i think, the articles misses one things: where does the infection start?
normally it starts in the throat and then drips down into the lungs. this takes a few days. within these days the body starts to build up immunity/resitance.
if the virus load is high the infection can start directly in the lungs. this is (i think) one of the causes why some young and healthy people get very sick very quickly.
germany has put huge restristions on social life.
my thoughs on viral load: i think, normal flue germs are nearly everywhere. but we don t get the flue everytime it comes around. so there MUST be some resitance, at least against small doses/virus loads.
if you have that kinda soil: you can make adobe bricks. Or you can make a form and create rammed earth blocks
Or you could build the whole thing from cob or from rammed earth. That would require protection from rain. But that would make a project with "stacked functions of learning" (I assume that you re doing this with children?).
As first experiment you could try to use 4"+ tin cans and throw some clay-rich-soil about it. See if it cracks. If yes, add chopped hay or straw and/or sand.
sorting out kitchen cabinets (better reduce shopping for groceries ....)
thinking about what to cook with all the amaranth I found ...
eating more sprouts ...
planning to build round-wood toilet paper holder (well i did think about it before, but for the larger kitchen cleaning tissue) ... i should do wood burning into the TP holder: Corona 2020 .... or something like that
thank you, that helped alot! I did order cheaper LEDs. 1.59€ LEDs on a 0,5€ Lamp are a bit overkill ... I don`t expect the quality of the LED to be a bottleneck.
It seems to work, but I ll see when I ve got them soldered.
Using LEDs for projects is a nice thing. They could also be used in wood, if you drill holes. One might use these kind of solar lamps and solder a longer piece of cable between LED and the unit. Should be cheaper than buying the solar cell, charge controller, battery etc.
A cheap way to use LEDs in project is to get LED string lights from the dollar store and use them.
Hey... what about using solar for a fan? There are 12V DC fans from Desktop PCs (around 1$ each). You could hook them to a (used) 12V car battery. They should run for days on a battery load. But you could use a 20-30watt solar panel (nominal 12V, 25-40$) and a cheap 5AMP charge controller (7-15$).
I bought a bunch of small solar garden lamps on a sale. The kind that have a long spike to push it into the ground.
I plan to use them as artificial tea-lights(candles). Got thing is that they have 100maH NiMH batteries. The batteries are changeable, so they can be upgrade and the things are solar rechargeable and somewhat waterproof. In my opinion, these have the potential to become really nice lamps.
Problem is: the LED is blueish cold white. I want nice warm white. So I could get LEDs from ebay and resolder them. But I am confused on what kind I need. What voltage and other specifications would I need?
Could you awesome experts provide some links on ebay that would help me go in the right direction?
to take pallets apart you could use a sawzall, sabre-saw with a blade for metal or a genaral purpose deconstruction blade. and then just cut through the nails. i mean the "seams" where the individual pieces of would connect together. and then just leave the nails in the wood. it wont matter for doing your walls with straw light clay or something...
Well ... this is not exactly a pitch ... but what about this:
"Has your doctor ever told you to eat yoghurt etc, to bring your gut flora back on track after taking antibiotics?
This is because antibiotics kill off your positive gut bacteria, which is important for your health. Say, if your gut flora is out of whack and you would need to bring it back in order: would you rather eat some fresh sourkraut, tasty pickles, yoghurt etc. or pay a few hundred bucks to have a piece of poo from another person shoven up ypur backside and transplanted into your colon? What would you prefer? "
what about "stone salt"? I m not sure how you call it, but it is a mineral salt from ancient seas which dried up. So it s from seas that are not polluted.
I like epsom salt baths and washing with a cloth and an epsom salt solution (air dry the skin, no toweling). I read that the body will dump excess acid into the basic water/Mineral-deposits through the skin.
For drinking water, I like to add a solution of Magnesium Chloride (Zechsteiner Salt or something). And I sometimes use some food grade clay powder in drinking water.
there are special hot air guns for weeding. they have a long pipe and kinda slider that you can move over the floor.
you might try to use a steam-mop. These steam appliances for cleaning floors. could you borrow one and try? I tried it at my parents paved paths, somewhat successfully. That thing did not have enough power to quickly cook the bigger plants but worked ok on the small stuff. So repeated using this would be easier, when you only have small weeds. It s easy work, like vacc cleaning carpets.
just an idea. we have clay soil, but it s moist nearly all the time. to break up grass and weeds i use a garden claw (the thing with the horizontal handle which you turn and claws that dig into the ground). it leaves lumps. i assume that the chicken would be able to break them up smoothly. maybe keeping the soil wet would help?
you can build a greenhouse unto the hillside (halfway between walipini and earthship). then have a sealed area, like a compartment of the greenhouse (like with a sealed glass wall and glass doors) which leads to a small, dry part of the greenhouse. this leads into your cave... you can hide the door into the cave by building a wardrobe around it... it s common for people to disappear by walking through a wardrobe... to Narnia or something....
Instead of slip form stone you might use rammed earth, maybe mixed with some cement (like clay-soil-cement oder cement stabilized compressed earth blocks)
i think, you would need an electirc dehumidifier inside your cave, alongside with other measures to reduce air humidity
our most obvious lawn problem: it does not take foot traffic well. The soil is heavy clay. Climate is wet and often overcast, the lawn is in partial shade. So we do not get that much of new growth.
When you walk on it when it s wet, then the grass sticks to the clay which kills it...
I m using a digging fork to push holes into the lawn and i m spreading (commercial) potting soil and our compost. I m trying to establish mulched flower beds around it to increase soil life
update: the system is outside the hut with a vented bucket (with lid) and a urine diverter. The bucket does not get many input, so i cannot tell how well it breaks down or how many buckets a person would fill per year.
but it works as intended for that scale of usage. No smell, no flies, some volume reduction/decomposition happening in the bucket. No cover material is needed (just for aesthetic resons, I use some shredded newspapers)
i was soooooo thinking about that but with rammed earth walls.
the point is, i would have to rethink from J-Tube to batch. and i would have to research if that would work with clay and perlite. or something other that i could get without too much trouble
which would probably work better, since I have 4 inch pipes laying around
And in general some reading into time management might give some tools and ideas.
but... considering gardening/farming/homesteading it might look a bit different than in business... but YOU put the value and importance to it... YOU give the priority ... YOU decide what really matter in your life and situation
my thoughts (just planning, no actual experience) is to make a rectangular box from rammed earth (RE). maybe 4-6 inches wide. this will be the "casing" for a core from clay-perlite-mix. then fill the bottom of the RE-box with clay-perlite (1-2 inches would be enough?), set a J-tube box from wood as sacrificial inner mold and put the clay-perlite around and above it (2 inches thick or more?). then cob above it, put heat riser on top and the bell etc.
i d like to make the bell and bench (no ducting just RE-channels) from RE. Our dug up subsoil is very clay rich, it makes solid stuff with just a little tampering
probably you could do other cast-core recipies in a RE-casing/box, when you would be able to get the inner form out. drying out the cast core could be an issue.
fear is one thing ... assessing the potential risks of a given situation is another.
preparedness may transform an "unspecific fear" into an actual strategy to mitigate potential risks/threats.
but ... i think, preparedness should be stacking functions so that it has benefits, even when the shit stays where it belongs and does not decide to hit the fan
most of preparedness falls into categories of homesteading, natural life, approiate technology etc. ... and i feel free to just assume that we all here like that kinda thing already
what i realize that the "prepper mindset" in germany is much different than in the US. We rely heavily on good infrastructure and full supermarkets. I have lived in walking distance to supermarkets nearly all the time and have experienced just a few blackouts here, most just a few minutes. So most people are not used to it and do not think very much about it. That might be true for most of the younger generations that have grown up in cities or larger villages.
Nicole Alderman wrote:Can the canola, olive &/or sunflower be used in a traditional "oil candle" or hurricane oil lamp?
it depends... there is a certain max height that a wick can vertically lift the oil. the author states it as 1,75 to 2,5 inches for a cotton mop strand wick. if distance of the oil level and the flame is smaller than that, it might work. probably it won t work in most hurricane lamps, or may just work when the tank is totally full.
but you can make lamps ypurself or get special lamps vor veggie-oils.
Here are two link (both in german, but the pictures/video should be enough to get the idea)
EDIT: it s nice to see that folks here think about what threats might be most applicable to their certain situation.
For us it is: blackouts, minor storm damage (probably with blackouts), violence/civil-unrest/terrorism and flooding (ok, we live in 2nd story and have an attic for some storage). maybe certain pandemics, who knows. we had alerts because of poultry-plague something, but that affected mostly owners of poultry and free-roaming pets
it s about using many kinds of food-oils and -fats and how to make your own lamps
EDIT: best oils should be canola (should burn without much odor), olive and sunflower.
veggie oil will be harder to ignite, but you can use a drop if flammable fluid on the wick
wicks can be made from cotton balls, cotton fabric, toilet paper etc. strands from a mop (to clean floors) would make good and cheap wicks. don t use synthetic stuff, it ll melt.
some oil lamp designs will drip, so put the lamp on a plate or something.
using oils is easier than using (semi-)solid fats like butter, lard etc.
preparedness: it s a good thing to stock some veggie oils. they are cheap and calory-dense. i read an experiment where a lady stored canola oil for 9 years. In a trash bag and that in a non-airtight garbage can. After 9 years it was a little bit rancid but still good to use. But even WHEN the oil goes bad, you ll still have fuel for oil lamps and you can build cookers for oil. ... stacking functions ...
i think the real value of the investment into food is ... when there is none to buy.
yes... food prices go up. but if you factor in the costs and time to build your storage, to buy jars, shelfes, buckets etc. ... plus, if you try to increase shelf-life even more: vaccuum-sealer-bags, mylar-bags, oxygen-absorbers, moisture absorbers etc. ... then the return on investment (ROI) won t be that big.
i think, a big factor is to buy when it s very cheap (coupons, season, sales, factory-sales, bulk etc.) and store until you need it. if your food spoils, then your ROI goes down.
it s important to learn how to conserve and store. and to store only what you eat. and to rotate.
but i think, the prepping for times when there is no food or less food, is a very big factor/value of the ROI in storing food. think about things like inflation, job-loss, economic crisis etc. if that happens, then the real value of the investment into food will become visible.
and: if you learn to cook from scratch with your stored foods, that will normally be much cheaper than to buy prepared foods or to eat-out or to order food. so there is a real saving in actually using your pantry...
EDIT: https://www.backdoorsurvival.com/six-enemies-of-food-storage/ ... maybe this article is helpfull for someone. it has good links to other articles. this site offers a free ebook on food-storage when you subscribe to the newsletter. you can cancel that subscription later. the e-book will cover some basics and might be a good start for beginners.