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  1. ledfoot

    Some WA State Recreational Bud

    There are brands of bud that claim to be organic here in Washington state. I was going to say we don't have anything like CO regulations but I googled this: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/08/13/30701385/you-could-buy-wsda-certified-organic-pot-next-year https://www.gleamlaw.com/organic-cannabis/
  2. ledfoot

    Some WA State Recreational Bud

    As an update, in summary: I'm fucking bitter. My foot has a chronic injury now and I went to the stores a few times a month or two ago. Tried CBD strains for the first time, I don't know if they helped my inflammation because I was on maximum label dosage of ibuprofen for a month. CBD bud with layer of keif or bubble hash on top seemed like a good high. There are no consistantly good brands of bud that I know of. Something good one month is meh later on. The bud is typically way over dried. You can find decent THC levels at $20 for four grams but it is typically harsh. Out of twelve "eighths" I purchased, only two had sufficient moisture to allow any curing to happen at all. Two eighths tasted of MOLD. I purchased a variety of the $5/gram offerings as well as the "top shelf" by price. Price is not a good indication of satisfaction with the product. Extracts would seem to be the way to go but . . .the Regulator Xtracts brand of sugar waxes sent up big plumes of black smoke--not a good feeling. I forgot the brand but one concentrate gave me a huge hit of propane/butane. Kief can be decent; house blend of indica, hybrid, or sativa sells for $15 a gram. They all have about the same high for me, though. Last year, I found a hash ball that was remarkably like the mid quality imports from decades ago. I haven't had that experience since then; I paid $80 for an eighth of meh recently. I no longer vape so I don't have an opinion about the cartridges, etc. Oh, and I was not pleased with the store that says "100% pure cannabis" in their marketing when they sell Soulshine brand bud that has been sprayed with oils of rosemary, sage, and I forget what else. Edit: I forgot to mention, most of the bud has what I call proto seeds but not as bad as my pics above.
  3. I've delayed posting because the patent situation seriously angered me. One of my grandfather's patents was stolen by DuPont. My professor of a business law class was a partner in a law firm specializing in IP (intellectual property). My uncle held several patents. I have a very firm idea of what a US patent is. There was a pdf of an earlier decision in Nebraska but I couldn't find it when I posted the material above. Here is the decisive ruling: http://www.talkglass.com/forum/showthread.php?67570-OxyFrog-VS-Hvo Getting back to my own stuff, I have decided to stay where I am and build my studio in the outboard half of my two-car garage. Ventilation is critical; I will be replacing a window with a commercial fan and louvered shutters. The O2 concentrators each draw 600W and the compressor is an inductive load so my house electrical system needs to handle the equivalent of a set of traditional HPS lights. Ideally, a glass studio should be in a detached building for safety. The propane tank needs to be outside and should enter the studio via rigid pipe like the black iron used for natural gas. My torch is a GTT Mirage, something I can grow into. It has separate input ports for the center fire and outer ring of fire. I have a foot pedal to turn the outer ring on and off. The center fire is the same as a GTT Lynx. The Lynx will run best on a 10 lpm concentrator that has been modified to provide 20 PSI (10 PSI is typical). When you add an annealing kiln, this all adds up to major money. I chose to call lampwork alternative therapy when it became clear I would not be getting what I wanted from the healthcare system. There are two major divisions of lampworking: soft and boro. The borosilicate has a COE (coefficient of expansion) of around 33. Soft glass requires less flame heat and has a COE of 99 (and the less popular 104). Boro is used for "functional" glass: pipes, bongs, rigs, etc. Soft glass is typically used by beadmakers (although boro can be used (but never together, they would crack)). Beads can be made with a "hot head" torch, no oxygen needed. Like many forums these days, the glassworking ones are pretty dead but beadmakers are at http://lampworketc.com/forums/ I've never gone to reddit before but there is https://www.reddit.com/r/lampwork/ If I were to recommend a budget boro setup I think I'd say: Torch: GTT Bobcat $195 https://www.mountainglass.com/GTT-Bobcat (MGA is often considered the best flamework supplier; I've been very happy with them.) Oxygen: the simplest system is a welding tank with a regulator but this becomes an ongoing expense in terms of dollars and convenience. So I'd say look at craigslist for a used concentrator, preferably a 10 lpm but the 5 lpm are more common. The 5 lpm models use almost as much electricity. (A pisser is, new medical concentrators require a prescription because they are considered durable medical equipment by US regulations.) I bought my concentrators from here but they are still in the shipping box so I can't vouch for the quality of refurb. https://saltcityglass.com/products/platinum-10-flash-sale/ (They seem to have sales during the winter.) $600 Hoses: they need to be "T" rated for propane, standard oxy/acetylene hoses will break down chemically. Propane regulator $85 https://www.mountainglass.com/Single-Stage-0-30-psi-Fuel-Gas-Regulator-National Annealing kiln: you need this to prevent your work from cracking after you make it, also used for preheating. I bought a bigger model but here is one with a 9 x 9 x 9 inch interior: https://www.theglasshive.com/collections/aluminum-body-kilns/products/short-deep-and-tall-guy $975 delivered. (beadmaking kilns are shorter and cheaper) For boro, it is recommended to work with clear glass first before moving on to color. Major cities have glass blowing classes but they are usually the glory hole furnace type. Boro classes are typically secondary but you can find references for one-on-one instruction. Edit: this table is from Mountain Glass Arts:
  4. ledfoot

    Repot smart pots?

    Fabric pots don't allow for "slide out" of a fully rooted plant. The fabric peels back. Smart pot has a transplant video but it's stupid because he doesn't use a supporting device like this guy: I have no opinion about starting large, I expect I'll try it for my next grow, but the consensus is to start small.
  5. ledfoot

    Minus 60 this morning

    (Just to be an ass) My roses are blooming here in Seattle.
  6. ledfoot

    BongAlot has returned from the grave!

    So, Instagram?
  7. ledfoot


    Boudica is my favorite strain that I've grown in modern times (since the early '80s). I've done maybe ten plants of it. I'm on an extended break now but I smoke (bong) all day, every day. Grew four plants of Aztec Rain last time and I'd have to say I was disappointed. Real sativa in this sense: after the first hit, saying "That was pretty good; I think I'll do another" BUT then later on, feels almost like couchlock. I did a lousy job growing the AR but I think the effect was accurate (for me).
  8. ledfoot

    What do you listen in this moment ?

    I do indeed despise pop country. Back on topic: http://sundaybaroque.org/listen/
  9. ledfoot

    Need help with ducting...

    Homedepot: 10 in. x 25 ft. Insulated Flexible Duct R6 Silver Jacket I used this in my attic, connecting a 8" mix-flow S&P inline fan with a 12" hood at the peak of my roof. I mainly wanted the insulation to prevent condensation during the winter. Very quiet. I bought strips of black neoprene rubber from zoro.com to suspend my fan. Works great. Edit: but not absolutely quiet. If you are moving air, there is going to be some noise.
  10. I got bitched out in the past for asking what market a person lives in, so I have nothing to offer here.
  11. In case anyone is wondering why I'm posting this here, it is because the president of the High Volume Oxygen company has threatened to sue people (including serving papers, I guess). The (BS) HVO patents are here: https://www.highvolumeoxygen.com/patents/ Background: http://www.talkglass.com/forum/showthread.php?64885-oxygen-frog-verses-high-volume-oxygen-pro-and-con-im-leaning-toward-frog-thanks-craig I've made two changes to my design after watching the Torch Talk videos. I was planning to let the concentrators run continuously. This would be wasteful but manageable, the wall exhaust fan would prevent excess pooling of oxygen in the work area, I think. The solenoid bleed valve on a timer is a more elegant solution. (What is needed is for the sieves to purge for a minute or two before the oxygen reserve tank is filled.) I was planning to purge the holding tanks at the start of each shift but would need a flow restrictor for the initial part of the fill. My new plan will slow the compressor down until the pressure is about 45 PSI. The speed control will be accomplished with an autotransformer from Parts Express (with a fuse added to the secondary). A PWM fan control would likely work but the transformer should be smoother. I would guess Oxygen Frog uses variable PWM. My design is a two-speed arrangement after the initial adjustment. Edit: I love zoro.com (a division of Grainger). They run this discount several times a year (good through the 24th): I've seen this compressor used most often by DIY people: https://www.zoro.com/gast-piston-air-compressor-16hp-115v-1ph-1hab-44-m100x/i/G1222715/ You will find the flow/pressure curve at gast.com. Edit2: A good explanation of autotransformer motor starting: Theory Of Operation - Autotransformer Starter.pdf (but not really the same thing as the use in my design.) I'm quite sure the Gast 86R uses a PSC (permanent split capacitor) type motor. And I can de-rate the primary fuse in the Parts Express variac to protect the secondary circuit. Edit3: The timer contacts need to be rated to handle the inductive load of the solenoid. If not, the timer should operate a power relay coil instead.
  12. I've decided to move to another location before I build a glass studio. This is a commercially available HVLP system: If you want to know more about the concentrators:
  13. ledfoot

    My New Mission Quest and an S.O.S

    Hi Mike, I haven't seen any posts on other forums that would recommend an especially good trimmer for your operations. I wasn't sure why a Canadian would care much about Jeff Sessions but I guess execution is an attention-getter: https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/03/22/jeff-sessions-marijuana-death-penalty/102131/ Update from last month: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/editorials/sd-trump-sessions-marijuana-20180416-story.html
  14. May Day celebrations in England came under fire by the Puritans in the 17th century. They claimed the holiday was a time of reckless sexual conduct, "a hundred youths go into the woods over night...scarcely a third of them returned home undefiled." Source: https://muarchives.missouri.edu/mayday1.html
  15. Happy May Day! University of Missouri, 1911: