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Dave Burton

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I just graduated from the University of Montana on May 4th, 2019 with a BS in Biochemistry with a GPA of 3.76 out of 4.0! Permaculture is my passion, and I intend to gain hands-on experience in permaculture and make the world a better place! It's time enough to stop being angry at the bad guys and get to work making a new world!
At the moment, I am currently looking for farms, intentional communities, and ecovillages that I could be a part of, so that I can get hands-on experience and practical knowledge of permaculture.
I am always available for hire for any in real life or online projects. Just make me an offer, and we can start talking.
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(tiny list) complete six of:
  - fix a leaky faucet
  - fix a leaky toilet
  - install an “instant bidet” on a toilet
  - repair a hose
  - unclog a drain with zip tool
  - repair a p-trap
  - repair a toilet that is not well bolted down
  - repair a toilet with problems with the lid/seat
  - clean/decalcify a faucet aerator
  - clean/decalcify a shower head
  - perform a water quality test
  - extract sediment from the cistern
  - prepare an outdoor shower for winter
  - prepare an outdoor shower for summer
  - repair a hydrant
  - put collected water through a berkey filter
  - flush the water heater
  - replace the anode in the water heater
  - check a septic tank level
(big list) complete one of:
  - install a hydrant
  - set up a sink with a foot pump
  - set up a solar water pump (combo w electric badge)
  - replacing a faucet

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17 hours ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will remove sediment from a cistern.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)

These are some articles related to cistern maintenance, which includes removal of sediment from cisterns.
  - Rainwater Cisterns: Design, Construction, and Treatment
  - DIY: How to Clean a Concrete Water Tank
  - Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene of Cisterns and Other Rain Catchment Systems
  - Cleaning and Disinfecting a Water Holding Tank

These are some videos on cistern maintenance that include a bit on removing sediment.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - extract sediment from the cistern

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of cistern
   - an action picture of the sediment being removed from the cistern
   - an after picture of the cistern cleared of sediment
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
17 hours ago
Hmmm.... that's a head scratcher. The best I can think of right now is maybe local odor control by having a little baking soda lying around.
18 hours ago
At the moment, I am thinking straw bale might be quicker to build since the straw bales in the walls are probably bigger than loafs of cobb. I'm basing my guess on that if this was all done by hand than bigger volumes of material (with a lighter density) would probably go up faster than smaller volumes of material for the same size house.
18 hours ago
At the moment, the current issues I can think of with vapors entering a building are perhaps the development of mold and maybe making clays and plasters more moist (which might affect structural integrity???)
18 hours ago
Thank you, Paul! Yeah, I have no idea how many people would buy it. If it does make that much money, I'll use it to support the empire.
Even though this thread is about real sounding names, I think this video explains why I think using real names are important, because for me, at least, I think real names provide a different mode of protection. Instead of directly protecting just myself, as I think a real sounding but not real name would, I think real names foster better behavior and relationships, because there is no longer anonymity to protect abusers and trolls. Equally so, I am aware victims are not protected when anonymity is lost, so, I understand and support people using real sounding names.

The Power of the Anonymous Online Troll by Sooz Kempner

From the video description:
"The dark side of social media is how easy it is to be anonymous. The rise of the online troll has led to a whole new kind of bullying and it's not always easy to know how to deal with it. Do you ignore them? Do you confront them? Is it all just harmless fun? Comedian Sooz Kempner has had her fair share of online trolls and believes there can be great power in not being anonymous."

Beyond this video, I think there is something to names and that they convey a bit of meaning to them. I am using the informal of my name, because the names I do use have specific meanings associated to them. If I do not like someone or am just getting to know them, I almost require my legal name to be used. But as a sign of trust here, I use the informal of name and let everyone call me by that. typically, in real life, it takes a few months to maybe a year before I think I know someone well enough that I will allow them to refer to me by the informals of my name.
Ummm, about that.... I just set this thing up real fast whiz-bang speed! The profit margin I set for both of them is $2.00. I have absolutely no clue how any profit from this will get diverted to the empire. Or how much of the profit would be requested for sharing with the empire.

I would be happy to split the $2.00 profit with the empire if that is wanted, because I know I didn't do much work. At most, this was a maybe 4 to 6-hour project on my end to turn the online graphic into a poster and make it a sell-able product.
I think the Nickel-Iron Battery could be a useful approach to addressing the issues of energy storage in a low-tech and safe resilient manner. Part of what I think is appealing about nickel-iron batteries is that they have exceptionally long lifespans.

The basic workings of a nickel-iron battery appear to be well-illustrated in this diagram by The Narayan Research Group:

(source: USC Dornstrife)

From the diagram, the nickel-iron battery has an Iron anode and a Nickel oxyhydroxide cathode, and the majority of the electrolyte is potassium hydroxide.

Nickel Iron Batteries by LDS Reliance

From the video transcript:
"What's up youtube this is LDS reliance. it's time to talk about nickel iron batteries or Edison cells. In 1901 Thomas Edison patented the nickel iron battery in the United States and started to produce and sell them as the energy source for electric vehicles. Some of you may be surprised by that but electric vehicles are not a new invention anyway. After production of electric vehicles stopped several years later the technology was largely forgotten until World War two where they were used in rockets. Nickel iron batteries have a nickel oxide hydroxide cathode and an iron anode the electrolyte material is usually potassium hydroxide. This electrolyte material gives nickel iron batteries very low solubility which protects the electrodes. What that means is these things are freaking tanks! They have extremely high durability and very long life compared to other battery technologies. They can tolerate extreme abuse such as overcharging, short circuiting, and over discharging, and because the electrodes last so long these batteries can last for 50 to a hundred years or more making them one of the longest lasting battery technologies out there, and finally, they're pretty eco-friendly with plentiful materials and easy recycling. And now the bad news: these batteries are heavy; they're expensive they have low selves ulta j--low energy density and they don't retain a charge very long. So because of these characteristics nickel-iron batteries have traditionally been used in mining heavy machinery welding railroad subways and forklifts where their durability is great and their weight isn't a big deal. Recently, nickel-iron batteries havereceived renewed attention from solar and wind applications off the grid where daily charging is a fact of life and weight also doesn't matter."

Batteries That Last Almost Forever by Living Energy Farm

From the video transcript:
"Hi I'm Alexis Sigler from living energy farm. We're a community of people who live off-grid and we want to talk about batteries. The way normal off-grid systems are designed is that the solar companies give you a worksheet. it's based on your predicted household energy use. You figure out how much energy you need in your house and then you can figure out how big of a battery set you need. We feel like this is a very very bad approach without any daylight driver or thermal storage. The average American home uses a lot of electricity. If you use the normal off-grid approach you're led to believe that you need a really big set of batteries. Lead acid batteries cost about a third as much as lithium or nickel-iron batteries, so almost everyone uses lead-acid batteries, but we found that after four or five years but acid batteries start to deteriorate very bad. As the voltage drops on the conventional Matassa battery system the inverter will turnoff all at once and everything turns off all at once. "
2 days ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will fix a clean/decalcify a faucet aerator.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)

Here are some articles on how to clean a faucet aerator:
  - Clearing a Blocked Faucet Aerator
  - How to Clean a Faucet
  - Unclog a Kitchen Faucet Aerator
  - Slow Water From Your Faucet? Clean the Aerator

And here are some videos on cleaning a faucet aerator:

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - clean/decalcify a faucet aerator

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
  - a before picture of the running faucet with view of the aerator
  - an in progress shot of you cleaning/decalcifying the faucet aerator
  - an after picture of the running faucet with view of the aerator
  - a description of the method (and cleaners, if any) of cleaning
  - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
2 days ago