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  1. Is that an open loop tank? It looks like an...

    Is that an open loop tank? It looks like an american water heater co. open loop solar tank. If that is the case, the stickers on the tank mean nothing as the tanks come with the dip tubes taped to...
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    Every plumbing fixture must have a trap. You got...

    Every plumbing fixture must have a trap. You got screwed. Sorry. Write lots of bad reviews if they refuse to fix it.

    http://leakdetectionwinterhaven.com
  3. As others have already stated, running the panels...

    As others have already stated, running the panels in series with the tank will result in very poor solar fraction (probably 10% or less). You need to install a differential controller and circulation...
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    Actually, it not ABS it's usually polypropylene....

    Actually, it not ABS it's usually polypropylene. I'm not aware of a panel on the market that use can repair with a 3/8"ID cts pushfit fitting.

    To the OP: If leaks keep reoccurring, You are...
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    That system is known as a "drain down" system...

    That system is known as a "drain down" system procooper. Not to be confused with a "drainback" system.
  6. Fixed the bad link. oops :p

    Fixed the bad link. oops :p
  7. I install active direct systems usually as they...

    I install active direct systems usually as they have the lowest life cycle cost in this area. After rebates and incentives it could cost you as little as $2275 and could have a solar fraction of 90%...
  8. Don't get the Rheem, get a Stiebel Eltron...

    Don't get the Rheem, get a Stiebel Eltron Accelera.

    Rheem has sold out. They are not the brand they were a decade ago. Stiebel Eltron makes the most technologically advanced heaters on the market...
  9. Unless you live in a lean-too, I don't see how...

    Unless you live in a lean-too, I don't see how you can only have a north facing roof.......

    If you want energy efficiency, then solar is the way to go. Or possibly a heat pump heater though they...
  10. What are your expectations out of the heater? Are...

    What are your expectations out of the heater? Are you looking for high output? Energy savings? Space savings?

    What sort of usage patterns is it going to see? How many people will be living in the...
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    I'm going to have to correct a few things aaron. ...

    I'm going to have to correct a few things aaron.

    1. red brass is worse, not better from a galvanic cell corrosion stand point. Personally, I would leave those dielectric nipples in and just make...
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    I say you are fretting and spending all kinds of...

    I say you are fretting and spending all kinds of money that you don't need to. There are thousands of active-direct systems installed in central Florida many of which have been operating fully...
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    We don't install open loop systems any farther...

    We don't install open loop systems any farther north than Ocala FL.
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    I'm surprised that you haven't had the collector...

    I'm surprised that you haven't had the collector freeze. I don't work that far north but the general consensus among solar professionals is that you are to far north for a direct low mass system. Do...
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    That would be the most energy efficient, but it...

    That would be the most energy efficient, but it would also have a very high initial cost and a longer payback time.
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    For commercial spa systems I use ethylene glycol...

    For commercial spa systems I use ethylene glycol with glazed collectors. For residential pools and spas I use polymer drain back systems.
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    All DHW systems here in central Fl are direct. I...

    All DHW systems here in central Fl are direct. I have never seen an indirect system here as there is no reason to have them here.
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    I install AET almost exclusively. I can vouch for...

    I install AET almost exclusively. I can vouch for their product. I have serviced many systems with AET panels that were far older than a decade and those panels were still cranking out heat.
  19. Thread: Pex

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    How many home owners and DIYers have you seen...

    How many home owners and DIYers have you seen running pex? I never see them running pex. I think they don't want to buy the tools. It's always cpvc that they are running around here.
  20. Thread: Pex

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    Could you get the brand name of the pipe? It's...

    Could you get the brand name of the pipe? It's almost always printed on the pipe.
  21. Thread: Pex

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    I'm in central Fl. Would you mind showing me the...

    I'm in central Fl. Would you mind showing me the pipe? I've been using pex now for about 10 years and if it really is going to go bad I'd like to know about it.
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    You know that there is no harm in going higher...

    You know that there is no harm in going higher for your type of system right?

    Open loop aka direct systems do not need to have slow flow rates like indirect systems do. If you have a 3 dip tube...
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    You can also use the capillary tube concept. Make...

    You can also use the capillary tube concept. Make several loops of pipe that is a smaller size than the rest of the loop piping to increase the amount of "friction head" that the pump experiences. Be...
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    No, it can't. Well not in Florida anyway. The...

    No, it can't. Well not in Florida anyway. The collector loop will not be in the ideal growth range for enough time for that to occur. We get just a few days out of the year that the loop isn't...
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    Look, letís cut the crap here. Are you saying...

    Look, letís cut the crap here. Are you saying that YOU regularly install an active-indirect system sized for 2-4 people for the equivalent price of $4000 on a daily basis or not. Because I, and most...
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