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Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 04-14-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,700
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: 1,412
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: 1,316
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: 3,233
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 01-14-20, 10:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,233
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: Conservation 12-28-19, 12:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,384
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: Solar Power 11-02-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,894
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, 12:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,657
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: 1,657
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...
Forum: Solar Power 10-25-19, 11:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,657
Posted By where2
If you had them attached where an Enphase Envoy...

If you had them attached where an Enphase Envoy can hear them and the envoy could see the internet, then you just pick up the phone and talk to the folks at Enphase. That was all the troubleshooting...
Forum: The Billiards Room 02-01-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,771
Posted By where2
Certainly, the photos from a 5MP Raspberry Pi...

Certainly, the photos from a 5MP Raspberry Pi camera aimed at a nest should be quite impressive!!

For those without such high skills in electronics and Linux, a Loosafe 1080P outdoor wifi camera...
Forum: Solar Power 01-29-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,285
Posted By where2
That's an amorphous solar panel. Techniques used...

That's an amorphous solar panel. Techniques used are a bit different than a silicon wafer panel. My experience is with buss leads in a wafer which went well with a soldering gun.

Here's some...
Forum: Solar Power 01-27-18, 12:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,574
Posted By where2
Adding insulation, air sealing, other forms of...

Adding insulation, air sealing, other forms of lowering air infiltration and energy loss are always better investments than a PV array. Finding all the vampire loads in your house is cheaper than...
Forum: Solar Power 10-17-17, 09:09 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 18,714
Posted By where2
My rail to rail rack spacing was mandated by wind...

My rail to rail rack spacing was mandated by wind load calculations. The panel manufacturers typically show a spacing for the rails (rail to rail) measurement, to predict a certain loading ability....
Forum: Solar Power 08-02-17, 09:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,644
Posted By where2
My wife and I celebrated 4 years of net metering...

My wife and I celebrated 4 years of net metering yesterday with our 4.4kW DIY install system running Enphase M215 inverters. Continues to run flawlessly, collecting 6MWh/yr. Overall, no complaints,...
Forum: Solar Power 08-01-17, 09:14 PM
Replies: 741
Views: 174,304
Posted By where2
My 4.4kW array: July 2017 = 558kWh July 2016...

My 4.4kW array:
July 2017 = 558kWh
July 2016 = 607kWh
July 2015 = 546kWh
July 2014 = 475kWh

Today officially marks the anniversary of 4 years with an on-grid PV system. To date, I've generated...
Forum: Solar Power 04-15-17, 07:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,158
Posted By where2
The final say on requirements is the always local...

The final say on requirements is the always local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Before I considered installing a PV system, I went to my local village building department and asked for their...
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-31-17, 10:37 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 16,466
Posted By where2
Double check your favorite forums, but I used 3M...

Double check your favorite forums, but I used 3M Hi-Strength 90 adhesive on my headliner material in the 2004 wagon when I redid it. Two plus years later, it's still hanging tough in the heat and...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-29-17, 02:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,247
Posted By where2
Looking at your model number: WRT138FZDW, we're...

Looking at your model number: WRT138FZDW, we're talking a top freezer unit with the fridge below it.

There must be some way to remove the cover on the rear of the freezer compartment to get eyes...
Forum: Solar Power 01-06-17, 08:38 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 34,444
Posted By where2
Indeed, both are true. The second is quite...

Indeed, both are true. The second is quite addicting. :thumbup:

Looking at my graphics, my panels are all up right around 1MWh per panel for lifetime accumulated power generation.
Forum: Solar Power 12-31-16, 12:53 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 34,444
Posted By where2
Exactly how my original unit behaved. Despite...

Exactly how my original unit behaved. Despite being capable of running two different tallies, my power company installed a completely different brand of smart meter when I received my net meter, and...
Forum: Solar Power 12-30-16, 06:55 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 34,444
Posted By where2
When the power company guy showed up to swap in...

When the power company guy showed up to swap in my net meter (back in 2013), 10 panels (half my array) were running in "testing" mode. I knew full well that any over-production was NOT spinning my...
Forum: Solar Power 12-17-16, 10:54 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 34,444
Posted By where2
Yes, yes they will... The power companies will...

Yes, yes they will... The power companies will throw millions of dollars into PACs and advertising campaigns against personal PV systems, while spending tens of millions installing their own solar...
Forum: Solar Power 12-17-16, 10:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,031
Posted By where2
Alternatively, this university seems to do some...

Alternatively, this university seems to do some unbiased panel testing...

Certification and Testing - Florida Solar Energy Center (http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/certification-testing/index.htm)
...
Forum: Solar Power 12-06-16, 09:34 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 34,444
Posted By where2
Would a heat gun do the trick to get the panel...

Would a heat gun do the trick to get the panel warm enough to hold the decals?

Stirring up interest will happen from time to time, even years from now. Some friends of my wife's are presently...
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