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  • 6.3 kiloWatt Ground Mount Home Solar Array

    This was a very well done and down to earth description of setting up a real life larger solar installation, particularly the parts about added inspections and real world cost involved for anyone thinking about doing this kind of thing. And your comments on the payback over long time periods were also noted as there has been a lot of too good to be true solar system advertising out there lately, so anyone thinking of this would be well advised to read this Instructible before the glossy advertisements and leasing come-on for some much needed perspective. But I also wounder if your Solar Guy is going a bit overboard with electric basebord heat and hot water while solar is still so exspensive as electric stoves and dryers really suck up those cosly watts and natural gas would be much mor...see more »This was a very well done and down to earth description of setting up a real life larger solar installation, particularly the parts about added inspections and real world cost involved for anyone thinking about doing this kind of thing. And your comments on the payback over long time periods were also noted as there has been a lot of too good to be true solar system advertising out there lately, so anyone thinking of this would be well advised to read this Instructible before the glossy advertisements and leasing come-on for some much needed perspective. But I also wounder if your Solar Guy is going a bit overboard with electric basebord heat and hot water while solar is still so exspensive as electric stoves and dryers really suck up those cosly watts and natural gas would be much more efficient and simple. I also wonder if a smaller natural gas generator automatically keeping up a Powerwall 2 or equivalent to all batteries fully charged as much of the time as possible might be cost effective way to limit the need for more panels if you had natural gas already on site. But as your description pointed out there are some other code and piratical considerations that can be lurking for the best laid out plans and any system gas to be a balance of factors.At any rate, thanks for the great work up!

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  • JTomM129 commented on happydupa's instructable Inexpensive garage lights from LED strips8 months ago
    Inexpensive garage lights from LED strips

    Love your simple idea of using the bottom of the cross beams as a base for the LED strips where you are not adding a lot of other "stuff" to create the lighting. Clean and simple. I have a closet workbench that will get this treatment, along with a Ham radio bench (but I will run those LED's off of batteries or a non-switching analog power supply because computer supplies tend to make "buzzy" RF radio noise). And as far as the 50,000 hour life I would not be surprised if you got a lot more than that out of them, but by the time your original strips starting going bad you may not even be there anymore or something much better and cheaper will have been developed to replace them with anyway. Thanks for the 'able, good stuff.

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