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    3rd Jul 2022, 11:19 AM
    Yep I hear you which is why I said "purely for convieniance rather than payback on investment" :) Generally due to our rural bush location at the end of a spur line, every year we have unplanned power out for days at a time. Last year we had stints of 5 days when those big storms came through that had the dandenongs off in some parts for 6+ weeks, 3 days, 2 x 2 days.....plus 3 or 4 single days of planned outages. The single days arnt a big deal as I can roll out my small gen set just for...
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    3rd Jul 2022, 12:11 AM
    Used Solar quotes. They put you in touch with 2 or 3 recommended companies (which are constantly rated) and overall they were really professional (the companies I delt with). In general, found the quotes were all within each others ball park. Also used the site as it has heaps of info with product rankings for panels, inverters, installers, pro's/con's of different solutions. In the end it came down to (for me) Fronus or Enphase micro inverters. The micro's were a bit more expensive (2k...
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    24th Jun 2022, 10:47 PM
    Some good info on explaining AC and DC coupling to a grid tied system. The challange is finding a cost effective AC coupled solution that I can add a small battery of say 1 to 5 kw thats enough to trick the panels into staying on during an outage and provide enough short term power during cloud periods during the day. The main pain point during outages for me is the lack of water (no power to the pump), power to the solar hot water circulating pump and fridge/freezer. Happy to turn on a...
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    24th Jun 2022, 10:37 PM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVM0F2OrQhA&ab_channel=altEStore Has some good info and easy explained for the general person.
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    24th Jun 2022, 09:27 PM
    Done the same as DMAC and works out easy. The only change was I just used brads and used tiled skirts in the bathroom. Also, ran a bead of gap filler across the top join to the wall which finishes it nicely. Keep in mind you r attaching skirts and not building a load bearing wall as Ive seen plenty of skirt installs where they use big nails and lots of them making it a pain in the ar@se for the next time to replace down the track. :)
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    19th Jun 2022, 11:04 PM
    ...yep, solutions out there, been looking at something simular (Grid tied but battery/solar backup on outages) but not easy to find anyone that either knows or is interested including my original solar installer...short of spending 15k on a Tesla battery backup setup which isnt an option. Id double check with your electricity retailer that they dont have an issue with what you propose - an islanded solar system that will connect the grid when the batteries get to 30%. There are strict...
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    17th Jun 2022, 10:47 AM
    ...got offcuts in the past from cabinet makers either free or cheap as they generally have no use for them
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    17th Jun 2022, 10:44 AM
    "or here" looks good. One thing you want to consider in the location of the sub board is how easy it would be to add additional circuits in the house if ever it were needed. ...as Doovalacky said, check the 35mm will be large enough dependant on loads. Mine was simular and 35mm was borderline so could have got away with it from a compliance point but spent the extra on putting in 50mm. That was 8 years ago so may have been a bit more affordable!! :) Also at the time, I seem to...
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