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Sea Change: Ocean acidification | Pacific Ocean takes perilous turn

It’s no longer the time to be aware of these issues, but to do something about it, seriously.

In the link above, you’ll see that the consequences are already happening in a very rapid rate. We won’t be able to erase them overnight but we can try slowing down the ever-increasing rate and eventually, hopefully, Earth can be fixed.

Seattle Times is one of my favorite papers, they are willing to do such ordeals to make those reports and sometimes, they sacrifice so much for so little information. That information is vital for the story.

This time, they wrote Sea Change.

There is a story about crab industries. The people are trying to breed King Crab due to the depleting number of them in the open ocean. Another story is about a family owned oyster farm who moved half of their operation 3000 miles away to Hawaii from Washington State for the Hawaiian pristine water.

Read them and if you feel compelled to do something about it, do it now.

From the beginning of renovating my house and filling them with new and old furnitures, I have always wanted to build a sustainable living environment. One of the goals is to avoid using new raw materials when possible. How can I get them? You probably do not know that pine wood is used for shipping pallets. Most of them come from Germany. When they got here, they are sold to local woodworking shops who mostly specialized on working with pine wood. This is not a popular material in Indonesia. I heard I can get the wood from Kalimantan (Borneo) but I don’t bother looking for it and I don’t want newly cut pieces.

After finding the shop that is able to do woodworking on the material, I instruct them to expose the natural finish of the wood. The use of stain and finish can be avoided altogether. The only additional parts are the hinges. Less metal = better for environment. Since pallets are pretty much symmetry, I can easily figure out the size of the furnitures. Each parts are cut accordingly and no parts go to waste unless it’s really unusable. There are defects here and there. This is normal from shipping damage and I don’t mind having minor defects. Major defects can be hidden from the face of the furnitures.

The furnitures are not finished yet. When they are finished, I’ll post it here.

Currently, the work is in progress. The shop is making a room partition, a hanging cupboard, a short floor cupboard, and a cabinet under the concrete stairs. My house interior colors are mostly white and concrete. Pine wood will blend perfectly.

Here are some uses of pine wood:

Every single part of the house I am currently renovating needs to be well-thought-out. Currently I am using electric water heater. It consumes electricity like no other. It’s probably one of the bigger consumers of power in the house. So, for my new house. I want to use less electricity wherever possible. The first priority is off course, the most power hungry one.

I chose a solar water heater from Ariston. They are very reputable in many countries. I specifically chose the tube ones over flat panels due to its superior ability to absorb more sunlight. More sunlight = more heat. It has more surface area to absorb heat than flat panel solar water heater. Coupled with white roof, it will absorb even more.

Most if not all solar water heater installation on roof in Jakarta are a bit problematic. The water pipe goes thru the roof, not on it. It creates the possibility of leaking rain water on the thru hole when it rains. I don’t want the pipe goes thru the roof and I want the install to be as neat as possible without creating or modifying existing structure. As you can see on the photo, both cold water pipe, hot water pipe and power cable are tied together, laying on the roof. This is merely temporary solution. Soon, I will separate the two pipes and the power cable. There will be separate brackets for the water pipes, so in the event of harsh wind, it will stay still and should last longer.

As you can see on the pics above and below. There are a number of ball valves (Kitz) used. They are used to bypass water tank (Penguin), pump (Hitachi), filter (Yuki) and Ariston solar water heater. During maintenance, if water usage is a must, I can easily bypass one of them. The pipes (Rucika) used are quite thick too. Please do not mind the dirtiness of the newly aquaproofed surface. It’s clean now 🙂

It’s been 4 days since the install is finished. There is no leak and the heater seems to work perfectly. It don’t plan to turn-on the heating elements unless there is no sun for days which is a very rare occurrence in Indonesia. The 73 degree celcius below was when the weather was overcast. 73 degree is well over the desired temperature which is at 60 degree celcius. The photo that shows 88 degree celcius below the 73 degree photo was when the weather is reasonably hot. 88 degree is more than hot enough for consumption. So far, I am satisfied with the performance. The control panel itself is very simple. There is little learning curve if any. The control panel is fairly compact, you can practically place it anywhere around the house as long as you can route the thick cable that connects directly to the solar water heater on the roof.

Now that hot water installation is finished. The next subject is to close every single gap under the roof. What for? To block wind from entering the house and littering the ceiling with dust.