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  • in reply to: Water pump help #67848
    offthegridinok
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    We use a 2.9 gpm pump to move rain water into our home to the shower and sink.   it is a 12 volt .5amp pump.   bought it off amazon.   like 45 dollars.   it will draw from 90 feet and push over 200.   We draw about 14 feet and are pushing water through all of our 1/2 plumbing in our home.   We live fully off grid and use it to move our water.   We do use a filter for the sink but shower no need other than a strainer filter.   I will post the items we use for water in our off grid home

    <span class=”image-box” style=”display: block; float: left; height: 105px; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle; width: 105px; cursor: pointer; padding-right: 10px !important;”><br class=”Apple-interchange-newline” />Flojet 03526 144A Triplex Diaphragm 3526 Series Automatic Water System Pump</span><span class=”item-title” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Flojet 03526 144A Triplex Diaphragm 3526 Series Automatic Water System Pump</span>
    <div class=”seller” style=”color: #666666; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16px; background-color: #ffffff;”>Sold by Amazon.com LLC</div>
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    <div class=”seller” style=”color: #666666; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16px; background-color: #ffffff;”><span class=”image-box” style=”display: block; float: left; height: 105px; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle; width: 105px; cursor: pointer; padding-right: 10px !important;”><br class=”Apple-interchange-newline” />SHURflo 255-313 Classic Series Twist-On Strainer (1/2" FPT x 1/2" )</span><span class=”item-title” style=”font-size: 14px;”>SHURflo 255-313 Classic Series Twist-On Strainer (1/2″ FPT x 1/2″ )</span>
    <div class=”seller”>Sold by Amazon.com LLC</div>
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    <div class=”seller”><span class=”image-box” style=”display: block; float: left; height: 105px; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle; width: 105px; cursor: pointer; padding-right: 10px !important;”>SHURflo 182-200 Pre-Pressurized Accumulator Tank</span><span class=”item-title” style=”font-size: 14px;”>SHURflo 182-200 Pre-Pressurized Accumulator Tank</span>
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    <div class=”seller”>to store water pressure.</div>
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    in reply to: Single women living off grid #67226
    offthegridinok
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    Sylvia,

    Good to see you posting here in this forum also.  there are some good people here.   Just wanted to update you.  We should have full electricity next time we make it back to our home.   Carrying in this truck the rest of our solar system.   Boy finally getting it all took a big load off our shoulders, now to install it all.    Glad to see your doing well.   We updated our little blog and you tube if you want to see what we got.

     

    Take care, Semi close neighbor.

    in reply to: Define OFF THE GRID #67149
    offthegridinok
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    We live off the grid as several others here do also.   Each person has their own reasons and definition of living off the grid.  We run off solar power (soon some wind power).  We have a hand dug well and collect water.  We use a composting tolet.  We collect all our grey water (shower, sinks) to use on plants.  We will be using wood for heat, but will have propane backup heat, propane instant own hot water and cook with propane, our backup generator runs off propane also.  Does this make use not on the grid.  I think not.   Yes we have to BUY propane at 250 gallons but it last a long time and reduces the cost of living and suppling electricity to run electrical appliances.

    We do prepare (prep) our food supplies with freeze dried foods and use a canner to preserve what we can and will have a garden to allow us to store more food. .  But until we have all the supplies we need we MUST use public stores to purchase our supplies.  Now this is our way of life.

    Many others live differently.  I know Wretha and her Husband live very simular to how we do.  We dont have the animals yet since we dont live there 24/7 since we work over the road most of the year.

    Reply to this let us all know how you live off the grid.  That way others looking to live off the grid will have information to help them achieve this lifestyle.  Off the Grid is a LIFE STYLE a life changing event.  It is the return to a simple way of living as our grand and great grand parents lived only with a few added benefits they did not have.  SO PLEASE reply so others can learn what we all call living off the grid.

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67150
    offthegridinok
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    you can use blogspot to create a simple blog, no experience required I use it but bought a domain to point to in http://www.solarcabin.org  Blogspot is great way to start a blog.  No I dont get money for advertising them but I like to KISS (keep it simple stupid).  I am no WordPress expert I tried before I used blogspot.  let them get the headaces and I just post my articles.  (rofl)  Hope this helps

    in reply to: If you are reading this you are not off grid! #67146
    offthegridinok
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    Educate yourself before you make a fool of yourself

    Off-the-grid

    For other uses, see Off the grid (disambiguation).
    The term off-grid refers to not being connected to a grid, mainly used in terms of not being connected to the main or national transmission grid in electricity. In electricity off-grid can be stand-alone systems (SHS) or mini-grids typically to provide a smaller community with electricity. Off-grid electrification is an approach to access electricity used in countries and areas with little access to electricity, due to scattered or distant population. It can be any kind of electricity generation.
    The term off-the-grid (OTG) can refer to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.
    Off-the-grid homes are autonomous; they do not rely on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid, or similar utility services. A true off-grid house is able to operate completely independently of all traditional public utility services. The idea has been recently popularized by certain celebrities including Ed Begley, Jr.[1] who stars in Living with Ed[2] television show on the Home & Garden Television network. Actress Daryl Hannah promotes off-grid living and constructed her home in Colorado according to those principles, as does survival expert and Dual Survival co-star Cody Lundin.[3]

    in reply to: Looking to live the second part of my life simply #67093
    offthegridinok
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    Living off grid isnt a man or woman thing.  Its a life style for whomever can achieve it.  I would say you must find land and then RESEARCH codes and laws for that area.  Decide on your structure.  Then what type of power and water.  Today there are so many suppliers of off gird lifestyle products that make the life more achievable.  Plus You tube has made it even easier.  Tons on informational video’s.

    We found our land in OK with NO restrictions on our structure (portable Building), both land and building low costing.  We have researched solar setups and wind setups through many many websites and phone calls.  Water was the pain in the backside.  But we solved that with the people next door.  Its temporary but will do until i finish my hand dug well.  It just takes a lot of research.

    Create your plan and research every step of it.   Then act upon it or it will only be a dream plan.

    We have a blog http://www.solarcabin.org  take a look at what we have started.   There are many other sites out there to help you.  If you need more information reply here or hit my blog and shoot me a msg.

    Remember OFF GRID is not sexually orientated.

    God Bless

    in reply to: my journal on progress for getting off the grid #67019
    offthegridinok
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    dont forget the dehydrated food and water.  For you and the 4 legged kids.

    offthegridinok
    Participant

    The funny thing being LABELED a dooms day Prepper and a survivalist makes me laugh.   Yes I prepare for bad and hard times (extra food and water, ammo and the everyday needs of a human), but get asked whens the end coming?  I always reply ask God for only He knows.

    Why did we decide to go back in time??   Well the simple life is so much easier once you establish your plan and stick to it.   Why alternate power?  Tired of spending money on something that isnt stable and has Governmental controls.  Why not use what the Good Lord gave us and the technology to use it.  A off-grid home is very advanced to a standard wired to the grid home, so much more efficient.

    Why waste my mind and brain watching TV and listen to radio when I have nature as my TV and Radio.  How did mankind lose touch with this.  The peacefulness of nature is amazing, to it and watch wild animals walk through your yard and field, to see a bald eagle fly over your home.  To look up at night and see a million starts with no haze or city lights to cover them up.   I dont know why I would want this type of life.   Can’t seem to figure it out.  IF you can help me find a reason to stay connected to the world please give me the research so I can review it.   But as of right now the simple life my grandparents had is what I so desire.   Getting ever so close to this reality.  less than 4 grand will make this come true.

    If your rich and want to adopt me and give me my dream I will gladly accept it and be ever grateful BUT dont expect me to come visit you to much, you best just come visit me.  (giggle).

    God Bless and thanks for reading my thoughts and rants.

    in reply to: How much land? #66977
    offthegridinok
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    5 acres can be as good as 30 arces if setup right.   We found in our research that 10 acres was perfect with the permission of the like minded people around us allowing us to hunt their land as well as them on ours.   We have 3 families that have come together and share crop the garden, help each other build and do manual labor on the land.   We help each other as our grandparents and past generations have.   We went back to the ways of old.  Barter with each other to help each other.  Work together and not against.  The NEW WORLD has instilled the ME in team instead of the TEAM in TEAM.  Hope this helps.  If you find an area talk to the people that live around there.  Just be polite and let them know your looking to buy around there and plan to live a lifestyle like ————- (fill in the blank)   thats what we did and found they were interested in getting off the grid too but heard it cost 30 to 50 grand to do.   We sat down showed them that it was a lot cheaper than that.   They are limited income people but they have started working towards the off grid life.  Its  has been great to see the 3 families pull together and work toward a common goal.  Reminds me of the TV show’s I watched as a teenager. (little house on the praire and the waltons)   etc.  If your looking there is more land available near use.   just contact me.  look on my blog for the lay of the land http://www.solarcabin.org.

    in reply to: ""TIS THE SEASON"" #67003
    offthegridinok
    Participant

    Merry CHRISTmas and a prosperous New Year.   May you all achieve the lives you seek.  Always treat others as you would like to be treated.  God Bless each and everyone of you.

     

    Bill and Rosa

    Blog:  http://www.solarcabin.org
    Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/OurOffGridSolarCabin

    in reply to: How do you find land for your off the grid house? #67009
    offthegridinok
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    We bought land through https://www.classiccountryland.com/ They self finance to keep us out of the banking system.   They have land almost every where.   Take a look see if there is anything you like.   I dont get anything form helping them but myself and my wife, our step son and another friend have all bought from them.   Very easy and fast.  and they have most of the information on zoning, etc.   Our land we bought pretty much lets us do what we want with no restrictions.

    in reply to: Charge Controller Size? – Help Please #67008
    offthegridinok
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    A lot of Charge controller sites will have a calculator to help you.  I use Midnight Solar Product.  here is there link for there calculator https://www.midnitesolar.com/sizingTool/index.php.  It will help you know how to string up your panels.  If series, parallel or series/parallel.  With my system of 4 Astronergy 250watt 24volt panels, 4 Surr 6v, 400 Ah S530 (9600wh), MSC 200, Magnum MM-1524AE 1500 watt inv/chr MS, Cotek SK series 1000w 24v P Sine-wave Inverter and the electrical boxes and fuses.   and future add is 2 more panels  I run 2 strings of 2 in parallel to get my voltage and amps up so I should see 32 peak Amps, or about 8% rate on the 400 Amp hour bank. That’s a nice ‘comfortable’ rate. (The array would be about Vmp 60, Imp 16.).

    For wind power you must have the dump load and I would like to use a normal CC but I have found that at Missouri Wind and solar has a good all in one CC for like 279.00 that does 10000 watts and 440 amps made for wind and solar but I will use it for my wind and growth on my solar if required.  link to it https://www.mwands.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=450.

    I hope this information helps you in your decision making.  Or at least gives you some good reading.

    in reply to: My moving journal Going off grid fast, need ideas and advice. #67000
    offthegridinok
    Participant

    BTW  Lamar’s ebook is a good buy.  Lamar will also correspond with you via email.  it will say John Doe so look for it in your spam folder.

    in reply to: earning money off grid #67001
    offthegridinok
    Participant

    I am researching e-books.  to make a little residual income.   Been in contact with several E-book authors and they say its a good way to get a few hundred bucks a month.   With my military knowledge and farming knowledge  and the research I have on off grid and alternate power I could write a few.   Been working on one book already on the basics to transferring from modern life to off grid life.  Its a bit of work but I think well worth it when I get done.

    in reply to: ""TIS THE SEASON"" #67004
    offthegridinok
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    thanks well put. Merry CHRISTmas to you and Yours

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