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Old 04-02-2013, 12:39 PM   #2386
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I got a way's laying the laminate in the bathroom. NOW WAIT A MINUTE!! I did lay laminate in a bathroom. A gap is left at the ends but I have the same stuff in the Pool Room. We have partied and spilled quite a lot with no effect. This is no Box Store Laminate. I read from the label. "25 year residential, 12 commercial warranty. Impact resistant, resistant to household chmicals, slip resistant, under floor heating stable, abrasion resistant, cigarette stain resistant, scratch resistant, UV stable, wear resistant, hard to inflame." With all these qualities and a proven track record over the last year it will be fine in a limited use bathroom. Mia can't even dent it with her claws. Here's a pic so far. Now I'm down to some table saw cuts. Should be done tomorrow. dorf dude...
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Just wanted to post to let you know that I finished reading through your thread and I am extremely impressed. I loved seeing all your progress and solutions as each stage came along. I would love to have a house like that here in the states for sure. I am looking forward to further progress indeed. And if you are curious Id say it took me a bout a week of periodic reading to get through the whole thread.
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My PV solar panels showed up today. Delivery was for the AM. The dude showed up at 11:59. He made it by 1 minute. Now to get them up and mounted kicking back my electric bill. Only 3 panels, 735 watts, but a start. I can easily add more in the future as $ become available. dorf dude...
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Is that some sort of a mini-inverter in the pic there Shu?
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Is that some sort of a mini-inverter in the pic there Shu?
Yes the inverters are outside mounted under the panels. No big tie in at the junction box. Just plug it in to the house and it will buffer my electric backwards. Simple and really cool. I can't wait to get this on line. dorf dude...
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I had a smoking hot bath tonight after working on the roof Bath's Kick @ss. I finally have one. The insulation on the tub is working great, no need to top off with hot water. I got the first set of PV mounts in today. I don't see why the solar won't be online tomorrow. Here are a couple pic's of the mounts. German roof tiles work so well in this situation. I can do what I want and not puncture the envelope. I just had to take off a tab on the roof tile with the grinder. Here are a couple pic's of the solar mounts. dorf dude...
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I called in some help for getting the PV panels up on the roof. It only cost me beer.I had a brain fart when I measured for the mounts but with the roof tiles it was an easy fix. Just swap them over. I'm making power. The manual says the panels won't produce power until they are hooked up. They lied. I got zapped! I think I'm addicted to solar, I want more panels. Looking at a wind generator too. Can I hook a wind generator direct to an inverter and tie in to the grid? Here are a couple pic's dorf dude...
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This is how easy the connection is. Just plug it in, that's it. I ordered 3 more panels this morning. They will tie in with the existing ones with a jumper cable.
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Bonjour Dorf.,

Just wondering what the cost of the solar panels ya got there? ( In Euros or Dollars whatever it suit ya )

But just be aware it will take a little while to recoupe the cost of the panels but once it recouped then after that it is your money build up there.

We do have some solar panels over here but they have to run thru the transfer switch which it will lock out once the main grid system go out ( I know it can capable to run in island mode but some case it hard to justify it)

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Bonjour Dorf.,

Just wondering what the cost of the solar panels ya got there? ( In Euros or Dollars whatever it suit ya )

But just be aware it will take a little while to recoupe the cost of the panels but once it recouped then after that it is your money build up there.

We do have some solar panels over here but they have to run thru the transfer switch which it will lock out once the main grid system go out ( I know it can capable to run in island mode but some case it hard to justify it)

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Marc, the cost is 1500 Euro for 3 panels, inverters, cables and mounts. What I like about it is it just plugs in to an existing outlet. dorf dude...
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Marc, the cost is 1500 Euro for 3 panels, inverters, cables and mounts. What I like about it is it just plugs in to an existing outlet. dorf dude...
Bonjour Dorf Dude.,

That pretty low price on the panel I think you got it a pretty good deal with it.

I know some of the solar panel the price did go down some but I did not expect that low for KW rating of that panels.

By the way how big those panel is ? 750mmX 1200mm size ?

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The panels are 1m60 x .80m. Here is a link to their site.

http://solar-pac.de/epages/solar-pac...pac/Categories

Your right about the cost being low. I've been waiting and looking for something like this in this price range. Now I'm exploring wind power. Nothing huge but something to take advantage of our windy weather here. Around the 500 - 1000 watt range. I spoke with the neighbor and they have no problem. Now I have to talk to the city about height restrictions. I'm not looking at a big pay off. I just want a lower electric bill. Prices keep going up. Maybe in the future I will go off grid but for now this system helps. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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Nice update.

Keep up the good work.
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Marc mentioned this too, but there is someone in my area in NC who put up a large solar array, but he has to run it through a switch of some sort as well, which effectively turns off the solar array if the "grid" power goes out.

This is to prevent a utility worker being electrocuted while working on downed lines or something, not knowing that the solar panels are still connected and powered. I imagine there must be a transfer switch that will allow the panels to continue working in an outage, but he doesn't have one of those, yet.

Does your system have any sort of cut-off? Or a way to monitor just how much "juice" it's giving you? Anyways, it's very cool.

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This is a great thread... awesome stuff!

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