Madscien wrote: »
My personal favorite are the HHO generators, ---run your car for free projects. Last I heard, oxygen and hydrogen is a BOMB and electrolysis yields way less energy than it takes to split water.
dwh wrote: »
... I love the idea of rolling your own - I just try to make sure that the distinction between "hobbyist" and "commercial" is duly noted. ...
Kamala wrote: »
Can anyone tell me the best way and the materials I might need to build my own high power FET transistor?
I'm a DIY kinda guy.
mike90045 wrote: »
I think you need a diffusion furnace, and then an ion implanter. Should be able to get some of those from old fab houses. But the power supply is pretty intense, you might have to upgrade the neighborhood power grid.
sundiego wrote: »
We also wish the Feds would step in and establish minimal manufacturing safety standards like they do for cars....but no movement we know of yet.
sundiego wrote: »
First off, those of you who have blamed, accused, and abused the contractor so brutally are wrong. Yes, our contractor made mistakes--he was a little guy, very honest, who was getting into solar. We were pleased to hire him as we knew and trusted his work from other projects (and contrary to some of the very mean comments here, we did NOT go with the lowest bid, and YES WE DID obtain bids from bigger, "professional" outlets with whom we were unimpressed. Why? Because our system was small and they acted like they really couldn't be bothered to work with us.)
Unfortunately, our contractor trusted the wrong subcontractor to guide him through the install--a man who misrepresented his qualifications, assured us we were receiving UL-listed panels, and then obtained and installed the lousy panels you see in the photos.
There were those who told us our inspector also shared in the blame--he should have noted the lack of UL listing and the buckled panels (bold added), but I guess he didn't really know what he was looking at and here in L.A. we had/have few city regulations about what sorts of panels are allowed. He made sure the wiring was okay and that was pretty much it. When he returned to inspect our new Enphase system over a year later, he was accompanied by his supervisor and was very thorough.
sundiego wrote: »
When things settled down a little we took the firefighters who responded some pizza and a thank-you card, and the captain on duty apologized for breaking down our front door--when the fire engine rounded the corner, the flames were so high they thought the house was fully engulfed so they wanted to get into the attic immediately. Once they realized it was just the panels and the roof on fire, "it was easy-peasy." They did a great job, cleaned up after themselves and secured the front door and vented most of the smoke before they left, and I was astonished that they didn't leave one puddle or break one knick-knack tromping through with hoses and fans etc. We LOVE our local firefighters!
I also spoke with a couple of the other responding fireguys who said they really would like more education about solar energy systems and how to deal with them; they don't get a lot of info and they see the scare stories on the internet like everyone else. Seems like city and county governments need to take note and help their Building and Fire departments get up to speed here, especially since both legit and not-legit systems are rapidly going up all over the West Coast.
BB. wrote: »
I was one of the people that was pretty hard on the contractor(s) involved--But I want make sure that we don't go down a dark road here...
We only know bits and pieces, and made some guesses (educated and otherwise:roll:).
Dave Angelini said:
This is an old thread BTW `````````` I have seen some pretty good makes of panels that are seconds from Sun Electric that caught fire. How was the installer going to know that?