Eliot Mason wrote:Ben: You have identified my pex bias! Its true, I use crimp rings. The GatorBite/SharkBite fittings are (nominally) removeable - I've had mixed results with them while others as yourself swear by them. I've never had them leak, but I've had to cut out some when I couldn't get them to release.... maybe I'm doing something wrong : )
I don't swear by them, though they are good. But everything fails sometime. I've never had trouble removing them, I don't use the tool that your supposed to though. I use a pair of channel lock adjustable pump pliers set to be open the width of the pex. I slide the pliers down the pex and use them to press the locking ring. Sometimes you've gotta wiggle the pex.
The first time I saw pex I was building a house and a plumber was using an electric expanding tool to flare the pex and insert fittings. I got my hands on some of the pex and we did some crazy stuff to it, involving gunpowder.. Its definitely tough.
Eliot Mason wrote:Regarding PEX - yes, I prefer to tap directly. The drain valve is handy, and yeah I've got a $20 reducer that goes to hose thread I use in temporary situations ... but imagine this scenario: You want to clean the tank, or drain it for the winter or whatever. Your PEX is attached to the drain ... how are you going to remove the PEX? I've never seen a union fitting in PEX. So you have to cut the line. That's easily done and easily repaired - but its also easily avoided.
And a question ... this is for your studio, which is attached to the main building. I see power going into the main building... why use a battery to power a pump?
I use Gatorbite brass fittings, they are removable and reusable. My whole house has them and I've only had one fail, it froze when the temp got below zero for a few days. I've since underpinned my house and have had zero issues with the fittings.
I understand the logic behind vaccination, and I do believe in vaccinations for certain things. My children were all vaccinated for the common diseases AFTER they could talk. It was important to me to know if the fevers that are sometimes brought on by vaccines would change them. My brother got measles immediately after getting the shot as a small child. Nobody else in our family got sick.
I know that the Corona virus is a real thing, and that it is sometimes fatal. I know that among the older and infirm population in my own small town the death rate seems higher this winter.
As for my family, we have been taking precautions. My kids didn't play soccer this fall, either my wife or I go into the store, not both. Hand Sanitizer of course, standing a bit of a distance from people.
I have two good friends that have gotten the Corona virus, and their families. But they live in the city, and one of them wasn't doing anything to prevent his own infection.
I have one of these containers cribbed up on 6x6s about 3' off the ground. It's low pressure but I use it to water my garden and chickens. I did have a shurflo 12v pump to up the pressure for sprinklers. But they do not like freezing and I left it out one day.
As far as tapping into the tank, I went to the local tractor supply and bought the quick connect fitting for the nozzle. After that it was simple to take that into my local ace and redneck engineer a neck down arrangement that now has a spigot for a garden hose.
I don't think I'd put that on my roof, for one you will not be able to fill the tank from the bottom without a pump. And for two a 250 Gallon tank will be near 2000 pounds when filled. And the IBC tank I have is 250 Gallon.
You roof would need to be heavily reinforced, as you would do to a deck when installing a Hot Tub.
I'd build a stand for the tank beside the house but below the second roof.
I do not believe that a vaccine will be very effective except as a placebo. If you were going to have a chance at an immunity your best chance would be to actually have the Covid and then recover with your body building an immunity to it.
I personally have a friend that lives nearby and works at the Volkswagen plant. He was sick in the first part of the year and tested positive, he was sent home for the quarantine period. Afterwards he went back to work, within a few months he again contracted the sickness and again tested positive. I believe he is still in voluntary quarantine at his home.
I have never taken the regular flu shot, and I will not be getting vaccinated this time. Nor will my family. Mainly because it has long been known that vaccines are rarely successful when developed as a preventative for a virus, because a virus mutates to quickly.
That is why the regular flu vaccine is only partially successful, because it is built for last year's flu. And only a small percentage of the cases each year are preventable by that method.
Depending on the laminate, your standard circular saw will be fine. I've found that on some of these products you will get a better finish cut if you cut it upside down. Because the teeth are pulling upward towards the plate on the bottom of the saw, if the finish is up it can chip some, if it's down the chipping happens on the back of the piece.
I have been running Linux variants for many years. Currently I am running LinuxMint, I've found that it likes all my old IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads.
I quit using Google for search about 5 years ago, I switched to DuckDuckGo.
I still have non-secure email with gmail, and now I have a smart phone running on Android. I was running a dumb flip phone, but then my cell provider sent me messages telling me service would be unavailable for my old flip-phone shortly. I run a business off my cell phone so I purchased a smart phone.
On my smart phone I disable almost all stock apps and run free and opensource apps from fdroid. With the exception of instagram and youtube.
I do have a bitchute account but at this time it is more convenient to use youtube.
I recommend not searching things you don't want known from home, and don't say anything you don't want heard when around electronics that are powered on. As for tracking, every cell phone can be tracked.
If somebody in power wanted to track you they would, if they want to listen they can.
I just harvested and processed a bunch here, my wife and I know where all the wild trees are on the logging roads. We keep an eye on them and harvest when they are ripe. This year I was a couple days late and their had been a frost. No worries though, I was able to harvest several pounds of the fruit.
Locally our Persimmons have a bitter skin, and bitterness close to the seeds. Usually we just peel the skins off and pull out the seeds, we save the pulp and my wife makes some killer Persimmon Tarts for Christmas dinner.
This year I tried a different approach, I took a large ladle an crushed the fruit through a colander (strainer). Afterwards I had a sort of skin and seed cake of the leftovers. I put that in the compost pile (we keep a look out for seedlings in spring).
I ran the pulp back through the strainer again, and then I put it in a zip-lock bag for the freezer. The pulp keeps a long while frozen.
Baby steps, just keep moving forward. Sometimes when I am looking around and think nothing is getting done or moving forward, I just pick something small; its that one stone that gets the landslide moving!
If you want the water to filter into the ground directly below the shower you will probably need to dig down at least a couple feet (2 or more) and fill with rocks. Just as you would for a leach bed in a septic system.
If you have a smart phone (or at least with android) you can get the NewPipe app, its a Youtube substitute that allows download of the videos as a MP4 (video) or as a MP3 (audio only). I do that with lots of the music I like and sometimes shows I want to listen to.
I think you may find plenty of discussion on codes and taxes for particular regions, but it is so variable between counties, inspectors, states and cities, that you may not find anything that can cover the scope of those topics fully. I am a Carpenter here in East Tennessee and I can tell you that there are different requirements between inspectors in the same city. Oh sure the code book is the final say, but if you argue the inspectors minor requirement, he may just find a difficult thing you need to fix. Best to follow the doctor's orders: "Just go along with him"
Ernest Ableman wrote:Life reminds me of the story of Babel far too often. Language can be so confusing and inefficient that people can't even communicate what their mind is actually like most of the time.
I find a seemingly interesting woman and go on a date maybe once a year. The last three times, I've called the date off within a couple hours, because even though our values and end goals were the same, they've all seemed to enjoy combative debate, where emotions flare and logic and respect go out the window. Then I get interrupted, get misunderstood, and get demonized because I say something like, "I don't fully agree with a lot of mainstream "progressive" ideas", but I never get the chance to explain why.
What I'm getting at is that the complex ideas that we tend to find ways to argue about are really not important to everyday life. I'd happily partner with a strong feminist that hates the patriarchy if we got along as far as daily life goes and she respected my skills, knowledge, and intent.
Things like diet, sleep schedule, cleanliness, level of domestication, desire for children, desire to actually raise those children instead of letting the system do it, and work ethic, are the important things to have in common. Complex issues are divisive because they're meant to be, and pushed by people that benefit from that divisiveness.
To attempt to find my away around the conundrum, I came up with an idea. This is my profile on a dating site (where I see zero action btw...lol)
"I have traditional values, like 16k years ago traditional, so I don't have any interest in discussing politics, culture, or in anything resembling a typical romantic/domestic relationship, but I know that I need some connection and compassion in my life.
Anyone want to experiment with a relationship that doesn't involve spoken language? We could share nice meals, enjoy Nature together, practice wild permaculture, make educational videos, trade massages, play music, etc."
You may have the wrong approach, I do not believe in dating. Never did, it teaches people to quit on relationships when it gets hard. I became best friends with my wife, we didn't have everything in common. Now we've been married going on 14 years and have four sons together, we have had some very difficult times in this life together but now we are the best we've ever been. She is still my best friend and my closest ally.
My advice is, don't put yourself in a box. Don't limit yourself, you may find the answer you are looking for inside a person you would reject as not checking all the boxes on your list.
I grew up milking dairy goats, I wonder if the kids were converted to solid food to soon. Usually we would keep some feed and hay in the kid pen (we kept our kids separate for a good while). But we fed milk or replacer until they began to really eat solid food on their own. And I always feed plenty of milk, feed them until their sides bulge. I know the little bucks have a tendency towards gluttony.
Also having young goats around chicken manure can introduce problems, young goats are like little children that like to taste everything. That's one reason we always separated them from the mature goats, if the older ones had something the kids would pick it up.
Did the older one that slept with the kid roll on it? That can happen..
I built my wife her "Green Room", just a well insulated green-house room off the back of the house. We live in East Tennessee on top of a mountain over 1800 feet above sea level.
She grows Nepenthese. (I may have spelled that wrong) and other semi and tropical plants in there just fine. I did add a two brick propane wall-mount heater. But for the most part we heat our house with wood and just open the back door to allow the heat in there. She runs Humidifiers most of the time because the wood heat really dries it out.
I don't know much about the Chinese greenhouse, but ours was easy enough to build and sorta low cost. And its pretty passive, except for the additional wood heat..
I don't know about fracking, where I live coal mining and stone quarrying is the thing, not oil. Now I heard of one well getting mineral heavy after blasting was done at a nearby stone quarry. But my well has the best water I have drunk. I refill water bottles with my own well water and enjoy it's flavour.
1. What, to you, is the most pressing environmental problem? Littering, but I see more aluminum cans than plastic in the mountains. And over half of the trash I find would be dumped at a facility if there had been one that was easy to access. I am also disappointed in places rolling back their recycling efforts, in a nearby city they shut down the local recycler because he had many "mentally challenged" people working there and the city thought they should not just be socializing with each other but also with "normal people". So now they are out of a job and the recyclables go to the landfill.
2. Are you alarmed by the proliferation of plastic in the environment? Annoyed yes, alarmed no. People dump trash, there are trash middens from all eras on this planet.
3. Do you take any actions to reduce your use of plastic? I prefer glass and metal. I am a Carpenter and I drink gallons of water everyday when working, I reuse any plastic bottles by filling them with my well water to take to the job with me. I like the Smart Water bottles they seem to hold up to the reuse well. I am sure I've filled some of the bottles twenty or thirty times.
3b. If so, what? Above
4. Do you support government mandated plastic bans? I don't support the government mandating anything. If they mandate one thing you like, next thing you know they'll mandate something you don't.
5. Has anyone here nearly eliminated their use of plastic, and if so, what is the most challenging aspect to get rid of? Not me yet.
6. Do you think reusables are too dangerous in the time of coronavirus? No
7.Do you agree that efforts to reduce waste should be suspended or cancelled in light of the pandemic? No
I live in East TN North of Chattanooga. I build cabins and houses, these last few years I've been building a lot for people moving into the area. Some near Murphy NC, some in N. Georgia. And a few here in east TN. Land has been going up, and I've not seen any reasonable prices or tracts here lately.
My answer to the parent regarding government influence would be this:
My children are Home Schooled, and have been all their lives. I was Home Schooled as was my wife. I believe that if you want your children to be raised a certain way you should not put them in the care of other people. Its the parents responsibility from the time the children are born to insure that the child learns what he or she needs to know to get along in the world. The public school system, is just that, a system. By which the government (be it state or federal) instills the idea of working in large groups for 8 hours a day.
Anyway, I apologize for the rant. Long story short, if the parent was really worried about the children they would take a larger role in educating them.
I built my Hen-House(s) raised off the ground, with wooden slats under so the droppings fall out. My rafters rest on top of my wall line and the gaps created between the metal roof and the wall allows for a couple inches of vent.
My opinion on Chickens is that they have feathers, so if they are out of the direct wind they should be fine.
I have a few younger chickens in cage-type tractors (soon to be in their own house) and they only have a bit of roof, no walls.
If you insulate the outside you may end up having the metal sweat on the inside with just the humidity and body heat a person throws off. I used to live in a converted school bus and I had issues with condensation on the inside of the sheet metal. I built my house to draw air naturally because I knew I'd be off grid eventually. I suggest you put a couple roof vents on it that you can close when its cold and lots of windows with screens that you can open. You could even build a Cupola on the top and paint it dark to draw air upwards.
Where I live and have grown up, here in the southeastern USA its very common to dig out a spring by hand and build a spring house to protect it. The spring house can be a sort of catchment for the water. Sometimes springs are not much more than a seep, but if dug out (usually by hand) they can be harvested using a spring house and a cistern.
Your old timers are telling you the truth about the trees that aren't producing. I tend to keep a few hardwoods for shade, but I clear most of the trees and plant trees that are fruit and nut producers. Those old timers are just looking at available space.
My potatoes didn't do well this year, last year I harvested at least 4 times the potatoes I did this year. Somebody I know that market gardens with potatoes did not get enough to sell this year from his field. Just enough for his family.
I figured it was just me and I should adjust my growing, this year I the plants grew in a slightly wetter location.
I build and repair a lot of electronics, Ham/CB radios mostly. Anyways, I bought a capacitance tester off amazon for I think $20, maybe. But if you aren't going to check a bunch you can just part swap to see what works.
I quit using Chicken wire some time ago, my main reason is that it rusts away very fast. In a few years you have to replace it. I've been using 2"x3.5" welded wire, its galvanized and can be bought at tractor supply. And its as cheap (almost) as chicken wire and definitely cheaper than hardware cloth.
I grew up with milk goats, when I was younger I even had my own registered herd name and a herd of registered Dairy goats. Not your average bush goats, my goats produced around a gallon a day each. I've raised Nubian, Lamancha, Alpine, and Oberhasli dairy goats, and some Kiko, and Boer meat goats as well. There are a few things that are misconceptions in this thread.
Goats are no more prone to problems with wet environments than sheep, both will get hoof rot from standing in mud and manure. As for altitude, Its never been an issue for me; I've had goats near sea level in Florida, in the high Texas desert, in the humid hills of Alabama and Georgia, and in the mountains of east Tennessee. I've pastured goats in forest, swamps, desert, and just your regular old fields. The did worst in grassy fields, goats need browse not grass.
Any strong flavored herb will come out in any animals milk. Even human. Farmers have for years eradicated green onions and garlic from their fields for this reason. Likewise if you leave the buck in the pen with the milking does you will have a bucky flavor to the milk. He only needs to be in there when breeding. In nature the bucks hang out with each other in the off season.
You don't necessarily need to feed grain to get good production, you just need high quality browse. Or good hay, Alfalfa is extremely high protein and will keep production up as will any legume that is high in protein.
I've had dairy goats individually and in herds in the teens and twenties.
In the end the choice is yours, if you have any questions I can answer let me know.
I live Just North of Chattanooga, and build houses all over East TN, West NC, and North GA. Generally in the county you do not need a permit to build. Septic needs a permit and perk test if you are planning to put in electricity they will ask to see your perk test.
You will need an electrical inspection.
However, if you do not have running water inside your house you can have an outhouse legally.
I don't much care for rules, I built my house, wired and plumbed it and installed my own septic. I didn't call anyone and no inspections happened. I did build to code, so it would have passed if I felt like being robbed.
I've been here for years, and I plan on going fully off grid.
You can sell your home without an agent, put it in the local paper and put a sign up. Require that the buyer pays for the closing and hire a lawyer to handle the details.
Off grid is different, for different people. I have lived with no electricity or running water, hauled my water from a spring that was 300 yards away. Bathed in the creek, and built several outhouses.. Right now I am semi off grid, I have landline power but I can flip two breakers and be on my solar. We have a well, so no county water. I do plan on getting totally off the grid again, this time with enough solar to handle lights and refrigeration. I built my house to draw air, so I do not have an AC unit, rather I have ceiling fans and windows that open.
Years ago, during a period of temporary insanity at a knife store, I bought a Buck 110. I also bought a couple ultra cheap pocket knives. Yep. The Buck sits on the dresser because I am terrified I will lose it. I use the cheap knives constantly. I even bought 2 more of them.
Ah well the best thing you can do for a knife is use it, I just forged a knife for a fellow that paid me $350 for it and I told him (it was a big Bowie) that you could fight with it, he was surprised. But I think every knife should be good to use, I won't make a knife that cannot be used. A good knife should have wear!
I've went through a few old Buck 110s they are solid knives that can be beat on and sharpened plenty; a good choice for a folder! Get a belt sheath for it and wear it out, you will find you enjoy using quality knives over quantity knives, there is just something about a good knife.