Posts Tagged "DIY"

A solar bus home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 22, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

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I have a great love for small homes and portable homes, many of the DIY bus conversion homes are pretty good, but this one is tops in my books, it’s functional, it’s roomy, but it’s not too huge to drive, I could live in this. (more…)

Waste oil heaters
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

cold!Winter is here, all the way down here in far west Texas, tonight it will get down into the low 20s(F), definitely wood stove fire weather, along with some good warm gear to wear and sleep in. Thermal underwear is my constant companion day and night, well more night than day, we often get up to a comfortable temperature during the day as long as the sun is shining, but I must remember, before the sun goes down to change into my night clothes, for as soon as the sun sets, the temps drop like a rock into an ice bucket. (more…)

How to grow a Sky Castle
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 13, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

Ever wonder how a sky castle grows? One room at a time :)
In this case, this “room” was a semi enclosed deck between the bedroom and the laundry room. Like many homes out in my neck of the woods, people will build a deck, then enclose it, creating a new room, them add another deck, and enclose it, that makes for some interestingly organic homes, I know, I’ve been in many of them.

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It’s not too soon…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 8, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

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October is gone, November is here, it’s getting dark earlier (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere), it’s getting cold…. it’s also getting closer to more of those holidays that call for gathering together and gifts. For us, the gatherings will not be so full of people, that’s one of the disadvantages (or some might call it an advantage) of living far from family. But with the various delivery options available to us, the gifts part is still a big part of the holidays. (more…)

DIY deodorant
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 29, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

I love using alternative anything, especially when it comes to personal body care, I have experimented with and tried many different types of DIY deodorant, I quit using commercial antiperspirants many years ago because of the health implications, mainly the aluminum it contains and other nasties. I am always on the look out for another kind of deodorant, I found this one tonight and it looks very interesting, this one uses probiotics as an ingredient, something I haven’t found before. Read on…

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How to make lightweight oilskin tarps from bed sheets
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 26, 2014 - 1 Comment in WRETHA

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Weight – a unit of heaviness or mass; any heavy load, mass, or object; the vertical force experienced by a mass as a result of gravitation

Gravity. It’s unescapable… on this planet. It keeps us grounded. But it also weighs us down.

I consider myself to be in decent physical condition. Even so, at my age, every pound added to my backpack affects the gravitational pull and energy needed to carry the stuff. I’m no ultralight hiker by any stretch, but I do try to lighten my load every chance I get.

I’ve wanted to own an oilskin tarp for some time now. They’re durable but too pricey for our budget at this time. A quality oilskin tarp (new) will set you back $200. My motto, when it comes to gear, is buy the best you can afford. Or, go the common man route and make your own.

The idea for this project came from William Collins’ 4 part series on his YouTube channel. I’ve condensed his method into a short tutorial for you. (more…)

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…)

Bobbage bridge update
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Strange name for a title, Bobbage, well if you have followed me for any length of time, you will know that Bobbage is what we call the thing that PB (Primitive Bob) does, he takes things that most would toss in the trash and makes the most wonderful (and wondrous) things with it. Today we will talk about the bridge he is building for us.

This isn’t just any bridge, not a small garden bridge, but one that will not only take foot traffic, but will hold up to trucks driving across it, one at a time of course. :) (more…)

A bridge to Bobbage
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 20, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Living here going on 8 years and we still have to hike up to the sky castle, the reason is because of a seasonal creek that runs in front of the property near the road, it can be navigated if you have 4 wheel drive and the creek isn’t running (which it isn’t most of the year). It isn’t the water that makes it difficult though, it’s the depth of the creek bed. (more…)


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