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Old 06-21-2013, 07:58 PM   #31
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Looks really nice!
Got a thermometer in line or at least in the box?

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Old 06-21-2013, 08:07 PM   #32
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Thanks.
Good idea. I think I will stick one inside the box. Should be interesting
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Get a thermometer that can take the heat---You did well--that looks really nice.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:12 PM   #34
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There are only a few months usually when the nights stay warm enough to rely just on the blanket. By mid August the nights get so cool that the water can't recover enough to get in. And June this year has so far been a dud.

I'm not worried about overheating. On the store bought one Ive been using it had a bypass valve that I never had to use. Water barely ever saw past 88/90.

It was a series of tiny tubes so the water would pass slower like Joe has suggested. Corrugated plastic. No glass...too many crazy people fooling around, plus I'd like to keep it there through the rest of the year. ..(Flying balls, hockey pucks. lacrosse balls)
WOuldnt this have worked a lot better if you sheathed the rack, and put foil faced iso on the sheathing then the collector? Seems like you would lose heat out the back otherwise.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:14 PM   #35
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Speak newbieze please...no cabeesh

Regardless, it sounds expensive. So far I'm into it for the price of the garden hoses, the hose bib and a slice of plywood.

2x4x8 were seconds...cost 1.75 each
sliding door from somebody who replaced theirs..free
paint I had in the archives
screws had in the garage.

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Crepper.,

The other thing is you can lower the panel down instead of sorta like 45 degrees angle drop it down more like 25 degress angle or so so you can get very good afternoon sun to heat it up a bit. when you hit very late summer you can raise the panel up back up like 35 to 45 degress angle so you can follow the sun tracking to get the most of heating value from sun.

Put a timer to shut the panel pump off at nitetime when the sun is down so that way you can retain more heat in the system when you start it up first thing in the moring and it will warm up as the sun " heating " the panel up.

I know someone else mention thermometer to read the tempture and expect that to get over 50 C easy more like 65 to 75 C for sure.

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I'm getting hot just looking at it. Nice one two punch of shading your pump also!
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Crepper.,

The other thing is you can lower the panel down instead of sorta like 45 degrees angle drop it down more like 25 degress angle or so so you can get very good afternoon sun to heat it up a bit. when you hit very late summer you can raise the panel up back up like 35 to 45 degress angle so you can follow the sun tracking to get the most of heating value from sun.

Put a timer to shut the panel pump off at nitetime when the sun is down so that way you can retain more heat in the system when you start it up first thing in the moring and it will warm up as the sun " heating " the panel up.

I know someone else mention thermometer to read the tempture and expect that to get over 50 C easy more like 65 to 75 C for sure.

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In theory that would be a great idea, but I think it would be too heavy to manage by hand
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Water barely ever saw past 88/90.
Does pool water need to go above 88? Is this for cooling off or bathing? I like my pool water around 84 but we got full sun all afternnon so at time I'd have to leave the solar cover off at nights.

Anyway nice final looking design.
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What I meant was even with the last heater the water never saw above that mark. So I wasn't concerned about a shut off valve. But I do like it a little warmer then 84.

Currently it is probably 70/72 and I'm hoping to not have to bother with the pain in the neck cover
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header supply/returns set up runs with less resistance compared to one pipe thru set up result is you get more water passing thru it to the pool check out this guys youtube.. if anybody else is considering this do a sheet metal box little deeper then the hose diameter and with the header set up.pickle the sheet metal with rubbing alc..then spray flat black..ever sit on a car seat in a hot parking lot or touch the hood of a sun baked car....

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In theory that would be a great idea, but I think it would be too heavy to manage by hand
Yeah I am aware with that part but something simple like a trailer jack or simuair to that will help you crank or move it up or down to the best postion.

So that one of the simple idea to adjust it yourself without hurting yourself on that.

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A screaming success.

pool water 68 degrees and a few hours later the solar outlet is still reading 80...
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Bravo!!!!

Once you figured out the plan,it's really a rather simple device---

Glad it's working---Have you got it piped into the system yet?

If not ,I'll tell you how---
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Yes its plumbed in. The cold water in from the pool anyway. I may or may not do the hose end. Right now it just sits in the skim basket That's what I meant by the above post. It had been running for a few hours at least when I snapped the picture.

So even after running for a good while cold water entering the solar heater was 68/70 but came out at 80.
I imagine it will just keep climbing... Thanks a lot Mike

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