theresa tulsiak

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Tampa, United States
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I have seen a few places that suggest covert garbage disposal directed to compost using the side vent, but couldn't find anyone in Tampa Florida to help with the process. I contacted Insinkerator and made friends with an 'environmental engineer' who finally admitted that yes they thought of that, on a large scale utilizing the huge mounts of vegetative waste sent to landfill by restaurants, living facilities, grocery stores, and homes, including the massive grass clippings and tree trimmings. (Grind2Energy)
The problem was that once a city or county had invested in their cogeneration plants, it didn't make sense to change. They needed to feed the beast, even though there were losses of efficiency and they end up flaring their gas. Then they Permit a pipeline of fracked gas to come through the state en route to ports to supply other countries with natural gas, in the process, taking homesteads through eminent domain for the 'common good'.
Can anyone explain this? Is change possible? Desirable, or should we get out of Florida before http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-interactive-map-florida-sinkholes-20150820-htmlstory.html
5 months ago

Anne Miller wrote:Is it this:



Home Brew Airlock

It also is used in a venturi type system (upside down) to deliver medicine via aerosol for a breathing treatment.
5 months ago
I have to wonder about the 'drywall' in a home of this age. I have a house built in 1927 that has some 'stick' framing but the main walls are terra cotta block- which has cells running sideways. The walls are multilayered plaster over lath both wire and wood. They have beams that rest on the top of the block runs and definitely breathe, despite attempt by contractors to plug up scuppers with mud.
I suggest an exploratory window (or 3!)to determine the true composition and crawling around in the attic and underspace too. You might be surprised.
1 year ago
So simple that only a person with limited time,unlimited money, or Waste Management, would have a problem with it. I don't understand why every school, municipality and entrepreneur isn't doing this. The utilities also should be concerned, but given the apathy and laziness of most people, their business model is safe.
Maybe garbage disposal manufacturers would joint venture- all one needs is separate piping out and then back in.
1 year ago
So wouldn't this make them a good option for the areas that are shaded? Am I missing the obvious?
1 year ago
If you have done the calculations I applaud you. I live in a hurricane state, with a power company who spends millions to PREVENT solar generation by individuals, while building a multibillion dolaar pipeline for fracked gas- presumably now going for export.

My point is that many people are contributing to the problem out of ignorance and apathy, but may change habits if they are led to a solution. Our water is brought to us through pipes that are old and get more corroded by the massive amounts of chlorine added to water, then flushed together with all waste, including rotted vegetation ground up by garbage disposal units. So we are moving potable water around and contaminating it by the relatively small amounts of waste that SHOULD be 'flushed', but could be contained and broken down organically. Instead, we have single stream recycling, which is either burned or barged far away for processing.

Then again, this 1927 home across the street from me received a demo permit and was bulldozed the next day.https://www.redfin.com/FL/Tampa/4220-W-Culbreath-Ave-33609/home/47273824
1 year ago
I feel compelled to point out that many people spend time and effort trying to help others, who haven't apparently done initial reading and planning themselves. And most continue to be respectful and helpful without condescension. I have little engineering experience, but even I thought "Is this person seriously using polyvinyl to transfer heated air?"
1 year ago
I hope you realize that people still read (and appreciate!) your contributions, even if we don't comment. I always feel inspired, as I'm sure others do too.
1 year ago
As a matter of fact I supported one on a crowd funding site. If I could have I would have imported them for resale! People seem to be adopters if everything is packaged for them.
https://homebiogas.com/shop/buy-the-homebiogas-system/
As for your comments about our resistance to acknowledging our own body processes, I agree. I am a medical professional and open to new thoughts and processes, and was similarly 'grossed out' when the fecal transfer news item hit the public sensibilities. On further examination, however, there is an academic and scientific reason it would make sense, but we are a long way from widespread acceptance. It's easier to take pills, have procedures or suffer I guess, then dig deeper and understand our own microbiome. Even when a few hospitals realized that hand sanitizer did little good and possibly harmed, we still see it everywhere, although not advertised as heavily.
1 year ago
Home Biogas Systems seem to be the best option for cooking coupled with the Rocket Mass Heater for warmth. So what is preventing them from being more widely adopted? Is it ignorance, from being more focused on other issues, concern over safety or the 'ick' factor?
1 year ago