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Old 06-18-2013, 03:31 PM   #16
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You are doing it! Bravo!

Jim and Creeper--I left the original piping and added two Ts to feed the hoses--one for 'in' one for 'out'--each one had a shut off so the heater could be isolated in case of a failure.

A ball valve was installed between the two Ts---this allowed for tempering--wide open--little water went through the hose--partially closed--lots of water went through the heater--fully closed would be bad---to much restriction for the pump.

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Old 06-18-2013, 04:01 PM   #17
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Thanks Mike,

So far I've only added one tee and the other end of the hose is just inserted in the lid to the skim basket. If it proves a success then it will be easy to add a the other for a tidier finish
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:37 PM   #18
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I see a problem---I should have mentioned--that I carefully laid out the hose so that it was coiled side by side--drilling the backer board and zip tying it--the hose was flat to the backer and coiled like a watch spring--

this gave full exposure to the sun,no hose shaded by any other----it took a while to drill all the holes for the tie straps--
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So in others words the box I made is too small...should have used the patio door..with the glass...What about the hose length..enough??
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I used 150 feet---the more the merrier--

What you want is a box with a wood frame--plywood back--2x4 frame--just a bit bigger than the door--then an outside 1x6 frame to act as a lip to hold the door.

You are trying to get heat to the hose from direct sun on the top and heat from the black plywood on the back of the hose---kind of like a hose laying on a black top driveway---
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Translation....the more hose you have exposed to the sun, the more heat it will pick up.

I'm thinking a troft about 20' long and 4' wide would work really well. It's all about surface area...the more the merrier....
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Creeper you have been after me to learn how to post pictures----I wish I had--a picture is worth a thousand words----
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Mike, I would like to see pictures of some of your stuff, but as usual you make your instructions easy to follow.
I have in my minds eye exactly what you mean...its the execution that may be the tricky part

I will post a picture of mine when its completed
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Shadow box made..
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nice job.......

so....want to sell that "Bridge Island" sign on the wall?
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Looking good so far---is the wood frame about the size of the door?

(these people that think you have a garage sale every time you open the door,jeeze)
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Wow--That is just the thing--a work of art----Have you tried it yet?
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that's pretty neat....the engineer in me want to instrument it with a few TC's and a flow meter to see what the BTU rating is.

is that real glass or plexi?
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Had a really busy day, so only to see if it worked..it does, the plumbing anyway. We will see what the next few days bring

Thanks for your input Mike. Much appreciated

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