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.
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I might be wrong but I think the OP is talking about ways to use excessive summer solar energy to run a small-scale, unattended manufacturing process.  Possibly for a homestead.

Perhaps you put in enough solar to get you through the winter.  Then you have 10x the needed energy in the summer.  Can it be used to make something for those months without babysitting it?  
1 hour ago
I have a Tacoma too and get a lot of use from my tailgate extender.  I'm not sure where I got it but here's a similar one: EZ Load Extender

Using a rack to hold dimensional lumber will let you carry more home per load due to a better weight distribution.  But it's nice to have it down low for loading and unloading.

I just use whatever ratchet straps I find on sale.  They tend to last long enough for me so I'm not picky about brands.

13 hours ago
I guess I'm implying that if solar energy is an input, a device can't be called perpetual.  IE a solar panel running a motor isn't considered perpetual, right?
1 day ago
Is the water cycle perpetual motion if it relies on the outside input of the sun?
1 day ago
Good idea.  So you aren't storing it for later use, you're making use of the energy when you have it for a non-traditional purpose.  You'd still be screwed in the cloudy wintertime.

The opportunities could come around a common waste product that can be melted or crushed slowly into something better.  

So sawdust, wood chips, plastic, glass, aluminum cans, etc as a feed product that you put in a big hopper.

Turned into glass tiles, aluminum ingots, etc

Maybe run a pellet mill for making wood burning pellets?

An annoying one that I don't like is bitcoin mining.
1 day ago
Shoot, I think "exposed to wind" kinda means it has to be outside.  Sorry
Sorry, you have to each do your own badge work :(  

But you're very welcome to remind people that you are a pair so if an Otis sees that you are somewhat impressive and your partner is also somewhat impressive, they would consider the pair of you.

That reminder could take the form of a signature line comment that appears at the bottom of your posts.   Or on some BB submissions you could mention it.  Once you get far enough along in the program you can write up a sort of resume and mention it there.
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2 days ago
Julianne Siddoway,
I have merged your topic into this topic. I hope that helps.
2 days ago
I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
2 days ago