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by contadino
Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Nissen Hut
Replies: 7
Views: 5991

Re: Nissen Hut

Ah man! I was trying to explain what a Nissan hut was to an Argentinean mate only last night. He wants to build a vaulted strawbale house, but the big challenge is weatherproofing it. An article we found recommended using a nissan hut as the roof. In the end we came across this which is what he was ...
by contadino
Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet
Replies: 23
Views: 4151

Re: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet

Ah, OK. When I was researching this I discovered that some brands have a solenoid or something that can't deal with incoming hot water. Daft really. They could just offer a model without a water heater at all. One less thing to go wrong, and either a higher margin for the manufacturer or a lower pri...
by contadino
Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:03 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet
Replies: 23
Views: 4151

Re: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet

We don't use washing powder with detergents (just soap and bicarb) so I don't know if that would make a difference . Contadino, just read about your soap making on your blog. Is this the soap you mix with bicarb in your washing machine? Do you have hard or soft water where you are? We only have rai...
by contadino
Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet
Replies: 23
Views: 4151

Re: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet

re. washer - I personally find my self more at ease with being able to wash clothes/towels/sheets/nappies at a high temperature if needed. But our washing machine guarantee will be voided if we connect it to a hot water inlet (and I think it came with a 10year guarantee) so I am happy to continue p...
by contadino
Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet
Replies: 23
Views: 4151

Re: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet

I don't think we've noticed any difference in the effectiveness of washing powder.

That's why you need a TMV. You can change it so that it feeds in water at 40º or 60º or cold, depending on your wash cycle.
by contadino
Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet
Replies: 23
Views: 4151

Re: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet

As an aside, when I hooked our washing machine up to the hot water feed, the duration of a wash cycle dropped to about half what it was previously. Plus, as it rinses with hot water, it takes less time to dry on the line.
by contadino
Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:02 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet
Replies: 23
Views: 4151

Re: Dishwsher with hot-water inlet

Most brands now accept water up to 60º through the cold inlet. This applies to washing machines and dishwashers. Best to check for specific models, just to be sure. Any higher than 60º, and it may invalidate the warranty, so best feed it via a TMV.
by contadino
Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Petrol Prices
Replies: 21
Views: 2756

Re: Petrol Prices

TBH, it wouldn't matter whether this was a scone-making forum. Moaning about petrol prices is daft. Even with your head in the sand, you can't seriously expect cheap oil to continue forever, and it's not going to matter whether you're a paid-up member of the consumer society or an environmentalist, ...
by contadino
Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:26 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Petrol Prices
Replies: 21
Views: 2756

Re: Petrol Prices

The economy is something I have put up with since being self employed for over twenty five years, and it seems to me the oil companies use any excuse to hike the price, when it runs out do you really think the extra revenue has been spent on finding or funding a replacement :roll: I hope you can co...
by contadino
Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Petrol Prices
Replies: 21
Views: 2756

Re: Petrol Prices

so I can not see an issue with objecting to the mega companies shafting us? It has nothing to do with being shafted by big business. Your economy is in a worse state than most other countries, so everything from abroad is going to be more expensive. Britain has virtually no oil left, and that which...
by contadino
Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Petrol Prices
Replies: 21
Views: 2756

Re: Petrol Prices

Petrol is expensive in the UK because your pound is worth peanuts against the dollar, in which oil is traded. Sort out your currency, and you'll be able to drive around screwing up the climate with impunity. Apologies if I sound a bit terse, but this is the lamest, most pathetic argument to be havin...
by contadino
Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: help grafting apples onto rootstock
Replies: 6
Views: 1234

Re: help grafting apples onto rootstock

Hmmm....from what I remember of the woody growth on a privet hedge, I think you'd be very, very lucky for one to take. It's way too small, hard, and the sappy bit between the bark and the wood is not er.. sappy enough. Quince is easily grown from pip, it controls the growth of the scions, and is dee...
by contadino
Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing Veggies in Dry Areas
Replies: 17
Views: 2463

Re: Growing Veggies in Dry Areas

Ah, that's interesting. Our soil is heavy clay, and through the continuous use of herbicides for the last 20 years, was pretty dead when we bought the place. The veg plot is split into areas: - with muck and no charcoal - with no muck and no charcoal - with no muck and added charcoal - with muck and...
by contadino
Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing Veggies in Dry Areas
Replies: 17
Views: 2463

Re: Growing Veggies in Dry Areas

Well I don't know what more I can tell you. I found out about it from reading up on Biochar - which I was doing out of interest on carbon capture as a way to combat climate change, rather than from a gardening perspective. If I understand it correctly, the white stuff in ash contains things like pot...