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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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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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Build #3 of Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) from Cedar Wood Siding

14 Aug , 2013  

This is the third version of the vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) made from cedar siding lumber. It’s very close to the Lenz style of VAWTs. These type of wind turbines are fun to build. Lots of room for improvements and coming up with new ideas. For example: – the hubs with bearings, came from my […]

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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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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.

Buildings and Renovations, Relaxing

“Dress Up” an Old Dock with Cedar Decking

30 Jul , 2013  

The next door neighbours 20-year-old floating dock was about to be sunk and donated to the fish, when I intervened and negotiated ownership for a 12 pack of beers. It’s an antique jewel, 4 feet wide by 32 feet long. Composed of three 12 inch in diameter Pine logs that were cut 32 feet long. […]

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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 […]

Power Tools, Wind Turbine Projects

How to Squeeze Grease into a Wind Turbine Gearbox

15 Jul , 2013  

It was time to grease up the gearbox on the small wind turbine. Ran into a small problem with the bolts on the gearbox. Couldn’t fully remove them, so the grease had to be squeezed through a narrow crack. Didn’t have my grease gone handy and had to come up with a work around with […]

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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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Appliances, Buildings and Renovations, Food, Heat and Cooling

Make a Propane Refrigerator Run Cooler in the Summer

8 Jul , 2013  

The RV style of propane refrigerator (Dometic-3 way) was not getting cold on the inside. Turned up the thermostat from setting 2 to 4 make it colder, but there was no effect. It was a major concern, since there was a heat wave coming and the frozen vegetables, beverages and steaks would go bad. Also, […]

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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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