Tom Moran

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Thanks but that really contains no useful information other than “ a commercial product may be available “..  
appreciate the try though. Tom
1 year ago
Just wondering what types if drainage folks are using under the living layer, other than heavy gravel. Looked into pumice gravel but it’s very expensive. Drainage mats aren’t locally available. There’s a product at local big box store like very heavy duty landscape fabric that made me wonder if recycled indoor outdoor carpet might work.
Any ideas or suggestions? This is on a new approximately 20’ diameter octagon. Roof is presently covered with ( temporary) selfstick ice and water guard and tarp. Thanks
1 year ago
Hi. We’re wondering what varieties might be possible to grow here in central Missouri in a east- facing, well protected sun trap.. zone 5-6. Thanks for your input.
1 year ago
As far as batteries- the most expensive and fragile part of a system- you might try industrial batteries. They are big heavy and expensive but last a lot longer. We’re running 4 Trojan Ind17-6’s now for almost 7 years and they’re still doing well. About to add a separate system with 4 Rolls 27-6’s. These were had for less than the Trojans bought years ago. It really pays to shop around for batteries!!! Saved hundreds if not a thousand $   Smart vendors will compete for your business if only you ask. If they’re put off, buy elsewhere. Ours we got from Solarbiz- they were very good and have been in solar business since Adam went off-grid.
Try shopping Craigslist ( Craig should get a Nobel prize)- I’ve seen great deals on entire systems. Happy hunting. Tom
1 year ago
Gregory: thanks for your reply to our now- old post. Things are going, but slowly. The base and posts are up but small design changes ( worries about load- bearing capacity) have slowed progress.
We aren’t using straw bales in this project- it’s all lumber- we have discovered the joy and ease of board-and- batten construction. Our original home is strawbale infill.
I’d drive around and ( though it’s too late) look for wheat fields or look on Craigslist.  Ask at farmers markets. Modern wheats are short and farmers don’t have much use for straw.
We’re still making progress, though slow. you could come see what we’re doing. Let me know when is good.
1 year ago
Thank you. Most were rather large. I’ll keep your advice in mind for the next,  but now we’re out of hives!! We’re trying our first top bar hive, made in two hours for the last swarm.
1 year ago
Hi. Perhaps you can give an answer on this-  We have an older hive and one that was established last year from a swarm from the original. This year ( so far!) we’ve caught and hived  6 swarms, apparently all from the first two. Are we just lucky? Thanks. Tom
1 year ago
I keep getting purple moosages saying my name isn’t acceptable but never got a reply back so I can fix it ? WTF?
Victoria: here in central Missouri ( cooper county) there is good land, decent climate, affordable (?) land, and very little zoning. Plus a few folks already or getting ready to live in a permie style. It’s not far to the crapital city nor to the “ edumication “ capital, Columbia. Can’t say much for the political scene here- we have the “commie-style”  one party system...
1 year ago
Thanks Jeremy. We’ve been running these ind17 now for 5-6 years. All well so far. We do try to keep them above 24v with our (so far) trusty but cheap hft 8750 generator. Since we’ve an old array -24 80 w panels, it gets used a lot in cloudy weather.
1 year ago