Equipment, Transportation

How to Fix a Small Tubeless Tire

30 Mar , 2016   Video

Nothing to do with wind turbines, but knowing how to fix a tubeless tire when you’re out in the boonies will help BIG TIME! Especially when your snowblower or wheelbarrow tire goes flat. All you need is a ratchet binder and an air pump. Takes about 10 minutes and you’re done.

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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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Firewood

Splitting Big Cedar Logs with a Ryobi 7-Ton Electric Splitter

16 Feb , 2016   Video

The solar firewood dryer project needed more wood before it was to be closed up. Had a few hours on the weekend to split some of the large logs. The large pile of Western Red Cedar logs under our deck was an eyesore and getting in the way. Since it was raining like crazy, had […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Firewood

Solar Firewood Dryer/Kiln Project- Part 1

8 Feb , 2016   Video

The first part of this project takes place at our full-time home in the suburbs. We are located on the west coast of Canada, just above Seattle, WA. It’s the only part of Canada that receives very little snow in the winter. The downside, rain, lots of cold rain and high humidity. Anything that is […]

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Budget Workshop Project, Relaxing

How to Charge Your Family’s Electronics In a Pinch!

1 Feb , 2016   Video

This project starts with a battery in good shape. I have used a small lawn tractor battery from Costco ($39.00). It worked OK until I managed to scavenge a 12-volt 55 amp-hour sealed battery for free (sealed batteries are ideal for inside use, no off-gassing, safe). The next step, find a 12-volt DC Power Outlet […]

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Firewood, Heat and Cooling

Free Firewood- Finding Gold in the Burbs

10 Dec , 2015   Video

This is an awesome deal for people that have a wood burning fireplace or wood stoves. Free firewood! Why buy it when it’s being given away for free. Whenever I head back home to the suburbs I drive around the neighbourhood or look online for free firewood. It’s a win-win scenario. I don’t have to […]

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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Woodworking

Make a Rustic Sitting Bench from a Log

25 Nov , 2015   Video

A friend of mine is a professional photographer and wanted a small bench for a toddler. It was for a series of family Christmas photographs for a Christmas card. I was provided a picture off the internet for reference and set to work finding the idea piece. The plan was to obtain a piece of […]

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Wedding Projects, Woodworking

Large, 3 Panel Chalkboard Photo Booth Project -Subscriber Request-

7 Oct , 2015   Video

This project evolved from a request from a subscriber. A person comment they liked the Chalkboard Sidewalk Sign YouTube video, but also asked about how to make a chalkboard photo booth. A photo booth will be a hoot at a wedding, birthday or special event. The party goers can stand in front and have their pictures […]

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Budget Workshop Project

Costco LED Shop Light Unboxing and Tested Off-Grid

1 Oct , 2015   Video

For the past year, I have searched for an efficient, bright and cost-effective way to add light to the off-grid workshop. The local Costco had a stack of LED shop light boxes on one of the aisles for $49.99. (Not on the Canadian Costco website). The lights were $10 cheaper than the Home Depot’s LED shop […]

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Rants

Rant: STIHL (Canada) Is Not up to the Cut

30 Sep , 2015  

My family was heading from the West Coast of Canada to London, Ontario to visit my folks and sister. When I looked up London on Google for road directions and places of interest, it mentioned the head office for STIHL Power Equipment was located just south of the city. The website even had a special web […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Wildlife

How to Make a Bat House from Scrap Wood- Part 1

24 Sep , 2015   Video

This video will show you how to construct a bat house from lumber and plywood scraps. This is a fairly easy project and can be constructed with only a few tools. Most of the materials can be found free from a lumber yard or left over from a home renovation project. (Plans to come) Bats […]

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