Joel Bercardin

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Living on land for decades. At times a carpenter, retail clerk, freelance writer & editor, business-association manager. I'm a local environmental activist.
Western Canadian mtn valley, zone 6b, 750mm (30") precip
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Thanks for the identification & story, Anne.
1 month ago
We got this bed frame for free, from people in the nearby small city who were downsizing. The wood surfaces needed a little cleaning & polish, but not a real refinishing.  We have friends in the re-upholstering business and they are cutting us a thick piece of foam and making a cloth cover, for us to use as the mattress.

Very happy to get it. This goes, as a small second bed, in a room we have for relatives or friends who sometimes stay with us.
1 month ago
It'd be great to see what berm sheds are now being used for. Pics, please?
1 month ago
And, guys, please think about posting or cross-posting to this established thread...

Your Homestead Workshop/Shed Situation?
https://permies.com/t/62659/homestead-workshop-shed-situation
2 months ago
Well done, Cam.  And you've started a good thread.  I invite you to post pics & stories of projects you may complete, on these established threads:

Small Homemade Gadgets
https://permies.com/t/102321/Small-homemade-gadgets

Homemade Rigs, Equipment, Apparatus
https://permies.com/t/102420/Homemade-Rigs-Equipment-Apparatus

2 months ago
Hey guys, what are you doing in that might be encompassed by these topics? (I don’t mean to put women off from posting, as more are involved with these things all the time… it’s  just that they’ve been traditional orbits for guys.) Please share.

Your Homestead Workshop/Shed Situation?
(Every homestead needs to at least keep the rain off an area where tools are kept, things are repaired or made, etc…)
https://permies.com/t/62659/homestead-workshop-shed-situation

Small Homemade Gadgets
https://permies.com/t/102321/Small-homemade-gadgets

Homemade Rigs, Equipment, Apparatus
https://permies.com/t/102420/Homemade-Rigs-Equipment-Apparatus

2 months ago

Eric Hanson wrote:I have a basement shop, but really it is a disorganized tool-and-construction-scrap-item closet.  Tools are theoretically located there, but once removed, they don’t necessarily always go back.  Our oldest child moved off to college and while cleaning through a *LOT* of assorted stuff (she really likes to assemble computers from the parts of old computers—we call them frankencomputers) we found a bunch of tools, especially screwdrivers, that had gone missing.

I am finally starting to get some organization to my tool system.  It certainly is not as simple as it was in my bachelor years, but things are slowly coming together.


Eric, your story makes sense. Systems  (at least of a sort that makes sense to the homestead handyman/builder) do tend to evolve. In yiour basement, I'm guessing you've at least got some baseline warmth & drier conditions superior to what outdoor air would offer during the colder, wetter portions of the year.

Are you in a position to take some pictures and add some comment to the sharing on this thread?
https://permies.com/t/62659/homestead-workshop-shed-situation
4 months ago
Now fellas, I find it really hard to believe that in the much altered period we've been living through in the past couple years no one here has been crafting some small, useful gadget. ?? 😁  I mean, I can't believe that...
4 months ago
Borrowed with permission (and not returned). "Borrowed" without permission... not soon, or ever, retrieved. Not to mention a few things simply swiped. Our practice has come to be very similar to what Pearl described, but not just for spotting tools in the grass.

One story:  We had a young lady helping us with some tasks when there was too much for my wife & I to do. She also knew the people who own the homestead down the hill from us. Our wheelbarrow went missing one time, and a shovel & rake at another, and it turned the young lady had "borrowed" these without permission (I guess when we were briefly away from our place). And left them at the neighbors'... maybe she figured we were friends with those folks, so no request would be necessary to put to us. I think the non-return was maybe just absent-mindedness, or perhaps she was stoned while working at the neighbors.

We'd have recognized our wheelbarrow, no doubt about it.  Thank goodness we'd been painting a red stripe (in most cases, about 5" wide) around tool handles. Because it would have been harder, with certainty, to identify & claim the old shovel & rake without that bright-red stripe. So retrieving the tools, and not raising the hackles of the neighbors, was actually a simple matter.
8 months ago
As no one has yet repiied to my inquiry above, I suppose I can assume that no one checking-in on this thread has experience using DE against chafer-beetle larvae in the upper soil level?
10 months ago