I had written a review of my berkey water filter when we first purchased it in 2014. We have been using it nonstop, putting approximately 1 gallon per day through it from our city tap water. If you refer to the photo, you can see the layer of fine sediment (dirt) coating the bottom two-thirds old filter. Note that the filter was still working fine, the water tasted great, but the upper tank of the filter wasn't draining because of the clogged filter. It was taking a full night to filter just 1 gallon of water. After replacing the (2) filters, we are now filtering a gallon in less than an hour.
Below is the letter that we sent to Berkey (and their response). Enjoy!
I recently found this article:
Real-Time 432 Auto-Pitching Video Player
And I wanted to chime in and share my findings - I think they're on to something! I used VLC on my Mac Mini to change the frequency to 432Hz, then opened the same song in iTunes using the default frequency.
The VLC / 432Hz configuration sounded much less harsh! Amazing.
It turns out that in 1936, the powers that be decided to re-tune "A" to be 440hz instead of 432hz. So since then, we've been listening to music that irritates us at a cellular level. It causes stress an disease:
You may have already read some of my blog posts on lower back pain and chiropractors. I've found that while a chiropractor can get you out of pain using spinal adjustments, yoga will strengthen your muscles and correct your posture (when done correctly). The first thing you learn about doing yoga is the importance of correct breathing and how it relates to your posture. I've done a bit more reading and it turns out that breathing is much more powerful than many believe.
I am posting this free book because it is public domain, I do not own it nor claim copyright.
I've written previously about my first off-grid solar power setup. Now, I want to share the addition of a 12-volt water pump.
Product Review: SEAFLO 12V 5.5 GPM 60 PSI Water Diaphragm Pressure Pump
I purchased this water pump so that we can pump harvested rainwater out of our IBC 275 gallon totes - uphill - to our plants. I can plug the water pump directly into my battery booster, my truck, or another vehicle's battery. I've heard that this will also operate when directly connected to a solar panel (no battery required) but I haven't tested this yet.
I recently used this trailer to bring our pigs in for processing, figured it might be helpful for others to see how it was built. The sides are built up to around 3 feet high with 2x12" rough cut material, pressure treated 4x4's, and half-inch carriage bolts. I also added hog panels to bring the overall height of the walls to over 5 feet.
One of our major objectives was to be able to restore the trailer to its original "equipment hauling" function, meaning the walls need to come off easily. (Why buy multiple trailers...?)
Growing up, I spent a lot of time on my grandparents' 20-acre farm in Ottsville, Bucks County, PA. They purchased the raw land in the 1960's and built a house on it. The property has a pond, maybe 100 feet in diameter, and it always stays full because it is fed by an active stream. I went ice skating on it during the winters. They raised beef in the lower fields and watered the animals using the water from the stream that runs through the property. It was only a sunny, but I caught my first fish out of that pond.
My grandparents were born a few years before the Great Depression and I frequently to ask them questions about their perspective on modern society. They lived through World War 2, Vietnam, 9/11, and Barrack Obama. Recently, the conversation turned to water management and I brought up their pond. It turns out that building small ponds was a popular thing to do after World War 2. Today, who knows how many permits and inspections you need, and from which bureaucratic agency.
By now everyone has heard about using solar energy to generate power. Sometimes, you heat water and circulate it using a pump. Other times, you capture electricity and store it in batteries for later, or sell it back to the grid.
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During a recent rainstorm, we had multiple inches come down over the course of a few hours. A rush of water coming down from the street caused our perimeter drain to start filling up with dirt, so we added a "keyline" uphill from the drain to divert water away from the problem area before it even got close.
As a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA), I have watched almost every UFC event. I didn't start watching until after 2000, so I've even gone back and watched the "original" UFC events with Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock. Back then, there were no weight classes. After 12 events, they introduced weight classes.
- Mark 3:25