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xx   WATER

Special edition on solar hot water. Looks at system types, commercial equipment, the Shoestring homebuilt solar water heater, and "breadbox" design solar water heaters which combine heat collection with storage.

How to build a non-working model of a solar water heater.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1976 (v.66#1) pg. 44

Make a simple solar energy box to demonstrate how the sun can heat water.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1983 (v.73#2) pg. 51

Simple solar water heater for a backwoods cabin. It is a wooden box, lined with foil, and containing a discarded hot water tank. Open the sides of the box, put water in tank to heat. Later, draw off heated water. Est. cost:$100.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1980 (v.3#7) pg. 43

Build a low-cost solar water heater by converting an electric water heater into an efficient heat exchanger.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL May-Jun 2003 (v.87#3) pg. 77

How to install a solar water heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #211 Sep 1980 (v.30#7) pg. 50

Build a solar water pre-heater. Passive unit consists of a tank in an insulated wooden box which is lined with reflective foil. Two sides of the box open up to admit sunlight to warm the water. Est. cost: $50.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #215 Jan 1981 (v.31#1) pg. 76

Tips from a solar energy workshop shows how to assemble a solar water heating system for about $800.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #219 May-Jun 1981 (v.31#5) pg. 8

Install a hybrid solar hot water system. Team a passive hot water system with tankless gas heater.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #228 Apr 1982 (v.32#4) pg. 94

Professional advice. How to work with a solar contractor.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #246 Feb 1984 (v.34#2) pg. 88

Three new ways to heat water. Looks at solar water heating, heat-pump water heaters, and tankless water heaters.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #254 Dec 1984 (v.34#10) pg. 50

Passive solar thermosiphon system heats a domestic water supply.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #3 Jun-Jul 1981 pg. 48

Solar hot water heating systems for the 1990s. A look at the more reliable and affordable systems currently available.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #68 Jun-Jul 1991 pg. 50
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #74 Apr-May 1992 pg. 4
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #76 Aug-Sep 1992 pg. 4

How to install a solar water heater kit. Est. cost: $1500.
HANDY ANDY Jan 1979 (v.3#4) pg. 76

A look at the history of solar heating.
HARROWSMITH #30 Sep 1980 (v.5#2) pg. 28

Outdoor shower heats water with a solar collector made from 4" diameter PVC pipe set into the roof of the shower stall. Other outdoor shower ideas also shown.
HOME MECHANIX #686 Jun 1985 (v.81) pg. 54

Solar water heaters now. What is available in water heating systems and an analysis of the life-cycle costs of various systems (both solar and non-solar).
HOME MECHANIX #760 Nov 1991 (v.87) pg. 67

Getting started in solar water heating. A look at a typical solar water-heating system. Name and address of equipment manufactures included.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #3 Fall 1976 (v.1#3) pg. 70

Basics of solar energy. Part 5. A look at solar water heating.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Nov-Dec 1979 (v.4#6) pg. 57

Step-by-step photos show the installation of a solar water heating system.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1980 (v.5#1) pg. 82

A look at new solar products: (1) Heat storage material. (2) Water heater connections. (3) Thermally-controlled flow valves. (4) Tax incentives.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1980 (v.5#5) pg. 92

How to build an experimental-size solar collector. This flat-plate type is 2x4-ft. and is constructed from plywood, styrofoam, copper sheet, copper tubing, and safety glass. Can be used to heat 10 to 20 gallons of water.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #586 Mar 1977 (v.73) pg. 43

How to construct a homebuilt solar hot water heater which rests on the ground. Can heat 40 to 50 gallons of water to 130-degrees on sunny days (from May thru August).
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #587 Apr 1977 (v.73) pg. 50

A practical solar collector you can build. A flat-plate, fluid-flow design. This 32 sq.ft. high efficiency collector can provide enough hot water for the daily needs of two people. Uses a special copper panel from Olin Brass Co., plus double glazing and polyurethane insulation. Est. cost: $300.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #601 Jun 1978 (v.74) pg. 43

Should you go solar this year? How to figure the approximate savings if you install a solar hot water heater or solar space heating system.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #627 Aug 1980 (v.76) pg. 42

A solar system from the ground up. How to configure and install the typical solar powered domestic hot water system. Part 1.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #641 Oct 1981 (v.77) pg. 60

A solar system from the ground up. Part 2. How to install your solar collector.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #642 Nov 1981 (v.77) pg. 43

Batch solar water heaters. Solar collectors for both a horizontal and a vertical batch water heater (essentially a tank enclosed in a well-insulated collector box). Suitable for preheating water during the summer.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #663 Aug 1983 (v.79) pg. 48

Introduction to the use of microcomputers to control solar heating systems. (2 articles).
MICROCOMPUTING Nov 1982 (v.6#11) pg. 36, 42

How to recycle old refrigerators into low-cost solar water heaters.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #49 Jan-Feb 1978 pg. 94

How to make a solar water heater from a 55-gallon barrel, a heat exchanger made from five salvaged air conditioner coils, and a simple structure built on a concrete slab. Est. cost: $30.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #51 May-Jun 1978 pg. 122

How to build a solar water heater that can be hooked directly to an outdoor shower.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #59 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 70

Make a fin press to make heat-catching radiator fins from tin cans. Used on a homemade solar water heater.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #61 Jan-Feb 1980 pg. 96

A portable solar water heater to make from an inner tube.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #62 Mar-Apr 1980 pg. 196

Easy-to-build in-line solar water heater is built from corrugated fiberglass, copper tubes, old aluminum printing plates, wood, insulation, paint, etc. Est. cost: $250 with pump and controller.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #67 Jan-Feb 1981 pg. 112

Tip: Use a 300-ft of black plastic water hose on the roof of a house as an inexpensive solar water heater.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #71 Sep-Oct 1981 pg. 46

Plans for the simplest type of solar water heater around, a "batch" heater.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #76 Jul-Aug 1982 pg. 130

Some guidelines to follow when building an integral passive solar water heater.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #85 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 58

How to incorporate a solar water heater into existing plumbing.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #97 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 130

Down-to-earth series on solar hot water. Part 1. A look at the batch heater, thermosiphon, drain down, drain back and phase change systems.
NEW SHELTER Jul-Aug 1980 (v.1#5) pg. 56

The basics of solar water heating. How to estimate sun and shadow at your site.
NEW SHELTER Sep 1980 (v.1#6) pg. 69

A sophisticated batch heater you can build for under $400.
NEW SHELTER Oct 1980 (v.1#7) pg. 96

Build a thermosiphon solar water heater for $315.
NEW SHELTER Nov-Dec 1980 (v.1#8) pg. 50

Sun on tap. Part 5. Advantages of active solar systems. A look at a drain down system, the simplest type of active design.
NEW SHELTER Jan 1981 (v.2#1) pg. 46

Outdoor shower stall is constructed of "Wolmanized" wood and the water is heated by the sun. Water is supplied from a garden hose. Est. cost: $420.
NEW SHELTER Apr 1981 (v.2#4) pg. 49

Form a cooperative to fabricate and install solar hot water systems for yourself and other interested persons.
NEW SHELTER Apr 1981 (v.2#4) pg. 54

Sun on tap. Part 7. Freon-filled active solar water heating system.
NEW SHELTER Apr 1981 (v.2#4) pg. 76

Sun on tap. Part 8. Results of the year long test of five basic types of solar hot water heaters.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1981 (v.2#5) pg. 32

Sun on tap. Final installment. How to build a fine-tuned passive solar water heater. Est. cost: $750.
NEW SHELTER Jul-Aug 1981 (v.2#6) pg. 22

Solar water heaters. Tips on building a failureproof system.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1983 (v.4#5) pg. 36

Home-built solar water heater combines plastic and copper pipe with an oversize (560 gallon) heat storage tank. Est. cost: $225.
NEW SHELTER Jul-Aug 1983 (v.4#6) pg. 10

A guide to solar water-heating system retrofits for an existing home.
NEW SHELTER Feb 1985 (v.6#2) pg. 70

Basic facts about solar hot water systems, both batch and flat-plate systems.
NEW SHELTER Apr 1985 (v.6#4) pg. 28

Selecting a cost-effective solar water heater.
NEW SHELTER Feb 1986 (v.7#2) pg. 46

How a passive solar hot water preheater was installed in a century-old home in Sacramento.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1978 (v.6#5) pg. 49

How to build a solar water heater.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul 1979 (v.26#7) pg. 79

Installing a solar water heater. Detailed description for constructing the system. Includes charts to help you find your roof pitch angle and for building a collector support rack with the correct angle for a flat roof.
ORGANIC GARDENING Aug 1979 (v.26#8) pg. 114

How to get hot water from the sun right now. Tips on selecting and installing solar hot water heaters.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1977 (v.148#3) pg. 131

How to install the A.O. Smith Conservationist solar hot water system.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1979 (v.152#3) pg. 132

Build this solar water heater which can supply at least 42 gallons of hot water on a sunny day. Basic collector consists of copper tubes with aluminum tabs to help collect heat. Uses thermosiphon principle.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1981 (v.156#5) pg. 64

Solar water heater boils water in 30 minutes when outside temperature is 70 degrees. This simple unit is suitable for use when camping, but is not designed for permanant installation.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1982 (v.157#4) pg. 164

Easy-to-build, inexpensive solar hot water heater uses ordinary plastic trash bags to store the heated water. Suitable for summertime use. Water is supplied from outdoor garden hose faucet.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1982 (v.157#5) pg. 85

Solar systems and heat pump combine to cut energy bills. Three alternative ways of heating water are investigated.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1983 (v.159#1) pg. 92

Solar water heater for your vacation home. This 2x8 ft. panel, which you mount on the side of your cabin like an awning will produce heated water up to 142 degrees. Panel can be placed over a sunny window to also serve as an awning. Heat collector is corrugated roofing attached to a sheet metal back, through which the water flows.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1974 (v.205#3) pg. 104

Five solar water heaters you can build.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1976 (v.208#5) pg. 99

Solar water heaters you can buy now.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1976 (v.208#5) pg. 104

Solar water heating. Tips for getting started.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1976 (v.208#5) pg. 142

A 66-gallon water tank is insulated and enclosed in a simple framework covered with plastic. When set against the south wall of a house, it produces more than one-half of one family's hot water needs. Est. cost: $180.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1976 (v.209#3) pg. 101

Adventures in alternative energy. Using sun power for space heating. A Maryland homeowner builds his own solar collectors and uses 14 of them to heat a 30 gallon closed system which is used to preheat a 550 gallon hot-water heating system. Est. cost: $3,000.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1977 (v.210#1) pg. 60

Diagram of a solar collector panel which is plumbed into a storage tank and can be used to supply hot water to a household. Taken from a 25 page booklet on building your own solar water heater which is available for $3.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1977 (v.210#3) pg. 180

Solar powered water heater uses a woodstove as a backup source of heat. Uses a heat exchanger to warm outside water before it gets to hot water tank. The heat exchanger is an insulated tank built of plywood and lined with vinyl.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1977 (v.210#5) pg. 48

Build an electronic temperature controller for your solar water heater. It will turn pumps and valves on-or-off in response to temperature changes. It will display temperatures at up to 5 points in the system. It will sound an alarm if temperature becomes excessive.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1978 (v.212#3) pg. 134

No-frills solar collector for heating water consists of a coil of 100 ft. of 1" polyethylene pipe, attached to a plywood frame, painted black, and mounted on the roof. Two or three hours exposure during summer days will deliver water at 120 to 130 degrees F. It will heat 5 gallons at a time. Est. cost: $40.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1978 (v.212#6) pg. 58

Tips on designing, building and using a solar powered thermosiphon hot-water heating system. Has no moving parts except for the heated water. Uses old hot water tanks as storage units and has a back-up gas fired heater for cloudy days. Two collectors will heat 70 gallons of water from 95 to 160 degrees in 5 hours. Est. cost: $400.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1978 (v.213#3) pg. 60

How to install your own factory-assembled solar hot water heater. Described is the installation and plumbing of 3 Grumman solar collectors on a roof with a 40-degree pitch. Est. cost: $2200.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1978 (v.213#3) pg. 138

A look at two solar heaters built by Don Kuntz, one for air and the other for water. Includes descriptions and diagrams of the systems.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1979 (v.214#1) pg. 46

Comparison of six types of solar hot-water systems has been completed. Summary of the findings.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1980 (v.217#5) pg. 132

How to build and plumb a self-draining solar collector for domestic hot water.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1981 (v.219#2) pg. 48
Correction POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1982 (v.220#1) pg. 4

Basic design criteria for a thermosiphon solar hot-water heater.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1982 (v.220#1) pg. 20

Design for an improved 4x8-ft. solar collector for a hot water heating system.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1983 (v.222#1) pg. 112

Design and construction details for two batch heaters (a single and a double-tank design).
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1983 (v.222#2) pg. 20

Pre-heat your hot water using solar energy. A black tank is installed in a small greenhouse and plumbed into the home hot water system.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1985 (v.227#6) pg. 20

A look at passive "breadbox" solar water heaters and tips on building your own.
SUNSET Sep 1979 (v.163#3) pg. 86

Suggestions on constructing and/or installing solar water heating systems. Covers collectors, piping, valves, water heater, tank, pump, and controller.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1978 (v.34#1) pg. 72

Solar window in A-frame styled building heats both the house and the water. Basic dimensions and features are illustrated.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1979 (v.35#5) pg. 90

A solar hot water system. Part 1. Make your own liquid cooled flat plate collector using D-tube, a half-round copper tubing. Estimated cost for a complete 4-panel solar array plus storage tanks: $500-$800.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1980 (v.36#6) pg. 88

A solar hot water system. Part 2. How to fabricate an efficient hot water preheat tank and how to integrate the solar assist with your existing hot water system.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1981 (v.37#1) pg. 68