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Forum: Solar Heating 10-20-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 38,621
Posted By Mikesolar
There is no time like the present....or future,...

There is no time like the present....or future, LOL
Forum: Solar Heating 10-20-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 38,621
Posted By Daox
Alright, lets fast forward 8 years! I basically...

Alright, lets fast forward 8 years! I basically haven't done anything with this project. So, this is what the solar panel rack looked like earlier this week:
...
Forum: Solar Heating 06-14-20, 12:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,909
Posted By jeff5may
Ok so there are a few ways you can go about...

Ok so there are a few ways you can go about refurbishing the panels. Your ultimate decision will be determined by the purpose and ease of maintenance of the system.

Choice number one: never...
Forum: Other Improvements 05-12-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,573
Posted By Daox
Rain gutter hydro power generation

I'm sure this idea has gone through more than a few of our heads here. Might as well capture some of that water flowing right? Well, this youtuber did a series of videos on the subject showing just...
Forum: Solar Heating 09-12-18, 12:26 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 109,415
Posted By Daox
I plugged in the attic fan the other day since we...

I plugged in the attic fan the other day since we had a week of highs in the 60s. It did its job, but I noticed it wasn't blowing as hard. So, I grabbed the unit, brought it down and sure enough,...
Forum: Solar Power 07-16-18, 11:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,586
Posted By jjackstone
8325 This one is the front end of the pack....

8325

This one is the front end of the pack. The area circled in red has the date code. I am guessing that it is the build date, but it is actually stamped into the metal so it could just be the...
Forum: Solar Power 07-14-18, 04:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,586
Posted By jjackstone
Ok. No takers. Well, I got a pack and there is a...

Ok. No takers. Well, I got a pack and there is a plate at the business end(electrical connectors) of the pack that has a date that says 07-09-12. While it doesn't specifically say that is the build...
Forum: Solar Power 06-26-18, 02:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,310
Posted By jjackstone
Best price ever.

After searching CL for a couple years I finally found the deal that hit my price criteria. They don't get much less expensive than this. Bought 10 JinKo solar 310 watt panels for $500. So 3100 watts....
Forum: Solar Heating 02-09-18, 10:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,089
Posted By bennelson
Passive Solar Garage Door

Hi Folks!

I recently built a Passive Solar Garage Door!

Not a new or original idea, but still a good one. I loosely based mine on the one Gary Reysa wrote about in Home Power #117 (Link HERE...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-04-17, 01:27 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 50,854
Posted By wogga
Update on my similar mower

Just to let anyone who cares know, I got just about 10 years from my similar B&D rechargeable 12v mower. In the end, the tenth year was a bit of a joke. My 6000 sq ft lot often needed two separate...
Forum: Product Reviews 11-22-16, 03:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,608
Posted By Daox
August smart lock

I finally picked one of these up. For those who don't know, the August smart lock (http://august.com/) is a retro-fit for your existing deadbolt lock. The lock connects to your phone via bluetooth...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 08-26-16, 09:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,830
Posted By ecomodded
There's a populated island near my area called...

There's a populated island near my area called Lasqueti island that is without conventional electricity. Everyone uses Sun or Wind and Water as a micro power plant.


And everyone uses a...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 08-21-16, 11:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,830
Posted By ecomodded
JimiQ I like your thinking , my fridge has been...

JimiQ I like your thinking , my fridge has been insulated since 2012 , 4 years of savings and going strong.

With this 2007 Kenmore fridge the daily kWh average is .938 kWh a day , savings can...
Forum: Conservation 06-07-16, 07:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,118
Posted By AC_Hacker
I found that there are ways to modify the 120v L1...

I found that there are ways to modify the 120v L1 charger, such that it will use 240v. Some plans are easily reversible, some are not. Some require you to send in your old unit, and "professionals"...
Forum: Conservation 06-07-16, 07:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,118
Posted By pinballlooking
Used EV is a great way to go. Let someone else...

Used EV is a great way to go. Let someone else take the depreciation.
L2 makes a big difference. We would not be happy with the Volt without L2 charging.

We have a place on lake Hartwell and I...
Forum: Conservation 06-07-16, 12:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,118
Posted By AC_Hacker
AC_Hacker and the Nissan Leaf

About a year ago, I bought a two-year used Leaf, that had been a leased car, and I thought that a review of my experiences would be appropriate.

The car came with a 120v charger, that Nissan calls...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-24-16, 07:47 PM
Replies: 364
Views: 242,907
Posted By Daox
Its been a while since an update here! The...

Its been a while since an update here! The ecorider is still going strong, but I have replaced a battery or two since the last update.

Today was the first day I mowed the field this year. The...
Forum: Solar Power 02-17-16, 07:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,780
Posted By jjackstone
Affordable battery storage (used electric car batteries)

Hi folks,
I don't get around as often as I used too, but had recently been thinking about repurposing EV batteries for PV storage systems. Now I knew I couldn't have been the first to think of this...
Forum: Solar Heating 01-18-16, 01:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,364
Posted By pletby
Here's another picture of the panel in the...

Here's another picture of the panel in the Summer. It can disappear if you want it to:
...
Forum: Solar Heating 01-18-16, 12:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,364
Posted By pletby
I have been digging through the archives and have...

I have been digging through the archives and have found that all of the pictures of the panel construction have been lost in a recent computer upgrade. I do have photos of the install however. ...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 08-12-15, 11:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,807
Posted By jeff5may
In forum pics: ...

In forum pics:
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/273/18973431285_5840f00990_b.jpg
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/333/18350917404_c0b431da15_c.jpg

Gotta love the price! Stuff like this is how...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-04-15, 10:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,807
Posted By nibs
Ugly electric tractor.

Some flikr shots of the worlds ugliest electric tractor.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/technicotony/sets/72157655044675279

You can see the blade, fixed by a chain to the forks, being operated...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-15-15, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,446
Posted By mejunkhound
cheap recycled building

Finished building a shop/studio/MIL apt 1600 sq ft building for son.

Not including own labor, Total cost (less permits) about $5 per sq ft! OF the total, $1k was oak flooring, $1K for mini split,...
Forum: Product Reviews 09-29-14, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,538
Posted By natethebrown
IKEA LED Bulbs

This past weekend my wife and I went shopping at the IKEA in Atlanta. In their lighting section I noticed LED bulbs (10W, 600 lum, 2700K) for $4.50 a bulb. Since I still have a couple more...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-27-13, 10:26 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 128,292
Posted By jeff5may
Ok, for a good motor to turn into a generator...

Ok, for a good motor to turn into a generator (for this application), a couple of generic motor types come to mind:

simple, permanent magnet type:

1. Drive motor from an old treadmill
2....
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