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Hi Wretha, I owned a pest control company for many years. Used to treat a ladies house that was bit by a kissing bug and almost died. We have bad black widow and hobo spiders here.
Hi Wretha, things are going pretty good. Just getting ome planting done on the homestead and doing some landscaping. Bushes and trees to give the place a little shade and shrubery.
I am building that Thoreau cabin as a workshop and will be discussing Thoreau and small house living as I teach people basic building techniques. Should be interesting.
Did you see my cabin in Mother Earth News?
How have you been and what are you up to?
Hi Wretha, it is just an RV style poly tank. They have an inlet that can be filled through a wall and attached to a small DC water pump for pressure.
You should be able to order one from any RV parts supplier and that is what I have in my cabin.
LaMarMay 25, 2014 at 12:00 am in reply to: Writing an eBook about off grid. Looking for some advice/collaborators #68243
How long have you actually lived off-grid?
I have been off-grid for over 15 years and can tell you just knowing what technology is available without ever having used that tech in an off-grid situation is not going to help anyone.
Not trying to discourage you but I would suggest you live off-grid for a few (several) years before attempting to write a book on the subject.
Hey 12vman how are you friend?
I am still puttering around building small cabins and off-grid projects.
Hi Wretha, I tried to contact nick but apparently he is not reading his email. Was wondering if Off-Grid.net would like to sponsor a prize for the contest and do a write up for your website and in return you get your link on the contest page and more viewers ?
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or have nick contact me for more info.
Already getting lots of interest so should be a great contest.
Why not build an off-grid cabin for under $2000 ?
If you can cut a straight line and pound a nail you can build my cabin design for under $2000 that will house a small family or 4 adults comfortably.
Kids adjust well to an off-grid outdoors lifestyle even better than teens and it is a great adventure for them.
kids don’t need a lot of room and enjoy family closeness so a small cabin like mine is good.
You will want communication in case of an emergency so cell phone or satellite phone is good and that will also allow you to have internet.
You can watch my vids for ideas:
Laws? We don’t need no stinking laws!!!
OK you need to be realistic when you go off-grid. There are very few counties where you can build whatever you want without building codes so you need to check the county codes before buying land and building unless you want legal issues.
BUT there are still many rural counties that have few or no building codes and some only require an approved septic and water system. You can get around those codes with an approved composting toilet and even rain water harvesting in some places.
The best thing to do is to find land in small rural counties that already have off-grid homes like yours and a county gov that will work with you.
OR you can build and take your chances. I have had several legal battles with my county and won them all because my place is grandfathered in but that is not the case for most people.
It may also be better to buy an existing home fixer upper bare bones that has already been approved for residential use and then convert that to off-grid living.
You can get ideas on my lifestyle at: https://www.youtube.com/solarcabin
I have some vids on my 12 volt appliances and propane hook up for anyone interested:
bumpMarch 28, 2012 at 12:00 am in reply to: DIY Videos for cabin construction and solar/wind installation #66243
Sorry here is the correct link to my channel and I have over 50 videos on all subjects related to off grid living:
I live in Utah near Vernal. I have an off grid homestead and use solar and wind power. I design and build off grid cabins and do the power installations.
Maybe we can work a deal for an acre or two of land.
The microbes that decompose waste work best in Temps above 50 degrees and if your composter gets below that temp the microbes hibernate.
The commercial composters use a heater or have the tank inside the house to keep that from happening.
A sawdust compost pile can be used because the center of the pile stays warmer but still may freeze in cold winters.
I use a solar composter of my own design that is basically a small insulated greenhouse over my compost pit that will keep the compost warm even in winter.
The key is to not add excess moisture to the compost or it will freeze and harm the bacteria.
Some people use a separate bucket for urine and some commercial composters have seperate tanks or use fans to dry the waste.
Thank you folks for the warm response!
I have dedicated my life to helping others learn to live simple self sufficient lifestyles and preserve the homesteader ways and I am seeing a lot of interest- which makes me very happy!
I now have videos:
And I have started an free online newspaper called Homesteader News:
Please ask questions and I am always happy to help others with ideas!