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Simple & CHEAP backyard solar water heater, based around a kids clam shell paddling pool! The approach uses a wide & shallow (100-150mm) water tight c...
Mark a position low down on the plastic shell wall, suitable for fitting an access pipe. (An old stainless 900mm x 900mm shower base could instead be ...
Fit the pipe off cut and tighten the securing rings, using plumbers hemp or PTFE tape to make a water tight seal. If done neatly the paddling pool can...
A hex cap screwed onto this pipe end retains normal use of the shell as a paddling pool,and also aids it's draining. Your lawn will no doubt appreciat...
A 15mm-20mm threaded adapter, fitted to the outlet,then allows normal cheap garden hose fittings to be simply used, with long hose runs if need be.
Of course a bit of elevation will allow more convenience! Ensure the support is up to the weight however ...
Clear agricultural grade plastic approximately 1m x 1m (~US$3) was found suitable as a cover, but this naturally will need securing or weighting agai...
Case study 1: Sat. Dec 6th 2008-Wellington,NZ (early summer "down under" of course). Latitude 41 South. Note research assistant "Molly" testing progr...
If the sun remains too strong at "splashing time", then a ground level setup can perhaps even be dragged by an adult across grass into nearby shade.
An old stainless steel shower base will be sturdier and hold more water, plus (being uniform) it'll be easier to cover too. However plumbing into the ...
Case Study 2: Wellington (NZ)-assorted occasions NZ summer 2007/2008 This steaming setup was installed on a sturdy shed roof, giving a 2.8m head abo...
Case Study 3: Wellington NZ -December 1st 2008 ( a very warm but overcast day): Outside peak conditions, early summer water heated from 20 Celsius ...
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