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March 1, 2018

Heat Exchanger:

I went with a PEX heat exchanger.  One coil, 300 feet long, one-inch nominal size.  I liked the idea of having a large volume inside the tube.  However, it did have a nasty plastic smell for the first three weeks of use.  I’m not convinced it is any bett...

February 2, 2018

Inside the tank I lined the walls with Polyiso foam insulation board.  I had extra board left over from the house build in the crawlspace.  Actually, just enough insulation to finish the tank, which was lucky.  There are two layers, each two inches thick, for a total R...

January 13, 2018

This is part two of a series of post about my solar hot water system. Make sure to follow along!

I built my house in 2012 (five years ago as of this writing).  It is a small, super insulated home.  The first few months we lived in the home we had only an electric water...

January 10, 2018

This is part one of a series of post about my solar hot water system. Make sure to follow along!

I built a large water tank in my crawlspace under my home.  This is a wood-framed and insulated tank connected to a solar system for heating water.

The crawlspace under my ho...

September 28, 2017

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Intro:

Framing up this 1200 square foot garage started out pretty easy.  We (family/friends) built and stood up all four walls in just one day.  Nice!  I was feeling like we would be driving into the garage by next w...

September 19, 2017

How great would it be to work in a garage in the middle of winter, and for it to be warm? Pretty great, right?  That’s what I wanted, and achieved.  In this post I’ll discuss the details that went into making my garage floor (trust me it’s interesting).  This post is a...

September 14, 2017

Hello everyone, I’m David.  My wife, Alaina and I live in a small, super-efficient home in Massachusetts with our new daughter, Eleanor.  Five years ago, during 2012 we bought this land with a crumbling cottage on it; we demolished the old building, and built a new one...

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