Green Workshop - Natural Living. (pix galore)

Discussion in 'Gearhead Garage' started by mistawiskas, May 13, 2009.

  1. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    Needs a cat door, or enclosure where he can hide from coyotes.
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Where I live, the big drawback of pet doors, is that the pet door doesn't know the difference between a cat and a coon or skunk.
    Maxcat was taking a healthy dump in the field (during one of our walks around the fenceline at dusk) and something spooked the crap out of him. he jumped strait up about three feet and did a 180 and hit the ground running. he ran for a couple hundred feet in a couple seconds and was instantly up a tree. I don't think a coyote is going to get him.
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  4. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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    What's the siding wiskas? wide T1-11?
  5. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    RSDF 5/8" PNR 12"oc RBB T1-11 it matches the main house siding built in 1978.
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    WoodButcher just me

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    Custom cut or is it an "off the rack" item in your area? I think it looks better than the 8"oc that is common here.
  7. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    It was really a hot item back in the late 70's and 80's. It's still available off the shelf and comes in rough sawn or sanded. It's a helluva lot easier to paint that 8"oc T1-11.

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    I ran two circuits and data cables as well as finished and painted the exterior yesterday
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    Today, it was all about insulation and drywall:

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    I scored bigtime on 13" tiles so I'll tile the floor:

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    Then it'll be an ass buster to move a couple yards of dirt to put in a paver patio. I may cover it and I may not......haven't decided yet.
  8. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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    Ha! painting T1-11, yeah, it sucks to get right and I hate to paint. If I have anything to do with painting that stuff I'll paint it first on the horses or I'll tell the builder to get someone else.
  9. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I don't mind painting. It fills gaps in the summer. Usually in and out in three days to a week. I have a posibility to do another total gut, remodel and makeover comingg up. I did one two years ago that laster the best part of a summer, fall, and part of a winter.
    I'll be in biz full time by the end of july and then I can put the wife to work manning (wo-manning) the phone and doing books and whatnot (holding up a broom). Then she can get out of the retail-stand-on-your-feet-all-day routine.
  10. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    Nice work as usual, post more pictures when it's all done!
  11. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    That scenery reminds me of when I visited my Sister in Arkansas. Alas, the other major thing I remember from that visit was gargantuan boatload of ticks, from big blood-bloated blobs down to those teeny tiny microscopic deer-ticks, the whole family had attached just about everywhere. And the Lyme Disease my father got from that trip. Seeing that Deer reminded me of Deer-Ticks.

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  12. jake

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    Sounds like things are turning around for you Wiskas. Glad to hear it.

    I wish my garden looked like that. We have had some super cold nights. A couple late frosts pretty much decimated everything. But on the other hand they have started me into designing a greenhouse on the garage to avoid this next year.
  13. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I want to get a greenhouse built for this winter. Tomatoes all year round, would be great!
    no complaints about how well the garden is performing. I didn't expect much this year as it was mid may before i was even able to push the dirt from the home excavation. Then I only had very little time and materials to amend the soil and get it planted. this is the virgin year on this garden because the old patch was totally desimated by the construction. all-in-all........i'm very happy with the produce. we've been eating fresh salads everyday. The late frost got our peaches. there are a few blossoms that got
    pollinated but not as many as I'd like to have had. when that tree really puts out peaches, I have to brace up the branches from all the weight of the fruit. On the other hand, there are going to be so many apples, plumbs and pears, i don't know where we'll find the time to can and freeze them. Lots of apple pie this winter!!! I'm getting ready to
    make a solar dehydrator to make raisins, prunes and apple chips. it'll also work good to dry some Roma tomatoes. Those damn things are coming up wild all over the garden from what was in the mulch pile. Freebees! microculture FT frigging W! i have a huge pile of clippings from the field that i raked before the grass seeded. I'm "rotting" it for the fall plow under.

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    I'll add that to a literal shitload of manure and next years garden ought to go apeshit crazy ;).
  14. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    The office is done:

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    The garden is doing well:

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    The garden grows more than veggies :unibrow:.
    I've been tossing the apples that fall, over the fence and this guy's been pigging out on them. Pretty bad when you have to bribe deer to leave the garden alone.
    I took this pic about 30' away. he's not very jumpy.

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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Update:
    between classes i still get to putter around. since the office took up the patio, i have to make another patio to enjoy those great outdoors Going to put it under the peach tree:

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    1/2 the summer's almost gone. Time to start putting in the woodstove for heat this winter. I got my hands on a certified woodstove that was an ugly blue color. i refurbed it and colored it satin hi-temp black.

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    It will be sitting on this:

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    Still need to grout those tiles.
    pix of the finished projects later.
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    Looks good. ;) Wood stoves are awesome.

    I have a question though. I know you're not the only one out there that does this because the market tells me so but:

    Why the ivory/beige colored outlets/faceplates? If I remember correctly the cost is the same unless you go to the "Decora" square types (Leviton) right? Is that out of taste or old-school habit or...??? I personally don't like to draw much attention to those things but some people I know pass up the white (with white walls) for the darker ones.
  17. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    Once again, amazing work Wiskas. Is there any particular secret to your garden or is it just the awesome Northwest precipitation?

    (I'm also moving and sticking this in The Workshop as it's a great example of the type of threads we're looking to have in there. :D)
  18. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Might as well move it, not too many visits anyhow. The biege is a matter of taste. Everyone and thier brother uses white now days. it's one of those items that you could almost afford to change color of daily.The decoras don't cost any more than these when you buy them as I do.
    The secret to the gardening is what Dan was getting at in his "microculture" thread. This is the virgin year of this garden, wait until next year! The wife and I have been getting 60% of our food out of this garden for most of the last month. Mmmmmm fresh veggies!!!
  19. Octane91

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    Damn wiskas! I wish I was half as talented as you are doing that stuff. this is one of the coolest "projects" I have ever seen, keep up the fantastic work.
  20. mistawiskas

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    I got the patio dug out, the tiles grouted and walkways realligned yesterday....no classes. Won't get too much done today as there are 7 hours of biz classes to attend today.
  21. mistawiskas

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    grouted:

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    dug and realligned:

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  22. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Now for the two projects finished. i still need to install the stovepipe, but the stove is on the hearth:

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    The patio is in, now i'm thinking it needs to be covered with clear polycarbonate panels.

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  23. Goofus Maximus

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    Is that a cat toy, or did your cat christen your stove with a fresh offering of meat?
  24. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Better than a cat toy, it's a cat toy filled with catnip. Goofy stoned kitties FTW. Gidgit the Midget has a whole basket full of toys and she utilizes each and every one. She cops a cattitude when I move it to a new location.
    As pictured in the thread over in OT, the stovepipe and roof riser are installed. that woodstove is ready to burn. thus far I've accumulated 5 cords of hardwood (well seasoned) for this winter. Should be toasty.
  25. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    New garden toy!!

    I managed to find an old Roto-Hoe chipper/shredder on craigslist yesterday. The price was average for the year and model. This one is pretty old and will need to be refurbished. It does run well, but needs the hammers and blades sharpened. I minced up a bunch of cornstalks to see what kind of mulch it puts out. Fairly decent chopper there.

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    I've been seeking one of these babys for awhile now. I just tore down the bearings to check the wear. They were nearly froze up but are tight and cleaned up well. There was no noticable wear on the shafts or the raceways so I didn't have to replace them. Although, I believe I have a pair out in the shop. The belt has alot of wear on it, so that will get replaced. tomorrow, If there's time, I'll take a die grinder to the knives and hammers. I just love the name: hammermill!!!