I would talk to the people again, and just tell them that the next time the dogs are in your yard you will call the Sheriff's Department. I wouldn't call Animal control right off, and the Sheriff is the elected county arbiter of conflict. Just mentioning the Sheriff may make them pay attention, but if it doesn't a report on file helps the next time.
A few years ago the neighbor across the road from me shot their own dog, I heard it making a horrible noise. But to be honest I thought that they had shot something that was after their pets. But a couple days later I was at the end of our road and found their dog limping around with a bullet in her hip, the dog wouldn't let me catch her so I just went over to the neighbors and confronted him. I was very aggressive, I am not a small man and I build houses for a living (strong enough). The guy started babbling about his wife shooting the dog because it wouldn't quit getting the the trash or something. I told him that is one thing to kill an animal but an entirely different thing to wound a dog and leave it to wander around in pain.
Long story short, they went and picked up the dog and had a vet patch her up. I guess they kept it, they moved shortly after that, and we never heard anything else from them. In hindsight, maybe I should have called the Sheriff.
I tend to deal with situations head on. It may be a fault.
But that's not much of an encouragement... So I reccomend telling your youngsters that you are proud of them, when they do good. Sometimes I find myself constantly having to get onto my boys for the stupid things they do, its natural for kids to make mistakes; and to get in trouble. But I have made it a point to pick out the good things that they do and praise them for it. Sometimes I have to tell them that they did a "great job" quickly, before they do something yet again that needs correction!
I think it is more important to be careful with your criticism, years ago when I was 15 or 16 I had a person I respected talk down about some music I liked. I never really enjoyed the band again, and to this day when I hear them come on the radio I just don't care for it. I've thought about it a lot and I believe the simple act of my respected elder telling me he didn't care for them caused me to get a distaste for them.
I don't have a RMH but I have burned wood all my life for heat. I usually figure out what is seasoned perfect and what has a bit of moisture still remaining early on in the season, and I mix the two. I add some of the less seasoned wood to hold the fire longer and I keep the more seasoned wood to keep it burning hot. Its a blend.
I think all homesteads should have a dog or several. I do not keep my dogs inside, they are inside my perimeter fence but not in the house. That defeats my purpose, I like the dogs outside in the darkness. They let me know when something isn't right, and if there were an intruder of some sort they will give me the time I need to get to my weapons (guns, knives, and axes).
I have had more dogs than I can remember, and the best dogs were smart and obedient. And generally they weren't the biggest or the meanest looking. And most of them couldn't properly be called "Guard Dogs" but they were part of the family.
Currently I have two Jack Russell/Red Heeler crosses and an Anatolian Shepherd. Beatrice, my older Jack Russell/Red Heeler cross is still in the process of training the overgrown Anatolian yearling.
Dogs are a good investment, but should not be considered your main-line protection. Rather a roadblock in the intruder's path and an alarm.
I bought an older backhoe a while back and I use it to routinely dig around tree roots and push them over. If you push the whole tree over after loosening the soil the root ball will pop out and you can replace the dirt in the hole. I tend to cut up the trees I push over for firewood as that's what I heat with.
I bought my old hoe for $1500 and I've done some work replacing tires and hoses. But I am currently clearing a building site for a house that I'm building for a client.
Running equipment isn't hard, just take your time and figure out what everything does. I've been running equipment ever since my Dad told me to get on an excavator and figure it out. I was in my teens.
Sure why not? Family can come later, I bought my first property before I married my wife when I was only 19 or 20. Things changed, we moved and started our own family and life together. But such is life! Best to roll with the punches and not be to fixed into a specific lane.
I'd say start small, maybe with about 3-5 acres and see how it goes. Trust me 3-5 acres can be difficult for an individual to keep up with by hand. You may decide homesteading isn't for you, or you may fall in love with the life and end up buying a bigger place later; at 25 you have plenty of time to figure it out.
If you have no taste go for texture, old fashioned oatmeal with some honey is a good one for texture.
I would just figure it was Covid again, I know somebody that had it twice. And I know somebody that had it months after getting the shot. It seems pretty prone to reinfections, and its the only thing I know for certain knocks out taste in some people.
We always fed our pigs an excess of corn towards the time when we butchered them. Surplus food adds fat, especially grains, also like the post above me; some breeds are better for fat production. I know the ones that I have raised were Durocs and Yorkshires(?). The durocs didn't seem to have as good a flavor and not as much fat. The Yorkshire pigs seem to have a gentler personality and are easier to raise, and the flavor of the meat was much better along with more fat.
I tend to put my chickens out when they have gotten their feathers. If they have a hen house to get in that will keep them sheltered from rain and wind they should be fine. Chickens will huddle together for warmth, if you are really worried about them you could put a light bulb in the hen house.
I quit amazon some time ago, I use Walmart.com for the little stuff and Ebay.com for a lot of the other things I order.
I also buy much of my stuff local, and order items from individual companies. I like that I can walk into most of the shops and businesses in my town and they know me, I know it seems kinda old fashioned but I think it is better for the local economy; And I like to see good people do well, so I intentionally do business with the owner-operated places that are local instead of the big corporations if I can help it.
I generally eat my old chickens, but I too have an old hen that will be here until she dies of old age. She survived a possum attack and now makes her way around the coop with only one of her eyes. I believe she has earned her retirement.
John C Daley wrote:Ben, what does this mean please?
where the furring is
Aso, we dont use gauge as a measure of thickness much nowadays, do you know the mm size?
25g = .531 mm
26g = .455 mm
29g = .343 mm
I prefer to install metal onto 2"x4" (1.5"x3.5") furring, that is fastened either to the rafters, or on top of sheathing if the client so chooses. I find that installing metal directly onto sheathing (OSB or plywood), does not hold good. The screws will tend to back out of the thin sheeting easier than a 2x4. I have had to re-screw roofs that were fastened only into OSB.
Also it goes without saying that a vapor barrier is needed to help with the metal sweating, and that is even with the insulation in the attic!
That doesn't sound much different than what I install on a regular basis. The metal here is usually 26 or 29 gauge, 26 being the thicker of the two. I usually install on a 2 foot span, but the manufacturer determines the span of their product and currently the manufacturer I use will allow a span of up to 3 feet.
I usually tell people to step in the flats and not on the ridges, but it will support person of lighter weight on the ridges between the furring. I can (and have) dented the ridges while wearing tools, probably around 270 pounds tools and all. So I tend to walk on the screw line where the furring is and only then in the flats.
The metal I install has a 40 year warranty on the paint coat, and who knows how long the metal would last. I like it.
I am living in East Tennessee, but years ago I lived near Fayetteville Tn (middle TN). In most counties outside of big cities here in Tennessee you DO NOT need a building permit or inspection for the structure. You only need the septic inspection and the electrical inspection for the building. I would be looking for a county that is rural and doesn't have the gestapo inspectors.
That being said, I am a Carpenter and I build houses all over East Tennessee, North Georgia, and North Carolina (sometimes). I build mostly for prepper/homesteader types and in the counties that I build most of the time there isn't any inspection, or permit. The smaller towns are different if you are inside the city limits, but for instance: I just built a 1400 square foot house inside a small town, there was no inspection on the framing but they wanted you to pay for a permit!
I have been running generators since I was little, I currently have a Generac 5000 watt that I keep for running my welder, and for emergencies and jobs. I have a battery bank and solar for the house, but it isn't enough to run my welder.
In my experience all gen sets will slowly vibrate themselves apart, I've had a few of the older RV sets that didn't, but they are usually on rubber pads. I tend to just fix the generators when they go down, the current Generac has been in service for over 5 years. Not continuously, but when we use the thing it runs for 6-8 hours at a time. And heavily loaded, especially when we are building houses off grid.
I try and repair them for as long as possible and then I will list them forsale on craigslist for parts. Somebody always comes to get them!
In my experience resting the affected area and discontinuing whatever exercise caused the injury is the best medicine. Short term relief can be obtained by taking a couple Ibuprofen or an off brand, it will reduce the inflammation but not cure you. I usually eat something high in protein and fat when I am dealing with a muscle or tendon injury. It just seems like it is when I need.
I don't know about things changing taste. I do however eat whatever I feel like within reason, many times when I work a very hard day in the sun I just feel like drinking a ton of milk. I read that as my body needing protein and the other vitamins and minerals in the milk. Same goes for greens and vegetables, lots of times in the winter all I want is some soup with different kinds of vegetables. I try and curb the sugar impulse while listening to the cravings for foods that are natural.
Rubber or Vinyl roof membrane can be applied over the tar after you scrape as much gravel off as possible and lay down foam or bubble wrap. We use Mylar coated bubble wrap with the metal roofs and I have done at least one former hot mop and gravel roof. The foam acts as a cushion so the rubber or vinyl doesn't get punctured.
Oh and also its much safer (especially the vinyl) for water usage.
I know a lot of people are against hunting, I understand it. I am an omnivore however, and I grew up hunting a fishing. My own fruit trees are in the middle of my back yard area, which is fenced. They are away from any outside trees and I have two Jack Russel/Red Heeler cross dogs that free range the yard. They LOVE eating rodents, they don't hunt for only fun. The squirrels have figured out that if they hit the dirt inside my fence the dogs will eat them (or try anyway).
I have not had much trouble with the local squirrels.
I was just discussing laundry with my wife, we were talking about when we switch over to 100% off grid. She has a difficult time keeping up with the laundry as it is, our four sons seem to run through clothes at a crazy rate.
When I was younger and my family lived off-grid we didn't wear more than a couple pairs of pants or shirts a week, we had to haul the water from the creek by hand; And either wash it by hand or crank a generator!
We still have to figure out that issue ourselves, as people tend to frown on dirty little boys when you go into town..
Sounds like a good day! I always hurt somewhere, but seldom does anyone know it. I see it as a part of life, having built houses and worked with my hands all my life I reckon I earned it!
I find that if you can give your body a day of rest in between beatings you tend to get used to a given style of work. But you should also be drinking plenty of water, and protein helps rebuild and grow torn muscles!
4. In most rural counties here in Tennessee you do not need any planning, or permit. You have to get the septic and electrical inspected on a new build but no building permits. But if you are in a gestapo state or county (and almost all cities) you will need to show a drawing or blueprint for what you want to build. And they will charge you a permit fee and possibly other fees, government wants their cut.
5. Not that I know of.
6. Having livestock is dictated by city ordinance and deed restrictions, but if you buy land out in the county (not in town) and it has no deed restrictions or HOA you are free to have what you will.
7. In Tennessee you own the water you can catch, I wouldn't care what anybody said I'd still have rain catchment anyway.
8. Nope, you can disconnect your utilities at will.
9. Yes and if you are not in the city no permit is usually required, plus who would no anyway. It a simple matter of running both hot legs into the outlets. For years people have added 220-240 outlets for air conditioners just by running a new line.
I use a simple piece of wood about 3-4 inches long, about one inch wide and a half inch thick. I like to drill the center hole slightly bigger than the nail so the wood can swivel freely. Mine have been on my coops and my house for years now.
I also eat what I want, and most of the time when I want. Now here lately I have been trying to lose a few pounds and have made my portions smaller, but I have always had the viewpoint that if your body has a craving for something in particular you should obey it. At least when it involves food, water and rest.
After all whats the point of living forever if you are miserable the whole time?
I rarely make less than two cups of tea at a time. And I heat whatever is in the kettle at the time, I do not pour the extra out. The next time I need to make tea I fill it up enough for a couple cups and boil away.
I make my coffee in a perk pot and I drink the whole pot, I drink coffee hot and even once it is cold.
I buy the propane to heat my water, when the propane is gone I'll just heat with wood as I do in the winter.
It sounds to me that you are a very careful chicken owner. I myself do not medicate, and I do not wash out the water tanks or do any other sort of preventative health thing. Occasionally I will notice that there is a clump of wet or damp feed in my barrel that will begin to get moldy(ish) and I discard it. But other than shoveling out the manure in the coop, the chickens take care of themselves.
I've never had any die from illness, I've had them die from predators and once I had some chicks get a bit to hot.. Lost a few.
My personal thought is that the chicken got something in the eye, which can happen if its pecked or poked. Or that the chicken has a cold, these things happen. My advise is to make sure that particular chicken is eating and drinking, maybe separate her from the flock to better oversee the food and water.
I build mountain houses, most of the time we build on recycled power poles from the local electric co-op. We get them free and just notch that outside band of the house directly into the post. I've built houses from 3' to 16' off the ground. The higher you go the more cross bracing you will need. Some of the houses were simple insulated underneath and sheathed in 1/4" plywood to keep the rodents out. Others we underpinned.
I think as long as you are off the ground and have foundation vents, you will be good for radon.
I get tired of people worrying about who did it first, pride gets in the way of progress.
If you read books like "1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus" You will see evidence that places like the Amazon were a cultivated gardens. All done with stone age tools, by native farmers.
Farmers are farmers everywhere, "new" innovations happen quite regularly; and sometimes the "new" innovation isn't so much a totally new thing, but rather a rediscovery of something that was done thousands of years ago.
People need to get over their feelings and themselves for a minute and focus on the people around them.
I tend to wear a simple cotton T-Shirt and Carhart Canvas pants. They are really the only things I can wear that hold up for any length of time. But I am a Carpenter by trade, and usually I have sawdust on my arms and dirt on my pants. I walk into banks, businesses and meetings dressed in my normal work clothes. I do try and put a clean set of clothes on for important things like doing estimates and meeting the banker about a loan.
I get odd looks occasionally, especially if I am in Hipster land. I'll admit I tend to look like a redneck, so I am out of place in the bigger towns.
I have like Jan, bootlegged many things. I never got a permit or a single inspection on my house. It took them about four or five years to notice I had built one!
But as a Carpenter myself I and several other builders in my area have noticed incredibly inconsistent inspectors, like others mentioned; they can pretty much make it up as they go. We had one inspector that would not okay a rough sawn beam because it did not have a dry stamp (it wasn't kiln dried). The owner of the house had cut and milled the timber himself as a feature in the home.
When the problem inspector went on vacation, a different inspector from the same office came out and okayed the job!
The only reason they are asking for an engineer to sign off on the job is so they have no liability in the event of a collapse or something. Ask if you can sign a waiver, I bet there is a provision for building your own home with backwoods material.