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LED technology and DIY
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 19, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

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Off gridders have been around for a long time, but it’s just been recently that technology has been available to make living off grid as cushy as any grid connected home, not only available but affordable as well. One thing everyone needs is light, we have several different options to light the darkness, candles, oil lamps, Coleman lanterns, flashlights, incandescent bulbs, CFL bulbs and most recently, LED lights.

I think all of us have used many of these options at some point in our lives, I can remember camping as a kid and having Coleman lanterns and flashlights, but most of these are either expensive, use up too much power, or they are risky to use (specifically the ones that use fire). (more…)

Pizza pizza
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 19, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA
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Pizza pizza

This past week was a hard one, my work partner and I worked extra long days so that we could have a few extra days off over the weekend, that meant 12 and 14 hour days, I’m not complaining though, it’s work, I enjoy doing it and I get paid well enough to be happy with it. I don’t have to go back to work until Tuesday, so that gives me a few extra days to catch up on some needed rest and chores. (more…)

Tiny homes for the homeless
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 13, 2014 - 3 Comments in COMMUNITY, PEOPLE, SPIRIT, WRETHA

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I often read about people looking for a better place to live, especially singles who have lost jobs, recently divorced and such, people who are living on the edge to begin with, pastor Dan Bryant has made a place for these folk who are just looking for a safe place in a wild and dangerous world. (more…)

Coyote Flats – a sod hobbit home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 6, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

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Harvey Baumgartner’s decision to live in a sod home sans electricity and indoor plumbing was a conscious choice, based on practicality and philosophy. He is profoundly committed to conservation. Harvey is always willing to help a neighbor, yet quite content to tend to his goats, chickens, horses, mules, and his organic gardens.

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Tiny Texas Houses’ “Willy Wonka” on making magic reusing wood
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, ENERGY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SOLAR, WRETHA

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Brad “Darby” Kittel came to Texas living on a converted school bus. He had planned to write the Great American Novel, but he ended up buying up boarded-up homes and fixing them up using materials he salvaged from other old houses, barns and buildings.

After a couple decades refining his salvage mining techniques, he began using his collection to build “new” tiny portable homes from salvage. The prefab homes, measuring 64 square feet and up, are built from 99% salvaged materials. The other 1% is for things like electrical parts, plumbing, nails, screws, and some insulation materials. (more…)

Off grid update
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 3, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA
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The Sky Castle at the end of the rainy season….

Winter is coming, it’s well into fall and the season is definitely changing. The air is cooler, especially in the mornings, crisp, I can smell the smoke from a nearby woodstove, with the cooler weather comes dryer weather, I noticed I am getting static shocks when I get out of a vehicle, which is something I am doing a lot more often lately. Right now, I am about to get up and get into my sleeping clothes, something warmer than I have been wearing all summer long. (more…)

Ascalapha Odorata aka Duppy Bat
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 2, 2014 - 1 Comment in WRETHA
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My late night visitor, these huge creatures show up each year in late spring early summer, they become active in the late evening and night, they can startle or even scare you, though they are completely harmless, unless you count your reaction as you jump off the trail and try not to trip or fall.

I have been walking across my property at night, the flashlight illuminating my way, when something large and dark darts through the shaft of light, my initial reaction is it must be a bat, it’s the same size and general shape of a bat, as it flits through the light again, I realize that bats aren’t attracted to light, they fly around in the dark but tend to avoid light and people. (more…)

Spring in the Sky Castle
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 8, 2014 - 1 Comment in WRETHA

Sky CastleI do my best to see the bright side of life and everything in it, take winter for instance, the cold temps means there are no bugs or other creepy crawlies out and about, it’s nice to snuggle up next to the wood stove. Now spring hits, the warm weather is great, don’t have to worry about bundling up over night, but with the warmer temps comes the critters, snakes, squirrels, mice and bugs. (more…)

Tiny home in Hawaii
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

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I think we can all appreciate Johnny Sanphillippo’s situation, he worked hard at a job he loved that unfortunately didn’t net him a large salary, of course if you were to ask him, I’m sure he would tell you that money isn’t the most important thing in the world, not something to run after at all costs.

Johnny cleaned houses, he painted homes and gardened for a living, he lived in California, there was no way he was going to be able to qualify for a mortgage on a home of his own, something he really wanted. He decided that going small would be the best thing for him, he purchased a lot in Hawaii and began working toward building a small home, one that he could afford, and one that allow him to retire later on without having to worry about having a pension or major money coming in. (more…)


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