Steve Thorn wrote:I have dabbled in a little wood carving and found some videos on Swedish traditional wood carving that explained the different holds and carving techniques and found that really helpful, as with using those, the cut can be made in a way that safeguards from a major slip and serious cut. Minor cuts still definitely happen but it's the major ones that make me nervous.
Jay Angler wrote:Capturing the water from air conditioners: "Insane, yes, but I guess that there is at least as much air conditioning capacity than that in the Canadian Okanagan. 15,000,000 gallons of water a year. If you’re going to waste electricity, you might as well get the water."
I am near the ocean, and during our wet winters, we use a dehumidifier in the bedroom both to dry the bed, and to dry the shower room. We empty the dehumidifier reservoir into buckets. Then when we want to do a load of laundry, we pour the buckets into the machine, add a bit of soap and all the clothes, and let it run. We haven't tried to catch it at the rinse cycle yet, as it's not in a convenient spot for that, but if we needed to, that would be another level of water reuse. However, we dry the clothing near the dehumidifier also, so the water goes around and around!
Dehumidifier and air conditioning water lacks the minerals found in well water. That's likely to affect its taste for drinking, but if house water systems were designed for both potable and less potable options, water can be used more efficiently.
Jeff Steez wrote:I sowed 12 cacao beans yesterday. Caffeine. Chocolate. Need I say more?