Posts Tagged "DIY"

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 7 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…)

Short cycling? Problem solved :)
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 13, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, WRETHA

1x1placeholderShort cycling, it makes me think of riding a bike a very small distance, or someone riding a really short bike…. actually it’s when a motor or compressor runs for a short period of time and is off for a short period of time. This will shorten the life of said motor or compressor.

We have had our current/new freezer to fridge conversion for a couple of months now, as the weather began warming up, I noticed the box ran more often than I thought it should, so I really started paying attention to the cycle. I didn’t officially time anything, but I estimated it was coming on for only a few minutes at a time every 5-10 minutes, that was definitely wrong. Of course this was during 100 degree days, it was also happening that way whether I opened the lid or not. (more…)

Natural fabric dye
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 1, 2014 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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I was reminded recently about something fun, natural dye, I’m specifically talking about dying fabrics as opposed to hair. I did a quick search and discovered there are lots of great natural dyes that come from commonly found household items, some from your kitchen, others from the garden, if you really want to get into fabric dying, you will need to learn some chemistry and probably will end up buying some products and chemicals to help with the process. Some natural dyes can be extracted right from the plant or spice without having to do anything special, others will need some help, either with extracting or making sure it adheres permanently to fabrics. (more…)

DIY bow made of PVC and fiberglass rods
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 16, 2014 - 2 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

With all the controversy over guns, some places do not allow you to own a gun or make it so difficult to own one that it’s next to impossible to have one, and the fact that some people just don’t want the responsibility of gun ownership, but would still like to be able to defend themselves or hunt, or even just target practice for fun, a bow and arrow is the next best thing, it’s quiet, often more legal to own and possess. It’s also stealthy, you can shoot an arrow with no one hearing you, you can shoot in the city without worrying about ordinances. You still must be careful, you can hurt or even kill someone if you are careless, but with the proper training and practice, you can use a bow and arrow for nearly anything you could use a gun to do. (more…)

10 Household products you never have to buy again (w/shopping list)
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

0001After taking steps to live a more conscious existence, I have found that shopping is overrated. The satisfaction that I find from making my own household products far outweighs buying the “brand of the month.”

My reason to make my own products stem mainly from the ever increasing prices as well as the harmful chemicals present in store bought brands. After using store bought chemicals for years, I noticed my eyes would burn and lungs would hurt after cleaning with them. I knew the chemical cleaners were doing more harm than good, and would much rather preserve my health and not pollute our water supply any further.

I have found many of these homemade cleaners and products use similar ingredients, therefore, purchasing them would be a lucrative investment. (more…)

Grilling in the sky castle
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 27, 2013 - 0 Comments in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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I love cooking, nearly anything, but until very recently I have kept my cooking adventures within the walls of the sky castle, a few weeks ago I got bit by the BBQ/grill bug. It all started out innocently enough, we had a small, very small table top charcoal grill, it wasn’t really large enough, but it was a good start. Next we dusted off the tall smoker that could be used as a grill by moving the charcoal pan up to the top, it wasn’t much better than the smaller grill, but by then I knew I really wanted to have a more permanent setup so PB went to work building a grill for me. (more…)

Nine last minute DIY Christmas gifts
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 22, 2013 - 1 Comment in EVENTS, FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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In this last weekend just before Christmas, some of us are still behind on gifts, and often there are extra friends, family and such who would appreciate a heartfelt, handmade gift. Thanks to the internet, there are loads of ideas on making quick and inexpensive DIY gifts, and more importantly, there is still time to put some of these together before the big day! (more…)

Have yourself a thrifty little Christmas
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 8, 2013 - 1 Comment in WRETHA

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There are a lot of reasons that sensible people want to step off  of the materialistic rocket ride that is the standard North American Christmas.  Maybe they don’t want to create children who are never satisfied and always want more, who always yearn for that next edition of the iGadget of the year.  Perhaps they have suffered their own personal economic collapse and just can’t afford it this year.  They might just want a sense of peace and contentment that you can never buy from a store. (more…)

A small DIY septic system
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 9, 2013 - 15 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Living off grid often means living in rural areas with little or no utilities available, we are left to fend for ourselves, which is typically the goal anyhow and not a problem. One of the biggest things the rural off gridder needs to take care of is human waste disposal. There are a few options, one is the Joseph Jenkins Humanure method of composting the waste material, that works very well but not everyone is on board for handling their own poo and waste products, and having company over can create its own set of challenges. If you have sufficient water resources, you may want to have a regular flush toilet, something unassuming and un-intimidating for you, your family and friends who may come visit. (more…)


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