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  • in reply to: Grey Wastewater systems #66317
    desert deb
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    Found on net. Large trash can, try to estimate the largest amount of grey water going in at one given time an use that to determine trash can size you will need. i used a 32 gallon plastice trash can with lid. Drill a hole at lower side edge large enough to imput hose, i used heavy black garden hose with metal end cut off. If drilled hole is a little smaller than hose it will seal against the edge of trash can and hold in place. Push hose into can approximately 4 to 6 inches. In bottom of trash can lay in two fair sized rock to each side of hose as it lays in the botton of can, then i laid a larger flatter stone over tue hose and both rocks. All around this scatter a layer of small stones. Hardware stores have them in landscaping dept. Then add sand on top of rocks. I used two bags. You will also need a diffusser. This is something that will keep the incoming water from burrowing a hole thru the middle of sand it will have to allow water tp pass thru. I used a piece of decorative kick plate from a door worked great, light metal an cut it to size. I washed stones and sand before installing. Put input hose at top of can or in lid. On output hose add drip hose laid in garden, i buried my hose in pipe in ground to prevent freezing in line. Where i live it can be a 2 crop season. Hope this helps, if not look on net.

    in reply to: Off the grid on TV #66309
    desert deb
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    My interests are less complicated, i want easy pictorials on installing different types of systems to make off grid life easier and better planned. I want a one stop shop for answers to any thing off grid. If i have an idea i want to network that idea in one place. Just deciding what i wanted to do at my place has evolved into a year and half project, not to mention research time. This off grid site helps with the discussion boards but i think it too could go a little further. Off grid has become a catch word but it means different things to each of us. Some just want off the power grid, some want to completely turn their lives around. Some are looking for something in the middle. Some cant decide how or where to start, or even where to locate. It is a slow process and it takes time and all i see on these sites are people rushing to get off grid, communities are a big poster on most of these sites but if you dont know what you personally want out of it no one else can help you get there.

    in reply to: Propane freezer #66310
    desert deb
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    Ya id like to know how much more energy it would take to run one. A friend told me that the compressor would runlonger to freeze but not as often as chest refridgerator. That i understood.

    in reply to: Grey Wastewater systems #66307
    desert deb
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    Do you have room for a reed bed treatment system before it goes to waterways? Plenty info on net. Also ypu could try a sand filtration system to treat it and reuse for garden. Can be an easy system and results are good it waters my garden with tub and bathroom sink a laundry water. It can be pumped directly into large trash can with gravity filtered and run back out by hose. mine works great. Havent had to fresh water the garden all season so far.

    in reply to: #66286
    desert deb
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    Mine is reproduction costuming such as indian dresses prairie dresses ect. Mens things too. Sometimes i do shows but its time consuming and im hoping for more time later.

    in reply to: #66285
    desert deb
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    Too true. So far that hasnt been a problem. She spends a lot of time outside now in the big compound, that helps but she has the same problem there. I dont seem to be able to teach her that potatoes in the ground arent there for her to dig in. Doesnt seem to care about the broccoli yet.

    in reply to: Hello All :) #66287
    desert deb
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    Share away, we are always looking for ideas and new ways of looking at things we know. And always looking for new people to talk to.

    in reply to: What did ya do all day? #66268
    desert deb
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    I called the dogs in for the night. Does that count? I know what you mean though, the only thing out of the ordinary for me each day is boiling water and filtering it to clean it up a little. Wouldnt have to do that if the water the fire dept brought wasnt so nasty. Gotta draw the line at leaves and bugs. Its just how i am.

    in reply to: Our Off Grid Homestead #66277
    desert deb
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    Wingler send text message with phone and email to same number couldnt retrieve from phone.

    desert deb
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    At you looking for any particular area? If you are that close to being ready to go you should have a destination picked out. There are some groups that make contact here but scattered nation wide. Mostly it will depend on where and how you want to live. A lotta people like snow areas some want desert, some want green grass and trees and little creeks running thru it. If you are serious about the move i recommend some setious planning. Just my opinion.

    in reply to: What did ya do all day? #66278
    desert deb
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    At least its not annual. Today is an inside day getting much needed rain. Gonna drop temp to mid thirties and then sunny tomarow and eighties again on monday. Bit of a weird weather week. So im watching rainwater collects, off grid enough for you.

    in reply to: #66271
    desert deb
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    Dog update. I am now missing 5 pair of shoes one set of gloves, numerous pens, and pretty much anything below 3foot high. Very interesting month, though i dont mind the shoes so much. I could need a shopping trip. I think everyone is very busy with spring projects we have been on hold for all winter. Know i am, all those outside jobs.

    in reply to: What did ya do all day? #66266
    desert deb
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    This was a quiet day for me, resting up for long weekend work. Not fun projects. Last weekend fixed the gates and finished the chick coop, this weekend is turning a building into a bunk house for a friend and repairing a sewer line that had to be cut when trailer was moved because it was by the wheels. Dont really use it except for sink water but would like for it to drain in one plsce instead of three so im gonna try to put the piece bsck in. Still trying to seal under trailer so this needs done before that.

    in reply to: Our Off Grid Homestead #66265
    desert deb
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    Well about 8months ago i accidently dumped a coke into computer and crashed it by the speed of light. Two weeks ago i accidently dropped phone in glass of tea, it however took all night to die. It felt like a scene from an old cpr code, it would go black and 5seconds later it would light up again, then dark again took half the night to die. Poor phone. Im sure ive mentioned somewhere that i am technically challeged. It seems i cant hang on to anything either. To wingler: any time good weekends best, not working then.

    in reply to: What did ya do all day? #66255
    desert deb
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    I like you worked outside today. The dogs destoyed the the drive way gates exactly one after installing them so today we rebuilt them stronger better and more difficult to destroy. Not gonna hold my breath. We also filled water tank and i di a load of towels sounds normal. Tomarow finish the chicken coop, the chickens are living in the bathtub, im ready to have it back.

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