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by KathyLauren
Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:50 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: energy saving
Replies: 12
Views: 1509

Re: energy saving

I wish it were easier to get LED light bulbs here. They are just about impossible to find. We use mostly CFLs, but I am not impressed with their longevity - better than incandescent, but they still burn out fairly often. And then there is the fact that you have to dispose of them as toxic waste. LED...
by KathyLauren
Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Meteor shower, tonight 12/8/09
Replies: 20
Views: 1514

Re: Meteor shower, tonight 12/8/09

Also had a beautiful harvest moon, so a very red/orange sky Not strictly true I'm afraid, the Harvest Moon is not for another 2 months, then followed by Hunter's Moon. Sorry just going by what the old guy standing in the field taking photos of it said it was, so what does a harvest moon look like s...
by KathyLauren
Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Rainwater collection
Replies: 7
Views: 1811

Re: Rainwater collection

Update... Yesterday, I finished digging the trench and made the final connection to the third tank. I gave it its first test as soon as it was connected. It fills at about 8-10 gallons per minute by gravity from the upper tanks, which is all I need. When full, it will feed by gravity to the garden, ...
by KathyLauren
Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:46 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I sooooo want to be debt free, and we're sooooo nearly there
Replies: 16
Views: 819

Re: I sooooo want to be debt free, and we're sooooo nearly there

Way to go! :cheers: Paying off your debts is a huge, huge step towards self-sufficiency. You are almost there!
by KathyLauren
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:10 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficiency an expensive hobby #2 ,or what do you do
Replies: 12
Views: 1226

Re: self sufficiency an expensive hobby #2 ,or what do you do

We are not nearly as self-sufficient as we want to be. We are starting to grow our own veggies. We did pretty well this season, and plan to expand the garden next year. We are vegan, which reduces our environmental footprint and makes food self-sufficiency more practical. We buy locally when we can....
by KathyLauren
Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Name my blog please!
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Name my blog please!

KeithBC wrote:I said 'dibber' because it'll make most people scratch their heads.
Come to think of it, if you had a title page with just "A girl and her dibber" and a picture of one, you might get way more traffic than you bargained for! :mrgreen:
by KathyLauren
Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Name my blog please!
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Name my blog please!

I said 'dibber' because it'll make most people scratch their heads.
by KathyLauren
Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: anybody know anything about lettings?
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: anybody know anything about lettings?

Turning off the water will stop the leak, but it means you have no water. That's a problem. I can't advice you on landlord-tenant law, especially since I don't live in the same country as you, but in any reasonable jurisdiction, you could call a plumber and send the bill on to the landlord. A plumbi...
by KathyLauren
Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:10 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: solar light tubes
Replies: 6
Views: 1234

Re: solar light tubes

It seems a good application, which can be used to transmit the sun light in to the house. However, I'm not sure if the efficiency is acceptable. As the material of the tube is not like fiber, diffuse reflectance will happen on the internal side of tube. I have seen these in use, and the efficiency ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:02 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Work/ Self sufficientish conflict
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Work/ Self sufficientish conflict

If you rent, you are committed to having an income forever to pay it. If you buy, you are committed to having an income to pay the mortgage, but mortgages eventually get paid off, and then you are home free. For being self-sufficient, owning is definitely better. The only issue is that it's an uphil...
by KathyLauren
Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:42 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: self sufficient an expensive hobby ?
Replies: 36
Views: 2023

Re: self sufficient an expensive hobby ?

And that is the secret of self sufficiency - being part of a community where everyone can chip in with skills to make the whole group have enough of the essentials of life. WOW! I totally love this sentiment! It expresses beautifully what I think of when I think of "self-sufficiency." I don't want ...
by KathyLauren
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Rainwater collection
Replies: 7
Views: 1811

Re: Rainwater collection

Could you tell me more about your solar-powered pump? Which pump do you have, what panels, whether it's battery or direct, throughput, etc.. By the sounds of things, your soaker hoses are higher than the water outlet? My soaker hoses are actually downhill from two of the tanks, but the total head i...
by KathyLauren
Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:45 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from the West Coast of Canada
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: Hello from the West Coast of Canada

Hi, Kally. I am just across the water from you on Denman Island. *waves* I hope you are surviving the heat and dry weather!
by KathyLauren
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Rainwater collection
Replies: 7
Views: 1811

Rainwater collection

We are trying to get our garden set up for growing most of our own food. Problem is, we get almost no rain in the summer, and our well doesn't produce enough water for the garden. On the other hand, we get lots of rain in the winter, so rainwater collection and storage is a no-brainer. I've got 2500...
by KathyLauren
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from British Columbia
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Hello from British Columbia

Hi, folks. I have been searching for a self-sufficiency-type forum without much success until now. This looks like a nice place. :) I live on a small island off the west coast of Canada. My wife and I have 6 acres, with a garden for veggies and a woodlot for firewood. I telecommute to work two days ...