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  • in reply to: off grid stereo conection? #67194
    Alrod53
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    This is not rocket science here,  If your power system is a  12 volt  system just hook it up like your hooking it up in a car.

    We have our speekers mounted in the walls and the sound really well

    in reply to: Drones #67195
    Alrod53
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    Last summer, The town below us had a three day festival and the last day we saw what looked like a mini blimp fly across and around the crowd from what looked like 3-5 hunderd feet above, nobody noticed.  The wife saw it first the sun was just behind the mountain. then I noticed it  It was flying about 50 feet above our heads and climbing in altitude  It sounded like it might have been powered by an electric motor it was very quiet and had a faint red blinking light on it as it passed.  I wanted to blast it with the old 12 ga. duck gun,  Wife would not let me.

    big brother at his finest.

    in reply to: 12 volt pro audio systems #66304
    Alrod53
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    We have an automotive system, JVC tuner with 6 CD changer,boosted fm antenna,1000 watt amp,EQ and JBL speakers. All mounted in an old shaker style cabnet.

    Hillbilly home entertainment.

    All works from 12 volt. And we rock our hollow. Ha

    in reply to: Cheap and easy Cabin #66276
    Alrod53
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    Hummm.Cant figure out how to post the picture..Sorry..look for them on landbuddy.

    in reply to: #66244
    Alrod53
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    We’re taking advantage of the earliest spring equinox in 116 years by fisnishing started projects and planting our root crops. We’ll be working on the guest cabin which will help clean up all the pallets and shipping crates we’ve been saving around the yard. Doesn’t look messy here when it snows enough but we didn’t get much of that this year so everyone probably just thinks we’re slobs. Our two jack russell terriers are loving the early spring too. They love to hunt in the hollow. I’ve been battling a degloved leg on one of my horses for almost a year now. Yuck. He’s pretty old so I should have probably put him down but I’m one of those that if he seems happy, let ’em live.

    in reply to: To Wanna be Off Gridders #66075
    Alrod53
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    Yes Deb, We know the amount of work involved in living off grid, we have been so for almost a year now. We collect and sterlize rain water for drinking, we heat with wood make our own power via solar and wind generators,and Sun Mar composting crapper. We garden and root celler,can,hunt,bucher and smoke meats make cheeses. We also have a green house for fresh veggies in winter and soon we will be setting up a large greenhouse for aquaculture, growing rainbow trout and fresh water prawns. Living off grid is a full time job in itself.

    in reply to: To Wanna be Off Gridders #66045
    Alrod53
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    Desert Deb, You have hit the nail right on the head. If you have something already built people will come. But if someone has to build their own structure to live in forget it, Thats too much work. But they wannabe off grid though. I think off grid is becoming the new buzz word. Ha

    in reply to: #65994
    Alrod53
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    Truthseeker,

    I don’t know how you think it is easy to live off the grid.

    Unless you have a but load of money and have somebody else set everything up for you. Then it might be easy. There is a lot of planning and design work that goes into setting yourself up off the grid. Your dreaming if you think it’s easy.

    I’m there. ALROD

    in reply to: ECO-FRIENDLY CARAVAN..HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE?!!! #65993
    Alrod53
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    Hmm, Echo friendly and caravan do not sound synonymous. LOL.

    I would definitely go with diesel/bio diesel.Because in pinch you can use kerosene,lamp oil,transmission fluid,filtered used motor oil from gas engines mixed with diesel fuel. Although the last mix makes for a real smoker, been there. Just because diesel is more heavy duty and will hardly ever let you down.

    Myself I’d look for an older model that does not have all of the computer crap on it and has an actual injection pump.

    I always thought that a UPS/bread delivery truck as most are made from aluminum, I think it would suck to have my house rust away. Happy Trails

    in reply to: Why not Steam? #65982
    Alrod53
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    Yes a solar powered Stirling engine would be cool but I haven’t seen one yet that is twenty hp. Or that is in my price range..Like free. Like most folks we only run the genny when we have no wind or sun, So it is not that big of a deal. As I said it is just something that I’m tinkering with, Crap that I found for free.

    in reply to: Why not Steam? #65960
    Alrod53
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    I have been tinkering with a steam engine made from an opposed twin kohler with a 20 inch heavy flywheel. I’m using an old portable air tank for the pressure vessel and directly plumbed into the sparkplug holes. runs strong at 40psi and runs a single wire delco alternator up to 35amps 12 volt charge power for batteries. Although crude stages of building now I know that I can charge batteries in the event that diesel fuel is not available. As far as efficancy goes i live in the woods and the trees offer plenty of branches to collect and burn for free.

    in reply to: #65940
    Alrod53
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    Hey Truthseeker, You sound a lot like my self, I have been beating my head against the wall tryin to get the message through to people only to be looked at like a nut.

    Anyway we made the move 2 tears ago and got rid of our marine construction/dredging business headache.

    Mow we are off of the grid on twenty eight acres in WV.

    If you would like to join us let me know. We have pretty much the same skills and it sound like we think the same. My cell number is 304 904 2504 and email is a50panhead@aol.com

    in reply to: Midwesterners off grid? #65920
    Alrod53
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    MY wife and I are in WV and the climate seems to be a bit milder than what I remember in northern Illinois growing up.

    We are starting a small off grid community here base on permaculture and Aquiculture for sustainable living. We already have a good start. If interested email us at A50panhead@aol.com we are totally off the grid now.

    in reply to: Aquaponics in a geo-dome greenhouse #65901
    Alrod53
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    Elnav. You can use 12 volt pumps for pumping in Aquiculture farming and also you do not have to pump 24/7.

    I was a marine science educator for 7 years in florida and grew clams,horse shoe crabs and grouper in tanks and now plan to do freshwater prawns here in WV and we are totally off the grid making our own power via wind turbine and solar with diesel genny for backup. And a rocket stove in the greenhouse to keep it warm in winter. I see you do alot of posting on this web site and you talk like you are off the grid are you? or do you just like knocking other peoples ideas. Sorry had to ask. ALROD53

    in reply to: Aquaponics in a geo-dome greenhouse #65907
    Alrod53
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    Caverdude. You do not need pressure you need volume.Pressure pumpe for rv’s will not tolerate constant running. Look into boat bilge pumps. That is how I am setting up. They use very little power and are cooled by the water they are submerged in and can handle constant running and can be picked up on ebay for less than 20 bucks depending on the size you want..Always check out ebay first. I got a really nice rv water pressure pump for 20 bucks to supply water for our cabin from our cistern..Just some ideas..alrod53

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