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Forum: Conservation 02-01-15, 07:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,336
Posted By skyl4rk
Here is a video of the trailer in 20F with a lot...

Here is a video of the trailer in 20F with a lot of wind. I am venting pretty much as redneck described, about 1 square inch opening in the floor, with the roof level vent cracked open. With an...
Forum: Conservation 01-28-15, 06:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,336
Posted By skyl4rk
Here is an idea to temper the incoming air: ...

Here is an idea to temper the incoming air:

Cut a hole in the side wall, just below the cot bed level where the sleeper's feet are. Put a piece of 1" copper tube through the wall as a cold fresh...
Forum: Conservation 01-27-15, 06:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,336
Posted By skyl4rk
I have some ideas for a heater, but I would like...

I have some ideas for a heater, but I would like to explore using body heat before getting into a a heated design.

I like the aluminum channel on the wall idea, that is better than a vertical pipe...
Forum: Conservation 01-26-15, 07:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,336
Posted By skyl4rk
Small camping trailer venting in cold weather

I have a small cargo trailer converted to a camper. It is a 4'x8' trailer and it has 1" foam insulation.

Cargo Trailer Camper - Imgur (http://imgur.com/a/ch7ex)

I slept in it this weekend with...
Forum: Solar Power 08-10-11, 06:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,537
Posted By skyl4rk
The first thing to understand is that the amount...

The first thing to understand is that the amount of electric power you get from a solar panel is not enough to provide electric heat. Its not efficient to go from solar electric to electric heat. ...
Forum: Solar Power 07-29-11, 03:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,222
Posted By skyl4rk
Solar electric power components and solar panels...

Solar electric power components and solar panels (http://www.windsun.com/)
Forum: Lawn and Garden 06-04-11, 07:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,498
Posted By skyl4rk
I find the biggest challenge to be finding a...

I find the biggest challenge to be finding a pattern to mow that didn't tangle the cord. I have a lot of trees and bushes in my yard which makes it a puzzle as to how to cut and not have to untangle...
Forum: Solar Power 05-13-11, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,219
Posted By skyl4rk
Use a lower voltage voltage regulator, for...

Use a lower voltage voltage regulator, for example 10V. You will have to recalibrate the potentiometer to get it to start at the right temperature.
Forum: Biofuels 04-29-11, 09:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 17,184
Posted By skyl4rk
I talked with the city manager, he said I could...

I talked with the city manager, he said I could have as many leaves as I wanted for free. They use a vacuum truck with a container 24 feet by 8 feet, and 6 feet high. The leaves are run through a...
Forum: Biofuels 04-28-11, 06:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 17,184
Posted By skyl4rk
Do you think that this bioreactor is a feasible...

Do you think that this bioreactor is a feasible design?
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-27-11, 06:35 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 13,375
Posted By skyl4rk
How do you dense pack, tamp it down with a 2x4? ...

How do you dense pack, tamp it down with a 2x4? What if you don't have access from above, how do you get the top part packed down?
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-26-11, 09:33 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 13,375
Posted By skyl4rk
Stick built with cellulose insulation is going to...

Stick built with cellulose insulation is going to be the best value. Add a nonloadbearing inner wall framed in 2x3's. Take time to caulk all the cracks, it makes a big difference.

Cellulose...
Forum: Biofuels 04-26-11, 12:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 17,184
Posted By skyl4rk
Something interesting... When using large...

Something interesting...

When using large amounts of leaves to compost, you need to add a material with nitrogen to get the optimum food source for the bacteria. One way to do this would be to...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-24-11, 12:16 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 13,375
Posted By skyl4rk
I doubt that this meets your needs but it is...

I doubt that this meets your needs but it is certainly an interesting type of prefab home.

Cabins | Monolithic (http://www.monolithic.com/topics/cabins)
Forum: Biofuels 04-24-11, 11:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 17,184
Posted By skyl4rk
I spent a few hours reading the site:...

I spent a few hours reading the site: High-Performance HeatGreen Home Heating System Version 3a (http://mb-soft.com/public3/globalzl.html) and am quite impressed by the thought behind this system. ...
Forum: Biofuels 04-23-11, 08:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 17,184
Posted By skyl4rk
In the city where I live, in the Fall, everyone...

In the city where I live, in the Fall, everyone rakes the leaves from the yard, and the city takes away huge volumes of leaves. This is a free resource. Until now I just thought of the piles of...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 04-22-11, 05:51 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 35,240
Posted By skyl4rk
Looks good, this system should be usable on any...

Looks good, this system should be usable on any solar heated box of air.
Forum: Biofuels 04-21-11, 06:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 17,184
Posted By skyl4rk
YouTube - 500 showers heated from one small...

YouTube - 500 showers heated from one small compost pile how to tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jm-c9B2_ew)
Forum: Lighting 01-24-11, 05:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 15,872
Posted By skyl4rk
I got the LEDs for about $65 for 1000 pcs. There...

I got the LEDs for about $65 for 1000 pcs. There are 20 LEDs in each of the arrays, so one array costs about $1.30 for LEDs, plus some scrap plexiglass, some solder and a couple of pieces of wire.
...
Forum: Lighting 01-24-11, 05:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 15,872
Posted By skyl4rk
For the small space in my decked sailing canoe,...

For the small space in my decked sailing canoe, it is enough light, but the floor is only about 3 feet from the lights. In a larger room in a house, it would be a little more than a kerosene lamp,...
Forum: Lighting 01-24-11, 12:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 15,872
Posted By skyl4rk
http://cruisenews.net/whaleback/22I2011/1.jpg ...

http://cruisenews.net/whaleback/22I2011/1.jpg

http://cruisenews.net/whaleback/22I2011/2.jpg

http://cruisenews.net/whaleback/22I2011/3.jpg

http://cruisenews.net/whaleback/22I2011/4.jpg
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Forum: Conservation 01-04-11, 10:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,192
Posted By skyl4rk
An old northern Michigan custom is to bring the...

An old northern Michigan custom is to bring the toilet seat into the house with you, and set it next to the woodstove, so it is warm when you take it back out to the outhouse.
Forum: Conservation 12-30-10, 08:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,082
Posted By skyl4rk
Potential plumbing code violation, I suggest...

Potential plumbing code violation, I suggest talking to a plumbing inspector on what is permitted.
Forum: Other Improvements 12-29-10, 10:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,620
Posted By skyl4rk
I have run a 12V solar powered system in my boat...

I have run a 12V solar powered system in my boat since about 2004. My 28' sailboat is set up to be able to live at anchor with no power connection. There is a 30W solar panel, a charge controller...
Forum: Biofuels 12-29-10, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,789
Posted By skyl4rk
That would probably be way too slow if you are...

That would probably be way too slow if you are looking at a pile of wood to split. If you are splitting by hand, a maul and wedges work surprisingly well. Most of the effort is bending over and...
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