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 Post subject: Online Plumbers Merchants
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:20 am 
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I will be adding to this list as and when I find what I think are decent plumbers/heating merchants, if any of you out there think that you have found a decent merchant, please PM with details, so that I can give it the once over first

http://www.sndif.fr/epages/197206.sf/fr ... ops/197206

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 Post subject: Re: Online Plumbers Merchants
PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:47 pm 
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Looking for an adapter from half inch to a similar metric size, cannot see any on that site or elsewhere?

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 Post subject: Re: Online Plumbers Merchants
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Peake, I'm looking for a big water tank with an electric element to use as a dump load for the windgenerator. I also need a twin serpentine for a back boiler and solar fitting.

What do you think of this sort of thing on E-Bay ?

http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370227052306&ssPageName=MERCOSI_VI_ROSI_PR4_PCN_BIX&refitem=170346489309&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=closed_view_item&refwidgettype=osi_widget&_trksid=p284.m185&_trkparms=algo%3DSI%26its%3DI%252BIA%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%26otn%3D4%26ps%3D41

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 Post subject: Re: Online Plumbers Merchants
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FranknCarmen2 wrote:
Looking for an adapter from half inch to a similar metric size, cannot see any on that site or elsewhere?


Hens teeth comes to mind, the best way to convert from 15 mm copper to metric size copper is to use 1 each male and female by copper fittings, screwed together, I have heard that a 16 mm compression ring strangled down tightly works but I do not recommend this bodge, otherwise you could try drifting out the 15 mm copper to fit 16 mm copper tube but it will thin out what is already thin wall copper tube

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 Post subject: Re: Online Plumbers Merchants
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Sorry Peake should be more specific :oops: I have a Chinese solar water heater with half inch threads, Male and female, and need to convert it to French sizes.

Hens teeth seems to be one solution :lol:

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Peake, I'm looking for a big water tank with an electric element to use as a dump load for the windgenerator. I also need a twin serpentine for a back boiler and solar fitting.

What do you think of this sort of thing on E-Bay ?

http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370227052306&ssPageName=MERCOSI_VI_ROSI_PR4_PCN_BIX&refitem=170346489309&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=closed_view_item&refwidgettype=osi_widget&_trksid=p284.m185&_trkparms=algo%3DSI%26its%3DI%252BIA%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%26otn%3D4%26ps%3D41


Atlantic Franco-Belge, have a good name, but I would make sure that it comes with all the bits, that go with it, and not just the ballon on its own; see pm when sent

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FranknCarmen2 wrote:
Sorry Peake should be more specific :oops: I have a Chinese solar water heater with half inch threads, Male and female, and need to convert it to French sizes.

Hens teeth seems to be one solution :lol:


No problem, just go and buy, 1/2" or 15/21 male and female fittings, they are exactly the same thread 1/2 BSP parallel,that is one thing that the UK managed to export to Europe :lol:

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Thanks Peake ! :D

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Phew! ditto on thank :)

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 Post subject: Re: Online Plumbers Merchants
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 7:24 am 
One thing I found useful as a dump load on a windgenerator was a 48v immersion heater (assuming the turbine is rated at this or other voltage as appropriate) in the tank instead of the normal 220-240v one. They seem to be available from caravan type shops and increasingly wind turbine places. If you have a direct 220v-240v generator it doesn't matter of course. You could also have a 380v 3 phase one if you have a decent sized turbine.

It saves you going through rectification etc and losing a decent chunk of the generated power. They are also pretty forgiving (up to a point) if the wind really gets up and the wiring is dead simple.


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 Post subject: Re: Online Plumbers Merchants
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Thanks cap-cave. Our is 120v and I'm looking in to what I can use as a dump load. It seems very expensive to buy the DC water heaters so I thought I may as well use the inverter (It's a long run from the generator) and the same system as the wood/solar with a big enough tank and possibly add a storage heater (Cheap and easy to find) too to make sure the system isn't overloaded.

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 Post subject: Re: Online Plumbers Merchants
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 7:19 pm 
you could try in the States e.g. http://store.rvdirect.com/rvdirect/deta ... EM=4604363 but there are loads of them mostly costing less than $10 for the element and similar for posting. Not sure on the flange though - I am sure Peake would know. Save you a lot of power if you don't rectify!


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 Post subject: Re: Online Plumbers Merchants
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peake wrote:
I will be adding to this list as and when I find what I think are decent plumbers/heating merchants, if any of you out there think that you have found a decent merchant, please PM with details, so that I can give it the once over first

http://www.sndif.fr/epages/197206.sf/fr ... ops/197206


Used them today after a failed trip... got a security warning from the site so paid by PayPal instead.

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...and arriveed today... :D total saving over exactly the same package at local Brico €180 68% :shock: ( €265 - €85)

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 Post subject: Re: Online Plumbers Merchants
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I came across this site http://www.chauffage-discount.fr/ It seems ok ,but then I 'm not a plumber!


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