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  1. Pugwash69

    Is it a bathroom?

    I call mine a toilet cubicle. There's a shower in it too. I'm baffled why people call them bathrooms when clearly we're not sticking a bath in them?
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    Should I change my solar panels from parallel to series?

    When I first set up my system, I had two 100W panels in parallel into a 20A PWM controller. I was under the impression PWM could only handle it this way. I've recently replaced this with an MPPT controller and added a 3rd 100W panel, still wired in parallel. I'm guessing that if my panels were...
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    Carver Cascade gas water heater - anyone fitted one themselves?

    Has anyone bought one of these and fitted it? It seems a fairly simple design and there's plenty of them for sale used or refurbished. I can't seem to find any youtube videos covering fitment although I did get hold of the install/operation manual. Is there something I'm missing or are they a...
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    Victron SmartSolar - Should I change the battery preset?

    I've just installed the MPPT 100/20 this morning and noticed that the app has a battery preset in the settings. The factory default is "Gel Victron deep discharge(2)" Should I change this? None of the other presets sound right so should I hunt down the correct settings for my battery and...
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    Idiot mistake or common? Shunt connection

    I installed a battery monitor with a shunt on the -ve cable a few weeks back. After charging the battery up to full I calibrated the 100% level and thought it was all working fine. I've had my charger on this week and noticed the monitor is showing a small drain, instead of a charge. Although...
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    Push-to-Open drawer runners - just don't

    I bought a whole load of these thinking they would be great. No need to latches and handles. Nice heavy-load versions If they are fitted perfectly they work well. If they're 5mm too far apart they just don't latch! I took a few drawers out of my van this weekend to replace them with a cupboard...
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    Battery Combiner with 300ah?

    I was just reading the document by Wildebus about split charge relay options and like the idea of using a battery combiner, as it may keep the starter battery topped-up nicely. I've seen a kit for sale on eBay using the Victron Cyrix-CT but it says it's suitable for 75ah to 220ah leisure...
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    Solar water heater advice wanted

    I've seen some solar water heater ideas on Youtube that involve feeding your cold water through a series of black pipes on the roof to warm it up. The alternative idea is to fill a larger black pipe with water, let it warm up and inflate it to force it out hot. I realise there's some drawbacks...
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    My Iveco Luton

    I bought the empty van a couple of years ago. It has the faint traces of "Initial Washroom Services" stickers and was registered to a leasing company in Birmingham. I bought it with about 98k miles on it and some cosmetic damage, but otherwise in good condition. It's only been in near-final...