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  1. HVAC
    I realize this isn't a conventional HVAC question, but couldn't think of a better section to put it in. Our manufactured home has a small pseudo-attic space with four squat vents thru the roof and no access from the inside. Despite installation of reflective roof panels (as well as the...
  2. Electrical
    Hi, An aspiring off-grider here, asking for community support and guidance. Recently purchased an undeveloped land, along with a solar system that's providing both solar power, generator power and acid-lead battery storage. The main output is 120/240 split-phase, 50A 60hz outlet. Now, I I need...
  3. Roofing/Siding
    Hello, I'm located in the SF Bay Area and have a two story home. Our home is about 22 years old with the original roof (asphalt shingles). We are looking at installing solar, so given the age and condition of the roof, we're going to replace the roof first. This has opened a can of worms...
  4. New Member Introductions
    Hello. I'm Jaclyn. Working on converting an old ford econoline into a comfortable living space. Looking forward to meeting more experienced people.
  5. Electrical
    Hi all, I'll be the first to admit I do not understand electricity at all.... the relationships between watts, volts, ohms, amps, amp hours, etc make my head spin. I want to build a power plant in my camper van with solar panels, battery, and inverter. But I simply don't understand it; what...
  6. Electrical
    I need help bypassing the daylight sensor in these basic led string light solar panels. They come on every night even when I don't want them to, and won't come on until dark even if I need them a bit sooner. That's why I want to bypass the sensor. (I can't cover the panel or use the on/off...
  7. Electrical
    I have a SMA solar system with 3 inverters 18.3 kva. I have problem with high voltage at the house meter. The solar system has a separate meter but goes through the same transformer. The problem appears to be that in order for the solar inverters to push power to the grid they raise the...
  8. Electrical
    Hi - I can't seem to find much information on wiring the neutral and ground wire on a meter socket for solar (milbank meter socket). In many of the pictures I've found, I see it done all sorts of ways, so not sure what is proper. Thanks for your help.
  9. Electrical
    Hey all, I'm hooking up my new garage with a solar array on top and am looking for advice on how to size my wire. The main/meter panel is 200' from the garage on a pole in front of my property. The main/meter panel has two bus bars. 200amp for the house and 200amp for the garage. Electric...
  10. Green Home Improvement
    As I am reading some of the threads here, it occurred to me that maybe a good way for the US to go greener is to find ways to have people profit from it. Some examples that may or may not be viable but up for discussion... 1. tax breaks based upon low fuel/energy use at home. 2. government...
  11. Green Home Improvement
    Hello! I am a solar enthusiast who also likes to work on new solar solutions. It seems to me that DIY solar isn't really mainstream because of: 1. Permitting 2. Intimidation of doing the work yourself 3. Electrical wiring 4. Structural engineering I was envisioning a product that would...
  12. Electrical
    Hello there, looking for some help, this is what I got; 20 watt solar panel to 7amp solar charge controller to 12v marine battery to 800W 120v inverter to 120v 15amp timer (on for 6min/8 times a day) to 120v 10watt pump. This is a small hydroponic system trying to disconnect extension cord from...
  13. Windows and Doors
    My house has solar window screens. They're old, some of them are coming apart, and are just worn out or really faded. I started replacing all of them. I got a large roll of screen material, watched some videos online, and went at it. The first 5 went great and came out perfect. Then, I...
  14. Electrical
    I'm building my own home and so far I've been totally off-grid with a solar powered battery setup. I'm looking into getting connected to the grid because I can't store all of the power I make and also can't run power tools for example because they draw too much power. I'd like to be able to...
  15. Electrical
    Hello. I have been wanting to get into the whole solar and wind power thing.Currently we have 1 battery a 1000w charge controller and a 60w solar pannel set up.We want to hook up our windmill, it is 600w and we will need around 100' of cable to get from down out flag pole to our room that we...
  16. Electrical
    This project is being developed due to a dilemma I am facing with my co-tenant. There was an agreement in the past where we divide the utility bill for electicity 25/75 (I being 25), since I was a lower power consuming commercial unit. Now he's asking for more and for me it's not worth it for me...
  17. Green Home Improvement
    Where should batteries and inverter be mounted (indoors or outside)? I read that while batteries are charging they emit a flammable gas. I also read the inverter may create a spark. This sounds like a dangerous combination. How far away should the inverter be mounted from the batteries to avoid...
  18. General DIY Discussions
    To anyone who might be able to help me. I purchased 80% whole cells, and constructed my first 5 cell by 3 cell panel, and really screwed that up. So, I fixed the error and made another solar panel with 54 cells, generating 26 volts. It sustains the battery at 14, except when cloudy, and with...
  19. New Member Introductions
    Hey all, My name is JW and I'm a solar contractor practicing in central Florida. Figured I would stop by and see what kind of solar projects people are taking on and lend help when I can. I love crazy solar ideas, so if you've got any fire them off! Looking forward to some great...
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