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    I wouldn't bother with any sort of disinfectant,...

    I wouldn't bother with any sort of disinfectant, just clean water with the pressure washer, dry, stack and leave it at that.
  2. Thread: a few pics

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    a few pics

    Hi all, just a few pics
    1 dragon fruit flower, they only fully open at night for one night and start to deteriorate the next day
    2 bananas
    3 turmeric flower
    4 ginger and turmeric
    5 looking down...
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    Tyres supposedly have issues with nasties...

    Tyres supposedly have issues with nasties leaching out of the rubber, the idea is good but I'd avoid. Pete
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    Fans/pumps in series and parallel are both a done...

    Fans/pumps in series and parallel are both a done thing, at the textile factory we made the air conditioning units with 3 fans in parallel, this is not an uncommon thing to do if you want to increase...
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    Well yes, I was just taking 10" of WC as a...

    Well yes, I was just taking 10" of WC as a number, Auscab could well have 10" of WC with air flowing, the main point of my reply was to try to expand a little on why and how "back pressure" occours....
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    The vacuum is part of how a cyclone works, ...

    The vacuum is part of how a cyclone works, another way to visualize it is that the fan creates an empty space by pushing air out the exhaust, the air that is outside the system tries to rush in to...
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    Pete

    Pete
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    Just a few thoughts from me..... Given that the...

    Just a few thoughts from me.....
    Given that the motor is 5.5kw, (2 pole=2900 rpm) a good size fan and a 200mm inlet indicates to me that it will have plenty of suck.
    My cyclone empties into ~~ a...
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    The thing that used to make my generic 15" thicky...

    The thing that used to make my generic 15" thicky scream was if I adjusted the plastic chip scraper too close to the blades (which would have been after a knife sharpen), first time I turn it on and...
  10. Thread: Bris to Rocky

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    Bris to Rocky

    Hi all,
    Does anyone go past Yandina (nth of Bris) to Rocky on any sort of semi regular basis, 3 to 6 months sort of timeframe?


    Pete
  11. Thread: The Forum Express

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    Hi all, it's great to see the transport forum...

    Hi all, it's great to see the transport forum going strong and this thread is exactly what I was hoping would happen.
    Cheers all.


    Pete
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    Snake picking up tools???? Pete

    Snake picking up tools????

    Pete
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    Wire netting clips are what you want, look like a...

    Wire netting clips are what you want, look like a capital C, there is a couple of sizes, put one clip into the pliers and squeeze closed.


    Pete
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    I do like a bit of cucumber

    I cut this one yesterday....
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    Should keep me going for a day or three:)



    Pete
  15. Thread: fungas and acid

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    Trimmings were mostly bottle brush that are...

    Trimmings were mostly bottle brush that are planted on a lot of the road verge here in Rocky, broadly speaking tho I dunno that tree species would make a difference, as long as the wood contained...
  16. Thread: fungas and acid

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    fungas and acid

    I was ferreting about in amongst the mulch were I disturbed a patch of fungas, I decided to test the PH of a lump of it, they tell us that fungi produce acids so I was interested to see if that was...
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    Hi Brendan, we had 34 here the other day, that...

    Hi Brendan, we had 34 here the other day, that gets a bit hot on the old noggin, but it does mean I can be getting things going well before spring, last month of winter I had the first corn planted,...
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    A few pics of the garden

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    I've never had any success growing spuds, but this year is a little better, mostly small but still ok, next year I'll plant varieties that are available earlier,...
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    If there was no friction between any moving parts...

    If there was no friction between any moving parts of given perpetual motion machine once it was moving it should keep going, but friction is here to stay so nope, there are various means of reducing...
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    just a few odd pics

    Queen Anne's Lace flower with spirals

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    Be careful when you venture into a strawberry flower
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    I have been introducing various beneficial fungi into the garden, one way to do this...
  21. Thread: Bees

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    Yep, Hover flies, good critter to have. ...

    Yep, Hover flies, good critter to have.



    Pete
  22. Thread: Bandsaw Feeder

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    Hi Darren, I have a Felder F38 feeder setup...

    Hi Darren,
    I have a Felder F38 feeder setup permanently on the planer, I bought it when K Rudd was throwing money about, from memory about 1K.

    If the tables get a bit sticky or I have the...
  23. I always buy brass hose ends/fittings, the...

    I always buy brass hose ends/fittings, the plastic ones don't last, I've got some ends on two of my hoses that are still going strong after 20years, Neta rings a bell but I'll have to check, I did...
  24. Thread: more compost

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    Just another thought....if you have any concern...

    Just another thought....if you have any concern re the leaching don't plant any root crop up close to the CCA treated wood, reserve that for above ground fruiting plants or flowering plants, flowers...
  25. Thread: more compost

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    A quick read of wikipedia suggests that the raw...

    A quick read of wikipedia suggests that the raw linseed is the better option especially if it's cold pressed, any of the other have additives in it which well could be as bad as the CCA. The BLO...
  26. Thread: more compost

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    I recall a while back a story on Gardening Aus.,...

    I recall a while back a story on Gardening Aus., they were talking to a citrus tree grower, the old fella painted the tree trunks with something white and I can't recall the purpose of it.
    Brett,...
  27. Thread: more compost

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    My thoughts would be, What then is leaching out...

    My thoughts would be, What then is leaching out of the plastic paint? I don't know. Maybe nothing. I guess a paint that was suitable for potable water could be an option but whether it stands up to...
  28. Thread: more compost

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    Sheet mulching, certainly a viable method, when I...

    Sheet mulching, certainly a viable method, when I start a new area here I mow the grass down to the ground (scalping) chuck some green manure seeds about on top of the ground then cover with...
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    Some serious work going on there Brett, but if...

    Some serious work going on there Brett, but if you got to keep the beasts out that's what you gotta do, I'm lucky here (so far) that I don't have to fence out critters although not completely critter...
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    Yep, I think any shape/design that is not...

    Yep, I think any shape/design that is not parallel to the fan blade would all reduce noise, whether one shape was better than another does sound like it might be an interesting project, I don't have...
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    noise reduction at gore point

    Jcge is in the process of looking at a fan, fan housing and cyclone build, in his thread I mentioned the fan distance and the gore point and possible noise reduction strategies, I am in the process...
  32. Thread: more compost

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    Hi Matt, Good to hear you have got some results,...

    Hi Matt, Good to hear you have got some results, I have read that brassicas favor a compost that has actinomycetes bacteria, I generally don't bother too much with that lot, too much hassle with...
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    I haven't seen a frost here where I am, mind you...

    I haven't seen a frost here where I am, mind you I don't get up that early:B on rare occasions in specific locales it might happen, I had a quick read up on frost, some plants benefit from a frost,...
  34. Thread: green manure

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    The digging in thing to me seems like too much...

    The digging in thing to me seems like too much work, it might not be as immediate a result but it's not what nature does, leaves fall on the ground, animals pee and poo whenever wherever on the...
  35. Thread: green manure

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    green manure

    My no dig method utilizes growing a green mulch crop which I then push over (just walk all over it) and then cover with mulch or compost then leave for a while to break down, as the compost is not...
  36. Thread: fungas and a larva

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    fungas and a larva

    Doing a bit of digging in the garden and I unearthed something a bit unusual, to me it looks like a fugas of some sort (if that's what it is) has colonized a beetle larva
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    first cucumber for the year

    I planted a few cuc seeds back in early winter, surprisingly they germinated, must still have been warm enough, however during winter growth was slow with only a few new leaves, it's now upto 6'...
  38. Thread: more compost

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    more compost

    You guys will get sick of me posting pics of compost, but here I go again:; I use a lot of it so I make a lot of it.

    The soil here needs lots of it, I have previously bemoaned having clay soil,...
  39. Thread: brown cauliflowers

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    Also a bit of K def. looking at the yellow at the...

    Also a bit of K def. looking at the yellow at the leaf edges. There is a high demand for K during flower/fruit production.



    Pete
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    So it seems that you might be looking at making...

    So it seems that you might be looking at making the door no heavier than the rylock hinge/s will handle or changing the ordered hinge/frame to suit the door you make.




    Pete
  41. Thread: Cyclone options

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    If you are looking at fan blade design the best...

    If you are looking at fan blade design the best shape for a blade is the same as an airplane wing which gives the best performance but the most complicated to make, the next best is the curved blade...
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    I installed some gates that were made out of...

    I installed some gates that were made out of 50x50shs and about 6m wide 3m tall, the btm hinges was a tapered bearing much like a front wheel bearing and the top was just a deep groove ball bearing,...
  43. Thread: Cyclone options

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    The fan curve for the B60 looks to indicate that...

    The fan curve for the B60 looks to indicate that that size fan run as a direct coupled unit (2850rpm) is borderline for the recommended flow, the chart in the first post shows that there is flow...
  44. Thread: Cyclone options

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    A good old cast iron unit, there would be some...

    A good old cast iron unit, there would be some noise damping from the housing when compared with a thin sheet housing.

    The table shows that the blower should be able to deliver some good air flow,...
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    A few pics of mature compost and temp stuff

    Last couple of days I have been getting ready for spring by spreading the compost I made back in May, I wrote a post where I talk about the soil food web and monitoring the temperature and moisture...
  46. Just my experience.....The only time my cyclone...

    Just my experience.....The only time my cyclone spits shavings out the exhaust is when the cone becomes blocked which is a result of the bin filling up, if a leak developes in the bin/door seal there...
  47. Thread: Cyclone options

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    Hi John, your height is more than likely going...

    Hi John, your height is more than likely going to be an issue, my cyclone is 400 dia and the cone length is 3d (1200) so by the time you get a wheelie bin under the cone there isn't much room for...
  48. Thread: Scamander

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    Sticky: Just cruising the forums when I saw Scamander, I...

    Just cruising the forums when I saw Scamander, I spent many holidays as a kid at my grandparents place in Pringle St, I remember walks down to the servo/shop, the walk back up the hill troubled my...
  49. Hot/thermal composting revised and microbial life

    Hi all,
    I have in the past posted on hot composting where I have used just lawn clippings in the pile, the pile gets hot, I water it when I turn it, then in time it cools down, I then apply it as a...
  50. Thread: cheap ebay stuff

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    cheap ebay stuff

    A while back I bought some ebay parts for the ms250, tank fuel hose, fuel filler cap, impulse tube, etc., replaced the parts and saw ran ok, didn't use it for a bit and then went to use it and it's...
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