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Forum: Conservation 07-24-12, 09:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 14,862
Posted By RobertSmalls
Milk spoils a few days faster at 36F than at...

Milk spoils a few days faster at 36F than at 32F, according to my observations. Therefore, I always keep the milk at the back of the fridge, and never on the door. Meat, stew, and dinner items...
Forum: Conservation 07-15-12, 04:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,425
Posted By RobertSmalls
I do love my shade tree, my curtains, and gentle...

I do love my shade tree, my curtains, and gentle breezes. Thanks for the link.
Forum: Conservation 07-04-12, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,339
Posted By RobertSmalls
Saving energy at work

You may not be the owner of the company or the director of maintainence, but there are still opportunities for you to save lots of energy at work.

Here are a few obvious things that you may be...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-25-12, 08:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,219
Posted By RobertSmalls
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/287...

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/287800_3833895482506_589423573_o.jpg

June update: I had really gotten used to home-grown lettuce, but it looks like it's almost played out. Other...
Forum: Solar Heating 06-23-12, 01:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,645
Posted By RobertSmalls
Article on passive solar basics in Mother Earth News

This article does a good job of explaining the basics of using sunlight and ventilation to keep a house cool in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Passive Solar Design Basics - Green Homes -...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-21-12, 07:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 12,051
Posted By RobertSmalls
We've had a couple of awfully hot nights/mornings...

We've had a couple of awfully hot nights/mornings in a row here, too. Fortunately, that doesn't happen often.

I only need the A/C during the hottest 2-4 weeks of the year, and then usually only...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-06-12, 06:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,396
Posted By RobertSmalls
I'm no expert, but I'm thinking about building a...

I'm no expert, but I'm thinking about building a bathouse myself. One thing I read is that siting is important. Bats want a warm house (in northern latitudes anyway), so one that's facing south and...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-05-12, 08:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,219
Posted By RobertSmalls
Let's see if this photo works: ...

Let's see if this photo works:
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/458944_3751434061022_272986774_o.jpg
I counted 28 different crops in place. There's nothing more to plant until...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-05-12, 04:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,440
Posted By RobertSmalls
Any good freezer should be able to "coast" for 12...

Any good freezer should be able to "coast" for 12 hours without too much swing in temperature.
Forum: The Billiards Room 06-05-12, 03:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,492
Posted By RobertSmalls
;). The good news is there's nothing illegal...

;). The good news is there's nothing illegal about making beer or wine, at least in the US. You are allowed to make up to 100 gallons per year (and your wife can make 100 gal, and your buddy who...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-05-12, 03:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,440
Posted By RobertSmalls
Regarding the bonus question, add up the total...

Regarding the bonus question, add up the total cost of ownership, and try to account for the intangibles. Perhaps you want to account for the environmental impact of having a new fridge...
Forum: The Billiards Room 06-02-12, 10:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,492
Posted By RobertSmalls
Homebrewing

If you like to know where your food comes from and have a hand in the process, then you may be interested in brewing your own beer or wine. I've been brewing beer since the beginning of this year,...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-02-12, 05:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,355
Posted By RobertSmalls
Yeah, 99% of the DoD's budget falls under...

Yeah, 99% of the DoD's budget falls under "discretionary", not "mandatory". So?

You can't just go around looking at ~20% of the federal budget and calling it >50%, or it will be simply impossible...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 06-02-12, 03:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,355
Posted By RobertSmalls
All I'll say is that the military budget is $0.7...

All I'll say is that the military budget is $0.7 trillion out of the total federal budget of $3.8 trillion. Defense spending is 5% of our GDP. Heath care, pensions, and welfare are $2.3 trillion.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 05-25-12, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,056
Posted By RobertSmalls
That's really neat. Somebody needs to preload...

That's really neat. Somebody needs to preload that with Ubuntu, package it in a sleek case, bundle a keyboard and mouse, and sell it as a $100 mombox. Hook it up to an existing TV or monitor.

A...
Forum: Conservation 05-21-12, 08:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,396
Posted By RobertSmalls
Although some spray foams use CFCs as...

Although some spray foams use CFCs as propellants/foaming agents, there are plenty of other options, including CO2 itself. There is lots of homework to be done before choosing a spray foam.
...
Forum: Conservation 05-13-12, 08:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,468
Posted By RobertSmalls
Around here, curbside pickup of recyclables...

Around here, curbside pickup of recyclables (metal, glass, most plastics, paper and paperboard) is the norm. I could take these materials to the junkyard myself and get a few dollars for them, but...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 05-10-12, 10:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,219
Posted By RobertSmalls
The radishes were a big success. It's harvest...

The radishes were a big success. It's harvest time already, which means the land they were on is ready for higher-value crops like tomatoes and potatoes.

I've been reading Louise Riotte's...
Forum: The Billiards Room 05-10-12, 10:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,127
Posted By RobertSmalls
My downstairs neighbors and I were joking that it...

My downstairs neighbors and I were joking that it would be fun to get an ox or two. They could keep our front yard mowed, and tear out all the weeds. They'd be a good source of compost. But most...
Forum: Wind Power 04-22-12, 08:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,072
Posted By RobertSmalls
From a theoretical perspective, the most...

From a theoretical perspective, the most efficient way to heat a house with wind is to have a windmill gather torque which drives the shaft of a heat pump.

From a practical perspective, Ryland is...
Forum: Conservation 04-21-12, 08:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 17,621
Posted By RobertSmalls
Air filtration can reduce (but certainly won't...

Air filtration can reduce (but certainly won't eliminate) the need for air exchange. My Honeywell air purifier seems to help a great deal with my allergies. If I were to keep replacing its charcoal...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-20-12, 09:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,138
Posted By RobertSmalls
I've sketched out a few hypothetical houses...

I've sketched out a few hypothetical houses myself. Maybe I'll make one of them into reality in a few years.

I was explaining the "tiny house" concept to a co-worker, and he told me about all...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 04-07-12, 07:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,737
Posted By RobertSmalls
The forum over at Silent PC Review is a great...

The forum over at Silent PC Review is a great source for information on quiet and low power consumption PCs. I'm not the only SPCR'er who thinks that PSUs have gotten too darned big lately. I'm...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 04-05-12, 06:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,729
Posted By RobertSmalls
Yes, but imagine the carbon footprint of hauling...

Yes, but imagine the carbon footprint of hauling 35 acres of shrubbery around town, hundreds of miles a day. It's cute, but really no good for the environment.
Forum: The Billiards Room 03-27-12, 07:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,107
Posted By RobertSmalls
Hmm. They need lots of light, which means lots...

Hmm. They need lots of light, which means lots of electricity. Could you build the bunker adjacent a geothermal power source? You could build a wind, solar, or hydro power source above the bunker,...
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