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Recycling An Old Dresser Into Desk & Shelves

Melanie and I picked up an old dresser on the side of the road this past summer but it was not in good shape and too big for our tiny house loft. So today we demolished the dresser to use the wood for a desk and shelves upstairs.   In the morning it was already 52 degrees out

Post Apocalyptic Electricity And Electronics

I hate to be all gloom and doom, but preparing for a disaster or an emergency is a good idea. After living through a hurricane in Upstate New York, in the mountains and seeing the destruction far from the coast, I am a believer of prepping. You may suddenly find yourself living with no electricit

Real True Solar Panel Output

June 4th, 2012   After living off the grid now for the last 4 weeks full time, I am getting a better idea of the true solar panel output during any given time of the day. I can also see how rain or cloudy weather affects the solar panel output. When you buy a solar panel, you

Inside The Survival Camper – SHTF Bug Out Vehicle

A slide in truck camper makes the ultimate survival vehicle. It can be mounted and deployed in minutes and can be removed as needed. You can have your truck free to get supplies when needed without breaking camp as you would with an RV or motorhome. With a larger camper trailer you may not be abl

Counting Amps & Watts In My Off Grid Solar Powered Home

Living off the grid – with no outside source of electricity – means that you may need to count amps and watts. When solar or wind energy is your only source of electricity then you must watch your energy consumption every day to ensure that you do not drain the battery bank. R

Got running water in my off grid trailer

2012-05-01   I finally got running water in my off grid camper. It may be something you never think about and take for granted on a daily basis, but go without it for a while and you really learn to appreciate the nice comforts of modern living.The trailer has a 4

Should You Choose Solar Or Wind Energy – or both?

There is a lot of talk on the net about either solar energy or wind energy. Many homes decide to use one or the other. Most choose solar energy for their home. But have you ever considered using both? If they could both be installed affordably, for the average family, then why not? Here are some

Going Solar – Gutting out the electrical junk from my off grid trailer

April 26th, 2012   I have been converting my off grid trailer to solar for the last few months now. The last step in the process was to remove that old, bulky power converter and the 115 volt power cable that was normally used to plug into the grid at campgrounds

Fully Off Grid On Earth Day 2012

April 22nd, 2012   I guess I did my part on Earth Day 2012 by staying out in the Off Grid Trailer. I have no connections to any utilities. Everything is fully off the grid. I must provide my own water, heat, electricity and waste management. Using the old

Living In The Off Grid Camper

April 21st, 2012   I am staying in the Off Grid Camper full time now. I am still improving the trailer every day, making it comfortable for long term living. There are a lot of life changes to be made when moving off the grid, but it is a satisfying feeling when

The Best Survival Fire Starters – Cheap And Simple

Here are two survival fire starting methods that require no work or effort and together can provide a lifetime of fires. There are many tools, ideas and techniques out there that claim to help you start a fire. But some of them are too expensive. Some are too fragile. And some are just too much w

The Off Grid Project – Get Your Home Off The Grid

April 10th, 2012   The Off Grid Project has begun. I am staying in a 32 foot trailer while working on projects to make life more comfortable, such as solar and wind energy, running water and heat. I will be staying in the trailer for the whole summer season, unti

Started The Off Grid Project – Get off the grid cheap

March 29th, 2012   I just got The Off Grid project started tonight. The countdown is ticking. On May 1st, the Off Grid Project experiments will begin. In early Fall the project will be completed. The final goal of the project is to show you how to get your home f

Building Tiny House Cabinets With Reclaimed Pallet Wood

I put a barn wood post in my off grid tiny house by the stairs to support the loft better and transfer the weight to the floor. And then I built a storage cabinet for our clothes and blankets in the space at the top of the stairs using all recycled pallet wood.   I spent a co

Status Of Off Grid Homestead After Winter Trip

We left our off grid homestead for a few days just after the first of January. Leaving your home in winter is always worrisome but when off the grid you have a lot more to take care of before you leave. And you never know what you will find when you return.   January is cold
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