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Forum: Conservation 01-06-19, 12:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By oil pan 4
Keep it as a spare.

Keep it as a spare.
Forum: Solar Power 12-09-18, 08:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 402
Posted By oil pan 4
It won't last very long. It's a starting gel...

It won't last very long.
It's a starting gel battery. Just about the worst battery you could pick.
If the charge controller ever tried to run an equalization cycle the battery would be toast.
Forum: Solar Power 12-04-18, 10:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,368
Posted By oil pan 4
The electrician looked over my work and they said...

The electrician looked over my work and they said it all looks very good.
Hopefully next Tuesday they will pull permits, put the meter base in and disconnects.
Forum: Conservation 11-30-18, 12:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,324
Posted By oil pan 4
The big 3 always do this when oil prices are...

The big 3 always do this when oil prices are relatively cheap.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-25-18, 05:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By oil pan 4
Ballasts just don't care. I have some...

Ballasts just don't care.
I have some industrial 1.7kw UV tubes. At work they use some really expensive electronic ballast, something to the tune of $4,000 and they last a year or 2 at most.
I use...
Forum: Conservation 11-23-18, 10:29 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,324
Posted By oil pan 4
Yeah VW up to that old trick of say one thing and...

Yeah VW up to that old trick of say one thing and do another again.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 11-22-18, 04:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By oil pan 4
Figure out what voltage and power it uses and get...

Figure out what voltage and power it uses and get a ballast transformer.
That'swhat I did.
Forum: Conservation 11-15-18, 08:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,218
Posted By oil pan 4
I was bad.

I was bad.
Forum: Conservation 11-15-18, 03:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,218
Posted By oil pan 4
My family is coming to visit. They asked what I...

My family is coming to visit. They asked what I wanted for Christmas and I said coal.
Of their 2 vehicles a VW that is useless in snow and ice and a f250 I know they would bring the truck.
They...
Forum: Conservation 11-11-18, 09:29 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 18,584
Posted By oil pan 4
Yeah the radians and a few others are stackable...

Yeah the radians and a few others are stackable for something up to 70kw, then if you want more you have to buy an additional controller.
And as far as I can tell still only use 48v.
Forum: Conservation 11-11-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 969
Posted By oil pan 4
They only hate it when regular people have solar....

They only hate it when regular people have solar.
If they own it they love it.
Forum: Conservation 11-11-18, 09:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 969
Posted By oil pan 4
Easy. When you need to handle peak load for 4...

Easy.
When you need to handle peak load for 4 or 5 hours it's likely cheaper to put in solar panels than it is to build natural gas turbines that are only going to be ran for 4 or 5 hours a day.
...
Forum: Conservation 11-09-18, 04:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 969
Posted By oil pan 4
All good points.

All good points.
Forum: Conservation 10-31-18, 08:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 969
Posted By oil pan 4
Because it's still around $1 to $2 per watt to...

Because it's still around $1 to $2 per watt to install for name plate rating. The only problem is fixed arrays only produce good power for about 5 hours a day.
Looking at solar for what it actually...
Forum: Conservation 10-30-18, 05:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 969
Posted By oil pan 4
Put them on the path to having the most expensive...

Put them on the path to having the most expensive energy in the country by far is about all he did.
Forum: Conservation 10-28-18, 09:39 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 18,584
Posted By oil pan 4
I may have the leaf and a plug in hybrid to...

I may have the leaf and a plug in hybrid to charge.
That makes off grid kind of difficult.

I don't know if inverters like schnider or radian were made to run at several kw for hours on end like...
Forum: Conservation 10-28-18, 03:01 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 18,584
Posted By oil pan 4
Yeah I would love to be able to some what...

Yeah I would love to be able to some what assemble and maintain my own stand alone inverter.

I'm getting the biggest panels I can find so likely 96 maybe even 126 cell panels and run them at as...
Forum: Conservation 10-28-18, 02:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,324
Posted By oil pan 4
I wouldn't buy a VW anything. Unless it has an...

I wouldn't buy a VW anything.
Unless it has an air cooled engine.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-26-18, 12:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 570
Posted By oil pan 4
If you want to go off grid you need to know...

If you want to go off grid you need to know apparent power.
Forum: Lighting 10-23-18, 10:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By oil pan 4
How do they deal with voltage fluctuations? ...

How do they deal with voltage fluctuations?

I have seen complaints that cheap LEDs will turn off when something big starts up.
Forum: Lighting 10-22-18, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By oil pan 4
I don't really use mine enough to worry about...

I don't really use mine enough to worry about converting them to LED.
If you use them all the time on generator power might be worth it, try one to make sure they don't cycle off and on every time a...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-21-18, 04:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 470
Posted By oil pan 4
Coal powered clothes dryer

I was thinking about how to make my heat pump dryer concept going all year.
The easy answer would be to run a duct to over to the dryer from my coal furnace.
It will still need electricity, but...
Forum: Conservation 10-19-18, 02:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,218
Posted By oil pan 4
I have another lead I'm going to try on getting...

I have another lead I'm going to try on getting coal.
NM also went more than a week with overcast skys, I didn't even think that was possible.
Longest I had seen before that was 3 or 4 days.


...
Forum: Lighting 10-14-18, 09:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,648
Posted By oil pan 4
I'm growing potatoes under my industrial T5...

I'm growing potatoes under my industrial T5 fixtures now.
Just a few hours under the T5 the potatoe plants appear to be really digging the artificial lights and indoor temperatures.
Forum: Solar Power 10-11-18, 08:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,368
Posted By oil pan 4
I went and talked to an engineer at the power...

I went and talked to an engineer at the power coop.
So what they do is put a co-gen meter on your house to bill and back feed and put in a second meter that only tracks the panels power production. ...
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