Green Workshop - Natural Living. (pix galore)

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

  1. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    So........................I got tired of having to relocate the sluice and related gear every time I had to mow the grass. it wasn't at a permanent location. so I decided to set up a workbench off the side of the shop and have a permanent place to refine my paydirt.

    The completed setup:

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    It's also shady there so it's not a sweatfest in the heat of the day. That seems to be when i get the time to run the sluice and concentrate the fines.
    Total cost= $42 labor = 5 hours
    I wish I had time to get some new material from the portion of the river that they just removed a 110 year old dam from. but getting that firewood in and going to Susanville for a family reunion takes priority this week. So, I'll just run some of the creek fines through until then.
  2. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    Whats the sluice for? Mining for gold?
  3. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Yup. There's so much fine flakes around here and it has become worthwhile refining it out. Spot: http://www.kitco.com/charts/livegold.html
    granted, it's just a hobby, but it's nice when a hobby can pay you back (and then some :unibrow: )
  4. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    damn wtf. panning for gold now whiskas?
    your ventures never cease to amaze me.
  5. mistawiskas

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    had to take a break from the woodpile for the second half of today. It got too hot for bustin up big oak rounds. The pile is growing conciderably:

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    Went in the shop where it's cooler. I go5t my hands on an older 17' LCD monitor that wasn't working. It would show stand-by power via the led on the bezel but wouldn't fire up when the computer was powered up:

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    I tore into it and found some bad caps (6). I'll replace them and see if anything lights up:

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    The I turned my attention to a couple peices of equipment i traded a few hours of labor for. A troybuilt JR and a mantis tiller. The float in the troybuilt was sunk and the bowl gasket was shot so I traded out with an old one I had and the thing fired right up. Only thing is the throttle/governor linkage is all FUBAR'd and needs redone. But it runs strong. The mantis only took a new plug and a carb adjustment:

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    While I was at it, I rebuilt the carb, and adjusted the governor, cleaned the flywheel, changed out the plug and got this old relic running:

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    Now I got the smell of ethanol/gasoline on me, but four peices of equipment servicable.
  7. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Scored yet another piece of equipment. A 2" backpack dredge!...........................cheap!
    It's supposed to get in the high 90's today. I just got this thing tore down, rebuilt it, reassembled and tested. it works tits!
    I may be in the creek this afternoon, cooling off and digging a big assed hole to swim in later. Oh yeah........there's that gold thing too :wink:.
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    This will work well for separating out the fine gold (prevailent in this area) in my new sluicebox.
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  8. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    Your digging a big swimming hole now too?
  9. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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    Wiskas, you always bring a smile to my day.
  10. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I got a lot of rock to move. If anyone asks, I'm just putting them back where they came from :unibrow:.
  11. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    QFT. This thread is the source of so many smiles for me too.
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    I'm here to tell you, there's a lot of sweat and hard work doing this lifestyle. But, it was that way working for the man when I think about it. Now, when I put in a 17 hour day, it's all, repeat all for me and mine. Not to make a profit for some dude kicking back in air conditioned comfort while I bust ass in 107 degree heat when he's speeding to the ER every time he gets a paper cut. Funny thing, I make a good living, but don't make an income. The barter system is more than alive and well. The gold standard is still intact, I eat much better than when i was pulling a 65 grand per anum income and I relax at the drop of a hat. Mear happiness has been replaced with joy. My adaptation is nearly complete. All it took was a desire to break the addiction of complying with the "carrot-on-a-stick" set of rules I was born into.
    There's a better way folks and the fruits of which are much harder for anyone to take at will.
    PS: I harvested the garlic the other day, the spinach was ready to pull and i checked the spuds. Therer were 15# of red potatoes on one plant! I have 30 red spud plants and 36 russet plants.\\:D/.......:-k......:eek:
    that's >600 pounds yield! I need to make an insulated area in the barn to keep those tasty tubers. Because they are ready to dig up.
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    You really are living the dream, man.
  14. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    That's exactly what I believe every morning and evening.
    Taken this morning:
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    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Really the only thing that would keep me from pursuing a lifestyle like this is the health care. I basically grew up living this way. Except unlike my old man Wiskas is a hell of a lot smarter / resourceful. We didn't live as well as he does.
  16. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Healthcare is on it's way out as a perk. If any will be offered in the future, it'll be shit coverage. Our Cigna policy is worthless, our contribution is $3600/year and there's no way in hell they'll pay anywhere near that short of a major hospitalization, and they'd even fight that to the point of a court battle. And that's even doubtfull. We're canceling/opting out as of jan.1. I'll take the IRS penalties come 2014. It'll be more than $600 cheaper per year. The way I see it, is that the doctors, hospitals, pharms and insurance all benefit from outrageous prices. The first three get paid more/higher profits and the insurance writes their own ticket due to the fear factor and now it'll be law to have to have it. This is one set of balls that they don't grasp with an iron grip. Bottom line, is that we all die and it starts with the day of our birth. They're really making bank off of everyones fear of the inevitable. That just doesn't sit right with me....no, not at all.
  17. mistawiskas

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    Spuds!!!
    I dug the red spuds up this morning. I was calculating much more yield than was actual. I rooted up a bit over 100 pounds. The russets aren't quite ready to yank out yet. I dug a few though.
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    yesterday i created an insulated space under the stairwell in the barn. It stays a minimum of 30 degrees under ambient temperature. This'll work well for keeping the spuds. The temp outside is well over 90, just look at that thermometer!
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  18. mistawiskas

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    Shaaaaz-Bot!
    I get this little dredge working good, and the fire protection level changes. i have to shut down all gas power equipment by 1 pm. no operation of power equipment between the hours of 1pm and 8pm, no driving on dry grass, no this and no that. This calls for a quick McGuyverism! I'll see what I can come up with. perhaps something with the irrigation pump and line. Vid if it woiks.
  19. mistawiskas

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    M-kayyyyyyyyyyyyyy vid....hey Moe! it woiks!!
    Actually, it works better :wink:

    [video=youtube;THa4rcJeuj0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THa4rcJeuj0[/video]
  20. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Well.......................I got around to replacing those 6 bad caps in that 17" LCD monitor. Plugged it in and hooked up the VGA and was greeted by this:

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    Then windows appeared:

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    and then:

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    So, my diagnosis was correct: bad caps. it really wasn't hard to spot them:

    bulging and leaking:
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    A quick continuity test confirmed the bad ones
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    Now I have a freebee LCD monitor rather than the freebee CRT that took up half of my reloading desk.
    Total cost of the shop P4 3.4Ghz 1 gig DDR ram w/620 Gb storage = $7.80 for the replacement cost of 6 caps. I love getting free stuff working. Craigslist FTFW!
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    Very sweet. Your free computer is better than the computer I use every day! :p
  22. mistawiskas

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    Thank goodness for our throw-away society :wink:
    for once, i found the neccessary capacitors at radio shack. They usually never have what I need.
  23. mistawiskas

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    Today: I gave the dredge a new platform. i made two pontoons out of 6" PVC. The old inner tube wasn't cutting the mustard. It was too unstable and I could not maintain a fairly consistent
    level and angle on the sluice. we'll see how it works tomorrow. The temps are supposed to be 100-106 for the next few days. perfect time to spend alot of time in the cold creek. I may just go down and take a dip here in a few :wink:

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  24. mistawiskas

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    been using that little dredge quite a bit to clear some of the silt and sand built up in the creek. you never know what you're going to find under the rubble and sand. What i thought were random rocks strewn on the bottom by the stump, turned into tips of bedrock granite. Clearing the debris is revealing a really awesome bottomscape. What used to be a bit over ankle deep, is now starting to become waste deep.

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  25. mattdev

    mattdev liberal crybaby

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    Your garden is fucking incredible. I wish I could do something like that with my yard, but it sucks being a renter :/

    Amazing thread.