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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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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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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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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End Cuts, Power generation, Solar Power Projects

Adding the 99 Cent Solar Panel to the Satellite TV Dish Mount

24 Apr , 2015   Video

[metaslider id=1394] Picked up a small solar panel off of eBay for 99 cents. The seller has no information about the voltage or amps, but, for 99 cents, I thought I would bid anyway. Ended up winning the panel for 99 cents and shipping was $12.00, Cool! Did some research on the web and these […]

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Power generation, Solar Power Projects

Simple Solar Panel Sun Tracker from an Old Satellite TV Dish

10 Apr , 2015   Video

[metaslider id=1347] This was an easy project and final outcome will be functional! I have wanted to make this type of solar sun tracker for a while. The project took 2 days and there was many opportunities to get creative with some of the modifications. Once to you can get a hold of an old […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Roof Ice Does a Number to the Small Wind Turbine Tower

26 Feb , 2015  

Never know what to find when you arrive to an off grid property. Drove up with the family on Friday night and saw the small wind turbine tower was at a serious list to one side. Didn’t see damage from a tree branch or a broken guy wire. The small tower is located on top […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Finding a Location for the Big Turbine Tower- Part 1

23 Feb , 2015  

Finding a suitable location for the big (600 watt) wind turbine tower has been an ongoing project.  One of the main problems is our location was surrounded by 40 foot tall trees. I also want it relatively close to the cabin for security reasons and close to the deep cycle batteries. In a previous video, I mount the […]

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