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Forum: The Billiards Room 07-23-12, 10:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,678
Posted By benpope
If you move out before then you really will have...

If you move out before then you really will have nothing to worry about ;). It is a sad commentary on our culture that a junky install in 1956 lasted 56 years and a "good" install today will only...
Forum: Conservation 07-20-12, 09:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,894
Posted By benpope
MMT, Thanks for the advice about measuring...

MMT,
Thanks for the advice about measuring electricity. Since that is what I want to reduce, that is what I should measure. I don't have a loop ammeter, but I do have a house KW meter. It will...
Forum: Conservation 07-16-12, 12:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,894
Posted By benpope
No chance to work on it over the weekend, but I...

No chance to work on it over the weekend, but I do have some updates.

Once I turned it on I realized that I had bought a 7gph fan sprayer instead of a 2gph mister. In its current location, the...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-16-12, 10:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 17,411
Posted By benpope
Great project, Ben. I am planning on working with...

Great project, Ben. I am planning on working with IBCs soon to expand my aquaponics setup from 50 gallons to 250.

If you plan on using the water only on your garden, you may want to encourage...
Forum: Conservation 07-12-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,894
Posted By benpope
Thanks, gentlemen. I got some pictures together...

Thanks, gentlemen. I got some pictures together that you can look at here (https://plus.google.com/photos/112965711974935529231/albums/5764307724644978305). Water comes in from the left, goes through...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-12-12, 11:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,831
Posted By benpope
Hi Helen, You are on the right track to...

Hi Helen,

You are on the right track to insulate and weatherize first. This is where you will see the greatest benefit and get the most out of a more efficient HVAC system.

Most mini split...
Forum: Conservation 07-11-12, 02:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,894
Posted By benpope
AC Evaporative Cooling

With the high temperatures and low humidity over the last few weeks, Central Arkansas has started to feel more like West Texas. The typical summer here sees temperatures in the high 90s with humidity...
Forum: The Billiards Room 07-10-12, 01:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,186
Posted By benpope
Tongue firmly in cheek.

Tongue firmly in cheek.
Forum: The Billiards Room 07-10-12, 11:30 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,186
Posted By benpope
True, AC, but those are the extreme outliers....

True, AC, but those are the extreme outliers. They obviously don't play by the same rules as the rest of us, so we shouldn't expect them to pay at the same rates :rolleyes:
Forum: The Billiards Room 07-10-12, 10:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,186
Posted By benpope
Please step away from the Kool-Aid, Xringer. It...

Please step away from the Kool-Aid, Xringer. It is true that not everyone pays Federal Income Taxes. However, 100% of people pay taxes; sales tax, state income tax, wheel tax, property tax, sin tax,...
Forum: Solar Heating 06-29-12, 02:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,521
Posted By benpope
Boiling water will sterilize the soil. It kills...

Boiling water will sterilize the soil. It kills off the living plants, the roots and rhizomes, the weed seeds, earthworms and insects, and almost all of the microbial life. But boiling water will...
Forum: The Billiards Room 06-29-12, 02:18 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,186
Posted By benpope
One day when I was a boy, my grandmother took me...

One day when I was a boy, my grandmother took me to the park. As we walked around the pond I picked up a stone from the path to throw it into the water. My grandmother turned, stopped me and said,...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-13-12, 12:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,723
Posted By benpope
I have worked with 3 block raised beds before in...

I have worked with 3 block raised beds before in a community garden. We filled the beds with almost 100% compost, so it was very light but had trouble retaining water. We did as basjoos suggests and...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-30-12, 09:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,772
Posted By benpope
Another option for natural control: attract...

Another option for natural control: attract parasitic wasps. The adults eat nectar from small flowers, so plant thymes, lovage, savory and other herbs, sweet alyssum, dill, cilantro, parsley,...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-30-12, 09:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,408
Posted By benpope
I have used a regular soaker hose connected to a...

I have used a regular soaker hose connected to a rain barrel with a 2ft drop. It works tolerably well, but as the pressure drops the amount of water coming out drops. With such a low head, the last...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-14-12, 10:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,735
Posted By benpope
Some good ideas there. This mimics the native...

Some good ideas there. This mimics the native american method of spot fertilization. You dig a hole 6 inches (15 cm) deep and bury a dead land animal (think roadkill), fish, or fresh manure. Next,...
Forum: Biofuels 03-05-12, 10:18 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 66,827
Posted By benpope
I found a PDF that has a wealth of information on...

I found a PDF that has a wealth of information on stove design:
Designing Improved Wood Burning Heating Stoves (www.aprovecho.org/lab/pubs/rl/stove-design/doc/18/raw)

There are two that look like...
Forum: Conservation 03-05-12, 08:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 27,729
Posted By benpope
I can't think of anything better. I have done...

I can't think of anything better. I have done small spaces like this and then put down mesh and a layer of stucco right over it. I was surprised at how strong a backer the foam makes for stucco.
Forum: Solar Power 03-05-12, 08:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 22,381
Posted By benpope
It looks like money in the bank to me--and that...

It looks like money in the bank to me--and that is a beautiful thing.
Forum: Solar Heating 11-10-11, 10:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,267
Posted By benpope
That bush is too close to your house anyway. They...

That bush is too close to your house anyway. They need about 2' of clearance from your house so that the siding can dry out.

If moving it isn't an option, you could build a raised bed around the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-10-11, 09:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,500
Posted By benpope
There is an amazing site in Morocco, Ait...

There is an amazing site in Morocco, Ait Benhaddou (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C3%AFt_Benhaddou), which is a fortified city built from compressed earth bricks...
Forum: The Billiards Room 11-06-11, 08:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 16,440
Posted By benpope
Wink Back to basics

No need to get that advanced right off the bat. There is plenty of spent nuclear material sitting in holding ponds and casks around the US (and central Asia while we're at it) waiting to be put to...
Forum: Solar Power 11-06-11, 08:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,494
Posted By benpope
This is what I hear: S-S-Sunday Sunday...

This is what I hear:

S-S-Sunday Sunday Sunday! M-M-M-Monster Truck Madness with The P-P-P-Power Shed of Power!

Context for those not in the US...
Forum: Conservation 11-05-11, 10:03 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 87,291
Posted By benpope
Adding natural gas... Edited since I messed...

Adding natural gas...

Edited since I messed up the kWh -> Natural Gas conversion. Now includes gasoline at 9.7 kWh/L or 36.6 kWh/US gal.

Electric: 16.8 kWh/day (includes water heater)
Gas:...
Forum: Conservation 10-26-11, 03:20 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 87,291
Posted By benpope
For its size - 650 sq ft - my house is a hog....

For its size - 650 sq ft - my house is a hog. Yearly average is 16.8 Kwh/day. Base load is about 12 Kwh/day and in the months where we use AC the average is about 22 Kwh/day.

The killer for me is...
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