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  • in reply to: New Yurt Dweller (UK) – Advice please! #66640
    FrankC
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    On your point of a studio Redmunk, I do some music writing/recording and production and rent a little room in an art gallery not too far from where I live. I was lucky to get it at a cheap rent but it gives me 24 hr access to electricity and is a quiet and nice dry, secure place to store my guitars, computers, keyboards, mics etc. My plan for the future is to convert a brick shed on the land I am on with enough solar panels, batteries, wind turbines.. whatever it takes to run a studio off-grid for as little cost as possible. Crucially though my plan is to keep this a seperate entity to my own private accomodation solar power supply so I can keep a balance of them both and not run short of power for one as I got carried away doing another for example. Just a suggestion in case there are any similar out buildings on the land you’re on that you could rent or rennovate

    in reply to: New Yurt Dweller (UK) – Advice please! #66631
    FrankC
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    I stayed in a Yurt at Botelet farm in Cornwall https://www.botelet.com/yurts.html a couple of years ago and to be honest with you decided I could live in there perfectly happily forever! Not sure of the size but they had a wood burning stove in the centre a bed to one side, a chair and table and a big gas bottled powered stove by the door. We had to go to the farmhouse to use the toilet and shower and they had a mains extension from the house to the yurt which gave us lights, radio etc.

    I wouldn’t use oil lamps because of the fumes but candles are fine, 1 or 2 are pretty good for general lighting but obviously reading and stuff you’d need LEDs or bulbs. I bought a strip of warm white LEDs from eBay for quite cheap https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5M-3528-SMD-300-LED-LIGHT-STRIP-DAY-WARM-WHITE-RED-BLUE-GREEN-12V-UK-SELLER-/251121644678?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Night_Lights_Fairy_Lights&var=&hash=item3a78043486 , you can cut them to the length you need and are pretty much all I need (in a caravan).

    in reply to: At it again #66603
    FrankC
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    Definitely Jay, I’m building plans in my head for the best setup.. gonna do it once but do it right. At the moment I am in a caravan but hopefully will convert a brick building into a full wood burning system in a couple of years or so.

    I’m trying to save money so the whole rip-off thing really gets at me and this post was largely just me blowing off some steam over it. Someone suggested a cheaper local supplier for propane so will try there next time.

    As for technology, it can be both good and bad. Take cars, modern cars are expensive and complicated to fix whereas old cars may break down more but are easy to maintain and repair… my view is weigh out the pros and cons and get whats best. My ideal is to invest in a set up that is reliable and cheap to maintain or repair when/if it does go wrong. Time will repay any original outlay if it lasts a lifetime with little or no extra work. Complication is a big hinderance and I think that’s why the simplicity of dropping everything and living without ‘the man’ is so attractive to so many people… its a bit unrealistic though.. I don’t fancy living in a cave rubbing sticks together and eating squirrels for the rest of my life whilst someone just down the road is sitting in a heated house watching TV documentaries about some lunatic living in a cave wearing nothing but a rabbit-skin to cover his modesty! Freedom from the system kind of turns around back at you as slavery when you take it too far

    in reply to: 12v vacuum cleaner #66604
    FrankC
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    I found a lighter adapter with a USB plug on it for £1.95 which is pretty good. My plan is to go to the local breakers yard and take a cigarette lighter port from a car. Then wire it up (with a 15A inline fuse) to crocodile clips which I can then attach to the battery.

    My mistake before was that I did a similar thing using a 3 port cigarette panel but used a cheap immersion heater element (to boil a cup of water). Although I measured its drain as being 11A it was enough to get everything melting! The wires were original so I’m suprised it passed any kind of EU regulatory check (it probably didn’t – it was cheap).

    I decided to replace the cable with Automotive cable rated at 30A – with crocodile clips on the end.. I lost my confidence in cigarette lighter sockets.. going to leave them for low current uses.. phone chargers etc

    in reply to: 12v vacuum cleaner #66581
    FrankC
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    That looks a good buy Jay. I’m in the UK so it may not be as cheap here but the USB ports are a good touch. I really regret not buying an inverter with USB ports on it. I tried to get around it by buying a cigarette socket with crocodile clips attached then using car cigarette plugs to convert it to USB but it burnt out.! Anyway, I’ve had the 300w Draper vacuum cleaner I won for £5 from eBay and it works really well. You can tell it lacks the power of the bigger ones but the money I’m saving on both its price and not needing to buy another inverter kind of justifies it to me at the moment.

    in reply to: New to this, where to start #66565
    FrankC
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    John Seymours book on self sufficiency is a good place to start. I think the best idea is to start somewhere in the extreme – like a 100% self sufficient smallholding or something (“where even the dustman should never have to call”) then develop the idea depending on what you want, what your prioroties are, how much you can afford etc. Two years is a good length of time to get a really solid plan together. I personally found a book called “Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power by Michel Daniek” very beneficial in explaining the fundamentals of battery technology, solar panels, regulators in an easy-to-understand way. I basically read that book and had the confidence to setup an entire solar system (which is working really well too).

    in reply to: 12v vacuum cleaner #66556
    FrankC
    Participant

    I noticed the cordless ones, Dyson, Ryobi and Makita have great reviews and they’re what I would get if I could force myself to part with the money.

    Great advice on the inverters. Don’t feel so bad on being a cheapskate and getting the lower rated one- Thanks :D

    in reply to: 12v vacuum cleaner #66553
    FrankC
    Participant

    Thanks elnav. I’ve managed to find a 300w mains powered one on eBay for £5 (just waiting for it to arrive). I only have a 300w inverter so *hopefully* it’ll work. I’m going off grid at the moment primarily to save money and want to spend as little as possible so buying a 2000w inverter just to run a powerful vac seems a little against my overall purpose. But if I have to, I’ll have to

    in reply to: 12 volt pro audio systems #66542
    FrankC
    Participant

    Most studio gear such as mixers seem to run on quite low voltage nowadays. I have an 8 track mixer that plugs in through a transformer for example. You could probably look at some technical specs of some gear disect and bypass the electrics or something.. you can also get battery powered cheaper mixers.

    As for speakers, I’d suggest a good quality pair of headphones first, then get some top quality monitor speakers and basically switch between them to save power or settle for something like Alesis M1 Active 320 USB which perhaps compromises reproduction quality and volume for less electricity.

    I’m planning on building a small music studio based on a 12volt battery/solar power setup in the near future so let me know how you’re going on

    in reply to: Best 12v Cable for Indoor Lighting ? #66543
    FrankC
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    I bought a caravan with two 240v lightbulb sockets mounted on the bottom of the cupboards wired with thick 240v cable. I wanted to replace the 240v bulbs with 12v directional mounted car sidelight bulbs. The idea to use them as reading lights. I simply cut all the 240v cables shorter (they’re still quite long), bypassed the original switch (my mounted 12volt lamps have their own independent switches on them), and used the original wiring directly as it was routed and connected it into the main load line that comes from my solar regulator and joins all the rest of my lights and appliances.

    It works fine and has saved me money on cable and hassle of re-routing the cable.

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