12-volt lighting

Last month in Studio wired I showed you my breakthrough getting my studio 12-volt emergency lighting operating. I accomplished a couple of refinements recently. Besides the obvious advantages of having lights regardless of power grid failures, my 12-volt LEDs provide lighting options in addition to, instead of, or in combination with the various 110-volt lights I have installed. Prior to connecting up my antique meters, I was running on a gut-feeling that I had to be real conservative in my… Read more12-volt lighting

Stand aside, groundhog.

I just realized a much more reliable predictor that spring is here; winter is gone. Both the woodbox by the fireplace, the kindling supply, and firewood storage outside the utility door are stuffed with fireplace-ready logs. The woodpile is in healthy shape as well. Being this prepared for cold surely must preclude its arrival. Well, that, and it is really nice outside. Blue sky, lovely sunshine, upper 40-degree temperatures, mud replacing much of the snow covering, insects on the move,… Read moreStand aside, groundhog.

my first Instructable

I have seen a few that captured my interest, but what really caught my eye was their contest for first-time Instructable authors. They didn’t mind at all that I had published most of it here in one way or another and at my own instructable website The Fixer .biz. So I re-crafted my coffee making posts into one targeted to their audience. I do think that exercise improved the product. https://www.instructables.com/id/Roast-Your-Own-Super-fresh-Gourmet-COFFEE/

minus 18

It is probably my fault. Yesterday some great friends helped me blow insulation into our attic. I still have not personally visited the attic, but it doesn’t take a certified HVAC engineer to ascertain the need. I observe the snow melting off our roof, the prodigious icicles hanging from the eves and the 90%-efficient gas central heater’s inability to heat this house without the woodstove’s help and know our ceiling insulation is way below adequate. While a licensed HVAC contractor… Read moreminus 18

greenhouse design

I enjoy old-school mechanical drawing, drafting and design … with paper, pencil, T-square, triangles and such. Having a simple drawing board, perhaps even a genuine drafting desk has been on my short list every time I end up with a home that has space for it. My new studio may well be the place this happens, but not until we are fully moved in and settled. Meanwhile, I have a lot of projects that really require some planning and drawing… Read moregreenhouse design

repair, re-use trumps recycle, re-purchase

These scissors have been a part of my ‘riverside tool box’ for a lot of years. They have a nice edge, cut well, seem heavy enough for shop use, and have required no maintenance. Until a couple days ago when the pivot pin broke, turning the pair of scissors into two useless pieces of plastic and steel. Fortunately I have tools, assorted hardware and ingenuity. Rather than a trip to the new scissor store, I drilled the pivot point out… Read morerepair, re-use trumps recycle, re-purchase

cleared the workbench… again

In the never-ending battle for clear horizontal spaces, I lose more often than I win. I still have not fully unpacked from our five-day adventure north to a basic long-range rifleman course. But time did not stand still for me. The PatchWorks business sold. I had to get new designs created and patches produced right away, or forever hold my peace. Then the local practical pistol match got all that gear out, and added to my collection needing post-match servicing…. Read morecleared the workbench… again

stove-top coffee roasting

Last July I put up a detailed post describing my home coffee roasting process. I am still roasting the same way and won’t repeat that post here. Go there if you want to know step-by-step how to purchase green coffee beans and turn them into wonderful, fresh coffee to suit your own tastes. coffee roasting at home What I am adding with this post is a link to my Vimeo channel where I published a short video clip of the… Read morestove-top coffee roasting

Ted’s awesome meat loaf recipe

I combined a few recipes, added a dash of improv and made a lovely meat loaf today. I wrote it out tonight so I could come close to repeating it another day. Of course the measurements are approximations and wild guesses, but I’m betting they are close to what I used. Ted’s Awesome Meat Loaf 3 tablespoons coconut oil 1 cup chopped onion ½ cup chopped green onions 2 chopped carrots 2 chopped stalks celery 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2… Read moreTed’s awesome meat loaf recipe

certified olive oil

I am proud that I do not unquestioningly accept pronouncements from OFFICIALS. But the University of California, Davis olive oil story broadcast all over the lamestream and Internet media sucked me in. I hate to admit I was faked out by the fake story on fake olive oil, 🙁 but am happy to publish the other side. 🙂 Once you read the information on the graphics below, you will distrust Davis too. The good news is that you can trust… Read morecertified olive oil

heating with wood

In N. Calif. I heated exclusively with wood for 19 years in a 1900-sq-ft home I had built with no alternative to wood heat (and passive solar). I was always able to find places to cut. I burned 1-2–year-old oak primarily, but also other local wood with excellent heat value. Fir was bottom-end stuff there, and pine not worth the bother. Those did not put out enough heat, burned up too fast and left a lot of ash. I didn’t… Read moreheating with wood

freeze drying economics

Freeze drying is superior food preservation technology that recently became available for home use. Units about the size of a woodstove enable home food preservers to put by meat, vegetables, fruit and completed meals for extremely long storage shelf lives without losing significant nutrient value. Friends of ours bought a freeze dryer and, with numerous batches under their belts, showed off the machine and their results. I am quite impressed with the claims of quality and potential longevity of the… Read morefreeze drying economics