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Old 11-25-2006, 03:49 AM   #31
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What's a cross between Electrical, Roofing and Accounting?

SOLAR ELECTRICITY!

I've just started researching how I should/would/could include solar photovoltaics on the roof of my proposed room addition. There's so much to know! Grid-tie net metering, KWh usage, rebates, mounting brackets, shingle-type panels(!), inverters, general feasibility, etc.

Purchasing full retail full service, even with all rebates and tax deductions, is still cost-prohibitive today with 10-15 year break-evens. However, the parts and systems are actually fairly simple, and some companies are offering consulting and customer-direct prices. Hence, the DIYer must know some basics.

I wish there was a forum to share the knowledge.

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Old 12-22-2006, 11:20 AM   #32
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I have a suggestion, to let members to vote for best contributors such as:

Tiling expect (Best of the Year/Quarter/Month)

DIYers (Most innovative/funny/...etc. )

...etc.

to increase interaction/entertainment of the site....
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:33 PM   #33
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Well, we have A LOT more traffic now then we did last year... I thought I would bump this topic and see if there are any general topics that we are missing. Let me know!

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Old 11-15-2007, 07:14 PM   #34
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Concrete & Masonry?

Tile?

Furniture Making?

I did something really dumb?
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:25 PM   #35
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It seems there have been more posts lately involving both automotive and cornputers.

While both of these are slightly out of scope for this site, its something all of us are dealing with once in awhile.
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:42 PM   #36
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What's a cornputer?

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Old 11-15-2007, 09:58 PM   #37
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I think he meant "****cuter".
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:21 PM   #38
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Site "library" for old topics.
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Site "library" for old topics.
The "Advanced" Search option should be able to find whatever it is your are looking for, in regards to a topic, and whether is has been discussed.
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Site "library" for old topics.
Some of us are the "old topics" !
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Also, this forum is very unique for a DIY site because we have so many professional contractors helping out consumers. I have had some suggestions to come up with some way to show who is a contractor and who is a homeowner.
I would very much like to see this Nathan! I'ma DIY'r remodeling an old home. Much needs to be done, and there is no money to hire out for it. This site has helped me alot in a short period of time, and I see this site as potentially being more useful to me than any tool in my tool bags.

However I frequently read threads which contain conflicting information. So I often wonder about posters qualifications and experiance. I have to find some way to qualify the responses, otherwise the site loses value. I do think it is a good thing that anybody can participate in discussions and make suggestions etc. But when it comes down to conflicting advice, we DIY'rs need something to help us grade out the pros from the amateurs.

It does help that some members list their trades under their forum names, but anyone can put whatever they choose there. If those titles were qualified by site admin, then they'd really mean something.


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I'm still thinking this one through but I think it's a good idea. We could also then add "ask a contractor" sections where a consumer could ask a question and only people in the "contractors' group could respond. Not really sure how it would work (as in how to prove who is and is not a contractor) but it's a good idea if we can pull it off.
For contractor proof, could it be so simple as a contractor submiting their license and certification info to the site admin? Is that possible? If it is, I understand that it would take admins time to process it all. But having certified contractors answering questions would be beneficial towards site growth I'd think.

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IMO, FWIW:

Most of the contractors have something designating them as such, under their names. I'd say about 90% of them.

Generally, we(contractors) can tell ourselves, who is who, just by what a person writes, how they answer, how they word things, and what they answer - if they have any proper experience in the trades fields.
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"Wall of shame"?, Code violations, "Look at the dumb thing I did before asking advice",...


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