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  • How to Make a Cardboard Stand Up of Someone!

    To get a big enough piece of cardboard, find someone who installs showers, they come in big boxes, big enough to make several full sized cut outs. Ask them for the box.

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  • DIY Home Solar: Planning a Solar Array (Beginner's Guide)

    No shortage of greed, they can only lose if you choose not to play with them, and you do that by being fully off grid. They will find a way to make you lose if you do a grid tie, matter of time. They are only even giving you money because you are installing solar power on your home, that they own.

    If people really wanted to help the planet they would divorce themselves from the local power company by installing their own one. Get rid of all those power poles, etc. People don't though, most of them can only think short term about saving a few bucks. If the grid ever goes down and stays down, they will wish they chose to do a full off grid, and they will have no power panels are not, because they are not set up for it. They have no batteries or anything to store the power, and those gen sets will soon be out of fuel. Sure, but a propane fired generator and some propane to fuel it, but let that be for an emergency with a bunch of cloudy days.

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  • DIY Home Solar: Planning a Solar Array (Beginner's Guide)

    Actually, you save money by being fully off grid too, because you no longer have a power bill ever again. Once your equipment is paid for, power is free, and if the grid goes down, yours still works because you have a complete stand alone power grid, unlike grid tie. "I personally have nor researched Ni-Fi, but it last 100 years then why is every phone and toy not using them."The batteries are not sealed, and they are heavy. You have to add water every month, and they are around 1.2 to 1.5 volts each, so you need 10 of them just to make a 12 volt battery. If you will research them, you will find a certain company bought the original tech back in the day and sat on it. The batteries can last 100 years, and it's been proven some already have. "I personally have a 3kw hybrid...

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    Actually, you save money by being fully off grid too, because you no longer have a power bill ever again. Once your equipment is paid for, power is free, and if the grid goes down, yours still works because you have a complete stand alone power grid, unlike grid tie. "I personally have nor researched Ni-Fi, but it last 100 years then why is every phone and toy not using them."The batteries are not sealed, and they are heavy. You have to add water every month, and they are around 1.2 to 1.5 volts each, so you need 10 of them just to make a 12 volt battery. If you will research them, you will find a certain company bought the original tech back in the day and sat on it. The batteries can last 100 years, and it's been proven some already have. "I personally have a 3kw hybrid System, i can fee the grid and save money, but when the power goes out i have 4 x 105ah deep cycel batteried to run the lighting and a couple of things."Well that is great, but most grid tied users don't have a battery bank, or a safe way to isolate their battery bank from the grid. Another problem people run into is trying to get the power company not to make you take power at peak rate times, and sell it at off peak times, which greatly makes a difference on how much money you actually make or save. At 3Kw, it just sounds like you are saving a few bucks, and I understand if you have more power than you need, or if you need more power hook into the grid. I just think without an isolated battery bank it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, since if the Power Company's grid goes down, so does yours without the bank. The reason I say just completely divorce yourself from the grid is, I have personally caught multiple power companies completely ripping me off over the years. One time I was in the NG, and was gone 15 days that month. My power bill tripled that month, even though instead it should of been a fraction of the month before, and that's just one example.Another thing of concern is the radiation from the ZigBee transmitters on the smart meters, and the spying on us.

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  • DIY Home Solar: Planning a Solar Array (Beginner's Guide)

    You missed the point of why I showed you that article entirely. The point was how old was his batteries and they still worked. I get it, you are only in this for the money. Some of us though desire our own power anytime we want it. It don't matter what kind of solar array or battery bank you get, if it's off grid and you are not a millionaire, then you probably will have to make a lifestyle change and learn to not waste power.Of course you can use power anytime and as much as you like when the power is up, you are doing what everyone else is doing, which is using a giant NiFi battery bank to store your power at the power company. This guy used a bunch of different mixed size solar panels with old tech, they make better panels now that work good even in overcast days. Of course, your pan...

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    You missed the point of why I showed you that article entirely. The point was how old was his batteries and they still worked. I get it, you are only in this for the money. Some of us though desire our own power anytime we want it. It don't matter what kind of solar array or battery bank you get, if it's off grid and you are not a millionaire, then you probably will have to make a lifestyle change and learn to not waste power.Of course you can use power anytime and as much as you like when the power is up, you are doing what everyone else is doing, which is using a giant NiFi battery bank to store your power at the power company. This guy used a bunch of different mixed size solar panels with old tech, they make better panels now that work good even in overcast days. Of course, your panels won't make much either on those days. There is a video on youtube where a guy from Cali puts in a massive grid tie system, and his power bill actually went up. The reason it went up is the power company would only pay him for so much power a day, and do what they do best, dump excess power back into the ground which is wasteful. I agree with you, if your only goal is to knock a little off your power bill, then just do a grid tie system. If your goal is to have power no matter what and be off grid though, then you should buy Ni-Fi batteries and not waste power. I am on the grid right now till I sell this house and build my off grid house, but I been researching this for many years. My power bill is only around $50 a month, and that's because I don't waste power. If I walk out of a room I turn that light off, etc. In my off grid house I will be building, it will be very efficient, and won't need much power because I won't be heating and cooling with power, I will be using thermal mass and sun instead. There is nothing wrong with a 12 volt system either, and most accessories and inverters are 12 volt and can be sourced anywhere. With a 12 volt system you can use anything from an RV. With a 24 volt or 48 Volt system your system uses less gage wire at the cost of being limited in hard to source components. Here read this link: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/big-steps-in-building-change-our-wiring-to-12-volt-dc.htmlWith 12 volt you can always use your car as a backup power source. I keep a 450 watt invertor in my car, it will run most smaller things, and cost me about $40.

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  • DIY Home Solar: Planning a Solar Array (Beginner's Guide)

    "If I had batteries it would be very different. With FLA or AGM batteries cycle cost at roughly $.50 to $.80 per kWh, my power cost would more than quadruple. SO there is no way I would have a battery system. If I needed backup power, I would just buy a generator."So you think buying a generator that takes fuel and maint cost is a better solution than buying NiFi batteries once that don't take fuel, lol. Why keep talking about the expense of FLA or AGM batteries when that was not what I suggested? If you need backup power you can't use a generator tied to the grid, unless it's off grid only. There is nothing wrong with NiFi batteries, and they don't need improvement. Sure you have to add water, big deal, at least you only have to buy them once. Unlike the FLA or AGM batteri...

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    "If I had batteries it would be very different. With FLA or AGM batteries cycle cost at roughly $.50 to $.80 per kWh, my power cost would more than quadruple. SO there is no way I would have a battery system. If I needed backup power, I would just buy a generator."So you think buying a generator that takes fuel and maint cost is a better solution than buying NiFi batteries once that don't take fuel, lol. Why keep talking about the expense of FLA or AGM batteries when that was not what I suggested? If you need backup power you can't use a generator tied to the grid, unless it's off grid only. There is nothing wrong with NiFi batteries, and they don't need improvement. Sure you have to add water, big deal, at least you only have to buy them once. Unlike the FLA or AGM batteries you keep talking about which you will be replacing every 5 to 10 years, you only need buy NiFi once. Since you can drain over 80 percent from an Edison style battery and it don't hurt the battery, you don't need as big of a battery bank as with the others, which saves money even up front. Yep, the IRS will give you money back on your system whether it be on or off the grid. You want a story from someone who uses them, well here is a good one: http://www.nickel-iron-battery.com/Nickel-Iron-Solar-Chicago.pdf

    If you use Edison NiFi batteries you only have to buy them once it's a proven fact that people own the original batteries from the 1920's and those batteries still work. So you are wrong, there is a ROI, because once you got your system paid for, you always have free power. Thomas Edison said the NiFi batteries will last 100 years, and he has already been pretty much proven right as there are batteries almost that old that still work fine.

    Just put your solar power off the grid, you can either go fully off grid or just have your solar off grid and on it's own wiring. An example would be to take just your refrigerator and lights off grid and on their own circuit.

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    I disagree, I have saw evidence the power companies always find a way to steal back whatever money you would of saved. There is a return on your own system if you do it right. There are solar panels that have 25 to 30 year warranty, and they should still produce power even after that. If you use Edison type batteries they will last decades, and when they go bad you can just refresh them. Once you have them paid for you no longer are paying for power anymore, and when everyone's power goes out, yours will still work. There are in fact people that collect the original Edison batteries, and believe it or not some of them still work even today. The problem is people take the cheap battery way out and those batteries don't last. Buy good batteries and cry once. There is a company that offers...

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    I disagree, I have saw evidence the power companies always find a way to steal back whatever money you would of saved. There is a return on your own system if you do it right. There are solar panels that have 25 to 30 year warranty, and they should still produce power even after that. If you use Edison type batteries they will last decades, and when they go bad you can just refresh them. Once you have them paid for you no longer are paying for power anymore, and when everyone's power goes out, yours will still work. There are in fact people that collect the original Edison batteries, and believe it or not some of them still work even today. The problem is people take the cheap battery way out and those batteries don't last. Buy good batteries and cry once. There is a company that offers the Edison type batteries for sale brand new, and that is the route I would suggest going. Buy good solar panels and Edison type batteries, and cry once. The only thing you will probably have to replace is he battery acid and maybe your inverter somewhere down the line. https://ironedison.com/nickel-iron-ni-fe-batteryRead up on these batteries.

    I disagree, I have saw evidence the power companies always find a way to steal back whatever money you would of saved. There is a return on your own system if you do it right. There are solar panels that have 25 to 30 year warranty, and they should still produce power even after that. If you use Edison type batteries they will last decades, and when they go bad you can just refresh them. Once you have them paid for you no longer are paying for power anymore, and when everyone's power goes out, yours will still work. There are in fact people that collect the original Edison batteries, and believe it or not some of them still work even today. The problem is people take the cheap battery way out and those batteries don't last. Buy good batteries and cry once. There is a company that offers...

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    I disagree, I have saw evidence the power companies always find a way to steal back whatever money you would of saved. There is a return on your own system if you do it right. There are solar panels that have 25 to 30 year warranty, and they should still produce power even after that. If you use Edison type batteries they will last decades, and when they go bad you can just refresh them. Once you have them paid for you no longer are paying for power anymore, and when everyone's power goes out, yours will still work. There are in fact people that collect the original Edison batteries, and believe it or not some of them still work even today. The problem is people take the cheap battery way out and those batteries don't last. Buy good batteries and cry once. There is a company that offers the Edison type batteries for sale brand new, and that is the route I would suggest going. Buy good solar panels and Edison type batteries, and cry once. The only thing you will probably have to replace is he battery acid and maybe your inverter somewhere down the line. https://ironedison.com/nickel-iron-ni-fe-batteryRead up on these batteries.

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