Green Workshop - Natural Living. (pix galore)

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

  1. Miller

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    if you relocate the wood stove inside the greenhouse, the heat it gives off would probably be enough to heat it. that flue idea may be a lot of work for very little gain. we had an industrial customer try it, and i don't think they got a whole lot out of it. maybe try coiling the copper tube around the flue pipe, nice and tight (it might be easier to do and less corrosive for the copper) if anything, it would be a neat experiment.
  2. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    The incentive would be to further reduce my carbon footprint by using waste heat from the home woodstove. IE: making the smoke count for more work done. Just a pipe dream (pun intended).

    Got the garden planted and sprouting this week. Also ran irrigation to the orchard for hydrating the cantelope, watermelons and squash that's going to go up there
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    got the stuff from the greenhouse planted
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    Max took out a rat this AM, left it waiting for me at the shop door
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  3. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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    How's this playing out? any takers yet this spring?

    Your place looks like a small slice of heaven.
  4. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    People are so tight with money, even the rich people aren't spending a dime for mandetory repairs. The unemployment rate is still 13-15% here by the official count. In actuallity, it's somewhere in the neighborhood of 25% and up to 35% when you count underemployed.
    All the more reason for sustainable living.

    I started clearing 30+ years of slash build up yesterday. My dad wasn't one for getting rid of the limbs and shit, he just tossed it over the fence. There are piles of slash between the fenceline and the creek and fire season's coming up. I was just going to haul it away to the compost yard, but decided to just burn it hot and be done with it. The ash will provide potasium and nitrogen to the garden this fall.

    BTW: welcome home stranger!!!
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    WoodButcher just me

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    I been lurkin,,, ;)

    Yes, we have that employment issue on this side of the island too. I've avoided it somehow but the shit is here no doubt. I've always been an optomist but it's really hard to do these days. Worked my ass off last year an all I got to show for it is a bigger tax bill. I see good people out of work and worse on a daily basis, too many crying in their beer.
    The situation we've allowed ourselves into makes it difficult to call the glass half full but knowing where you've been having visited there myself, watching this thread and what you're doing cheers my tired ass,,,,
  6. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I been finding things to keep my hands busy such as clearing that slash.
    *this first pic was after clearing and burning a pile (brown area) that was 4' high The stool is 36' high):

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    *Next the berry thicket (not looking forward to this at all)

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    *Then it's on to the next section full of 2"-6" diameter limbs:

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    *Today is not a "burn day" in our burn control unit, so I just cut, ripped and piled the berry vines and slash until I ran short of space:

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    *before and after (the berry patch):

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    *The prize? A whole new view of the creek (previously inaccessible) and a huge reduction in conbustible fuels:

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  7. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Well nowww..........................I got the woods cleaned up. This crap just about did me in. My back is killing me, my shoulders and elbows are in pain, but it's done:

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    some misc shots that tend to aleeve the physical aches and pains

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  8. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    Ah brush dragging, I do that 5-6 days a week :p
  9. tex

    tex jive turkey

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    haha. thats a tony little (I think thats what it is called.) My girlfriend has one, I hate those damn things. that looks like a better use for it

    edit: fuck i cant get the pic on there. The third to last one with the blue drum...
  10. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    The "dragging" cutting and tossing in the fire was the easy part. The fact that there was a couple garbage piles (cans, wire, metal parts etc.) was the really screwed part. There was a flood twenty some odd years ago that embedded rolls of fence wire and other crap three feet into the ground and around tree trunks. That slowed me down to a crawl. There are farm impliments that were burried in a worse flood 40 years ago that have to be dug up and removed. My buddy and I were scheming on ways to get that plow out................it's just going to be a hassle.

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    Yup, that's the wifes old Gazzelle. I couldn't wait to "repurpose" that piece of shit. I covered the construction/destruction of the compost chopper back on page two of this thread.

    I have officially been in the cottage for 13 months and have managed to get quite a bit done between jobs. I have been super dreading this slash cleanup for that whole time. Now it's behind me.
  11. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    MSP has a thread on his latest project. It got me jonesing to do something around the place. So, I've been wanting to build a composting area and knocked one out:

    leveled a spot and set the posts yesterday
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    finished project up today
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    Next, I'll tackle that problem of not a very good wi-fi signal out at the shop.
  12. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Wiskas, what you've got here is a rough draft for a kick ass book. Honestly, you need to start putting this together and get a publisher. Put me down for a copy when you go to press. :thumbsup:
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Max is such a self centered cat! He honestly believes I'm doing this all for him.
    It is a kittay heaven.
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    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Fixed! :)
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  16. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    i'me here to tell you. That compost consists of lawn trimmings, kitchen vegetable waste, coffee grounds and any other non-woody organic waste. When that stuff gets mixed three times and run through the
    mulcher, it grows super veggies! I have a big pile of clover composting in the back. That compost is for the artichokes this fall.
  17. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    i think msp hit it on the head.. a "dummies" like book with easy to learn instructions on building all this shit and living off the grid. DUDE!! you could rake in so much cash from this to help further your "organic" lifestyle
    DUDE, i wouldnt even know where to BEGIN on building a greenhouse...
    you know who whiskas also sounds like?? kevin costner
    he DOES sound like kris kristofferson

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  18. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Well, not completely off the grid, but "off the radar" for sure.

    What does a person do with an old wrt54USB wi-fi dongle and a discarded satelite dish?
    simple, you make a wi-fi extender!!!

    I was given one of these
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    and had one of these laying around
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    My signal out in the shop was zilch
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    so I had to do something to make things better.

    I dissassembled the old dish. I took the arm off and the LNB's out, then trimmed the housing.
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    I pulled the altitudinal mount off the dish
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    Then I took the plastic weather hood (2 piece) and cut it to accept the dongle
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    The completed arm
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    And the arm back on the dish
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    mounted the dish on the wall upside down so i wouldn't hit the pickup arm with my noggin
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    And bitchin!!! i got signal now
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    in other news:
    The garden is doing tits!
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  19. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    does the dish really have an effect on distance or are you getting a signal because the usb wifi thingie is outside now?
  20. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    The dish does amplify the signal at the dongle. The main problem I have with signal, is the metal roof on the barn. This counteracts that by concentrating the minute bit of signal that gets under the
    lean-to I built last year. I even register my neighbor's network now. I need to get a longer USB extention cable to eliminate the hassle of using three 3' extensions.
  21. Don't forget wiskas, you need to have a powered USB cable for anything over 15ft.
  22. mistawiskas

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    My cable run is only about 9 feet, so I think I'm in the clear.
  23. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    The shop has a second floor to it. It's a fool's venture to walk upstairs. You can feel the floor joists giving and the decking (5/8 plywood) gives at the seems. I kept feeling like I was going to go through the floor. So...............................beams and stringers!!
    The joists are only 2X8 doug fir spanning 18' :-k
    an acceptible span on 2X8 with a live load of 150 PSI would be 10'. There was an awful sag in the cieling/floor so i split the load with 4X10's and put 2X8 stringers at the plywood floor joints.
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    Now the floor/cieling is steady as a rock! I'm not fearfull of a cave in when I walk upstairs. I only have to worry about the avalanch dangers now. (clean out the atic......................next project)
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    I was energetic enough to cut up some extrusions and make a window frame and cut glass to fit it. Then I framed in an upstairs window. There is now natural light and much needed ventilation upstairs.
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    Now.......I have a laptop at the electronics bench and the craigslist desktop at theamo reloading desk and I don't have to worry about the cieling cat caving in on me when I surf.:unibrow:
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    Speaking of electronics. I picked up a few really nifty rechargable 12v 4ah batteries from BG micro (@ $5 ea)to use in some solar projects.
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    I have all this propane sitting around. These are full:
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    Upstairs, there's a two burner cooktop and I found this brand new (even unassembled, still in the box) BBQ. I'm rigging the BBQ to hook up to the propane bottles, the cooktop allready is. Outdoor cooking without electricity this summer.
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    Although, it'll be mostly fresh veggies this summer. The garden is coming along despite the record cool temps for this time of year. We're running 30-40 degrees cooler than most years. (climate shift?)
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    now to put up more shelving so I can put everything back away in the shop. That is if I can find time. For most of next week, I'm putting a minimum of 7 cords of oak firewood up and it all needs to be bucked smaller, split and transported. A lady i know just had 4 huge oaks felled. The biggest rounds are over 40" diameter. Free heat for 3 years! Pix later.
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    Sounds like a hell of a wood pile ;)

    I just dropped a dump-trucks load of big leaf maple at my place on Monday. Time to get to work!
  25. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I believe I'm going to rent a big splitter and a big dog trailer for this one. between my mom's woodstove and mine, we used less than 2 1/2 cord last year. This should fill the bill for three years :wink:.
    I'll get pics of the piles next monday when I go over there to do some painting. I'm trading labor for a mantis cultivator and a troybuilt pony tiller.
    I have to be able to find some time for prospecting this summer. gold's at a record high. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1817497320100618