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by Martin
Tue May 13, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: fridge off grid.
Replies: 37
Views: 7220

well.........at around £600 for a fridge, and a need of probably £5k worth of solar equipment to drive it, you pays yer money, and makes yer choice........ :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: These are made by Texans, for Texans, where "small" is obscenely huge - they're designed for a Texan climates, a...
by Martin
Tue May 13, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Mandatory jabs!
Replies: 93
Views: 13451

Homoeopathic vaccinations? - they exist, I have heard they work........... :wink: If it's of any help, if you're already adult, and if you're in doubt..........I've NEVER been vaccinated for anything except tetanus, and I'm still here - personally, I'd leave them out if you have any doubt at all, or...
by Martin
Tue May 13, 2008 9:26 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: fridge off grid.
Replies: 37
Views: 7220

wouldn't make lot of difference - a good inverter is going to be around 90% efficient. If designed and built from day one as 12v it would make more sense (in other words, start with one designed for a caravan) :wink:
by Martin
Tue May 13, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: fridge off grid.
Replies: 37
Views: 7220

IF it's that efficient, you'd need something like a 150w pv panel, plus suitable batteries, controllers and inverter to run year-round - circa £1,000 - 1,200 all-in! :wink:
by Martin
Tue May 13, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Mandatory jabs!
Replies: 93
Views: 13451

anyone who agrees with compulsion is agreeing to a totalitarian state, which generations of our forefathers fought world wars to avoid! :roll: The thought that "government knows best" is frankly petrifying - on present evidence government couldn't organise the proverbial "p*ss up in a brewery", and ...
by Martin
Tue May 13, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: fridge off grid.
Replies: 37
Views: 7220

CC - couldn't agree more! Always go for low tech in preference, and use electricity only where nothing else will do the job (tvs, computers etc).
Definitely avoid trying to run energy guzzlers like refrigeration, cooking and heating by electricity :wink:
by Martin
Mon May 12, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: fridge off grid.
Replies: 37
Views: 7220

You could run a fan directly off a pv panel, but I doubt it's going to do a lot of good unless you've got a whopper (expense! :? ) Generally, refrigeration/freezer units use ginormous gobbets of power - my usual advice is avoid using solar pvs , you need such enormous panels/battery that it just isn...
by Martin
Mon May 12, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Improvised shed?
Replies: 8
Views: 2036

you can probably find a window in a skip, or at a boot sale, and for roofing, nick the boating idea of "boot topping" - make a wooden roof of some sort - paint thickly with gloss paint, then when it's still wet , whack on a canvas cover (chunk of old tent will do fine) - it should stick quite well t...
by Martin
Mon May 12, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Was that just me?
Replies: 58
Views: 5416

and looking good in Konqueror too! :mrgreen:
by Martin
Mon May 12, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: fridge off grid.
Replies: 37
Views: 7220

good point! I certainly wouldn't be happy with a gas 'fridge indoors unless there was a proper "exhaust" to the outside (as there is in caravan ones) My experience of gas fridges is in caravan use, and they do exhaust straight outside, but I still take the precaution of having a carbon monoxide dete...
by Martin
Mon May 12, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Was that just me?
Replies: 58
Views: 5416

do some people still use IE? - how quaint and retro! :mrgreen:
by Martin
Mon May 12, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Was that just me?
Replies: 58
Views: 5416

positively hurtling down - somehow suspect that blessed "statcounter" thing got ditched....... :cheers:
by Martin
Mon May 12, 2008 5:21 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: fridge off grid.
Replies: 37
Views: 7220

...............simple answer "no" :wink: Knew I'd gone through this before - here's a cut and paste from an earlier thread "I'd suggest going at it from several directions..........firstly question the whole wisdom of having a fridge/freezer at all! It wasn't so long ago that noone had them, and did...
by Martin
Mon May 12, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Site gallery
Replies: 17
Views: 20238

Many of the "photo dump" sites were "Come ons" to commercial printers (some still are), some try to flog you "deluxe accounts with bags more storage",some serve you adverts, and some are part of "we're taking over the internet, so anything of yours is ours" like Google........ :roll: For the big pla...
by Martin
Mon May 12, 2008 11:20 am
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: Contentious topic suggestion
Replies: 12
Views: 5308

Ho hum, I'll go for the unpopular vote! :mrgreen: Can't see the point! - I come here to chat about things at least vaguely "selfsufficientish" and things that apertain to it - we seem for the most part to self-censor because there may be kids about, and am delighted to note that even religion can re...