Saturday, April 30, 2016

Literary Trumps needs your help


Another quick mention for one of the Shedworking staff's side projects (which features at least one shedworker in Virginia Woolf). It's a crowdfunded Trumps game focusing on writers, their quotability, their literary prizes, their major works, and, naturally, their speed. You can find out more (and pledge) at the Unbound site which is publishing it.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Off-grid shepherds' huts


Somerset-based Blackdown Shepherd Huts are launching a 'Eco Solar Huts' range in response to requests for environmentally-friendly huts, wired for 12V, with USB sockets.

"We've had an increase in demand for huts that customers want situated in remote, unspoiled locations," says Will Vickery, who owns Blackdown which already use local suppliers, Somerset wool for insulation, apply predominantly water-based paints, and fit the exterior of the huts with British steel. "Alongside this, people want to feel good about having a low impact on the environment. We've also had requests for huts to be located where it is not possible or feasible to run mains power.

"This eco-friendly method means that everything in the hut is powered without any mains electricity.  It even has a 12v fridge running off the solar.  Our huts have been designed to use as minimal power as possible so there will still be power even on grey days.

"There is an inverter that steps up the 12v to 240v to run the gas hot water boiler fan, ignition and the gas hob ignition.  Inverters themselves use a small amount of energy when on. To this end, we have mounted a little remote ‘light' switch so the inverter only needs to be flicked on when the water or hob is needed to help people reduce the power being used."

The Eco Solar huts can be powered with either semi-flexible Mono-crystalline solar panels curved over the roof or with rigid ground mounted panels. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Air conditioning in a garden office


An interesting short article by Advantage Air Systems looks at the pros of having air conditioning in your garden office. Here's a snippet:
Direct electric heating is expensive and inefficient to run, whereas modern air conditioning units are vastly more energy efficient. They can reduce electricity bills by as much as 30-50%. If you use your garden office all day every day, you could find that your newly installed air conditioning system pays for itself within a few years in reduced running costs. Air conditioning systems also benefit from being very controllable. You can set the timer to the desired temperature for maximum comfort and efficiency resulting in a space that is cool and comfortable in the summer and warm and cosy in the winter.
 Well worth a browse.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What shed should I buy?


A jolly little interactive quiz from Waltons. Click here to have a go. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Smökers: Mark Reigelman's shedworking art


An art installation in New York by Mark Reigelman who placed a specially-designed wooden cabin over various manholes which had steam coming out of them to create a jolly effect.

Smökers II from Mark Reigelman II on Vimeo.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Shed Head craft beer launches


One for shedworkers to look out for from the start of May from Carlsberg. According to the Morning Advertiser, it will be a 4.6% ABV American Pale Ale made with Cascade and Citra hops which will be produced in Sweden and imported into the UK. It will be part of the same Backyard Brewery range as The Lawnmower.
Thanks to the eagle-eyed Uncle Wilco.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Studying tiny houses


The Tiny House Project is a course run by Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania which aims "to develop a unique living/learning educational experience that integrates concepts of sustainability, simple living, environmental science/studies into students’ coursework and lifestyles". Students will design and build their own tiny houses and indeed live in it for a few weeks in a project the college says it hopes will postition it as an innovator in sustainability education. Here's a bit more from them about it all". If you're in the area on April 28, tiny house expert Bill Rockhill (pictured) will talk about his tiny house building experience.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cardboard shedworking


Ideal for the eco-minded shedworker with a penchant for water, Harry Dwyer and Charlie Waller of Aircraft Workshop have created what they claim is the world's first houseboat made entirely of recycled cardboard. Theywill be showcasing the logic-defying boat for the first time at Grand Designs Live on April 30.       

The aim is to make use of otherwise wasted cardboard found in and around the site of their workshop, transforming it into a fully seafaring vessel, capable of sleeping two. The boat, currently being assembled in London's historic docklands will contain two bunks, an electric motor, kitchen and all the amenities one would expect to find in a houseboat, in cardboard. As well as all the interior facilities, Harry and Charlie will include everything required for a fully functional boating experience such as fenders, rubbing strips, funnels, wheelhouse, portholes and even an anchor. ----------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Is this the world's fastest shed?


We've reported on various motorised sheds over the years, but Kevin Nicks from Chipping Norton claims his is the fastest, an upcycled VW Passat which can do nearly 90mph thanks to its V6 engine. More details about Kevin's build and battle with DVLA at the Daily Mirror -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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