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Buildings and Renovations

The Epic DIY Deck Project- Part 1- Planning and Digging Holes

21 Oct , 2013  

IMG_5012 The Epic DIY Deck Project was the process of building a huge 10 foot wide by 32 foot long deck by one person.
It was for our cabin (aka Cedar Workshop Test facility) in the boonies.

Since funds were low, and the place is way off the beaten path, a contractor could not be brought for this project. Hopefully, I can get it started and one of my neighbours will lend a hand for case a beer or homemade, strawberry Rhubarb pie. Read more here…

Music credit: Strange Days by YouTube Creator

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Wind Turbine Projects

A Great Source of Copper Wire for Homemade Wind Generator

9 Oct , 2013  

DSC02246 DSC02247 A short video showing where you can find a good source of copper wire to make coils for a homemade wind powered generator.
The copper wire is found in regular household appliances like blenders, microwave ovens and old power tools. Try to find motors that use lots of power. For example, the blender I found used over 600 watts! It had really nice chunky copper wire.
Don’t be discouraged with get the layers of metal plates, it takes time. One method is to heat up the motor super hot and then drop it in a bucket of cold water. I tried doing that on my BBQ and didn’t really work. I was concerned that the enamel on the copper wire might melt off. I used a hack saw, drill, axe and attacked it in my vice. The whole process is like preparing a fish-eating, strip away the guts and bones to get at the meat inside.
Feel free to comment on what works
Music credit; Strange Days by YouTube music Library


Music credit; Strange Days by YouTube music Library

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How to Build a Log Archway and Cedar Boxes

27 Sep , 2013  

Had a wonderful opportunity to work on a different project for a wedding.

An out-of-town bride and groom wanted to be married under an archway made of logs.

So, to get started, a reference photo was emailed from halfway around the world and the bride asked to have it ready for their wedding in a month.

The criterion was, it had to be portable, tall enough to stand under, but, could also fit inside a standard 8 foot tall ceiling room (in case of rain). With aid of a trade show booth base plates, it was quite easy to come up with a design that could stand up.
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Heat and Cooling,Power Tools

Dead Tree Cutting Project

17 Sep , 2013  

My father took the lead on the chainsaw and helped cut down a bunch of dead trees near the cabin. My father grew up on a farm on the East Coast and has tons more experience cutting trees safely. With my previous problems with these type of trees, I have no problems letting someone more experienced do the cutting.

Since the older Stihl 011 AVT gas chainsaw was needing some parts, we used a the back up saw. A 3-year-old Poulan 16-in 13.5A Electric Chainsaw running off a 6500 watt generator.

We used a proven method of a 100 foot rope and 3 inch pulley tied to a tree. It helped guide the tree in a certain direction. It worked like a charm and it kept people (and buildings) out of harms way.

Big thanks to my Dad advice, Mom helping pull and my 9-year-old son for filming.

Music credit: Aces High by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0.

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Power generation,Solar Power Projects

A Passive Venting Battery Bank for Off-Grid Applications

13 Sep , 2013  

Overhead of the batteries I uses a passive venting system for the battery box. The battery box hold (4) 6 volt deep cycle batteries. It is wire for a the volt system. The box was constructed from f/8″ Birch plywood and painted white. The lid can easily be flipped open and closed tightly. I have added a seal around the outside of the lid. For me, it’s just a piece of mind that something can function without moving parts. The venting system was made up from 3/4″ – 1-1/2″ PVC pipe that was dry fitted together. The large 1-1/2″ pipe for the rising hydrogen and the small 3/4″ fresh air pipe running to the bottom. It creates a vacuum inside the box and doesn’t need electricity to work.

The batteries appear dirty because they bubbled over and the acid had to be neutralized with baking soda.

Here you can see the shunt for the Tri-Meter meter

Here you can see the shunt for the Tri-Meter meter

The 2" PVC is the entry for the hydrogen and the small 1 inch is the fresh air coming in

The 2″ PVC is the entry for the hydrogen and the small 1 inch is the fresh air coming in

The vent system passing through the box

Exhaust and fresh air intake PVC pipes.

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