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Posted by Keith Youngblood on August 4, 2004, 10:32 pm
Hello All,

I have recently found a solar hot water collector at a junk yard. I did
not measure the panel but it is about 4' x 8' x 6" in size (or larger).
The guy said I could have it for US$00. I know this is an aewsome price
but is there anything that could be horribly wrong with this panel?
Leaks? etc... I kinda figured the glass might be worth the $00. Is this

I did not find a brand name or any additional information. I looked
closely at the glass and saw it looked like it had vertical grooves and
reminded me of how bathroom window glass looks (sorta).

Should I go get this panel and try to fix it up? Am I stupid not to? Do
I need to find out more about it?

Any suggestions would be helpful here.

Thanks in advance.

Keith Youngblood

Posted by uguess on August 5, 2004, 3:10 am
On Wed, 04 Aug 2004 15:32:17 -0700, Keith Youngblood

Nawww.... I wouldn't touch it... now.. where is that junk yard?  :)

Posted by Keith Youngblood on August 5, 2004, 4:01 pm
 uguess@nowhere.net wrote:

Uh, oh! That's what I was afraid of... ;-)

Posted by DJ on August 5, 2004, 1:26 pm
For 100$... A new one is probably 4 or 5 hundred, easily. Now, can you
tell if it's a fluid fin unit, or a vacuum fin unit?
 With a fluid fin, glycol or water is circulated through a series of
pipes, either in a "ladder" formation or in a "serpentine" formation.
The worst thing that can happen to those is a leak, easily reparable,
 With a vacuum fin panel, there is only one header and off of that are
fins that are vacuum filled; and I'm not talking those glass ones,
either. From a distance, it looks just like the normal finned ones.
I'd never heard of them, either, until a guy offered me three of them
for 500$ (Canadian). Those, if the individual vacuums are broken, are
pretty much worthless.

For 100$, I'd go for it, for a few reasons; one, if it works, you're
ahead of the game financially. Two, once you try this, and start
getting "money from the sun", it'll grab you like a heroin habit ;-),
and you'll never stop, reducing your "carbon footprint". And lastly,
it both helps keep crap out of the landfill, and cuts down on
pollution by recycling instead of replacing.

Have fun with it!


Posted by Keith Youngblood on August 5, 2004, 4:04 pm
 DJ wrote:


I guess I need to find a big truck now... Oh boy!

I think I have already got the addiction... :-)


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