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  1. UrbanHunter

    Hydralic Ram Pump

    @Neb 's talk about lubrication hit a cord, if you are using an piston type of water pump you will need to think about how you will lubricated it (especially the piston rings), I had considered grease fittings for the bearings and an inverted design so you could have oil collect at the...
  2. UrbanHunter

    Whats everybody doing today?

    Today I get to work on West Coast time so starting work at 11 instead of 7, but also means will not be done till after dark.... Using the cool time to work around the garden a bit....
  3. UrbanHunter

    Hydralic Ram Pump

    I just saw the post on the "hippo Water roller" and something hit me, a simple water wheel but use a chain (bycycle?) to drive a crankshaft tied to a piston in cylinder and a pair of check valves for inlet and outlet valves, the piston could push water into a pipe/hose and get the lift you need...
  4. UrbanHunter

    New cars...yuck.

    The car designers make profit by selling new cars not by keeping them on the road forever....... People buy cars but cars can't buy people....
  5. UrbanHunter

    Hydralic Ram Pump

    You got me to thinking about when I was a little boy at Disney Land and their water lifting device: A water wheel with a pulley system lifting cups of water using a rope ladder arrangement, the lift would be limited by the torque of the wheel, the gear ratio, the weight difference between the...
  6. UrbanHunter

    Hydralic Ram Pump

    When you described your problem I came to the conclusion that you would most likely need a hybrid approach, possibly a water wheel to raise water into a cistern or elevated holding tank/pond that was no more than 20' above the stream, then use some sort of ram pump to move part of the holding...
  7. UrbanHunter

    Hydralic Ram Pump

    175' is a big lift, on one of my travels I saw water wheels in Lanzhou China, these were tall slow moving paddle wheels that scooped up water and then dumped it into a basin feeding a pipe about 25' above the river surface. The volume of water lifted was very low compared to the water passing...
  8. UrbanHunter

    New cars...yuck.

    You are right, the old cars were designed to survive the crash at the expense of the people, steel dash, no seat belts, no air bags all the energy went from the impact point to the people. Today, the cars are designed to save the people at the expense of the car, crush zones in the front and...
  9. UrbanHunter

    Whats everybody doing today?

    Today was a fairly long work day, followed by an educational retirement fund webinar that turned out to be a sales pitch... Then I went out and weeded one of the older raised beds planning on putting something in there for Fall.... Did some hedge trimming and lawn mowing, then bagged up...
  10. UrbanHunter

    Snakes, did you know?

    Where I grew up we had rattle snakes and sidewinders, never got around to playing with them..... Generally if I saw it first it was going to be removed..... I have the perspective that all snakes are poisonous until proven dead, and even then they can bite you.....
  11. UrbanHunter

    Supply shortages

    Would global warming be considered FIRE? We may be in for slow roasting... ;) Don't take me seriously, but
  12. UrbanHunter

    Has trouble already reached the boonies?

    This area is Urban, but there is an area that is wooded with a stream bed, I have seen it become a mecca for homeless people in tents, normally there is enough growth (greenery) that you cannot see them, but once the fall comes you can see the tent tops from the road. For the last year there...
  13. UrbanHunter

    Garden 2021

    This morning I harvested a couple gallons of tomatoes and cucumbers. Last night I modified my irrigation system using 1 of the tall tubes that @Neb had noticed, a Tee and some valves. The new arrangement gives me a dispenser pre-pump to add liquid based things like fertilizer and insecticide...
  14. UrbanHunter

    Canned MEAT-Canned MEAT-Commercial Packed "Canned MEAT"

    I'm glad you mentioned that @Sparky_D, we have been forced into a low salt diet because of medical conditions. It really limits us on some things, it also takes some of the canned meats and prepared foods off the table for daily use, I could see using them if nothing else is available but it is...
  15. UrbanHunter

    Garden 2021

    Yesterday I trimmed out all the damaged leaves in my older squash plants (had an infestation of squash beetles) If I found eggs or the leaves were badly wilted I removed then at the root and put them directly into a bag, wasn't much left, then I added soil over the base of the plant and sprayed...
  16. UrbanHunter

    Preparations Update

    This year I bought buckets and lids at HD and Lows, I got 5 and 3 gallon buckets, so I guess I got lucky cause I have just what I need. This morning I picked up some extra pasta, noticed the price went up a lot so I only go a dozen boxes. This weekend the wife made her first pot of Anasazi...
  17. UrbanHunter

    Weather in your area?

    All weekend was low 90s rain passed by us, but nothing here. Today it is expected to be in the low 90s again with a chance of showers..... I'll believe it when I see it. We must have the worst weather people in the country, I think that they only forecast what is PC...... and anything but the...
  18. UrbanHunter

    "Portable" collapsible DIY camp kitchen?

    I remember the troop having about 4 large patrols and each patrol had a box with a Standard Load that included a cast iron skillet and a dutch over, they were definitely a large 2 guy carry, the handles stuck out just long enough that you could have 2 in front and 2 in back walking on the...
  19. UrbanHunter

    Canned MEAT-Canned MEAT-Commercial Packed "Canned MEAT"

    We tend to go with canned tuna, chicken, turkey, salmon and some beef. (listed in order of preference) On the tuna we go with packed in water for tuna salad stuff, the wife prefers the packed in oil for some of her specialty dishes. The canned chicken and turkey we use interchangeably for...
  20. UrbanHunter

    "Portable" collapsible DIY camp kitchen?

    Way back when I did scouting, we had a "portable" grub box and kitchen sort of. If I remember correctly, the dimensions were 4X2X2, it had 4 handles/legs that were about 6' long. The handles bolted onto the sides using 2 carriage bolts and wing nuts with large washers. Once at the camp site you...
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