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My “laboratory” has arrived

RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 160 ✭✭✭

 

The yard barn that will house my “lab” has been delivered. Okay, it’s not all mine. The deal I made with Dad was that I get the back 1/3 (6x12) of the 12X16 building. Where the man door is. He can have the front section for his Case lawn tractors and other stuff. There will be a full partition wall built to separate his section from mine. His stuff “creeps” a lot. Too many occasions I’ve heard “you can put it there” and then suddenly “you have to move it, it’s in the way”.

I’ll be bringing my camping equipment home from the storage locker, so I will have the Coleman camp stove and other things available. I’ll also be installing a small solar panel set-up off the back to learn how to deal with that. The back faces south. We have a 275 gal. IBC tote off the back of the 3 car attached garage (which isn’t big enough for his stuff) for water catchment.

Time to let the fun begin. That is, after I survive another annual Physical Inventory at the plant this week.

Comments

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 1,302 admin

    Could be a good place to grow some mushrooms! You could suspend bags of straw to grow oysters on straw. Or, put in shelves and grow shitake, etc on sawdust blocks/bags. Maybe seal off that area with plastic vapor seal so you can use a humidifier.

  • marcy_northlightsfarmmarcy_northlightsfarm Posts: 49 ✭✭✭

    Sounds like a great start. What are your goals for the lab?

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 160 ✭✭✭

    @marcy_northlightsfarm I want to relocate when I retire and the area that I'm most interested in could possibly be mostly off grid. It's definitely dirt road territory. So, I'm using the lab to learn some things like dealing with solar power, wildcrafting, etc. It's place to "play" with things and not have to explain why I'm doing them. It will save on inter-family pushback.

  • frogvalleyfrogvalley Posts: 124 ✭✭✭

    @RustBeltCowgirl You go girl! It's wonderful when you can just go out and experiment/play. I do it all the time because I wasn't allowed to play with building kits when I was little as ........ I was a girl.

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 160 ✭✭✭

    @frogvalley Like when they wouldn't explain to me (way back when) how an Easy Bake oven worked. I took mine apart to find out for myself. Just didn't have the ability to put it back together quite right.

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 160 ✭✭✭

    The wall framework for the partition wall is up. Progress is being made.

  • frogvalleyfrogvalley Posts: 124 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2

    @RustBeltCowgirl I did it with computers. Couldn't believe I read the computer manual, took them apart, got a job as a computer analyst without having a degree or advanced math and then taught computer repair classes internationally, but couldn't get a job six months earlier selling batteries at Radio Shack because I was a girl.

    Life - gotta love it!

    How is the lab going?

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 160 ✭✭✭

    @frogvalley Partition wall is closed on Dad's side. He opened access to the loft on my side, so that I can put stuff up there. I'm looking at a lantern style wind turbine. Dad says that he'll have electricity out there by fall. My response was that I'd like to have my side run on solar/wind power. We're less than 3 miles from Lake Erie and get a lot of wind. Plus we have quite a few farm fields and open space around us. The barn is currently lit by 3 small fluorescent lights powered by a small solar panel feeding into a deep cycle marine battery and 400W inverter.

    Now that the annual Physical Inventory (aka $#LL WEEK" is over, I can actually work on my side.

    Will keep posting updates.

  • frogvalleyfrogvalley Posts: 124 ✭✭✭

    Sound fun! Wish I was closer so I could come take a look.

    @RustBeltCowgirl Is there a reason you are using fluorescent as opposed to LED lights?

  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 160 ✭✭✭

    That's what came with the barn package. Dad installed them. I could probably change them out without much problem. Well, I didn't really look at the box very closely, they could be LED. Will check later.

  • ltwickeyltwickey Posts: 56 ✭✭✭

    Good luck in your endeavor!! Wish more young ladies would get involved in this type of life experiences!! Never stop pushing yourself and continue learning at every corner!!

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