chad Christopher

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I've come across this problem before working on a clients home.we constructed a box style gutter out of plywood. Cutting reliefs on the vertical pieces helps bend the shape easier and puts less stress on the box from springing back open. We lined the box with rubber roofing, and then We wrapped the box with coil stock. And painted the under side with a good exterior paint. It's has been 10+ years, I pass the home periodically , and it is still there. Staggering the verticals, from the seams of the bottoms, was enough to keep everything a single uniform shape. ...we attached it to the house with screws and neoprene washers. This particular home did not need gutter guards. But a decent solution is a system that uses a course sponge like material that water flows through, but other debris washes over. My biggest concern was that the ice would burst open the box. But it simply expands UP instead of laterally. I realize this post is 4 years old. But I feel that it's still a relevant problem with old, and natural homes. Maybe it can help someone else.
2 months ago
What about a water being your mass? A DC heating element in a dead hot water heater. You can circulate the water through a nice heavy salvaged radiator. If you want to incorporate it into a rmh, embed some metal coils into the mass.
3 months ago
Look for the name on the bottom of your local billboards, give them a call and ask what they do with the discards. Billboards are rarely pasted up anymore. They are actually giant tarps
Thanks tj, being said..that if the grade is too steep, or you  have THAT much rain...then swales are not the  proper  approach  anyways. I would say that the only  thing that needs a little  engineering, is if you  have  intersecting  swales. If these same swales are rentation basins as well. Things get a little tricky when contours collide. It would  be  rare that this would be required , as creating a  spillway into the  lower basin would  be  a  much safer and  easier idea. And always remember ,it's  SLOW spread, and sink. Not STOP spread and sink.
4 months ago
Generally speaking, no. You cannot sustainably produce enough bio-gas for a single homestead. I don't have the contacts. But Bob Hamburg. From West Virginia is a leader in biogas technology. Bio gas is trivial at a single family level. But an intentional community could benifit.
4 months ago
I have a much shorter explanation, and it comes from experience. Just put the swale(s) slightly off contour. And just DO IT. No matter what your plans include, nature will reshape, and let you know what it wants to do. Dig it, let nature take its course, and work from there.
4 months ago
No gas is more than likely the gas pressure regulator solenoid. The thingy above  the "no gas" circle. Most units are unserviceable. Another option is that there are tiny heat sensing buttons much like the top of a canning jar lid. That pop when overheated. But fluctuations in moisture and temp can temporarily cause the sensor to contract, if not triggered from extreme heat. Both pretty cheap fixes. Since I can't dig around, you have to do the research and look for yourself. The capillary fuel tube, is a possibility. But unlikely. Since it's dual fuel. The jet port that expands the gas pre burner, could be clogged up with the high carbon content that most propanes carry
6 months ago
These playing  cards get 10 out of 10 acorns.
Paul and Alexander out did them selves on this project. At first I was afraid that the playing cards would be a novice gimmick. Not the case at ALL. The cards are beautifully illillustrated and pack full with information. Wether you are a beginner gardener, just exploring permaculture, a novice, or a full blown practicing permaculture farmer, these playing cards hold value. I, myself a PDC graduate and active farmer... really appreciate these cards. I can very well see these cards being used as an educational tool. Definitely buying a brick or two for holiday gifts. I give this a 9.99 acorns (10). Only because there needs to be a larger version for those hard of seeing, and to celebrate the amazing artwork.  Edit...talk about stacking function... what better way to educate than with playing cards.
7 months ago
Where do you live? And what kind of livestock?
8 months ago