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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-20-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 434
Posted By philb
My solar and wind power usually goes down from...

My solar and wind power usually goes down from November to January every year. That's when I use the most grid power.
With gas prices as low as they are, it may be cheaper to use a generator...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-18-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 434
Posted By philb
Last spring, I bought an induction cook top. It...

Last spring, I bought an induction cook top. It keeps the house cool in the summer. That was also the last day I used propane. We use solar energy for heating and cooling with some grid power now.
...
Forum: Conservation 09-12-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 35,703
Posted By philb
Raden, I've had the opposite problem. The power...

Raden, I've had the opposite problem. The power company sent a spotter out to decide where to put the poles and saw my solar panels. He told me they can't make any money selling me electricity....
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 08-14-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,018
Posted By philb
My Weller 140/100 came with a molded carrying...

My Weller 140/100 came with a molded carrying case and extra tips. That makes it even handier. I think I bought it it at Lowes. It will handle 10 AWG with ease. My Weller 20 and 35 watt easily gets...
Forum: Solar Heating 07-30-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,164
Posted By philb
Why do you want to use oil? Why not water? It's...

Why do you want to use oil? Why not water? It's more efficient and cheaper to buy. You could possibly use a drain back system on your collectors.

Around here, the building contractors are putting...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-16-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 364
Views: 242,909
Posted By philb
I would suggest you go with LiFePO4 batteries....

I would suggest you go with LiFePO4 batteries. They don't have a bad temper. I've had my batteries for several months now and they are excellent. I want to get a bit more time on the batteries before...
Forum: Solar Heating 12-30-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,488
Posted By philb
I built the window screen solar box from build it...

I built the window screen solar box from build it solar last fall a year ago. It ran like a 3600 watt electric heater all winter. I have made several air to air heat exchangers in the past. This is...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 12-24-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,954
Posted By philb
If you use an 8266 and an Arduino, chances are...

If you use an 8266 and an Arduino, chances are very good you can copy the code from the internet. Most sites will give you code and a wiring diagram for free.
Forum: Solar Power 12-07-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,550
Posted By philb
NiHaoMike, That sounds like a great project. I...

NiHaoMike,
That sounds like a great project. I cant do that in my neck of the woods because anything that touches the grid is subject to their inspection and approval. They are concerned a lineman...
Forum: Solar Power 11-30-19, 06:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,657
Posted By philb
Really impressive! Nice setup. Your only...

Really impressive! Nice setup.

Your only using Flex 60's and 80's. No expensive BMS?

I have 24 GC2 6volt batteries on one system that die when the sun goes down. Most of them are 8 years old....
Forum: Tools 10-10-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,280
Posted By philb
Xringer, Does your welder have a switch mode...

Xringer, Does your welder have a switch mode power supply or is it all solid state without large heavy transformers?
Forum: Tools 10-08-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,280
Posted By philb
Somewhere around two 47,000- 97,000 uf...

Somewhere around two 47,000- 97,000 uf electrolytic capacitors. Screw tops are preferred as it would simplify installation but not absolutely necessary.
Forum: Tools 10-08-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,280
Posted By philb
patrickh99, I have considered liquid cooling but...

patrickh99, I have considered liquid cooling but the welder has to be kept as light as I can get it. The welder frequently goes up ladders and scaffolding in my hands.

The heat sinks are working...
Forum: Solar Power 09-29-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,106
Posted By philb
You might use a stud finder to locate the screw...

You might use a stud finder to locate the screw holes instead of a magnet.
Forum: Tools 09-15-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,280
Posted By philb
My test equipment shows this 40 volt 59,000 uf...

My test equipment shows this 40 volt 59,000 uf capacitor at 34,000 uf, which is out of range. I'm going to get another capacitor. There's small difference between the before and after sine wave. It...
Forum: Tools 09-12-19, 09:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,280
Posted By philb
Flux core or stick is all I do. I should get that...

Flux core or stick is all I do. I should get that mod done tomorrow.
Forum: Tools 09-11-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,280
Posted By philb
HF welders also don't have the electronics...

HF welders also don't have the electronics Lincoln's and Miller's do. It's just a cheap welder that's light enough to climb ladders and scaffolding in hand. I do prefer the old Ideal Arc welders...
Forum: Tools 09-10-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,280
Posted By philb
Thanks Oil Pan. That confirms what I was...

Thanks Oil Pan. That confirms what I was thinking. Cooling depends on how fast the welder transformer can dissipate heat. I2R almost always = heat. That's key no matter what size it is.

I googled...
Forum: Tools 09-09-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,280
Posted By philb
I'm not aware of any water cooled welders. It's...

I'm not aware of any water cooled welders. It's possible though. Water and electricity usually doesn't mix unless there are special provisions made. If I were going down that path, I'd try submerging...
Forum: Tools 09-07-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,280
Posted By philb
I was surprised too. There is a lot of iron that...

I was surprised too. There is a lot of iron that holds heat in the transformer and inductor.
The 'slots' in the heatsinks are parallel to the airflow from the fan and the fin height was tall as I...
Forum: Tools 09-07-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,280
Posted By philb
Wire feed welder duty cycle change

I was getting pretty desperate trying to get some welding done a few weeks back. My 2 HF wire feed welders refused to weld any more than 2 minutes at a time before shutting down. 102 degF temperature...
Forum: Solar Power 07-12-19, 06:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,295
Posted By philb
Do you have more information? Are they...

Do you have more information? Are they photovoltaic or water panels?
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-08-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,197
Posted By philb
elozio32, I did leave the rebar out of the...

elozio32,
I did leave the rebar out of the post. That's a very important part. When I pored the stem wall, I put a bunch of rebar and left enough out sticking out of concrete to weld to the...
Forum: Solar Power 04-10-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,635
Posted By philb
You could easily feed two 6 volt golf cart...

You could easily feed two 6 volt golf cart batteries in series with an 85 watt module. I would buy a quality charge controller to turn off the panels and prevent overcharge.

My first batteries...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-26-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,242
Posted By philb
If you have any GFI or arc fault plugs, check...

If you have any GFI or arc fault plugs, check those out. The GFCI's have given me problems thats hard to trace. Replace them or take them out of the circuit.
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