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As a student in South Asian languages, culture and history, specialising in comparative cultures and cognitive science, I take special interest in the influence of cultural paradigms in the perception and interaction with the world in terms of development. I am also a polyglot with a strong passion for learning languages, including programming languages such as Python. Also I am firm supporter of unix and free software.


Feb
24
comment How to use ceramic glaze to waterproof an earthen tank?
Hello, I found out that glazing on temples was applied to bricks prior to construction. Firing post construction should be possible according to late Nader Khalili, but there is no technical details on the firing. However I found I could glaze with rosin. I made some tests melting resin from local saal trees and applied them to a ceramic shard, which is now waterproofed. We'll try this on rammed earth now and see if it is a success.
Feb
2
comment How to use ceramic glaze to waterproof an earthen tank?
Thanks for the feedback. I'll inquire further for an alternative to glaze. (I've seen brick temples that have a kind of glaze on the outside, which seems to be applied after construction. I am trying to find out how this is done.)
Feb
1
comment How to use ceramic glaze to waterproof an earthen tank?
I want to do it myself in my own garden and I want to help other, remote householders to do it themselves too. If working I would like to propose this solution on our website, aiming at home improvement towards self-sufficiency. openbiotecture.wordpress.com
Dec
20
comment How to add draught to simple box stove?
Thanks a lot for your response. I eventually chose Fiasco's because of the link he provided which was extremely useful.
Dec
19
comment How to add draught to simple box stove?
I couldn't change the pipe in diameter easily. However it has been extended to reach further up. I added a slider on the side at the bottom of about 2" high for air intake. A baffle was added vertically in the middle with an opening at the top of about 2". The stove works fine and the smoke gets sucked out forcefully. I consider this a success. Thanks.
Dec
4
comment How to add draught to simple box stove?
@bcworkz: thanks for the edit!
Dec
3
comment How to add draught to simple box stove?
Thanks Fiasco for your understanding and for pointing to this valuable information.
Dec
2
comment How to add draught to simple box stove?
Thanks for the warning. Indeed, I know little of what I did. I live in Nepal nowadays, where people simply cope with the cold and do not have stoves. I designed the stove from (a vague) memory of a stove I have seen in the mountains of Ladakh and gave the design to the local smith. I'll see to making the necessary changes.
Dec
1
comment How to add draught to simple box stove?
@FiascoLabs: Precisely, I have no air intake and therefore no associated control. So assuming changing the exhaust pipe is not possible at this point. What would you suggest I should do to allow air to circulate? Where would should I make the openings?
Oct
14
comment Is there a comparative study of self-sustained and ecological housing?
Thanks. I don't expect an absolute answer either indeed. I imagine there are compromises to make. To make a choice however, I need an intelligent and informative comparison.
Sep
13
comment Are solar panels cost-effective?
One can get an idea of the amount of solar energy with Gaisma.
Sep
13
comment Are solar panels cost-effective?
Putting environmental issues aside may not be the good way to go. Or you would assume environmental issues do not have a monetary cost. You might have to consider the costs of repairing environmental damage in your calculations.