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by jondy
Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: conversion to electric car
Replies: 9
Views: 2098

Re: conversion to electric car

I have gone a little way down this road of looking into a conversion. Some years ago I joined a group called the 'battery vehicle society' a very good start, not too much money for it's annual subscription. I read a book on how to convert a pick up truck, a USA book. Another American book about a ma...
by jondy
Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Do you sweep your chimney/flu/liner yourself?
Replies: 11
Views: 12536

Re: Do you sweep your chimney/flu/liner yourself?

I dismissed drain rods in my mind as I thought there would be a risk of damage to the flu, from the brass ferrules that join the rods together. The flu has a couple of angles and the access point on the 5" iron part is smaller than I would have liked. Dropping a weighted brush down from the top...
by jondy
Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Do you sweep your chimney/flu/liner yourself?
Replies: 11
Views: 12536

Do you sweep your chimney/flu/liner yourself?

I have a stainless twin wall chimney/flue. Inside the house, no conventional chimney. The cleaning access is a removable plate on the iron part of the flue next to the wood burner. I have not used it yet except for a test firing up. I would like to be able to clean my own chimney as I think it might...
by jondy
Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: own made fuel
Replies: 3
Views: 1003

Re: own made fuel

I got a wood burner recently and have also looked around at own made fuels. (I noticed that earlier posts here mention paper, cardboard and hedge cuttings for example ) I keep all cardboard tubes from loo rolls and paper towels etc. I stuff them with paper mache and wood chips from chainsaw useage e...
by jondy
Thu May 29, 2008 10:00 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar Tubes - options
Replies: 41
Views: 7574

You asked for advice on solar tubes. My post is directly related.
Delaminated tiles, do you mean slates?

If you have noticed a 4' by 5' hole in your roof it would be best to attend to that, I agree. You could fit a velux window in there.

John
by jondy
Wed May 28, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar Tubes - options
Replies: 41
Views: 7574

moderators note:

this post has been edited out as it related to questions to the moderators of this forum and not this thread. These questions will be dealt with in due course, privately, but this thread can continue.

lets keep it on topic, and 'be excellent' to one another :flower:
by jondy
Tue May 27, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Wasted food
Replies: 48
Views: 5337

Radio programme today, LBC? One of their reporters is doing a bit on 'Freegans' . The reporter is living for a week with a man who has been a freegan for 20 years. Lots of discussion coming in on food in supermarket skips. They say that good food with OK sell by dates can be found, often items packe...
by jondy
Tue May 27, 2008 9:26 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: The big leap
Replies: 19
Views: 3620

Good luck with your adventure.
What part of the world are you heading off to?


John
by jondy
Tue May 27, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Dual Flush Toilets are disastrous
Replies: 6
Views: 832

Dual Flush Toilets are disastrous

According to a very well informed website http://timesonline.typepad.com/environment/ Dual flush loos are disastrous. (see Apr. 2008) Stories there of people using loads of water due to these systems draining away water, bad design etc. I have two of these, the sort of loos with 2 buttons on the top...
by jondy
Sat May 24, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Wooden house for sale.........
Replies: 26
Views: 5937

Sorry I did get the address wrong. Solar water heating.. Generally advocating 20 year gtee. on panels and 10 year installation gtee. 'Genersys' proven over 39 years! warnings about trusting people with wiring in your home, new electrical regs. require some earth bonding even if you just installed a ...
by jondy
Sat May 24, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Big Brother
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Big Brother

I heard on a radio programme that Police are impounding cars that do not appear on their database. Even if your car IS insured, if you don't have the insurance docs with you, they impound it! They won't allow a producer (produce it at the Police station in a few days) They say that as many as 1 in 5...
by jondy
Sat May 24, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Wooden house for sale.........
Replies: 26
Views: 5937

For a practical solution to a cheap well proven wood frame home build see the 'Walter Segal' Method of build. Post and Beam. Ideal for sloping bits of land that developers have little interest in, for example. A council in London (Lewisham?) approved a group of these houses many years ago. What happ...
by jondy
Fri May 23, 2008 4:54 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Energy Prices
Replies: 64
Views: 21033

Hi big Al, what is following pools? A football team? Sorry to hear about your struggles in walking longer distances. Keep up the walking with shorter distances. It may be better to ditch the car, your cab fares appear to be very cheap. The cost of tax insurance maintenance petrol and the rest will p...
by jondy
Fri May 23, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for tin cans
Replies: 21
Views: 7102

Amazing, but true. A Company that makes solar space heaters from recycled aluminium cans. http://www.cansolair.com/ Lots more stuff related to cans and solar heating try http://www.reuk.co.uk for example. Also easy DIY solar water heating ideas for (almost) free hot water when the sun shines. John
by jondy
Fri May 23, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: Getting a bike
Replies: 42
Views: 8480

My wife insisted on a gel saddle. To be comfortable she also needed to sit in a more upright position. If you can't lower the seat, as Big al say's the frame may be to large. To sit more upright with what you have try flipping the stem (the part that holds the handlebars as this can also raise and l...

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