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Rus Williams

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It's probably a good idea to do some research into digging a trench around the house, filling it with gravel. to soak the water away. Ensure the trench floor is sloped away from the house. especially if the soil has a high clay content.
You'll need to research this to see if it works for you, but most times damp in walls can be dealt with by this method or even just lowering the soil level outside.
It's pretty cheap if you have the time. A bigbag 1x1x1 meter (or yard) of gravel is not so expensive.

3 months ago
I think if you posted a site map, contour lines, zone map etc etc, the bare bones so to speak in a way that's easy to download and print, you may get lucky and find someone who   is interested enough to do a full design.

Or maybe you could run a competition for the best design, voted by people here and pay the winner 500 bucks or something, and up to say 5 runners up 50 bucks. cheap wy to get a bunch of focussed ideas, if there is the interest, of course.
In fact maybe this could be. new forum idea. cash for design competition

Anyway for those who don't know,, Willie Smitt is interesting to watch for tropical permaculture.

7 months ago
As far as wood working tools (and some lightweight garden tools go) I use 18v Makita exclusively   I've found the tools to sit nicely in that cheap but quality box and I'm a carpenter by trade so the tools get used daily. What I really like is the electronics in the batteries keep the batteries alive for years. They're extremely long lasting. Any 18v tools would be your best bet if you're looking for daily use, away from the power. Buy one more battery than you think you need and look after them (and any lithium ions [laptops, cell phones etc] by not running them empty if you can help it, and taking them off the charger when they're done, ie don't leave them cooking overnight.

Choose a contractor grade platform you like and stick with that, (dewalt, bosch, Makita) don't buy ryobi or that sort of step down, they don't last under hard use. With tools price is soon forgotten, but you notice quality daily. Having said that I won't buy festool because the price is too high for me to want to take them out in the rain and mud, If I had a workshop, I'd probably bite the price bullet and buy them or Mafel, because they are excellent.

If you don't need the portability so much then (like others have said) an expensive compressor will last forever and tools are cheap.

Sorry for rambling on, I hope you can pick something useful out of this.

7 months ago
I think that a what i know as a  math trade (from the board game community) could would be a good way to shift some stuff and get something useful in return. How it works is this

1. You post something you want to give away
2. You look through this list of things other people want to give away and choose what  item or items you would accept in return for your item.
3. At a given date, all trades and wants are matched. you ship your stuff and await the arrival of the item you wanted

More info can be found here

1 year ago
I'm really curious how much salt you get from a given quantity of water
1 year ago
These are really good. Been using them for 3/4 years.
There is a weak point at the bottom of the tube which will tear if the kids try to force the ice up the sleeve. So just run it under the cold tap until the ice is free from the silicone.

I like silicone very much for spatulas and stuff like that , but end of use repurposing or recycling options are currently limited, although ( from my limited research ) it seems to be less of a problem in the environment than plastic. If anyone knows anything about this, please let me know
1 year ago
Richard Perkins is doing amazing things in Sweden. If you are interested in a permaculture farming business I don't know of anybody better in Europe to learn from.

I also found John suscovich's journey really interesting and inspriring
Yeah it seems the guitar world is changing at least. The CITES regulations on trade in rosewood, for example, has lead to fender using pau ferro on it's necks. Practically no-one can tell the differnce.
My (beautiful matin)  guitar has a richlite fretboard, lamitate neck and hpl sides and back, and sounds amazing.

I really like that it's not made from rare exotic woods.
1 year ago
I found this story to be wonderfully inspiring. This genuinely makes a huge difference.

1 year ago