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Posted by Morris Dovey on February 14, 2013, 4:29 pm
On 2/14/13 9:36 AM, Ecnerwal wrote:

You shoulda seen my expression when I flash vaporized one of the thin  
aluminum fins on the first piece of tubing!

The second try melted the end off a copper tube.

Then there was a whole sequence of tries with the tubing so hot that the  
solder just ran off without wicking into the joint...

I wish I had a video - it'd be a hoot. A kid in his mid-20's with no  
experience and no guidance. I did the reasonable thing, I went to the  
hardware store and for suggestions - then finished the job with a  
propane torch.

Well, it seems funny /now/.  :-D

Morris Dovey

Posted by amdx on February 6, 2013, 12:53 pm
On 2/5/2013 11:42 AM, j wrote:

  Still OT.
   If you can tell your sewer line story I can tell mine.

My drains were running slow, I tried drain cleaners, snaking from
in the house, nothing helped. I needed to bite the bullet, and spend a
weekend digging up the yard and installing a clean out so I could snake
the run to the road.
  I got a 3 ft piece of 1/4" rod and poked the ground to locate and mark
where the sewer line ran. I started digging early Saturday morning, on
my third shovel I hit the pipe, on the fourth I saw a brass clean out plug.


There is a clean out I didn't now about, and I hit it in 4 shovels. I
removed the plug (destroying it), went and rented the power snake
and bought a new plug. By noon I was done. If I had started digging a
foot closer to the road I would have missed the clean out and spent the
weekend digging.
  The clean out is well marked, now.

Posted by j on February 6, 2013, 11:50 pm
 On 2/6/2013 7:53 AM, amdx wrote:


I like your luck better than mine!


Posted by Morris Dovey on February 16, 2013, 7:54 pm
 On 2/16/13 12:27 PM, Bob F wrote:


Thank you for your kind words - you're very welcome!

It would have been nice to have been able to produce a "silver bullet"  
that'd work for everyone, and I'm certain that what I've managed to do  
can be improved upon - but it's a start. I'm hoping that over the next  
century architects, builders, and landscapers will transition to more  
energy-efficient standards.

I'm not really all that generous. Think of it as payback to all those  
who've gone before to lay the foundations I built on and to all those  
who have been patient and helpful. Without them there'd be nothing to  
share. :-)

Morris Dovey

Posted by djh on May 22, 2013, 2:29 am
 Morris, I really thank you on this. I have been thinking about building one  
of these since the 70's   Have not had the opportunity to yet, but am always  
trying to learn more and more.
Wow.. on your presentation...  Much interesting information in one place,,,  
and available for all to review and learn from.
Thanks...     what alt.energy.homepower is all about

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