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2.0 out of 5 stars Slick infomercial ?, June 11, 2012
This review is from: The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors (Paperback)
The book's illustration are very poorly drawn, distorted, distracting, confusing and not to helpful. The photos are also too few and do not show enough detail. The book seems like a slick marketing tool since it keeps referring you to visit certain website for more info, and some of those website charge you a fee for the info. Then there are whole chapters devoted to off the shelf expensive human powered tools for example $1,899 for a bike powered blender . In a few years those website may not be around providing the info - then what ? When discussing lawn care the book disregards the very practical and affordable scythe and instead devotes 3 pages to expensive reel mowers that are finicky about the height of the grass/weeds, the thickness of the grass/weeds and the lay of the land.
For example - was hoping to find plans for a pedal powered washing machine - what I found was how to take a modern style washer and convert it to bike power. But suppose you want to make a washer from scratch using drums and such - no info on that. What about the spin cycle - no luck here either. What about a human powered winnower - no plans.
I have been "green" for decades and I what is sickening is watching capitalism highjack the movement. It almost seems that if you want to be green you have to move to a "third world" country to be able to access affordable appropriate technology because in the USA it will cost you an arm and leg to get it.
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Initial post: Nov 27, 2012 9:41:32 PM PST
Have you by any chance found a way to make a washer? Maybe in another book?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 8:25:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 8:26:21 PM PST
anonymous says:
Yes and no. MIT had plans - but I never pursued it. There is a nice hand moved design on youtube thats fairly easy to make - but has no spin dry dry - so it relies more on extra rinsings. Basicaly a long pipe thru the center of the long axis of a barrel. The pipe is suspended between 2 saw horses or a frame of some sort. An entrance with a hinged door (made of the portion of the barrel you cut for the entrance) on the side of the barrel lets you put the cloths in. You then close the door. You rock the barrel using a handle attached to on end of the barrel. There is a spigot on bottom side to drain water. Can not remember the video's author or would give credit - some time searching should turn it up.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2014 7:53:55 AM PDT
Sue Staley says:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyRMuQ_8oj0
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