Caleb Mayfield

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A bit over 11 years ago I was a green Field Engineer on a wind turbine project. On of the first tasks I was given by my supervisor was to order STS(Safety, Tools, and Supplies) for an upcoming operation. That was when I bought a Komelon 25' IE self locking tape measure. I still have it even after it fell 65+ meters (213+ ft) from the top of a tower on to hard packed native crushed rock. I was sold. I really like the IE version that uses inches and tenths. I have a 12 footer I keep in my jacket pocket and another 25' IE that was supposed to be my backup from the original order. 11 years and it's still in the packaging.

15 hours ago
This is fantastic! I have an old farm house full of these windows and have only managed to get the sash cords replaced in one of them. I have about 16 left...
1 week ago

William Bronson wrote:I'm concerned that your beds/containers might be too shallow.
From your description, it seems you are splitting the barrels lengthwise.
That would mean the bed is only 12" deep at its deepest points, and much shallower over most of it.
Might be fine,  I've just always thought of corn as deep rooted.

I would be concerned with the depth as well.
Last year I planted blocks of corn 4 rows wide and 10 feet long on an offset 9x9 spacing. It worked really well for us, but we did mulch/fertilize with the litter from the chicken coop. High nitrogen.

I think If I were going to try your setup I would be inclined to plant 2 rows closer together , or kind of a staggered/ offset row, more in the center and possibly some bush beans along the sides. That might provide enough root binding to keep the corn from tipping over in the wind at full growth.You will still need to deal with the feeding aspect. Dilute urine is a good place to start as already mentioned.
3 weeks ago
If it's not, I'd saturate the ground as much as reasonably possible to soften it up and then push it back into place, gently. If it feels like you're fighting something then stop. I have a feeling it will push right back into place, especially if the soil is saturated so the roots can shift and move a little easier.

Tie it off and hope for the best. If it's tipped like that, the damage may be done in the roots.
4 weeks ago
When I was 6 my family moved to Chile for 3 years. The bathrooms in the house each had a separate bidet adjacent to the toilet. Being 6, and coming from the US I had no idea what it was actually for. What I can tell you is what my younger sister and I told our parents within 20 minutes of being in the house.

"There is a fountain in the bathroom and it will spray the ceiling!"

Mother was not amused.

I never did find out what it was for until many years later after we moved back to the US. Pity.
4 weeks ago
I'd recommend Red Wing InJex series boot. The link takes you to the steel toe, puncture resistant model with an outdoor tread. They also make another version with a blue sole on it that is better for indoor, hard floor environments like a wash down or clean room. They come in a black/charcoal and white. They make them from a urethane material so they are more chemical resistant and less prone to cracking that a rubber boot. They also come in half sizes and can be trimmed down if you need a shorter boot and it doesn't compromise the boot. They do come with a 1 year warranty as well, so that's nice. $100-$130 USD depending on model.

I have a pair of Muck boots that like many have said, lasted about 6 months before showing signs of breaking down and leaking. The Red Wings are now my go to.
4 weeks ago
I give this company 9 out of 10 acorns.

I recently purchased a snath from Scythe Supply, then a sharpening stone and holder this week. Both times they called me to make sure everything was correct before shipping. That is exceptional customer service. I already have a couple blades, but will soon need and better hay blade. I will be getting it from Scythe Supply. Great folks.
1 month ago
The photo is a bit shaky/blurry, but I do not believe it is moldy. It looks like your SCOBY is just getting started. Were it me, I'd give it another week and see if it fills out across the whole surface. Discarding the the tea and feeding it a new batch might not be a bad idea either. When I started brewing Kombucha myself the first batch was not very good, the second was ok, and they just got better with each brewing. The other thing is the kind of tea you use. I tried several and hated some, loved others. I did not care for the green tea when I tried it, but my sister said green tea kombucha was the only ones she could drink.

Currently I'm trying Lipton tea that comes in pouches for brewing a gallon of tea at a time. It has been pretty good in terms of flavor, but it's not what I want long term. I just didn't have any other options at the time and needed bulk tea.
1 month ago
I have used Pecan, Oak, Black Cherry, Apple, Hickory, Mesquite, and Peach. Which one depends on what is being smoked. I really like a Pecan /Cherry mix when I do a Boston Butt for pulled pork.
St. Louis Spares are usually Oak with a little apple or cherry. I tend to go with Pecan or Hickory for poultry.
1 month ago

Jay Angler wrote:@Caleb Mayfied - You left out composting toilet. If the clay didn't make for a good leach field, for goodness sake, turn that artificial pond into a filtering poo digester! There are alternatives, many of them way better than the traditional tank and leach field, and it frustrates me that new communities are still being built using what I perceive as 30 years behind the times.

Good call! And grey water systems too!
1 month ago