Gary Hongista
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LED Floodlight for the shed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Hongista Mar 18, 2013. 6 Replies

Have any of you installed any type of LED flood lights to your shed? I got the following at costco $49.99:…Continue

Mounting 2x4's on the roof

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Hongista Jun 19, 2012. 5 Replies

Hi, I have some very basic questions that you all probably have answers to.I'll be mounting my HF 15-watt solar cells onto the roof of our detached garage.I want to attach 2x4's along the bottom to…Continue

Any way to tell from the HF charge controller that your battery is fully charged?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Carrier Apr 11, 2012. 3 Replies

As the subject states:Any way to tell from the HF charge controller that your battery is fully charged?I bought a costco 115aH deep cycle battery from Costco.  After letting it charge for about3.5…Continue

One 45 kit enough to charge up a Costco 115AH Deep cycle battery?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale Marshall May 5, 2012. 28 Replies

Hi there, I'm a newbie to his site.I have, still in the box, the old Harbor Freight 45 watt kit that I bought for $179.  I thought it was a good deal then but I haven't opened it up yet.  I have 5 of…Continue

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Gary Hongista replied to steve bixler's discussion Need more running time
"Do you or anyone here know what inverters HF sells that do not have a fan? Thanks, Gary"
Mar 26, 2013
Gary Hongista replied to Gary Hongista's discussion LED Floodlight for the shed
"I think the fan comes on based on the load and temperature. I found out it's better to plug a device (eg. inverter) directly to the battery rather than the cigarette lighter of the HF charge controller.  With the latter, my inverter fan…"
Mar 18, 2013
Gary Hongista replied to steve bixler's discussion Need more running time
"I have the chicago electric 2000/4000 watt inverter.   It's a great inverter, but the three fans inside run all the time, with or without a load.  Someone on the internet said it takes about 40 watts to just run the fans (not sure how…"
Mar 18, 2013
Carl Stevenson replied to Gary Hongista's discussion LED Floodlight for the shed
"I have not been able to figure out exactly what it takes to make the fan run on some of these inverters. In our cottage, I have a small (400 watt) inverter that runs the lights and electrical outlets.(We have the vacuum cleaner, toaster and…"
Mar 15, 2013
Gary Hongista replied to Gary Hongista's discussion LED Floodlight for the shed
"Carl, I did think about this, but I do not like this idea with the big inverter that have, which is a HF 2000/4000 watt inverter.  The fan is always on with that inverter, which I don't like.  I will only switch it on when I want to…"
Mar 14, 2013
Carl Stevenson replied to Gary Hongista's discussion LED Floodlight for the shed
"This is slightly off topic but I figured close enough to be relevant on the discussion about inverter fans running- At our cottage I put in a small Harbor Freight inverter to run the light in the tool shed. I was disappointed when I wired it to the…"
Mar 14, 2013
Gary Hongista replied to Gary Hongista's discussion LED Floodlight for the shed
"Hoopty --  I solve the issue with my inverter fan running when the LED flood light is in standby mode. I have the inverter hooked up through the cigarette lighter of my harbor freight charge controller.  On standby, the fan is on and when…"
Mar 12, 2013
hoopty_yo replied to Gary Hongista's discussion LED Floodlight for the shed
"I have that light on the front of my house, but not runnning on solar. You may want to think about a smaller inverter without a fan. I have a couple PortaWattz 140 watt inverters that I use for small loads. Even a 100 watt car unit would have less…"
Mar 12, 2013
Gary Hongista replied to Thomas Matica's discussion Comments on My Planned System?
"That's a good price on the Morningstar Sunsaver MPPT.  I purchased mine for $190 and thought that was a good price."
Mar 12, 2013
Gary Hongista posted a discussion

LED Floodlight for the shed

Have any of you installed any type of LED flood lights to your shed? I got the following at costco $49.99:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00847NHW4/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00847NHW4&linkCode=as2&tag=newworldsolar-20I installed it about a week ago and the…See More
Mar 11, 2013
Gary Hongista replied to Tom95076's discussion Keep blowing fuse on controller. 1/4" mono light jack.
"Thank you for this thread! I was using a nail gun that shook the shed violently.  I had two of the 5watt lights on and it blew.  I thought maybe the vibration from the nail gun caused the fuse to blow.  Well, I took a fuse from…"
Mar 10, 2013
Gary Hongista replied to Robert DeMartino's discussion I just finished making a wood frame for the HF set.
"Thanks for the better picture. I noticed you built your frame around the panels. I built a base, put the panels on there and"
Mar 8, 2013
Gary Hongista replied to Robert DeMartino's discussion I just finished making a wood frame for the HF set.
"Thanks Robert! How much did materials cost you?  The frame: $6-8 Hinges: $8 Pressure treated 2x4x8 for the fence: $5 Lag bolts/washers: $4 Misc screws/nails/misc wood pieces: $5"
Mar 4, 2013
Gary Hongista replied to Robert DeMartino's discussion I just finished making a wood frame for the HF set.
"Here is my frame.  Let me know what you guys think."
Mar 4, 2013
Gary Hongista replied to Renewable Ray's discussion Just a heads up on the 145 Watt Panels for just $160 including shipping
"Ron, Thanks for the video. I watched it last night. I actually had in mind a cleaner install. With the install above, you will see the wood frame. I'm tryi"
Jul 11, 2012
Gary Hongista replied to Renewable Ray's discussion Just a heads up on the 145 Watt Panels for just $160 including shipping
"You write: >Im shooting for the whole Solar Shingle Roof Look How are you planning to mount it on the roof? Will you nail your supports into the roof? That's the main issue I have with mounting them on top of my roof.  I'm…"
Jul 10, 2012

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