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[#] Tue May 22 2012 11:45:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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An issue to whom? It's an issue to me because I care about the environment.
It's not an issue to the greendroids because they only care about environmental politics. There's a big difference.

[#] Wed May 30 2012 20:27:19 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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Sorry, but that doesn't even make sense to
me. Restate what you think the issue is

[#] Thu May 31 2012 11:01:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I care about solid waste. I care about reducing energy consumption. I care about keeping the world a clean place to live in. But the "green" crowd doesn't care about any of that; all they care about is the imaginary bogeyman of "carbon footprint."

[#] Sun Aug 26 2012 08:55:00 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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heh... if that gardenhouse has sunshine on the roof,  you could just wind a coil of that hosepipe on the roof, maybe put some black foil above and under and you're set.

otoh, you wouldn't need a fire then. ;-)

[#] Mon Aug 27 2012 11:00:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I think you may be on to something there -- in the absence of a long coil, the water was probably moving too fast to pick up any real amount of heat from the fire. I need to find a slower pump.

Replacing the redneck heater with a solar heater would be a good idea also.
I've seen videos where people build solar heating coils out of a hundred feet of black hose. The roof of my house gets a *lot* of sunlight, and the side of the roof closest to the pool has a pitch shallow enough to easily walk around on it and to place a solar coil without it being visible from the ground, so maybe I'll try that next year.

The heat from the fire did not melt the hose because there was cold water flowing through it. Even with the fire burning, the copper pipe was cold to the touch. If I turned off the pump for a while then that might become a problem. I did try turning off the pump for *short* periods. Upon turning the pump back on, there was a hiss and a crackle as cold water rushed into the hot pipe.

[#] Mon Aug 27 2012 13:45:26 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Thinner or more pipe in the fire would also work. You might not need a pump, heat rises so as the water
heats and expands it will move up drawing in cooler water, and pushing out warmer water.

[#] Mon Sep 03 2012 13:51:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm not sure convection would suffice given the length of the hose I need to keep the fire at a safe distance from the pool. :) Remember this is a vinyl liner pool and damage to the liner would be catastrophic (3861 gallons of water all rushing towards my neighbor's landscaping at once).

Next year I'm doing the homemade solar coil. This means I need a pump with enough lift to go two stories/storeys up the side of the house, but slow enough so that the water absorbs heat from the coil instead of just insta-cooling it. There's also a question of whether to use separate pump loops for filtration/treatment and heating, or to try to make them one and the same. I have a cartridge filter so it doesn't matter whether the filter is using its own pump or an external pump, but the flow rate does need to be at least 1000 GPH for the saltwater chlorinator to operate properly.

[#] Mon Sep 03 2012 14:19:18 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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I guess once the coil is filled with whater its less work for the pump since all the lifting is done by then...

you also should calculate the weight of these coils, to check with your houses static.

I guess, if you fill the coil while on the ground, plugging a cork into the ends you can do the lifting for the pump ;-)

[#] Wed Sep 05 2012 13:13:03 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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If you put the pump on the "cold" end, it should have no trouble pulling the water out of the pool and delivering at least 3 bar (note this is a metric unit, you probably use "square tripple pounds per quarter feet" as units) of pressure to pump the water up on the roof.
The cheap pumps (a little less than 100$) can only lift water, they can not create enough underpressure to pull the air out of the water supply pipe. Manual says it should be able to lift water 10m on the output side, so reaching your should be easy.
 can at least clean our verandas roof with the same method and there is plenty of pressure still left, it doesn't just trickle out of the hose. But thats only about 2.5m height.

[#] Thu Sep 13 2012 18:10:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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At this point my project is to drain the pool.  And I have to do it very slowly to avoid a flood.  My plan is to get a siphon going through a garden hose and let it trickle out over the course of days.  This should be fun.  :)

[#] Thu Sep 13 2012 20:04:01 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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When you're up to your ass in alligators, it's hard to remember that you started out to drain the swamp.

[#] Fri Sep 14 2012 12:12:23 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Ig - Might I suggest running the hose into your basement? Aren't you used to having water in there?

[#] Sat Sep 15 2012 16:57:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Laugh it up, fuzzball.  It just so happens that I'm using the very same pump that I use to dewater the basement during hurricane floods.  I started a couple of days ago just with a siphon but today I added the pump because the outfall site is about a foot and a half higher than the bottom of the pool.

I've got all the parts disassembled and labeled for next year, but I'm sure I'll be making some "improvements" before then.  This year's assembly happened in hot July when we just wanted it finished so we could go swimming.  Next year I'll be starting the setup two months before swimming season starts.  The first thing that has to go is the cheap plastic hoses Intex supplies with their pools.  Those will be replaced with good quality flexible rubber tubing from the hardware store.  I might also plumb along the back wall of the patio with some sched-40 PVC and build a little "pump house" behind the garage so I don't have to extend electric out to the pool site.

[#] Mon Sep 17 2012 03:45:59 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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IG...are you planning on refilling the pool once it's drained?

If not, do you fully drain it every year?

I had an above ground pool, and always left it about half full, in order to provide the necessary pressure to keep the sides as upright as possible. I've always been told that fully draining (and leaving drained) an above ground pool was bad mojo.

[#] Mon Sep 17 2012 16:43:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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This is an Intex pool. Once it's fully dry it's getting disassembled and brought inside. I wanted a "real" above ground pool but the hassle and fees from the town would have made it impractical. Intex pools are soft sided "seasonal" pools that you have to disassemble at the end of the season. In places where the temperature never goes below freezing there are people who leave them up year round, but I'm in the northeast.

[#] Sun Oct 14 2012 22:36:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

Subject: Oh noes! Water in the basement!

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Every homeowner should keep a tube of two-part epoxy on hand (photo at left: Oatey "Fix-It Stick").  It'll sit on your shelf for a long time, and then one night it'll make the difference between having to call a plumber now and being able to call a plumber tomorrow morning.

It did for me tonight.  While my son was showering upstairs I saw water dripping from the pipes and discovered that one of the drain pipes had rusted through to the point where a hole had opened up.  A bit of putty pressed tightly around the joint, and now it's bone dry.

[#] Wed Oct 24 2012 21:33:47 EDT from Shazam @ Uncensored

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Yes, I've used that putty stuff to fix a leak in the water container on our dehumidifyer. It's great stuff. I also tried to use it to fix a broken ceramic mug handle, but it only held for a few weeks then broke again.

[#] Thu Nov 01 2012 00:21:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Protip: if your shower has a light fixture in it, put an oven bulb in that fixture. Because they are built to handle the hot and sometimes moist conditions inside an oven, they are also good at handling the hot and moist conditions inside a shower, so they will last *much* longer than a regular incandescent bulb.

And of course it should go without saying, don't bother installing a CFL bulb in a shower light fixture; the electronic ballasts just don't hold up under all that heat and steam.

[#] Sat Dec 08 2012 14:03:05 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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This is a reminder that your generator, like any other machine with a diesel
or gasoline powered engine in it, needs to be EXERCISED from time to time if
you want it to work reliably when you need it. For a generator that would be
a nice half-hour run every four to six weeks.

That means if you haven't run your generator since the Sandy outages, you're
due for an exercise run this weekend. Half an hour is fine, but it needs to be
*under load*. If you have a transfer panel, switch your house over to generator
power. Otherwise plug in something, like a space heater, or your coffee pot.

[#] Mon Dec 17 2012 19:37:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The thermostat wiring in our home was very messy so I ripped it all out and re-did it.  No more wires taped together and zip-tied to the pipes.  And of course I couldn't resist the opportunity to add an indicator panel that shows the status of everything, including which floors are calling for heat.  Yes, I'm a nerd, and proud of it.

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