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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

September 28, 2010
12:43 PM

Post #8126123

ok here's the start of the second part. ill get around to posting a link to the first one soon and get them connected.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

September 28, 2010
12:45 PM

Post #8126125

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1073393/ maybe that link is right .. if not .. ill change it
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

September 28, 2010
12:52 PM

Post #8126131

VORTREKER
your link and post an the new thread was ok, i dint mind it. i just had laptop problems an counldnt get online .. untill yesterday .. still trying to catch things up here. had almost week worth of purchases in my online store to take care of an get sent out, i like to be fast on the delivery part. the online store is my main income here .. an i only flashed by here now n then for just a second to see if there was any new replies then got off line. being i cant be online very long running a 300 watt power pull constantly.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

September 28, 2010
3:00 PM

Post #8126321

Thanks for the new thread . It loads quickly and fits on my screen.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 28, 2010
8:44 PM

Post #8127006

Good to hear from you. Hope you get your laptop problem fixed soon.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

September 30, 2010
11:27 AM

Post #8129878

ty ty, im bum'n a laptop for a hour or two each day now to keep up with stuff .. maybe it wont be long

Thanks to all concerned

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 30, 2010
11:40 AM

Post #8129899

Does anyone on this thread have an older laptop that might get him by for a while? I'll pay the postage. Mine got stolen or I would send it.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

September 30, 2010
2:00 PM

Post #8130150

LOL, my old laptop is so old it's got a b&w screen, not even greyscale! It doesn't get the internet either!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

September 30, 2010
3:40 PM

Post #8130347

LOL ill get it worked out soon... no worries .. but thanks ne how, then ill be back to full on then ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 30, 2010
4:55 PM

Post #8130482

I have 2 of the first laptops ever made. The screen flips down off the front. It has 2 drives. One you have to put a systems disk in and the other is for your program disc. It's the old floppies. The bendable ones.
They might be worth some bucks to a collector.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

September 30, 2010
6:47 PM

Post #8130687

Do people actually collect computers?

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 30, 2010
7:03 PM

Post #8130709

LOL pork--
probably not but I bet a bunch of folks have them in the closet right next to their George Forman grill. :)
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 1, 2010
9:11 AM

Post #8131512

We use our GF grill everyday! LOL I was thinking some computer "geek" or museum might like them. They are a part of history. These were made by Zenith.
GoldenDomer
Northern, IN

October 1, 2010
9:15 AM

Post #8131527

ok. how do you keep the food from sticking to the top of the GF grill when opening it?

This message was edited Oct 1, 2010 12:17 PM
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 1, 2010
6:47 PM

Post #8132421

Never had that problem.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2010
5:38 AM

Post #8132814

What is a george forman? and what is a zenith?
porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 2, 2010
9:10 AM

Post #8133100

Just how young are you?
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 2, 2010
9:53 AM

Post #8133140

Dyson, a George Foreman is one of many brands of an electric indoor grill, with a lid that folds down on top of the food, to grill both sides of the food at the same time in a short period of time. They were really popular 10-20 years ago. Suppose to be healthier cooking, because they are designed to drain away the fat.

Zeinth used to be most known as a major TV manufacturer.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2010
1:52 PM

Post #8133392

A Farewell to Friends!

Friends, my subscription to DG will expire soon, and I have decided
not to renew it. DG has given me many positive times, but at this point I
need to concentrate on finding “my place in the sun”. If any of you, ever
need my assistance in any way or just wish to talk of the current years crops
please e-mail me at:

dyson.deaton@gmail.com
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2010
1:55 PM

Post #8133401

Sure will miss you.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 2, 2010
3:04 PM

Post #8133493

Might as well hang around Dyson, you never know what we'll come up with next .. LOL
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 2, 2010
3:19 PM

Post #8133527

Dyson, you can still access this forum and several others, without renewing your membership. I didn't renew mine either. So please check in once in awhile and let us know what you are up to.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2010
3:57 PM

Post #8133573

Life is good
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 4, 2010
2:34 PM

Post #8137256

Oct. 1st our squireel an rabbit season opened here in Alabama .. sooooo fresh squirrel hash, gravy and other Suthern Dishes are appearing at my cabin .. hehee yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmie
AZgrammie
North of Heber, AZ
(Zone 6b)

October 4, 2010
5:00 PM

Post #8137536

Oh wow, freedom, what time is dinner? I wanna be there . . .
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 4, 2010
6:48 PM

Post #8138111

Mmmm

I caught one of my roos off the roost tonight and put him in a small cage. I will butcher him tomorrow and cook him for supper if all goes
well.

A friend who sold his horse has given me the hay hed left in his loft. 10 or so bales. Sure will help.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 5, 2010
8:50 AM

Post #8139083

supper time round here is always round 6:00 come on down
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2010
8:38 PM

Post #8140227

I have traded an extra saddle for $200 worth of hay. I didn't need the saddle and I can sure use the hay. Gives me breathing room.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 6, 2010
7:23 AM

Post #8140812

Long live the barter system!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 6, 2010
7:50 AM

Post #8140869

yeah kinda hard to beat the barter systsem, sometimes its almost like gettin something for nothing.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2010
10:10 AM

Post #8141131

I wish I could trade a fe horses for hay then I'd be set with the ones I keep. Or maybe trade them for a big metal shed. I could really use that.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 6, 2010
12:18 PM

Post #8141332

you'd miss your horses then Cajun, i know i would, wish i had a horse or two here... sure would make gettin around alot easier. plannin on gettin a few goats tho. to clear some thickets an brush .. an maybe for some milk also. horses, cows goats chickens all are good natural ferterlizer hehee grow maters the size of soft balls
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2010
7:29 PM

Post #8142015

You re right about the maters. At the last house, I built a new mater bed from just rotted manure and sawdust. No dirt. The maure pile had been outside for about a year. I moved it and planted in it. I had maters as big as cabbages it seemed like. And a whole lot of 'em. Then I had to move.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 7, 2010
8:23 AM

Post #8142672

My Grand Parents always grew the biggest maters i ever seen, loaded with acid an i mean BIG ones. one slice would hang off all 4 edges of a sammich. never learned all their secrets but i do remember tote'n 5 gallon buckets full of cow manure from the barn lot to the mater patch where she planted her maters for years an years same spot .. never moved em.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 9, 2010
5:45 AM

Post #8146200

Subscription has ended - can still access/post here & still have d-mail - again - Life is good.

Best to all
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 9, 2010
5:49 AM

Post #8146206

Dyson, WhooHoo!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 9, 2010
6:04 AM

Post #8146222

Getting ready to enclose the screen porch with plastic for the winter and when it warms up have to install a starter on Sue's truck, that should take care of today!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 9, 2010
7:37 AM

Post #8146317

Sounds like a Days worth of work ... glad your back Dyson
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 9, 2010
8:59 AM

Post #8146401

Sounds like you have a full day.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 9, 2010
12:30 PM

Post #8146757

General question: How come some people's names come up in blue and some in green? Does every one see their own name in green?

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2010
1:37 PM

Post #8146894

I think green is the tread starter usually---mine may be in green because I started part two and then canceled it so freedom could start #2
flsusie
New Port Richey, FL

October 9, 2010
3:48 PM

Post #8147191

omg did i just spend the afternoon reading a thread or a mini novel? i've been humored, depressed, and inspired all at the same time. so many memories of the older ways, when being self sufficient wasn't a choice. how i wish i had learned to make mom's wild grape jelly and granny's biscuits. how i wish i could get off this asphalt jungle and back in the country again. i miss the rabbitts, chickens, and hogs and fresh veggies, being outside by the fire at night in the fall, clearing new ground. listening to the owls and black (yes black) panthers at night. i'd given up on ever being able to live that way again but the way things are going it looks like once again we may not have a choice. i'm so glad i found this thread. so freedom, mind if i pick your brain since you apparently had enough sense to pay attetion to what your elders were doing? how do you make wild grape syrup? how do you salt your meat? fresh, smoked and salted mullett were a staple at our house (still are) but for some reason the salted fish never come out right. seems no matter how much salt i use i wind up with fish in a crock full of water that gets a scum on top. moms were always dry. you had to scrape the salt off and soak em overnight. what am i doing wrong? thanks to all for a great afternoon.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2010
4:17 PM

Post #8147240

flsusie--
you are not alone--I think we are all living that long lost dream vicariously thru freedom's posts-
methinks this thread will have many parts in the future.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 9, 2010
5:41 PM

Post #8147370

flsusie,
if making wild grape suryp is like makin muskidine suryp .. i never add water . just sugar it up like you would makin jelly .. an cook it down till the consitency gets kinda thick but not so thick to make jelly .. thats the only way ive ever made it .. if you want it tangy'r less sugar .. it'll taste like fresh fruit then. different taste for different folks ...

as far as the salted meats go .. i usualy smoke mine, wrap it in cheese cloth an store it in the salt box covered with lots of salt .. after makin sure its as dry as possible before covering it with salt. an yes .. dry'n out the meat before store'n it makes alot of difference on it lasting and being dry when ready to use. the salt will actualy finish cure'n the meat an pulling all the mosture from it.

maybe that'll help you out some .. an glad your enjoy'n the thread :-)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 9, 2010
6:05 PM

Post #8147411

also i'd like to mention .. due to some phone line issues .. an my dsl .. i may come up MIA for a few days ... kinda like they wont move a line that i told em not to put there beside one of my two bridges on my driveway in, that im gonna have to work on, an somehow da line is gonna get 'cut' or 'broken' or just ripped out hehee .. but it'll take em a few days to get it repaired as always .. some people just never listen ... so yawl dont worry bout me .. ill be back as soon as 'they' fix it right .. LOL
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 9, 2010
6:28 PM

Post #8147446

Freedom ~ when you cut it, you should be able to match the ends back together and rewire. DH has done it and kept it working till they can get out and do a permanent repair or move it for you.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 9, 2010
6:46 PM

Post #8147472

Vortreker I don't see your name in green. Isn't it always green for you?

Sorry - totally off topic but something that I've wondered about for a long time.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 9, 2010
6:52 PM

Post #8147482

The name is green when one has accessed that members' information page and then, only on your own computer. Not all of ours.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2010
6:57 PM

Post #8147492

I don't know--I really have a lot of other things to do besides worry about whose name is "green"
porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 9, 2010
7:05 PM

Post #8147505

Sorry - just curious, thanks Podster.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 10, 2010
10:25 AM

Post #8148365


Green is Good ... LOL ..

yeah i could tie the ends back in an emergency ... but then i wont get to "bless them out" like they need for not listening in the first place .. hahaa
yeah i know i go along way to prove a point .. hehee so ill be repair'n a bridge this week ..
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 10, 2010
1:33 PM

Post #8148730

Got some plastic up on the porch - North and South ends, the East side (longest run @ 22 feet) will wait until the weather starts to turn cold for the winter, late November or early December. Have not gotten back to the truck starter, but I am taking the last part of the week off work, so I guess it will hold until Wednesday.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 10, 2010
3:46 PM

Post #8148928

sounds like you got a grip on it Dyson... like me i like to look back over the day an see if what i did has been or was productive an that i can smile about it before goin to bed..
i was always taught to do whats right .. be happy for every day .. make every day count and never do anything that you cant look into the mirror at the end of the day an face yourself .. leads to a very peacefull life. do what you have to do .. but harm none ...
flsusie
New Port Richey, FL

October 10, 2010
6:32 PM

Post #8149237

freedom, thanks for the info. perhaps adding the water is where i,ve been doing it wrong. do you brine your meats before you smoke them? i think i'm gonna try and salt some mullett after they're smoked but they're pretty oily this time of the year. would that make a difference? good luck w/ the phone line. the idiots wanted to run mine straight through my garden till i asked where to send the bill for getting the cable out of the tines of my tiller.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 11, 2010
5:22 PM

Post #8151115

yeah i'd leave off the water, an i always soak my meats in brine then dry em off as much as possible before smoking them. altho i never smoked fish.. mostly beef, pork, deer an the ocasional goat .. hehee .
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 11, 2010
5:59 PM

Post #8151184

also today i worked on forming the raceway for my waterwheel generator .. hopefully work on the mount tomorrow if it dont rain, finaly some rain in the forecast .. wooo hooooooooo
so if it does it'll be ok too. dang im easy to please ..
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 13, 2010
12:40 PM

Post #8154288

The starter is on the truck - and it actually starts. While installing it noticed some wiring that needs some attention but that can wait until Friday. Got to get the new tarp over the shed before it rains, and tomorrow a long time customer is dropping off a laptop. Good thing I took some time off work, I'll need to go back to recuperate,
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 13, 2010
1:47 PM

Post #8154375

sounds good Dyson .. glad everything worked out with the starter
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 13, 2010
2:52 PM

Post #8154468

Freedom we need pics of the raceway - please! That project is one that should be documented.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 13, 2010
3:53 PM

Post #8154576

ill take some when i get it installed in the dam, right now its just a trough (sp?) made from sheet metal ... 21 inches cross the bottom .. with 8 in. sides ... 6 feet long.

This message was edited Oct 13, 2010 4:55 PM
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 17, 2010
12:29 PM

Post #8160790

its Sunday, my day of rest an relaxing, planning the weeks work an things that need to be done .. an walkin around my properity lookin at herbs n wildlife .. an giving Thanks for another day.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

October 17, 2010
12:34 PM

Post #8160796

Good for you! That's something we (collectively) don't do enough: give Thanks... for the day, the herbs, the wildlife, the sun, moon, stars, air, leaves, grass... all that Nature provides, every moment of every day.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 17, 2010
1:54 PM

Post #8160901

so very true, we were never given promise of tomorrow... so be Thankfull for every pass'n second we spend here. and always stop an smell the roses, see the the one solitary flower ... butterfly or bug .. all of nature is a wonder, a miracle within its self.
and WE are over see'rs of it all.
kmom246
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2010
5:42 PM

Post #8161283

(Side Note: yes, people collect old computers. I am of the geeky persuation and know several of my counterparts who collect them. It is a weird badge of honor to say which was the oldest computer you ever worked on or owned...)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 17, 2010
5:52 PM

Post #8161298

i still have an old Timex Sinclare 1000 ... LOL

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2010
8:24 PM

Post #8161517

Mine was a Commodore 64--or a Texas Instruments TRS80 but I have no idea what happened to them.
It is amazing to think that back then a Cray "super" computer was immersed in dry ice to keep it cool and cost over a million dollars. Now the $500 computer we use out performs the old Cray.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 18, 2010
7:32 AM

Post #8162034

very true VORTREKER, now you can even carry a computer in your shirt pocket .. if not for my laptop i would never be able to run a pc here at the cabin, would be too much power useage ...
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 18, 2010
12:56 PM

Post #8162524

well hauled in a load of lumber today to build the mount for the waterwheel, hopefully get it all in an ready to set the wheel this weekend ... an yes there'll be pictures
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 21, 2010
5:27 PM

Post #8168617

da man who invented posthole diggers an the man who invented the weedeater.. musta been kin folks .. oh yes .. the slingblade too ..

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

October 21, 2010
7:05 PM

Post #8168723

Bet they were "simple" folks that needed to get a job done. And did it.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 22, 2010
6:09 AM

Post #8169129

I like to use T posts whenever I can because that little post driver beats a set of post hole diggers all hollow. ( or hands down, if you prefer )

I have got to get the tarps up around the goat house today. It's getting to be really chilly in the mornings. I sure hate to see winter coming on.
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 22, 2010
6:28 AM

Post #8169162

Ditto on using the pole driver. .
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 22, 2010
8:20 AM

Post #8169352

i totaly agree on the pole drivers an steel post, only thing i was setting a 14 foot post 8 inches in dia. 4 feet deep into the ground for a support to mount my waterwheel on. no other way around it. LOL i paid for it tho with my back an shoulders... luckly i already had blisters or calouses on my hands .. hehee, now to hang the cross brace an get my waterwheel in there and get ready for the fall n winter rains . which i hope is coming soon. kinda like Tim the Toolman Taylor .. argggggggggg MORE POWER hehee
AZgrammie
North of Heber, AZ
(Zone 6b)

October 22, 2010
10:16 AM

Post #8169486

Trouble is, I can't even LIFT the pole drivers, let alone pound a T-post into our rocky ground with it. Now if post-hole diggers had things you could step on, like on a shovel, so I could put my weight on them, that would help.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

October 22, 2010
11:59 AM

Post #8169609

Heck, I don't even know what a pole driver is... I always used a sledge hammer.
AZgrammie
North of Heber, AZ
(Zone 6b)

October 22, 2010
12:22 PM

Post #8169637

Country wimmen are awesome!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 22, 2010
12:45 PM

Post #8169673

Darius,
a pole driver is nothing more than a heavy peice of pipe a couple feet long with one end capped off with handles on each side .. slide it over the post raise it up and slam it down... even in hard soil it works pretty well .. ... rocks on the other hand .. totaly different story..

Azgrammie,, i totaly agree ... Country wimmen are awesome .. LOL

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

October 22, 2010
1:11 PM

Post #8169720

Cool... guess I've never even seen one, but then I have seldom bought T poles either. Like where AZgrammy lives, it's usually too rocky.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

October 22, 2010
5:48 PM

Post #8170195

Pole driver

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 22, 2010
6:11 PM

Post #8170236

Plenty rocky here. Lots of times you have to pull up your pole and move it over. that's why nothing is straight here and it drives me nuts. i am a bit OCD about such things.
Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

October 22, 2010
7:05 PM

Post #8170323

You can do a pretty good job beating yourself up trying to drive a T-post in the ground around here when it's dry... lots & lots of clay. Of course, when it's wet, you can pull the T-post out by hand... a fact which has not escaped my donkey's notice.

Been spending the evening getting caught up on all y'alls doin's... woof, amazing!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 22, 2010
7:40 PM

Post #8170393

im gonna try and download my pictures tomorrow an post em here of the raceway that i told Dyson i'd post, which is still layin on the ground, it'll go in after the wheel is mounted below the dam .. and the waterwheel mount that i finished today, was wanting to get it installed today, but i ran short of time .. so maybe tomorrow .. if not i'll be monday.
Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

October 22, 2010
7:46 PM

Post #8170404

Gettin' all this in just in time for it to freeze, aren't you? LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 22, 2010
7:56 PM

Post #8170430

wont freeze here till late jan. or feb. an the water in the creek hasnt ever froze as long as i can remember ... i love the Deep South
Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

October 22, 2010
8:29 PM

Post #8170486

And we're going to have to start draining the hose soon... amazing country this is, from swamps to high alpine deserts. =0)

How do you get tobacco seeds to sprout? I got them one year & got nada.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 23, 2010
7:39 AM

Post #8171132

Jayryunen,
just use a good quality potting soil or seed starting mix, sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil an mist them every day keep the soil wet but not soggy, also the temps has to be 65 deg an up to about 80. in 7 to 14 days you should see some little sprouts. and keep them in a sunny place... bout all there is to it.
Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

October 23, 2010
8:01 AM

Post #8171164

How do you dis-entangle all the little sprouts?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 23, 2010
9:12 AM

Post #8171265

i use the tip of a knife blade or a bamboo skewer to move em an transplant em into seperate cups. then after about a week after transplanting em turn loose the miracal grow on em. and keep misting them untill the first true leaves grow, a week or so after then adult leaves apear you can plant em out into the garden or field ...
Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

October 23, 2010
9:56 AM

Post #8171323

You separate as soon as they sprout, before 1st leaves?
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 23, 2010
9:57 AM

Post #8171325

... Thank you! - where can seed be purchased ?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 23, 2010
10:02 AM

Post #8171330

drop me an email i have lots of baccy seeds i'd be happy to share some with you
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 23, 2010
10:04 AM

Post #8171334

ok, here are some pic's of the waterwheel mount

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 23, 2010
10:05 AM

Post #8171336

another angle

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 23, 2010
10:06 AM

Post #8171337

and another one

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 23, 2010
10:07 AM

Post #8171341

and a shot of the raceway, there'll be more pic's as i install everything an you can see it all put togather .

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Jayryunen
Sapello, NM
(Zone 5b)

October 23, 2010
10:10 AM

Post #8171344

Que cool!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 23, 2010
2:17 PM

Post #8171709

BRAVO & Thank you!
GoldenDomer
Northern, IN

October 23, 2010
2:43 PM

Post #8171734

Great work..!!

I can hardly wait to see it all together...and spinning.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 23, 2010
3:24 PM

Post #8171810

its been a long drawn out project for sure, ill be happy to see it finished and spinning also... means i can move on to my next big project. well next 2 big projects .. my big windmill and my outdoor wood burning furnace for central heat in the cabin to all rooms .. creature comfort ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2010
6:19 PM

Post #8172065

I'll bet you could build your own wood fired hot tub.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 23, 2010
6:30 PM

Post #8172084

yeah.. already thought about that ... LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 25, 2010
8:13 PM

Post #8176388

Maybe tomorrow ill get a chance to post the pic's of my waterwheel installed below the dam, havent done the raceway yet .. but soon ..
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 26, 2010
10:42 AM

Post #8177207

well wont be today, its raining .. not enough sun to fire up my laptop and download em .. looks like the same is forecasted for the next 3 days also ..
soon ...
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 27, 2010
8:16 AM

Post #8179199

LOL still raining here, creek is almost full, well actualy it is full goin over my spillway at the moment with more rain on the way.
cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 28, 2010
7:47 AM

Post #8181173

We have no running streams here- too bad...it would sure be nice. We did find a huge lake way behind us on the tax assessor's aerial map today. It might be fun to find a new fishing hole! Our pond has nice eating fish but the pond is too small to have to depend on for a source of protein. Actually, I plan to start landscaping one side (closest to the road) to try and make the entrance way to our farm nicer. I can only do it if my hubby is there. I am terrified of snakes. Ever since that moccasin chased me. There are no gators in it now that I can see. I just need some decent dirt. We are sitting on a coral rock shelf. You have to use a jackhammer to pound thru it, then dig or the roots can't get thru. Meaning after you plant you have to replace all the removed rock with soil. It's alot of work to plant something but the beauty makes it well worth the effort.
I am hoping our next project is a smokehouse. Hunting here is plentiful. Our swamp buggy is broke down so hunting on ATVs is about it.
Do you hunt, Sailer?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

October 28, 2010
7:52 AM

Post #8181178

Carol! Good to see you pop-up here. We need to chat soon, but I'm out of town for another week.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 28, 2010
10:10 AM

Post #8181374

sounds like a very beautiful place you have there cyberageous, even a small pond can provide lots of fish if they are fed and took care of, my pond is maybe 1/2 acre and it provides lots of fish, catfish, bream and bass.
now sitting on a coral shelf is something ive never had to deal with, guess its kinda like our bedrock here, LOL i grow more rocks than anything else .. hehee takes along time to get a small garden spot up an ready, even when i think i got all the rocks n root out more just appear from nowhere...
also, you can never go wrong with a smoke house, very good plan of action yawl have planned out there, my best wishes to yawl.

and yes i hunt, its kinda like second nature to me, hunt, fish, foragae .. you name it .. use to do some trappin also but i havent in along time, just not a very humane kill . i dont like makin nothing suffer ne longer than i have to. i usualy make headshots on my kills also .. sometimes they are dead while still standing before they fall ... just colapse to the ground. i like it that way. fast an as painless as posible

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 28, 2010
1:32 PM

Post #8181623

new waterwheel pic's , these just show how i am mounting the waterwheel below the dam.

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 28, 2010
1:33 PM

Post #8181625

LOL second pic was 'pose to have went here but sumphin messed up.


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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 28, 2010
1:35 PM

Post #8181636

ok try again

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 28, 2010
1:36 PM

Post #8181639

no. 3

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 28, 2010
1:37 PM

Post #8181641

no.4

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 28, 2010
1:38 PM

Post #8181642

no. 5

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 28, 2010
7:19 PM

Post #8182208

Lookin good. Do you have the water held back in this pic?
porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 28, 2010
7:57 PM

Post #8182267

I think the stream is elsewhere.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 29, 2010
9:16 AM

Post #8183045

LOL actualy the creek is dried up for now .. i have it blocked off up stream an diverted into another creek, and with all the dry weather we've had its totaly dry. ill turn what water is up there loose when i get it finished
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

October 30, 2010
12:30 PM

Post #8185269

I thought it looked a bit parched. :) I was thinking it was a year round creek. Ours is but it sure got low toward the end of the summer.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

October 30, 2010
1:06 PM

Post #8185331

this one usualy runs year round.. i deverted it, then it stopped rain'n, now its dry .. first time i can ever remember it being this dry. there wasnt even a mudhole in it, now there's some water in it we had a day with 2 inches of rain .. LoL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 1, 2010
3:54 PM

Post #8189005

wooo hooooooooo looks like more rain on the way, bout dang time is all i can say .. LOL
yeah yeah i know ,, im easly amused .. hehee
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 2, 2010
3:55 PM

Post #8190924

Calling for rain here Thursday. Need to get my yard picked up before then.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 2, 2010
4:14 PM

Post #8190967

kewl, i raked all my leaves up into a pile, i pile em up in my gardens over the winter and burn em .. then tiller em in .. helps to improve the soil.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 3, 2010
3:09 PM

Post #8192924

LOL 4 inches of rain in my rain guage last nite and today so far and its still raining ..
dint think i ordered this much, i gotta go back an check the order form again .. hehee

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

November 3, 2010
4:16 PM

Post #8193051

Bet the crick will run nice now
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 3, 2010
8:39 PM

Post #8193498

Raining here too. Going to keep it up for 2 days and turn off cold. Grrr
porkpal
Richmond, TX

November 3, 2010
8:59 PM

Post #8193526

We've been having some badly needed rain too. It should help the pastures green back up before they go dormant for winter.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 4, 2010
8:02 AM

Post #8194008

porkpal, very true an i think they fixin to (go dormant that is)

Cajun, yeah here too or thats what they saying Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr starting tonite

VORTREKER... yep the creek is running like white water rapids LOL, also my water storage tank is being filled back up also, was gettin low ...

freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 8, 2010
1:10 PM

Post #8201405

more work on the waterwheel today, hopefully be installing the raceway soon and mounting the alternator/generator (PMA) on it and maybe crank out a few amps of power. also cut n tote'd in firewood .. dang cold weather hehee
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 8, 2010
3:32 PM

Post #8201672

It was sunny yesterday and today but still chilly with a cold wind blowing. We had a frost this morning. It was right at freezing. Took the blankets off the horses today when it warmed up but put them back on this evening. Calling for 36 in the morning.

Thought you might like this pic. It's the Russel Fork River. It runs through the deepest canyon east of the Grand Canyon. Only about 25 minutes from my house.

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 8, 2010
4:11 PM

Post #8201792

Wow, Beautiful Country Cajun .. looks awsome, thank you for shareing it with us
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 8, 2010
8:06 PM

Post #8202136

My pleasure. I have lots of pics from that area. I'd be glad to post more for you.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 10, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #8205556

worked on the waterwheel today, angle iron braces on the back side of the tracks for support all bolted in. also put the rollers on my brackets to go on my sawmill, where it'll roll along on the carriage ... an yes pic's will be coming soon.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

November 10, 2010
7:12 PM

Post #8205680

How do you combat rust on these projects?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 11, 2010
7:24 AM

Post #8206274

LOL let it grow ... surface stuff dont hurt .. i always paint an seal later on ...

oh yes,
HAPPY VETERANS DAY TO ALL THE VETS OUT THERE ... YOU HAVE MY UTMOST RESPECT .. AND GRATITUDE
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 11, 2010
9:02 AM

Post #8206392

Ditto on Veteran's Day . I appreciate all service past and present. We owe a debt of gratitude to those willing to serve and give their all. My Dad was a veteran. I have a nephew who is a veteran and a nephew who is a marine stationed in Hawaii. He has been to Iraq 4 different times. I hope he does not have to go back. His life has not been easy but he feels good knowing he has helped the oppressed have a better life. And we cannot forget to thank the families of the service men and women. They serve also in a different capacity.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 16, 2010
10:14 AM

Post #8214905

3 days of rain, im gettin behind on my outdoor projects ...
YIKES CABIN FEVER ... hahaaa
porkpal
Richmond, TX

November 16, 2010
1:24 PM

Post #8215204

That was supposed to be our rain. It skipped over us and dumped on you. No fair!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 16, 2010
2:03 PM

Post #8215302

ooooooooooooooooooppss
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2010
2:48 PM

Post #8215357

Been drizzlin' here for a couple of days.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 17, 2010
3:09 PM

Post #8217336

well its stoped here now.. nothing but clear blue skys forecasted for the next seven days ..

Cajun, feel free to post all the pictures you wish, i enjoying see'n em .. beautiful country
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 18, 2010
5:02 PM

Post #8219344

Here's one of the deepest canyon east of the grand canyon.

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 19, 2010
4:45 PM

Post #8220932

Wow, thats awsome Cajun ... so beautiful .. Thank You ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2010
5:51 PM

Post #8221007

You are welcome. It's really pretty around these parts. Not right now, though. Very drab and a bit depressing right now.

I'd love to see some more pics of your place. Wish i could be living a more sustainable life but I'm afraid my time has passed me by. I just have to get satisfaction out of doing the few things I can. I like growing my own veggies even though I can't grow enough to take us through the winter. I like having my own chickens for eggs and meat, goats for milk, cheese, butter and meat. We raised our own pigs and ended up with enough meat for a year. I'd like to get back into rabbits but I'll wait until after winter.

A friend of ours brought us a deer. I boned it all out and put it in the freezer. I kept out a shoulder roast to cook Sunday and some trimmings to grind. Thinking about mixing some of it with some pork sausage. Going to make Bambi Bites out of the back strap. Mmmm
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 20, 2010
5:00 AM

Post #8221432

Cajun...
now that sounds like a plan, hard to beat fresh deer meat, today is open gun season here on deer, matter of fact i think every hunting season is in now other than turkey .. we dont have a fall season but we have a spring season, which i think is kinda dumb bein they are laying an nesting in the springtime. but they "think" they know what their doing LOL ..
ill get around to posting more pictures of my place soon, fall colors are passin into the drab as you call it.. still some pretty leaves around tho .. an only the acre where my cabin is setting is the only part cleared, the rest is deep woods mostly hardwoods with a few pine thickets ... ill try to get some new pic's up an posted soon tho ..
oh yes... time hasnt past you by if your still breathing, just do it one thing at a time .. ill give up when they plant me 6 feet under. LOL but then ill see the place God has prepaired for me to spend eterenty in. now talk about self sufficent .. we dont know nothing yet ... heheee
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 20, 2010
7:36 PM

Post #8222564

Amen. No power bill there. Jesus will be the light.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 25, 2010
5:14 PM

Post #8230585

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 25, 2010
5:48 PM

Post #8230608

Happy Thanksgiving! We had a very good day. Sadly we could not be with family but we were invited by good friends to share the day with their family and it was very nice. Great food and great friends. And the Saints won!!!!!! LOL

Hope your day was a very good one too. Did you kill a turkey?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 25, 2010
6:56 PM

Post #8230669

no only have a spring turkey season here, no fall season .. but i did deep fry a 16 lb turkey tho ..

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 25, 2010
6:58 PM

Post #8230670

here's another Turkey .. LOL my oldest Grand Daughter braids my beard an hair everytime she see's me an she's 14 .. started years ago when she first learn'd how to braid hahahaa

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

November 25, 2010
7:14 PM

Post #8230688

That's funny! Happy Thanksgiving you turkeys!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 26, 2010
5:28 PM

Post #8231960

Too funny! Your beard looks just like my DH's. I like to braid it too. LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 26, 2010
6:02 PM

Post #8232025

LOL kewl, she's done mine ever sence she was 6 or 7, my hair and my beard gets it everytime.. no matter where we are ...
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 2, 2010
10:29 AM

Post #8240836

Brrrrrrrrrrrr someone left the a/c on or something .. LOL saw something strange yesterday morning .. 3 flocks of geese headed "north" ... weird for Dec. in Alabama they usualy head South all winter then back north in the spring ... maybe winter is gonna pass us by down here hehee... one could only wish ..
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 3, 2010
12:57 PM

Post #8242561

my waterwheel's first test... no generator mounted to it yet. an the raceway isnt even cemented in... its just kinda hangin over the dam... more water going around and under it than going to the wheel, just a trickle hitting the wheel, but its turning around 30 rpm with quite alot of tourqe... more pic's to come soon and more test an results ...
woooo hooooooooooooooooo hehee

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

December 3, 2010
1:15 PM

Post #8242579

That's EXCITING!!
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 3, 2010
1:19 PM

Post #8242585

Cool!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2010
2:04 PM

Post #8242630

Bravo !!!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 3, 2010
3:35 PM

Post #8242746

You did it, Mate! Congrats!!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 3, 2010
6:10 PM

Post #8242951

i hope when its finished i can muster 60 rpm's from it, thats my goal. an the 10 to 1 ratio it'll give me the rpm's and the tourqe will increass also to make my generator put out at medium power range .. so less water i can still get ok power from it .. an more water it'll make more... but ill be happy with what i can get from it... after all ... even a little bit is better than none ..

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2010
7:34 PM

Post #8243042

3 cheers for Dave!!!!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 3, 2010
8:14 PM

Post #8243094

Will the power go into batteries to be stored for later use?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 4, 2010
5:45 AM

Post #8243526

Cajun, yes it'll go into my battery bank to be used when ever needed
GoldenDomer
Northern, IN

December 4, 2010
6:57 AM

Post #8243601

Great news..!!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

December 4, 2010
8:25 AM

Post #8243752

Here's a link to some great information y'all may find interesting.
Water-Powered Water Pumps
http://lurkertech.com/water/
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 4, 2010
2:57 PM

Post #8244164

kewl info Darius,
ive used a coil pump here on a small waterwheel upstream when i first built my cabin, worked like a charm too. untill a flood took it out one nite when i wasnt here. ill probably build another when i finish some other projects
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #8244392

Here is a pic of the water in my creek in the yard today. My DS piled these rocks up for me so I could hear the waterfall.

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2010
5:38 PM

Post #8244398

Here is a natural falls a few feet farther down the creek.

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2010
5:49 PM

Post #8244411

Here is the falls in the first pic a week ago when it rained.

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

December 4, 2010
6:04 PM

Post #8244429

Looks like potential water power to me!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2010
6:11 PM

Post #8244439

It had almost gone dry before the big rain last week. There were a couple of big rock trucks up on the strip job where the creek originates and I think they did something to hinder the water. Our well is muddy now too. Grrr
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2010
7:25 PM

Post #8244552

Awesome, Cajun.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 5, 2010
6:10 AM

Post #8244955

awsome Cajun, an yes .. i see lots of free power there ... beautiful waterfalls also
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 8, 2010
9:09 AM

Post #8250052

was out workin this morning an saw something scarey ... SNOW FLAKES ... say it aint SOOOOO000000ooooooooo
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 8, 2010
5:40 PM

Post #8250812

We got 5". Some has melted. Calling for 8* in the morning. More snow next week. Have to get hay on Friday. Horses are plowing through it in all this cold.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 9, 2010
6:57 AM

Post #8251497

brrrrrrr Cajun, im ready for springtime already, an winter hasnt really even got here yet .. looks like its gonna be a cold one this year, just hope its not a long one... take care of them horses ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 9, 2010
9:35 AM

Post #8251795

Have I mentioned I HATE cold weather?!!! It was 4* this morning but no precip. The sun is shining now so I need to get out and get to work. Lots of water buckets to melt. That takes all day.

DH is having a heart cath done on Tuesday. They are trying to figure out why they can't keep his BP down. I will have to feed in the dark Tuesday night and we are supposed to get bad weather again starting on Sunday. Please say a prayer for us both.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 10, 2010
6:01 AM

Post #8252983

yeah i hate cold also .. 17 is forcasted for monday morning here ... hurts my bones.. not to mention the extra work with all the firewood etc ...
Cajun yawl both will be in my Thoughts and Prayers

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

December 24, 2010
1:37 PM

Post #8275501

Merry Christmas all
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 24, 2010
9:32 PM

Post #8275911

Freedom Sailor must really be busy.

Merry Christmas to one and all.
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 25, 2010
7:33 AM

Post #8276231

Merry Christmas!

Beautiful 3" of snow this morning.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 25, 2010
1:37 PM

Post #8276562

We had about that much and while it's pretty to look at, it's miserable to work in. Just makes everything harder. We have 2 horses in a barn on top of a mountain. The county is hit and miss with the salting and scraping up there and we have not been able to get to them to feed them. It is very nerve wracking. I have not had a good day.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 27, 2010
10:17 AM

Post #8278888

Merry Christmas to everyone, little bit late but its been a rush rush here at Santa's Workshop, hahaa try making presents for 15 grandkids an cooking also. life is good tho. now the days will be gettin longer also.
God Bless Everyone
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2010
4:28 PM

Post #8279450

Happy New Year to everyone!

What did you make for all the kids?

We have about 10" of snow now. Couldn't get to 4 of the horses yesterday but we were able to get to them today and gave them extra hay. A friend went with his 4 wheeler and blade and scraped the road for us.

Tomorrow is going to be a hard day for me. DH goes for his heart cath in the morning. He has to be there at 8 so he will leave here at 7. I will have to do all the feeding and carry water to everything then get a church member to bring me to the hospital to get Steve. I would much rather go with him in the morning but it's not possible to do that and get all the work done after.
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 27, 2010
5:03 PM

Post #8279493

Cajun, glad you have the help. Can't imagine how tough that's gotta be in the mountains with all that snow.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2010
5:23 PM

Post #8279517

It is miserable but we are supposed to warm up a bit the next few days and not have any snow until the weekend.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 28, 2010
4:28 PM

Post #8281072

yeah i hope it warms up some also, an get rid of some of this cold, but on the bright side, the days are getting longer now instead of shorter .. gaining around 9 seconds a day.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

December 28, 2010
7:06 PM

Post #8281274

Freedom--you got me interested in waterwheels--is this a combo of an overshot and an undershot?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p892LCoVL8M&feature=related
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 2, 2011
7:40 AM

Post #8287987

thats a nice version of an undershot wheel .. an yes i'd say kinda a combo because the race way an the water strikes the wheel before it reaches the bottom of the cycle. a true undershot just kinda 'rides' on the water current.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 5, 2011
11:01 AM

Post #8293770

Ok People, Question... Has anyone put in an order for Springtime yet ? if not GIT ON THE BALL .. hahaa its cold an rainy, i cant work outside in this weather .. LOL
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2011
2:33 PM

Post #8294101

It was cold here today but the sun was shining. Got another tarp up on the goat house. Just have 1 open end now. Supposed to start snowing tomorrow. Gave away a game cross roo today. Was supposed to trade a few chickens but we had a flat on the truck and it had to come first. Have to have it in the snow. Hope I can get my trading done before snow gets too bad. Trading 2 bantam hens for a young EE hen and another pullet. Giving away some more game roos too. Be so glad to get rid of them. They are pretty but they are a pain to keep seperated.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 5, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8294211

LOL i know your right, all mine wanted to do was fight .. an they'd fight to the death unless you broke em up .. i got down to one rooster an kept it that way, but they are some beautiful birds.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8296282

I did get the ckickens traded, 3 bantam hens for an EE hen and a black sex link hen. If the weather is not too bad tomorrow I hope to get the roos traded too. Actually, I am giving them away. No snow yet but supposed to start later tonight.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 7, 2011
9:38 AM

Post #8297280

Cajun
still looking good for here, just a couple days with a chance of rain or ice pellets which we call sleet. hahaaa, good luck on chicken trading, how's ur DH doing an the test ?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2011
7:08 PM

Post #8298220

Dh's heart cath went great. NO blockages. But his BP was still high and erratic. They changed one of his meds. It has been good for the last several days, thank the Lord.

Trading went well. Got my BSL and my EE hens into the pullet pen. There was a bit of a pecking order dispute but all is well tonight. I still have to bring him the game roos. 3 of them. Will be so glad to get rid of them. They are pretty but a pain. I have no use for them as I do not fight them and they are not good for much else.

Been snowing here most of the day but it's been light and dry so not bad. Started to change after dark but the trucks are out scraping and salting. Praying it does not get bad.

Is your water wheel hooked up and making power?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 8, 2011
9:30 AM

Post #8298972

Cajun,
my waterwheel is hooked up .. but still havent mounted the generator on it yet, i posted a vid. of it turning on f/b under the same name i use here .. anyone is welcome to view it and add me also if yawl wish.

way kewl on your DH's reports an cath. also on the chicken trade'n hehee
they are callin for 4 to 6 inches of snow here Sunday nite an monday ..
dangit ..im ready for spring time NOW. hahaaa
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2011
9:56 AM

Post #8299012

Woke up to upwards of 5" this morning. Sure hope we can get to the barn on the mountain. BBL to talk more.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 8, 2011
11:02 AM

Post #8299117

i hope so too, specially if u got animals up there that needs feeding and taking care of
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2011
1:30 PM

Post #8299294

I have 2 mares up there. Water is no problem because they have a creek but there is nothing for them to eat. The county scraped the road to the bottom of the last hill before the barn. A friend scraped the last hill with the blade on his 4 wheeler this morning but the road was covered again so we had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up with the feed.

All but 1 horse is fed. Still have to let him out so I can clean his stall. Then I will feed and water him. He has had half his hay this morning.

Still have to feed the chickens and goats but I am letting my feet warm up a bit.
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

January 10, 2011
5:32 AM

Post #8301982

free...spent many hours reading both your threads over wknd. what a wonderful way to live! no, i don't live even in a small way any of this...well in my mind, always had the want. but life happened and at almost 68 i can only do it vicariously thru you and other wonderful poster's. but like i tell God...no mansion for me, please...a log cabin in the woods is my idea of Heaven!!!
porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 10, 2011
6:21 AM

Post #8302085

68? It's not too late!
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

January 10, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8302115

well, circumstances then...3 yrs.ago i was unexpectedly given a precious 12yr. old...then married a much younger Marine! we've been in TX for a year now but no guarantees we won't be moved. so...and yes i am worn-out keeping up !!!! but still do what i can to leave our leased home better then when we got here...never hesitate to plant trees, shrubs, etc.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 10, 2011
7:47 AM

Post #8302277

If you move to our area, look me up; I'd love to have a tenant like you!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 10, 2011
5:33 PM

Post #8303426

Nice to meet you Kan. Sure hope you will join in on our conversations. Most of us are just doing what we can toward the dream. Some are actually living it like Freedom Sailor but the rest of us keep chipping away at life and doing what we can. Improving our little worlds as much as we can.
kanuallc
Lorena, TX

January 10, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8303469

Cajun, have enjoyed your posts so much...love your chicken stories! never heard of a BSL...the name is a hoot. also pray you and DH's health is improving.
looking forward to more posts on your life.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 10, 2011
6:21 PM

Post #8303514

Thank you so much. We are doing a bit better. Til we have to walk up a hill. LOL

I do love my chickens. I am getting a few eggs now. Makes it not hurt quite as much when I have to shell out big bucks for chicken feed. I know I could buy eggs cheaper in town but they wouldn't be healthier nor taste as good. And I'd have to pay for entertainment also cause my girls are sure entertaining. Not to mention all the time I spend doctoring them for one thing or another. Get to fulfill my dream of being a vet. LOL

Speaking of, the little game roo I have in the living room is doing a lot better. One eye is open and he can see fine out of it. I need to soak his head again tonight and get the other one open. I had it open once. I think if I get it open again it will stay open as the swelling has gone down. Don't know what I am going to do with the little beggar. All he wants to do is fight. He is a pitiful sight. His head is naked and he looks like a burn victim. His name is Scar and he has lived up to it.

Don't remember if I told you guys, but I have Miracle in the house too. She is the BSL (black sex link) pullet that survived the dog attack. She started laying. Anyhoo, she decided to molt at the worst possible time. She'd freeze out there with no feathers so I have her inside in a big plastic tub. She layed her egg in the tub yesterday. My LR is chicken central. Go ahead. Shake your heads. I hear ya'll laughing at me. I could write a book. You'd really laugh if you could hear Scar let out his little high pitched crow early in the mornings. Town crier with his nekkid head self.

Sailor, I looked for the video of the water wheel on FB but didn't see it. I saw a still pic. I'll look again. Did you go to my page and look at the video I poster of us driving down the mountain on the snow covered road? Check it out.

This pic is at the barn 2 days ago. Had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up.



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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 10, 2011
9:35 PM

Post #8303792

Went back to your FB page and found the video. That thing turns at a good clip.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 12, 2011
7:36 AM

Post #8306377

glad everything is goin ok Cajun

kanullac thanks for the comments

porkpal, glad to see your still kicking, was wondering about you.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 12, 2011
9:06 AM

Post #8306558

Pouring the snow here again. Are you getting snow there, Freedom? My cousin in Anniston, Al put a video on her FB page of the kids sliding down the frozen street in front of her house. One little girl was in one of those small wading pools. Looked like they were having fun.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 12, 2011
12:58 PM

Post #8307004

i hope its finished snowin now. first day of sunshine here sence friday, but everything is still white, need more sun and temps above freezing 16 for a low last nite an 31 today .. with 13 forcasted for a low in the morning .. brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I WANT SPRINGTIME .. hehee
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 12, 2011
8:01 PM

Post #8307732

They are calling for 7* here on Friday. I am already crying over that one. I sure hope Spring comes early. I don't know how much more of this I can stand.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 13, 2011
12:46 PM

Post #8308862

ended up being 8 deg when i got up this morning .. made it to 31 today an now its droppin again as the sun gets ready to set. another cold nite in store ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 13, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8309209

Do you heat with wood?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 13, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8309227

yeah, an its wear'n me an my chainsaw out this year. i heat with wood an sometimes cook with wood... ill be glad when springtime gets here. this year has really worn me out.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 13, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8309451

I cannot imagine how much wood you are going through with these temps. Here more people use coal than wood. It burns really hot and you have to have a special stove or heater for it but you don't burn as much and it burns for a long time. I don't guess there is a lot of coal down that way.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 14, 2011
7:26 AM

Post #8310084

people down here have got too "soft" to use much coal an wood for heat other than the very poorest people with no other means of heat, (cant afford the high ele. or gas bill) we have some of the largest coal mines in the nation, less than 100 miles from here .. its still used in the steel mills in B'ham. to make steel an the founderies. some people have installed outside wood an coal burning furnaces tho. heats their homes and their water. "the smart ones" LOL
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 14, 2011
8:34 AM

Post #8310198

I did not realize there were coal mines there. Strip and underground mining? Would coal be feasibile for you? You should see when a coal truck turns over here. People are on it like vultures on a ripe carcass. Next winter's heat for free!!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 14, 2011
11:41 AM

Post #8310468

LOL yeah, i can see that happening, but i'd rather be self reliant on wood than having to buy and haul in coal. they strip mine most of it . there's very few underground mines. they found it cheaper an safer to just strip mine it.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 14, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8310818

They have both here. A lot of the seams are way too deep for stripping. Some of the shafts go down for miles. It is a dangerous job to be sure.

Do you have enough woods of your own to get timber from or do you get it from somewhere's else?

Lots of trees came down here bouts last winter and a few people were out all year gathering it up.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 14, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8310924

yeah i got 20 acres here, nothing but woods an timber .. the only open spot is the one acre yard i've cleared around the cabin .. so i have all the wood i can ever use and then some ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 14, 2011
7:00 PM

Post #8311100

That's good to know. Do you cut it selectively with an eye to the future?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 15, 2011
4:05 PM

Post #8312370

i mostly cut dead an die'n or crooked, brokn down etc .. i rarely ever cut a straight pretty tree unless its gonna be for something other than firewood ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2011
4:10 PM

Post #8312383

Good thinking. Clearing the dead and diseased stuff will lessen your chance of fire too. A woods fire where you are would be a scarey thing. Do have precautions in place in that event? Something to think about. (can you tell I am a retired fire fighter?) LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 16, 2011
11:47 AM

Post #8313608

Cajun,
yep i could detect a note of a fireman in there, hahaa an a woods fire here would be bad indeed, nothing can get in here unless its a bulldozer or a chopper .. i do have the creek an the water an a pump .. all i could do is soak down my cabin an yard as far as i could an as much as i could .. bout my only line of defence
porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 16, 2011
12:22 PM

Post #8313675

Do you have a root cellar or other refuge for yourself if all else fails?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2011
3:52 PM

Post #8313983

If you have a gasoline powered water pump you can hook a fire hose to you should do well providing you can reach all the cabin with the stream of water. Soak down the roof first and hit the walls periodically. Soak the wood good. You should think about clearing a good sized perimeter around the cabin and digging a fireline. The fireline should be kept free of combustible debris. It should keep a ground fire from crossing if it's moving slow. You could also do controlled burns on the outside of the fireline to keep a woods fire from having fuel next to your fireline. If you do this pick a very calm day and make yourself a "flap" to beat the fire out with if it gets too fast or gets where you don't want it. They sell flaps but they are easily made. It's a wooden handle with a big square of flat rubber on the end to flap out the fire. Rural departments use them a lot.
There is no way to defend against a wind driven fire traveling through the tree tops. You'd just have to keep soaking the cabin down in that case. A bunch of us got caught in one of those fires one time. It came through the tree tops faster than we could run. We hunkered down in waterfilled skidder ruts in a logging road. It was an awesome experience. Really got the blood pumping. Man, I miss fire fighting!!!!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 16, 2011
6:14 PM

Post #8314248

Cajun,
LOL i can tell, yeah i keep the outsides of my yard clean usualy tiller around it .. an i try to burn off the hillside each year before springtime.

Porkpal,
yeah last refuge is JUMP IN THE CREEK and hang on
porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 16, 2011
9:08 PM

Post #8314453

It's always good to have a plan...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2011
9:23 PM

Post #8314469

Just don't get swept down the raceway and into the water wheel. LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 17, 2011
5:27 AM

Post #8314730

LOL yeah .. that might be like fallin into a sausage grinder
porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 17, 2011
10:18 AM

Post #8315315

I used to know a song about that.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 17, 2011
1:52 PM

Post #8315680

LOL porkpal
look it up or remember it you can sang it for us ...

where has VORTREKER got off too, aint heard nothing from him in quite a spell now ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2011
4:49 PM

Post #8316001

I was wondering too.

Bet that water wheel would leave a mark.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 17, 2011
8:39 PM

Post #8316360

There was a man named Johnny Rebeck, invented a machine,
For grinding things to sausage meat and it was run by steam.
Now all the neighborhood dogs and cats will never more be seen,
They've all been ground to sausages by Johnny Rebeck's machine.

Oh golly Mr Johnny Rebeck how could you be so mean?
We told you you'd be sorry for inventing that machine.
Now all the neighborhood dogs and cats will never more be seen.
They've all been ground to sausage meat by Johnny Rebeck's machine.

One day a little boy came walking in the store.
He bought a pound of sausages and laid them on the floor.
Then he began to whistle and he whistled up a tune.
All the sausages they jumped and barked and danced around the room.

Oh golly Mr Johnny Rebeck how could you be so mean etc

One day the thing got busted, the darn thing wouldn't go.
And Johnny Rebeck he crawled inside to see why it was so.
His wife she had a nightmare, was walking in her sleep.
She gave a yank and turned the crank and Johnny Rebeck was meat.

Oh golly Mr Johnny Rebeck etc.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2011
8:41 PM

Post #8316366

Love it! Pay back is a bear!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 18, 2011
6:58 AM

Post #8316872

LOL good one porkpal ... never heard it before but thanks for shareing it with us ... hahahahaha

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 18, 2011
2:28 PM

Post #8317607

I'm here folks--just watching and enjoying--nothing to add
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 19, 2011
1:05 PM

Post #8319195

VORTREKER,
good deal, bout decided u'd skipped the country or something. glad your ok .. join in ... setting around quiet makes one think .. then ya get a headache from thinking .. LOL

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2011
1:24 PM

Post #8319228

LOL--So that's why my heads been hurtin.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 20, 2011
6:54 AM

Post #8320302

its a good possibility ya know, the unknown is just truths an things we aint discovered yet
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 23, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8326408

did some test on the waterwheel saturday, decidin which alternator (generator) iwanna mount on it .. easy to get up to 2 amps off either one of em .. but with some gearin i might be able to get more .. also i think i need to add weight to the wheel its self .. maybe gain some torque .. still experimenting LOL just a lil update
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2011
7:48 PM

Post #8326779

When you get it tweeked you'll have to post another video on FB.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 24, 2011
11:15 AM

Post #8327747

Cajun,
will do, still alot of work to be done on it, but every lil bit i do puts it that much closer to bein finished ;-D>
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2011
6:09 PM

Post #8328513

It really is a cool project. If I lived in my own house instead of a parsonage, I'd love to have that kind of thing.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 24, 2011
6:22 PM

Post #8328540

rained today so i worked on the generator mount for the windmill, got it ready to bolt on an mount the generator, changed pulleys on the windmill also .. went from a 2.5 in to a 6 in. .. with 6 on the rotor and a 1 in. pulley on the generator gives me a 6 to 1 ratio .. more rpm's more amps output .. LOL
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8328560

You gonna have more electric than you can store!
Caliche
Hill Country, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 24, 2011
9:07 PM

Post #8328852

Sailer, sounds like you maybe need to run some wires all the way to your neighbors, and then you can charge them for the electricity!

Wish I could figure out a way to charge batteries using our windmill. It is a big Aeromotor, and has been pumping sweet fresh water from 150 ft down, for 35 years.

Today was a great sunny day, (about 50 degrees) and I spaded a couple rows so I can plant peas tomorrow, if it doesn't rain. We have had a hard freeze, so the ground is really 'fluffy'. I turned up lots of earthworms, so that is a good sign.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 25, 2011
3:33 AM

Post #8328984

Cajun,
i'd love to make more power than i could store or use, that would be total freedom on running what i wanted when i wanted instead of having to keep an eye on my useage.

Caliche,
LOL Thistledome Power Co. hahaaa i'd give it to my nabors which would be my Bro. my Mom an my Aunt, an a couple of my kids ..
also that big Aeromotor would crank a generator an charge batterys with no problem at all, my windmill is a wood/iron version of the Aeromotor windmill. because its a tried an proven standard for old fashion windmills .. they may not spin as fast as the new designs but they sure crank out some serious torque.
EastOfMidnite
Cleveland, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
12:49 PM

Post #8335357

Hey Freejust checking in.No utilities in these parts.Cell phone sporadic @ best ie.poor weather,hollows etc.Tell all I'm alive and well.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 28, 2011
2:28 PM

Post #8335564

Wooooo Hooooooo way to go EOM .. glad to hear from ya .. an glad everything is goin ok
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2011
9:08 PM

Post #8336230

Hey EOM! I know about the hollers and no reception.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 30, 2011
5:54 PM

Post #8339485

it has been a busy busy week, im hope'n if it dont rain to raise my windmill monday, its all ready ... then hook it an crank out some power, an cross one more project off the list and move on to the next ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2011
8:40 PM

Post #8339796

Do you have a generator on it?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 31, 2011
8:50 AM

Post #8340522

yep, generator mounted and ready, just gotta stop rainin where i can get it up now
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

January 31, 2011
9:43 AM

Post #8340619

I'm glad I found this place, seems like a lot of info on alot of stuff I want to know about. Love the water wheel! I built a decrative wheel for a guys restraunt a few years back. Maybe it's time to make the real deal. Bought a place outside Crofton, Ky, no electric or water, or anything for that matter. Except an old camp trailor and a few apple trees and grape vine I planted. Lots of deer, turkeys, and rabbits by the tons. Hope to build a small cabin and get it set up so I can someday be there full time.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 31, 2011
1:42 PM

Post #8341036

Chancemft,
sounds like a good plan, gotta start somewhere .. good luck also
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 31, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8341088

ok, maybe now some pic's of my windmill being put togather and raised up today.

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 31, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8341090

here's one of the mounting swivel

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 31, 2011
2:11 PM

Post #8341094

one of the main bracket and alternator

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 31, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8341097

the blade assy.

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 31, 2011
2:14 PM

Post #8341100

boom an tail fin

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 31, 2011
2:15 PM

Post #8341106

all put togather

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chancemft
Tucson, AZ

January 31, 2011
4:23 PM

Post #8341339

Great pics F-S. I look forward to putting one together myself. I've seen the blades also made out of 4" pvc pipe cut into 1/4's, seemed yo work pretty good. is that a car alt.? My dad told me about my grandfather using a car alt on his windmill to produce enough electric for him and my granma to listen to the radio, that was back when they were in their early years(no electric on their place). Anyway, I think it's pretty cool how you put yours together. Is that a tree off your place that you milled down for a post?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8341375

Hey Chance, where abouts in Ky is that?

Lookin' great sailer! Is it all salvaged parts? Is it hooked into your existing battery bank?

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 31, 2011
5:11 PM

Post #8341419

Are those blades OSB? Will that stand up outdoors?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 31, 2011
5:30 PM

Post #8341440

chancemft,
yeah i cut it off the hillside .. made a 5x7 outta it with my chainsaw .. LOL

Cajun, made from new parts that i just had layin around for such purposes .. and right now its wired into a battery bank of its own for testing. once thats finished ill wire it into my my big bank of batterys.

VORTREKER,
yeah kinda like osb. but its Masonite siding rated for outdoor use, the other side is finished an sealed with factory primer coat, it'll get painted before long.. i have some carbon graphite material .. but i dint wanna cut it not knowin for sure if the design would work like i wanted.
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

January 31, 2011
6:04 PM

Post #8341488

cajun- its about 30 miles north of Ft. Campbell, we bought it because we needed a place for the horses when we PCS'd there from Tx. Then after spending some time on the place, I fell in love with the remoteness. It's old reclaim, and no-one within miles, I love it.

Sailor- did you use an alaskin? Got one from a buddy, realy like it. Takes some setting up, but beats cutting freesaw'd. Still like it alot
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2011
6:13 PM

Post #8341498

A rough draft sounds like a fine idea. That angle iron looks like bed rails. We use them for lots of stuff.

What kind of batteries do you use and where do you keep them? I saw a couple who were on solar power with a small wind turbine for extra power
and they kept their bank of batteries in one of those big plastic bins you buy that look like a little shed you put on your deck. They had excavated into the hillside, built their house in it and put the dirt back on 3 sides. The front of the house was big sliding glass doors and the roof was metal. Their panels were on the roof which was almost flat and it was a metal roof. They lived on a mountaintop in NE TN.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2011
6:14 PM

Post #8341502

You are in way west Ky. We are in way east Ky. What kind of horses do you have and how many?
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

January 31, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8341520

Got Mo. Foxtrotters, and I'm down to 3, lost my old mare last fall. Sure hated that! She was a bay mare , and I would breed her to my black stud, and seems they always threw buckskins, gonna miss that! You guys get a lot of snow and ice yet?
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

January 31, 2011
6:42 PM

Post #8341546

Hey Sailor, I have a genarater that has a busted crank in the motor, do you think a guy could hook up windmill blades and produce any thing with that, or would the rpms be to low? same thing for a water wheel? gotta use it for something and dont want to buy a new crank or motor.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8341657

We have had a lot of snow and ice but thank the Lord we have not lost power this winter. The last few days have been nice.

We have 9 horses. All but 2 are racking horses. Never rode a MFT but hear they are nice. Ours are TWH, TWH/RMH X, KMP/Standardbred X ,
TWH/Percheron X, mini and a racking pony. The draft X is a WTC horse and the mini pulls my cart. I will be breaking the racking pony to ride in a few months.

Sailor, what is your weather like the last few days? Ours has been really nice but we are supposed to get rain. I worked on my garden today. You looking to plant anytime soon?
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

January 31, 2011
7:35 PM

Post #8341692

Cajun, that sure sounds like a lot of mouths to feed! I like the foxtrotters because they do it all. some of the origionals that I rode were from some realy strong walking horse lines. Most of my stock goes back to Zane grey, midnight sun breeding.
we have been in the 70's for the last two weeks down here so I've got all my cool weather stuff planted and all my warm weather already going inside the house in pots. Cant wait to get them in the dirt!
My horses are still there in Ky, I plan on coming up as soon as the weather warms up, up there. The little camp trailor I got on my place aint known for retaining heat, so I'm gonna wait a little bit. Gonna work on my cabin, and see some buddies redeploying from afganastan. Build a big fire, drink a cold beer, and play music untile our fingers bleed.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 1, 2011
4:10 AM

Post #8342174

Chancemft,
so far all my wood has been free sawed, but i have a portable sawmill in the works, still gettin parts togather to finish it up.
really depends on what size generator it is and what size engine it had on it. but you can get some power from one, doubt it'll be the 120 volts. still useable if you rectify it into dc an charge batterys with it.

Cajun,
i use 12 deep cycle batterys at 115 amps each. they are in an enclosure in the corner of my kitchen (well ventilated to the outside, an my power panel with all my meters an such are above the enclosure on the cabin wall.
and the weather has been awsome up untill this mornin, started raining .. but its bringin WIND with it also .. 20 mph with higher gust for two days an one nite before settling down again, good test weather for the windmill hehee
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 1, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8342455

Would those be the same kind of batteries in a car or are golf cart batteries different? I have heard people use golf cart batteries.

Speaking of windmills, a friend of mine was having problems with ground moles in his garden so he made some windmills and put in his garden on sticks and the vibrations got rid of the ground moles.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 1, 2011
8:23 AM

Post #8342593

more like golf cart batteries, but 12 volts instead of 6 volts .. golf cart batteries is the way to go tho.. thats what im goin to when i replace mine ...
yeah, windmills will keep moles out of your gardens for sure
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 1, 2011
9:55 AM

Post #8342840

Those little wind mills work real good for keeping the groung squirells out of our garden down here also. would probably work for deer and rabbits as well.
Sailer, its and olderTroy built, had a 12 horse B&S on it. To get dc out of it I could just come straight of the winding wires that come out of the case right?get rid of the 110 plugs?
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 1, 2011
9:57 AM

Post #8342843

Sorry , I forgot to say the size gen. I believe its an 8500/ 7500
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 1, 2011
1:49 PM

Post #8343450

chancemft
the output off the windings are still ac voltage, you'd have to use a bridge retifier to convert it to dc if you were gonna charge batterys with it... all the gen's put out ac usualy 120 volts at 3600 rpm. some of the onans put out 120 at 1800 ..
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 1, 2011
3:03 PM

Post #8343601

Thanks Sailer, I dont know alot about the electric stuff, so the info realy helps. Getting any of the tornados down there?
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 1, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8343631

Hey Sailer, meant to ask you, do you do any blacksmithing? I started a new thread under the artist area for blacksmithing. I make about anything, welding and bllacksmithing, and even some casting with alum. Tried to do a little smelting with a bunch of nails that came out of about a billion pallets that we've burnt. That didnt turn out so well, but I'm looking forward to trying it again with a few modifications.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 1, 2011
6:48 PM

Post #8344059

actualy im a machinist by trade .. so ive done some of bout everything you can do with metal at one time or the other .. always wanted to try casting tho .. maybe something i can do when i kinda get caught up here with my other projects ... LOL
another iron in the fire .. LOL pun intended .. heheee
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 1, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8344208

I've been using charcoal and a reversed vacume hose, with some bricks. works good for the alum. but not so good for the steel(nails).
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 1, 2011
8:43 PM

Post #8344218

I worked at a shop in Mo where I got to play with a mill, loved it! Gonna try to build a Gingery mill with my castings, Bruce Metzger has got a good book on home smelters.
I wish I was back in my place so I did'nt have to concern myself with neighbers. They dont care much for my blacksmithing or smelting!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 2, 2011
7:22 AM

Post #8344756

chancemft
LOL kewl, never thought of usein a vac/blower hose for that. very interesting very kewl idea also. good luck on your mill and castings. yeah i love being out here in no mans land .. nothing better.
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 2, 2011
8:37 AM

Post #8344935

Thanks Sailer, I'll try to take some picks of some of the things I cast and blacksmith, and post'm on here.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 2, 2011
7:16 PM

Post #8345985

Looking forward to your pics.
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 2, 2011
10:31 PM

Post #8346183

Started looking for the pics, I know we took'em, and down loaded them, where did they get stord though? No idea! Not giving up yet though!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 3, 2011
3:54 PM

Post #8351888

OK, who ordered all this sleet an snow this time ? anyone wanna claim responsibility for it ? hahahaaa ENOUGH is ENOUGH ..

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 3, 2011
4:28 PM

Post #8351977

Al Gore ordered it---:)
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 3, 2011
4:43 PM

Post #8352012

Hey at least this is the kind of moisture that doesnt run off quikley! Untill it all melts at once.
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 3, 2011
4:48 PM

Post #8352028

Hey Sailor, you said you were on face book, whats the adress again? I looked but all I found was Navy folks.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 4, 2011
10:33 AM

Post #8353360

Freedom Sailer is my nick there also ...

VORTREKER,
shoots his global warmin stuff to crap n back ... hahaaa
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 4, 2011
10:38 AM

Post #8353369

Maybe it's warmer than average in the southern hemisphere... (?)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 4, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8353986

LOL maybe he was shootin at flys on the wall, who knows, just something to spend money on that coulda went for much better an much more needed things ... MHO
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 4, 2011
4:13 PM

Post #8354015

well thank God for global warming, the snow coulda been deeper! LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 4, 2011
5:24 PM

Post #8354162

LOL chancemft ... one way to look at it i guess
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8354228

Beautiful here today. 50ish and no wind to speak of. Worked in long sleeves. Hope it lasts. Sure does my muscles good.

Here is my SFG beds. I have now got the 3rd and final layer of pavers on both beds. I need to get them filled now and they will be ready for spring planting. Still need to finish filling the wooden half barrel and the plastic half barrel. I will use them to grow my sugar snap peas and my yard long beans on tepees. I was going to use 3 oples on each tepee but was reading the peas can be grown just 2" apart so I will put more poles, 6 or possibly 8, in the pea barrel and 3 in the bean barrel. Tomatoes will go in the smaller containers and eggplant in the 2 bales. The plastic barrel is the white blob in the right foreground of the pic. Sorry the pic is not better. It was taken well after dark.

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VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 4, 2011
7:00 PM

Post #8354339

I have a lot of free un assembled Snow Men at my house if anybody wants them.
Cannot ship.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 4, 2011
7:12 PM

Post #8354357

Cajun, looking good there

VORTREKER, hahaaaaa
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 4, 2011
7:22 PM

Post #8354382

Cann you store them for me untill summer?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2011
7:46 PM

Post #8354417

They are NOT welcome at my house. Call me inhospitable!!

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 4, 2011
8:28 PM

Post #8354471

Cajin--in your case I will make an exception and deliver them--I should be there by Tuesday
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 4, 2011
8:43 PM

Post #8354499

As bad as I'd hate it, I'd have to set the dog on you. LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 5, 2011
5:00 AM

Post #8354844

im with Cajun on that one ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 5, 2011
7:12 AM

Post #8355064

Cold out this morning and I woke up with awful muscle spasms all over. The ones in the left side of my back are the worst.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 5, 2011
12:04 PM

Post #8355595

cold here this morning also, with about 3/4's of an inch of snow on da ground ... ewwwwwwwwwwwww nassy stuff
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 5, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8355757

We got down to 17 the other night, busted a lot of city watermains, they still havent got'em all fixed yet.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
1:22 PM

Post #8355768

Where are we going to find a "warm" place in the sun ??
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 5, 2011
1:23 PM

Post #8355777

Well we are suposed to be back in the 70's by Monday, and they said the cold weather for us will be just a bad memory!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
1:28 PM

Post #8355784

I want to come there.
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 5, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8355789

Come on, but it wont be long it will be in the 100's.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 5, 2011
4:34 PM

Post #8356114

Now ya talking .. my kinda weather
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 5, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8356129

sailer, have you found the off the grid site on facebook yet?
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
4:51 PM

Post #8356135

Seems we all need what we do not have, maybe we should all be thankful 4 what we do?
flsusie
New Port Richey, FL

February 5, 2011
6:13 PM

Post #8356228

after reading all of your posts i'm thankful i'm in Fl. although i've seen more ice here in the last 5 years than the previous 45.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 5, 2011
6:20 PM

Post #8356235

im thankful for what i have ... i just like fuss'n about it .. LOL

yeah yeah .. rub it in flsusie ...
flsusie
New Port Richey, FL

February 5, 2011
7:13 PM

Post #8356312

sorry sailor but i just can't help but enjoy one of the few days we getdown here that you can be outside and be comfortable. most of the time it's hot and humid except for when a cold front moves through, then it's cold and blowing 30 mph out of the north for 3 days. then it goes right back to hot and humid. we have very few nice days. those idiots in washington who want to raise the retirement age need to come down here and spend a day working on a roof or asphalt and see if they think they can do that till they're 70. i'm betting they can't make it past noon.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 5, 2011
7:16 PM

Post #8356318

LOL you got that right ... they need to rethink things alittle

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 6, 2011
1:17 AM

Post #8356621

Chancemft,

I have your un assembled snowmen stored in 50 gal. barrels
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 6, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8357500

Dont think he would survive very long down here with the weather being so nice. But I heard it's suposed to change again.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 6, 2011
1:26 PM

Post #8357531

try ebay n crags list LOL
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 6, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8357732

Those 55 gal barrels of snowman could be really handy in, say, August.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 6, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8357797

porkpal,
you got that right LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 12, 2011
1:50 PM

Post #8368493

new battery bank installed now, 6 golf cart batterys 6 volts 232 amp hours each, hahaa 67 pounds each also, just finished wire'n em all in this morning, gonna see how they do now.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 12, 2011
9:53 PM

Post #8369227

Are those all on the windmill?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 13, 2011
4:25 AM

Post #8369354

freedom_sailer, it is a real joy to be following along with you through this transition to more independence from the System!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 13, 2011
1:52 PM

Post #8370142

Cajun,
all these are connected to my solar panels, im goin to weed out the weak batteries i replaced an keep the best ones for the windmill and waterwheel generator .. also ...
i have a new windmill on the drawing board now, LOL another project

Darius,
yeah i like my independence from the system, when i built this cabin the closest power line was over a mile away .. LOL an its still over a mile away .. dont want it down here. an surely dont need it.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 14, 2011
7:03 AM

Post #8371261

Do the batteries have to be a special kind or can you use car batteries? Our diesel truck has 2 big honkin batteries and even they won't start the diesel engine if the block warmer is not plugged in on cold nights.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 14, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8371270

I think the difference is the amperage you get with the six volt batteries wired in series.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 14, 2011
7:13 AM

Post #8371279

I have heard the terms "deep cell" and "marine" batteries but I don't have a clue about the difference. I know DH used marine batteries in his boats when he had the charter business.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 14, 2011
7:32 AM

Post #8371307

Caj, here's some info on various battery types
http://www.windsun.com/Batteries/Battery_FAQ.htm
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 14, 2011
1:00 PM

Post #8371977

good info there Darius ... i wont ever go with the wally world el cheapo's again .. but they lasted 5 years of extra hard service i abused em pretty bad. cant really complain but .. you get what you pay for...

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 14, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8372010

Perhaps with the economy so bad, there may be more golf carts being abandoned/trashed... which means more deep-cycle batteries? On the other hand, folks who can afford to play golf and use a cart may not be feeling the pinch so much... yet.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 14, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8372566

Ohhh boy--got the fever bad.
Started 39 Tomato varieties and 22 Pepper varieties in my cold frames today.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 14, 2011
7:30 PM

Post #8372688

VORTREKER,
this weather keep on bein warm like it has the last two days i'll probably be doin the same very soon .. the fever is rise'n
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 15, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8373879

spent today changing out my belts and pulleys on the waterwheel to chains an sprockets, just gotta get a longer chain now an get it hooked back up. the chain will have less drag than the v belt an pullys i was running ..

also tapered my blades on the windmill this afternoon to get some more tip speed from them ..

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 15, 2011
3:34 PM

Post #8373884

Very nifty! It looks in the picture as if your windmill is in the trees. Does it get enough wind in summer?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 15, 2011
4:14 PM

Post #8373969

Porkpal,
not as much as i'd like... also the post/tower i got it mounted on will go soon as i get my 66 foot free standing tower took down from my other place an hauled over here .. im not gonna stick it 66 feet in the air .. the tower is in three 22 feet sections im gonna use em seperately an have probaby 2 windmills an one for my tv antenna . .. man's gotta have some entertainment ya know ... LOL an im tired of watching only 2 channels
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 18, 2011
10:23 PM

Post #8380057

Do you have a treeless hiltop you can move it to?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 19, 2011
5:18 AM

Post #8380195

Cajun,
yes i do but its too far away, and there's more trees up there than down here on the hillside.

putting taper in the blades also did what i expected it speed'd it up alot. lookin into some lighter material for the new blades, when ever i find it. hahaa not sure what im looking for right now but i'll know it when i see it. LOL RECYCLE something
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 19, 2011
6:50 PM

Post #8381509

Maybe some thick sheet metal? I am a big recycler too.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 19, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8381554

What are they made of now?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 19, 2011
7:22 PM

Post #8381568

Would the metal from the side of a fridge be big enough and thick enough for one blade? Lot's of old fridges thrown away here and there.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 20, 2011
11:32 AM

Post #8382567

Porkpal,
they are made from masonite siding right now, testing out new blade designs .. not really sure what ill end up use'n for the final product.

Cajun,
sheet metal like that would be too flimlsy i think. need something stiff, strong an rigid. and that'd hold its shape well ...
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 20, 2011
12:53 PM

Post #8382677

Corrugated tin?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 20, 2011
1:21 PM

Post #8382726

Would something like Twin-Wall polycarbonate hold up to the stress?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 20, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8382877

Porkpal,
not sure how the corrugated would be .. but who knows hahaa ill try anything once

Darius,
it just might, gonna look around n see what i can find ..

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2011
4:07 PM

Post #8383041

The corrugation is on the inside but polycarbonate is too flexible I think.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 20, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8383061

Twin-wall polycarbonate wouldn't be flexible.
GoldenDomer
Northern, IN

February 20, 2011
5:03 PM

Post #8383152

Nor would Lexan.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 20, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8383183

Lexan is a trademarked (brand) name of polycarbonate.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 20, 2011
5:46 PM

Post #8383219

Lexan is almost bullet proof .. where plexiglass is some brittle stuff. Lexan is also high
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 20, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8383240

Lexan is real hard to machine - believe me.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 21, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8384053

Dyson,
yeah i've has some dealings with lexan, we used alot of it for windshields on dune buggys an such.. much more scratch resistant than plexiglass.
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 22, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8386470

I've heard of folks using 4" PVC and spliting it into 1/4's for the blades.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 22, 2011
3:17 PM

Post #8386988

Chancemft,
yeah, i was thinking bout useing some 4 or 6 in. to make some out of, i made em before outta 4in. for smaller windmills, find me some sch. 40 6 in stuff ...

spent today haulin in 8 in. cement blocks to build my dam up an seal in my raceway, got the side next to the cabin finished, gonna do the far side tomorrow. then close my gate an let the creek fill back up an give the waterwheel a good test run, got rain headin this way in a couple of days.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 22, 2011
8:30 PM

Post #8387528

I can't wait for pics! Power bills get any higher here we may start seeing water wheels up and down the creek.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 23, 2011
8:14 AM

Post #8388122

Cajun,
with the water flow you have in your creek you could make some good power with just alittle bit of work, maybe not enough to run your home on, but enough to reduce your power bill some. an maybe have lights n such in places you dont have now. like your barn or other out buildings etc ... also you could install a spiral pump or ram pump an have automatic watering for your animals an chickens .. something to think about for sure ...

This message was edited Feb 23, 2011 10:16 AM
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 23, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8388183

If we owned this place I would have already looked into it but it's the parsonage for the church. It would be nice to have some lights at the chicken yard and the goat shed that wouldn't add to the power bill. I wish I knew something about electricity.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 23, 2011
3:51 PM

Post #8388876

couple of shots of the block work on the dam, got em ruffed in an sealed, just gotta cement in some more big rock behind them for support, then fill em up with dirt to within an inch of the top and cap em off with some cement to make em look pretty LOL ...

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 23, 2011
3:54 PM

Post #8388879

view no. 2, also another block has been added to the far side past the gate/overflow had to dig out into the bank to get it set in an cemented. LOL i cant draw a straight line .. nither can i lay blocks straight. haha .. there was a reason i laid em like i did tho, they work better with the flow of the water out the gate arranged like that. an the lip left in front of em will give me something to lay flat rock against an cement em to it all to cover up the cement blocks ... sometime in the future

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msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

February 23, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8389127

Looking good!
Hineni
Paris, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 23, 2011
6:00 PM

Post #8389148

Nice work! What a lovely place you have there also :)
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 23, 2011
7:48 PM

Post #8389388

Good job! How deep is the water in front of the dam?

I have been thinking about this today. Is this right? The water turns the wheel. The wheel turns the belt/chain. The belt/chain turns the motor/generator. The motor/generator makes the power. The power runs through wires hooked to the battery bank where it is stored until it is used. Do you have to have an inverter to be able to move the stored power from the batteries to whatever uses it? What exactly is an inverter?
Hineni
Paris, TN
(Zone 6b)

February 23, 2011
10:30 PM

Post #8389547

An inverter takes DC power , converts it and makes it available for use as AC power (standard household power). I have one in my truck that plugs into the cigarette lighter and powers my laptop or cell phone charger while I'm driving.

You would not need an inverter if what you are powering can run off of DC power, but most folks don't have DC stuff :)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 23, 2011
10:30 PM

Post #8389548

right now in front of the dam the water is only about 2ft. deep.

and your "thinking" is correct Cajun. thats exactly how it works ...
i use an inverter, it changes the 12 volt dc into 120 volt ac, thats what your standard plugs have in your house for standard applances, but you dont have to have an inverter to use the power stored, if for lights an such, just use 12 volt lights or 12 volt pumps an such.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 24, 2011
4:02 AM

Post #8389660

sailer... I would have thought the blocks needed to be shaped more like a funnel to direct the water to the chute?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2011
7:08 PM

Post #8391146

Thanks for the info. DH and I were talking about it today. Maybe I can get him interested enough in it to give it a try. I'd love that. Where did you get your generator?

Do you have a place where you can divert the creek so all the water does not go onto the wheel?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 25, 2011
5:55 AM

Post #8391666

Darius,
yeah i agree with you there, but the natural ledge of the dam was in that shape of my dam so i dint wanna fool with Mother Nature's design too much other than raise'n it higher to where i could put my wheel in. LOL there's always a reason to my madness hehee.

Cajun,
i recycled my generator from an old 120 volt air compressor. its a permament magnet dc motor. works good for a generator. and yes on the far side of the dam i have a gate that i can open or close to devert the water around the wheel ...
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 25, 2011
8:02 AM

Post #8391908

Looks good Sailer,makes me want to hurry back to my place in Ky, so I can build one on my creek. Maybe I should wait for it to warm up a bit first though.Lol
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 25, 2011
8:16 AM

Post #8391947

Chancemft,
yeah be easier workin on one if it was warmer, but free power is free power anyway ya look at it
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 25, 2011
8:19 AM

Post #8391953

True, just dont want to freeze my but of in the water right now, might use the cold weather for building the stuff in the shop, and save the set up for warmer weather.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 25, 2011
11:46 AM

Post #8392296

LOL good idea, get everything togather, an wait for warm weather .. then build it, should be enough time from now till then to gather it all up
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 25, 2011
10:18 PM

Post #8393286

Got alot of the stuff I need, I think. Now it's just taking the time for the trial and error, then transporting it all back to Ky and setting it up.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 26, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8394667

LOL everything i do is trial an error .. you mean there's another way of doin something ? hehee ...
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

February 26, 2011
9:59 PM

Post #8394884

I've found error sponds sucsess. But it sure gets old sometimes!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 28, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8398122

Does it have to be a generator or can you use a motor? What kind of appliances would I be likely to find what I need in? I have a side by side fridge I am going to scrap but the motor works fine. DH says it would not work for making electricity so I am assuming I need a generator and not a motor?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 28, 2011
12:25 PM

Post #8398154

Why are you scrapping the fridge?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 28, 2011
12:35 PM

Post #8398170

Several reasons. The liner inside is cracked. It is also too big for this itty bitty house and we cannot afford to run 2 fridges so it is just taking up space in the garage. It is a big one with an ice maker and ice and water through the door. Crushed ice even! I don't know what kind of shape it is in at the moment. It has been stored out there since we moved here a year and a half ago.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 28, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8398186

I asked because I'm looking for a free fridge to convert to a sausage "cave". The cracked liner would make it bad for a cheese cave. However, I just looked at GoogleMaps; you are about a hundred miles from here and at the price of gas, I don't think I could afford the drive even if you gave it to me.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 28, 2011
12:48 PM

Post #8398200

That's too bad. You would have been welcome to it. Fuel prices are outrageous. When will it all stop?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 28, 2011
12:54 PM

Post #8398215

If you could seal the fracture tightly enough to know you'd get no mold growth in it, you could turn it into a cheese cave, and a place to store milk until you get enough for a batch of cheese.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 28, 2011
12:58 PM

Post #8398227

You can make cheese from milk not kept cool?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 28, 2011
1:26 PM

Post #8398278

No, you'd have to chill it. I thought you said the fridge works? I did read that you said you can't afford to run 2, but if you made cheese you'd save on groceries thus maybe be able to run both.

Turning one into a cave (not chilling milk) requires bypassing the thermostat so it will stay warmer, like around 55º, and you'd need to add a humidifier to get the humidity up to 93-96%. To convert one for curing meats, the temps are nearly the same but lower humidity. Humidity high enough for cheese would rot salami or hams curing.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2011
6:10 AM

Post #8399612

My sister sent me a book and every page makes me think of you. It's "Forgotten Skills of Cooking" by Darina Allen. It is amazing. I am so enjoying it. It is a how to book on lost skills like milking, butchering, making cheese, preserving meats, ect. It also has over 700 recipes in it. There is a great section on foraging too.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 1, 2011
7:19 AM

Post #8399796

My nearest DG neighbor has that book. I borrowed it 3-4 weeks ago and then didn't have time to look at much of it before she wanted it back. It's on my Amazon wish list.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2011
9:42 AM

Post #8400118

My sister was reading it and decided it was something I would really enjoy. She didn't want to let go of her copy ( and I can see why ) so she ordered me one from Amazon and had it sent here. Wasn't that nice? Now we are both reading it and we can discuss it. It's a great book but it is going to take me forever. I am barely into the foraging section. Every plant she mentions that I am not familiar with, I google it. :) I am going to keep my eye out on my little hikes in the woods and see if I spot anything in the book. I certainly can't hike like I did in years past but I still get out on occasion when I am having a very good day.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 1, 2011
10:52 AM

Post #8400302

I 'spect I could nearly survive just on the edible "weeds" growing just in my yard! If I had the stamina, I'd hike some of our hillside to see what's up there.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 5, 2011
11:53 AM

Post #8408324

wow lots of rain last nite and today, had to pop the gate on the dam an divert water away from the waterwheel, its cranking out 25 to 30 amps contuniously. thats some serious power, an its maxed out with water flow, so i guess i could say my design is workin as it should at max output to waterflow rates. i actualy dont think it could spin any faster without some serious tune'n. an the torque is unreal, no way possible to stop with with just your hands .. it'd have to have some kinda brake system on it .. or raise it out of the waterflow to stop it. i even grounded out the alternator an it wouldnt stop it .. so tourque an speed i have .. wooo hooooooooooo mission compleat .. LOL

also when grounded it out compleatly it was crankin over 70 amps of power, peg'd my 70 amp meter so how much more i dont know .. now im happy with it. ;-D>

This message was edited Mar 5, 2011 1:56 PM

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2011
2:20 PM

Post #8408623

Cool Beans! I love it when a plan works. :)
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 5, 2011
2:42 PM

Post #8408657

need a storage plan!
Hineni
Paris, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 5, 2011
4:34 PM

Post #8408838

Congrats freedom, on a job well done :)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 5, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8409188

ty ty, an yes i need more batterys to store all the power in now. 1392 amp capacity might not be enough
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 6, 2011
4:30 AM

Post #8409602

RAH!
chancemft
Tucson, AZ

March 6, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8409980

Congrats, sounds like you gott'er licked now!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 6, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8410140

a shot just after i removed the big alternator from the waterwheel, it had no sheild built around it an i was afraid the water would screw it up .. so i took it off before the main part of the water came down the creek .. cause if my mounts had given away it would have washed it down the creek an made a mess of things ..

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 6, 2011
9:41 AM

Post #8410142

and another view.

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 6, 2011
9:52 AM

Post #8410161

WOW!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 6, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8410194

now thats hydro! now i have your rain - needed the moisture ! will not complain.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 6, 2011
10:30 AM

Post #8410214

Here's a shot of my creek, looking upstream from my bridge a few minutes ago. It's above flood stage, but since it's wider, not as much turbulence as sailer has...

It's also sleeting right now.

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msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

March 6, 2011
10:56 AM

Post #8410244

Sailor, fantastic!

Darius, who would have thought your pretty little creek could get so ugly-looking...
GoldenDomer
Northern, IN

March 6, 2011
11:25 AM

Post #8410284

Incredible..!!

I'm amazed you're getting that many amps.

Are you using a chain drive?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 6, 2011
1:09 PM

Post #8410463

was use'n belt drive an it robs alot of power in the form of drag, but im still gettin the things i need to put chain drive on it, so far so good .. just a little more chain an a couple masterlinks an ill be ready to put it togather.

LOL but with that much water flow, belts chains gears .. dont think none of it woulda mattered no way to stop the wheel or slow it down much. it was CRANKIN hehee

This message was edited Mar 7, 2011 3:11 PM
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 10, 2011
8:53 PM

Post #8419461

Wow! Is the wheel spinning toward or away from the dam? I can't tell in the pics. You need more batteries for sure.

You guys have the same coffee colored water as we do. But ours seems to be a bit thicker. More like liquid butterscotch. It has been raining here for 2 days. We are under a flood watch. Turned to snow just after dark. Hope it does not cause problems for DH in the morning for his trip to the hospital.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 11, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8420448

Cajun,
its spinning towards the dam, hahaa yeah my lil creek gets muddy from the field run off when it rains really hard like it did then.

for tho's who use f/b just posted a new vid of the waterwheel there .. check it out

This message was edited Mar 11, 2011 3:02 PM
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 11, 2011
7:17 PM

Post #8421350

I have thought so much about your waterwheel with all this rain. I'll check out the new video on FB.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 12, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8422063

yeah it'll get all its new brace'n an such now.. hope to have it all finished in 2 weeks .. thats my goal ne how .. we'll see how that goes.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8423268

Did you get any more batteries? Will car batteries work or do you need special ones?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 14, 2011
7:45 AM

Post #8426022

car batterys will work, but you need deep cyocle marine batteries .. but golf cart batteries are best, more amps and longer life also.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 14, 2011
10:23 PM

Post #8427744

I thought I had heard that somewhere. How do golf cart batteries compare in price to the others?
porkpal
Richmond, TX

March 15, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8428036

$$$$$

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

March 15, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8428141

They may be cheaper in the short term but trying to use car batteries for storage of solar,wind or water produced energy is a waste of money in the long term. They simply will not work for this application.

http://www.windsun.com/Batteries/Battery_FAQ.htm#Starting,%20Marine,%20and%20Deep-Cycle%20Batteries
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 15, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8428487

got that right VORTREKER, even so called deep cycle marine batterys from wally world is a toss up, i got 5 years outta mine, so i went with golf cart batterys this time, hope'n to see lots longer life from em, i did sort out my "good" deep cycle marines an made a second battery bank with them only 4 out of 12 would hold 12.6 volts for 24 hours after charging, some were down to 10 volts an some in the 11's ... they all got traded in as core's for the golf cart batterys. gonna use that 2nd battery bank for luxury creature comfort things .. like out side lights and pathway lights hooked to motion sensor's ...
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
2:00 PM

Post #8428733

On the really expensive (and reliable) side of the scale - Tow-motor (forklift) batteries. Takes a lot of difficult work to hurt them, but they cost as much (or more) than a good used car!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2011
7:04 AM

Post #8430053

I had no idea!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 17, 2011
12:18 PM

Post #8432614

Dyson,
your totaly correct about the fork lift batterys .. they are monsters an never leave you flat other than your bank acct. hahaa more bang for the buck an you get what you pay for totaly stands true here. and dependin on where you tap em, you can get 12, 24, 36 and 48 volts from em .. an the amp hours is unreal ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 17, 2011
8:04 PM

Post #8433530

So, would you need fewer of them?
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 18, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8434916

You would only need one ! Unless you were trying to power more than one home, But we are talking big bucks up front.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 18, 2011
3:09 PM

Post #8434933

Out of curiosity, how many big bucks?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 18, 2011
4:11 PM

Post #8435036

8 to 10,000.oo for a big one, you can buy a rebuilt one cheaper but im not sure how they would hold up

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 18, 2011
4:26 PM

Post #8435077

Holey Moley!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 18, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8435407

Dear Lord! How big is it?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 18, 2011
7:01 PM

Post #8435440

about 3ft x 5ft x 3ft tall ruffly or the one i looked at was. they have smaller ones for the walkie lifts ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 18, 2011
7:05 PM

Post #8435451

I hadn't any idea it was so big.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 20, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8439216

waiting, an hope'n this week my parts will come in twhere i can finish my generator an get it installed on the waterwheel. one project out of the way .. hahaa got a load of steel in also for the sawmill .. expecting another load monday afternoon. .. get the waterwheel finished, the windmill finished .. then the sawmill finished .. ill have new windmills to build .. LOL
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 20, 2011
10:18 PM

Post #8439762

Your wheels are always turning! Pun intended. LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 21, 2011
5:15 AM

Post #8439995

LOL yes they are Cajun,
dont think my mind ever rest, my body does but my mind runs 24/7 hahaaa
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 21, 2011
6:12 AM

Post #8440118

My mind does not turn off either and it keeps me from resting even when I sleep. I dream the craziest dreams all night every night. And sleeping meds don't help at all. In fact, the dreams get even crazier then. I could write a book. LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 23, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8445283

LOL yeah sleepin aids an med's only make the dreams worse, im just glad i rest at nite .. but lots of my idea's an such come from my dreams, when i do sleep. its all in the great picture ..
im still waitin on my load of steel an parts for the sawmill, the guy who was bringin it ended up in the ER with kidney stones .. he's out an ok now just behind in his delivery's an such. so maybe soon ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8445363

Hope it gets there quick. I'm sure you are chompin at the bits to get started on another project.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 23, 2011
8:38 PM

Post #8446458

LOL you got that right Cajun .. hahaaaa

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 2, 2011
2:49 AM

Post #8466318

Everything ok over there Dave?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 2, 2011
5:37 PM

Post #8467621

VORTREKER,
yeah everything is fine here, just been soooooo busy tryin to clear some more land for new garden spots an workin on all my projects. plus planting some early stuff, taters, radishes, brussel sprouts etc .. even got some tobacco plants up. picutres will be come'n LOL also got my first hummingbirds in.

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 5, 2011
12:22 PM

Post #8473922

just posted a new vid on f/b of my waterwheel for anyone interesting in see'n it. just search this nick ..
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 6, 2011
12:04 PM

Post #8476188

i hate waitin on parts .. LOL like waste'n time
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2011
8:51 PM

Post #8477429

Wish i could plant my taters but it is still too early. We had frost this morning and the wind is about to blow my eyeballs out!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 7, 2011
8:01 AM

Post #8478165

LOL now thats some wind Cajun hahaaaa
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 8, 2011
7:34 PM

Post #8481743

yeaaaaaaaaaa my generator parts came in today, maybe the rain will hold off an ill get to work on it tomorrow ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 9, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8483217

Hailed across the mountain yesterday but just sprinkled here until last night when we had a T storm. Hail in town today so bad it was knocking windows out of cars. Rain and T & L here. We are under a tornado watch but no wind here.
cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2011
10:44 PM

Post #8494321

I have a small generator but have never used it as i have propane heat.and i prefer oil and candle light anyway. I also have a small wood stove but my DD does'nt like me to use it but if worse comes to worse. I have lots of woods around to use. I cook outside on a campfire during warm weather anyway.
Vickie
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 15, 2011
4:43 AM

Post #8496997

generator installed, waterwheel is producing power now, just some tweakin and it'll be finished .. hahaaa yeah right ... LOL
porkpal
Richmond, TX

April 15, 2011
5:56 AM

Post #8497126

Another successful project - well done!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 15, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8497692

Thanks,
course ill still be changing sprockets along as i find larger ones to increase the rpm's and power output. so i'll be upgrading it as i find other parts, i just build with what i have available ... gettn a monsoon flood today from the storm, gettin some good power output even tho i have all the gates shut to keep the excess pressure of the water off the wheel for time being.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 15, 2011
8:25 PM

Post #8499007

Save some time Dave---about time to plant that giant okra.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2011
9:46 AM

Post #8499868

Did you get some more batteries to store all that extra power?
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 16, 2011
10:48 AM

Post #8499974

Finally got the network back up & running - just in time - I was having "withdraw" issues.

Step daughter's dog ate the power supply for the router.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

April 16, 2011
11:25 AM

Post #8500040

Sounds like out house!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 18, 2011
9:30 AM

Post #8503971

VORTREKER,
Okra is already in the ground.
Cajun,
yes i have two battery banks now, not sure if ill combine them or leave em seperate, i can change between the two with just a flip of a switch.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8504084

U da bomb! LOL
flsusie
New Port Richey, FL

April 28, 2011
3:42 PM

Post #8526853

To all of the regulars on this thread: My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know several of you are in the areas that were hit hard yesterday. I pray God's mercy and grace was and is with you, Susie
porkpal
Richmond, TX

April 28, 2011
4:06 PM

Post #8526908

Yes, please check in when you can so we'll know you're okay.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2011
7:32 PM

Post #8527422

Praying everybody has faired well.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 29, 2011
5:19 PM

Post #8529093

everyone here is ok, family an friends .. just a few trees down an limbs everywhere.. cleaning up is a chore .. but extra firewood for winter...
other places in Alabama dint fair as well .. Tuscaloosa an B'ham was hit hard . .. along with Huntsville an other small places that the news dint cover ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8529097

Boy, am I glad to hear from you. I was sure worried. So glad you were blessed. I feel so bad for those less fortunate and they are in my prayers. Did you get a lot of rain?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 29, 2011
6:25 PM

Post #8529238

yes got alot of rain, an some hail, beat down some plants in my garden but they have all perk'd back up nicely
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2011
11:16 PM

Post #8529585

Did you get any damage to the water wheel, solor panel or windmill?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 30, 2011
3:31 AM

Post #8529686

Cajun,
not this time i dint, everything fair'd well
we were all very lucky here
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 30, 2011
5:19 AM

Post #8529829

Good to hear all is well.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 2, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8534817

So glad about that. I know how inportant the 3 of them are to your daily life.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 3, 2011
6:24 AM

Post #8536513

yeah, they make my life easier an more modern its a luxary tho. i could do without it, but i sure dont want to ... hahaaa ok ok .. im gettin soft in my ole age ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2011
4:10 PM

Post #8537675

I'm gettin' stiff in my old age. LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 4, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8538978

i think we all do.. most are just too proud to say or admit to it .. LOL
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 4, 2011
8:37 AM

Post #8539103

I guess I am more full of truth than pride. I know I'm fulla somthin'. LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 7, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8545333

spent all day yesterday building a form and pour'n cement to seal in the raceway to the waterwheel. got the base pour'd an its drying now. now just waiting till monday where i can remove the form... next ill just have to do the cosmetic part and sealing any tiny leaks and such .. then for the final leveling of the dam. another step closer to being finished. Yay
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2011
2:51 PM

Post #8546205

Good job!
Hineni
Paris, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2011
5:30 AM

Post #8568769

Your thread always amazes me freedom, and inspires me for 'someday'. So glad to hear you and yours were spared by the massive destruction.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2011
8:49 PM

Post #8570734

Did you finish your cement work? What kind of weather are you having down there?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 18, 2011
8:06 AM

Post #8571341

Thanks Hineni.
Cajun ...
got most of it finished, only some places to finish when the water goes down this summer to finish sealing up the raceway. so far so good everything is workin out as planned ... right now its kinda cool but the temps are suspose to start back on the rise tomorrow an be back to normal again.. woooo hooooooooooooooo hahaaa
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2011
9:42 AM

Post #8571580

Cold here too and I will be glad to see warmer temps at the end of the week. I don't accomplish much in the damp cold.

Good to hear your work is nearly done on the dam and it's working well. I am sure you have another project in mind already!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 18, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8571770

you got that right ... always more irons in the fire than i know what to do with ... you know what they say about idle hands ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2011
1:19 PM

Post #8572003

And it's the truth! LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 23, 2011
6:32 AM

Post #8581449

well another week of fun and workin on projects, hmmmm what will it be this week .. guess yawl will just have to wait n see .. LOL
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 25, 2011
7:28 PM

Post #8587536

I'm sure it will be something amazing and we will all wish we had one. LOL You getting much rain? A few trees have uprooted on our hill from it being so wet. A big red oak fell behind my detatched garage but just the top hit the garage. Didn't do any damage but it took out a few of my gold raspberries. Grrr Can't get under it to see how many.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 25, 2011
10:46 PM

Post #8587745

Ouch, maybe it dint hurt em much, an hope you can get it off everything ok without too much damage to your garage also.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2011
9:20 AM

Post #8588377

I'm hoping a friens will come cut it up for firewood. Should burn good after seasoning til winter. Wish I had a chain saw. I'd cut it up myself.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 26, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8588630

yeah, make some good fires, even if you did it outside an not in a heater. have a wennie an marshmellow roast or even cook over it
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2011
9:37 PM

Post #8589912

That's what I was thinking. Be nice to sit around a fire in the fall.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 27, 2011
11:46 AM

Post #8590913

yeah, its nice to set around a fire .. actualy for me anytime of the year not just in cool weather. something about a fire just speaks to your soul.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 27, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8591132

Amen
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 27, 2011
8:33 PM

Post #8591924

I totally agree. We used to always have fires back home. Family gathered nearly every night. No family here.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 27, 2011
10:52 PM

Post #8592096

Bonfires on the beach - many beaches - on many bodies of water - the Atlantic - the Pacific - rivers and lakes too many to recall the names, driftwood turning the night into light. When we were younger we could sleep on the rocks, actually we could sleep anywheres.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 31, 2011
6:20 AM

Post #8598782

LOL Dyson, i think i remember what sleeping is... been along time ago... no rest for the wicked ooooooops i mean weary hahaaaa
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 3, 2011
6:25 AM

Post #8605853

been bumpin 100 deg here for the last 2 days, suspose to again today then maybe some cooling off (hahaa) 20% chance of rain .. rain an heat makes steam ... we might end up justa big ole steamed salad hahaaa
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 4, 2011
9:20 PM

Post #8609605

Unseasonable hot here too. Hope we get some rain tomorrow. It's getting pretty dry.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 5, 2011
11:36 PM

Post #8611961

Yeah we need some rain here also, creek is gettin kinda low, still has lots of water in it but the flow is slowing down some.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

June 6, 2011
6:45 AM

Post #8612350

Nope we get the rain first! Haven't had any since February and the tanks are empty and stuff is dying. It didn't help that yesterday was a record high for June: 105 and WIND.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2011
9:18 AM

Post #8612684

It must be miserable there about now. What is winter like out your way?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 6, 2011
4:24 PM

Post #8613671

ok Porkpal gets the first rain .. was only 99 here ... then send it this way .. LOL
porkpal
Richmond, TX

June 6, 2011
4:38 PM

Post #8613721

Our winters are quite mild - as a rule - no snow of any consequence. The past two years, however we have had a couple of weeks of really cold days that froze all our pipes etc. The weather is just nutz recently! The weather service is predicting thunderstorms again today. Yesterday they were right - it thundered!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 7, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8615194

maybe you'll get that well needed rain.. X ya fingers an keep hope'n
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 7, 2011
8:52 AM

Post #8615352

My sister in Dallas got a long heavy downpour. We haven't had any in a few weeks. Could really use some on my raspberries. I carried a bucket of water to each one but that hill is too much work for me.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 7, 2011
12:05 PM

Post #8615727

yeah i've been tote'n water from the creek to water all my plants in my gardens .. nice walk up a 45 deg hillside ..

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 7, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8615737

Freedom_sailer... If you posted it, I've forgotten. Whats the GPM of your water supply? I'm wondering whether using the overflow from my spring (it's in a culvert pipe) is worth considering.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 7, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8616117

We just got a very brief shower. Hope it's not done yet.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 7, 2011
7:20 PM

Post #8616567

freedom--I am sure you are familiar with the hydrolic ram pump if you ever get tired of toting water up that hill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egzyn_Mgr_8&feature=related
http://www.lifewater.org/resources/rws4/rws4d5.htm

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 7, 2011
7:28 PM

Post #8616580

This is an update of the ram pump installed on a small creek to feed two slow sand filters. It now has a 3" drive pipe with much greater output. I hoped to get some performance data from it but the weather hasn't cooperated.
The water falls only 21" but pumps 30 feet up in the air with a decent flow rate. It was designed to be simple to build, inexpensive, efficient, and long-lasting. The low profile helps it avoid damage in the stream during storms, and it can pump underwater 24/7 without problem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLHrNwdMNDM
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 7, 2011
9:50 PM

Post #8616944

Our shower was over. :( We really need the rain. DH was across the mountain feeding and he said it must have rained over an inch on the other side of the mountain.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2011
4:28 AM

Post #8617160

Interesting stuff, Vortreker. Thanks.

We had about 42 seconds' worth of the brief shower that Cajun got yesterday. I've been watering my garden from the spring (with conventional pumping) rather than the city water from the house. The veggies love the spring water that has no chlorine!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 8, 2011
7:40 AM

Post #8617533

Darius,
you can make an amp or so with just 2-3 gpm ... 5 gallons pm your looking at 2-4 amps ..mine usualy runs 5+ but durin a rain or lots of water flow .. its more like 10+ with a output of 8+ amps. so really it dont take alot of waterflow to produce good useable power.

VORTREKER,
Yeah ive used and built a number of ram pumps up to a 4 in. my fall here isnt very much and i'd have to put it about 100 yards upstream. hahaa i cant handle the pop pop pop of it, hahaa too much noise in my quiet little place. but they are awsome you get 1 gallon per every 10 that goes through it but hey free is free no doubt... and i have thought about puttin one below my dam an use it only to fill a tank to hold the water to use later an keep it shut off when the tank has water in it. very peacefull an quiet here i wanna keep it that way .. sound of the wind an water over the dam an waterwheel is enough noise .. also the linear flow ones that can run underwater is alot quieter ...thats what i was thinking about building up stream where the noise would be dampend down some. is that your pump in the vid ? if so ive watched it many times hahaaa first one ive seen that was linear flow ...

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2011
7:46 AM

Post #8617547

Thanks, f_s, guess I need to get a bucket and see if I can measure flow. There's some drop in the pipe from the spring overflow down to the creek, but it isn't much.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 8, 2011
8:03 AM

Post #8617590

Darius,
yeah excellent way of measure'n the flow rate. you'd be surprised on how much it actualy is. but every lil bit of power you make .. is that much u dont have to buy.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2011
11:17 AM

Post #8618109

How is that ram pump working?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 11, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8623785

anyone more rain than they need send it to Alabama, LOL
porkpal
Richmond, TX

June 11, 2011
7:50 AM

Post #8623796

Give it a BIG push so it makes it all the way down to south Texas.

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 11, 2011
11:05 AM

Post #8624057

Cajun--I do not totally understand the physics of the ram pump--perhaps freedom will explain it.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 11, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8624461

LOL dont pin that on me, ive made em .. a know how they work but how to explain it .. kinda beyond my vocalubary. hahaaa
so check out this link it shows how to build one an how it works ..

http://www.clemson.edu/irrig/equip/ram4.htm
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2011
10:55 AM

Post #8625694

Thanks for the link. I couldn't tell ny looking at it.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

June 18, 2011
5:36 AM

Post #8637982

Did you get rain Freedom? We had a nice hard rain followed by long steady rain yesterday?
I will be happy to get my rain barrels set back up= one day soon.

freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 18, 2011
7:48 AM

Post #8638182

CricketsGarden,
Yes finaly got a good rain, almost a inch in my guage an my gardens are soakin it up, it also filled up all my rain barrels an buckets. so im sittin good now for awhile, just hope its not that long till the next one.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8638203

Don't you catch rain water for drinking? Must be scarey when your tank gets low.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 18, 2011
8:35 AM

Post #8638270

Cajun,
i sure do, my gutters are plumbed into a 350 gallon containment tank, with a 12 volt on demand rv water pump, an yes i get kinda worried when it gets low i learn to conserve water or do without an i dont like doin without.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

June 18, 2011
12:34 PM

Post #8638596

Freedom, all your projects are so interesting. I just love it! I haven't read it all but will evenually.
Great work!

freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 18, 2011
5:16 PM

Post #8638959

LOL yeah there's quite a bit of reading, i was amazed it has gone as far as it has. and Thank You.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2011
1:47 PM

Post #8640599

We got rain this morning while we were in church.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 19, 2011
4:25 PM

Post #8640880

kewl Cajun,
im hope'n we will get some more here soon. i got plants to transplant out
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2011
9:37 PM

Post #8641534

What you putting out?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 19, 2011
9:45 PM

Post #8641542

i still have over 2000 tobacco plants to transplant, some are ready now, some in another week .. an some more in bout 3 weeks, then a late pea crop an maybe some more beans an such, i keep planting an growin stuff till frost kills it back .. hahaa get all i can each year, my gardens are just small spots so i have to keep something in the ground as much as possible.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2011
12:30 PM

Post #8642737

I know what you mean about small plots. I do that myself with the SFG and the containers and bags. Doesn't end until snow shuts us down. I am just learning what works best here but it is fun. I am drying some sugar snap peas for seed to plant in fall. They are really delish. I am going to fill other spots in with them as it clears off. My maters have not bloomed yet. First 2 squash dropped off as little fellas. Got some more coming on. Cukes are starting to make. Corn is about to tassle. Beans are slow. Peppers are starting to bloom but everything just seems to be coming along so slow.

Rained here for about 5 hours. We needed it. Giving rain for the rest of the week. It will help if it is all slow and steady like today was.

Good luck with your planting. Do you have all those 2000 plants in seperate cups?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 20, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8642891

hahaa nope, i plant em by type in 55 gallon barrels cut into lenghtwise .. lots easier n fast that way
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2011
2:45 PM

Post #8643029

How many different types and what are the differences in them?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 20, 2011
5:07 PM

Post #8643290

i have Yellow Burley, Virginia Bright Leaf, Havana #608, Cuban, Turkish Black Sea Samsun, Aztec Rustica, and regular Rustica.

Yellow Burley is kinda strong tobacco

Virginia Bright Leaf is very smooth and mild

Havana is a cigar tobacco

Cuban is a cigar tobacco

Turkish is a orentail tobacco very smooth

Aztec Rustica is among the strongest tobacco with up to 20 times the nicotine of any common tobacco

the Regular Rustica is Wild Indian Tobacco which is almost as strong as the Aztec Rustica

but when u blend them all togather you can vary each kind to make a tobacco that taste like you want it to with all the nic kick you want. also for chewing tobacco ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2011
8:03 PM

Post #8643649

I don't use any tobacco so I don't know much about it. Hadn't any idea it varied so much.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 21, 2011
3:42 AM

Post #8643974

wooooo hooooooooooo another inch of rain last nite and more on the way .. keep it coming
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 22, 2011
2:03 PM

Post #8647354

2 inches of rain today, waterwheel is crankin out some power . YAY .. hahaaa
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2011
7:20 PM

Post #8648030

Is your tank full yet?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 23, 2011
6:51 AM

Post #8648650

my cup runneth over .. LOL
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2011
8:07 PM

Post #8650395

Yeah!!!!!
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2011
9:19 AM

Post #8651432

We got a good rain the other day too. It was a heavy storm with strong winds in front of it.
One end of the house upstairs under construction has no wall. The other end has a tarp.
The end with the tarp is the west end. I went up stairs to watch the storms blow over from the open
end of the upstairs. Suddenly we got a big gust of heavy rain and wind from the west and it blew the tarp into the upstairs
and nearly blew me down and it was so strong I immediately sat down cause I thought it was gonna blow me
out the other end that was open. Sadly it flooded the upstairs which leaked down stairs. It was clean up time
again. uggg.

I love to watch storms. I use to have a second story deck and I loved going up there and watching the storms roll in.
I will have another one of these days.

CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2011
11:58 AM

Post #8651802

Glad you didn't get blown away!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 26, 2011
8:09 AM

Post #8655413

sounds like the one that came through here .. 60+ mph winds .. lots of lightning an such .. yes storms are beautiful .. i call them God's fireworks show ..
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 26, 2011
4:49 PM

Post #8656339

another beautiful day of rest .. tomorrow .. back to the grindstone ... hahaa
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 11, 2011
8:53 AM

Post #8685780

Pray'n for rain in da Deep South ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2011
8:08 PM

Post #8687231

We got rain tonight. Hope you get some too. We are really needing lots. The creek is way too low and it's only July.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 12, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8688524

yeah mine is extreamly low also ... just need some good gully washers . hahaaa
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 12, 2011
5:20 PM

Post #8688978

We are getting one now!

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

July 13, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8690425

It's so dry here that I caught a catfish yesterday with ticks on it.

The fire hydrant in front of my house was giving away free dog treats.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8690455

LOL!!!!!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 13, 2011
6:02 PM

Post #8690880

LOL VORTREKER,,, good one .. hahaaaa
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

July 16, 2011
4:40 PM

Post #8696409

LOL
LOL

We had several rains last week but none this week. Had a few cloudy days that made it more pleasant to get some outdoor chores done.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 17, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8698027

had a few showers here, not even enough to settle the dust tho ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 18, 2011
9:14 AM

Post #8699445

Been raining here everyday. Got a LOT of rain yesterday. Hoping today will stay dry so DH can take the boys fishing. This is their last week with us.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 19, 2011
3:20 AM

Post #8701103

well maybe it'll hold off so he can take em fishing an maybe catch lots of fish... that's always fun .. takin kids fishing . ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2011
5:44 AM

Post #8701239

The fishing trip wasn't too successful but then we went putt putt golfing and had a good time. After that we went and rode the pony. That was great! Knock got to ride a friend's really nice racking horse and if he wants he can show the horse this weekend. He is really looking forward to that.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 20, 2011
12:57 PM

Post #8704155

well anytime spent with kids doin no matter what is good quality time an time well spent
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8706348

We will sure miss them when they are gone. It will feel like a morgue around here.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2011
8:06 PM

Post #8707530

Dunno how it was in your neck of the woods Freedom but it rained Cats and Dogs here with a lightening storm to boot for 2 hours. It washed a ditch in my drive way and hilled up the gravel at the end. That has never happened before.
Hope you got some rain.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 22, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8708455

got almost 3 inches in the last 2 days .. it has really helped ... still need more to pull the natural water level back up to normal ..
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2011
9:06 AM

Post #8736421

I dunno how many inches you got early this morning, but it was thundering, lighting and raining for 5 hours. That was a lot of rain. Not to mention the wind that blew everything about. That was a good storm.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2011
7:17 PM

Post #8737561

That would have caused flash floods here in these mountains.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

August 4, 2011
8:52 PM

Post #8737812

And it would have caused great rejoicing here!

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

August 5, 2011
11:44 AM

Post #8738818

freedom-Did the Beck's okra do anything? It got too hot and dry even for okra here.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

August 7, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8741500

VORTREKER, yes it did, im still cuttin okra off it, even tho i tote'd water to keep it alive .. got a few pods im savin for seeds for next year. makes some big pods an still very tender . Thanks again for the seeds ...
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2011
2:37 PM

Post #8742613

what is this okra?

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2011
5:47 PM

Post #8743049

Crickets--it is called "Beck's Big Buck Okra"--
See the comparison pics on freedom's first thread-Sept. 2010 at:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1073393/
It is AMAZING!!!!!!

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8743054

SEPT. 18, 2010
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8743104

That was some fat okra. I am amazed at how long it can stay on the stalk and not be woody. Speechless.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

August 9, 2011
8:54 AM

Post #8746428

dang good okra for sure. you can grow lots of it in a small space being the pods are .sooo big

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

August 9, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8746443

I don't even like okra, but I'd love to try these, now that I found a recipe for dried okra pod snacks!
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8752592

i can eat okra anyway you fix it except a bowl of goo . I really like it raw off the stalk and boiled whole.
I grew the Clemson Spineless Okra this year and the plants seemed kinda bare...narrow leaves. I like big leaf okra plants.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 12, 2011
3:39 PM

Post #8752683

Okra - fried, with a corn meal coat - been way to long.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 12, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8752856

I like okra in gumbo or smothered down with tomatoes and shrimp. Mmm
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

August 14, 2011
6:45 AM

Post #8755512

now yawl makin me hungry ... had fried okra just the other day .. .and boiled a few days before that .. got another cuttin tomorrow ... an i love the gumbo ..
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

August 18, 2011
11:31 AM

Post #8763222

wooo hooooo lots of projects goin now, i just keep jumpin from one to the other, workin on my wood gasifier and my outdoor furnace.

Thumbnail by freedom_sailer
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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

August 18, 2011
11:32 AM

Post #8763224

fire tube mounted into the 55 gallon barrel ..

Thumbnail by freedom_sailer
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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2011
11:44 AM

Post #8763242

I will need you to splain to me what a wood gasifier is. I have never heard of such an animal.

I have been cleaning up the garden beds this morning. Harvest is disappointing. But the eggplants are just starting.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

August 18, 2011
2:31 PM

Post #8763441

another pic with the barrels plummed togather ...

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 22, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #8978286

dang ... dint know it had been that long sence i wrote somthing here, hahaa been BUSY

VORTREKER

VORTREKER
POTTSBORO, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2012
1:00 AM

Post #8978469

Time flies--:)

This message was edited Jan 23, 2012 3:01 AM
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2012
7:26 PM

Post #8983626

How is the furnace coming?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 27, 2012
9:04 PM

Post #8984932

almost finished, got the rest of the ductwork in today, so all i like is installing it to the rest of the rooms ... hopefully be finished with it this coming week.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2012
6:15 PM

Post #8987230

That's great! I know it will make your life a bit more pleasant in winter.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2012
7:00 AM

Post #8987808

Winter is knocking on the back door.
The almanac says Feb will be colder than normal.


chop chop
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #8987877

Cricket, you are such a party pooper! LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 30, 2012
3:37 PM

Post #8988498

hahaa got the last of the duct work finished today, I HAVE HEAT in all my rooms now . .. well 'cept for the bathroom, that'll come later.

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 1, 2012
5:11 AM

Post #8990403

Great Job!!!!!! So happy for you.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 4, 2012
6:08 AM

Post #8994244

congrats on heat system.
gonna be nipppie this week.(finally)

freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 13, 2012
10:02 PM

Post #9005906

Cricket, dang you sound like you are wanting cold weather... thats just not right ... LOL

Cajun... Thanks, sure makes life easier with some good heat throughout the cabin now. i even have early garden seeds planted and starting to come up inside. they will be good an strong by the time to transplant outside in the gardens.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 14, 2012
8:45 AM

Post #9006330

I was thinking of seeding a tray today. It's cold and rainy out and I don't feel great. Staying in sounds like a good plan.

So glad you have good, even heat in your cabin. How often do you have to go out and stoke the furnace?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 14, 2012
3:30 PM

Post #9006833

i load it once in the morning and just before bedtime .. other than that clean out the ashes once a week, it pretty well takes care of its self. actualy all i like is building a better grate to go inside it and it will be compleated.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2012
4:01 PM

Post #9006869

I was hoping for a long deep freeze to rid some of these insects. I don't recon it's gonna happen this year.

Winter (sike)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 14, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #9006987

hahaa i hope the cold is OVER with, an spring is on its way... im ready to garden, got some strawberry plants today, so i gotta make a new bed for them soon and get em out.
SPRING SPRING SPRING .. hahaa
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2012
8:12 PM

Post #9007153

I was wrong about Feb...I read the Almanac wrong. Roooops.
March is suppose to be warmer than normal and April slightly warmer than normal and May slightly cooler than normal.
lookie=
It might help you decide your spring garden. So far, it has been correct on weather predictions.
http://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange/region/us/8

freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 15, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9007384

yeah i have a copy of the almanac, my Grandparents always had one lay'n close around an they always had a wonderful garden and crops, dont ask why just go by it. long live the almanac. even tho i have to get out my double duty reading glasses to read the small print ... hahaaa shhhhhhhhhhh comes with age. LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 17, 2012
11:51 AM

Post #9010027

been breaking new ground for gardens the past few days, im sooooooo ready for springtime an planting season.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 18, 2012
1:59 PM

Post #9011251

Do you think most will start their gardens early around here?
I really want to get my outdoor garden going too. I'm kinda = scared-ish. (frost)

I dunno about you but I have had a lot of rain in this area. I cannot till the soil yet and I can see weed seeds popping up everywhere already. Now another drenching rain today and tomorrow.
I guess I'll have to till shallow the next chance I get. (thursday or friday)Better than none.


freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 19, 2012
5:15 AM

Post #9011766

yeah there will be a few more cold nites, but the early stuff you can put out an cover with plastic etc. if frost is forecast, just takes a little extra time on your part to provide some extra care for em till the chance of frost is past..
o_angi2001
Bentonville, AR

February 19, 2012
10:06 PM

Post #9012741

I'm excited about putting my seeds out!! I have a bunch of seeds started but thinking I will be starting more this week. My garden is nowhere ready to use but a neighbor has kindly offered me full use off his garden till I can get mine useable. And his wife said she'd offer me help with canning! I am so blessed with good people in my life!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 20, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #9013382

very true, an extra back is always welcome in the gardens an good nabors are hard to find these days .. yes you are blessed
o_angi2001
Bentonville, AR

February 20, 2012
11:02 AM

Post #9013436

A friend of mine made mention a few days after I had bought my place that she has lived in her house 5 yrs and knows the name of 1 of her neighbor but akready knew every one of mine because they all stop and visi when they drive by.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 20, 2012
11:47 AM

Post #9013488

LOL very kewl, some places are friendly, some are not... i got too many kin folks round me not to know everyone .. hahaaa
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 20, 2012
11:57 AM

Post #9013513

some of the garden spots ive been workin on lately on my hillside

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 20, 2012
1:08 PM

Post #9013584

Sailor, looks like that should work just fine. My backyard(starting 10 feet from the house) has the same slope and could benefit from terracing... IF I was younger and had more strength/energy!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 20, 2012
1:31 PM

Post #9013622

yeah me the pickaxe an the chainsaw .. we work wonders
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 20, 2012
6:09 PM

Post #9014014

That is really steep. Lots of pickaxing. I have done a few gardens like that in my life time. Are you going to add anything to the soil to help hold in the moisture?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 20, 2012
6:35 PM

Post #9014057

this hillside stays pretty wet even in the hot dry summers... had lots of ferns that grew on it before i started working on it .. still quite a few of em remain...
o_angi2001
Bentonville, AR

February 20, 2012
7:34 PM

Post #9014143

I am inspired by your picture. I see lots of quality time with a pick axe in my future as well ;)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 21, 2012
12:25 AM

Post #9014249

o_angi2001, very kewl, i posted the pic's to maybe to give someone an idea on how to use a hillside that would just other wise be a hillside LOL... here its about all i have and i hate to keep cutting the brush off it an keeping it clean... so what better to do with it than make gardens... as you can see past it i still have yard left to reclaim. just more garden spaces... cant get too many ya know ..

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

February 21, 2012
3:08 AM

Post #9014273

Here's a technique to consider... I'm doing a smaller version on the sides of my new garden area, which is on a slight slope. Be sure to read and see the photos all the way to the end...

http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

February 21, 2012
6:38 AM

Post #9014444

According to the information in that link you would use old wood (rotted wood) to build a hugelkulture bed. That would preclude building a bed out of fresh green wood as you are clearing brush and saplings and invasive small trees. I think of hugelkulture as a good technique to use while you are clearing up woody invasives--i.e. a way to use up freshly cut wood.

Freshly cut brushy wood is more available to me than rotted wood. (If you don't have your own your city garbage manager should be able to put you in touch with some. City sanitation departments haul tons of it to local land fills every year.)

Using fresh-cut wood willl require watching your nitrogen, but as this link points out over time your pile will start producing N2 as the fresh cut wood rots into humus.

http://lifehacker.com/5880237/hugelkultur-can-create-irrigation+free-garden-beds



This message was edited Feb 21, 2012 8:40 AM
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 12, 2012
5:16 PM

Post #9040117

my soil on the hillside has kinda a loom type about it. rich black dirt. lots of leaf matter composted over the years i guess.. but i still strew my ashes from the wood heater over them durin the wintertime. an let the rains soak it all in. then work it in an turn the soil over in the early spring before planting season even begains.. then work it again when i plant.

This message was edited Mar 12, 2012 6:18 PM
o_angi2001
Bentonville, AR

March 12, 2012
9:41 PM

Post #9040517

I cleared one of my slopes this weekend, the west fscing slope at the end f my driveway. Next step is to prepare it for strawberries :) Another slope that I have begun to clear is looking like a squash patchwhen I close my eyes and dream. I also started moving some of my rotted wood from fallen trees to start my hugelkultur bed. Lots of projects!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 13, 2012
5:13 PM

Post #9041637

yeah sometimes close'n your eyes opens the doors of the imaganation an you can invision all kinds of things.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2012
9:01 PM

Post #9041941

lol closing my eyes gets me in trouble.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 15, 2012
5:21 AM

Post #9043339

squash, cucumbers, beans, peppers, carrots pea's all planted in the gardens an ready. might be too early but if not, ill have a early crop. always worth the effort when the signs of spring comes early.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2012
5:59 AM

Post #9043375

Bravo!
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

March 16, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9044681

Spring is definitely here. I think Winter forgot to show up. And Summer is suppose to be mild. Blackberry Winter will be early too. Should be the 3rd week in April this year.
I don't know what to say to the customers when they show up wanting tomato plants. It will be another week before they are big enough to set out. I did not expect it to be so warm so early.
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

March 16, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9044682

Old farmers in Alabama have told me its usually safe to plant after Easter. There is an Early Spring group of garlic onions shallots chinese vegetables etc that can go in in February.

For the greenhouse, grow for the Zone South of you due to Global Warming.

This message was edited Mar 16, 2012 6:44 AM
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 16, 2012
7:46 AM

Post #9044795

yeah we always plant everything on Good Friday here in Bama .. just a rule of thumb ...
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

March 28, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9060468

wow, all my gardens are doing great, lots of stuff coming up and growin good, projects projects an more projects goin on here.. outdoor wood fired bread/pizza oven for one, workin on the sawmill, fine tuning the windmill... list goes on an on ... oh yes HAPPY SPRING TIME to everyone ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 31, 2012
8:43 PM

Post #9064981

That is good news. The small amount of stuff I have been able to get out is doing well. We had lettuce leaves out the garden on our sandwiches a few days ago.

What's going on with the windmill and how is the water wheel working. Any more progress on the bread oven?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 1, 2012
7:19 AM

Post #9065298

windmill is still working great, but ill keep on tweaking it untill i get it like i want it...
waterwheel is down for repairs, new bearings an a broken shaft...
bread oven is comin along nicely, just slow process, still finding materials i need to compleat it
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 1, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9065879

Was the water wheel a victim of flood waters? You must be missing the extra electricity.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 1, 2012
5:33 PM

Post #9065933

actualy i wish i could say it was.. more a case of poor maintance on my part .. LOL an yes i miss the extra power, especially on cloudy days.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 1, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9065942

Well, I hope you have learned your lesson, young man. LOL It is so hard to find the time and energy to do all the things we need and / or want to do.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 2, 2012
8:55 AM

Post #9066768

sure is, with it down i just have to be more conseritive with my power.. it'll be back up an running before long
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 3, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9068807

I have no doubt you will. You are creative and are blessed with ingenuity. I am always impressed with your many projects. I live vicariously through them. LOL
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2012
6:27 AM

Post #9069246

sorry bout the waterwheel. I hear we will have below normal rainfall this year. What power source does your waterwheel supply? The whole house or just a few sources?
I personally can't wait to play with solar panels and windmills...waiting impatiently but has to wait after we get the house insulated.
My step dad has solar panels and he stores the energy in car batteries. He has 20 car batteries under his house that are all hooked up to solar panels. I don't want car batteries. Seems like it takes sufficient out of sufficient. Eventually those car batteries have to be replaced. There is a lot I don't understand about solar energy and I need to find a really good Book.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 4, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #9069472

Cajun,
its more a case of nessity is the mother of inventions with me .. hahaaa
and im glad you enjoy readin an lookin at the project pic's

Cricket,
the waterwheel supliments power to the cabin main battery bank... i miss the little bit of power comin in 24/7 off it .. especially on cloudy days .. an it keeps the batterys from sitting in still mode all nite ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2012
10:08 AM

Post #9069603

We got rain yesterday and the day before but not a downpour. We need it too. The creek is a bit low and it's not summer yet.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2012
7:34 PM

Post #9070275

I found a solar powered food dehydrator online. I wish I was smart enough to make it myself cause that sucker is $334.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 4, 2012
9:32 PM

Post #9070349

Cajun,
yeah we have had good rain here . my creek i still looking good right now .. just hope it keeps up, i know the gardens just love it ..

Cricket
Kewl, ive looked at them.. never paid no attention to how they was made .. but im sure you could make one for alot less ...
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 5, 2012
4:24 AM

Post #9070449

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/2006-08-01/Build-a-Solar-Food-Dehydrator.aspx
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 5, 2012
11:52 AM

Post #9070873

good one Dyson, Thanks
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 5, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #9071023

We got rain agin today and it has turned off chilly.
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2012
5:35 AM

Post #9071637

thanks dyson...i came across that link the other day too.

We got rain yesterday evening. Now that Good Friday is here, It wants to turn off cool for a week. Just cool enough that it will take a while for seeds to germinate in the garden. sigh.

CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #9071839

Do you guys know if the bean pods on Pink Fuzzy Bean, aka strophostyles helvola, are edible.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #9071921

FROST warning here tonight - what am I going to do with the 300 tomato starts on the front porch and outside - the apartment is not large enough to bring them in !

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 6, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #9072000

Dyson, many of us face that dilemma since we jumped the gun thanks to the early warm weather!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 6, 2012
1:23 PM

Post #9072137

freedom_sailer, this thread is getting long and slow to load. Maybe you can start Part 3? Thanks.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 12, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9080114

darius part 3 is now posted ... cant wait to get started on it. ill be posting some pictures of the new little cabin im building there also. along with more on the gardens an other projects ...

Hope to see everyone there .. :)
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2012
3:23 AM

Post #9080543

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1252119/

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