Nancy Reading

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A graduate scientist turned automotive engineer, currently running a small shop and growing plants on Skye: turning a sheep field into a food forest.
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It looks like you push something flat in the side where the width adjuster is - there is a slot beside the knurled wheels opposite the crank handle. I'm thinking the central indentation in these wheels is significant, so maybe carries a thread? Does the long threaded spindle hold a spool? It doesn't look like there is the space for it, and why would it be threaded?

Lovely puzzle, thanks Jordan!
15 hours ago
Hi Craig, Welcome to Permies.
This thread is quite an old one, you might want to start a new thread in our jobs wanted forum or possibly in introductions - tell us what brought you to Permies and what brings you joy.
My first thoughts were subtitles, but if you can't change the video I don't think you can put these in?
1 day ago

r ranson wrote:To start with, I'm still having trouble understanding how we differentiate between a thread with a recipe in it and a recipe thread.    

There's always some grey areas in the forums... I think if it's just one recipe in a thread then it shouldn't be in a recipe forum: so if a recipe for soup was posted in a 'what to do with scrappy veg' thread then that wouldn't be in recipes just in frugailty (and zero waste maybe) but a thread on how to make vegetable soup would be a recipe thread. The problem is that we would then end up with orphan recipes dotted around the site, not in the recipe forum.

Anita Martin wrote: I don't want to be remembered as the person who always had an impeccable home.

I always had the feeling that I was living on hold and some days my "real life" would start. Now I feel I am living the real life.

Thank you Anita! No danger of the first for me and I'm pretty close to the second.

Abraham Palma wrote:

So really the problem with the maintenance stuff is that eventually it doesn't leave space for building stuff. It's like needing more room in your shelves for a shinny new book that you hate to have to leave in the ground. If you had had an empty shelve, then you could have put it in a proper place. But leaving some empty shelves requires that you do another kind of maintenance, which is 'making room' for new stuff before you need it.

This! Both in time (and stuff!): we need to recognise that we can't do everything and it's OK to let some stuff go. In my house it usually is the housekeeping that slips.....I sort of think it's not worth cleaning something we're intending to rebuild.
Welcome to Permies Allen!
Our conventional wood fired range cooker had a catalyst to ensure clean burn - basically as far as I can tell it was something (a bit of metal I think) that created a hot spot in the exhaust to help the burn. Well it burnt out - the catalyst that is. Completely gone in about 5 years use. My hubby is a combustion engineer and modified the firebox slightly to introduce some swirling to improve the burn and we certainly get no visible smoke after the fire is running hot, but nothing like as clean as a RMH (I want!). The riser does create that 'catalyst' hot spot and is made of refractory materials which should last a long time. There's a fair amount of info on this, some materials last longer than others so do your research.
The good thing about RMH is that you can play with them yourself (build them, mend them, modify them), but I understand it's better to start with a well tested design rather than doing too much different initially. I like the simplicity - no moving parts, no electric controls, and am looking forwards to building my first one.
3 days ago
Hi Amir, I had a look at some of your other threads and you definitely have some plants growing there - I like the look of your keyhole bed. If the honeysuckle is still a problem when you are trying to grow crops, you can turn that into a liquid feed! Just put the weeds into a bucket of water, put a weight on them to hold them down and leave them for a few weeks out of the way. The weeds will drown and dissolve in the water which will become a nutrient rich soup for hungry plants like kale and tomato! Warning - it probably will be a bit smelly: that's all the nitrogen you have saved for your garden. Use the weed liquid about 1:10 water when you water the plants and they will soon love you for it!
If you can get hold of some comfrey this is a plant that is grown especially as a super plant food, although any weeds will generally do and drowning them is a good way to dispose of particularly noxious ones (except maybe aquatics!). Here's a thread that goes into some detail if you're not already familiar with comfrey: Comfrey in a market garden. It does depend on your climate area as to how easy it is go get established, and how well it grows once you've got it, but it can produce lots of soft nutrient-rich biomass ideal for supplementing your soil for hungry plants. Just make sure you get one of the non-spreading forms, just in case!
I had a go planting some apple pips last year. Not quite STUN, I'm planting into a grass field so what I did was turn a turn a turf over (like I do when planting out baby trees) to clear a patch. Then I sowed a few seeds into the soil and scuffed them in a bit. I then put a few cut off plastic pop bottles (which I had previously used as vole guards) and pushed them an inch into the soil in a few places. I was wanting to see whether the protection made any difference. I chickened out though, when the little seedlings appeared. I moved a few of the shelters to protect more of them. Not to waste the tiny trees that remain, I shall transplant a few to give them more room. I was happy with the experiment and may well try i again with less precious seeds.  
I think it depends on the tree as to how big you can let the roots grow before they are likely to be damaged by moving. My soil is so shallow that taproots don't give the trees much advantage anyhow.
4 days ago
Welcome back, and I second all the good advice on this thread about neighbours, chocolate and continuing to rest through the next few months. If things still aren't right soon seek medical advice, there are some things that can help.
Just as well you didn't have livestock to worry about too!
4 days ago