Rants

Rant: Ad Blocking is Not Good For the Small Blogs

23 Sep , 2015  

With the rise of the Ad Blocking extension to browsers, I have decided to remove all the ads off the www.cedarworkshop.net Blog. I know 90% of my viewers and subscribers will be happy with this move. Online advertisements are annoying, the ads block the flow of the story and the reader has to scroll down to […]

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Firewood, Power Tools

STIHL 011 AVT Chainsaw Problem- Part 2

21 Sep , 2015   Video

With fall approaching now is a good time to get chainsaws tuned up and ready. Thought I would take another stab at getting the STIHL 0011 AVT arborist chainsaw working. Really like the small chainsaw. You can use it for an hour and it doesn’t tire you out. the power to weight ratio was excellent. […]

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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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Buildings and Renovations, Hauling, digging, etc

Cousin Lee Lends a Hand Moving Trees

10 Aug , 2015   Video

Had a family member drop by for a visit earlier in the summer. It was a relaxing to hang out with a person that was in the same mindset with the off-grid lifestyle. Lee and I as children were lucky to travel to the family cottage on weekends. It was the opportunity to make epic […]

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Appliances, Food, Heat and Cooling

Part 3 – Solar Panel and a Modded Electric Cooler

23 Jul , 2015   Video

Ran some tests on the modified 12 volt Coleman Cooler in the first weekend of July. It just happened to be one of the hottest weekends in our area. Afternoon day temps hovered around 28*C or 81*F and it was a dry heat. Living on the West Coast, I’m just not use to that type […]

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Heat and Cooling, Relaxing

Stage 1 of the Cowboy Hot Tub Project

2 Jul , 2015  

Wa-hoo! Completed stage 1 of the Cowboy Hot Tub! Found a large, used, galvanized, livestock water tank on craigslist for $200. I’ve seen new ones for $350 – $700. It measures 10′ long x 3′ wide by 2′ deep. Holds a bit over 300 gallons. No leaks and it’s in fairly good shape. Originally, I […]

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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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Appliances, Food, Heat and Cooling

Removing the Cooler Gizmo from an Electric Coleman Cooler

2 Jun , 2015   Video

This video starts with another treasure found at the local recycling center. In Canada, residents can take bottles, cans, plastic and cardboard into a township recycle center. It’s a volunteer program and unsupervised. It’s a real plus for homeowners who miss the weekly pickup by the city. On the flip side, many residents use the unsupervised […]

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Equipment, Firewood, Heat and Cooling

Time-Lapse of Firewood Frenzy by the Family

22 May , 2015   Video

Getting firewood isn’t exciting for most people. It’s the dreaded chore when camping or going out in the middle of the night. But, if you’re living off the grid it’s necessary for for heat. For me, I like working on a firewood. It’s a process. Seeking the perfect, dry log, cutting and then stacking in an […]

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Relaxing

Mother Day Project- Re-paint Cedar Adirondack Chairs

11 May , 2015   Video

For Mother’s Day, my spouse wanted to get some much-needed chores finished around the house. One of them was to put a new coat of exterior paint onto some 10-year-old Adirondack chairs. Since these were some of the Cedar Workshop’s earlier designs, it was quite a task to pull them out from winter storage, wash, repair […]

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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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