Julie Reed

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You beat me to it Cindy! I was going to recommend Will, his videos are excellent and he explains things in layman’s terms.
To the subject at hand: electric water heaters with an upper and lower element have the 2 elements connected in such a way that they work in tandem to keep the entire tank hot. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YZkgZVCZn0)
If you eliminate one or the other it would seem you may disrupt the proper operation. If you are going to use solar seasonally, but electric the rest of the year, it might make sense (if you have the space) to simply have a second tank, an indirect style like the ones used with boilers where the heating is done with a second water coil running through the water in the tank. Easy enough to separate the systems with a couple ball valves.
5 months ago
Welcome to permies Jason! I always enjoy hearing viewpoints and experiences of other bandsaw owners, especially if it’s woodmizer. Sounds like you have developed some practices that work well for your situation. I’m assuming you cut a lot of pine, or something with pitch, to need the diesel? That seems to be common with other mill owners I’ve talked with. I’ve never had to use it, and though I’m set up with a drip tank, I don’t even use water (and how is water supposed to mix with oil of any kind? WM actually said that??) or water/dawn detergent mix (which is what my woodmizer dealer suggests). But, I don’t mill ‘pitchy’ wood, as I cut my spruce this time of year, when it’s frozen. The birch and poplar don’t need lube at all, like most hardwoods. One thing you mentioned was a comparison to oil in chainsaws, but that’s to lube/cool the moving parts of the chain, not the teeth in the wood. If a band blade is getting hot, something else is wrong (feed rate, dull teeth, improper set, belt tension, blade tension, etc), as the water drip is not intended to cool the blade, only lubricate it to keep pitch from building up (which will also create friction and make it heat up). That’s why diesel works better, because it cuts the pitch, and you need less, vs water which needs to coat the blade to keep pitch from sticking.
I debark with a log wizard on a 45 cc saw. I not sure I understand how a water drip helps much with dirty bark, it seems like that would just make a muddy slurry? I do know any dirt is murder on a band blade, much worse than on a chainsaw chain. My $200 log wizard paid for itself quickly in longer blade life. Which model sharpener do you have?
I haven’t tried the turbo 747 blades yet but might next box. I’ve recently switched to 7 degree double hards for everything and am quite happy with those. I’d love to run 1.5s just to get the extra stiffness, but my little 15hp wouldn’t push those well I’m afraid. Good point about the deeper gullet though. Not many people consider that.
It’s a good time to be a mill owner. Sounds like lumber prices are headed up again this coming summer.
5 months ago
I fully cooked it! And yet, given my final goal, it is still raw. What am I trying to make?

I’m going to give the answer, because I think maybe this is either not a good riddle, or maybe just too esoteric.
Also, I’ve been unable to get a good internet signal for the past few days, and anticipate that happening again soon, so I hate to leave people hanging for days, wondering if their guess is correct, or if I’m flat out ignoring them (I’m not! I promise!).

The answer is that I’m trying to make toast. I fully cooked (baked) bread, but bread is technically ‘raw’ toast, since you are cooking it again, albeit briefly.

Feel free to throw rotten tomatoes my way if this was a rotten riddle! Hahaha.
5 months ago

Anne Miller wrote: Julie, has someone figure out the second one?  

If not can we have a clue?

Did you see my comment to T Melville about his hardtack guess? So that’s a strong clue (his guess plus my comment).

It’s not champagne, but that could be a good clue as well!
5 months ago

Anne Miller wrote:Two movies

I like that! But no, it was lottery tickets. T Melville got it earlier.
5 months ago
Hardtack… no. But I will say you’re getting warmer! 😁
5 months ago

T Melville wrote: your goose?

No, it’s a literal thing. A hint- Baked is more accurate than cooked.

This one is a bit playful but the answer is technically a correct statement.
5 months ago
With the physical book being close to $40 used, this is a great deal. Be aware, too, that he has published a more recent book, available for around $25, titled Understanding Roots: Discover How to Make Your Garden Flourish  described as such:
This book contains at least eighty percent more new information, more results of the latest in-depth and up-to-date explorations, and even more helpful guidelines on roots than the author’s previous book (Roots Demystified: Change Your Garden Habits to Help Roots Thrive).
5 months ago

Jenny Wright wrote:  Corn doesn't like it's roots to be disturbed and my growing season is cool and short.

Your corn in the picture is beautiful! I grew up where it was warmer and we had sweet corn ‘knee high by the 4th of July’. My father always said corn will tolerate cool air but needs warm soil. My soil doesn’t even hit 60 degrees until mid June. I’m thinking of maybe putting up a quick hoop house with 3/4” pvc conduit and 10 mil poly, maybe 10x10, to speed up the warming of the soil and early growth of the corn, then pulling the poly off once the corn is 4’ tall. I know corn does better in a squarish block than a long row, so that may work. We were admittedly spoiled about sweet corn, we had the water boiling when we picked it. So I’d love to experience that deliciousness again. I do know people who grow it in massive greenhouses, but they sell it for $2 an ear, and you can’t pick it so it could have been sitting a couple days.

 Robert Ray wrote: ceviche?

Nope. Sort of fits but it’s not technically fully cooked.
5 months ago