Best floor covering for keeping thermal mass
We're pretty happy with our brushed finish but if I had the money I'd have gone for the Diamond Dave finish - mirror smooth, like a giant bench-top, although that does…
How to reduce the maintenance of tank filters ?
Whoever designed the early leaf diverters that had a coarse outer mesh and a mosquito proof inner mesh must have been having a real bad day! You can convert the old…
A gutter's flow rate depends a lot on slope and preferably not having internal gutter clips, the link below will assist. https://www.acegutters.com.au/technical ... -flow-rate
Plumbing consultant / Hydraulic engineer recommendation
For cold water, just normal branch distribution. For hot, I decided to go down ring main path as it seems more cost effective. I will however put in a water recirculator…
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation
Thanks for all the feedback everyone. In defence of our architect, he really met the design and layout requests of our brief. The garage really doesn't work positioned on…
Water tanks for the technically challenged
Do you remember the issue you had with the low flow out of the garden hose yet there was good pressure at the tap? It was all about friction losses through the 12mm hose.
Need advice on our rainwater collection and storage system.
Yes but a leaf diverter has to be fitted. NOTE: This isn't a regulatory requirement in many areas but it should be. Having an additional low restriction inlet valve…
Heat Pump hot Water v's Solar Hot Water System
We had a Sanden for 7 years at previous house, and have moved and are planning to get another one. It draws 1000W for 2-3 hours for 2 people (one of who has long showers)…
Solar Panels Instead Roof Tiles - Experiences?
My upgraded Wisdom Home package I opted for the $7950 1.5kw Bristile (33x 45w)solar tile package with Fronius inverter. I added 4 extra solar tiles to make it 1.665kw.…
Advice on replacing rainwater harvesting system
A wise move, 100mm DWV has about 46% more volume and less friction loss than the 90mm (86.2mm ID) pvc stormwater pipe. Using 100mm DWV also allows you to install a…
Cyclone watch and other meteorological interests.
The current wind map shows the South Polar jet stream stretching over the Australian southern coast, bringing cold air and strong winds with it. The Americans refer to…
CSIRO recruiting citizen scientists to map energy use
"Power to the people" John Lenon The CSIRO Are doing an incredible job Here is another great app download it and share your data with others...hth
Tackling inefficiency & Urban Heat Island Effect
The outer Western Sydney suburb of Penrith registered 47.3C on January 7 but a news team found 48C outside a school in another suburb. Why do so many people spec black…