Food, Other, Wildlife, Woodworking

Build a Storage Box (or for Bears) Garbage Cans from Yellow Cedar

15 Aug , 2017  

The solar kiln for the firewood had to go. It did its job and dried the firewood, but now my spouse wants it gone. She now wants a bear proof box for the rolling green waste/garbage cans. Since we get more bears at our city slicker homestead (go figure) it has to be a be […]

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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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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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End Cuts, Food, Heat and Cooling

Part 2 – Fan Upgrade for 12V Electric Coleman Cooler

25 Jun , 2015   Video

This is part 2 of the Removing the Cooler Gizmo from an Electric Coleman Cooler series. The hot and cold fans are upgraded to a more efficient model and some changes were made to the wiring. The original plan was to put it into the old 1920’s ice box, but, after a second look (and […]

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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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Equipment, Other, Transportation

Snow Blowing in Winter Wonderland

2 Jan , 2015  

Spent the Christmas holidays and New Years at the cabin. It was a real treat when we completed the 4 hour drive and go right up to the front door. My neighbour was so kind to plow out the driveway with his heavy duty, Bobcat skid steer. Made unloading all the cargo so much easier. The […]

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End Cuts, Heat and Cooling, Other

Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Jelly Wax Fire Starters

17 Dec , 2014  

This is a step-by-step video showing how to make simply fire starters. These odd-looking chunks make great stocking stuffer the for the outdoorsy type of people. It’s one of the projects my family likes to work on and give to the rural neighbours as a small Christmas gift. They work fantastic in getting the wood stove […]

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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 pipe, 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 […]

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Gallery of Wind Turbine Projects

22 Oct , 2014  

Created a short slideshow of a few of the wind turbine projects. Used a WordPress plugin called Meta Slider. https://wordpress.org/plugins/ml-slider/ [metaslider id=1181]

End Cuts, Wind Turbine Projects

Build #4- Gear System for the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Project

1 Oct , 2014  

Once again, I was at the local recycling centre taking some newspapers and cans back. Spotted a discard base to a food blender in a pile of rubbish. A light bulb went off in my head and I remembered that the coils in a blender were normally always made for actual copper and not aluminum strand […]

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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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First Time Building a Railing for a Deck

15 Aug , 2014  

Had to build a rail for one end of the the Epic DIY Deck Project. Even though I’m half way into putting the deck boards in for this project, I was concerned with the increased deck traffic of curious onlookers. So, I thought I’d take a crack at installing posts and a rail. The original […]

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How to Make an Outhouse Less Stinky and Not as Full

30 Jul , 2014  

Not really an important topic to be discussed around the dinner table… but, when your bathroom consists of an outhouse, having it function properly can make you stay at the cottage or cabin more enjoyable. In this video, I show how the outhouse privy pit was flooded with lots of lake water pumped through a […]

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