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    Re: Grid tied system

    Is this because of the losses through the inverter?
    I'm looking at doing something similar but was told my power consumption would increase by up to 30% due to inefficiencies in the inverter and...
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    Re: fish farm back up

    I'll definitely get professional advice, Ive asked 2 highly rated companies, and asked them to come and have a look, but haven't heard back. I'm going to see a bunch in Centurion on Monday, will see...
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    fish farm back up

    I need a back up system for my fish farm,
    I can put in a generator, but a 12 or 20Kva from a good supplier is about R95 000, then add running costs. At 4am when nothing is being used except for the...
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    Re: ISP in constantia

    Thanks guys, she went with Mweb, who luckily lost her details so didn't pitch to install!
    A friend put her in touch with Wibernet who seem to be on the ball so far!
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    ISP in constantia

    Hi Guys
    My mother has bought a little house in Nova Constantia and I need to get her connected to the internet.
    The house has a fiber connection through Telkom / openserve, but I have no idea which...
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    Re: small scale nuclear

    So do these things have no radioactive waste that needs to be stored for decades?

    I was worried that a terrorist would get hold of it and dump the radioactive bits into a river or something, I...
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    Re: small scale nuclear

    I think these would be ideal for places like Zim that are desperate for power, wont have the massive job losses from loosing coal mining, and need to get power to remote communities.

    I saw...
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    small scale nuclear

    I came across this today https://usnc.com/MMR.html

    It sounds like a fantastic idea, maybe powering a suburb or large factory, but surely the nuclear regulators would have a fit at Harry Average...
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    Re: Best diesel prices - fourways/randburg area

    Download the pitstop app, but check before you fill up as the prices aren't always up to date
  10. Re: Land Rover Defender vs Ford Everest - Let's open a can of worms

    For me its a choice between comfort and getting there quickly in the ford, but worrying about scratches, or taking your time in a landy that your passionate about. If you have the landy passion go...
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    Re: Build a "Donkey" water heater ?

    Ive got one of these, http://water-heaters.co.za/

    they are pretty cheap and nicely made, although the steel could be thicker, I think its about 3mm
    It becomes a lot cheaper when you dont have to...
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    Re: Constantia / Tokai Handyman

    Thanks guys

    Jotto please PM me your details and I'll pass everything on
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    Constantia / Tokai Handyman

    Hi all

    My mother has bought a house in the cape and is looking for a good handyman type to do some alterations. Nothing huge, job is to remove drywall between 2 bedrooms, and brick up a window,...
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    lathe in midrand / centurion

    Hi guys

    I need to shave about 1/2 a mm out of a bunch of PVC flanges in a hurry.
    Does anyone close by have a lathe that could do it for / with me? Or please recommend an engineering shop that...
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    Re: Weighbridge

    Look for a place near you that does truck roadworthy tests - I know there is one in clayville - midrand, but that may be a bit far for you.
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    Re: Second Hand Nissan Patrol

    Take it to a patrol specialist to get it checked out, and if it passes buy it. Its cheap for the age and mileage, and a fantastic car that will take you anywhere for many years to come.
  17. Re: Zimbabwe, and should we prepare for an even bigger influx?

    https://www.voazimbabwe.com/a/todd-moss-says-zimbabwe-situaiton-is-still-bad/4690060.html

    This is an interesting clip on Zim, starts about 1;20 in. Explaining why things are where they are.
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    Re: remote staff housing power

    Reopening an old thread

    One of my guys has bought himself an 80 watt panel, and a deep cycle battery and is sending it back to Malawi at the end of the month. he wants to run a couple of lights -...
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    Poll: Re: Household baseload power requirements poll

    Fantastic, thanks. I'm heating about 180m3 of water, in an insulated tunnel, I'm hoping to change the staff cooking and geyser to biogas too which will drop the eskom bill a lot.

    Would adding...
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    Poll: Re: Household baseload power requirements poll

    Rough figures so far,
    feces should be around 70Kg / day, and guts etc should be about the same or slightly higher. I know of other fish farms using buried digesters to provide all their winter...
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    Poll: Re: Household baseload power requirements poll

    in the middle of licensing a catfish project, If I have to use ring blowers for the filters my figures may double, hoping they don't.
    If I have to use a 5kw heat pump occasionally does this factor...
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    Re: Alternative baseload power

    Has anyone with bigger properties / estates looked at dry digestion of wood? Apparently the Swedish are very good at it, sounds like a good way to get rid of unwanted woody biomass.

    There are...
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    Poll: Re: Household baseload power requirements poll

    My house is averaging 3.78Kw, and the fish coming through the same supply will be a minimum of 4.9kw so Im going to running at just under 9kw/ hr.
    Ive ordered an Efergy monitor to figure out peak...
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    Re: Alternative baseload power

    if all goes well I'll be using 120kwh per day for the fish, excluding the house and staff and excluding heat pumps which are for emergency use only. A battery bank to keep this going through the...
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    Re: Alternative baseload power

    Another thing I thought of would be to somehow use eskom as a 3rd option - for peak loads etc. I think it would be quite an expensive exercise.
    I have about 4 dry tonnes of shavings I'm throwing...
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    Alternative baseload power

    Hi guys,
    With eskom behaving badly, and the general cost of electricity Ive been looking at alternative ways to produce power.(I need something that can supply at least 5 kw constantly, and power...
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    Re: Breadcrumb trail on a phone

    Waze keeps track of the speed limits and gives a warning if you go over the limit, also warns about obstructions, etc. might be what your looking for
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    Re: Help - 24V, 12V, Solar

    Ok, so this week is the test to see if our truck is sorted.

    We have the cabin on 12 v with 2 batteries, charged by 2 x 100 w panels on the roof, which I'm terrified will blow away on the highway....
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    Re: Zimbabwe Election

    Things looking very tense in Zim now, Hope it doesnt get to full blown fighting on the streets.
    Seems like Chamisa is stirring as much as possible, Im not sure how free and fair the elections were,...
  30. Re: Is this a good buy : Nissan Patrol GL 3.0TD 2015 Manual

    I love my 3.0 patrol, its big enough that you can go anywhere, and scare taxies when you really need to. I feel safe when my wife drives it, (probably perception based on its size) and I'm getting...
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    Re: Exit Terrano right, enter Patrol 3.0D GL left

    Thanks Malcolm

    Thats exactly what I was looking for. I'm not interested in going fast, I doubt Ive done more than 130 in my troll, but would like to be able to maintain a reasonable speed towing a...
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    Re: Exit Terrano right, enter Patrol 3.0D GL left

    The high EGT's are what scares me, and why I'm mainly looking at a bigger exhaust. I dont want to add more fuel - the consumption is just under 14L / 100 km so thats a big enough fuel bill.
    I think...
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    Re: Exit Terrano right, enter Patrol 3.0D GL left

    Hi Malcolm

    Did you fit the chip to your patrol? If so how is it going? I'm thinking of putting a larger exhaust, but a bit worried about the chip - I'd like a bit more power when towing,...
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    Re: Gutter clamps for roof rack

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpDQczjfFcI
    This looks like something you could make up pretty quickly. The ones Ive seen from the pros are seriously expensive. I think these will need some padding...
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    Re: Help - 24V, 12V, Solar

    A client of ours has just bought a horsebox.
    It has a 105 ah deep cycle battery charging off one of the main batteries, through a T Max dual battery charger with a solenoid.
    One of these...
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