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Downward deepend of collector

Simply RadSimply Rad Member Posts: 165
I think that is the name Caleffi calls the capped end on the down sloped solar collector manifold.   In a drain back situation what do you do with the potential freeze area.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey Campbell

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  • Simply RadSimply Rad Member Posts: 165
    I meant downward deadend

    Opps



    Jeffrey
    Jeffrey Campbell
  • Simply RadSimply Rad Member Posts: 165
    I meant downward deadend

    Opps



    Jeffrey
    Jeffrey Campbell
  • Kevin_in_Denver_2Kevin_in_Denver_2 Member Posts: 588
    Plug

    You can plug it with a silicone test plug...
    Superinsulated Passive solar house, Buderus in floor backup heat by Mark Eatherton, 3KW grid-tied PV system, various solar thermal experiments
  • Simply RadSimply Rad Member Posts: 165
    Silicone test plug

    Kevin

    Do you have an example of the the product. How do you seal the plug..with RTV sealant?  Is the silicone able to handle the high temps?



    Just how my brain works.

    Thanks



    Jeffrey 
    Jeffrey Campbell
  • hot_rodhot_rod Member Posts: 14,054
    I built one

    by using a short piece of 3/4 copper with a cap on it. The cap was a snug fit inside the 1" copper header. I shoved it in to the first riser and soldered it. Then capped the end of the collector header. With a good joint on the inner plug, you could leave the header pipe cap off as a safety, anti freeze feature. I suppose the inner plug could be inserted with red Hi-temp RTV. Make the nipple long enough to seat against the cap on the header.



    Dale at Radiant Engineering invented a plug like a mini thermos bottle plug. Insert it inside and expand it. I don't know if he plans on marketing it?



    Depending on how steep you pitch the collector, I'm not sure all that much fluid would lie in there between the end and first riser? I don't hear of the DB installers addressing this??



    A nice drainback specific collector could solve this "deadend" dilemma :)



    hr
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • Kevin_in_Denver_2Kevin_in_Denver_2 Member Posts: 588
    Rubber expansion plug

    http://www.plumbingsupply.com/testing.html



    this link shows a photo of an expansion plug. I had to track down silicone "bar stock" and drill a hole in it for the bolt.



    Silicone is the only elastomer that can handle the high temps at stagnation (which you can't avoid with controls or anything else.)
    Superinsulated Passive solar house, Buderus in floor backup heat by Mark Eatherton, 3KW grid-tied PV system, various solar thermal experiments
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