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by RGSP
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Wanted, For Sale - and Services Offered
Topic: Aermotor windmill/pump
Replies: 1
Views: 2452

Re: Aermotor windmill/pump

They were reasonably common when I was a kid, when a lot of farms didn't have mains electricity or water, but they weren't particularly reliable or cheap to maintain, and I haven't seen one in use for many years. I bet there is a market for them now amongst green loonies. I'd try the Centre for Alte...
by RGSP
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Arable
Topic: Harvest 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 49467

Re: Harvest 2017

My neighbour is going flat-out with his wheat, but I have no idea what the moisture content is, because he's been busy all the the time and I haven't seen him for several days, let alone seen him to talk to.
by RGSP
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Arable
Topic: Harvest 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 49467

Re: Harvest 2017

All three large fields surrounding us are now harvested. Winter barley 2 weeks ago, then rape last week, and the peas on two sides of us were finished yesterday (having been started on Saturday and dried out a bit after that night's brief monsoon). In no way am I grumbling about the lads harvesting,...
by RGSP
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Farming Pictures & Photos
Topic: Harvesting in the past
Replies: 16
Views: 9353

Re: Harvesting in the past

all very interesting stuff as we have no thatched roofs out here Paul Can't say I blame you, Paul. Thatched roofs are part of history here. Many are thatched with straw, but equally many use reeds, and I believe that there is still a small industry in producing reed for thatch. There still is. A ro...
by RGSP
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Farming Pictures & Photos
Topic: Harvesting in the past
Replies: 16
Views: 9353

Re: Harvesting in the past

Would the need to d a fairly decent job of threshing and separating to stop vermin getting into the roof? That's why sensible people avoid thatched roofs like the plague, and those that have inherited them put 1/2" wire mesh over the whole roof. Sparrows and other flying varmints will otherwise pul...
by RGSP
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Farming Pictures & Photos
Topic: Harvesting in the past
Replies: 16
Views: 9353

Re: Harvesting in the past

Is the grain then dried Col ? Is it any value ? As it happens, I can answer that one. Yes, the grain normally does have to be dried, and yes it does have a value, but a bit less than standard wheat. Most wheat for thatching has no fertiliser applied, to avoid over-vigorous growth, and so it's somet...
by RGSP
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Arable
Topic: Harvest 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 49467

Re: Harvest 2017

Most of the winter barley has been done around here, but there wasn't much of it to start with. A start has been made on the rape, of which there is a lot more. I drove up through most of Suffolk and a bit of Norfolk yesterday, and was surprised how little had been taken, but my route was mostly ove...
by RGSP
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Weather
Replies: 4676
Views: 785733

Re: Weather

Very unusual steadily wet night. (16.8mm)
by RGSP
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: 8240 Air Conditioning
Replies: 11
Views: 6633

Re: 8240 Air Conditioning

The only conversions I have done have been ok with the std condenser but I understand that there are system that cope with R12 but when converted to 134a with its lower efficiency in transferring heat may need a bigger condenser to work effectively. That's the point really: any refrigeration system...
by RGSP
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Arable
Topic: Harvest 2017
Replies: 145
Views: 49467

Re: Harvest 2017

I registered from the sound that there were grain trailers going hurriedly up and down our track. One of them was sufficiently full (later on) that a light coloured load was visible, which must be winter barley.
by RGSP
Thu May 25, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Farming Pictures & Photos
Topic: What I found today.
Replies: 18
Views: 11817

Re: What I found today.

Question for Mac.

When was the stone age for native north americans? The boundaries are very fuzzy, but it ended in favour of the bronze age in Northern Europe some time between about 7,000 and 3,000 BC.

Yes, and I know we still have stone age survivors in both continents.
by RGSP
Wed May 24, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Farming Pictures & Photos
Topic: What I found today.
Replies: 18
Views: 11817

Re: What I found today.

I think it's a flint knife rather than a scraper, having been shown such things in the past, but I could be wrong, and it's a lovely find anyway.
by RGSP
Mon May 01, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Weather
Replies: 4676
Views: 785733

Re: Weather

Hurrah! A deluge overnight to help the crops. 1.4mm to give a monthly total for April of 10.2mm. Looks like we might have some showers today with a bit of luck. Your total for April is almost identical to ours, and we got 2.1mm last night, though strictly it was after midnight and should go into Ma...
by RGSP
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Stainless steel and magnets
Replies: 50
Views: 21133

Re: Stainless steel and magnets

95% likely to be Austenitic, grade 304 or something like it, which machines easily, and resists corrosion pretty well except for sea water and high chloride environments. Sorree! I have a cheap 1 metre long, 6mm dia. endoscope, which might help you grab the offending piece, and you're welcome to bor...
by RGSP
Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Tools
Replies: 45
Views: 24571

Re: Tools

I used to have a couple of sets of "Williams' Superslim" open enders, one set Whitworth and one AF. I'm sure Peter is old enough to remember them, and they weren't bad tools, and black rather than plated. Sadly the ******* &&&&&& decided they like them as well, and they disappeared many years ago. R...