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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Fence to Keep Out Critters

September 25, 2017 oldasrocks 0

No fence is going to keep out Squirrels, birds, mice, rats or snakes or moles and chipmunks which dig under. Much less Asian beetles which do more damage than animals.
I’m studying the cost of a hoop house covered with 1/8″ holed hail screen to keep out the beetles. The ate everything this year.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:23 pm


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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Fence to Keep Out Critters

September 25, 2017 oldasrocks 0

No fence is going to keep out Squirrels, birds, mice, rats or snakes or moles and chipmunks which dig under. Much less Asian beetles which do more damage than animals.
I’m studying the cost of a hoop house covered with 1/8″ holed hail screen to keep out the beetles. The ate everything this year.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:23 pm


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Physical Fitness • Re: Obesity epidemic at new high

September 2, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Is anyone actually surprised?

We pay people to sit on their butts and eat potato chips. Marketing of comfort foods at all time high. Children are not allowed to go outside and play. Parents have actually been arrested for letting kids play in the back yard unsupervised. People live in their phones. Texting will become the new Olympic sport.

AND I’m sitting here instead of being out cleaning up the garden this am. Just thinking of manual labor makes me want to take a nice long nap.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:36 am


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Physical Fitness • Re: Obesity epidemic at new high

September 2, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Is anyone actually surprised?

We pay people to sit on their butts and eat potato chips. Marketing of comfort foods at all time high. Children are not allowed to go outside and play. Parents have actually been arrested for letting kids play in the back yard unsupervised. People live in their phones. Texting will become the new Olympic sport.

AND I’m sitting here instead of being out cleaning up the garden this am. Just thinking of manual labor makes me want to take a nice long nap.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:36 am


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Don’t forget the problems you will have if a water pipe ever ruptures in the floor. If you do end up with a slab pour 4 inch sewer pipe in the concrete to snake the water pipes through. This helps with 2 things. First a built in drain for a ruptured pipe and an easy way to install a new pipe.

My brother taught me this trick. He is a plumber. Saves jackhammering the floor out. Even if you never have a problem it helps sell the house later if you remember to point this safety feature out.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:05 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Don’t forget the problems you will have if a water pipe ever ruptures in the floor. If you do end up with a slab pour 4 inch sewer pipe in the concrete to snake the water pipes through. This helps with 2 things. First a built in drain for a ruptured pipe and an easy way to install a new pipe.

My brother taught me this trick. He is a plumber. Saves jackhammering the floor out. Even if you never have a problem it helps sell the house later if you remember to point this safety feature out.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:05 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Good advice all around Blondie. Resale value storage etc,

A crawl space can be a major problem too. This old house has a “crawl space” and it’s a nightmare. This old place is literally rotting from bottom up. Last year I had to tear out the kitchen floor and rebuild it from bottom up. The floor in the master bedroom has dropped 2 inches on the outer wall. So this winter I’ll have to tear it all out down to the foundation and rebuild with pressure treated lumber.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:36 am


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Good advice all around Blondie. Resale value storage etc,

A crawl space can be a major problem too. This old house has a “crawl space” and it’s a nightmare. This old place is literally rotting from bottom up. Last year I had to tear out the kitchen floor and rebuild it from bottom up. The floor in the master bedroom has dropped 2 inches on the outer wall. So this winter I’ll have to tear it all out down to the foundation and rebuild with pressure treated lumber.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:36 am


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 22, 2017 oldasrocks 0

I would say electrical, plumbing, and general construction. I have built homes from a sketch on a paper. The trick is to hire people with a brain that know code.

Be careful building on a slab. The cold will come through the floor if not insulated properly from the outside. You still need a footer so you won’t save a lot skipping the basement. The footer needs to be below frost line.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:47 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 22, 2017 oldasrocks 0

I would say electrical, plumbing, and general construction. I have built homes from a sketch on a paper. The trick is to hire people with a brain that know code.

Be careful building on a slab. The cold will come through the floor if not insulated properly from the outside. You still need a footer so you won’t save a lot skipping the basement. The footer needs to be below frost line.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:47 pm


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Guns • Re: Transitioning From Rifle To Handgun

July 17, 2017 oldasrocks 0

I wear a shoulder holster and can shoot proficiently with either or both hands.

I do have one good story. We were hunting ducks along the Platte River. A jack rabbit popped up and I almost shot him with the 10 gauge but held the shotgun with my left hand and drew my .22 Hi Standard out of a fast draw holster and tossed a shot at him from the hip. He was about 40 yards out in a short cut alfalfa field. The bullet caught him right between the ears. My buddies quit calling me Annie Oakley. 100% luck that I hit him.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:49 pm


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Guns • Re: Transitioning From Rifle To Handgun

July 17, 2017 oldasrocks 0

I wear a shoulder holster and can shoot proficiently with either or both hands.

I do have one good story. We were hunting ducks along the Platte River. A jack rabbit popped up and I almost shot him with the 10 gauge but held the shotgun with my left hand and drew my .22 Hi Standard out of a fast draw holster and tossed a shot at him from the hip. He was about 40 yards out in a short cut alfalfa field. The bullet caught him right between the ears. My buddies quit calling me Annie Oakley. 100% luck that I hit him.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:49 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Camp Perimeter Defenses

June 27, 2017 oldasrocks 0

If you have the time do what we did. Planted thorny blackberries along the outside fence. We wove them is as they grew and now we have an 8 ft fence about 4 ft wide with nasty thorns. I figure anyone cutting their way through is NOT accidentally wondering in.

Any soft areas will get booby traps.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:40 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: OK: lets Talk About the Nasty Stuff-Hygiene

June 20, 2017 oldasrocks 0

Not a problem here. We have a good well and a large pond full of water. A large cache of wet-ones is helpful also. Filtering system for the pond water and camp type hang up to heat shower unit. Hand sanitizer works well to kill the bacteria in the armpits, stings a little down below but works there also. Clothes can be hand washed in pond water and hung to dry. The only danger is a hawk may decide you smell fishy enough to eat.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:09 am