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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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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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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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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Hauling, digging, etc, Heat and Cooling

Using a Winch-in-a-Bag to Move Large Logs

8 Apr , 2015   Video

[huge_it_slider id=”2″] This portable winch is a must have for an off-grid dweller or off-road explorer. It’s set up to work off a trailer hitch, 12 volt car battery and has a pulling rate of 2000lbs. Picked up last year, on sale, for only $79 dollars (regular $129.99). The project I needed it for was […]

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Hauling, digging, etc, Heat and Cooling, Power Tools

Spring Break Tree Clean Up

26 Mar , 2015   Video

Had some time off during Spring Break in March.  Decided it was a good time to remove some trees that were diseased and to close to cabin. Side note: Personally, I don’t like to cut down trees, I like the shade and privacy they offer. But these were too close to the structure and could come […]

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Hauling, digging, etc, Transportation

How Not to Transport a Ladder with a Snowmobile

12 Feb , 2015   Video

Spent a few days up at the cabin messing around with projects. The weather was quite mild and it made it easier to get outside projects finished. One of them was to go up on the roof and remove snow and fix a leak. I needed an extension ladder to get on the roof safely. […]

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Hauling, digging, etc, Power Tools

A Tree’s April Fools Trick

4 Apr , 2013  

Things don’t always go as planned.One of the trees close to the lake was rotten on the inside. The best time to trim trees is in the early spring before the ice thaws on the lake. The plan was to drop the tree on the lake and then buck it up in smaller pieces. Parts of […]

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