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How to cut your heat bills with add-on, wall-mounted solar panels on the side of your house.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Mar 1983 (v.61#3) pg. 20

How to build a flat plate solar collector that can be hooked up to an existing forced air furnace to supplement heating output. Frame is built from plywood and lined with styrofoam insulation. Aluminum absorber plate is covered with two layers of "Sun-Life" solar collector material.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #185 Nov-Dec 1977 (v.27#8) pg. 40

Triangular home-built solar heater built against the wall of a house.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #211 Sep 1980 (v.30#7) pg. 34

Site-built solar collectors. Liquid-flow roof panels double as the roof covering. Est. cost: $13 per sq.ft. Shows how to build collector, plumb the system and install skylights in the collector array.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #1 Feb-Mar 1981 pg. 28
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #2 Apr-May 1981 pg. 4

Chart shows the absorbance values of commonly used materials and colors in passive solar collectors.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #2 Apr-May 1981 pg. 6

Hybrid trombe wall additions. Passive solar collector provides winter heat and year-round ventilation without masonry storage walls.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #3 Jun-Jul 1981 pg. 46
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #5 Oct-Nov 1981 pg. 4

Tip: How to frame openings and install large areas of insulated glass (fixed windows) for use as passive solar collectors.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #4 Aug-Sep 1981 pg. 7

Warnings on using fluorescent tubes in building solar collectors.
HARROWSMITH #19 May 1979 (v.3#7) pg. 110

Self-taught retrofitting of a 100-year old farmhouse with a solar collector.
HARROWSMITH #27 Apr 1980 (v.4#7) pg. 65

A do-it-yourself solar heating system. Tips on working with flexible collector material called "SolaRoll".
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1981 (v.6#1) pg. 80

Solar energy flat plate technology. Includes plans for a demonstration collector 24" square.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Apr 1979 (v.68#4) pg. 48

Building and testing solar panels.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION Dec 1982 (v.71#9) pg. 22

A look at the Sunstream Model 50A solar collector which you build from a kit. Kit includes 2 collectors, a storage tank with heat exchanger, circulating pump, and other devices. The collectors mount on the roof and can supplement an existing heating system in a room addition or greenhouse. Kit price: $995.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #581 Oct 1976 (v.72) pg. 44

How to install a solar window heater that can heat a room. The ISIS Solar Heater, Model 3482, includes a collector panel and an electric blower.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #619 Dec 1979 (v.75) pg. 83

A look at how one family in Georgia uses solar energy to partially heat a house and greenhouse. Booklet of plans and instructions for fabrication, installation and use of Roy Dycus' Multi-Purpose Solar Roof Panels can be ordered.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #49 Jan-Feb 1978 pg. 115

How to build a fluorescent tube solar collector.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #53 Sep-Oct 1978 pg. 86

Mother's Heat Grabber, a little solar furnace that fits into a south facing window and circulates warm air into a room whenever the sun shines. Est cost: $38.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #54 Nov-Dec 1978 pg. 94

Build the solar furnace frame for the Curnutt solar furnace. Est. cost: $330.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #56 Mar-Apr 1979 pg. 142

Warm your swine with sunshine. Description of constructing a solar collector on the roof of a barn to provide heat for a farrowing house.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #57 May-Jun 1979 pg. 35
Added Info MOTHER EARTH NEWS #58 Jul-Aug 1979 pg. 75

Plans for a corrugated solar collector that is capable of generating up to 19,000 BTU's. Est. cost: $105.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #60 Nov-Dec 1979 pg. 96
Added Info MOTHER EARTH NEWS #62 Mar-Apr 1980 pg. 96

A look at SolaRoll, a way to build liquid-heating solar collectors that won't freeze.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #63 May-Jun 1980 pg. 36

How to construct a tin can solar collector.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #63 May-Jun 1980 pg. 86

Do-it-yourself collector comparison. Part 1. Description of 7 different solar collectors which can be built from kits and a comparison of their performance.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #70 Jul-Aug 1981 pg. 32

Do-it-yourself collector comparison. Part 2. Comparison results.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #71 Sep-Oct 1981 pg. 158

Build your own thermosiphoning collector system from copper tubes, thin aluminum sheets, wood and plastic glazing.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #74 Mar-Apr 1982 pg. 182

Do-it-yourself solar space heater. Small unit hangs out any suitable window, uses a small electric fan and provides solar heat for one room. Build from foil-faced insulation board, plastic glazing, and miscellaneous hardware. Est. cost: $75
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #78 Nov-Dec 1982 pg. 118

A solar-heater for a church uses black-painted, cut-in-half aluminum cans in the collector.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #81 May-Jun 1983 pg. 114

Building and installing your own solar panels. The collector is made from aluminum storm window frames.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #85 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 132

How to build an integrated thermosiphon air panel as a solar collector for metal buildings.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #91 Jan-Feb 1985 pg. 34

Tips on building a homemade "factory" solar collector, pieced together from mail-order solar products, to heat water. Est. cost: $200.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #93 May-Jun 1985 pg. 146

A mini-manual on modifications and improvements for a mobile home. Includes directions on how to build a solar collector, install a wood stove, add a greenhouse and retrofit the roof with conventional wood frame-and-sheathing cap.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #95 Sep-Oct 1985 pg. 54

A low-cost way to add solar heat to a mobile home or metal outbuilding. Uses an integrated thermosiphon air panel mounted on a metal-sided wall that faces within 25 degrees of south. Est. cost: $100.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #100 Jul-Aug 1986 pg. 99

Two solar collectors built on the outside walls of old houses. The Stark collector covers the entire south wall of a two-story house. The Phelps system can fit on almost any wall space. Includes guidelines for sizing collectors.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1980 (v.1#4) pg. 36

The see-through solar wall. A look at the design and construction of a "ClearView" hot air solar collector designed into the south wall of a house.
NEW SHELTER Jan 1981 (v.2#1) pg. 82

Sun tower. A large skylight serves as a solar "window" for an indoor solar collector whose hot air is then pumped throughout the house using conventional metal ducts.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1981 (v.2#3) pg. 28

Build a 64-square-foot North solar collector. Built from wood, corrugated aluminum and fiberglass glazing. Use to produce heated air. Est. cost: $250.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1981 (v.2#5) pg. 72

Superior ways to soak up sun. Results of testing high-tech solar absorber coatings.
NEW SHELTER Apr 1983 (v.4#4) pg. 68

Foolproof collector mounts. Five ways to attach a solar panel to your roof.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1984 (v.5#3) pg. 22

A double-duty solar air heater. Wooden chimney, built to hide a metal woodstove flue, is used to mount two powerful solar air collectors.
NEW SHELTER Sep 1984 (v.5#7) pg. 20

How to build a solar collector panel and install it in a homebuilt hot water system. Est. cost: $300.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1978 (v.25#2) pg. 132

Solar panels for preheating water in the north.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1978 (v.25#2) pg. 148

A solar panel for hot air heating. Build a solar collector that saves money and looks good. 21 sq.ft. thermosiphoning air panel measures 35"x80". Est. cost: $200.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1981 (v.28#1) pg. 128

Build a solar controller. Electronic temperature comparator for solar energy systems or attic fans. Turns on pumps when the air or fluid in a solar collector is at a sufficiently high temperature to justify transfer to a storage medium. Est. cost: $35.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Jul 1977 (v.12#1) pg. 69

Build a sun-tracking circuit that will cause small solar panels to follow the sun during the daylight hours.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1995 (v.12#6) pg. 54
Correction POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Sep 1995 (v.12#9) pg. 4

A passive solar collector anyone can build. Lean-to style collector is built against a house. Cool air enters through basement window. Warm air exits through first-floor window. Simple frame is set on concrete block footers.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1980 (v.154#1) pg. 108

8 passive solar add-on collectors that will help heat your home.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1981 (v.156#3) pg. 109

Rooftop mounted, motor-driven focusing collectors follow the sun to provide low-cost heat and hot water for a New Hampshire home. Closed system uses a mixture of water and antifreeze. Heat is then used to warm an exchanger. Average savings have been 200 kwh per month. During summer, the unit heats swimming pool water to 82-degrees. The reflectors are made from aluminum flashing.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1976 (v.209#6) pg. 60

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

A look at the efficiency of trickle-down style solar collectors. Includes partial plans for a $4 per sq.ft. trickle-down collector.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1977 (v.210#1) pg. 76

A single-panel solar collector fits through an existing window. The heat is collected and warm air is exhausted inside the house, while cooler air is circulated through the collector to be warmed. Uses no fans or liquid, just warm air convection.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1977 (v.210#3) pg. 24

A solar energy collector that can be made for $0.85 per sq.ft. A look at the air-type collector developed by John Loth. Uses Foamglas slabs with V-grooves for the collector's heat-transfer surface.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1977 (v.211#3) pg. 51

Concentrating solar collectors you can build. A design for a collector tube that is backed by two mirrors to concentrate the solar energy on the tube.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1977 (v.211#3) pg. 95

A description of a drain-down solar water-heating system that was homebuilt and incorporates a concentrating collector of acrylic tubing that encases copper tubing. Est. cost: $330.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1977 (v.211#6) pg. 52

Corrugated-plate window collector directly heats the air for one room. The collector measures 4x16-ft. Small fans circulate the air through the collector. It is a simple wooden box, insulated with polystyrene and using discarded aluminum printing plates to collect the sun's heat. Inexpensive plastic film is used instead of glass. Est. cost: $75.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1978 (v.212#1) pg. 24

Glass tube solar collector. Used fluorescent tubes form an outer collector. Aluminum foil glued to one side of the tube helps focus the sun's heat on an inner glass tube which is filled with an antifreeze mixture. Output from a 40-sq-ft. collector is 44,000 BTU's per day. Est. cost: $$1.30 per sq.ft.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1978 (v.213#1) pg. 62

A bay window incorporates a solar heat absorber made from decorative perforated aluminum sheets painted black. The unit is used to heat basement air from 50-degrees up to 80-degrees. Protective covers, lined with aluminum foil, cover the windows during the night and help reflect additional sunlight through the windows during the day.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1978 (v.213#6) pg. 22

A comparison of the effectiveness of commercial solar collector paints.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1979 (v.214#5) pg. 134

A look at constructing and installing a low-cost, roll-on solar collector made from synthetic rubber extrusions.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1979 (v.214#6) pg. 120

Four sheets of fiberglass reinforced plastic panels are used to form a solar collector to heat air.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1980 (v.216#3) pg. 115

Homebuilt concentrating solar collector puts out 120-degree water. Uses a simple bi-metal control to keep collector aimed at the sun. Collector is driven by a power-window motor. Est. cost: $513.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1980 (v.216#4) pg. 32

Owner-built solar wall. Turn a south exterior wall into a solar collector by covering it with glass, right up to the eave.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1980 (v.217#6) pg. 32

Simple wall collector consists of a 2x4 outer frame, 3/4" strips and plastic sheeting. Keeps a garage workshop at 60-degrees or higher. Small blower circulates heated air thru the collector.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1981 (v.218#2) pg. 42

Winning designs in the FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) design contest. Includes cabana, solar collector, patio roof, greenhouses, privacy fence, pool cover and truck-bed canopy.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1981 (v.218#3) pg. 110

Ground-level solar collector features an outer frame made from cement and reinforced with expanded metal mesh.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1981 (v.218#6) pg. 14

How to get the right slant (angle) for your solar panels. Helpful math tables allow you to build the solar panel supports before you go up on the roof.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1981 (v.219#4) pg. 102
Added Info POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1982 (v.220#1) pg. 4

How to build air-type solar collector panels from etched foam. Est. cost: $1.50 per sq.ft.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1982 (v.220#2) pg. 50

Low-cost solar-powered air heating system uses aluminum downspouting to heat the air and flexible dryer hose to deliver heated air into the house.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1982 (v.221#2) pg. 116

Build a mortar-veneered solar collector. Copper tubing in a bed of cement heats water for less cost than using copper plates.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1983 (v.222#4) pg. 14

Movable solar collector uses a large glass patio door as it's glazing. The absorber plate is ordinary perforated-aluminum soffit panel material. Est. cost: $100.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1984 (v.224#2) pg. 42

Build this solar tracking system. An electronic servo system swivels a solar collector panel so it follows the sun across the sky.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Feb 1979 (v.50#2) pg. 42

Tips on designing a system to automatically track the sun with a solar collector.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jun 1983 (v.54#6) pg. 88

A wire-mesh solar collector (thermosiphon-type) heats an inside wall filled with rocks.
SUNSET Jan 1981 (v.166#1) pg. 80

How to build a 2x6-ft. solar collector assembly and install it on your roof. Also gives information on installing off-the-shelf solar collectors.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1977 (v.33#3) pg. 18

How to construct a flat-plate liquid-cooled solar collector.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1977 (v.33#6) pg. 104

Build a liquid-cooled, flat-plate solar collector. Four of these units will supply most of the hot water requirements for the average family.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1978 (v.34#1) pg. 16

A tin-can solar collector you can build that can be used to heat both air and water.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1978 (v.34#3) pg. 66

Air-cooled solar collector fastens to the south wall of a house. Built from fiberglass sheeting, corrugated metal, and wood. Produces a 50-degree rise in the temperature of air blown through the collector.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1980 (v.36#2) pg. 62

"Filon" plastic panel contest winners. (1) Solar collector on porch roof helps heat basement. (2) Outdoor diffusion panels reduce air-conditioner loads from west-facing windows.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1985 (v.41#3) pg. 100