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Old 08-31-2017, 02:02 PM
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I've been getting on roofs since 1989 and I've never seen one of these....I don't even have a clue about what it does or did.

Looks like a piece of glass on one side with an aluminum frame on the back. Apparently the ducts attached to something - probably just the roof.

Anybody got a guess? Was there a machine that attached to it or just ductwork. If it was only ductwork, I may have to allow for wind damage....if there was a machine of some kind someone took or stole...maybe not.

/vacant bank owned property....
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Solar water heater panel would be my guess.
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Early solar powered clothes dryer. Just heated the air.
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Originally Posted by Qb1rdman View Post
Solar water heater panel would be my guess.
I didn't see any plumbing components...no pipes or anything. Maybe? I dunno.
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Originally Posted by Qb1rdman View Post
Solar water heater panel would be my guess.
Yep.
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Access holes for rain water ;? and shingles that are missing.
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Just a DIY heater, for the air, is my guess. Seen plans before, most in a window, but same design.
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My guess also is an air heater.
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Ha. Looked up Solar Air Heater and looks like we have a winner. I wonder if it worked...
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I invented that 40 years ago . Got screwed out of it ...!!!

It worked GREAT !!!

Originally Posted by rotaryjohn View Post
Early solar powered clothes dryer. Just heated the air.
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Roof mounted fish tank...


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Solar air heater for marijuana operation. Hence bank owned.
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Almost 30 years on roofs.... and you couldn't figure this out ?
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Originally Posted by LongIslandFisherman View Post
Almost 30 years on roofs.... and you couldn't figure this out ?
No. Why would I make a wild guess and potentially get it wrong.

Besides, in the south, we'd be looking for ways to figure out how not to get hot air into the house.
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Ringing in late again...

Originally Posted by Tommysmicroskiff View Post
I invented that 40 years ago . Got screwed out of it ...!!!

It worked GREAT !!!
30yrs ago my Uncle Ronnie, a contractor who helped build the missle silos @ vandenburg spent was trying to talk me into this tech/geothermal heating/cooling on my first house in northern Mn by Canadian border...difference was he said I needed to dig up yard and put ducks in ground so they'd be heated by ground air of 50F when it would be -25F surface temp to n winter...

https://greenpassivesolar.com/sustai...hermal-energy/
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Originally Posted by Skipperbuccaneer View Post
Ringing in late again...



30yrs ago my Uncle Ronnie, a contractor who helped build the missle silos @ vandenburg spent was trying to talk me into this tech/geothermal heating/cooling on my first house in northern Mn by Canadian border...difference was he said I needed to dig up yard and put ducks in ground so they'd be heated by ground air of 50F when it would be -25F surface temp to n winter...

https://greenpassivesolar.com/sustai...hermal-energy/
Problem with dat is ducks like to go south in de winter.
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Ha. Looked up Solar Air Heater and looks like we have a winner. I wonder if it worked...
Did the people ever have a pool? My neighbor had one of these on the roof to heat his pool.

Something that small I wouldn't think would be very useful.
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Yep, Solar air I knew someone that had a pretty elaborate system once. Hot air from the panel was blown over a couple of ton of rock in a crawlspace. The heated rock would then release the heat up into the living space at night
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That is a solar panel that heated air. I had two on my old farmhouse. It is late 1980's vintage, when there was a tax credit for installing alternate energy. My system would heat the 3K farmhouse enough to completely replace the boiler system and shut it down during the day, if it was sunny out. It had a temp sensor, so when the air was hot enough the fan would start blowing. It was worth the price. At the time, the farmhouse used propane for heat and propane price was thru-the-roof. Solar was worth the cost and effort. My roof pitch was extreme on the old house so the panels sat more or less flat to the roof.
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Flashing bent in towards the opening should have been a clue that nothing was ripped OUT of this opening. Yes, I'm also a licensed insurance adjuster.

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