T.V.’s: Back in the day, we placed a cable outlet on the main wall of the family room at outlet height and we were good to go. Now with wall mounted T.V.’s in every room, we need to carefully consider T.V. locations so we can install cable jacks and electrical outlets. We need to think about horizontal and vertical measurements. I don’t know about you, but those dangling cords and cables drive me nuts. If you are building a new wall for the T.V., you might consider adding a 2″ conduit from the T.V. location down to the location of the DVD player, receiver/amplifier and cable box. This will help you route the HDMI cables and other cables that may be added in the future. If you plan on mounting a large T.V. on the new wall, don’t forget to add a solid backer (2×4) to screw the wall bracket to.
You have a few choices when it comes time to excavate for your project. You can hire someone with earth moving equipment to dig the hole for you or you can rent a small track hoe and do it yourself. If you are planning a very small water feature, you can grab a shovel and dig it by hand. Keep in mind if you go the hand digging route, there is no need to do it all in one day.
Next is the size of the heater in your bathroom fans w/ heater. You’ll want to make certain that the heater is designed for 120 Volt operation. If the bathroom fans w/ heater is designed for 240 Volt operation, you’ll need to have special wiring installed by a competent electrician to accommodate it.
If your house and yard is covered with trees, or for the most part in the shade, then you may want to consider other Diy energy sources. But most everyone can greatly benefit from solar panels for household use. Set your goals small at first. Start with a small project like building a charger for you cell phone or laptop or maybe just building a power cell for running a small fan. Powering your entire house with do it yourself solar power can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. But take the advice of a fellow handy person, start small. Then you can work your way up, slowly, to powering your entire home with solar power. Don’t try to take on too much before starting to build solar panels for household use.
If you are a tradesman, focus on what your customer wants. Guarantee that you will be there on time, and try an ad just like the one above. (You have permission to use this example in your ad). It would make a perfect Yellow Pages headline for your business. Now, you might be thinking “That would never work”. No? I once heard Winston Marsh, one of Australia’s top marketers speak. He told a story of working with a plumber to create a new ad and marketing campaign. He used almost exactly the same words as above. The plumbers’ reaction was “I’ll go broke”. But you know what? After 3 years or so the plumber sold his business and retired with more than 60 vans working for him!
Seal all the gaps in the frame using silicon. Drill a hole at the bottom of the panel to avoid rainwater and moisture from settling in the panel. This will protect the panel and make it more durable.
There are many arguments in favour of building such a system – one thing I like about wind power is that it’s so clean – there is no smoke, no waste material to worry about. And you can store the energy you produce in batteries, which can be had for no charge.