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by Muddypause
Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:27 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Plumbing wood burner to hot water tank
Replies: 4
Views: 4816

What you have is a hot water tank with its own built in cold water header tank. They are not very common, and are usually used in situations where there is no cold tank and space is limited. The mains cold water fills the top part of the tank and is controlled by the ball valve; it has a pipe leadin...
by Muddypause
Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: new magazine for "semi-vegans"!
Replies: 7
Views: 2598

That sounds very interesting, Bukormen, but speaking from the comfort of my armchair, I'm having a bit of trouble with the term 'semi-veganism'. Does it really describe what you are aiming at? I reckon some of the topics you suggest would be interesting to many people, regardless of their diet or et...
by Muddypause
Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:46 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Waste pipe under pond
Replies: 11
Views: 3127

First of all, I imagine you are aware that clay drainage pipe is pretty fragile, particularly if it is getting on a bit. The ground around it is all that is supporting it and protecting it, so when you disturb it, do so with care. Ideally, the whole pipe run would be set into a bed of concrete, with...
by Muddypause
Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Waste pipe under pond
Replies: 11
Views: 3127

What is the nature of the pipe - is it plastic or ceramic? What does it come from and go to? Can you trace it to manhole covers, and work out what it is for? Could it be, for example, rainwater going to a soak-away, or is it foul waste leading to a septic tank or main sewer? Is it actually in use, o...
by Muddypause
Sun Sep 23, 2007 1:09 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Using a wall as a thermal store
Replies: 4
Views: 2330

A little while ago I read a statistic which suggested that for an average house in the UK, the windows would provide for no more that 7% (IIRC) of the thermal capacity of the walls inside the house. There were no references to that figure, so I don't know how accurate it was, or what research it was...
by Muddypause
Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Nessie in Sussex
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Probably a grass snake, which are excellent swimmers, and will feed on frogs and the like. But adders can swim pretty well, too, if they have to - I've seen an adder swimming in a Sussex stream.
by Muddypause
Sat Sep 22, 2007 5:18 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Women build beautiful homes
Replies: 3
Views: 2002

You don't have to be a woman to build a beautiful strawbale house, but as it happens, I just got this in my mailbox: "The theme of The Last Straw journal's March 2008 issue is The Women of Strawbale and Natural Building. In addition to updating the articles about women involved in strawbale and...
by Muddypause
Fri Sep 21, 2007 1:02 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Cheaper greener options.
Replies: 10
Views: 11474

contadino wrote:Yeah, what's a pot-in-pot fridge..?


http://www.selfsufficientish.com/fridge.htm#pot
by Muddypause
Wed Sep 19, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Skins
Replies: 16
Views: 3695

I do mash[1] with the skins on - makes it rather more interesting, I think. I can't remember the last time I peeled a spud. [1] According to some 'celebrity chef' I had the misfortune to hear the other day, we have to talk about 'crushed' potatoes, now, not mashed. Similarly, pepper corns are 'crack...
by Muddypause
Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Cheaper greener options.
Replies: 10
Views: 11474

In temperate regions like the UK, the biggest proportion of domestic energy goes into space and water heating. So the most efficient use of your money (as well as being the most environmentally conscious choice) is to insulate and draught-proof everything as much as you can, and remedy any damp prob...
by Muddypause
Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:18 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: battery wizzard
Replies: 4
Views: 2470

From BatteryUniversity.com : " The idea of recharging alkaline batteries is not new. Although not endorsed by manufacturers, ordinary alkaline batteries have been recharged in households for many years. Recharging these batteries is only effective, however, if the cells have been discharged to ...
by Muddypause
Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: just want to say
Replies: 41
Views: 5979

"Why can't you be normal? Why can't you just go to the supermarket like everyone else in the family? *sigh*" If it weren't hilarious, I'd be quite insulted. We ARE "normal" As Utah Phillips has it: "Why can't you be normal?" "He is normal - what you meant to say i...
by Muddypause
Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Flying Cars
Replies: 17
Views: 4692

mrsflibble wrote:on the ehtanol as a fuel thing, on paper it chucks just as much co2 out as petrol...

Does that figure take into account the carbon that is absorbed by the biomass while it is growing? If so, where does the extra carbon come from?
by Muddypause
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:21 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: two more composting questions
Replies: 19
Views: 4135

Richard Mabey (Food For Free) say this: "Chop the scrubbed roots into thin rings. Saute these in vegetable oil, using about one tablespoon of oil to one cup of chopped roots. Then add a small amount of water, a little salt, and cover the pan. Stew until the roots are soft and most of the moistu...
by Muddypause
Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:24 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: doing our bit
Replies: 1
Views: 1661

Re: doing our bit

we have considered LPG and a complete engine change to a diesel. Do you mean change the engine in the car you have? If so, this is a major task - you will have to upgrade the suspension (diesel engines are heavier), and may need to change the brakes, gearbox, electrics, and other stuff too. Really,...

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