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by stevetc
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Wee wee on the compost heap
Replies: 32
Views: 3756

Re: Wee wee on the compost heap

I have wondered about this. We try to keep wee out of our compost toilet. . . but I'm sure that poo contains just as many trace-chemicals from what people consume . . . and our compost toilet is free for anyone who visits to use. I'm sure that some of them take drugs / are on the pill / taking antib...
by stevetc
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: run a laptop from a petrol generator?
Replies: 8
Views: 3003

Re: run a laptop from a petrol generator?

Thanks GreenAura . . . I don't know why the guy in maplins didn't know what I was talking about – that looks like the sorta thing they should have. . . KeithBC – you have really reassured me! I've found quite a bit of advice on google, but all contradictory, and it didn't seem to be from people who ...
by stevetc
Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: run a laptop from a petrol generator?
Replies: 8
Views: 3003

Re: run a laptop from a petrol generator?

Thanks for that! It's quite reassuring, but there're a few different opinions there, which is the problem i've found - some people say NEVER do it, others that it's okay. It does help by suggesting that i need a surge-protector . . . Will try and find one. I've spoken to people in maplins and they d...
by stevetc
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: run a laptop from a petrol generator?
Replies: 8
Views: 3003

run a laptop from a petrol generator?

This time of year, the solar panel doesn't quite provide enough for the laptop on top of everything else, so i have occasionally been running it off a 4-stroke 1k petrol gennie. Thing is, i've been told i should never do this if i value the laptop (i do!) but no-one's seemed to know of anything i ca...
by stevetc
Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Wee wee on the compost heap
Replies: 32
Views: 3756

Re: Wee wee on the compost heap

Wow . . . That 38 degrees was your compost-heap internal temperature? (soz, i don't know how to quote yet!). Sounds as though you measured it? That's just the sorta thing i'd do! I guess but that heat is coming from - what? Lots of really frisky bacteriological activity? Is it producing methane? Is ...
by stevetc
Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Bristol
Replies: 18
Views: 1718

Re: Hello from Bristol

AngeB - the wild goose?
Ray - it's moved recently to stapleton road, by rijanis . . . It's not free anymore, but you can get a good meal for about £1.50.
by stevetc
Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Bristol
Replies: 18
Views: 1718

Re: Hello from Bristol

Hi there, I'm almost as new an shiny, but hello anyway. If you're doing this in bristol, you will find that the supermarkets lock their bins. Some bleach or otherwise destroy food but not all. You will need a skip key . . . Conveniently the same as the key used to unlock an outdoor electric meter bo...
by stevetc
Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Wee wee on the compost heap
Replies: 32
Views: 3756

Re: Wee wee on the compost heap

Have to say, i am very pleased to have found a site where people are into composting! We have a little community of people living in trucks and caravans, mainly, a few gardens (mostly tyres and containers and a bit of lawn), and the toilet tucked away at the far end. The amount of use it gets is sea...
by stevetc
Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Wee wee on the compost heap
Replies: 32
Views: 3756

Re: Wee wee on the compost heap

We've had it for about 4years now . . . I'd never had one before (or been into gardening before) so it's a learning experience . . . It's a twin-chamber, one chamber in use at a time, with about a year cycling between chambers. Each chamber is probably 5 or 600 litres. When one chamber becomes full,...
by stevetc
Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Little things that really annoy you!
Replies: 238
Views: 48968

Re: Little things that really annoy you!

KWIK, E-Z-E, 'Cool' abbreviations of that ilk. Oh, and people who use exclamation marks too much. I'm not saying that I always use language correctly . . . Just that there's a line, and kwik-fit have crossed it . . .
by stevetc
Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Wee wee on the compost heap
Replies: 32
Views: 3756

Re: Wee wee on the compost heap

We have a compost toilet and it's wonderful . . . Not at all smelly and produces amazing compost (Although it does seem to sprout uninvited tomato plants!) . . . I know this is not the same as a compost heap, but we try not to pee in it . . . Cos wee seems to make it smelly and slower to break down....
by stevetc
Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: setting up 12v
Replies: 12
Views: 1780

Re: setting up 12v

Just a brief one, cos it looks as though this thread's been dormant a while. But thought it worth mentioning that basic 12v systems are actually quite easy to set up and can be done safely as long as you stick to the rules. I can't speak for wind-generators, though - i've never used one. I think the...
by stevetc
Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello over there!
Replies: 13
Views: 1078

Re: Hello over there!

Thanks! No, i don't know what the land's contaminated with . . . It has a derelict tower block on it and a couple of other bits of buildings . . . And the ground is about 2 parts soil to 1part broken bricks / glass / rusty bits of unidentifiable things . . . So i've mostly been growing hardy ornamen...
by stevetc
Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello over there!
Replies: 13
Views: 1078

Hello over there!

Hi there, I'm steve, i live with my dog in a caravan on a site in Bristol. . . I'm not as self-sufficient as i'd like to be, but I've a solar panel on the roof, and i heat it with a wood burner, so i'm proper warm n snug and really enjoyin the winter. Food - i grow a bit, mostly just herbs tho - am ...