Brian Stretch wrote:If you do try heating your driveway, just make sure that melted snow doesn't get under the driveway and re-freeze.
Brian Stretch wrote:If you do try heating your driveway, just make sure that melted snow doesn't get under the driveway and re-freeze. That happened on our campus sidewalks.
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:Seems like it's more appropriate to cover the driveway with a roof, which could double as solar panels. Or glass, greenhouse.
A driveway is a funny thing. You can't use it for growing much, unless it's always short and will always fit between the wheels of a car. Maybe greens?
Anthony Friot wrote:I hear you about the back and body aches and pain issues as we progress in age.
I have seen in more affluent homes that the boiler system can have a circuit routed to the driveway and sidewalk to bring the surface to above freezing then turned off to allow for energy conservation.
My driveway will never see such luxury. It is in excess of 1300 feet long. I could not afford such a luxury for the entire length. But, I do plan to have a large supply of hot water stored in tanks. I'll have up to 15,000 gallons of solar and rocket-fired boiler hot water at my disposal for home heating, greenhouse heating, water heating and for some localized snow and ice clearing from around our home. Perhaps when I get more settled and my time is a little freer, I won't mind waiting for the woodgas tractor to fire up so that I may clear my driveway beyond my garage with a renewable energy source. Until then, I have plenty of gas and diesel equipment for snow clearing and removal for the rest of the driveway.
Red Smith wrote:As a fifty year old with plenty of aches and pains, and having watched my parents and in laws decline over the years, let me assure you on the subject of physical labor:
The less you do, the less you'll be able to do
Keeping a rigorous physical regimen deep into old age will be far more rewarding than spending the money to avoid said regimen.
Rest homes across the country are filled with "young" old people, (60's and 70's) that started taking it easy in their forties and fifties.
The loss of muscle mass in just six months on retirees that quit a job of hard physical labor is shocking.
Jonathan Zettlemoyer wrote:15,000 gallons of heated water. I am intrigued about your storage site for this much hot water. I like the idea of a large thermal battery for my house just curious how you have or will construct it.
Wesley Crusher wrote:To install a reliable snow melt system would be a big job. Usually a snow melt system involves a boiler, controller, heat exchanger, circulators, pressurized piping in the concrete slab, glycol and water fluid mixture which would be circulated through the piping. Replace the boiler with a RMH and you would need to introduce a large insulated water storage tank, another circulator for the water side and more complicated controls. The system would need to distribute fluid in all likely hood of between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 BTU per hour. Doable but I would not think this would be a very reliable set up.
Brian Stretch wrote:
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