Buildings and Renovations

The Quest for Running Water Inside our Cabin

18 Aug , 2017  

This project was started just after the roof ice ripped off the main water supply pipe. Instead of replacing it and having the same problem again in a few years, I decided to take the water barrels off the roof and bring them inside and under the cabin. Due to the lack of resources, I […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Heat and Cooling, Relaxing

The Cowboy Hot Tub Project – Part 2

16 Sep , 2016  

Lots of changes to the project, but the end results was a hot bath in an off-grid situation. The first was to move the tub to a better location for my family. The old tub was located down at the lake, which can be tiresome walking up and down the hill to use the washroom, […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Hauling, digging, etc

Getting Stumped in July- Digging out a Tree Root

29 Jul , 2016  

Part 1- The project for July was to remove a stubborn Douglas Fir tree stump. The tree was diseased at the top and had to be cut down last February. The stump had to be removed. The plan was to install wooden step leading down to the lake. Started digging on the side of the […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Firewood

Solar Firewood Dryer/Kiln Project- Part 1

8 Feb , 2016   Video

The first part of this project takes place at our full-time home in the suburbs. We are located on the west coast of Canada, just above Seattle, WA. It’s the only part of Canada that receives very little snow in the winter. The downside, rain, lots of cold rain and high humidity. Anything that is […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Wildlife

How to Make a Bat House from Scrap Wood- Part 1

24 Sep , 2015   Video

This video will show you how to construct a bat house from lumber and plywood scraps. This is a fairly easy project and can be constructed with only a few tools. Most of the materials can be found free from a lumber yard or left over from a home renovation project. (Plans to come) Bats […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Hauling, digging, etc

Cousin Lee Lends a Hand Moving Trees

10 Aug , 2015   Video

Had a family member drop by for a visit earlier in the summer. It was a relaxing to hang out with a person that was in the same mindset with the off-grid lifestyle. Lee and I as children were lucky to travel to the family cottage on weekends. It was the opportunity to make epic […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Other, Plumbing

Build a Basic Grey Water Filter System- Part 1

12 Dec , 2014  

The grey water filter system was hatched from a late night fix of a blocked, groundwater pipe. The main drain┬ápipe, which has been in use for 30 years, was 3″ in diameter and made from PVC. It’s job was to move ground water from the front of the cabin (uphill) and empty to the back […]

Buildings and Renovations, Relaxing

Epic DIY Deck Project- Part 9- All The Trimmings and Project Totals

24 Oct , 2014  

It’s been a few weeks, so I thought it would be a good time for an update of the Epic DIY Deck Project. In video, I show how a simple deck board is used to frame in the outside of the deck, plus I point out another one of my finds and mention how much […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Food, Heat and Cooling, Plumbing, Solar Power Projects

The Long List of Cabin To-Dos

8 Oct , 2014  

This video covers the typical “To Do List” for someone who owns or maintains a cabin/cottage off grid. You can make plans, but when you finally set foot on the property, you soon discover there’s a lot more that needs to be done. The hardest thing is to stay focused and finish the job you […]

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Buildings and Renovations

Shop Local for Better Prices on Nuts and Bolts

3 Oct , 2014  

This is a plug for a local business that gave me some good advice and the prices were impressive. I didn’t get anything free, but I didn’t get gorged either. I don’t mind pay more for a better product, but nothing is worse than paying more a product (and think you got a good deal!) […]

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Buildings and Renovations

Epic DIY Deck Project 8- Rocking Out the Deck Rails

5 Sep , 2014  

The Epic DIY Deck Project is almost finished. Had to finish off the deck railing, add a few more deck boards, stairs and finishing touches. Had the chance to head out to the cabin on the Labour Day Long Weekend. The focus was to get the railing completed and get some close-ups on some of […]

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Buildings and Renovations, End Cuts

Epic DIY Deck Project 7: Tips For Deck Boards

29 Aug , 2014  

I took a couple days off my full-time job and worked at getting most of the deck boards down. As I was securing the planks down, I ran into a few problems. For example, I miscalculated how much lumber I actually had in-stock and was short by a 120 lineal feet. Lucky for me, I […]

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Buildings and Renovations

Great Lumber Deal, Buying Bulk and Gift Cards

12 Aug , 2014  

The following video will hopefully show people how to find deals on lumber and hardware for big projects. It doesn’t hurt to hunt around the local lumber yards and find materials that at first might look bad, but after some elbow grease, can be new again. The lumber used for this deck project is Western […]

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