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Tiffaney Dex

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Hello Mick and thank you for the reply and ideas. I think that cutting out one side for a door would probably work well. I already have the door that would then become the outer door, I just will have to figure out something so that the insulating inner door is tight, as the outer door in an old piece of carved wood that has been held together since we recovered it with a few pieces of metal. I like the idea of just cutting out the side. And having that cut out side become part of the future box.

That is cool that your Christmas tree star is still used!

Thanks again.
2 months ago
Good day to everyone.

Fourteen years ago, I received a package with recycled-paper packaging peanuts in it and wanted to do something with the packaging materiel. So, I found a second used cardboard box (the box I received was a good size for my principle stainless steel casserole) at the grocery store, bought duct tape (rather expensive here back then)  and made a fire-less cooker. And it has served my family and I well through the years, through many periods of traveling with us. Yes, it did travel with us. But it has aged pretty well, all considering.

Upon seeing the cooker topic in the daily digest, I was happy because my cooker is going to need to go through a transformation from those two original cardboard boxes. And if anyone has any ideas on how to transform it, I would greatly appreciate knowing of them. We bought a house and land three years ago and the cooker needs to become something more permanent. Right now, it is in its original form on the kitchen floor, where it has to be cleaned of dog hair every few days when we use it. It cannot stay in the spot where it is because we plan to build a Walker Stove there. The spot where it is destined to be is under a 10 cm thick wood counter, which makes it that we will not be able to put a casserole in it from the top of the box, unless we somehow had that it was made as a drawer. But I cannot imagine that would be able to be stable enough to slide in without spills. Do you think that I could have the heat stay in well enough with an insulated door?

Well, I'm putting pictures of my cooker, which I moved onto the counter, above where it is destined to live under.
2 months ago

zeek mcgalla wrote:Hello not sure if this has been said but spent coffee grounds can be used to help with scrubbing and they are acidic.  Hope this helps.

Hello Zeek and hello to everyone else

When I saw this in the daily is, my first thought was "dried spent coffee grinds". I was astonished that I had to get to the second page before seeing that response. Coffee grinds cut oil. That is why they work so well in repairing a slow cloggy drain. If dirty dishes are wiped first with coffee grinds,outside of water,  the grease and remaining food bits come off. It essentially performs the task that the dogs and cats accomplish, as mentioned in some earlier posts. But, with spent coffee grinds, you can just quickly rinse in a very small amount of water at any temperature afterwards, to get off any grinds that didn't get brushed into the compost bin.
5 months ago

Burra Maluca wrote:This belongs to a guy who visits the nearby market every week - it's a knife sharpener!

My husband wants a pedal-powered knife sharpener and says he is going to do this. How much does the guy charge to sharpen a knife? We have no idea on knife sharpening rates.
7 months ago

C├ęcile Stelzer Johnson wrote:I'm long on ideas but short on how tos. I was wondering about pumping water with a bike. Do you know if such a contraption has been devised yet? First water at 10 ft should make it possible but I'm trying to picture it. I'd like to water chickens during the winter, so it would have to be one of these crank pumps that releases excess water when you stop pedaling? [The chicken coop is over 100 ft from the house. I have an electric gizmo to keep the water warm but it first needs to get pumped up].

I finally talked to my husband, who has more ideas than me, about this. His first question was, why do you want to do this? Why not just catch water on the chicken coop roof and have that automatically water them? It could be because of temperature, but, if you have sun (perhaps we do not understand your climate -- here, in winter, we have cold weather and sun, or rain). you can have the snow and ice melt. Out of the manual pumps that we know of, we do not see how we could modify the mechanism to work by pedaling. But we only know of a couple of manual pumps, and neither of us fully understand how they work. The electric pumps that we know of could not work with a pedal-powered motor, instead of an electric one. There just isn't enough to them. So that would mean pedal-powering a generator for them. We can both see mechanical ways to move water with a bicycle, but the ways we see would require a lot of material and space. And would therefore be an un-doable project, in our opinion.
7 months ago
The bicycle elevator is way cool! I really want to build one. But I would need to build a tree house, in addition, and I already have too many things on my list. I only pedal to turn my washing machine ( and that will have to keep me satisfied for a number of years.
7 months ago
It's at a very leisure pace for the wash and rinses, with a need for speed only on the spin cycle. But I do joke that it's how I keep my figure.
8 months ago
Thank you, Bryan!

I used to take forever to wash one load, frequently walking off and letting the laundry sit for a few hours, thinking I'm just doing the laundry passively. But, all it did was cause build-up in the outer tub, which was not easy to eliminate. Laundry works much better if we actually decide to do our laundry and spend an hour pedaling for the wash cycle, and then fifteen minutes each on two rinse cycles, plus 5 (or right now 10)) minutes of spinning after each of those three. That totals two hours of pedaling for the moment. We only needed to spin for five minute with the old machine, because we could have go faster, since it did not move. The new machine has already gone a few changes in trying to  reduce the machine movement, with the result of derailing. With the old machine, it never derailed. My husband put heavily modified screws in the rim of the bicycle to have that there are "spokes" on the rim for the chain to attach. I will try to take a picture of that, and what we are trying to do to reduce movement of the new machine. This is the old machine, which .ended up having some cracks in the metal pieces at the base of it, that were important, since they held it up. That was after close to 10 years of the machine being pedaled and probably just as many being powered by an electric motor. I figure that was pretty good of a life span.
8 months ago
Thank you for responding. Sand and ashes seems like a more do-able mixture than broken terra cotta pots. But I'm not sure what need it would fulfill as it would be rather labor intensive. At least the way he did it.
8 months ago
That was wood ash plus what? It would have been nice if he would have talked a bit through the video.
8 months ago