Jerry Ward

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since Sep 09, 2010
S.E. Michigan - Zone 6a
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I remember touring the Woodford Distillery many years ago and they had what they called "barrel runs" that are something like rail tracks and they could just start the barrels of whiskey rolling and they would go right on to the next place in the production sequence.  Of course the places that the barrels needed to go was a fixed, rarely changing path.  The rails were pitched slightly so gravity did the work.

4 months ago
What is the recommended path to heating a pole barn/workshop with some kind of rocket technology?  Intermittent use and not well insulated - just something to take the chill off.
5 months ago
It's looking like this might be the year I get my pole barn - something in the 30' x 40' range.  Since this has not been built yet I have the option to include something in the floor for heat and I'm wondering if anyone has run the output of a RMH under a concrete floor?  I don't need to heat this up to short-sleeve temps, just warm it up to make it comfortable to work.

I'm thinking something like digging a 16" deep trench through the middle of the floor and suspending an 8" diameter pipe in it and then pouring the concrete floor.  I would build the rocket stove part at one end and the exhaust would go out the other.  The stove barrel would provide quick heat and sending the exhaust through a tube in the floor would warm the floor up.

I'm sure it cannot be as simple as I'm describing, so I'm looking for someone that has done this already.

Thanks,
Jerry
5 months ago
Well, I do have a Ford 2N tractor, it just doesn't run at the moment

Maybe I look around for a single bottom plow.
10 months ago

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
What is the perceived benefit of using "beds" in a market garden? I don't know any market gardeners in my area that plant into beds.



I get above all the roots.
10 months ago
I am in S.E. Michigan and want to create a Market Garden.  I have 10 acres total but want to only start with a 1/4-1/2 acre.  I've tried a bit of digging and run into a lot of roots.  What is the recommended process to create new garden beds from an area that has some grass and some brushy growth?  Do I need to just rent a roto-tiller and go at it?  Or maybe some landscape timbers to create a raised bed of 3"?

Thanks,
Jerry
10 months ago
Does anyone have a currently working link to the podcast?
I may be a little late in replying to this post, but here are my thoughts.  I don't do a lot of video editing, but many years ago I used to work for a company that supplied the equipment, back when digital video editing was first coming out.

I would recommend you first learn cut only editing with adding beginning and ending titles.  This means taking the 15 minutes of video you shot down to 3 minutes of relevant content someone will actually watch without getting board.  Add a title for 3-5 seconds at the beginning and information on how to find you at the end.  This can actually be done fairly well with the free YouTube editor, assuming that is your intended destination for your videos.  My personal experience is I spend most of my editing time cutting out stuff that is not needed.

What the YouTube editor does not have (at least that I could find) was a way to speed up the video.  Sometimes when you are filming a longer process you want to run at 4, 8 or 16 times speed so you don't bore your viewers.  Therefore I'm back to using the Windows Live Movie Maker that is free to Windows users.  I'm sure that iMovie for the Mac is similarly capable.  I believe you will find that until you are much further along in your video editing endeavor that this software will do almost, if not everything, you need it to do.  I used to have access to a couple of mid-range video editing packages and it was so hard to do the simple cut only editing that I needed I ended up going back to Windows Live Movie Maker.  If you remember the 80's & 90's everyone wanted fancy complex transitions from one video to another where a video flys in on a ball or spaceship and takes over the screen.  However people have moved away from that as users don't really care for it, they find it distracting at best and annoying or un-watchable at worst.  When moving beyond cut only editing to a transition you really only need some basic fades, wipes or dissolves which I believe these software packages do.


My recommendation is unless you know that the basic video editing software that is free with Windows or Mac will not do what you need, then start with these free options.  Note that they usually are not pre-installed so you have to download and install them, but again they are free.  Of course if you are Linux desktop user this advice doesn't help you much
I see that Scubbly is shutting down in 2017 with all sales stopping on April 1st.  Hopefully a new platform will be found or be created.
I wish the BBC would sell these as some kind of download.