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Re: Solar Dump

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 20:07

LPG ( Propane) tanks here are plentiful and although rated to 4-500 PSI, I'd play it safe and stick to about 100.  LPG Sits at about 100-160 Depending on temp and gas level etc.

I have no practical Idea how much gas it takes to cook a meal for instan...

Re: Solar for a cabin?

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 19:43

If you are leaving the batteries there you will want to keep them charged.  Leaving them to sit and discharge will stuff them up real quick.

As far as the panels go, What are you worried about, wearing them out?
They would be guaranteed for 20 years...

Ouch :(

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 18:43
From /r/electricians on Reddit


Re: Lightning

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 18:08
I'm with DanG on this. I made a lot of money one Saturday repairing a cement mixing plant that was struck by lightning while  the operator was at his desk. The mixing tower 200 feet away was the high point struck, but something came up from the ...

Solar for a cabin?

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:39
Hi all,
I wanted to put up some panels at the (way off grid) cabin.
I only use the cabin 20 some days per year.
I want to run a small refrigerator (about 1kWh per day), and some led lights.
I have 400 W of solar panels and 2 (115 Ah) batteries.

The pan...

Re: what is the bottom line with hho?

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:51
HHO for cars engines n such = scam and BS you lose at every angle

HHO for a field torch in a pinch? Yup works well enough for small fixes, we did this int he logging camps, but it is like jugging a live grenade! got to be really care full.

H2 is an ine...

Re: Solar Dump

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:36
A simple set up utilizing fridge compressor and a propane tank can allow you to pressurize it to 200psi quite safely.

biogass > water scrubber > Drier stack > Fridge compressor > Oil scrubber separator > Tanks

Re: Lightning

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 09:04
Before a strike there are thousands of leaders all competing to be the easiest path for the main discharge... Sounds like your Missus only 'rode' the potential as one or more of them were sampling the house & contents before they collapsed back when th...

Re: Used to hang out here!

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 08:09
Long time! How goes it?
Bruce S

Re: Lightning

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 01:34
Just a personnel observation over the past 10 years here in Normandy, France.

Thunder storms are normal here every year and strikes on the ground are common.

Interestingly I used to disconnect everything, and think 'if the wind turbines are going to ge...

Re: Lightning

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 19:49
Just want to wish your wife a full recovery.  She was lucky to have you there.

Lightning goes where it wants to. There's no reasoning with it. 
We humans can only make pitiful efforts to persuade it to stay away from one thing, by sacrificing ...

Re: Used to hang out here!

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 19:31
Hey there!  I remember you too.
You were flying some Ametek motors with Piggott blades right?
Are they still going?

Re: Used to hang out here!

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 17:24
Yeah, was wandering just recently if you were alive and well!



Re: what is the bottom line with hho?

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 16:57
I was lucky and got to play with some fuel cells. I was running an after school science club a few years ago and we decided to build a fuel call powered robot. I'm good at begging (as all professional educators are) and we got a couple of small fuel ce...

Re: Used to hang out here!

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 16:40
Hah, my login still works too, anyone remember me?

Re: Lightning

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 16:22

 Thanks for that latest info, Mary. I just pulled the outlet and looked it over very carefully, including inside the plastic wall box. Everything looks perfectly clean and OK. I will install more ground rods in that configuration you posted earlier.


Re: Lightning

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 14:56
That lightning strike just traversed thousands of feet of open air. Sure you unplugged BUT that cord was laying how far from the outlet? The energy from the strike could have jumped from the unplugged cord to the house electrical system. Also the concr...

Re: Solar Dump

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:03

Yeah, I saw the inner tube thing but the fact is they aren't cheap to come by.
My father has a wrecking yard and piles of Tyres and I can't remember the last, if ever time I saw an inner tube there.  last time I bought a car one it was $24.  I doubt ...

Re: Solar Dump

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 08:29

 I was taught to use Lime water to bubble the gas through. Make a stirring contraption, so the lime/calcium doesn't settle and cake on the bottom. Use truck or tractor inner tubes to store the gas, if you make more than you can use.

Re: Solar Dump

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 07:11
I agree about the website. It used to be a very good one to begin with, then somewhere it went they way of the Dodo. The older stuff is still relevant for general info.
The  Indonesians have for a long time written stuff about Bio-gas Mother Earth News...