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Mike Cantrell

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Thanks! I soaked them for two days, and now they're leaning against the north wall of my office, stayng in the shade and getting splashed by the eaves when it rains.
1 week ago

r ranson wrote:This may sound daft, but I don't know if I'm a millennial or not.

Born in 1983, Gen X. Born in 1984, millennial.
2 weeks ago

Caleb Peretz wrote:There are myriads of them on alibaba but i only want one,

There's a website just for that! When you want it direct from the Chinese manufacturer, but you don't want an order of 100 or 1,000.

I've ordered batches of little thing five times or so, and it's gone well.
2 weeks ago
I have one, different brand. Got it after it was recommended here:

Maybe I haven't found the right gauge wire yet, but I find it kind of clunky and aggravating. I don't use it nearly as often as I thought I would.
3 weeks ago
Last week my friend told me he got a good flush of shiitake mushrooms from the logs he inoculated. The logs he inoculated in 2009.

My ears perked up, because I really like shiitakes. I went looking for spore plugs, and didn't find a quantity and price I liked. So I'm trying an experiment, folks. Mushrooms drop spores out of the gills when they mature. If I put some whole caps with their intact gills into a log and seal it up, shouldn't it colonize?

I'll let you know next year.

I got these four logs:

I chainsawed a slot into them:

I stuffed the shiitake mushroom caps into the slot:

I need to seal these with wax, but if I just pour hot wax on them, I think it might cook the spores. So I'll block up the slot with these candle stubs first:

And then melt a pot of wax:

And then pour it over the slots to seal them. Good luck, little spores!

3 weeks ago
Kratom is an herb from Asia/

The wikipedia page presents a very cautious overview: ; It plays up the negatives and plays down the positives.

Many people find it very, very effective for managing chronic pain.

You can typically buy it locally at tobacco stores to try it out, and then if it works for you, buy it in bulk online for a 90% lower price.
3 weeks ago
Hi CJ! Welcome to Permies. It's exciting to see somebody taking big, bold steps toward sustainability.

I poked around, and was curious about several things:

1. Is that all the pictures you've got? I wanted to see lots and lots more.

2. Are those asphalt shingles?

3. What's the oldest Cruxhome? How's it doing? Has anything leaked?

4. The zero overhang on the gable end makes me nervous. Has that given you any trouble? Wood siding rotting around the edges?

5. The FAQ says,

Is the lumber used in a CruxHome treated in any special way?
The method of construction for the curved trusses or I-beams is an assembly of composite / engineered wood that is bent into the designed shape.  No high temperature or chemical treatments are used to create the curved shape.

No chemical treatments are used to put the curve in the beams... that are made of glue.
It seems like you'd get better outcomes by scaring off your chemical-sensitive customers as early in the process as you can. Gluelam beams are non-optional (right?), so advertising "no chemical treatments" is going to bring the wrong people into the sales pipeline. If somebody's not ok with glue, they're not the customer you're looking for. Dontcha think?

1 month ago
Ahhhhhh, much better. 
1 month ago

Alley Bate wrote:Can anyone comment on how well it works when more of the teflon coating has worn off?

I've had mine four years, and I've split around 12 full cords with it. Wearing the teflon off has made no difference, still wonderful.
1 month ago
Long time no see, Permies.

You guys might be interested to learn from my recent mistake. Well, it's a mixed outcome, not 100% mistake.

I needed to re-roof my garage. I really love standing-seam steel roofing, and I've written here before about why, so I'll skip the retelling. But last fall I didn't have the time and money to put the steel roof on the garage, and yet I needed to get it to stop leaking right then.

So I bought two used billboard vinyls from a sign company.  They were 14'x48' (= 672 sq ft = 62 sq m) and cost $25 each. I've seen them for free, but I couldn't find any free ones at the time. For comparison, a 600 sq ft heavy-duty tarp is $96 at Home Depot, so this is a pretty fine price.

I did a little reading and decided to adhere the vinyl to the plywood decking with vinyl flooring glue. That stuff's formulated to glue vinyl to plywood, right?

So the first side we did didn't stick well. It blew loose in areas and flapped around all winter. Where it flapped, it developed holes.
The second side, we had gotten the hang of brushing on the right quantity of glue, stretching the vinyl smoothly into it, and making it nice, and that side has stayed flawlessly watertight for 7 months or so.

The vinyl is an appropriate underlayment for the metal roofing, too. That was the scheme- I'll put the vinyl on in the fall, it will last through the winter, and then I'll put the metal on top of it in the spring.

So. Would I do this again? Yes. With very careful glueing plus mechanical fasteners around the perimeter, yes I would. Did it go right this time? Not really.

How green is it? Mmmm, medium. A vinyl on the roof is better than a vinyl in the landfill and some ice and water shield or tarp on the roof. How frugal? Quite frugal. Cheaper than tarps, much cheaper than ice and water shield, and can be accomplished for free if you're lucky.

There ya go! One more tidbit of real-life knowledge for the community.

1 month ago