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.
Our battle with the chicken coop seems to be unending. When the mice moved in and discovered the chickens had a bountiful supply of food, the battle began. First, we removed our chickens' food at night to prevent the mice' thievery. But, they still seemed to propagate. I began setting mouse traps and competed with … Continue reading Easy Do-it-Yourself Mousetrap (Very Effective)
For those who have watched the war wage on between me and my used snowplow, this is perhaps the armistice between us. This year, I did not mess around with the motor and pump assembly. I purchased a “new” rebuilt Meyer E47 standard assembly. This has made a world of difference. The plow system is … Continue reading Man vs. Snowplow (Season 3, Episode 2)
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
Brief Background I started the Living a Sustainable Dream YouTube channel back in the beginning of 2015. I had an iPod Nano and our Nikon Cool Pix and filmed a couple segments about how to clean our wood cook stove, making a waffle on the wood cook stove, and troubleshooting our electric log splitter (our … Continue reading Welcome to YouTube…
This past week I have been busy installing our new off grid tankless propane water heater. The tankless propane water heater we had before was only a temporary fix that lasted 5 years. I never intended on using it for so long, but other needs on the homestead kept taking priority. We are finally … Continue reading Unboxing our new off grid water heater
In this quick video, I am doing a walk around our tractor. I even added some scenes of the tractor in use as I describe each function and implement we have. The school year is coming to a close and my schedule has become a challenge. My wife has done an excellent job stepping in … Continue reading Homestead Tractor Walk Around