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Tom Kozak

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since Dec 09, 2012
Sudbury ON, Canada
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I live in the city (one that does not allow chickens) yet I'd like to use a hot bed this spring.  My neighbors, and my wife (and probably the local by-law enforcement) would not appreciate me bringing in a pile of manure.  So I'll just try to use my regular compost (mostly kitchen scraps and yard waste) in place of manure, any special considerations?  Special additives needed?
1 month ago
you should try peeing in your compost directly Chris. On a dark night, with no neighbors around, it can be very therapeutic.
1 month ago
My compost pile and bins have all frozen solid this winter.  Any suggestions on how I can give then a jump on life this year and get them going a bit earlier than usual?
1 month ago
man, I would KILL for one or two of those.  What line of work are you in?
1 month ago
sounds like your looking for some sort of submersible electric pump, they come in many different shapes and sizes, most often used for sump pumps, pond aeration/circulation, etc.
4 months ago
Way Out West Blow-In Blog
they homestead on the westcoast of ireland and apart from listening to their lovely accents I love seeing all their useful inventions and hearing them explain things in terms I can understand.
thanks for all the replys!
to be clear, im trying to do this job

with tools I already own, (and without resorting entirly to had tools)
8 months ago
is it possible to use a reciprocating say (sawzall) to trim hedges and shrubs?  is there an attachment to do this?
8 months ago
don't forget that deep litter really can get very deep, several feet in some cases! so if you do build a roof structure remember to make it tall enough to accommodate this, otherwise you will be hitting your head! a lot!
9 months ago
Hi All,

My house was built with bricks in 1814. Most of those bricks are still sound but a few are badly spalling (spaling, spalding, spallding?). I do have a large supply of period bricks (from an interior wall in the basement). The worst of the bricks I will chip out and replace, but there are large areas near the foundation where ALL the bricks are spalling. I'd like to just parge coat around the whole house up to about 3 feet. Is this a good idea?

1. what kind of mortar should I use around the replacement bricks?
2. is parging spalled brick a bad idea? if not what is the pest method of doing this/best product to use?
3. is there a clear finish/sealer I can put on the entire wall after the parge coat that will let moisture in but not out?
4. should I hire a local bricklayer to have a look at the place and tell me what to do?

this is in Sudbury Ontario (we get short hot summers, long cold winters and A LOT of snow).
a friend had recomended spraying with Tompson Water Sealer but said that would only be a temporary measure and I'd have to re-do it at least once a year.
2 years ago