For the past few months, I have been trying to build our own bicycle generator. Soon it became a sort of obsession as I tried to take an old exercise bike and convert it to a human powered generator. These past few weeks, I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. … Continue reading It Really Works… Introducing the Bicycle Generator.
I believe I am guilty of promoting free energy on the off grid homestead, and during the summer months it appears that way. However, during the winter months cloudy skies make solar energy creation improbable, and it's the battery bank that keeps the home's electricity going from day to day. When the fog and inversion … Continue reading Off Grid electricity is NOT free.
At the end of this past summer, our battery bank of seven years decided to die. It was an interesting cascade failure event. One batter cell went dead and could not be revived, then another battery flagged a similar problem. Pretty soon I was isolating batteries that would no longer hold a 6 Volt change. … Continue reading When the Battery Bank Dies…
Playing the battery rotation game. During this short video, I cover such topics as an Everyday Vehicle Bag for people who do much of their own vehicle roadside assistance, symptoms of a failing camshaft sensor in our PT Cruiser, and demonstrating the speed in which a VP Racing Fuel can actually pour because of its … Continue reading Battery Rotation, EV Bag, and More
Here is a quick video I did on changing the vehicle design from a side mount battery to a top post battery. When I was filming this video, my cistern pump went out a day before, and when I got home from work, our Suburban was dead. No connection, except a string of bad timing. … Continue reading Changing a Side-Mount for a Top Post Battery
Today, I am spending much of the day alone. I decided what a perfect time to write a post about working on the homestead alone. During the rush to build our tractor shed, I did much of the prep work by myself. My wife and son went to the local farmers’ market while I began … Continue reading Working alone on the homestead
A month ago I posted "Generating Repairs," and after it was all said and done the generator worked great until, not even, a week later. My wife and I were procrastinating on starting the generator hoping for the next sunny day, but to no avail we were socked in with clouds. While sitting on the … Continue reading I cannot “generate” the words to express my frustration…