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, 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, Solar Power Projects, Wind Turbine Projects, Woodworking

Building a Plywood Battery Box (and Heavy Duty Stand)

30 Jan , 2015  

The video shows how to make a large, plywood battery box that will hold (10) 6 volt deep cycle batteries. The batteries are used to store DC electricity for a solar or wind turbine system. The plywood box measures 48″ long x 24″ wide x 15″ tall. It was made from one sheet of 3/4″ […]

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Plumbing, Power generation, Solar Power Projects

Changing the Angle of a Solar Panel with Whatever was Handy

5 Nov , 2014  

Decided to take the Friday off before the October 24th weekend and get some extra work in at the Cedar Workshop test facility (aka cabin). The plan was also to knock off a few of the items off the “To-Do’s list. In this video, I show the simply way of changing the angle of a […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Food, Heat and Cooling, Plumbing, Solar Power Projects

The Long List of Cabin To-Dos

8 Oct , 2014  

This video covers the typical “To Do List” for someone who owns or maintains a cabin/cottage off grid. You can make plans, but when you finally set foot on the property, you soon discover there’s a lot more that needs to be done. The hardest thing is to stay focused and finish the job you […]

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Solar Power Projects

Cracked DIY Solar Panel Fix

21 Nov , 2013  

A Quick Method to Fix the Cracked Glass on a DIY Solar panel. One of the problems with a DIY (do-it-yourself) solar panel was removing the solar cells from the outside glass. Have to be really careful to not crack are scuff the wafer thin cells. ┬áSolar cells have a blue and gray surface. The […]

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Solar Power Projects

How to Charge a Generator Battery with a DIY Solar Panel, MPPT Charge Controller and the Sun

13 Nov , 2013  

The project for the day was to do some firewood splitting. Off camera, there was a pile of 18 – 24 inch tree rounds. They were a freebie given to us by a city dwelling neighbour (it cost $$ to dispose of trees in the city, most people are more than happy to give it […]

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Power generation, Solar Power Projects

A Passive Venting Battery Bank for Off-Grid Applications

13 Sep , 2013  

I uses a passive venting system for the battery box. The battery box hold (4) 6 volt deep cycle batteries. It is wire for a the volt system. The box was constructed from f/8″ Birch plywood and painted white. The lid can easily be flipped open and closed tightly. I have added a seal around […]

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Solar Power Projects

Close Up of the Pole and Tree Mounted Solar Panels

2 Aug , 2013  

Had a bunch of questions about the parts used for the pole and tree mounted solar panels. This older video, filmed from the rooftop of the bunkhouse should help show the backside of the panels. Feel free to give me a shout if you want to see more videos on other projects.

Solar Power Projects

Rotating Solar Panel Mount for Manual Sun Tracking

25 Jul , 2013  

This is an updated video with of the DIY solar panel on a rotating pole. The mount was made from 1 inch irrigation water pipe, 3/4 inch PVC, old flag, electrician tape, patio umbrella pipe and Tees. All the parts can be found at your local plumbing store, scrap yard or city dump. It’s a […]

Solar Power Projects, Wind Turbine Projects

Update to the DIY Off-Grid Solar/Wind Power System

9 Jul , 2013  

It’s the second year of my budget, do-it-yourself solar and wind power rig. So I thought I would share some updates with my fellow off grid friends. The panels have worked great making power. The only drawback was some of backing materials were separating and starting to peel off. Used that sticky red Tuck tape […]

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Power generation, Solar Power Projects

Human Powered, Solar Panel Tracker Mount

25 Apr , 2013  

The short video below shows how I made an adjusted solar tracker from common materials. It can be manually “steered” to follow the 10am – 6pm sun. It can be adjusted vertically and follow the winter or summer place of the sun. This particular solar tracker has been set up for my place. I wish […]

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