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    I am an Eng. Surveyor and tradie who loves nothing more than having a go. Many friends say my middle name is 'diy'. There is nothing more satisfing than completing a project/build that you have completed yourself.
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    Gardening, tools and jetski's

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    Old Noarlunga/South OZ
  1. Gary, When it comes to green energy the only way is to go nuclear. Of course some considerations need to be made in relation to geography. However there is no cleaner way to generate base lode power. In regards to wind power, what a waste of time. Renewables at this point in time without the advancement of battery of energy storage technology cannot supply a sustainable source of base lode power. This means that during peak times the grid needs coal,gas and hydro (in that order) running to sustain everyone's requirements. I highlight base lode power. In relation to renewables, South Australia generates 37% of its power through solar and wind. Of that 37% renewables 40% of the wind power is sent to the eastern sea board, the reason being its unreliable nature and oversupply in the local market. If the local market were to use all the available renewable energy available we would see huge disruption to business, services and the economy. In the last month on 7 occasions the supply of renewable energy dropped to below 13% with wind energy on these occasions supplying 0%. In the above case where SA can't supply enough power for the demand needed we import back from the eastern states. In many cases in summer and winter especially the demand nationally outstrip supply. In these cases a backup system open cycle gas turbines and diesel generators come on line. These sources of power only supply at a minimum rate of $300 per Mwh and are capped at $12500 per Mwh (bargain). The outcome SA are in the top 5 in the world in highest power pricing. It is also important to note how well or should I say how disasterous other countries around the world are faring after chasing renewables in a big way. Note also SA has the worst unemployment rate in the country (excluding Tassie) as a result of our shrinking manufacturing market again from higher taxes and power. In regards to the current federal government, I think you have it wrong. I believe the changes they propose to make is in relation to the subsidies paid to the suppliers of wind energy. If the technology is so sound then surely they can stand on there own feet without huge government handouts. At this point in time a large investment in renewables equates to massive price increases to the end user. In many ways I agree with the striping of said subsidies, as I pay more for my power and I pay more in taxes to fund subsidies to multinationals. In a state rich with resources ie. Gas,uranium,coal etc. I would much rather monies be spent on improving technology in the fields of clean coal power generation, nuclear generation and storage technologies. I would say the dark ages should be spared for those that want to chase unreliable and unsustainable infrastructure. Brownie
  2. I have never heard of them but am definately interested in updates down the track on how your seeds grow.
  3. Come now Cecil, dont tease us. Remember a picture is worh a thousand words. please post a few.
  4. Good job, it's amazing what a small drill hole can complish. If that inlet pipe is a gravity feed you could replace the 2 45s with a tee and extend the pipe out of the barrel to release air simmilar to a SLO.
  5. G'day Gabs Its good to see more Adelaidians on here. There are quite a few places around SA for chep supplies. One of my all time favourites is Parmount Browns at Cavan. The different shapes and sizes of bins in there compound amazes. They range from brand new IBCs and tubs through to used pickled onion barrels and bins. Worth a look. Down south a good start is DeYoung salvage on Seaford Road Seaford Meadows. It pays to talk to the guys. They constantly get all sorts of equip. I often call past and brouse through there stuff. Last week they had a used farm silo that caught my eye. Was a little unsure how to get it through he front gates. I was fortunate to get a free IBC fom a Barrosa winery we were working at but noticed that Lauke Mills on the Barossa hwy always has second hand ones on the side of the road for sale. Never forget to check online at Gumtree or even Ebay for equip. For fish supplies on of my mates gets all his fingerlings and feed from a hatchery at west beach. Not quite sure where but if you need I will ask when I see him next. Again down south there is the Tooperang trout farm aslo a good supplier of trout fingerlings and feed. Best of luck Brownie
  6. Ha ha got to laugh. Thanks for sharing.
  7. Ha ha yeah good luck. In my case the pressure was on to replace the original toaster so that was easy. For the second I think it was after she burnt herself a few times and I was ordered to replace it. That toaster got so hot that the side walls had tempered and was almost oxidising. The complaints started when I started making movments to purchase one identical to the original. Look forward to the 'I told yo so' fun. In regards to the mincer, it may pay to pull the David Copperfied trick with a bit of distraction. Maybe make a decent pie whilst she is out and show its value. In my case as I am no master chief you may need to sneek in a good homemade one.
  8. Good job. Best of luck with the boss. from experience when I find new purchases around the place the focus is not on how much in total the items cost but how much was saved. It may be a risky play using their tactics back on them.
  9. Yep good idea to use the plastic. I would not want any leaching from new treated timber let alone 19 year ald timber.
  10. BD that is a bargain. It will be interesting what it ends at. I have had to forget the pain of paying so much for a simple bread warmer. It does amaze me how the older models were just so superior to current cheap models. No matter the price they are just not built to last. Good luck with your search, sometimes a simple purchase can turn into an unexpected journey. Brownie
  11. G'day Farb The 3 filters are all diferent. As you look at the photo with the 3 bins infront of the IBC, the water runs from right to left. The bin on the right is my solids filter and is supplied via an external SLO between the middle bin and the bin on the right. This is in the same vane as most as designed by Paul from Earthan Group. Missing is the larger collar around the inlet. From my understanding the water changes direction 2 times and hence releases the solids to the bottom to be taped off. The middle bin is my MBBR. This bin will be filled with 50L Kaldnes and pumped with approx. 20l/min air. Again this bin is missing the air stone and both the inlet and outlet need holes drilled in the pipe to allow water to pass between bins without letting the Kaldnes escape. The left bin is basically my sump which houses my pump. I plan down the track to add some bruch filters between the inlet and pump. I also plan to add a 12v backup pump that would just circlulate back to the Fish Tank and isolate the brow beds.
  12. Ok Ok before I start I must admit the title may be a little bit of an exaggeration. It all began in 1968 when my parents purchased a Sunbeam T40 toaster.(Ok gross exageration) This was a great day and a quality purchase many years before my birth. This toaster was to cause me much delight and pain. At the age of 20 I decided to leave home and go my own way. It was only natural that my parents helped out with my move and donated their 24yr old toaster. (thanks mum, although cash would have been better). To put things in context at the time I didn't have the same fetish for toast as I do now. For those Australians who also love Vegemite on toast in the morning will understand and those from other countries you really don't know what you're missing. It is a similar disease to your morning coffee fix. The day just does not get off to a good start without it. This same toaster had served me up until 2 years ago making it 43 years old (not bad for a toaster, or so I thought). In the process I have had it re wired twice and the second of the rewiring was as a result of it shorting out our house circuits. The biggest annoyance was its operation. To operate all you did was place the toast in the top and it would automatically lower into the body and return when done. In the latter years it was a jiggling process of poking the bread in and out getting it to accept my bread. This was frustrating and no attempt to get it checked out was helping my problem. The final solution was chuck it, get a new one. It was however over 40 years old not a bad run. To my horror as I had never bought a toaster, I was shocked possibly even appalled at the price of a new toaster. Not to be one to care for appearances, however you may disagree if you look at my IBC today. I just wanted a reasonable toaster that wouldn't burn the house down or look like a bright purple blob in the kitchen. I decided against the $20 cheapie at big W and decided on a sunbeam $50 stainless steel basic toaster. At the time I was struggling to pay the extra $30 for a stainless steel toaster and maybe the $30 on a carton of beer would be an acceptable trade-off for the purple blob. However stainless it was and Sunbeam had a good track record. If I get even 20 years out of this one it balances to around $2.50 a year. Ok the biggest mistake of my life! I threw the T40 toaster out before searching for a new one. SO..... Don't buy $50 stainless toasters, they are just plain dangerous. It's fine if you are the first in the house to use it, however if you are second or third look forward to second degree burns. They just have no heat shielding and get to amazing temperatures after just a single use. We named it the island as it stood alone in the middle of our kitchen counter and nobody wanted to get near it. Although it was a small unit it was taking up most of the kitchen when in use. I can't count the amount of waste when the bread bag got too close and melted over both the toaster and bread. It had to go. Solution......Don't buy the entry level toaster buy the premium model and hence you will get better function and greater life. So a quick trip to the local Harvey Norman to buy the best Sunbeam toaster money can buy..... and here it is the Sunbeam Cafe Series, yes the grand pooba, the top of the pops, the gold plated edition of bread warmers. GASP HOW MUCH? Yes it was $360.......ouch for this price I could buy every colour of the rainbow in toasters and even if I only got 2 years out of each they would last me 24 years minimum. Trying to justify paying this much for a toaster my lovely wife reminded me of the angelic Vegemite that awaited me without burns. If it was to get a similar life to my original toaster it would cost approx. $10 a year to feed my fetish.....far cheaper than my beer or even aquaponic follies. Here it is the most expensive kitchen item I have ever bought. This was meant to be great, the new tech in bread warming. It comes with everything, buttons for frozen bread and settings for crumpets. Oh the world was great again. Hallelujah....... Please let me add that I have come across the same model in the Qantas club in Adelaide and on a few occasions in both the Hilton and Hyatt club lounges both in Australia and abroad. They all can't be wrong, this must be a truly great toaster. Well sort of.......... Yes it has a solid build and is of an attractive appearance. It has every setting I could imagine and no matter how much bread I toast gets no hotter than luke warm. However the size of it is huge, if you put wheels on it a 2 year old could ride it as a go-cart. The biggest problem is it's slow. I mean really really slow. In the time it takes to slightly brown a piece of bread I can walk out the front check the mail, get the paper usually a 2 minute search and feed the dogs. I kid you not I am not exaggerating it is painfully slow. It was at this point in time I regret the loss of my old toaster. Here it is a photo of arguably the best toaster ever built, the Sunbeam T40 Toastermatic. Notice the bueaty, the art deco styling, the chrome finnish and the simple single button opperation. Yes the god father of all toasters ( just my opinion anyway). This is a 1600W toaster, yep blink and your toast is ash. It is Ferrari quick and the object of my morning desires. This was no fun. I was loosing my morning enjoyment of daily toast. The search began. I Googled, I Ebayed and finally Gumtree'd and there they were. Under the heading of vintage toasters and Art Deco toasters. There were plenty available but the competition was tough. Others must know the secret to perfect toast and yes it was the Sunbeam T40. With my heart racing and finger on the bid button I was ready to pay anything. Whoo Hoo came the yell from my office as I won the auction for a 45year old toaster at the meagre price of $195. (Notice how I had become immune to the shocking price of a toaster) After a quick play of email ping pong I had organised to pick it up the next day. The following morning the sun broke through the clouds and all was sain again. I had the identical twin to my original toaster and life returned to normal. In later months I found a web site " http://www.automaticbeyondbelief.org/ " which has the history and repair schedule for my old Sunbeam toaster. I notice that there are also appreciation societies. (I was not alone) It turns out that I could have followed the advice of this web site and fixed my original problem. A simple web search could have saved me over $600. Moral of my adventure. They don't make them like they used to. Don't rush into anything without knowledge. For those of you who are in the future in need of a new toaster, I would recommend one of these beauties. If looking for a new model I would now never purchase one without trying first. This may mean you need to take a loaf of bread with you shopping. You may think you look a little bit odd but it will save you purchasing a lemon. PS. The boss (wife) came home last night with a fresh loaf of fruit loaf(raison bread) cafe thick which subsequently does not fit into the openings of my Sunbeam T40 toaster.............looks like the Sunbeam tank is here to stay if only for fruit loaf.
  13. Just a quick update. I have now added the 3 filters/sump. Just need to add air to the MBBR. I have also added duel inlets to the upper growbed. I am hoping that going down the continuous flow path that with the duel inlets there will be a good exchange of water in the bed, and that there are no stagnant areas. Time will tell. I have the inlets on the back of the grow bed so it will not be visible to the eye when aprroaching the veg/fish. I have also added a flexible hose to the inlets. This has been added so that there is no need to shut the system down when the grow bed is in either the open or closed positions.
  14. Thanks ED. Time to put on my plumbers hat. A few pictures of my external SLO and plumbing into/out of solids filter. The inlet outer collar is yet to come. I am trying to set up my filters to be gravity fed from the Fish Tank at a similar height to the upper water level in the FT. Starting with a solids filter through to a MBBR and onto a sump. The plan is for all three to be 100L bins as per the blue one in the first picture. Ultimately to be pumped back to grow beds/ satellite wicking beds and gravity return to the FT. I also love the bell siphon (just the simplicity) however will now make all beds flood/wicking only to maintain a constant water level in the FT. I am tossing up between keeping the riser on the SLO and replacing the Tee with an elbow. I understand the need to break the siphon and the use of a breather/riser if your sump/filters are at the bottom of your system. However If all the bins have the same overflow lip level as the fish tank the siphon factor may be of use to add additional draw of soilds from the FT. In the case of a (touch wood) breakdown the levels between the FT and filers should level out without overflow/spill problems. I have to say the fit of the uniseals is awesome. I was however surprised how much pressure i needed to use to plumb the pipes. And yes the third photo says it all. If only copper/stainless steel was cheaper I could easily do away with PVC etc. I have enjoyed most moments in this build, however the plastics/foam work is starting to get to me.