It's not an issue to the greendroids because they only care about environmental politics. There's a big difference.
me. Restate what you think the issue is
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. ;-)
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.
heats and expands it will move up drawing in cooler water, and pushing out warmer water.
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.
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 ;-)
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.
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. :)
When you're up to your ass in alligators, it's hard to remember that you started out to drain the swamp.
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.
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.
Subject: Oh noes! Water in the basement!
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.
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.
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.
Subject: HVAC nerd
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.