collect retirement and complain, mostly.

Collect retirement and complain, mostly.
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