Understanding and Installing Your Own Solar Electric System

Cover, Understanding and Installing Your Own Solar Electric System

Author(s): Dale Robinson

Publisher: Hat Creek Publishing

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Understanding and Installing Your Own Solar Electric System is an electronic book that provides the average home owner with the basic knowledge of how solar powered electric systems work and the relationship the various components have to each other.

With this e-book, any person with average handyman skills should have no problems installing and maintaining their own solar electric system.

Even if you plan to have someone else install your system, at the very least this e-book will give you the necessary background and understanding of solar electric systems so that you will gave a good idea what your installer is doing and whether he is doing a competent job.

Once your system is installed, this e-book will continue to be invaluable as you go about the day to day maintenance of your system.

Just some of the areas that are covered in this e-book are:

  • System Design and Sizing
  • Electricity Basics
  • System Components
  • Photovoltaics
  • Batteries
  • Charge Controllers
  • Inverters
  • Wiring and Safety
  • Installation and Maintenance
  • Grid Intertie
  • Appliances

How to Build Your Elegant Home with Straw Bales Manual

Cover, HOW TO BUILD YOUR ELEGANT HOME WITH STRAW BALES.Author(s): Sustainable Systems Support

Publisher: Sustainable Systems Support

ISBN: sselegant

Cost: $55

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR ELEGANT HOME WITH STRAW BALES The How-To Video you have been waiting for. This 90-minute video by Sustainable Systems Support comes with a booklet containing drawings, a summary of the items covered in the video, & a sample of available plans. (The booklet is available without the video for $15). A comprehensive how-to covering the different phases of construction including design, foundation, bale wall raising, roof, electrical, plastering & more.

The New Solar Electric Home : The Photovoltaics How-To Handbook

Cover, The New Solar Electric Home : The Photovoltaics How-To Handbook Author(s): Joel Davidson

Publisher: Aatec Pubns

ISBN: 0937948098

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Rev/Expdd Edition
Paperback
Publication date: July 1987

Good basics, somewhat outdated, but probably best available. This book has been around for a long time. When it first came out, in 1987, it was the best book available. Unfortunately, it has not been updated since then, even though it has been reprinted several times. It has excellent basics for planning and designing a system, but much of the technology illustrated is outdated. With an update, this could be the best book in the field.

Thatching – A Handbook

Author(s): Nicholas Hall

ISBN: B0048M2XAG

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A good descriptive ‘how to’ with excellent drawings, covers problems solving, tools needed and more. A good thatch roof can last 50 or more years, but the art of making them is becoming a “lost” art.

See how thatching is actually done to help you decide on this method of roofing. Many illustrations, 47 pages, b & w.

Roof Framing

Cover, Roof FramingAuthor(s): Marty Gross

ISBN: 091046040X

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Marty Gross says the Roof is “The PhD of Homebuilding”, and he lays out all the details for making your own roof.

The text on roof framing each type- Dutch-gambrel-hip-jack-shed-gazebo and others are ell-supported with more than 400 drawings and diagrams. He introduces some very useful concepts, such as theoretical lengths and height-above-plate, and he encourages the solution to roof calculation problems by means of a trig calculato.

The advent of the mass-produced computer-designed truss roof has made the true roof-cutter a dying breed. There is a dearth of information on this complex subject, and this text is a welcome entry for that void

This is the complete guide to framing any gable, Dutch, Tudor, California, gambrel, shed or gazebo roof — including irregular roofs that can stump even experienced roof cutters. The author takes you through every measurement and every cut on each type of roof — so you understand exactly what’s required. He actually builds a model of each roof described, and recommends that you do the same.With this manual you aren’t restricted to rafter lengths and pitches listed in those rafter tables that roof cutters have struggled with for years. Instead, the author explains how to use an inexpensive hand-held calculator to figure any common, hip, valley or jack rafter in seconds — including rafters on irregular roofs and rafter pitches that aren’t in any rafter table.Anyone who knows the methods described in this practical manual should have no trouble making a good living as a master roof cutter.


480 pages, softcover, index

The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens

Cover, The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens

Author(s): Daniel Wing & Alan Scott

ISBN: 1890132055
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The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens

This book has over 65 pages of complete building and construction detail. The balance of the book is about masonry stove bread baking, with recipes, stories, and more. The Stove building section has many drawings, descriptions, instructions on materials, tools, techniques, problems, fixes and more, on masonry ovens.

Photos show indoor and out door ovens, old style and new, and a masonry oven with or without a bread baking area, can be designed and built using this book. 253 pages, 12 color and 60 b&w photos, illustrations, bread recipes, commercial baking information. #4001…$35.00

This is a new book with the MOST information on how to actually build a masonry stove/oven.

The Family Handyman Helpful Hints: Quick and Easy Solutions Timesaving Tips Tricks of the Trade

Cover, The Family Handyman Helpful Hints: Quick and Easy Solutions Timesaving Tips Tricks of the Trade

Author(s): Readers Digest

Publisher: Readers Digest

ISBN: 0895776170

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The Family Handyman Helpful Hints: Quick and Easy Solutions
Timesaving Tips Tricks of the Trade

Hardcover
Publication date: May 1995

How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 07/01/97:
As a home repair columnist and a handyman myself, this book has been in my reference library since it was first published in 1995. Clear, well-organized, well-indexed, filled with useful illustrations and diagrams, this is a great book for anyone interested in learning about how to maintain their home, keep appliances running, and fix many things they might never have imagined they could. You will recoup the cost of this book the first time you don’t have to call in a pro for a simple home repair!

Synopsis:
For do-it-yourself know-how, people turn to Reader’s Digest for the tools and techniques to help them through big or small projects. This book presents the fastest, easiest and least expensive ways to get things done around the house, with more than 2,000 tips and techniques, all tested by pros. Over 1,000 color illustrations.

Midwest Book Review:
Quick and easy solutions and timesaving tips impart the basics of getting jobs done; from painting and household repairs to landscaping and mending fences. The A-Z format allows for quick and easy access to the step-by-step repair hints.

Table of Contents
Ch. 1. Basic Tools and Equipment
Ch. 2. Workshop Organization
Ch. 3. Shop Skills
Ch. 4. Household Storage
Ch. 5. Home Improvements
Ch. 6. Paint and Wallcoverings
Ch. 7. Home Systems
Ch. 8. Household Repairs
Ch. 9. Yard and Garden
Ch. 10. Car and Garage
Ch. 11. More Hints
Recycling directory
Index
Acknowledgments

How to Make Low Cost Building Blocks: Stabilized Soil

Cover, How to Make Low Cost Building Blocks: Stabilized SoilAuthor(s): Malcolm Davis

ISBN: 1853390860

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How to Make Low Cost Building Blocks: Stabilized Soil.. by Malcolm Davis. UK Imported

Soil testing instruction basic description for making Cinva Ram bricks, 36 pages, simple instructions, written for third world or non-English speaking readers, covers soil testing for clay, how to mix and prepare soils, well illustrated, softcover.

 

Encyclopedia of Timber Framing and Carpentry (Modern Carpenter Joiner and Cabinet Maker)

Encyclopedia of Timber Framing and Carpentry (Modern Carpenter Joiner and Cabinet Maker)
Author(s): G. Lister Sutcliffe (Editor)

Publisher: Cowles Magazine

ISBN: 0918678587

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Encyclopedia of Timber Framing and Carpentry (Modern Carpenter Joiner and Cabinet Maker) Reprint Edition Hardcover Publication date: July 1990

Renovating Old Houses

Cover, Renovating Old Houses

Author(s): George Nash

ISBN: 1561581283

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George Nash offers the know-how for owners who want professional results and builders who are serious about renovation. You start by evaluating whether an old house is a diamond in the rough or a broken down wreck that’s not worth the effort of renovating. Next, you’ll learn how to set priorities and handle every renovating job, including replacing foundations, rebuilding windows, installing roofing and siding, repairing plaster, upgrading wiring, plumbing and heating systems, and much more. Hundreds of photos and detailed drawings show the gruesome reality of old homes along with methods for resurrecting them. With the help of this book, you’ll bring that old home up to modern standards without sacrificing the warmth and spirit of the original. 343 pages, 1992

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