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Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-08-21, 07:42 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 23,589
Posted By ctgottapee
Probably knock off fittings or similar and it's...

Probably knock off fittings or similar and it's likely they may not supply direct burial rated ones to be price competitive. DB is gonna have a lot more pressures and movement from the outside. Even...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 05-10-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 405
Views: 137,118
Posted By ctgottapee
if it's the original drain valve, you may have...

if it's the original drain valve, you may have some luck replacing it with a full port ball valve. not much sediment can get through the small gate valves that come with it.

hopefully the tank...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-14-18, 12:01 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 23,589
Posted By ctgottapee
Nice Part of the savings comes from the...

Nice
Part of the savings comes from the maintenance costs too. Natural gas equipment isn't DYI friendly and has a bit more burden on diff tools, etc.
But if you need it for other things, or have...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-13-18, 12:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,572
Posted By ctgottapee
If you have a quality unit - heating down to -20...

If you have a quality unit - heating down to -20 seems to indicate that - the fan speed is gonna do much effeciency wise. The fans watts usage will be little difference.
Auto is just the units best...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-13-18, 12:33 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 23,589
Posted By ctgottapee
Unless you must have nat gas for cooking, one...

Unless you must have nat gas for cooking, one area you can really save some money and headache is buy getting rid of it totally.

You can always keep a space heater around for just inncase, or...
Forum: Solar Power 09-12-17, 11:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,468
Posted By ctgottapee
Good point on including the car in the savings......

Good point on including the car in the savings...

In can be a difficult calculation. The true cost/savings should be based on the differential, not just the cost of the Leaf, ie how much more you...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 09-12-17, 09:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,442
Posted By ctgottapee
Not too 'negative nancy' your ideas, but there...

Not too 'negative nancy' your ideas, but there isn't much you can do to improve on the basic chest freezer. However tinkering can be fun, but any minimal gains will be negated by time/cost of any...
Forum: Solar Power 10-28-16, 10:19 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 38,129
Posted By ctgottapee
Problem with rural is it's often served by small...

Problem with rural is it's often served by small co-ops that can opt out of energy efficiency laws like Net Metering requirements, etc. Or just basically ignore you.

While codes and permitting can...
Forum: Solar Power 10-22-16, 02:32 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 38,129
Posted By ctgottapee
To answer the original question of worth the cost...

To answer the original question of worth the cost

It's important to take into account that customer favorable Net Metering is likely to be reduced or go away. It's an attractive target for the...
Forum: Solar Power 05-16-16, 08:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,085
Posted By ctgottapee
The 'very' flexible solar strips are very...

The 'very' flexible solar strips are very expensive and only worthwhile if you can't get the juice from other sources and just can't work with a rigid panel.

The 'semi-rigid' panels seem to boil...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-29-16, 07:32 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 52,740
Posted By ctgottapee
At this time, the Fujitsu it best for legit cold...

At this time, the Fujitsu it best for legit cold weather, it doesn't cut out until -25F and I've had mine running at local reported temps that were -29F.
The Mits has a hard cutoff at -20F; the Fuj...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-21-16, 01:53 PM
Replies: 405
Views: 137,118
Posted By ctgottapee
They got ride of the aluminum pots because they...

They got ride of the aluminum pots because they stuck like mad, or nowadays some get ride of them because they are coated in teflon

You can always get one of the Marathon water heaters
Because...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-18-16, 01:57 PM
Replies: 405
Views: 137,118
Posted By ctgottapee
There are a number of compounds. I've been...

There are a number of compounds.

I've been using a blue paste 'Leak Lock' that was recommended for the refrigerant connections when I did the mini-split and it says it works on anything.

I had...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-09-16, 08:48 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 93,934
Posted By ctgottapee
Unless you installed one, doubtful you have a pan...

Unless you installed one, doubtful you have a pan heater as it's optional equipment - likely because the juice would kill the efficiency ratings, and to cut costs.
I've only seen the Fujitsu offer a...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-08-16, 12:50 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 52,740
Posted By ctgottapee
I have a similar surge supressor wired into the...

I have a similar surge supressor wired into the disconnect box outside to the minisplit.

I also have a supressor on the main panel

Easy to install
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 02-05-16, 10:52 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 93,934
Posted By ctgottapee
You still want the Fujitsu H line or the add on...

You still want the Fujitsu H line or the add on pan defroster for the Mits of similar specs

Those are impressive specs for that price, matching the 2nd to last gen of each of the major makers at...
Forum: Solar Power 02-02-16, 11:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,997
Posted By ctgottapee
Very nice You can find a $10 logger with LCD...

Very nice

You can find a $10 logger with LCD screen that will show you stats and save data even in power outtage, but you wire it in between the input and your panel. I've posted about it and...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-29-15, 11:29 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 52,740
Posted By ctgottapee
The sun/shade thing has been researched, and...

The sun/shade thing has been researched, and shade doesn't matter in summer. The unit is not extracting heat from the sun, but from the air, and the air doesn't really change shade or sun (obviously...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-29-15, 09:05 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 52,740
Posted By ctgottapee
I don't doubt your logic, but I figure that put...

I don't doubt your logic, but I figure that put the clearances in there for a reason, and you've got a good one there. The main entry is from above with most mountings near a rear wall and ground so...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-27-15, 08:17 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 52,740
Posted By ctgottapee
An interesting little over current rig you got;...

An interesting little over current rig you got; wish I had the knowledge to build such things....


My problem is getting to the indoor units blower wheel. Shine a flashlight up inside the output...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-25-15, 02:06 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 52,740
Posted By ctgottapee
>>The 12VDC supply is used to power my DIY 10A...

>>The 12VDC supply is used to power my DIY 10A over-current shut-off circuit.

Could you explain the purpose or reasoning behind this?


A while back there was some discussion of cleaning the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-19-15, 05:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,844
Posted By ctgottapee
It's almost 1,000 lbs, not a true Ton; I meant...

It's almost 1,000 lbs, not a true Ton; I meant ton figuratively


It's a higher end product so the tank is not gonna be a cheap thin one.
I have a stand alone compressor add on, and it is a...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-17-15, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,844
Posted By ctgottapee
The long pipe is the solution. You can't really...

The long pipe is the solution. You can't really extract any more heat out of the water without creating issues with the waste water mucking things up. There has been quite of bit of testing put into...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-17-15, 09:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,844
Posted By ctgottapee
There are heat recovery systems for the waste...

There are heat recovery systems for the waste pipe, basically big bits of copper.

The issue besides cost recovery, is you need headroom, a good 5-10feet of vertical drop from the drain to install...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 09-08-15, 10:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,844
Posted By ctgottapee
To answer the question, yes this model is a bit...

To answer the question, yes this model is a bit better than other models for a typical homeowner.

Most heat pump water heaters are hybrids in order to meet the wide array of demands. They tend to...
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