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theresa tulsiak

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Just because they are easier to repair doesn't mean you can. They just raise the price of the part to be incompatible with the time and money spent. Despite this, I attempted to repair a High Efficiency LG washer that spun so fast it not only shook my whole house. It was recalled and they turned the RPMs down but it eventually loosened the bolts which suspended the drum, causing the part  to drop down inside. Simply get it out and replace it right? After the repairman was truly ignorant about that basic task, several phone calls resulted in finally getting a part that included the entire assembly, I was unable to access the place to reattach, without cutting through the bottom - which I did. Unable to balance and attach this heavy drum alone I finally abandoned the project, sadly as there were any number of computerized circuits that I assumed someone could have used if they knew how. But I salvaged the drum and am composting in it.
9 months ago
To join your soapbox, I will add that in the US where I live, many of the young as well as middle aged people have grown so accustomed to the  cheap Harbor Freight type tools that unless its a one and done (hopefully) we don't see the wisdom in buying GOOD tools.

While I disagree, I have failed in my efforts to support a TOOL exchange, Makerspace, Time Bank and even Community Gardens because there was so little interest by the community I live in (Tampa). In addition, the local schools have been very slow to teach kids about sustainability, alternative careers to college, and even the Collaborative Process.

It is discouraging. Although I see some progress with grassroots efforts, and even organizations like Verge and other Green Building efforts, progress is impeded by the lack of knowledge at every level, but mostly by the greed of government officials and private businesses. I have hope that the Market will decide, and people will start wanting a more civilized discourse, and also a simpler life  that includes the satisfaction of knowing HOW to work on their own house and land, but an openminded view to the sacred economy. But first we have to get off our asses, away from our phones, and start doing instead of observing (and commenting)
9 months ago
How many pieces should a potato be cut into before planting? can every sprouted eye be planted separately? Thanks.
10 months ago
As for your videos that aren't getting views, I suggest you talk about the work you've done, mistakes made and ruminations about how to change things up. People love to jump in and help I think, and especially if you have done things that they 'would NEVER have done'! But people like to get something out of a video they view- needs met can be feeling superior, or knowing how to help you, or being inspired to try something themselves. Don't make the mistake of thinking how someone might respond, just try and cover many possibilities.
11 months ago
You can see that people want to help, while not discouraging you so that should be...encouraging. My suggestion is to partner with someone who can do the work you don't have time for, interest in or aptitude for, while offering something in return. Fish? Vegetables? I often wonder why bartering or even the better Timebanking model isn't more widespread. It would allow everyone to value their own time as they see fit and the market would provide... Have you tried posting on other online services- even local notice boards?
11 months ago
There are any number of Utube videos as well as other posts that detail EXACTLY or generally how to set systems up. I also took a hands on course at an Aquaponics farm in north Florida It all depends on your inputs and expected outputs, but most important is backup power! I suggest contacting those who have done and posted about it, for tips and things to avoid. Good luck...
11 months ago
Even easier is to initially create a system that is enclosed, like a barrel that turns. Either with a handle or simply rolling it around. It keeps animals out and composts a lot faster with Minimal effort.
1 year ago
Krista-You posted 3 weeks ago about not being responded to then ignored someone who made you an offer. I think I might be seeing your problem....


I am making my first post tonight! I have been browsing the permits.com forums for quite some time now and decided it would be a great place to voice a concern I have.

I am currently applying to internships that interest me on organic permaculture farms all over the United States. I have applied to several and sometimes do not even receive an email back.

I have no farming experience yet, and convey this well in my initial contact while always including a cover letter written specifically for that farm and my resume along with a few great references. I state the reasons why I want to learn about permaculture and organic farming and I feel m cover letter really conveys my genuine passion.

Why am I having such a hard time getting a positive response? Starting to feel down, and I am really capable and I am trying to make this a lesson of trust, but sometimes that can be hard!

Any input is greatly appreciated, and any stories of internship experiences would be great as too.
Thank you!
1 year ago