Mike Haasl wrote:Thanks Kevin! Sharpening tools is also in the SKIP event if that gives you a bit more flexibility.
Mike Haasl wrote:The other instructors and I had a prep meeting via zoom yesterday and got many things sorted out. I have a few questions for the attendees who, I hope, are watching this thread...
1. How many of you want to do the junkpole fence building work at the end of week 1 track 1?
2. How many of you want to do the rock jack build at the beginning of week 1 track 2? The rock jacks need to be built to enable the fencing so if lots of people want to build fences and no one wants to build rock jacks, that would be good to know now.
3. How many of you want to build a hugelkultur?
4. How many of you want to fell trees?
5. How many of you want to make shakes? Cedar supply is limited so knowing if there's lots of demand would be good to know now.
6. Does anyone want to run into Missoula to do the Freecycles bicycle build on Saturday to help complete your toolcare badge. This would need to be coordinated by the people that want to do this activity.
7. Does anyone have a neat plan for the two day weekend that we should know about?
Mike Haasl wrote:
Kevin David wrote:
1) I would need to cook my own meals, mostly meat. Every time. Most carbs ruin my life and one meal of rice and beans would wreck me.
2) I may have times where I am fatigued and want sit or work slower. It’s possible I may even want to opt out of a particular task completely if I’m feeling really spacey and it seems dangerous. My energy level fluctuates a lot.
3) I may need extra bathroom breaks
1. That's totally cool. The kitchen may be in use by the cook but there are rocketey devices to cook on plus if you have a camp stove, you'll be all set.
2. Not a problem at all. You don't have to do anything if you don't want to.
3. Totally fine. More of the time we're around basecamp where there are several willow feeders. At the lab there are willow feeders near all the places we spend time. Occasional activities would take us away from a toilet but only once or twice and you can skip them if you want.
this sounds like a normal public road to me.
An access road can be a frontage road that offers access to a property.
R Scott wrote:Mail is actually a big problem some places. I don’t need a building permit for a small off grid cabin, BUT I needed a septic permit to get a mailing address and will need a building permit if I want grid power. Even if only for an ag building or barn with no house on the property. Ag buildings don’t need permit, permits are tailored for houses only. It is a backhanded way to require zoning when the state has exempted agriculture buildings including worker’s housing at the state level
Water really depends on what you have to work with. Do you have a truck or trailer? How hard is it to travel your road? How far to get the water? How often do you go that way anyways?
My preferred budget method is a food grade IBC tote for home storage. It is by far the cheapest in gallons per dollar I can find. A second one to put in the back of the truck is convenient if you have to make a special trip for water. A transfer pump will move the water easy without buckets.
Can you drive a sand point well?
I've used both gas powered and electric chain saws.
Gas powered is faster, but, electric is easier to operate.
Electric is quieter and doesn't give you a headache if you use one without ear plugs.
Electric is also lighter and easier to control.
But, with electric you are either going to be near a power source, bring a power source (aka generator), or re-charge batteries over and over again.
With either, keep your chain sharp, which means keeping it out of the dirt, which dulls a chain quickly.
AND, NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER TRY US A CHAIN SAW WITH ONE HAND.
I'll second the thoughts about hand tools often being quieter, less prone to spoil the job; as well as possibly safer or faster.
I'll add that anything you might do with a machine or power tool, if you don't already know how to do it by hand, the machine will only help you goof it up faster!
Often the "setup" time exceeds the time using the tool. So for one-off jobs I go for a hand tool more often than not. I can file a radius on a corner of a piece of metal at the bench faster than walking to two separate machines to do the same.
I can break the edges of a four-foot-long board with a hand plane, and it's done, no setting up the router, no sanding required. If I had 40 feet of edges to round over, I'd use the router.