Use of Asphalt Shingle Roof Rainwater in a Food Garden?

I’m looking for information regarding the use of rainwater collected from an asphalt shingle roof to be used in watering a food garden. I’ve searched the old posts and I’ve read in several places that it is not a good idea to use water from an asphalt roof for a food garden, but I’ve never been able to find any specific references to any published studies regarding this. Does anyone have any references to studies […]

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Affordable Energy with Windmills

In my research on windmills, I found that in most cases, they would not be economical to build for electricity supply depending on use. For example, to produce electricity for home use and or putting it in a grid, the cost of the equipment is more then the power produced. You add the cost of the tower, generator, a number of storage batteries, and converter equipment to make it compatible for electronic equipment or to […]

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Drain Heat Recovery System

This looks in principle to be a good idea. It often occurred to me that a whole lot of heat was going straight down the drain after bathing or during showering. The construction of this device looks so simple – it would be easy to make one cheaply using 2″ copper pipe and a coil of flexible copper tubing. For best heat conductivity it would be a good idea to solder the spiral tube to […]

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Cement Floors in living area’s?

Well i guess its now the “Green” thing to do and pretty trendy but we have had a cement floor in our house for years. Years ago we had a hot water heater blow out and our floors where ruined and we had to rip them all out, so in our kitchen and living room we have cement floor, the living room is covered with a carpet, but had no pad under it and the […]

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Dwindling water supply

I have a question i hope someone will be able to answer for me. i have well water at my home and for the past 3 months my water has been going off for as long as 30 minutes at a time. eventually it does come back on. but when it does you can hear the water gurgling through the hot water heater and the water pipes. i have no idea what the problem is. […]

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Advice on tankless water heater

I called a plumbing company in town to get a price on a tankless hot water heater and i was a bit shocked. They said 2,500. That was a bit more then i planned but he explained they had to install it on an outside wall to vent it outside and then run the gas and water pipes. well all that work the price makes sense but i don’t understand the hot water heater in […]

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Air conditioning issues

Maybe someone can shed some light on an air condition problem. My son bought a house with an older unit, (orig) He called out someone who said the unit is leaking oil. Does anyone know what would leak oil besides the Motor? and the bearings are bad. hm, again sounds like the Motor. He does have a policy that went with the house, for repairs, but so far they seem to wiggle out of paying. […]

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