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Ron Huber

Ron Huber

Joined on March 29, 2005

Last Post on July 21, 2009

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God Bless

@ July 21, 2009 4:29 PM in Mothers (Dan H.)

To your mother and all our mothers, they will live on in our memories and in our hearts. Sorry for your loss Dan.

Energy Source on the move

@ July 8, 2009 8:13 PM in Energy Source on the move

Time for a change. My son, Nathan, is headed to San Fransisco (heads up Alan Forbes) and I am headed for Montana (Livingston)and will be working out of Bozeman with an established P&H company heading into the alternative energy field. All things must pass, and everything has fallen into place for me to make my move, one daughter in Colorado, one in Oregon, and one in Montana. One more kid left in NH and maybe he and his wife will move out west if we can talk them into it. Feel like a Pioneer! www.energysource-radiant.com

same problem

@ June 3, 2009 5:30 PM in Buderus won't run on generator

With a few Triangle Tube Prestige boilers, had to adjust the speed of the back up generators to fix the problem.

Navien & solar

@ May 21, 2009 10:29 PM in Trying to Choose a Tankless Heater Brand

Can the Navien take the preheated solar water without a mixing valve?

Honest bucks

@ May 17, 2009 5:07 PM in Starter Castles almost fini

No, these guys made their money the old fashion way, software and insurance company owners. Although one of them had scheduled an indoor pool building, but has decided to wait for the economy to come back, hope we get the trickle down effect

Commercial

@ May 16, 2009 5:58 PM in Solar Sales

Commercial projects seem to look more promising right now, a brewery and restaurant, and a large bed & breakfast on the line, residential is pretty slow, I think some people are waiting to see if they still have a job in the next few months or so.

Starter Castles almost fini

@ May 16, 2009 3:21 PM in Starter Castles almost fini

Pics of the two jobs that we are almost finished, one is pretty much done (except for landscaping) the other one is a few weeks away for us being finished, one has taken two years, the other just about two years by the time it is done. We were able to sneak in a solar DHW with Viessmann evacuated tubes in one, the other a Water to Water heat pump for about half of the heating and all of the AC.

Solar Sales

@ May 15, 2009 6:27 PM in Solar Sales

How Have the interest in solar jobs looked for everyone in the last month or so? How many have actually committed?

Pro

@ May 12, 2009 9:44 PM in Islandwood Solar Fini- PGP

Nice professional looking job Paul,Who makes the solar tank and what price range is it in. Does it fit through a standard door?

NH

@ May 4, 2009 3:12 PM in Solar Project

Located in Gilford NH, overlooking part of Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains, you can see Mt Washington on a clearer day.

Spinning it backwards

@ May 3, 2009 10:06 PM in Solar Project

Thanks Tony, it's been 15 years since the last PV system, the request for it keeps coming in and it adds one more thing to offer customers, even though the electrician has to do all the wiring. With state rebate,federal credit, and in some areas of NH one of the electric utilities gives a rebate, it actually does have a decent payback.

Solar Project

@ May 3, 2009 9:55 AM in Solar Project

First phase of a solar project we just started. Grid connected 5KW pv system, remainder of system will be Solar hot water, solar pool heating with unglazed panels, then converting house over to radiant heat with a condensing boiler, and geothermal for house heating and pool heating (separate wells and systems) The only system we probably will not get too involved with is the wind turbine, not interested in working in high altitudes unless I am in the Rockies.

Thermomax

@ April 27, 2009 5:14 PM in Solar Evac Tube question

Metal to glass

Failures

@ April 25, 2009 4:26 PM in Solar Evac Tube question

Here are some pics of tube systems I did around 94 or 95, both failed within a year and a half after the 5 year warranty, at the time that was the best warranty you could get for tubes, these were Thermomax. The other pic is of my system 3 days after a snow storm, no snow on the roof,but panels still have snow. This is something that nobody factors into the performance calcs. The German study did factor this in an actual side by side performance, send me your email and I will forward this report to you. [email protected] I hope that we can all learn here, I cannot remember when I first started "lurking" on the wall, but it is a great place to share info.

Fail

@ April 25, 2009 4:02 PM in Solar Evac Tube question

If you do not know how they can fail, than you haven't been installing them for very long. You are arguing here with guys who have been around the block a few times,the attachments are of a 120 tube system I did around 94 or 95, the 30 tube around the same time, they had a 5 year warranty then, best tube on the market then, they both failed within a year and a half out of warranty. Flat plates I installed as a rookie in 1977 are still on roofs. Again, both have their place in the mix, but you have been brain washed by your manufacturer, the tubes are not the "new" "advanced" technology that you seem to believe they are. Take a look at the tubes on my house, 215 year old house with marginal roof insulation. The snow has melted off the roof before it has melted of the panels, days after the snow storm, you have to add that to your calculations. Send me your email address and I will send you the study in Germany on the side by side comparison of plates and tubes, some of the factors in their calculations included the result of frost and snow on evacuated tubes.

North

@ April 25, 2009 6:59 AM in Solar Evac Tube question

Have been installing flat plates for 32 years, here in Central New Hampshire at the foothills of the White Mountains, I think they work just fine here. Save $500 a year for 12 years, comes to $6,000. I think your calculator belongs with your rep for the tubes.

Its' Friday Folks

@ April 24, 2009 5:01 PM in Solar Evac Tube question

Time for me to vent. This Dogstar solar outfit sounds like they just got in the business. They make unfounded claims and obviously listen to their reps B.S., solar works with both tubes and plates, apples to apples quality will give the plates the advantage in price and durability, performance per sq. ft. may lean towards tubes, but with more sq. ft. at less price point,plates win out, the only time we use tubes is when the site is off from south enough to warrant them (rotating them in the rack either way to compensate) or the customer just likes the looks of the tube system. I have tubes on my own house, wife liked the look better and would not let me do plates on the front of the house, she's the boss.

OK

@ April 16, 2009 5:35 PM in Faces with posts.

Wasn't gonna do it, but here is me 32 years ago, two years after the army and still would not get a haircut.

brewery

@ April 13, 2009 4:02 PM in New Job Pics

I am estimating for a brewery system right now, a small brew pub that also has a large restaurant. When you get a chance could you give me some info on the brewery, how big and how much the solar is expected to supplement. Also, who is your distributor for Heliodyne in your area? My eastern U.S. sales rep for Gro Solar (Heliodyne distributor)lives in Bozeman, go figure.

Panels

@ April 12, 2009 7:17 PM in New Job Pics

How do you like the Apricus vs. the Heliodynes? Our land is 8 miles east of downtown Livingston,leaving Livingston on I-90,it is at the base of Sheep Mountain,the cliffs on the North side of I-90. Passed through Red Lodge on the way to the Beartooth Pass and Yellowstone about 5 years ago. I am looking forward to getting out there,I have to wait until I can leave my son the business here and find enough work out there until I retire, probably try to find a sales job in the HVAC/Solar business.

What Brand

@ April 12, 2009 12:45 PM in New Job Pics

What brand of solar panels do you get out there? And where in Mt. is the install? Live in NH now but will be relocating to Livingston.

Paranoia

@ March 30, 2009 7:38 PM in Solar heat dump question

Paranoia, is the only way I can explain this overheat issue that everyone is having over a damn solar hot water system!!! Do you live in the Mohavi desert? If not, if you have a properly sized SDHW system and do not put extra square footage to try to space heat a little (dumb idea at best)than do not worry about "dumping heat". If you have evacuated tubes that cannot take stagnation, than you bought an inferior product to begin with. These JUNK tubes are a marketers dream. "New technology that works better in cold and cloudy climates" is nothing but B.S., look at the facts of BTu's delivered per panel. Typical evac system with 25 to 30 tubes is outperformed by typical 60 sq. ft. (2: 4x8 panels) of flat plates. Slick marketing and taking advantage of uninformed consumers really gets me going. AARRGGGHH!
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