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  • blpasemann
    I did look him up and I found some mp3 files of speaches he has done. He is very interesting. The ones I downloaded are for disaster prepardedness, very cool
    Message 1 of 5 , Nov 4, 2005
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      I did look him up and I found some mp3 files of speaches he has done.
      He is very interesting. The ones I downloaded are for disaster
      prepardedness, very cool so far. See this link:
      http://www.stevenharris.net/page13.html
      I may buy his book when I get thru the mp3's.

      thanx for the info.
      brady

      --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, "Todd" <toddt58@y...> wrote:
      >
      > I really found this book interesting. Not at all like some of the
      > books I've bought on eBay that turned out to be public domain info.
      > Granted, these projects won't win any neighborhood beautification
      > awards and definitely aren't the kind of things Martha Stewart would
      > use to create a certain ambiance.
      >
      > But, I live in a loft above my building downtown... so my neighbors
      > all go home at 5pm or are too stoned to care.
      >
      > I didn't get the blackout book. This guy is sharp and very
      > practical... I'm sure his other book would be good as well.
      >
      > Todd
      >
      > --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, "blpasemann" <blpasemann@y...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hey Todd,
      > > Was the book worth buying? I looked at the website and some of
      > the
      > > stuff sounds interesting. What else is in there besides solar
      > water
      > > heater? Did you get the black out book also?
      > >
      > > thanx
      > > brady
      > >
      > > --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, "Todd" <toddt58@y...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I purchased an e-book called "Sunshine to Dollars" and have
      > found it
      > > > pretty interesting. The author provides plans for a simple
      > solar
      > > > water heater.... 2x4 or 2x6 frame on top of a slab door or
      > plywood,
      > > > black poly sheeting to create a water basin and a piece of plate
      > > > glass (such as from a sliding glass door) over the frame. He
      > lives
      > > > in MI and seems 150 to 160 degrees even in the winter, over 180
      > in
      > > > the summer.
      > > >
      > > > I want to incorporate this type solar water heating with my vent
      > > > free gas logs.
      > > >
      > > > I live in a loft above my shop, flat roofs, clear southern and
      > > > western exposure. The space behind my loft apartment has 12'
      > > > ceilings, therefore that roof surface is about chest high to my
      > loft.
      > > >
      > > > My thinking is to create one or more of these solar collectors
      > which
      > > > would sit on the flat roof behind my loft (adjacent). A local
      > > > plumbing supply will sell me an 80 gallon water heater that was
      > > > returned. The floor of my loft is the ceiling of the shop
      > below...
      > > > with exposed joists.
      > > >
      > > > What about running Pex for radiant heating beneath my wood
      > floor,
      > > > circulating the heated water with some sort of variable speed
      > pump?
      > > > Slower the speed, the more heat. Faster the speed, less heat.
      > > >
      > > > What types of pumps do they use in radiant heating systems?
      > What
      > > > about adding some ethylene glycol or propylene glycol to the
      > water
      > > > for freeze protection?
      > > >
      > > > I can get foil-backed 1" styrofoam insulation panels really
      > cheap.
      > > > I'm thinking of stapling the Pex to the bottom of the floor (2x6
      > > > heart pine flooring) and adding the insulation board with the
      > foil
      > > > facing the heated area. Placed against the Pex, it would create
      > a
      > > > 3/4" air gap plus have the radiant barrier of the foil.
      > > >
      > > > I have a chemical blending operation (in the part of the
      > building
      > > > behind the loft) and therefore I have all sorts of small pumps
      > as
      > > > well as the glycols.
      > > >
      > > > Suggestions? Ideas?
      > > >
      > > > PS: I'm over in La where we can use biofuels for grid-tied
      > systems.
      > > > That includes biodiesel/wvo. I'm looking for a Lister-driven
      > > > generator for some net metering. Anybody who can help with the
      > > > electrical panel interconnects?
      > > >
      > > > Todd
      > > >
      > >
      >
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