Heat and Cooling, Power generation

Wood Stove Generator – Part 1

15 Oct , 2016  

The goal was to generate a few watts of power from a woodstove. It would charge a 12-volt battery or run a small circulating water pump. The project came about when I was waiting for some parts for the Cowboy Hot Tub project, I thought I would mess around with some ideas for generating power […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects, Woodworking

2nd Attempt at Making Plywood Gears

30 Jul , 2016  

Have not been to the cabin for a few weeks. There have been too many household projects that need to get done first. But, in between the daily chores, I’ve been messing around with gears made from plywood. Also wanted to incorporate more woodworking into the projects. The plan for this project was to mount […]

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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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End Cuts, Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 3- Experimental Wind Turbine Tower – Black Night Flesh Wound

4 Jun , 2016  

In a previous video, the support tower was raised up into place. The 23-foot support tower would make the process of erecting the towers easier and safer. The plan was to come back, lower the tower for maintenance and remove some of the blades. But, as life goes, we had some commitments on the home […]

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Hauling, digging, etc, Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 2- Experimental Wind Turbine Tower Project- New Support Pole

15 Apr , 2016  

A video shot through a week early April. It’s about a concept I thought about for servicing the large wind turbine. It was how to erect a support pole for the existing big wind turbine tower. It’s one of the steps required to raise and lower the big wind turbine. The support pole was from […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 1- Experimental Wind Turbine Tower Project – Using a Tall Tree

2 Apr , 2016  

A video about raises up a super tall tree into the air with a bunch of pulleys and then see how it functions as a wind turbine tower. The goal of the project was to source materials for a 50-foot tower, in this case, a skinny, tall, dead tree. Then use a living tree as the […]

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Equipment, Transportation

How to Fix a Small Tubeless Tire

30 Mar , 2016   Video

Nothing to do with wind turbines, but knowing how to fix a tubeless tire when you’re out in the boonies will help BIG TIME! Especially when your snowblower or wheelbarrow tire goes flat. All you need is a ratchet binder and an air pump. Takes about 10 minutes and you’re done.

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

The Weekend Wind Turbine Tower- Part 2 – The Hook Up!

25 Mar , 2016   Video

A short video showing some of the basic steps required to hook up a small wind turbine to an off-grid battery bank.

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

The Weekend Wind Turbine Tower Rustle-Up, Yee Ha!

4 Mar , 2016   Video

Finally, I made some time to put up the small wind turbine tower. The deep cycle batteries in the main cabin needed to be charged. The snow covered solar panels were just not cutting it and not providing the necessary amps to charge the system. It was time to put up the small wind turbine […]

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Hauling, digging, etc, Transportation

A New Cabin Truck… 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4×4

5 Dec , 2015   Video

We now have a truck! (finally). With aid of my father-in-law’s salesmanship, we now own an used, 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT, Quad Cab 4 x 4. Sweet!  We have been wanting a truck for a while, but the cost versus quality never arose. We had friends offer vehicles, but they were on their last […]

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Firewood, Power Tools

STIHL 011 AVT Chainsaw Problem- Part 2

21 Sep , 2015   Video

With fall approaching now is a good time to get chainsaws tuned up and ready. Thought I would take another stab at getting the STIHL 0011 AVT arborist chainsaw working. Really like the small chainsaw. You can use it for an hour and it doesn’t tire you out. the power to weight ratio was excellent. […]

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Budget Workshop Project, End Cuts, Equipment, Power generation, Solar Power Projects, Wind Turbine Projects

Summer 2015 Solar and Wind Power Update

3 Sep , 2015   Video

Since the budget was drained from the Epic DIY deck project, there wasn’t much wiggle room for new equipment. Had to make do with what I had, and do some clever reconfiguring of the solar and wind power equipment for 2015 summer. Solar Panels Moved the factory made, 100-watt panel to the new main cabin […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Off Grid Wind Turbine Update

13 Aug , 2015   Video

Well, I am proud to announce I finally got the big turbine up in the air and working. A neighbour came over and gave me a hand to raise the wind turbine tower. It wasn’t super heavy, but with two people it made it a lot easier. What also helped was securing a winch and a […]

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