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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    I figured that I didn't need to include a photo of the spray nozzle as that would have been the next photo (if I included it), so no you didn't miss anything :)

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    thanks!I have plans to close in the tanks at the end of summer with basically a mini shed :)

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    here was another good source for rainwater harvesting I found.https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/67925.pdf

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/67925.pdf

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    It's true that you can build a solar supplied system that is strong enough to run an entire household. The key to building my system was cost effectiveness not finding the absolute most advanced component that will do the same job as the cheaper one. This makes it attainable by all. While you are reiterating the safety points I've made in the instructable, they can never be stated enough, so feel free to say them as many times as you want as some people don't read the entire Instructable or replies to previous comments and safety is important. I just ask that any comments be backed by an explanation and not an ambiguous remark. It would a safe to say that a car is dangerous, but everything must be put into context so that people understand why. Your system sounds larger scale than the o...

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    It's true that you can build a solar supplied system that is strong enough to run an entire household. The key to building my system was cost effectiveness not finding the absolute most advanced component that will do the same job as the cheaper one. This makes it attainable by all. While you are reiterating the safety points I've made in the instructable, they can never be stated enough, so feel free to say them as many times as you want as some people don't read the entire Instructable or replies to previous comments and safety is important. I just ask that any comments be backed by an explanation and not an ambiguous remark. It would a safe to say that a car is dangerous, but everything must be put into context so that people understand why. Your system sounds larger scale than the one I've built, why don't you make an Instructable to cater to everyone who wants the 'binford' version?

    Google 'shutflo' and it should give you the manufacturers website and then you can find a local distributor in your area. Cheers

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    I agree, and will be upgrading the primary filter

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    Instructable updated with photos and links for connecting parts.Enjoy

    Unfortunately these tanks are not designed for burial. The type that are cost significantly more. As for copper, I'm not sure as to the cleansing properties but it would not be cheap :)

    Good point and I was thinking along the same lines. I will be using some of the leftover metal roofing from the gardenshed build and making a 'mini' shed around the water barrels at the end of the summer.

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    I think I have a photo of the individual components before I assembled it if I can find it I will upload it. Cheers

    I would please ask that you refrain from putting misinformation up that could negatively affect someones opinion of solar power. Cloudy days do not put a strain on a solar system, the solar system still produces electricity in lower light, just less. Try this for yourself with a multimeter on DC volts and the input leads on the solar panel output. This is also a good way to 'aim' your solar panel to the direction that receives the most sun at that time of day. More sun= higher voltage. Cover or turn the panel and the voltage decreases. Open battery terminals are also only a hazard if they are in an open area that is potentially subjected to contaminants (liquid or solid) as these can lead to 'tracking' (where the battery finds a minor conductive path) or where they can directly contac...

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    I would please ask that you refrain from putting misinformation up that could negatively affect someones opinion of solar power. Cloudy days do not put a strain on a solar system, the solar system still produces electricity in lower light, just less. Try this for yourself with a multimeter on DC volts and the input leads on the solar panel output. This is also a good way to 'aim' your solar panel to the direction that receives the most sun at that time of day. More sun= higher voltage. Cover or turn the panel and the voltage decreases. Open battery terminals are also only a hazard if they are in an open area that is potentially subjected to contaminants (liquid or solid) as these can lead to 'tracking' (where the battery finds a minor conductive path) or where they can directly contact a conductive material creating a short. My battery in this system is located under the bench in a frontless enclosure with top removed for photos. Do not forget that when a lead acid battery charges it produces hydrogen gas which needs to be able to vent to outside. Do not store or subject your battery to direct sunlight or heat as this will cause your battery to dry out.Also, make sure that if you need to top up the electrolyte levels in a non-maintenance free battery, to only used distilled water so as not to introduce contaminants into your battery acid and reduce it's longevity.Any acid on or around the battery should be neutralized with baking soda first and then rinsed away with water before drying my.All of these things fall under preventative maintenance, the same way you maintain your car. If you don't change your oil or maintain your battery in this case, your system won't last as long, be as efficient, or could potentially create hazards.

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    I honestly can't see why you're fixated on graduated piping, and for the distance being utilized will have negligible effect. As I said I do have a 25-30 foot stream at the end of the hose. The pump is a proven design used worldwide for RV 's so has proven its worth for dependability. The alligator clamps are from the solar panel only. And if you look close you will see the schematic where fusing is provided, albeit absent from the photo. I can assure you, as I have been an electrical technician for 30 years, there is nothing 'Mickey mouse' about any of the connections. But most importantly, this is a garden shed, some rain barrels and a hose for all intensive purposes. There is absolutely no need to get more involved than it is. But I do thank you for your interest as it voices questio...

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    I honestly can't see why you're fixated on graduated piping, and for the distance being utilized will have negligible effect. As I said I do have a 25-30 foot stream at the end of the hose. The pump is a proven design used worldwide for RV 's so has proven its worth for dependability. The alligator clamps are from the solar panel only. And if you look close you will see the schematic where fusing is provided, albeit absent from the photo. I can assure you, as I have been an electrical technician for 30 years, there is nothing 'Mickey mouse' about any of the connections. But most importantly, this is a garden shed, some rain barrels and a hose for all intensive purposes. There is absolutely no need to get more involved than it is. But I do thank you for your interest as it voices questions others may have had but not known how to pose.

    https://www.irrigationtutorials.com/using-a-smaller-pipe-to-increase-water-pressure/

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    I used a 5 W panel on my version one system and it worked great. It will always depend on how much water you need to pump at one time (size of your tanks) and how large your battery is. It wouldnt make sense to have a 40W panel and a tiny little battery as the battery would not effectively store what the panel can send out.

    all good ideas, but I wanted this to be as simple a solution as possible :)

    Good point, you are correct that it is illegal in some states. So ensure you cover your butt by looking into local regulations!

    Each tank has its own independent ball valve and additionally I installed a ball valve (the red handle) that cuts off both tanks from the pump line. This is also in place to isolate the pump line for winter draining.

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