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My buddy Robert's Rotary-powered 914. Crashed it on Glendora Mountain Road ... OUCH. 

Almost a shear cliff over the edge there ... them big boulders totaled the car, but saved his bacon! Solar Water Heater

This was my first attempt at constructing a solar water heater system.

The system consists of a 55 gal. tank, a 24vDC SHURflo 3.0 gal/min pump and a 200-watt, 24-volt mono-crystalline PV panel. The Pump draws 3.5 Amps, the PV outp My 'Man Cave' (2012) ... it looks worse now (no elbow room) :( These are a couple of 40-watt multi-crystalline solar panels I purchased from DiscountSolar (on ebay) last year. Free shipping, but CA tax. These were $160. with tax, making them $2./watt ... not too bad.

Construction is very good, and being multi, the The rack assembly I fabricated for the 40-watt panel (x2).

Racks were fabricated using left over scrap materials. Bases are fiberglass UniStrut, cross member is shallow steel Unistrut. Hinges made from aluminum ''U' channel and struts from some 'L' ang Here's the little '83 XT-200 I picked up in the summer of 2012. I really miss my old '72 250 DT1, but I decided to go 4-stroke this time. Tokyo Hi-Power HT-750. 6m/15/40m cw/ssb HT. Cool little radio with an extremely hot receiver. My main hobby My garage station from a few years ago. Now running a TS-2000 and receive on an IC-R7000 when duplexing Making a new solar 'collector' from a discarded 'doggy door' insert (from a sliding glass door cut down to 54"x15"). The box is constructed from 2 x 4s and 3/8" plywood (painted black). Testing the new solar collector. The temperature inside the box rose to over 200F degrees in less than 30 minutes ... better than I thought it would produce. Firewood and target backers for Cuddeback 2013 Two target backers so far (30" x 34") for Cuddeback 2013 Bike rack assembled and mounted on the Tacoma Cuddeback 2013:
My Flintstone's Bike (version 1.1)
I hope somebody took pix of version 1.2, but I heard that Saturday night's campfire cooked it. Cuddeback 2013:

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