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Experimenting with how small a home a mouse is able to fit through. But it didn't go as planned. I had a lazy mouse, and a hard working invading shrew. http://woodgears.ca/farm/mouse_hole.html Update: Two days later, the shrew squeezed itself through the 16.5 mm hole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCgW1Q_rto
I made a cord drill and then upgraded it to a pump drill. A cord drill is basically a spindle with a fly wheel attached so it looks like a spinning top. the middle of a piece of cord is then put into a notch at the top of the spindle. The ends of the cord are then wrapped around the spindle and then pulled quickly outwards causing the drill to spin. The momentum of the fly wheel causes the cord to wrap back around the spindle in the other direction. When it stops the cords are pulled outwards again and the drill spins in the other direction. I made the first one with a stone flywheel then made fire with it in the same way I make fire with fire sticks. Then I made and fired some clay fly wheels, made another drill with one of the fly wheels and fitted a stone drill bit to the end. This one I use for drilling holes in wood. I used the new drill to make a hole in a piece of wood. I then put the spindle of the original cord drill through the hole in the wood, tied the ends of the cord onto the piece of wood and it became a pump drill. The cords were wrapped round the spindle as normal but now a pumping action of the wooden cross bar created the same action. This was an interesting project. For fire making I'd stick to fire sticks because the equipment is easier to make. But for people with soft hands they could use the cord drill as it won't give them blisters. It should be added that the pump drill actually took longer than the cord drill (cord: 32 seconds, pump 1 min 30 seconds -the pump drill scene was edited down to make it watchable). The pump drill had more moving parts and was constantly having problems. As a fire making method I'd choose the cord drill over the pump drill unless all the parts were well made. The main purpose I'd use these tool for is drilling holes rather than fire making. It was reasonably good but the stone bits I made could be improved and their attachment to the shaft also needs some thought. If the bit loosens and gets off axis slightly the whole thing wobbles. These drills are impressive inventions and show potential for carpentry use later on. Wordpress: https://primitivetechnology.wordpress.com/ Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2945881&ty=h I have no face book page. Beware of fake pages.
The easy way to remove tree stumps. Part 1 of a 3 part series. #stumpremoval
Top Questions answered if you scroll down this description! Well wow! I can honestly say I never ever ever expected this to get 1000 views, let alone 4 million, so thanks for watching! The cabin is two stories now and does have a proper slanted roof. We moved to town in 2014 to be closer to school and work, and have been too busy to finish the project. We're working on a video update, so if you are really that curious go ahead and subscribe :) I get a lot of questions about the rocks. The rocks were for holding the barbed wire down, which is hard to make out unless you are watching in 1080. The barbed wire acts as a bond between the layers. I also get a lot of questions along the lines of "why not use logs?!" The logs you see on the property are not suitable for cabin building, and buying logs is really, really, really expensive relative to earthbag construction. Also, we were just really curious to see how such a building would fare in Alaska. Music has been changed for copyright reasons. :P New Music Credit: Triumphant Return by Audionautix Answers to top questions: -Yes, it's still standing. We did a lot more work to it and lived in it for 3 years. We sold it in 2016 after moving closer to our jobs. MORE INFORMATION: There is a lot of great information at this site: http://www.earthbagbuilding.com/ You can also put "earthbag construction" into your search bar and press enter. I guarantee that will be faster than leaving a question in the comments. We bought our bags from Pacific Packaging Industries in Portland, OR. We talked to several great suppliers but PPI managed to get us the best deal on shipping. Link: http://www.pac-packaging.com/earthbag_buildings
Blue, green, yellow, red color fire & crackling woods in the firepit in the backyard. Listen to the crackling sound, pull some chairs around, have some friends over or just hang out family. It's fun to have fire in the backyard when the weather turns a bit chilly especially in the northeast here in the United States.
This is one of those random videos on EyeOnAiman's channel, just so that we can have a good mix of theme, nothing specific....
But if you're reading this, perhaps we should add some of the reasons why firewood crackle and/or how to make or change the color of the fire:
Why does firewood crackle when it is thrown in a fire?
First they vaporize to a gas, then the gas burns. When wood is burned, the wood itself vaporizes. Much of this vapor is gaseous wood alcohol and water/steam. If too much vapor is trapped inside the wood, it will exert pressure and cause the wood to pop which causes the crackle.
A Crackling Fire - Not only does fir and pine smell like Christmas trees, these types of logs create a pleasant crackle and pop in your fire. These are softwoods which dry quickly, are easy to split, and create lovely crackling fires. Before burning fir or pine, be aware that the popping throws a lot more sparks than other firewood.
How To Make Blue Fire:
Making blue fire is an easy DIY project, and there's more than one way to do it. Here are a couple of the ways you can make Blue & Green fire yourself.
Natural Blue Fire - The easiest way to make blue fire is to burn a chemical that naturally produces a blue flame. Most types of alcohol burn as blue fire:
Ethanol (e.g., rum, vodka)
Methanol (wood alcohol, Heet fuel treatment)
Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
Natural gas also burns with a blue flame.
Easy Method of Making Blue Fire
Several metal salts burn with a blue flame, such as certain copper, arsenic, and lead compounds. Antimony and lead are toxic, but you can use copper(I) chloride to produce blue fire.
Add a small amount of water to copper(I) chloride to dissolve the salt. If you cannot find copper(I) chloride, it is possible to make this chemical yourself. Copper(II) chloride is more widely available, but it will burn with a blue-green flame.
Soak a flammable material with the copper chloride solution. Good choices include sawdust or pine cones.
Allow the material to dry.
When you light it or add it to a normal fire you will get blue fire.
How To Make Green Fire:
It's easy to make brilliant green fire. This cool chemistry project requires only two household chemicals.
Green Fire Materials
Boric acid: You can find medical-grade boric acid in the pharmacy sections of some stores for use as a disinfectant. It is a white powder. It's not the same chemical as borax. You might try Enoz Roach Away, which is 99 percent boric acid and is sold with household insecticides.
Heet Gas-Line Antifreeze and Water Remover: Heet is sold with automotive chemicals or through many online retailers.
A metal or stoneware container
Instructions for Making Green Fire
Pour some Heet into the container. How much you use will determine how long your fire will burn; 1/2 cup of Heet will provide about 10 minutes of fire.
Sprinkle some boric acid—about 1 to 2 teaspoons—into the liquid and swirl it around to mix it up. It won't all dissolve, so don't worry if some powder remains at the bottom of the container.
Set the container on a heat-safe surface and ignite it with a lighter.