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    My home made solar collector

    Hi All.

    Just thought I would share a couple of pix of my Solar collector that I have just finished building in the past few days as part of the plumbing upgrade that I have been working on. In the pic that shows it installed, it would seen that the collectors are hidden, but that is just the angle that the photo is taken on.

    In 2 days it has raised the pool 7C, from 23 to 30. Bit more of a success than I thought it was going to be.

    After I finished Assembly, but before installed on the Roof.


    Once installed on the roof.


    The pool that it is heating.


    Its a pity that the next few days are going to be raining, but will be interesting to see how much the temp goes down in that time anyway.

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    Re: My home made solar collector

    You KNOW you have to give details! What is it made of? I see the white PVC pipe but am not sure what the black things are-hoses?

    That is so neat!

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    Re: My home made solar collector

    Your right the white pipe is 50mm PVC. The black pipe is just 13mm Irrigation tube, and lots of time. I've not got any assembly pictures, I dont normally remember to take photos at the right times. (Too busy in what I am normally doing at the time.) I'll go and get a close up of the interface at some point, but its raining at the moment, and the pool is filling nicely from the rain.
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    Re: My home made solar collector

    That is about 12 degrees Fahrenheit. Frankly I'm surprised. Was that one day?
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    Re: My home made solar collector

    That's great!
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    Re: My home made solar collector

    Quote Originally Posted by gwegan View Post
    That is about 12 degrees Fahrenheit. Frankly I'm surprised. Was that one day?
    That was over 2 days. All the heat has gone now due to the rain, but come Monday should be nice and fine again
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    Re: My home made solar collector

    Hi from the 'naki. Would love to see pics of how you did the connections
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    Re: My home made solar collector

    Yeh, I'd like to see the connections too and well done. Will you be painting the PVC pipe?
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