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  • in reply to: Where to Learn Sustainable Living? #67928
    caverdude
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    There is a huge internet community. https://www.daveramsey.com   for getting rid of debt first. https://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com for a huge forum and podcast about much to do with this topic. https://blog.larrydgray.net is my blog and I have some info on this kind of thing. And then there is this web site and forum. And there are probably others.

    So where to do you plan to begin? do you have land yet? I recommend getting land 10 miles from city limits in a county somewhere. What is the climate for the land where you will live. Its good if you could camp on the land for a year before building. And its not so much living sustainably as it is continuously gaining a greater percentage of sustainability.

    in reply to: Earth Ship #67913
    caverdude
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    Ok, I have to answer this one..  https://larrydgray.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/earthen-construction/  Is an article I wrote that briefly covers all earthen methods. I discuss my opinions about the Earth Ships which I like, but feel they are best made in a arid desert area at least the way the author of the books makes them. https://larrydgray.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/green/  is a post where I talk about energy efficient passive solar design and such.

    A guy from some Biotecture Institute invented what he called an Iron Butterfly for ramming dirt in tires.  Imagine a Pipe with a T handle on top and power coming off of that. A single horizontal hydraulic piston on one side at bottom pushing one way and metal ram pushing the opposite way. Or imagine this thing having an I shape with the bottom of it being the ram. I saw pictures of it but can’t find the web site now or the images.  If you google or youtube  for this all you get is rock band crap.

    What climate do you live in where you intend to build this eartship? how many inches of rain per year does it get? how humid is it? What are the outside temperature extremes?

    in reply to: Earth Ship #67914
    caverdude
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    https://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/kirkwood-on-hybrid-earthships-and-building-community  I think this is the episode where he talked about the Iron Butterfly

    in reply to: Zai Square Foot Garden #67896
    caverdude
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    https://blog.larrydgray.net/2013/08/19/zai-sqaure-foot-garden-5-end-of-summer/

    Is the latest blog post on this garden. I also added some photos to the zai square foot garden 4 post.

    in reply to: want to start a village #67897
    caverdude
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    Utah has a lot of desert on its southern end. Salt Lake City area is very nice and popular and probably more expensive. I recommend a few things for this communities like this. You need some kind of “contract” between its members. Usually where you the founder are their benevolent dictator. Write up some mission statement. Write some guidelines to set a course. And think about leasing lots to individuals. I’m talking about 100 year lease. This type of lease can be sold and it can be inherited. Anyone buying or inheriting understands they must abide by some community stipulations. This might be kindof like a home owners association but not so cruel and watchful. HOA’s suck and they are usually for adding rules and regs on top of 3 levels of government. This is more for you saying “you can do what you want within certain off grid limits as long as it doesn’t interfere with me and others” It should say that two neighbors should try to work anything out that affects them and if they can’t the founder has final judgement.

    https://blog.larrydgray.net

    in reply to: Charging a battery with a single panel #67892
    caverdude
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    Walmart sells  a smart 3 stage charge controller. It does bulk to 80% then slower to 98% then trickle and maintenance to 100%

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Schumacher-SPC-7A-Solar-Charge-Controller/23326433

    That is a 7Amp you may need a bigger one. They sell larger ones.

    https://blog.larrydgray.net

    in reply to: So, you want to live off the grid, huh? #67886
    caverdude
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    Depending on where you are talking about camp grounds are expensive, I mean RV parks, in my area $200 to $350 a month. My camper is on a friends lot right now. I pay him some for electric sometimes. I don’t pay him any lot rental. Instead I work on a garden where I hope he will get some food from.

    When in comes to energy efficiency, energy production, water and septic off grid is an investment. It cost you more up front and pays you back over time. The average debt laden person wouldn’t be able to consider it, trapped by the grid.

    in reply to: New to forum #67882
    caverdude
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    Welcome to the forum. What area of the country/globe are you at? Arkansas USA here. I’m 90% off grid as I’m not home at my camper 90% of the time lol. My career is trucking at the moment. What are you calling pseudo-off-grid?

    https://blog.larrydgray.net

    in reply to: New to forum #67884
    caverdude
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    You may want to listen to the Survival Pod Cast  https://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com then because you are not alone. Also they have a great forum.

    in reply to: So, you want to live off the grid, huh? #67885
    caverdude
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    You may also want to get a book “Total Money Makeover” By Dave Ramsey.  https://www.daveramsey.com  he also has podcast. You may enjoy many of my articles https://blog.larrydgray.net I have some on various types of modular construction, where you build with cash as you go. I also talk about all other off grid issues, food, water, energy etc.

    I have a camper and I like it, but campers have their drawbacks. A camper is not exactly an energy efficient solutions in summer for example. And in winter you have to worry about pipes and water freezing up. However the mobility is the major plus. Unfortunately structures of any type cost a lot. From Pole barns at $20 a ft2 to used mobile homes at $20 ft2 to moderate small homes at $60 a ft2 to larger middle class homes at $120 a ft2. In home construction a rule of thumb  might be 1/3 materials cost, 1/3 labor cost and 1/3 contractor cost. And that didn’t count the interested over 15 years or 30 years. In certain special situations you might get by cheaper.

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to do things cheaper for years now as I drive down our nations roadways. I’ve seen unconventional designs here and there around the country.  I’m not afraid to think out of the box.  If you want to get by without banks and build what you want using your own labor then I suggest you find a location that is no where near city limits, in the county, not in a housing development. Check on county and state codes that might apply. Then you can build modular with cash as you go. And you can get away with some things in green design that you would want.

    For starters I recommend paying cash for a used mobile home and cash to have it moved in and setup. Live in that while you work on the real dream home.  I do recommend financing the land if you don’t have cash for it. Another alternative is to buy a used school bus and make it livable while you build the real home. An advantage to that is that it can be moved from shade to sun and sun to shade. A camper is yet the other alternative we already mentioned. I wouldn’t recommend building a home without being debt free first except for maybe the land.

    I’ve been wanting to do this for years and ye t I’m still several years away from getting started. So “I feel your pain”.

    in reply to: Lots of Tiny Cabin Design Videos by LaMar #67880
    caverdude
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    If you have not used it yet I suggest you download Google Sketchup free version and then look for some plugins to add. But the basic version would probably work for what you are doing without any plugins. There are you tube instructional vids on how to use Sketchup. As a matter of fact there was several on drawing a tiny trailer cabin. Honestly Google Sketchup is easy to use with only a little practice. You can then get screenshots of views by pressing “prt scr” key which copies the screen to they paste bin. Open up PC Paint and paste into it. Then draw a box around the image you want for your book and crop it. Next save it as a file type that you may use in your book.

    On my blog on my log cabin article, my green building article and DIY metal buildings article I have some examples on display at the top in galleries. These are some design concepts that I’m working on. I still have a lot more to do to those.  It takes a bit of practice and watching the vids but you can get your dimensions exact if you want. Honestly Sketchup is far simpler and easier to use than anything like Autocad.

    https://blog.larrydgray.net

    in reply to: I'm logged in but the forum says I'm not #67881
    caverdude
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    It might be worth getting on freelancer.com and posting a job for someone to fix this problem. See what kind of bids you get. Could possibly be fixed cheaply. Or they might tell you exactly whats needed to fix it. Seems like this might be some kind of single sign on issue.

    https://blog.larrydgray.net

    in reply to: Make A Passive Fireplace Heat Exchanger #67871
    caverdude
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    That’s pretty cool, I’m going to look more into that. A friend of mine makes a heater box on the side of his mobile homes or structures he wants to heat. He places it next to a window, puts a box fan in the window and a wood stove in the heater box/room. The box is insulated.

    https://blog.larrydgray.net

    in reply to: Dogs #67866
    caverdude
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    Well its illegal now in most areas to shoot and kill dogs.  Though they usually don’t die from rock salt shot or bird shot. Still if someone was able to prove you shot their dog and only hurt it you are looking at a federal crime. That is unless its attacking your livestock.  You might consider an electric net fence. I think the fencing is somewhere around $70 for 140 feet or so. Pepper spray might be another non lethal solution. Bear spray. There are even motion sensing pepper spray devices sold for home security. I wouldn’t worry too much about a neighbor complaining about his dog coming back to him whimpering, crying and sneezing. Other methods might include use of dogs yourself, donkey’s and geese.

    https://blog.larrydgray.net

    in reply to: An awesome Library for Simple Living Skills #67859
    caverdude
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    That’s odd, it worked but it came up in photo negative.

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