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October 9: Plumbing the solar collectors and manifold

There are an awful lot of parts involved in plumbing a solar
heating system.  So far I've made over 5 trips to the hardware store
to figure out all the parts needed.

The plumbing itself goes slowly, one step at a time.  I began on the outside
and hooked up the collectors and an air vent at the top of the system.

I have started on the interior manifold that includes the
fill valves, temperature, and pressure gauges, heat exchanger
and expansion tank.

Here it is in progress on the floor...
All this gets mounted to the wall when it's finished.
The last part arrived today - the 80 gallon storage tank.  This is
actually an ordinary electric water heater, only I won't use
the heater elements.

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