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by JayBee
Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:26 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: Free print to PDF software
Replies: 9
Views: 6296

Re: Free print to PDF software

I used to use PrimoPDF too.

However, now that I use the Ubuntu version of the Linux operating system, I am always given the option of printing to a PDF file as part of the default print set up.
by JayBee
Thu May 20, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Free stuff
Replies: 0
Views: 1241

Free stuff

I have set up a page on my blog listing all the things you can get for nothing. We don't want our hard-earned cash going into the pockets of bankers and middlemen, do we? If you can think of other things to add then please leave comments here or on the blog. Thank you! http://www.ecopunk.org.uk/p/fr...
by JayBee
Thu May 20, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: best place to get compost
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Re: best place to get compost

Try looking in your back garden, after you've made a compost heap. Small garden? Well, first make sure all your weeds and grass clippings go in and then your kitchen waste (minus the meat). In the autumn go for walks in parks and fill up bin liners with leaves. Brown cardboard. Bit of manure. I bet ...
by JayBee
Sun May 16, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Homemade Solar Hot water panel and heat exchanger!
Replies: 13
Views: 5250

Re: Homemade Solar Hot water panel and heat exchanger!

Its not that but im not going to fill the solar system with usable water as you run the risk of freezing in the winter months. By keeping it seperate and adding Propylene Glycol, you avoid the unnessessary risk of freezing. Ah, I understand. Two alternatives. a) In that case, if you are not going t...
by JayBee
Sun May 16, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Homemade Solar Hot water panel and heat exchanger!
Replies: 13
Views: 5250

Re: Homemade Solar Hot water panel and heat exchanger!

Thanks for the reply, as I said in my first post, my cylinder only has one coil so it isnt possible to get the solar hot to the bottom of the cylinder. Hence the heat exchanger which seems common practice. I've used "cylinder connectors" to add pipes to copper tanks. Have a look at http://bit.ly/aF...
by JayBee
Sun May 09, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Homemade Solar Hot water panel and heat exchanger!
Replies: 13
Views: 5250

Re: Homemade Solar Hot water panel and heat exchanger!

Depending on your set up, you might not need a heat exchanger. You can use the thermosiphon effect, whereby any fluid (be it gas or liquid) will rise above another cooler fluid. If your collecting tank is above the panel then the hot water in the panel will rise above any cold water and into the tan...
by JayBee
Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Spuds in buckets?
Replies: 24
Views: 3030

Re: Spuds in buckets?

I'd want two or three eyes on each piece of potato. If you have a potato with loads then chop it up. A plant will grow off a sliver of potato. I used to compost potato peelings and in the spring my compost heap would have potato plants growing in it. I'd have to dig them up and transplant them to th...
by JayBee
Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Questions regarding wood gas production
Replies: 12
Views: 3039

Re: Questions regarding wood gas production

Wood gas is not storable so you use it straight away. Why can"t it be stored, Jaybee? It's not the cleanest of gases, no matter how much you try and clean it. It will come out of the hearth at a few hundred degrees, along with tar and soot. It is not just the one gas, there are many alkanes & alken...
by JayBee
Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Questions regarding wood gas production
Replies: 12
Views: 3039

Re: Questions regarding wood gas production

Wood gas is not storable so you use it straight away. Part of the art of wood gas generation is sizing your producer to the engine. The suction from the pistons will draw the gas from the hearth of the producer. To get things started you will use a blower. When gas is being produced you will then st...
by JayBee
Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:47 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Spuds in buckets?
Replies: 24
Views: 3030

Re: Spuds in buckets?

Should I leave them, or carry on covering them? I'd leave them to grow to about 10 inches then earth-up half way and so on, every time they get to 10 inches or so. If you bury them then the plants will concentrate their energies in pushing up through the soil and not as much as they should on produ...
by JayBee
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Spuds in buckets?
Replies: 24
Views: 3030

Re: Spuds in buckets?

I've been spanked by a Galway woman.

This Kilkenny Cat will shy away otherwise we won't keep winning the All-Ireland. :cheers:
by JayBee
Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Spuds in buckets?
Replies: 24
Views: 3030

Re: Spuds in buckets?

<shiver>
Buying bags to grow in?

Not very self-sufficientish.

When you buy plastic it encourages people to make more of the stuff.
</shiver>
by JayBee
Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Spuds in buckets?
Replies: 24
Views: 3030

Re: Spuds in buckets?

You can also grow in cardboard boxes. I have grown all kinds of things in cardboard boxes. Even with the rain, they last for a season.
by JayBee
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Spuds in buckets?
Replies: 24
Views: 3030

Re: Spuds in buckets?

I've used blue barrels found on beaches (usually they've broken away from muscle farms) cut in two, giant plastic flower pots that people have given away on Freecycle and I've grown potatoes in tyres though some don't like the idea because of possible contamination. You can always put a plastic bag ...
by JayBee
Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turbo cider video
Replies: 5
Views: 1443

Re: Turbo cider video

I have never tried tea myself. The reasoning is that it is a source of tanning. For a turbo cider, I wouldn't bother. If you are harvesting apples and pressing them then you could add a few crab apples. But, homebrewing is nothing if it is not an experiment so if you have spare juice then you can se...