Basic Basil"s corner

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Kokopelli, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Left Testicle

    Left Testicle Been here awhile

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    it goes. patience grasshopper. the last bike he did a full rebuild for me 20 years ago never caused me any grief. Thats what I want. Hes a fussy firker. says rubber between gearbox and driveshaft has little cracks in it. now it could last years or do you want to replace it. Replace it I say. you saw the front axle. hes re centring front wheel minus spacer. cunning old bugger how he is doing it
  2. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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  3. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Thanks, sitting at the BMW Annual Rally at the Tahunanui function centre at the moment. Just had dessert :-)
  4. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Do yuo want to pick up the racks on the way back out? I have them here. I'm away most of the morning.
  5. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Thanks, I'll do it some other time, if you don't mind. We need to get back home and get stuck in again. I hate moving.
  6. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    No 1 daughter has moved flats 4 times in 2 yrs,5th time coming up.the guy at the van rental place knows me by name now
  7. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Basil is back. He arrived last night and I could hear him well before he turned into the drive. It's been getting colder down here, but I am looking forward to a ride.
  8. Left Testicle

    Left Testicle Been here awhile

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    shame it was not a day later. RK could of eode the big dipper
  9. Padmei

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    Good news. Want to hook up for a ride. Unfortunately this weekend is a bit busy - doing the Muddy buddy on Sunday with the kids- should be good.
    Snow on the hills now. I should get onto my heated vest.
  10. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    No rush, our kids are flying down from AKL on the weekend so I won't be going anywhere. No snow around here, but I was bloody cold the last few days. This house has huge single glazed windows with aluminium frames, so the heat does not hang around much.

    Currently we are trying to figure out why we have a huge electricity consumption. 2 people should not be using 1200kw/h in 30 days, even with a pool. There has got to be a fault somewhere.
  11. Padmei

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    Just going thru this with a customer. Who are you with? Any spikes during any months? With your power bills do you get a comparison from the previous year?
    Are they actual readings or estimates? Do you have remote meters ie meters inside the house with lil numbers outside Are your meters old?
    Do you have one particular meter reading higher than others? Do you have a seperate flat attached or out building.

    Do you have solar hot water; if so is it on economy or 24hr?
    gas hob or electric;
    heatpump? big or small?
    heaters?
    Does your wife do a lot of baking?
    Pool heated by any means?
    Any immigrant families stashed away in the garage?
  12. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    The previous owners have been using less, and it's only two of us. I've talked to neighbours and they've been using a lot less and also have a pool.
    It must be related to the pool. At this rate I can see a few goldfish and water lilies on the horizon.
  13. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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  14. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Done, thanks for taking a look
  15. Padmei

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    Hmmmm. That is high. Did you get it cut off from the last owner & a reading taken?

    http://www.physics.otago.ac.nz/eman/hew/ehome/energyuse.html

    The pump isn't a great power draw so I'm unsure if it would be that.
    I would hazard a guess that it would be the cooking appliances myself. Maybe too many roasts & fry ups:wink:
    I would wait for a couple of months & monitor the bill to see if it drops.
    I have a energy consumption meter thing you can hook around individual wires to see what each circuit draws. i went thru my house with it & was quite interested in the amount of power different things used.
    You may borrow it if you wish to delve deeper.
  16. zaTTaz

    zaTTaz LOUD NOISES.

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    Spotted this in your first post. I think we'll change that this year? :evil :D
  17. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Oh no, I'll have to eat my words. Not the first time,:lol3 by the way
  18. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Thanks, I'd love to borrow it, if you think it is easy enough to use.

    What are your views on photovoltaic panels? We're currently investigation whether it's something we should do. We are in contact with this company from Nelson solarelectricnz.co.nz. I am thinking that this would take care of the power needs of the pool and maybe could be used to charge our night storage heater during the day, so we can have it running at night.
  19. Padmei

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    HA! That was the a topic I was going to bring up on the off topic thread as everyone asks me about them on nearly every job I'm on.

    I myself don't believe in them. However in saying that you do have the right idea using them for hooking up to the nitestore or hot water system to use the power when it is being generated.

    I believe many people have misguided ideas of them saving money in the long term/ being environmentally friendly. In saying this I am one of the seemingly few naysayers re their use & many sparkies / electrical wholesalers are jumping on the PV bandwagon as they did when solar hot water came out & LED lites hit the market.

    Stuff had a good article the other day on the power companies views re selling the power back to companies, & the best article (most honest in my view) I think was on consumer mag & was written by a character down in Queenstown who is the biggest retailer of the units down there. I will try to hook them out & post them.

    Short story is storing power is expensive, puts too many unnecessary bits in the equation & unless you want to go totally offgrid impractical. I'm currently (teehee good pun there Padmei) working on an off grid house that the new owners want to get mains power to as the batteries & generator are cumbersome & not working properly.

    Selling power back to the companies is never going to work properly - people want to spend lots of money on their pet project & then expect a business to buy back their product.
    If you have a business or home with a lot of power usuage while the sun is out then go for it- if the power saved actually does cover the installation & maintenance costs before it packs up then well done I say! But from my hundreds of solar hot water installs it is the hype/ emotional greeny propaganda that usually wins over practicality.
  20. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    You are right, there is a lot of hype surrounding this technology. However, the prices for an installation have dropped a lot during the last few years. I will try to work out how much power we are using during the day and if it turns out that we can use maybe 70-80% of the power ourselves, it may still be a good option.

    My wife has told me that the cook top is taking a long time to heat up and that the oven is heating up very rapidly. Is it possible that they are responsible for the consumption? I guess we'd just have to turn them on and watch the meter.
    I'll give that a go during the weekend.

    I rode Basil to work yesterday and it was good have the bike back. Now I'll need to find some time to get onto gravel.