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This forum is AWESOME! I'm so excited I found you all. Great information and good people. Good combination!

Neice, "NEE_CEE"... "Mommchan"

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Hi Neice,

Welcome to the group. As you can imagine with the arrival of summer, the last thing people want to think about is anything solar unless you are at the beach. So the interaction is quite slow right now. The first sign of cold weather and the participation will really pick up! That being said, I haven't posted for a while, but I still check nearly every day to see if anyone has posted questions or has some new information to share. So after you take a little time for some light summer reading about solar projects, feel free to ask questions along the way.

Greg in MN[wave]
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Welcome Mommchan,

Greg is corect activity picks up in the fall.

That being said the recent cool July had already gotten me thinking about my modifications t my panels. [smile]

So if something pops into mind & have  question....ask away. We readily share info.

Jeff
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Unless of course you have an idea for solar Air Conditioning.... 
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Funny Willie... we all know the homemade cooler air conditioner!!! LOL.

Hook it up to a solar panel and TADA~~

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Thanks for the Welcome. But I can't wait till the Fall. I'm cold as it is. Our average temp in our building is 65 degrees right now.

The building is already insulated and has drywall and a couple closets, one for storage and the other is our indoor outhouse! I didn't want to put up any other walls until we lived in it a bit and got a feel for the space and then decide where everything will go. I did have a plan but that seems to be changing as we're trying to decide on how to heat. I really like the radiant but the expense and mess of pouring new concrete is not exciting to me. I've read a lot on the forum and watched Scott and Scott's videos... I think we are going to put in a raised floor with pex. Is that crazy? The Pole Barn is 24x40 if that helps.

I had looked at all the sites about how to insulate a concrete pad and a lot give the same directions of underlayment of plastic or plywood, then 2x4 base with plywood and poly insulation. Our ceilings are 10' so height is not a problem. I would have to remove the closet doors and raise them but that's not too difficult. I saw where Scott used this hanger/stapling system on this basement Ceiling and wondered if that would work for my floor? or just lay it between the studs? Not sure, so any comments would be appreciated.

We plan on making the CPVC solar collector and putting a storage tank out in our PV-solar shed. Saw some of the components from Heliatos? I think it was called, and liked their pumps, and the valves for the anti freeze, looked easy to use.

Found the link: http://shop.heliatos.com/main.sc

Thanks ahead of time!
Niece "Mommchan"
Genesee, MI



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I'll happily swap you some heat for some "coolth"! It's in the 90s here (80s at night).

Cute as those cooler A/Cs are they're just not cost effective. I'd have to buy ice by the TON, every day!

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A solar thermal collectors' accumulates warmth through ingesting sun light. A collectors' is usually a unit pertaining to capturing solar light. Photovoltaic light can be power available as electromagnetic light from the infrared on the ultraviolet wavelengths.
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Has anyone solved the stagnation issue with some sort of a passive pop off valve or something similar, like a pressure relief valve in a DHW tank?

I like the CPVC collectors, but as someone has already said, sooner or later the power will fail, your pump will fail or something will happen, and you'll have frozen or sagging CPVC pipes inside your collectors.

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If I were to build another one I'd go with copper. Though more expensive, copper is easier to work with, and it WILL take the heat. I have two (commercially made) copper collectors and they both routinely hit 100C when stagnated, no problem. I'm not sure I'd trust my cpvc collector to survive.
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You can put a pressure relief valve inline somewhere inline, but not sure it will stop the warping. I would reccommend a CPVC panel have verticle pipes.

It may help keep some warping from occurring.

You can see the sagging CPVC pipes in the picture below. this occurred after critters pulled away the pipe insulation from my feed pipe. Also I didn't check my Anti-Freeze level (my fault) & it was only +10 degrees & it got to zero that night.

Ironically, none of the pipes leaked once I unfroze the pipes.

This panel was a combo of both CPVC & copper pipes. The copper pipes was fine & didn't warp or leak. I've had to remove the warp CPVC though (in progress) & this year will be all copper.
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