Old Sewing Machine Maintenance According to the old Singer parts lists, that big spokey wheel on the end of your vintage Singer is the balance wheel. According to most folks who use a vintage Singer it’s the handwheel, so it’s the handwheel as far as we’re concerned here, and we’ll be looking at its removal and replacement, with a bit of a detour on the way. But why, pray, would anyone want to take the thing off? Well, you could be taking a machine apart because it’s in a disgusting state and cleaning it will be so much easier if you take off some of its bits. Or maybe you want to change the handwheel for a different one? You’re bored and it might be more interesting than cleaning the oven? The Museum Of Old Techniques For almost every electronic device or oil driven machine there used to be a low-tech alternative that was powered by human muscles, water or wind. The Museum of Old Techniques aims to collect and study these historical alternatives to modern day machinery. Why, you may ask? To quote the Museum: "Evolution doesn't necessarily mean progress, what we consider to be primitive solutions are often not primitive at all". We could not have said it better ourselves. The website of the MOT contains, among other things, some 2,000 simple drawings of hand tools (ordered by shape, and by profession) and a collection of illustrated trade catalogues (up until 1950, in French).
How To Sharpen Tools: The Family Handyman Sharpening your tools Years ago, I drove by a storefront with a hand-painted plywood sign. It read “Tool Sharpening.” Curious, I gathered a boxful of dull old handsaws and circular saw blades in my garage and carried them up to the store with the hope of getting them sharpened. Inside I saw a lean old fellow with wisps of gray hair curling from the backside of an old hunting cap. Oil Press By Jeff Cox -- from Organic Gardening, April 1979, Rodale Press IN 2,500 SQUARE FEET, a family of four can grow each year enough sunflower seed to produce three gallons of homemade vegetable oil suitable for salads or cooking and 20 pounds of nutritious, dehulled seed -- with enough broken seeds left over to feed a winter's worth of birds.The problem, heretofore, with sunflower seeds was the difficulty of dehulling them at home, and the lack of a device for expressing oil from the seeds. About six months ago, we decided to change all that. The job was to find out who makes a sunflower seed dehuller or to devise one if none were manufactured. And to either locate a home-scale oilseed press or devise one. No mean task.Our researches took us from North Dakota -- hub of commercial sunflower activity in the nation -- to a search of the files in the U.S. Patent Office, with stops in between.
September 2010 ~ Candler Arts Dr. Rocco N. De Dominicis investigated unexplained deaths in Erie County, N.Y., in the years around 1941. I say 1941 because I read that Dr. De Dominicis was summoned when the body of a lumber company president was found floating in the Niagara River in June 1941. The Farm of the Future: Earthship-Inspired Greenhouse by Jordan Lejuwaan **Update**: Thanks to you, WE SUCCESSFULLY RAISED $10,000 IN ONE WEEK! We are incredibly thankful and humbled by your generous donations :) With more momentum comes bigger goals. So we'd like to set a new funding goal of $40,000 and reveal our next project, a perfect compliment to the Farm of the Future and Valhalla's mission to make communal sustainable living mainstream. Introducing the 'The Dome' -- a 33ft greenhouse hybrid of Geodesic Dome and Earthship architecture:
Build this open source DIY wind turbine for $30 Getting started with home wind energy projects can set you back a pretty penny if you buy a finished product, but if you're a little bit handy and don't mind scrounging for materials and getting creative in the garage or backyard, you can try your hand at building one of these DIY wind turbines for about $30 in materials. After all, it is #iheartrenewables week! We've previously covered Daniel Connell's open source concentrated solar collector plans, but now he's back with another great DIY renewable energy project, a vertical axis wind turbine based on the Lenz2 lift+drag design. Connell's design calls for using aluminum lithographic offset printing plates to catch the wind, which he says can be obtained cheaply (or possibly even free) from an offset printing company, and a variety of hardware and a bicycle wheel.
DIY Anaerobic Glass Fermentation Vessel Build A Glass Anaerobic Fermentation Vessel March 6, 2013 from left to right: empty 5-gallon vessel, 2-gallon vessel with unground idli batter, 1-gallon vessel with water kefir Vintage Planet Jr No.1 Seeder/cultivator W/ 3 Points Posted on May 26, 2011 | Category: Cultivators Click here to buy! This is a vintage Planet Jr No.1 seeder/ cultivator with 3 plow points. There is a pat. date 1/28/1896. Other than a chip the handles are in good condition. For it's age this in great condition, however there is a chip on the wheel and handle. 10 tips to train your hen to lay eggs in her nest box Are you pissed at your cute chubby hens because of their annoying habits? Relax, that is normal for the poultry dwellers. My 10 years experience has lead me to conclude, you may not agree with it but my opinion remains the same – hens love laying eggs everywhere except for the place where they should. When I bought hens for the first time, I went mad almost – they use to lay eggs all over the farm but not their next boxes. It was bothering because most of the eggs used to get wasted as I was not able to locate them or other animals used to break eggs.
Arduino-Based Projects Build your own homecontrol based the open source project Arduino. Use your PC, smartphone or tablet to regulate your radio outlet! You can use it at home via local network or even on the road via internet. News Honey Extractor Got Bee's? I knew this day would come. One day all those bees would make some honey then I would have to make a honey extractor-anator and extract all the honey in the tri-state area. Aquaculture in Canada: Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) Aquaculture (fish farming) already supplies approximately 50 percent of the fish and seafood consumed worldwide, and production is steadily increasing. Further development of the aquaculture industry in Canada could mean significant economic growth as well as job opportunities for Canadians – especially in coastal and rural areas. Responsible growth of the industry will depend on continued research to find innovative ways to improve the environmental performance and diversification of the sector. Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture: A new approach Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) is one solution that encourages greater environmental stewardship while increasing economic benefits for growers and communities. IMTA is a different way of thinking about aquatic food production that is based on the concept of recycling.