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Cameron Carter

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I am in the process of purchasing a home. Long amd short of it is that it has a rather old septic system that has me concerned. I want to reduce the load to the system as much as possible to extend its life and also get some watering benefits onto to some future trees.  

My wife is a cake maker and is always working with and frostings and thanks to her business we are abke to make ends meet. We end up washing a LOT of dishes as a result and while we try to remove a lot of cream and frosting before washing but I know a lot of grease still makes it down the drain.  I honestly don't know what our average gpd since we are on a well currently.  

My general question is what is the best path forward in terms of grey water design?  

My first initial thoughts are:
1. Start with laundry to landscape to lower the septic load as this looks to be the easier of the two systems to operate.

2. With the kitchen system, is a grease trap in order or is the grey water sitting in the trap more of a danger than anything else? Would an initial small wood chip filter with worms or BSFL be the best initial option before going to either a reed bed or straight to a mulch pit?  

Hopefully I will be able to do a drawing of the existing conditions by sometime next week to get a better idea of the actual feasible options...

Finally, the codes for my area require a tank for grey water storage which as I understand it is a big no no.

Thanks for any and all suggestions as I have no experience with grey water.  
3 weeks ago
I admit that I haven't personally dug deep into the actual science and raw data. I've been okay to take the summaries of the summaries at face value. At de the same time, I find no reason to doubt climate change nor the urgency for action.  I do see many reasons to doubt the doubters however as their position seems to be blatantly politcally motivated along partisan belief lines.  

As many have said, action is the best way forward. If you happen to be a persuasive person that through debate, speech or writing can inspire others to act, then please have at it with the deniers.  For every one else, perhaps the best use of time and resources is what you can do individually and corporately in your community. And finally, encouraging people who want to act engage in truly effective changes will make the biggest positive impact.  In these days, words abound but actions are few.  

1 year ago
Green wood Spoon,

Started off with part of a recently trimmed oak branch.  Hatcheted in half and hatcheted down to basic shape.  Whittled down with a knife and then realized my leatherman sucked as trying to get the bowl of the spoon carved out.  By the time I got the curved knife it had dried out a bit, but still got it done.  
1 year ago

That doesn't look like green wood - so i suspect it took about ten times longer! I certify that this BB is complete!  

No it wasn't green.  I got a lot of dead trees and wood laying around and figured I would use that.  Last time I make that mistake!  I kept saying to myself, seven minutes?!!, there's no way!  But I can see after doing the other mallet head in green that it would be possible with some practice.
1 year ago
Compound Mallet

Green wood is of oak cut off of a branch which was found over a bedroom with a metal roof and sleepless inhabitants.  Handle is also oak and dry.  Everything cut via chisel and the previously made mallet (which I must admit I liked better than a rubber head mallet).  

1 year ago
Youtube sharpening tutorial video dump for adding to BB instructions:

Knife Sharpening Video (although he strops as well)

Chisel Sharpening Video (short)  -this guy is generally very good resource for dimensional wood working with hand tools in general.

Chisel Sharpening Video (long)

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Basic saw sharpening Video

1 year ago

paul wheaton wrote:

Site Design

That is what a PDC is for.

Water.  Water Capture, Acuaculture, Acuaponics . . . maybe, pond building, dam building, swale construction, etc.  

PEP won't contain aquaponics.  Maybe PEC will?  (Permaculture Experience according to Cameron?)

A lot of water stuff will be in plumbing.  Pond stuff will be in earthworks.  Aquaculture will be in animal care.

Sounds good. I hadn't seen that plumbing part.  Would that also include rainwater catchment?
1 year ago
One suggestion for categories:
Site Design (or simply design in general).  Each of the pep "areas" are great in and amongst themselves, but only solid thoughtful design can bring about synergistic interactions among all of them. Perhaps, this is a category that would be unlocked only after having completed a set number of other badges.  Bits could be measuring/surveying (ie, measuring the space to be designed, and then laying out features of the design), energy flow diagrams, interaction paths, nutrient capture and paths, water capture plans, zone layout, etc.)  

I understand design is an integral part of everything that is already mentioned even down to the club mallet, but I think that it is of great importance to emphasize the purposeful alignment of all the elements for their maximum potential with the fewest input.  

Perhaps also part of the same category or an entirely different category would be Water.  Water Capture, Acuaculture, Acuaponics . . . maybe, pond building, dam building, swale construction, etc.

Just a few ideas.  
1 year ago
We're thinking about selling some soaps and hand sewn things which would probably do well in this upcoming season.  I don't anticipate that this will generate large amounts of profits, but hopefully it will be something.

My question is what are the best options in terms of business options when selling things on a small scale?  Do you setup a business with a registered name?  Do you keep records of income and losses?  Do you report that on your taxes? What kind of business do you setup: a sole proprietorship or something else?  Do you charge sales tax?   I guess I'm just curious at what point can you just kind of sell things person to person, and at what point do things need to get formalized to avoid issues with our beloved tax collection agency/agencies.  

2 years ago