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Personally i think a off grid lifestyle is great for children but the initial setup can be difficult and i dont think kids need to go through all of that
if you can get off grid and setup to provide for yourself and your kids why not?
An old timer here told me about a couple and a young baby that came to this area totally unprepared for the winter
ended up with no liquid water, no food and the only heat they had was a cut off 55 gallon drum inside a old fifth wheel
without even a chimney to get the smoke out.He says he bought them a meal and a one way ticket back to california.
It sounds like you have a bit of a learning curve maybee you could start slow with weekend camping trips practicing wilerness living the kids love that sort of stuff or getting away for a few weeks at a time.Im not sure if you have the resources to get yourself a piece of dirt to start building a weekender but that may be an option.
maybee you can find a well established community that you could spend some time with on occasion.
I dont think you should take the kids for more than a weekend before you at least have your priorities met
your survival priorities
your human needs
Hi Boophaty the thread isnt that active but Im still around and others. Which way do you head from montello to get to your place?
I look forward to meeting sometime.
how do you screen the perpetually paranoid?
not so much off griders but preppers and survivalist types are not going to want to
give you much imformation for screening purposes.
1st rule of prepping is dont tell anyone.
If you can work around that you might just have something.March 11, 2013 at 12:00 am in reply to: EMF Pollution from neighbour's solar panel system1 #67240
Just my opinion but I think you are being overly concerned about solar panels and here is my reasoning
solar panels produce a DC current and I have never ever detected any EMF from a DC source Im pretty sure you need
AC to produce a EMF.
now chances are they are also going to have an inverter which converts DC to AC and this will probably produce some
EMF but if you are a decent distance away it would be negligable, nothing compared to what a normal AC wired home will
subject you to.
so the question is is the home you want to buy wired for AC? another question you probably need to look at
is what are the building codes if any for the area most that I know of specify high voltage AC.
Now I agree with avoiding EMF that is just one reason to be off grid and on a low voltage DC power source
but I think your being a little over the top sorry.
here is how i make improvised oil lamps im trying food grade mineral oil right now and it seems to work pretty good as well
for off grid lighting these types of lamps are great because you can use so many different things as fuel
here is a good link with a few pics about betty lamps/grease lamps
I used to love that show
I loved the read thank you.
Simple answer from me is that i do want many of my modern convieniences even luxuries i dont despise other humans
i just want to be able to provide for my needs without depending on a complex web of production and distribution
to do that its pretty much a definite that you will need to move to where there are less people
I read something once where it said its a feeling of acomplishment older than dirt to be able to
bring meat to the table with a bow an arrow you have built yourself. this is very true and i think says a lot about why
being of grid is interesting to me
LOL bet the OP does not come back , how rude and misguided he must be
To me off grid is simply not having to rely on power, sewer and water companies
not to mention food producers to live. disapearing from the world is not
what i envisage being of the grid to mean.
Ill make the boast that i am one of very few who probably could go it like the op is
suggesting but i know enough that i dont realy want to.
sayonara OP if you ever do make it back you will never admit to having been wrong.
i dont know why but i have tried what you suggested on general discussion an it did not work
but it seems to work here
where are you now?
hi puppymomma yep small dogs and cats around here have to be watched very carefully my friend lost
cats to he thinks owls and ive personally seen wolves which was very exciting but does reinforce
the fact that it is very remote country.
dunewalker my plan to combat the vermin is 2 fold im going to grow as much as i can in raised pots that they
cannot climb into and i am going to start trapping much earlier to try and whack the population
before it explodes again.my young chickens are just going to have to stay in the pen more untill they are larger
i normally let them free range 24/7 but this didnt work this year.
not familure with that model but here are a couple of general ideas
start and let it run without anything plugged in some generators wont
spin up to voltage with a load on.
some generators need to be flashed after long storage
i dont think that is the case here but you could try conecting a
drill and with a pull cord wrapped around the chuck.
give it a yank with the drill switch depressed and watch the
cord doesnt catch your hand.this is supposed to give enough charge to
the generator to start it charging.
there are other ways to do it do a search on the internet for them
other general problems i have had are brushes,circuit breakers, bad sockets,
like i said im not familure with that model.
best of luck
Sorry if my last post seemed defeatist it was not meant that way
at all i was just trying to give a reality check to those who may
not be ready and prepared.
mark if you read this i got your email and ill have a good look at it
today but i might have accidentaly deleted your reg.
Mike i love the country it is hard but that is one of the things that
appeals to me.An old local told me how many people come to the area
to live cheaply off grid and that most only make it the first winter
then they take off to warmer climes.
ill tell you what kicked my but this summer was vermin, pack rats and mice
destroyed my garden and small hawks ate my young chickens.
I cant watch the vid due to connection but i could probably offer
capacitors are capeable of storing energy so it would be possible
to do something on a small scale small led lights etc.
large scale (house usage)i dont think they have the energy storage
density that lead acids do.
and on a large scale capacitors would be very dangerous they have little
or no internal resistance unlike a battery so they can dump there entire
charge in an instant.
most of us have dropped something metal across the terminals of a lead acid
battery to be rewared with huge sparking and a big fright.
a similar accident on a large capacitor bank would probably literaly
vaporise a large tool and or explode.