Mike Barkley

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After a long career electro-geeking for R&D labs in the electronic industry Mike has checked out of the rat race & moved to the woods. Not entirely off grid but trying to achieve that goal. He raises a few animals & enjoys growing healthy food in various gardens. He is a life long nature lover, adventure seeker, & to a certain extent a minimalist. Eventually bears will probably eat him & turn him into compost. He is ok with that.
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That looks like an excellent method Daron. I think I'll try that method next year. They really struggled this year.
Welcome to all. Your nice posts & other efforts are greatly appreciated.
I suggest thoroughly composting the noxious weeds to eliminate any seeds. Fresh chicken manure is a bit too "hot" for many plants so I suggest composting that first too. Horse manure can safely be used immediately IF the owner isn't treating the horses with some sort of dewormer. I would probably mix the manure 50/50 with the soil excavated for the hugel.

1 day ago
Oh yea, CFS is a food group all it's own!!! I think cream gravy & mashed potatoes are mandatory. Unless it's for a breakfast sandwich & the potatoes are optional then.
1 day ago
Approximately how many hours did it require for removing sod from the edges, sweeping, sealing, & recoating?
2 days ago
Extremely unlikely it was a queen. They don't leave except for one mating flight when they're young or with a swarm when they're older. Even if it was a queen she wouldn't survive very long without attendant bees. Probably for the best that you weren't able to capture it.
3 days ago
Congratulations. You now have some baby garlic!
6 days ago
I don't think I'd throw them out. They would be first to be eaten though.
6 days ago
Take a look at these. Assuming they have one close to the temp range you want it will be cheaper & in my opinion more reliable than something more complicated. snap disc thermostats Make sure to get the right normally open or normally closed version for your situation.

I agree with David though. Hooking them in parallel will work except maybe for some weird super fancy thermostats.

Unless I'm completely missing D Nickolls point a diode won't do any good & probably would prevent your fan & pump from running. A diode can be thought of as a one way valve that allows current to flow in one direction only. Therefore, with a single diode in series with your loads, only the positive pulses or the negative pulses of the incoming AC would reach the load. At that point it is called pulsating DC. Reversing the diode would give only the opposite direction of pulses. Four diodes configured as a bridge rectifier allows both pulses to be used (100% duty cycle vs a 50% duty cycle with just one diode) but still only in one polarity. That is the first step in building a more elaborate DC power supply. There ... diodes 101 in a nutshell.

A good example of a diode at work in a permies situation. Consider a solar panel used to charge a battery. (for purposes of this example there is no charge controller) During sunny times this theoretical panel outputs 15 volts DC charging a 12 volt battery. Then at night the output drops until the battery voltage exceeds the solar panel voltage & the current tries to run backwards into the solar panel. This will destroy panels almost immediately. A diode placed in series prevents such damage because the current is prevented from reversing. Make sense?
1 week ago
Hey Ash ... this one is a container like yours. Very well hidden right under people's noses. It's all in the name. You might want to watch it just for grins. I helped build many of those trails & otherwise volunteered with their greenbelt alliance for many years. I may or may not be responsible for some of the more physically challenging caches there & in the other nature areas around the general area.    https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC32JG5  

This MONSTER kicked my butt.  https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GCKGF2_monster

This one is super cool. People come from all over the world to see it. Check out the pics. The owner is a well known game software millionaire & ex astronaut & adventurer. He spared no expense or effort with it. Best way I can think of to tour Austin in a couple days. His other caches are simply amazing too.   https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC2B034_necropolis-of-britannia-manor-iii

Here's one with a high difficulty & terrain rating. It's not that it's hard to get close to or find. It's just hard to claim. Much higher than the pic looks. With more big rocks below than it appears. Freezing water too. Whee.  https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC3EHXK

This one hurt too. 26 miles minimum in August heat in TX. Ouch.     https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC1VWBD_goodwater-clockwise

These are a few examples of some of the more unusual or difficult ones. There are millions more in the world. Most are simpler & easier. Almost guaranteed to be one (or thousands) near you.
1 week ago