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    Re: Blended Solution

    Agree. And as the credit card advertisement says, avoiding the aggravation is priceless, for the rest there's Mastercard.
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    Re: Blended Solution

    We have a 5.2Kw inverter and two 5.4kw batteries. The system can be set to different work modes:

    self use - where all solar energy is used up until you reach a preset minimum which will only be...
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    Re: Solar : lets play a game

    664256 I'm in southern suburbs Cape town. Very happy with the yield for this time of year. Washing machine, dishwasher and pool going full bore today.Daily average around 10.10kWh.
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    Re: Wind turbine questions

    I am completely clueless in this but am interested in exploring the options.

    My house sits on the side of a hill and have a constant breeze/wind. It is also in an extremely ot and humid area if...
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    Re: Are people really paying this much??

    Correct, if SARS deems that you are trading for profit. The odd couple of trades do not make it onto the radar. Watch Gumtree and you'll see there are people who have been trading privately for...
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    Re: Which type of inverter should I buy ?

    We ordered end 2019, delayed due to lockdown, installed May 2020. R220K installed. If it's a business, 100% wear & tear allowance. Couldn't get installers to quote as they had too much business, but...
  7. Tax breaks on solar installations for businesses

    https://mybroadband.co.za/news/energy/316745-tax-breaks-for-south-africans-who-install-solar-power-systems.html
  8. Re: My sincerest apologies, yet another Loadshedding Solution thread.

    Generally agree with this. I would also reconsider the 700w draw. The fridge and TV do not need to be on during blackout. In any event, when using the TV you won't be on the CPAP. Also, For R10k you...
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    Re: Stanley - my new addiction

    Super products. A while ago I ordered from Amazon both large and medium flasks at less than I could get just the large locally. Now I see Outdoor Wharehose keeps all the different mugs, water bottles...
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    Re: Tesla Powerwall 2 - Solar Installation

    Probably not the cheapest option, but quality product. My prosthodontist has it installed right in reception, looks very larnie and seems to suit any decor, no ugly wires or panels. He has all sorts...
  11. Thread: Mecer 2.4kVA

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    Re: Mecer 2.4kVA

    Agree. I would just add to replace light bulbs with LED wherever possible. A 5w LED is way better than an 11w CFL. We have 12 x 5w LED downlights in the kitchen = 60w usage but very bright. A 7w...
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    Re: 4x4-ing and the well matured

    That tip to use a tube under a heavy wheel is a really good one. When it comes to hard to remove wheel nuts, I've found an extendible wheel brace a very good tool. Especially with the variety of...
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    Re: Kuga, Freelander or Forester?

    I had a similar problem recently, and was really keen on the Forester. The one I made a deal on suffered a minor prang before the owner was ready to part with it. While his insurance approved...
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    Re: Solar systems at cost.

    Yep. I have the DIY nous and the tools. But man, the muscle just ain't there:). Luckily I did ours some time ago, paid for the whole deal, and got something that works. I'll probably never see 'real'...
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    Re: Toyota Dealers

    This is the story of the motor trade in boom time. I recall years ago when there were also more customers than cars, the salespeople would just look at you when you walked into the showroom then...
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    Re: Vehicle crash on Sani Pass switch backs

    I forgot about chains. But generally the average traveller is not geared up for severe icy/snow conditions, so even the right equipment can be ineffective without training or experience. We practice...
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    Re: Garage door and UPS?

    We have an ET system with a 24v battery. it lasts beyond a few uses, so perhaps the battery is not holding the charge, or the discharge/blackout cycles are too frequent to charge the battery. I would...
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    Re: Vehicle crash on Sani Pass switch backs

    I suppose the type of tyres also makes a difference. In the northern hemisphere people change tyres (even calling them tires!!) during snow/icy conditions. Make sense to me.
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    Re: Buyer won't collect vehicle after payment.

    This appears to be the most reasonable first step. If the money was paid into your bank account, you cou could advise you will reverse the transaction within 7 days if the vehicle is not collected...
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    Re: Kitting out a 4x4

    Thanks, this is very helpful for us, having an X-trail and wanting to do similar easy off-road stuff, but preferably glamping (old bones etc).
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    Re: I Test drove one this weekend

    I know someone in Mosselbay drives to George few times a week, had the Mahindra DC more than 5 years, no issues with vehicle or service. He's a car guy with classics and other vehicles and was quite...
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    Re: Lessons learnt for load shedding / inverter

    "Mercedes W123 300D, runs on Mother Natures Goodness.
    Powered by the Sun, the Rain and the Earth.
    Have now covered 270 000Km on veg oil."

    That's the piece in your profile I found especially...
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    Re: I do not support load shedding at home

    Gosh, are you running a hostel? :) At that rate, you might as well move the setup into the house and sleep in the garage, or build a hangar for the batteries. With all those panels, you won't be able...
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    Re: Baviaanskloof in an X-trail

    Thank you everyone who responded. Generally confirmed my thinking and advice I received from farmers I've visited in Baviaans before. I also spoke to the lady who runs the B&B in Die Hel, same story...
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    Re: Used solar hardware

    There was a DanieK looking for kit.
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    Re: GOOD Jumper Cables - Where to get??

    Battery Centre makes up heavy duty jumper cables with nice strong clamps. Not cheap but worth it.
  27. Re: What is the best lightweight offroad camping trailer and why?

    Am I understanding this correctly? An EB licence allows towing a trailer, braked or unbraked, in excess of 750 GVM? What is the upper limit?
    Thanks.
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    Re: Looking for a "tall" bike

    I was about to suggest the same. Also the obvious choice - GS1200, best selling commuter for good reasons, no worrying about mucked up chain.
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    Re: Campsite Theft

    I don't think one can exculpate or excuse the guy who squats on a site he knows very well he has not booked. And his friend should share the shame. The behaviour is sneaky to say the least,...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    The difference in complexity is probably one of the most fundamental reasons for the massive shift in focus to EV, and a massive disruptor of the automotive industry. Huge markets and developments in...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    A fascinating comparison, thank you. Horses for course, but works for those willing to make some lifestyle adjustments. Our early investment in solar grid-tied system, no commuting, no rush, maybe...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Sooner or later the hearses we travel in may well be hybrids, EV or ICE :). Seriously, though, while the topic appears to generate heat under some collars, it is of considerable environmental...
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    Re: Asking for a friend on a new installation

    Reading many threads now I think we may have overpaid (R220k installed), and chose the supplier rather than the hardware brand. Anyway, after 2 years I'm quite happy with the grid-tied facility. This...
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    Re: Asking for a friend on a new installation

    We did not change fridges 10yr old, dishwasher 10 yr old, washing machine 7 yr old. Normal electric kettle, microwave. When the sun is pumping and batteries at 99%, we use everything. Replaced lights...
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    Re: Asking for a friend on a new installation

    This seems like very good advice. We have a similar (hybrid) setup, 14 bi-facial panels (7 east, 7 north), separate solar geyser. Oven, pool pump, 2 x 150lt geysers don't use batteries during LS.
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