Welcome: we provide open source designs for biomass
briquetting applications along with chime design and build. Designs include parts list, notes,
drawings and assembly instructions. Below are some recent
articles covering a range of topics.
sounding set of wind chimes can be built for about $15 to $40
depending on the chime set size you select. Choose from four
height selections ranging from 36 to 75 inches (900-1900 mm).
Add your creative touch by altering the material and style used
for the top support disk, striker and wind sail.
This small press is
suggested for single-family use, classroom demonstrations,
or a small village. Best used where a small footprint and easy to build press using hand
tools are required. There are two versions, Brace or Notch.
This is about Choices. Briquetting for any operation requires a biomass
mold, whether its a small village, single family, or classroom operation.
You have choices and there are no wrong or right, best or worst, good or
bad molds for making biomass briquettes.
A variety of molds will
work equally well and one type may be best suited for you
depending on the availability of construction materials, tools, cost, skill level, and briquetting requirements. This
document provides choices to consider when selecting a
biomass mold design.
Molds for shaping biomass into round, square, sticks, cubes
and chunks. Drilled, slotted, and split PVC molds along
with slotted wood as an alternate to PVC. Two caulking gun presses, split plunger pistons and more.
Other DIY biomass designs
When you find yourself in SW Ohio on a Saturday or Sunday,
be sure to stop in for a fascinating experience.
Six informative exhibits categories include the following:
VOA: Experience complete coverage of the VOA from the
reason it began to it's large audience today and why. Newly
opened is the large 250 KW Collins 821-A1 transmitter where you
can walk through the final amplifier. Learn why the
Volksempfger radio was responsible for Hitler's domination of
Germany and about VOA's Special English.
Crosley Exhibit: An extensive exhibit detailing many of Powel
Crosley's products and inventions. Crosley made over a 100
different products, many of which are on display.
Wireless Timeline Evolution: An impressive wireless room
exhibiting the history and implementation of wireless
technology. Learn how the Ear Bud began.
Media Heritage: An outstanding display of Cincinnati's Radio
and TV Heritage from the very beginning, including Larry
STEM Lab: Experience the Radio STEM Lab where you will learn
about the very beginning of radio from the lodestone to AI
Gray History of Wireless:
This exhibit is made up of
over a thousand items. You will learn about the development of
radio and of the earliest experiments by Marconi, Hertz, Faraday
Water Pumping Steam Engines
By Leland L. Hite, 6 MB, PDF
From the organization
Cincinnati Triple Steam
based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Leland L. Hite tells of the extreme
difficulties associated with the installation for a system of
steam-powered pumping engines of
gigantic proportions on a capricious river that dictated its
By: Jeff Swertfeger, Lawrence
Moster, Leland L. Hite, and Bruce L. Whitteberry, 10.5 MB, PDF
Very possibly no other department of the
City of Cincinnati
possesses a more interesting history than the Water Works: not
only from its special record, but because it is more closely
connected with the development of the city, and illustrates its
progress to a better advantage.
Becoming desperate for a solution to a medical condition
can cause irrational people to embrace alternate medical
solutions that others consider the work of quacksalvers. This
investigation into the Pathoclast discovers a surprising answer
for why people would endorse treatment from a device that
doesn't work for a disease they don't have. Read how the hoax
RADIO and TV BONERS, FLUFFS, SPOONERISMS, FLUBS, BLOOPERS and SLIPS.
How Time Balls Worked Featuring
Birthplace of American Astronomy,
3.6 MB, PDF
By Leland L. Hite
great-grandfather drop the ball again Perhaps he watched it drop
How time was decided in the Greater Cincinnati area before radio
signals, telegraphy, or other electronic methods. Preserving our
global heritage for signaling time, prior to modern electronic
methods, were time balls, time guns and time flaps that
synchronized with the local astronomical observatory. First
dropped in 1829 at Portsmouth, England, they remain today an
ornamental and educational attraction in many locations around
The traditional configuration of facing the headstone
along an eastwest axis and positioning the body with the head pointing
west, thereby allowing the feet to see the rising sun, was not followed
with this pattern; instead, the wheel pattern was used, but why
Are you more efficient at converting food into useful energy
compared to the efficiency of a nuclear power plant converting nuclear
fuel into useful energy Learn about many surprising energy efficiency
Dodges Institute of Telegraphy (DIT) began in December 1873 and
largest school of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The institute
wireless telegraphy and courses in radio technology were added to the
In 1944, DIT was renamed Valparaiso Technical Institute (Valpo
Tech or VTI). Rated among the top 10 such educational organizations in
the world, Valpo Tech became the oldest electronic institute in the
country. The school celebrated its final graduation on May 25, 1990, and
closed its doors after the January 1991 graduation, sponsored by the
Valpo Tech Alumni Association.
As a quarter century has passed since the last VTI commencement
ceremony, I present this article in honor of all DIT and VTI graduates
on this Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.
Timeline Jack Gray
Used at the Cincinnati Water
Everything to do with lime
Nothing to do with water
In public with a female nude
Thrives on hydrogen and oxygen
WHAT IS IT and how was this device used
A long time passed before we finally solved this mystery, We no
longer have the device but we do have pictures taken in 1902.
You can read the fascinating story surrounding the mystery and
how the identity for the unknown device was discovered.
If your goal was to meet
that special girl or guy, you would throw a May Basket on the apple of
your eye. When you wanted to gather a group of friends for a party, you
might throw a May Basket. Often, you wanted to recognize that special
person for doing well, and throwing a May Basket was an appropriate
While your chance of being struck by lightning in your lifetime
is estimated at 1 in 5,000, it is much better than winning the
lottery. Participating in high-risk outdoor activities when
lightning approaches can increase your odds of a lightning
experience. You can significantly reduce your risk by practicing
These guidelines are from classroom handouts provided during continuing education credit classes for lighting safety, by
Electrical Engineer, Leland L. Hite.
YES: it's okay to ask your outdoor event planners
about their event safety plan for lightning.
ASK: The Coach, The Referee, The Umpire, The Administrators, The Parents, The Event Planner, or the Sponsor.
See the Lane water conveyance system model in Interactive-3D
by downloading the file
Water Conveyance System 3D-PDF.pdf and view in Adobe
Must download and view using
Adobe Reader, not
in your browser.
Our scholarly work breaks new ground on an event that was of
tremendous importance to the world: the testing of the first
successful reaping machine, which revolutionized agriculture
globally in the nineteenth century and started farming down
the path toward industrialization. That test,
with its far-reaching consequences, took place near Mt.
Healthy, Ohio, in 1835. Even though books and articles from
the 1800s and early 1900s noted the achievement, it has been
largely overlooked in our time, and it has never been fully
researched and described. Bob and I made it our mission to
investigate the matter thoroughly. Over the past year, we
discovered many surprising facts that had been forgotten or
that had never been brought to light.
This article was originally published in the October-November
2014 edition of Engineers and. Engines Magazine,
and posted here with permission from the publisher.
Inventor of the Reaper, Obed Hussey, Ohio
Historical Marker, Dedicated September 9, 2017
On the 12th of December (2014), Leland
Hite and Robert T. Rhode, acting on behalf of the Mt.
Healthy Historical Society, recovered the last remaining
component of the first cable suspension bridge built in
Ohio. The 167-year-old iron tripod was one of four that had supported the
cables of the 42′ bridge crossing the West Branch of Mill
Creek near Mt. Healthy. Built in 1847, the footbridge on the
Lane family farm was the brainchild of William Lane, brother
of Clark Lane, the noted industrialist whose company of
Owens, Lane and Dyer manufactured steam engines and sawmills
in Hamilton, Ohio. The ingenious bridge was one of the first
suspension bridges in the United States.
MY OWN TOOLS SURE!
8 MB, PDF
From The Ship Shape Sharp Shop, by Ersal Kindelv
Berea College Symposiums
WOOD TURNING and JOINERY
May and June, 1985
Said by Ersal Kindel: "A Sharp
Tool Is A Safe Tool, has been said many times and I say it again.
Not only that but there is joy in using a sharp tool. There is a lot of
satisfaction in making smooth clean cuts in a piece of wood, but---this
is nearly impossible if the cutting edge is not sharp. So, let's see how
we can get and hold a sharp edge.
I'll show you one way −
the way I do it."