I did an e-book recently - take caution with pics - the sale price is super high with pics and author gets little.... (my book sale price with three full color pics 12.99 and I get less than $3 on sale)
perhaps consider alternative - reference another space/internet you "own" with the pics for buyers of the book?
Stephen Shade wrote:
Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:I got the free e-book and started reading yesterday. I saw some useful tips, but also some I couldn't use here in the Netherlands (f.e. other plants growing here, other climate).
One thing I missed: images, pictures, illustrations! I'm an illustrator myself and I like to 'see', not only read ...
I agree. I love images too. I am working on the illustrated addition of the book now. Hoping to release it this fall. Join my email list to get updates on it's release.
Possible future volcanic activity will prolly be the end (or, a new island) out there in the middle of the watery nowhere. lol...
"Since all the swarm-related events have sources closer to the island than expected from previous studies of the Pitcairn hotspot, we propose the activity may be related to a new expression of this hotspot." Pitcairn Earthquake Swarms
Rhys Firth wrote:
Gypsy Brokenwings wrote: To top it off they're on tectonic plates that make West Coast earthquakes look like infants.
They're way out in the middle of the Pacific Plate! even the Hawai'i islands are the result of a localised hot spot heating up the plate floor and bubbling though, not a quake producing crack or split in the crust!
Sitting WAY out there in the middle of the plate is the LEAST likely place to experience earthquakes!
Are you sure you're not talking about the Japanese islands or here in NZ sitting on the Ring of Fire?
Dale Hodgins wrote:When my parents owned a riding academy, I planted squash around the base of Poo Mountain. The rich runoff grew a bumper crop.
Great information from all above - I'm prepping an area with specific intent for it to be a chicken poo catch/process point (we get lots of rain here and the intended space is sited above the run-off to dam over a swale area in the food forest behind my back yard). Thinking it will be easy enough to manage chick poo with the system I'm constructing (as computer typing energy & project priorities allow for) - figure the birds will love sitting on the perches above it and it will be easy enough to flush out with the natural slope and the woody structure underneath with some plantings nearby. And, I think the product (more fertile soil in a swamp run to food forest will be great for a couple food bearing trees, which will then shade the back of the house in the intense summer heat.)
look forward to hearing more of all such adventures.
wish it were that simple ...Salto is far from the source and there's a slew of cultural considerations and I already queried the supplier about other parts of my order... no breathable tape fpr the ends is an issue... (people mostly don't question things here, they simply accept and adapt) ... I think I can manage between shade cloth and vertical plantings to manage the sun ... thinking to also drop the slope on the roof from the original plan - because - there will be plenty of sun entering through the walls & that should allow plenty if sun exposure, I think.... so, been thinking about various ways to do vertical plantings... worst of it, this moment, is the non-square frame (not built by me, my worker did not use my design/specs)... ha! ... sides measure (in meters) 4.3 x 3.9 x 3.83 x 3.63 the sheets are 5.8 x 4.2 (so they will fit, just needs adjustments on top supports.
I started trying to adjust the roof supports today by adding more "beams" - and then I thought it may be easier to attach one sheet to two (side and center) support beams and then lay that on the longest side then cut and place the next sheet on... thinking to that by having the supports on the sheets before laying on top, it will be easier to get them on to the roof in one fell swoop... sigh...
This greenhouse building experience is exemplary of why I would love to have a skilled permie come live here rent free. I am not surrounded by permies or learned/skilled labor... and some things require two capable persons.
Dan Broun wrote:Right on Pia! It's a start, anyway. But if the sheets are not what you ordered, can't you send them back?
I received my poly sheets (2) today - but, lol... certain other critical items not yet delivered... and, sigh, the sheets are transparent not bronze. So, I'll be using shade cloth in the summer. Soon as I cut and install, someday (this is latin america), I'll update progress.
Curtis Budka wrote:Would you be willing to break down the job of the maid into smaller jobs, paid by the task (like your to-do list)? I think part of the issue with having a salaried person is the obligation is poison thing. If there is only one task that is to be done in order to get paid and make Paul happy, you have less of that problem. This would be difficult/impossible to do for the other two positions because they focus on leadership. I would be willing to do something here and there (on top of all the other projects), but I don't think I would want to commit to a full time cleaning job.
yes...I've been the cleaner before - it does need defining and organizational controls (personal caretaking prior cleaner) otherwise - it will be hard to keep the position filled (high turn over in cleaner industry in general)
Aome St.Laurence wrote:nice to hear about the mushrooms and eucalyptus
I was actually surprised to see the caps emerge. Not only are they basically in the section under the eucs, but it is covered with pea gravel and the soil under those tiny rocks is the seriously depleted "top soil" that is the foundation, and it gets a lot of water in that spot during rains... so, this is a terrific sign.
awesome, had seen this site before but that was before I began the thought process on eucalyptus and did not recall it was on the "might" be a problem list.
and today, I saw mushrooms growing at a spot below one bed I have eucalyptus logs along the base of about 4 inches out from the log, three nice little brown caps emerged... so. maybe, under some conditions, Eucs are not a serious issue for microbial activity...
Dan Broun wrote:But will it allow the winter sun to heat the interior floors and cob walls of my home, helping me keep the place warm in the winter?
Did you come across this detailed spec doc? page 8 : Solar Gain + and this has even more tech detail solar heat gain page 5 I'm getting the bronze because the heat here is punishing. A trade off on light v. comfort - I don't have to invest in an air conditioning or heating system in my living space with this set up.
this is where culture/social/business reality comes between us - there's not a lot of remodeling going on here in Salto... one commercial building with lovely large window walls is still looking for a tenant on a very busy thoroughfare, I first saw it almost a year ago. the housing market is relatively stagnant and things don't change much house-wise. I understand the re-purpose process. It just isn't applicable in this situation. Maybe in Montevideo where there's a lot more people and activity. People keep what others would assign as castaway materials in the US. I'm surrounded by people who have all sorts of super old wood standing along walls in their yards because they will either find a use for it, or somebody will buy it for the same value as new materials. Haven't seen any glass, yet... so, I already ordered the panels the other day....
For some of us, glass is not an option. My site receives huge, smashing blasts of wind at one corner of my yard and I'm pretty sure glass would break frequently. And, people are more frugal around here, not a lot of opportunity to find glass unused. So, I'll go with the polycarb panels and in ten years, there may be a better solution. I do appreciate the good reasons to use glass.
I'm using my greenhouse to create heat and shade (seasonal adaptations); just purchased polycarbonate roofing panels (bronze) and also seek experienced info; found this Solar Heat Storage methods which may help inform your decisions ... my panels are not here yet, and I'm going to adjust the roof slope(to @ 54%) for optimal performance here. What I have learned so far in my research is that, polycarbonate panels are the ultimate roofing ... and I want to hear from experienced users also...
John Wolfram wrote:I'm not following you. How is an island that rises over 1,000 feet above sea level going to be submerged by a 1 meter rise in sea level? If the Antarctic ice melts, we would see a sea level rise of about 200 feet which would put your part of Uruguay underwater while Pitcairn would still have plenty of arable land. So, I stick by my original statement that northern Uruguay will be underwater before Pitcairn.
I see now, you did not like my humor about rescue boats. None of us can predict 100% what will happen, but, I think events like salt intrusion with rising seas is probably more of an issue for people trying to homestead an island with seriously limited resources. So, while the island may, or may not, be submerged (referencing geologic upheavals which may or may not have significant impacts on the South Pacific), the impacts of sea level rise are pretty serious, whether the water reaches your front door or not. especially when combined with less rain and hotter temps. My region will still be connected to other regions. And, if sea level rise is an event which occurs rapidly (perhaps due to axis shifting or volcanic or earthquake activity, or maybe an extra-terrestrial impact) then, there really is nothing to do because none of us will be prepared well for that. So, please excuse my humor, I'm 53, have no kids (so no care about future in that sense), and don't think that in my lifetime, my town is going to fill up with salt water.
projections for the Amazon Delta are from 1-6 meters of sea level rise. They have a lower profile than my region. I think every country's topography and natural features will ultimately determine which areas are underwater. 157 feet is a far cry from 6 meters. And, we have two centuries for this to be realized if it all unfolds as projected. I'm going to stick my neck out and say, Pitcairn is going to have more immediate and drastic problems due to sea level rise than north west Uruguay will.
Pia Jensen wrote:hmmm, 157 feet above sea level here
High point of Pitcairn is at 337 feet.
doing some research on this and am finding that the projections from various scientific sources show the lowest areas, Montevideo for example, are subject to sea level rise. What references are you using? I'd like to see how you come to your determination. I just don't see how a one or even two meter rise will affect this region.
Pia Jensen wrote:betting there's a few folks who'd go for that regardless of the constraints. Thing I wonder is: will the film crew send rescue boats when the islands submerges if the oceans keep rising?
Rising sea levels threaten to wash away entire nations south pacific ocean acidification
Don't worry about that. Your part of Uruguay will be underwater before Pitcairn.
Great point about differences in how communities manage - each of the Latin American countries I've lived in (3 so far and lots of visits to Mexico years ago) there is a natural social security network that has nothing to do with governments but which supports numerous families. Farming and workers are critical pieces to that security network.
betting there's a few folks who'd go for that regardless of the constraints. Thing I wonder is: will the film crew send rescue boats when the islands submerges if the oceans keep rising?
Rising sea levels threaten to wash away entire nations south pacific ocean acidification fisheries increased temps, less rainfall
Pew, National Geographic Applaud Creation of Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve monitoring Bertarelli Foundation announced a five-year commitment to support the monitoring
I load up my docs to share via google docs, if you have gmail or a google account, it's super easy. No need to convert or anything... create a folder for permie news and just put everything there then do "share" copy the url and post.... if that works for you. Some people get upset by perceived security issues... I think there are bigger threats out there and don't worry about google docs.
great point, chad ... it's pretty cold today which saps my energy enuff to say - yeah, I'll do that tomorrow, was doing insulation earlier - and @ the fridge I was even thinking of just putting rubber "booties" on the fridge feet...lol... tiny fridge, no bulb, no ice maker equipment .. never cared for it and as one person without a kitchen for the moment, all I need is a "courtesy" fridge - and - it came from GE, which, may be the issue in a house constructed on the cheap side... quite possibly some incompatibility issues - for example, I have not encountered issues with the Italian clothes washer. hmmm - Thank You
chad Christopher wrote:You may be looking too deep into the situation. It could be something wrong with the refrigerator. To rule out static electricity, when you get shocked, touch it again. Do you get the same shock? If yes, something is wrong with the wiring of the fridge. Anyone familiar with electric, can do a continuity test on the unplugged refrigerator to see if there is an improper ground or short to the metal casing. I only see two wires in your picture. So chances are theres no designated ground per say. Run an extension cord from a different outlet, put a pole from one side of a meter in the hot side of the cord, and touch the fridge where it shocks you, with the other pole. If there is a positive number on the meter, its the fridge. If not, i have no clue. The only other thing i can think of, is if you have an icemaker, the water line maybe improperly grounded, but your faucet would probably give you a zap too. Either way, an electric meter will give you a reading.
awesome direction, Bill- heading to the store for the greenhouse roofing and walls today anyway, and will get some copper just in case the utility co. is not in tune with the idea. though, I am going to get the service separated from the other side of this duplex and perhaps they will find it easy enough to resolve the electric fridge issue then! Suppose I should go pay the bill, and pay for separating the service and request better grounding by them before I buy copper.... hmmm, yeah, Thanks, Bill! and this will be next month's expensive project: "lime stabilized clay or lime plaster" + - You just helped me prioritize a few things (been grappling with a variety of project priorities partially determined by weather and a bunch of stuff is pushing up to the top now....)
Bill Bradbury wrote:Hi Pia,
I think that wire in the wall is the grounding for the house; it very possibly ties into some rebar in the wall,but that is inadequate since the electrons have no clear path they can wander into the floor.
I would contact the utility company as they should have a ground at the meter. If this is not acceptable, then I suggest that you pound the ground rod that you have in the earth and tie a wire to it and the frame of the fridge, since this seems to be the trouble spot. Just back off one of the bolts on the frame, wrap the wire around it and tighten. Use as heavy of a copper wire as you can find(#4 is great) and connect with a brass ground clamp.
The OPC render is not so good, but since it is only the base coat, I think it can be remediated. Find a rubbing block and rub the whole thing down real good, then apply a nice coat of lime stabilized clay or lime plaster. If you can find a good source for clay and sand, you will only need about 100 lbs of hydrated lime.
great description, Bill - there is no panel - there's the utility owned meter with fault protection box outside (maybe that is all I need and the young man who dumped off the rod was full of ideas not grounded? lol) and two breakers without the usual "trappings" one in my bedroom and one in the bathroom - this:
Bill Bradbury wrote:Hi Pia,
Very few people understand that electricity comes from the earth.
We think that a generator creates electricity, but that is not really how it works. The generator(or other source) creates a magnetic field that excites the electrons in the wire; this pulls electrons from the earth and then they dance through our devices and return back to the earth. We call that dance electricity.
Your system receives the excited electrons from the power generation source, then they run through your devices and must find a way back to the earth. If your system is not properly grounded, the electrons will look for other paths to return by, like your structure.
Here in the states, we ground and ground again. This is not necessary, you just need to have the common wire grounded. Open your panel and there should be a wire that does not go to the breaker. This is the common wire and should be bonded to an 8' copper coated ground rod buried in the earth.
It sounds daunting, but this is simple. Post more photos and we can narrow the advice.
good advice, but - I'm not planning on investing in anything else - no bankroll here - and - I like my barrio and this house has potential with some repairs, not too extensive but enough to make it comfortable for a hostel. If there is anything from my father's estate - I'll use that to do more repairs I'll probably die digging a hugelbed when I'm 60 ...lol
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:Pia, if this is a rental then just get your wiring grounded in some fashion...and...Buy some land and build for yourself... Look forward to reading more about your adventures down there...
awesome, thanks for your thoughts - I added more photos to show the rod, a breaker, and more of the wall with wire and moved the adobe brick description page here to this page your suggestions are much appreciated - will have to do what I can with an income of $1016 (the house is a rental and I can rent it forever - landlord has few options and likes me)
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:Hello Pia,
ohhh... this is the 'cemented' adobe house and two more photos are here at my site...So, you think I should sand off the exterior cement? (inside and outside the house)...
Grant you, I am only getting a partial understanding from the photos, yet they seem to be exactly what I have seen whenever I have been to tropical zones in either Asia or South America. Cement has become a huge industry there. Lots of folks making money from it, just like here, with little regard for either the environmental damage it causes or the actual poor quality it gives in architecture made of it. One the critical issues with OPC stuccos on any structure, is what it blocks from view, and traps in the interstitial zones of walls. These buildings can last decades with these coverings of opc stucco, while large hollow voids and/or softening of the adobe bricks takes place, while some actually liquefy and wash out near the sill area. They simply loose what little structural integrity they ever had. Then a tectonic event takes place of either wind and/or seismic and the house roof comes crashing down on the occupants...
As for "sanding it off," only you can determine if that is warranted at this time. I would select "test sites" and do sampling within the walls. I personally would probably first assess the actual overall viability of the structure as it currently exists. Then would simply start rebuilding in a traditional/natural (t/n) method appropriate for a tropical biome, each section of the house as I could properly design and facilitate the work. Just removing the opc may not be enough if the house is generally not built well...as many modern structures seem to reflect.
There's no traditional fuse boxes - the electric enters the house to a double switch/breaker of sorts then and goes directly to outlets... normal set up in cheap housing here. The meter out front has trip function - if there's a fault in the system - it shuts off.
Again, I would probably do all my own upgrading to a safer electrical harness and breaker box for the entire house. Then again, just ground this..."as is"...could do a great deal. It is hard to tell. If your asking for a "gut feeling" from past experiences with homes in places like central and south America...I would start all over as I could afford it, rebuilding everything to a higher standard, and not bother trying to fix things that are of poor building technique to begin with...But thats me...
Definitely issues with fed authority, but states are a bit whacky also,look how Colorado mangles local access by selling their water to Cali and outlawing local collection. Perhaps the initial effort will lead to the bigger dialog needed - water access/rights and human rights.