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Paul takes a break from editing the SKIP book to review chapter two of his Building a Better World in your Backyard book with Julia, Katie, and Mark, although they spend half the podcast talking about the upcoming Garden Master course, progress with the SKIP book, and other Kickstarter updates.

Before they get into the book, there’s tickets to the livestreamed version of the 2022 Garden Master course available on the digital market – more details are linked below.  The teacher for the Garden Master course, Helen Atthowe, not only studied under Masanobu Fukuoka, but taught the officially sanctioned Master Gardener courses for 17 years before quitting due to excessive control over what she taught from pesticide companies, so whilst this course won’t get you a Master Gardener title, the information will nonetheless be invaluable.

Getting into the book, Paul brings up the situation of an area in which a wind farm couldn’t be built due to opposition from the locals, with both the leaders of the anti-windfarm and pro-windfarm groups citing ecological reasons for their stance.   In order to figure out if your stance is actually eco-friendly or just the result of copious greenwashing, Paul has come up with a basic test that’s probably a bit too loose, but generally works: do you spend less than the average US adult on heating annually ($1000), with kids not counting?  If yes, you’re a certified eco-warrior/environmentalist level 1.  This test was originally conceived when Paul got invited over to Seattle to house-sit a friend of his for a few months and managed to reduce the utility bill while he was there by 75% and consequently settle a half-decade long dispute on how to quantify if you’re an environmentalist or not.

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Is there any chance I could get detailed pictures of the ebike and the battery connector for the ebike you have that is missing a battery? Or any information on the brand and model? I would like to look into building a battery pack for you to get that thing going. I started a blog on here to share some of my experiences building and fixing ebikes, and plan on putting up more info about building battery packs. Depending on the design of the old battery I may or may not be able to make one that looks exactly the same or fits the old mount, but I'm certain I could build a pack much cheaper than buying new from the manufacturer and get that thing going again. I can even add a charging port so the battery never has to leave the bike!

I'm well versed with all things electrical (graduated from Morris County (NJ) School of Technology in Electrical Trades in 1998) and would love to make it up there sometime next year to teach people about residential electrical, ebikes, and solar energy systems, and help out where I can.
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It looks like it was originally lead acid batteries similar to what is used in a computer UPS and runs in at 24V. I've found some info online regarding changing to a lithium ion pack and other than mounting without the original case it should be pretty straightforward. Most of my spare parts are for 36V, so I will have to order a few things after the holidays. I can show what I do to build the pack on my ebike thread next month and go over the differences between what I've previously done and what your bike needs. I'll check back in when I get that far with it.
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