Tiffaney Dex

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Hi Richard,

It's looking good. As far as pumping water, I know someone who set up a bicycle powered pump in a village in Namibia. It filled up an elevated holding tank, which gave the village pressure. I don't really know the specifics of how the pump worked, I know that they needed to pedal for one hour to fill up the tank. But I don't even know how big the tank was. I can ask him details about the system when I see him in a few weeks time. Would you like me to ask any specific questions?

As far as the washing machine goes, I would recommend increasing the size of the wheel that turns the machine. Right now, with one turn of the pedals, the machine will turn one time. You'll never be able to decently spin your laundry like that. A decent spin takes about 700 tours per minute. So, a good ratio would be ten turns on the machine for one turn of the pedals. Our machine does not do that. We get 7 turns of the machine for one turn of the pedal. And our clothes still drip regularly when hanging them to dry. Which means they have to first off have time in a drip-resistant area.

To get the 7:1 ration, we made gear spokes from screws, which we put in a wheel, which turns the chain connected to the washing machine. The wheel we have now is bigger than our first original wheel. But we still need to find a bigger one. Also, washing works better if you can turn in two different directions. Which makes things more complicated, as the wheel has to be able to go "backwards." Normal bicycles only go forward. I believe there is something that can be done to change that, but we have never figured that out. We have just used the wheels as we found them.

Good luck and I will get back to you when I see my friend again.
7 months ago
I'm at the library right now and have found the photos on facebook.
1 year ago
Thank you, Mike!

The wall isn't actually finished still. It is supposed to get up to the level of the black plastic livestock watering containers behind it and cover the black plastic edges. This is our used water treatment system. We started working on it in 2015 and I know I posted pictures of the beginnings on Facebook. I probably have them somewhere, but it will take power that we don't have at this time of the year to find them. I think it is about two years now that our used water goes into the system and all of the work around it is not a big priority. My husband sometimes adds a couple of stones when he sees one that he thinks looks right. I haven't added anything  besides soil and plants during the past year, so he is the one needs to be credited for the work.

The black plastic containers (drinking troughs?) are our vertical plant filters. The water pipes go out the bottom of them, through the wall, and into the horizontal filter that is below the wall. The wood bark hides the pipes.
1 year ago
I don't know what a badge is and I will not be able to get before photos until after the Imbolc, as we only have solar power and I will not have access to my computer, where before photos are stored, and the internet for lack of power until then. But I took some photos with my phone this morning and will share them.
1 year ago
Those look incredible! And, like another permie said, comfortable! Awesome job!

How much do you think you would have to charge for a pair of boots, if you were interested in starting a business?
1 year ago

Will Meginley wrote:

Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:

What's S.O.M. stand for?

Dale Hodgins wrote:

These photographs illustrate the simplicity of this type of tank. I won't be insulating or burying mine.

Hi Dale,

Do you know how the tank in the photograph is covered and how it is cleaned out?

Thank you in advance,

Tiffane Dx
1 year ago
Hello Mick and thank you for the reply and ideas. I think that cutting out one side for a door would probably work well. I already have the door that would then become the outer door, I just will have to figure out something so that the insulating inner door is tight, as the outer door in an old piece of carved wood that has been held together since we recovered it with a few pieces of metal. I like the idea of just cutting out the side. And having that cut out side become part of the future box.

That is cool that your Christmas tree star is still used!

Thanks again.
1 year ago
Good day to everyone.

Fourteen years ago, I received a package with recycled-paper packaging peanuts in it and wanted to do something with the packaging materiel. So, I found a second used cardboard box (the box I received was a good size for my principle stainless steel casserole) at the grocery store, bought duct tape (rather expensive here back then)  and made a fire-less cooker. And it has served my family and I well through the years, through many periods of traveling with us. Yes, it did travel with us. But it has aged pretty well, all considering.

Upon seeing the cooker topic in the daily digest, I was happy because my cooker is going to need to go through a transformation from those two original cardboard boxes. And if anyone has any ideas on how to transform it, I would greatly appreciate knowing of them. We bought a house and land three years ago and the cooker needs to become something more permanent. Right now, it is in its original form on the kitchen floor, where it has to be cleaned of dog hair every few days when we use it. It cannot stay in the spot where it is because we plan to build a Walker Stove there. The spot where it is destined to be is under a 10 cm thick wood counter, which makes it that we will not be able to put a casserole in it from the top of the box, unless we somehow had that it was made as a drawer. But I cannot imagine that would be able to be stable enough to slide in without spills. Do you think that I could have the heat stay in well enough with an insulated door?

Well, I'm putting pictures of my cooker, which I moved onto the counter, above where it is destined to live under.
1 year ago

zeek mcgalla wrote:Hello not sure if this has been said but spent coffee grounds can be used to help with scrubbing and they are acidic.  Hope this helps.

Hello Zeek and hello to everyone else

When I saw this in the daily is, my first thought was "dried spent coffee grinds". I was astonished that I had to get to the second page before seeing that response. Coffee grinds cut oil. That is why they work so well in repairing a slow cloggy drain. If dirty dishes are wiped first with coffee grinds,outside of water,  the grease and remaining food bits come off. It essentially performs the task that the dogs and cats accomplish, as mentioned in some earlier posts. But, with spent coffee grinds, you can just quickly rinse in a very small amount of water at any temperature afterwards, to get off any grinds that didn't get brushed into the compost bin.
2 years ago