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Mike Haasl

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Mike is a homesteader, gardener, engineer, wood worker, blacksmith and most recently a greenhouse designer. He heard about permaculture in 2015 and has been learning ever since.
Northern WI (zone 4)
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And what about one for starting a club?  Book club, Stamp collecting, Permaculture, whatever
13 hours ago
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I'll be giving a one hour talk tomorrow night (6pm) on Permaculture to my local homesteading club.  It's kind of short notice, but if anyone wants to come on over, PM me for further details.  I'm kind of in the middle of the northern part of the state.
14 hours ago
This might be silly, but what about a BB for making badges for other people who've earned badges?  Maybe something on a thin piece of wood.  Or sewn.   Or needlepointed.  Or welded.  Or woven.  

But basically a little badge that you mail to someone who completed their badge so they can have a physical token of permies awesomeness.
14 hours ago
pep
Do you know if the tap root continues to develop properly once the plant is in the ground?
14 hours ago
sand badge

build a kindling cracker

(wood burning tools list) complete 1 of:
   - poker
   - tongs
   - rmh scoop
   - metal rack to hold a poker, a set of tongs and an rmh scoop


straw badge
Welding list (complete at least seven points and at least 5 different items):
Projects should mainly be constructed by gas or arc welding
  Make a twisting wrench from a crescent style wrench - ½ point
  Make a guillotine fuller - 3 points
  Make a spring fuller - 1 point
  Make four matching angle braces (broader than 90 degrees) to attach legs to a platform (deer stand, water tower, etc) - 2 points
  Weld a trailer ball to a tractor implement - ½ point
  Weld two hooks or chain clevises to a tractor bucket - ½ point
  Welded digging fork - 1 point
  Fix a crack in a tool - ½ point
  Beefy set of shelf brackets - 1 point
  Sawhorse brackets for two wooden sawhorses - 2 points
  Door latch - 1 point

Forging list (complete at least seven points and at least 5 different items):
Projects should mainly be constructed by forging
  Set of tongs with rivet and drawn out handles (no flat stock with twist) - 2 points
  Forge and heat treat two punches or hot chisels or one of each (show they aren’t brittle) - 1 point
  Nice fire poker - 1 points
  Nice gate handle - 1 points
  Drawknife - 3 points
  Hardy hole tool - 1 points
  Forged digging fork - 3 points
  Forge a spring fuller - 1 point
  Log peeling spud - 2 points
  Tomahawk head from railroad spike (ready for handle) - 2 points
  Decent knife from railroad spike or file - 2 points
  Heat treat a homemade knife and prove it - 1 point
  Hand trowel - 2 points
  Hinge - 2 points
  Holdfast - 1 point
  2 wingnuts or other hand tightened nuts - 2 points
  Repoint and harden/temper a pointy tool (pick, mattock, etc) without removing any metal - 2 points
  Marshmallow or hot dog fork for campfire - 1 point (2 if SS)
  20 nails - 2 points
  Branding iron (for leather or wood) - 3 points
  Utility grade broad axe - 3 points
  Utility grade adze - 2 points
  Utility grade froe - 2 points
  Utility grade gouge - 2 points

Shop list (complete at least seven points and at least 5 different items):
  Crude forge - 1 point
  Prep coil spring to use for 6 punches/chisels - 1 point
  Make a center punch - 1/2 point
  Crude anvil on a stump - 1 point
  Sturdy metal work table - 2 points
  Make a sheet metal hand brake - 1 point
  Rebar drawer/door handle (flattened ends - torch?) - 1 point
  Nail heading plate - 2 points
  Stamp with initials to mark metal - 2 points

Sheet metal list (complete at least seven points and at least 5 different items):
  Water trough or pan - 2 points
  Urine diverter for willow feeder - 1 point
  Nice RMH ash scoop - 1 point
  Nice dustpan - 1 point
  Grain scoop - 1 point
  Chicken funnel - 1/2 point
  Squirrel/raccoon guard for a post - 1 point
  Solar oven reflectors - ½ point
  Pinwheel or spiral wind spinner to scare birds from growies - 1 point
  Copper flower - 1 point
  Sink a small bowl or spoon - 2-6 points
  Gravity powered fan - 2 points for Sheet Metal, 4 points for Other
  Lamp shade - 3 points
  Reflector style camp stove (redirects heat from campfire to cook) - 4 points
  Chicken feeder - 2 points
  Storage box without lid - 2 points
  Storage box with lid - 4 points
  Chimney cap - 4 points
  Berry picker hand scoop - 1 point
  Berry picker standing scoop - 2 points
  Mailbox - 2 points

Other list (complete at least seven points and at least 5 different items):
  Make, grind, polish and stamp a name tag or key fob - 1 point
  Solder some garden art (flowers, etc) from copper - ½-4 points
  Sand cast anything from aluminum (bigger than a golf ball) - 2 points
  Cut a sign from metal, torch or plasma (8” by 18” min) - 1 points
  Copper tongs - 2 points
  Copper shishi odoshi - 3 points
  Campfire tripod and hanging grill (buy grill and bulk chain, make/assemble the rest) - 2 points
  Assemble firearm from purchased components - 2 points
  Dress up a mushroomed chisel or splitting wedge - 1/2 point
  Draw down the diameter of a piece of wire with a draw plate - 1 point
  Make a 6 oz ingot of metal other than lead - 2 points

wood badge
180 points required
Oddball points allowed

Welding list:
Projects should mainly be constructed by gas or arc welding, one project needs to be from metal other than steel
At least 30 points required:
3+ new items from Straw list
4+ items from this list:
  Build a trailer (4x6 or bigger) - 8-24 points
  Make a welding table (3’x4’ or bigger, adjustable pad feet, apron to clamp to, ¼” thick flat top or grating for torch work) - 8-16 points
  Two matching metal sawhorses - 4 points
  Work stand (vertically adjustable “T” that screws down into tripod legs) - 4 points
  Exhaust system for a vehicle - 3-6 points
  Make a length of chain with 10 links - 3 points
  J tube rocket engine (twofer with Rocket badge) - 4 points
  Decorative arbor or entry for a gate - 8-16 points
  Functional gate - 4 points
  Pretty gate - 8-16 points
  Bicycle frame - 8 points

Forging list:
Projects should mainly be constructed by forging
At least 30 points required:
3+ new items from Straw list
4+ items from this list:
  All the hardware for a door (hinges, latch, knob), no lock - 6-18 points
  Custom hammer (hardened) - 2 points
  Beautiful door knocker - 3-9 points
  Beautiful door handle - 3-9 points
  10 punches/drifts/chisels - 3 points
  Beautiful axe - 4-12 points
  C-clamp - 4 points
  Shovel - 6 points
  Decorative and functional spindles for 10’ of railing - 6-18 points
  Make a length of chain with 10 links (forge welding) - 5 points
  Soup ladle from one piece of metal (food safe) - 3 points
  1 place setting of tableware fork/knife/spoon (food safe) - 4-8 points
  High quality broad axe - 4 points
  High quality adze - 3 points
  High quality froe - 3 points
  High quality gouge - 3 points
  Two person log tong (swivel or pinching)- 4 points

Sheet metal list:
At least 30 points required:
3+ new items from Straw list
3+ items from this list:
  Custom bike fender - 4 points
  Custom ductwork for hvac system (20') - 8 points
  Raise a small bowl - 4-12 points
  Watering can - 8-16 points
  Copper pot/kettle/pan with tin - 8-16 points (counts for Other or Forging)

Other list:
At least 30 points required:
1+ new items from Straw Shop list
1+ new items from Straw Other list
4+ items from this list:
  Keyed lock - 8-24 points
  Safe box that is pretty- 4-12 points
  Make a gun barrel - 10 points
  Make a firearm - 30-90 points
  Smelt iron from ore - 50 points
  Make a heat powered wood stove fan - 20 points
  Veggie oil foundry - 4 points
  Japanese box bellows (cross over with dimensional woodworking) - 4 points
  Treadle hammer - 20 points
  Build a welder (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM4sO6CN0mI) - 8 points
  Build a plasma cutter - 16 points
  Nice cutting table - 8 points
  Turn down a brake rotor - 2 points
  Stamp with artistic touchmark to mark metal - 3 points
  Timber tool - 16 points
  Log arch - 12 points

iron badge
1030 points required
Oddball points allowed

Welding list:
Projects should be primarily but not necessarily entirely constructed by welding.
At least 100 points required:
3+ new items from Wood level
1 project must be with aluminum and one with stainless steel.
Remaining points can come from additional items done from Straw and Wood lists, plus these items if you'd like:
  Hammer patch and weld a hole in a truck - 8 points
  Large smoker ala https://permies.com/t/120306/Homemade-Smoker - 30 points
  Large trailer - 40 points
  Convert a vehicle to wood or charcoal gasification (joint project with Tool Care)  - 80 points
   - Plus 10 points of Tool Care (Wood/Iron)
   - Street legal, capable of 60mph and 40 mile range
  Convert a tractor or garden tractor to charcoal gasification (joint project with Tool Care)  - 40 points
   - Plus 5 points of Tool Care (Wood/Iron)
   - Capable of 6 hrs run time
  Small trailer with walking suspension - 40 points
  Large trailer with walking suspension - 60 points
  Large solar panel mounting system (braces, not just clips) 60+ square feet - 20 points

Forging list:
Projects should be primarily but not necessarily entirely constructed by forging.
At least 100 points required:
3+ new items from Wood level
Remaining points can come from additional items done from Straw and Wood lists, plus these items if you'd like:
  Beautiful fire tool set - 16-48 points
  Iron/steel gate (think 1700’s Europe) - 80-240 points
  Elegant spindles for 10’ railing - 12-36 points
  Chandelier - 40-120 points
  Nice Candelabra or pair of candlesticks - 16 points
  Coach light - 8 points

Sheet metal list:
At least 100 points required.  They can come from additional items done from Straw and Wood lists, plus these items if you'd like:
  Beautiful hammered copper sink (food safe) - 40 points
  Steel wok - 40 points

Other list:
At least 100 points required.  They can come from additional items done from Straw and Wood lists, plus these items if you'd like:
  Make a mid size lathe using a lathe - 100 points
  Convert a vehicle to electric (joint project with Tool Care and Electricity) - 35 points
   - Street legal, capable of 60mph and 40 mile range
   - also earns 40 points of Electricity (Wood/Iron)
   - also earns 30 points of Tool Care (Wood/Iron)
  Convert a motorcycle or dirt bike to electric (joint project with Tool Care and Electricity) - 8 points
   - Street legal, capable of 20 mile range
   - also earns 20 points of Electricity (Wood/Iron)
   - also earns 5 points of Tool Care (Wood/Iron)
  Convert a tractor to electric (joint project with Tool Care and Electricity) - 35 points
   - Capable of 6 hrs run time
   - also earns 40 points of Electricity (Wood/Iron)
   - also earns 30 points of Tool Care (Wood/Iron)
  Large articulating solar panel system ala Solar Leviathan (40+ square feet) - 40 points
15 hours ago
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sand badge

Complete 5 points to get this badge (no duplication allowed):

Lead Acid Battery maintenance on three batteries   1 point
create a micro heater bubble   1 point
move a lead acid battery to the shop, charge it, and put it back   1/2 point
replacing a bathroom fan switch with a timer   1/2 point
repair a lamp (110v, 12v, car)   1/2 point
repair a motion detector flood lamp   1/2 point
replace a flood light with a motion detector flood lamp   1/2 point
repair a light switch   1/2 point
install a permanent light fixture 110v ac   1/2 point
install a permanent light fixture 12v dc   1/2 point
install a power outlet 110v ac   1/2 point
install a power outlet 12v dc   1/2 point
install a light switch   1/2 point
put a new end on an extension cord   1/2 point
set up a solar water pump (combo w plumbing badge)   1 to 2.5 points
small DC only solar system    4 points

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16 hours ago
pep
Just saw this on reddit and thought it was amazing.  This artist felts a portrait of your cat:

https://gfycat.com/shoddyfalsehypsilophodon
19 hours ago
Hi Wayne, I think the standard/code way would be to do it either way.  As I understand it, if you nail the joist hangers the way they're "supposed" to be nailed, it shouldn't pull away like your detail shows.  The angled nails that go into the ends of the joists should be long so that they go well into the beam.  So the common short nails for the flange of the joist hanger and longer ones for the toenail ones.

If you're really worried about it, you could nail on some galvanized metal strapping along the underside of the joists and continue it onto the under side of the beam.  One strap at each joist should give some more peace of mind.
23 hours ago
Especially if those hedgerows could be edible shrubs and trees.  
23 hours ago