Food, Other

French Press + Vacuum Thermos = Great Coffee!

12 Sep , 2013  

It’s no secret that good hot coffee really helps with the moral and getting projects started or finished. Since we don’t generate enough electricity to run a regular coffee maker, we use a French Press and a old school vacuum thermos. Note: My spouse gave me the gears for not using clean coffee mug. It […]

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Food, Other

Small Hanging Garden for Vegetables

3 Sep , 2013  

Here’s an easy way to have a small garden that could hang off your deck or just outside a window. We use it to grow lettuce and tomatoes for salads. It’s our attempt to eat healthy and grow our own food. Feel free to make suggestions.

Food, Other

DIY Compost Tumbler from Junk

3 Sep , 2013   Video

My folks came out from the east coast for a visit. Thought it would be a great opportunity to tap into their vast knowledge of off grid living. My father suggested we should build a compost tumbler for my spouse. It would be a great idea for making soil and put me in the “good books”. […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Equipment, Food, Other, Plumbing

Pump Water from a Lake to a Cottage (And make your spouse happy with running water!)

8 Aug , 2013  

Had a few questions from viewers on how to get water. Went up this weekend and concentrated on filming footage of the water system. We occasionally pump water from a freshwater lake to the cabin. Maybe once during each 3 days stay. The cabin/cottage is on a remote mountain lake and doesn’t have access to […]

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Other, Relaxing

Canada Day Long Weekend and Fireworks!

4 Jul , 2013  

Canada Day on our remote lake is always a big celebration. Aside from the flotilla and deck parties, we all love fireworks at night. A few of the cabin owners took up a collection, and we raised $320.00 to go towards fireworks. To ensure safety was on our side, we light the fireworks off a barge […]

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Other, Wind Turbine Projects

Temporary Roof Top Mount for VAWT Project

27 Jun , 2013  

The Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Project project required a place to test the hub, motor and blades/scoops. Despite the lack of good wind at our home, (we are in a valley, surrounded by trees), it was easier to check. The plan was to create just a temporary mount on the roof top that would not […]

Other, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 2 of the Homemade Dump Load for a Wind Turbine

24 Jun , 2013  

So, with fewer resistors, the layout had to be reconfigured and more copper wires were used to secure resistors in place. It was suggested by some viewers to lower the ohms by connecting in parallel (positive to positive) to lower the ohms from 100 to 25 ohms.   Came up with three separate ideas for the […]

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Other, Wind Turbine Projects

The Bountiful Harvest of Motors and Parts for Projects

20 Jun , 2013  

Last year, I made a New Years resolution to deconstruct appliances, old tools, radios or anything else not working or thrown away. The plan was to gather materials for future wind turbines, look at the engineering and types of materials used. It’s not an evil plan to destroy, but more of a positive learning opportunity. […]

Other, Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Generate Power from a Hockey Puck!

12 Apr , 2013  

This video was part of the Garage Door Motor Conversion for Wind Turbine series. Decided to make a stator out of a hockey puck. The stator (in this case, a hockey puck) was drilled with eight, half inch holes. Then 3 sets or rare earth magnets would be inserted into the holes. The modified stator […]

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Other, Power generation, Solar Power Projects

Do-It-Yourself Solar Panels

27 Mar , 2013  

This an updated video about a series of DIY solar panels made 3 years ago. It consists of a material list, still images and a few short videos. It’s more of a rough guide. In total, I have completed four DIY solar panels for an off grid system. The main reason was I couldn’t afford a new […]

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Other, Relaxing, Solar Power Projects

Roof top solar panels and Wind Turbine Farms in Kihei, Maui

19 Feb , 2013  

Just got back from a fantastic family vacation in Kihei, Maui. As soon as we left the airport in our rental car, we noticed many the homes had plenty of solar panels on the roofs. Like at least 15 panels. Must be grid-tie systems. Even the churches were getting in on it. One fairly big […]

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Heat and Cooling, Other, Woodworking

The Plan to Build a Wood Fired Cedar Hot Tub

30 Jan , 2013  

For the past year, I been researching on how to build a wooden hot tub. If you haven’t seen one, it’s a six-foot round barrel about 4 feet high. Normally made from vertical laid Western Red Cedar planks that are fitted together. A heavy-duty banding is wrapped around the outside to keep the vertical planks […]

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