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Forum: Solar Heating 08-04-20, 01:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,136
Posted By gadget
I was heating with wood with an experimental wood...

I was heating with wood with an experimental wood heater. Its an interesting heater though it destroyed itself from to much internal heat. I have a build thread but I have not yet updated it with the...
Forum: Solar Heating 08-02-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,136
Posted By gadget
The other problem with oil is messy leaks. There...

The other problem with oil is messy leaks. There will always be a leak at some point.

I ran an open tank hot water setup in my greenhouse a few years back. Water temp was 100F. The opening was...
Forum: Solar Heating 07-22-20, 01:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,136
Posted By gadget
That temp is about the ball park for radiant. It...

That temp is about the ball park for radiant. It doesn't take as high a temp since your heat exchanger area is large. Slabs to have lag affect and can take a bit to warm up and cool down.


Your...
Forum: Solar Heating 07-22-20, 01:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 896
Posted By gadget
I have almost all the materials already. What I...

I have almost all the materials already. What I don't have is time since I'm starting a business. I don't know if it will happen this year now.

It occurred to me that the can seal to the manifolds...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-07-20, 12:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,052
Posted By gadget
I've watched allot of them. Some very great info!

I've watched allot of them. Some very great info!
Forum: Solar Power 03-25-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,128
Posted By gadget
I was looking to go grid tie till I read the...

I was looking to go grid tie till I read the contract. I'm not giving my local government the right to enter my house when ever they want.

You will also want to buy panels that are UL...
Forum: Solar Heating 03-17-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 896
Posted By gadget
Rain Gutter down spout could work if there was...

Rain Gutter down spout could work if there was coolant in the mix to prevent rusting.
Forum: Solar Heating 03-17-20, 06:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 896
Posted By gadget
I think I just figured out a good DIY panel thats cheap

I've been trying to find a way to build a water based panel thats cheap and made with common free items. I kinda gave up and was looking at going air over water.

See this thread here;...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-04-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,571
Posted By gadget
I'm doing some earthquake retrofitting to the...

I'm doing some earthquake retrofitting to the cripple wall in my basement(split entry home)I'm putting in shear wall all the way around and I'm going to cover it in 1" foam before I put the drywall...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-04-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,571
Posted By gadget
I ran some calculations on my battery banks. I...

I ran some calculations on my battery banks. I have a large 12v and a large 24v. With my 12v bank, I could run 2,000 watts with a 5 amp draw per battery. My 24v would be about 2-3amps per battery at...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-04-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,839
Posted By gadget
The advantage of the ground source heat pump is...

The advantage of the ground source heat pump is pulling heat out of the ground that is at a higher temperature then the air.

If you are using an air source heat pump to heat the tank that feeds...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-04-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,811
Posted By gadget
If you end up using some glass panels in the...

If you end up using some glass panels in the future, make sure they are tempered for safety.

Also consider glazing angle for winter time sun angle. Glass can reflect allot at certain angles unlike...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-26-20, 01:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,556
Posted By gadget
If your quest is cheap, I have seen some pretty...

If your quest is cheap, I have seen some pretty good pond heat exchangers made with black poly tubing.

Is this a private pond? Do you have swimmers, fisher people, or deep mud on the bottom?
...
Forum: Conservation 02-20-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,519
Posted By gadget
Lots of great info in this thread. To bad 95% of...

Lots of great info in this thread. To bad 95% of the state has become a s#!thole. As a California native having lived all over that state for many decades I can say this with confidence.

Maybe...
Forum: Conservation 02-16-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,519
Posted By gadget
I have a family member that does work in...

I have a family member that does work in containment at a nuke plant here in the US. I hear lots of stories and that is some scary stuff. I use to be pro nuke till after the fuku disaster(which is...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-16-20, 12:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,277
Posted By gadget
Some of those two speed systems employ techniques...

Some of those two speed systems employ techniques to lower that output of the scroll compressors even though they are running at full RPM. One method I remember is the medium pressure port.

The...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-10-20, 03:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,571
Posted By gadget
I couldn't sleep so I stayed up and did some...

I couldn't sleep so I stayed up and did some research. 1 of my tanks could probably store about 50K BTUs (depending on temp). My 70's 2 story 2,000 sq ft home in a 6500 deg day area could loose that...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-10-20, 02:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,571
Posted By gadget
Good point! I don't have it up and running...

Good point!

I don't have it up and running yet but I bought a lister 8/1 clone last summer that could charge/power the batteries at night. They run off of any fuel oil. Im hoping to run it on used...
Forum: Solar Power 02-09-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,487
Posted By gadget
So true, there is always plenty of solar when you...

So true, there is always plenty of solar when you don't need it.
Forum: Solar Power 02-09-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,487
Posted By gadget
One thing that occurred to me, the ideal load...

One thing that occurred to me, the ideal load diversion would also need to be fairly fast switching. Turning compressors just on and off has the problem of waiting for pressure to drop on the high...
Forum: Solar Power 02-09-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,487
Posted By gadget
Mike I would bet there are many wanting to do the...

Mike I would bet there are many wanting to do the same thing here but like me are not good at electronics. I had thoughts about going grid tie at one point. Its very convenient to be able to store...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-09-20, 12:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,571
Posted By gadget
This will be the route I will probably go since I...

This will be the route I will probably go since I already have the compressors. I would think efficiency should be good assuming my refrigerant systems are built correctly(I'm still learning in this...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-08-20, 11:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,571
Posted By gadget
VFDs are getting cheaper. Still out of my price...

VFDs are getting cheaper. Still out of my price range though. What type of thermal storage are you working on?

I was working on a setup where a solar load diverter would power a compressor with...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-08-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,571
Posted By gadget
DIY multi stage Heat Pump from multiple compressors

I like the idea of the variable output heat pumps but since my budget is in the DIY range, I'm thinking a home made 2 or 3 stage. Also, I like the idea of being able to use different power sources...
Forum: Conservation 02-06-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,519
Posted By gadget
Thats interesting, maybe they can be retrofitted...

Thats interesting, maybe they can be retrofitted or hacked. Now the farmers have to deal with the grand solar minimum on top of all their other challenges. They will have to change crops and go to...
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