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by sheddi
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 1137
Views: 73602

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Have now had my first vaccine dose. One down, possible three to go. - 2nd dose - S.A. variant booster if/when - in the late fall the yearly flu shot I like to plan ahead. That's great news! Mrs Sheddi is (it seems) higher on the priority list than me, she's due to have her first dose later this wee...
by sheddi
Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 29
Views: 493

Re: DIY power system build thread

In this guy's video description he has lists of parts if you want to buy them, so that is pretty helpful. Like my own 15AH battery setup, this is pretty minimal and short in duration for what it can do. But he has a well thought out project and good reasons behind everything he did. https://m.youtu...
by sheddi
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 29
Views: 493

Re: DIY power system build thread

Have to admit when I saw your list of items to power and the size of the battery box it looked like an expensive failure waiting to happen. Looking up the specs on some of the options available now has changed my mind. The advances in offgrid power have come a long way in the last 20 years when I b...
by sheddi
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Cabin Porn
Replies: 20
Views: 6387

Re: Cabin Porn

... I can't find the exact one on-line but it's very similar to this: https://www.lasita.com/products/pembrokeshire-53 Mrs Sheddi's 150 sq. ft cabin has 70mm thick timber walls and slightly smaller windows than the one pictured. The windows are double-glazed and the roof & floor are both insulated ...
by sheddi
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 29
Views: 493

Re: DIY power system build thread

A portable frig (with more capacity than say a lunchbox) that runs off 1.3 A / 15 watts for only 8 hours a day boggles my mind lol. Not portable, but I've got one of these (or sometrhing very similar) in my kitchen. https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/refrigeration/fridges/essentials...
by sheddi
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Cabin Porn
Replies: 20
Views: 6387

Re: Cabin Porn

Giving this thread a bump! Mrs Sheddi is a semi-pro artist (she's professional, in that it's her business, but her profitability is marginal). As mentioned elsewhere we live, two adults and two teen kids, in about 1000 sq. ft. so there's not really anywhere for her to set up a studio (sketching on t...
by sheddi
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 29
Views: 493

Re: DIY power system build thread

I'm mostly a spectator on this thread, it looks very interesting! Do you have, or considering, alternate means of charging the battery bank besides just the 2 solar panels? Assuming you can get 5 hours of full sun per day, which might take some periodic repositioning of the panels depending, that's ...
by sheddi
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Near-Death Experiments in Food
Replies: 639
Views: 115958

Re: Near-Death Experiments in Food

I knew I'd posted on this before ... Back in 2002 a friend's plum tree went into overdrive. He had a veritable plum glut. So, not wanting to let them go to waste, as well as eating plums at every opportunity I made plum jam. A metric shitton* of plum jam. And I'm still eating it now, ten years later...
by sheddi
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Equivalent of a hurricane hitting Texas
Replies: 142
Views: 2252

Re: Equivalent of a hurricane hitting Texas

Another consideration would be how buildings in the UK are heated. If they're like Germany, a lot of it is steam radiators, which run on gas, oil, or maybe even coal. And that doesn't show up in electricity usage. You're quite right, retail electricity is expensive (around £0.15 a kWh) so most dome...
by sheddi
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Grid tie solar (PV) in cloudy ol' England
Replies: 18
Views: 3439

Re: Grid tie solar (PV) in cloudy ol' England

I mentioned this thread somewhere else (the Texas winter storm thread) so thought I'd better add an update here. My grid-tie solar system is still going strong, nine years on from installation. I last read the generation meter on 31st January, about three weeks ago, and on that date it had generated...
by sheddi
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Equivalent of a hurricane hitting Texas
Replies: 142
Views: 2252

Re: Equivalent of a hurricane hitting Texas

I am slightly shocked at the amount of electrical power Texas uses; it has half the population of the UK but uses almost twice as much electricity. For comparison, as I type this the GB (UK less NI) demand is 38 GW (per http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ which is a great site to check now-and-then...
by sheddi
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Equivalent of a hurricane hitting Texas
Replies: 142
Views: 2252

Re: Equivalent of a hurricane hitting Texas

I've got some business contacts in Texas. I sent them some emails at the start of last week and was wondering why they'd been slow to reply (they're usually pretty good). I got a message today apologising for the slow service, and saying they were inconvenienced by the weather. I'd not made the link...
by sheddi
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 1137
Views: 73602

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Kansas my county Public health leaders are loosening restrictions on the local health order in response to fewer COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the community. (fingers crossed) Good to hear, I guess? Over here there was a well-publicised government meeting this afternoon where, supposedly, ...
by sheddi
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: NIOSH international respirator assessment
Replies: 0
Views: 81

NIOSH international respirator assessment

I can't find a Pandemic-era thread on masks and respirators so I thought I'd start this one. I don't know how things were in the US, but here in the UK it was almost impossible to buy a N95 (FFP2, in Euro-speak) or better disposable respirator ("mask") between March and September last year. (Supplie...
by sheddi
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 1137
Views: 73602

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Hello everyone, good to see this thread is still active! Here in the UK we're five (or is it six?) weeks into our latest national lockdown, with the end at least two weeks away. (Supposedly the Gov't will give two weeks notice of the schools returning,and we've not had that.) It's not quite as stric...
by sheddi
Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: The Perfect COVID-19 Theme Song
Replies: 46
Views: 5899

Re: The Perfect COVID-19 Theme Song

Possibly not perfect, given that COVID response around here consists largely of staying home and ordering in, but this little ditty from Corb Lund seems vaguely appropriate for ZS:

by sheddi
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 1137
Views: 73602

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

It's like a parent making a huge deal about how visiting the doctor won't hurt to a toddler that had never had any reason to suspect it might hurt. That toddler gets suspicious and freaks out. You're lucky if most of your contacts seemed to think vaccination was a good idea. Around here, polling dr...
by sheddi
Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 1137
Views: 73602

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

This thread's been quiet for a while, has everyone died of 'rona or something? :mrgreen: So here in England (the other nations of thr UK have their own systems) things have been a bit rough for a while. Daily fatalities picked up mid-October, were stabilised (but not really reduced) by a 3-week most...
by sheddi
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 1137
Views: 73602

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

I'm not dead, in fact my whole family and I are fit and healthy (or at least, as fit an healthy as might be expected). I returned to work this week, which is largely why I've not had time to post a proper update here. The office was fairly quiet and we spaced ourselves out among the desks to achieve...
by sheddi
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: COVID-19 Humor
Replies: 50
Views: 7830

Re: COVID-19 Humor

NT2C wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:36 pm
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We feel their pain, don't we, my brothers and sisters?
What's more shocking is that I *know* that church, it's only a few miles from where I grew up!
by sheddi
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1632
Views: 111935

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

1% of people no longer able to go to restaurants, no longer to able to buy stuff from small businesses, dead, 1% of workers gone. That kind of death doesn't "get us back to normal" anytime soon, but leads to 5 to 10 years+ of economic turmoil. Unless of course the vast majority of that 1% of the po...
by sheddi
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 1137
Views: 73602

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

I'm still here but not much to report. We're into a routine now. UK national status for Sunday: 120067 confirmed cases (+5850), 16060 fatalities (+596). The daily numbers are low but that always happens at weekends since reporting is delayed. Hampshire local status: 2122 cases. Finished mowing the l...
by sheddi
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 1137
Views: 73602

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Also, here's a news item from the BBC. One of their reporters visited a central London hospital. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al3dfgSzets I note that every health worker you see is wearing a mask; usually a surgical one, but a disposable 3M 8800 or 9300 series on some wards, and a reuasble 3M 7500...
by sheddi
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 1137
Views: 73602

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

UK national status for Thursday: 103093 confirmed cases (+4618), 13729 fatalities (+861). Hampshire local status: 185 cases (+180 from Tuesday). Here in the UK we've just passed 100k confirmed cases. How many cases there actually are is anyone's guess, since we're only testing hospital admissions an...

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