David Glenn

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Hi, D. I'm 55 rebuilding a house in eagle point OR, on 2 acres, experienced in most of what you stated, built my own wind gens, solar systems, 5 Rocket mass heaters and have been a builder for most of my life, have researched many different types of building methods.
Don't know that moving right now is desired, but would love to connect and discuss what you want to to do and assist possibly.
P.M. me if you like. Oh I'm 6'2" 210# and told I'm not hard to look at.

David
3 years ago
Anyone ever think about our old friend salt? Borate salts are used as a less toxic wood preservation with good effect, and wood structures in salt water last a long time if it not for those worms.
I'm taking dry posts and soaking them in a salt and boric acid solution and then letting them re-season at which time I plan coat the part to be buried with a water proofing of some type, maybe tar.
The exposed portions will be coated with paint, shellack or varnish, all helping to keep moisture out of the wood.
It may take a few years to give any data as to success or not.

David
5 years ago
It's been my experience that any light or noise that is a constant in an area, that caries no physical repercussions ie.. electrical shock. Soon become just part of the landscape and are soon ignored by the night critters. Blinking lights may be effective, I haven't tried them yet but since my predator problems tend toward coyote and cats (big) I'm leaning towards motion sensor lights and really powerful electric fences.
Good luck

P.S. Usually I find it's the skunks who like to dig up my gardens for grubs

David
5 years ago
Thanks folks, I recently built a live trap based on one I saw at the feed store ($85.00) $5.00 worth of hardware cloth and an hour or so and I feel like I might have a chance with these little buggers this year, have trapped 10 so far (ground squirrels). The pocket gophers, the rodenator sounds fun but not that practical for my gardens, am inclined to build a wind powered "Thumper" or two and see if the constant drumming will convince them to leave the area?
We'll see, I'll post pics and results as I go

David
5 years ago
Well now you really have my attention, the mad inventor in me is is busting with curiosity. Respect your non disclosure but please share what ever you can.
I'm going forward with my own design/build as much for the experience as for the power, will post designs and results as they happen.

Definitely envious
David
5 years ago
I agree whole heartedly, it's much easier with the support of others of like mind and intention.
Good luck

David
5 years ago
David: where are you located on planet earth?
I'm one who enjoys building my own anything, often with the feeling that there is a better or more efficient way to go. At this time I'm real busy working with a "different" type of battery chemistry thats proving out so far and solar PV panels, which are on hold right now while I run a K of fencing to keep my goats off the local mountain lion menu (lost 3 the last week or so).
My water flow is variable due to how wet the year and the flood control dam 5 miles up river, so will feel lucky to get a steady 1Kw from 1 cubic foot a sec. and a 2m head, hence my developing the batteries and a diversified system. I've got a left testicle I'd trade for 10Kw constant I have learned over the years what I can live without and have lived off grid on 45 watt solar, RMH, propane fridge and running a small gas gen twice a week to watch a movie and charge up batteries and don't realy miss most of the so called modern conveinences.

Please keep us posted on your choices and progress and please post the data on that gen system so that you might get some feedback before investing?

Best always
David Cain
5 years ago
A 5' head @ 160 lps/40+ gal per sec., sounds like a banki or vortex turbine. Read further down in this forum? how much power do you think you need? For durability take a real good look at your terrain and high water mark, consider a penstock/pipe to a Banki turbine out of the way of flood waters or building a weir to a vortex system, either way you should be able to get at least 1Kw with good survivability depending on how you build the system.
Good luck, I'm in the middle of design/build of my own similar system.

David Cain
5 years ago
Dan, if I understand you correctly it should work just fine.
the bottom of the "Bell" or "Barrel" being lower than the thermal sink, should cause a better drafting situation(hot gasses rising) with less back burn and smoking.
David
5 years ago