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  • soycap
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    Yea, but are you OK with other people defining your place in the world. I’m not.

    If I build my own house, with my own things, on my own land (we can get into who actually “owns” land another time), then who is the government to say that I cannot do that. If they want to say I can’t sell the house because it is not safe, whatever, I guess people want that kind of protection from the government. If I choose to live in my own structure, safe or unsafe by their standards, that should be up to me.

    There should be reasonable regulation (to protect wetlands, minimal space between homes, etc.) that could give you an inexpensive ya or nah, but the existing regulations are excessively prohibitive. This includes rural areas that have plenty of open space where you would be hard pressed to come across another human being let alone a high rise complex. I think we are talking about small, secluded, eco-friendly homes in the woods. If we are talking about congested cities, I think that is a different story due to that fact that cities are already an environmental disaster.

    To say, “I can not afford it, so I can not have it” is a little simplistic and I think you are equating the word afford with money. If you can afford the land, you should be able to do what you want as long as you are not hurting the environment or other people (unfortunately this does seem to need to be defined by the government.) If I don’t have the cash, but can “afford” to commit my time and build it myself (at my own risk), I should be able to do that without the government bulldozing my home.

    in reply to: Off-grid hotspots? #63929
    soycap
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    I have lots of questions for you!

    What do you use for you Internet specifically? Long range wireless, Sat, Mobile/celular?

    What kind of business do you run? Could you post the site?

    in reply to: Places to Park? #63930
    soycap
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    If you don’t both anyone and lay low, the most trouble with the law you will likely get in is that they will tell you to move along. If you don’t do or keep anything illegal in your auto, you should be fine. I would say, “it is better to ask forgiveness , than to ask for permission” applies here.

    If you’re not paying for something like a campsite like suggested above, you aren’t going to stay anywhere public too long. Friends with lots of land may let you stay for a while, but that will get old with them as well. Truck stops and highway rest stops will also work for short stays. A friend of mine stayed for a couple of weeks at the local highway rest stop while going ton school and never had a problem.

    Another thing to consider is if a campsite will let you work off your stay. Facility and showers are a big plus.

    in reply to: Zoning laws and off-grid living #63931
    soycap
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    bump

    in reply to: Tips on “Going Green” and Saving Money #63932
    soycap
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    Learn to fix things. The best way to do this is to just start fixing things that are already broken.

    Too many things are thrown out because the owner did not know how to fix it and it was cheaper to by a new one that to have it fixed professionally. I see all these shows on TV now where people are “greenafying” their homes by doing a full demo to a perfectly good home and replacing everything thing with brand new “green” products. Soooo much waste! Often the greenest thing you can do is extend the life of what you already have or revive something that someone else has already discarded. It’s also a great way to save money.

    Fixing things and selling them is also a way to make money (not just save it) and keep things out of landfills. It’s not gonna get you suburban green points like having a bank of solar panels, but taking the time to get some basic repair skill will help the environment and save you money for a lifetime.

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