Some time ago, I wrote on here that I was planning to make my own solar water heater. Due to various other commitments, that didn’t happen, but now I’m back with a vengeance and I’ll be starting construction of it this spring/summer – hopefully with enough of the summer left to actually benefit from it.
From my point of view, there’s been a fair bit of good news since I first wrote about making the solar water heater. The first is with regard to my planned location for the heater. This was to be on the roof of the porch in front of my house. This used to be a flat roof, which would have required a framework to support it at the right angle. However, I have since replaced it with a pitched roof, and incorporated fixing brackets especially to take the solar collector.
The next piece of good news [Read more…]
I can’t believe that it’s about 18 months since I last posted on this blog. Since then, it’s been running on autopilot, bringing in articles on RSS feeds.
Since I last posted, I’ve changed my job and my routine has been totally disrupted and I got out of the habit of posting on my blogs. My DIY projects have all been put on hold, too, for various reasons.
Before I left my old job, one of the directors gave me some old secondary double-glazing panels. These are just perfect for glazing my proposed solar water heater. I was given 4 or 5 of these glass panels and they measure about 4 feet by 4 feet. I’m pretty sure that I’ll only need two of them, so I am considering double-glazing the solar collectors to retain more of the heat.
The best part is that the panels are about [Read more…]
In the UK, we’ve just had the wettest June on record, and July isn’t looking much better at the moment. Not only does it mean that we haven’t been able to enjoy our summer so far, many of us haven’t had much opportunity to look after our gardens.
Worst of all, with the rain come the slugs and snails, and in my garden, there seem to be simply thousands of them. Usually, I end up giving my garden a liberal sprinkling of those blue pellets. They seem to be effective, but with so much rain, their effectiveness has a very limited life – I have to reapply the pellets much more often to keep things under control.
This year, I’ve had my entire crop of lettuces and most of my peas and beans destroyed by these pests. I simply wasn’t able to keep on top of the problem [Read more…]
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