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)
For years, I have done most of my own mechanical work on my vehicles. Since I moved to N. Idaho and the shop/garage keeps getting put off for other priorities, I have taken my vehicles to the mechanic in town. However, when it came to the old farm truck radiator, I couldn't justify seeing a … Continue reading Old Farm Truck New Radiator Warning!
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
Sometime this summer I had an idea that changed my perspective on the type of back up generator we needed. See the past post from whence we came. When we were first in the planning and designing stage of our off grid home, we realized the sun could be blocked for days even weeks during … Continue reading Why a Tractor Shed?
Each year it seems we upgrade our systems. Much of what we setup to be as temporary finally gives way to more innovative devices that help modernize our home. We have lived with the Ecotemp L5 propane tankless camping hot water heater for 5 years until it finally died this past May. We managed to … Continue reading Out with the Old; in with the New… (no more temporary hot water)
Tankless water heaters are prone to corrode with hard water deposits and propane water heaters have a possibility of freezing in the winter due to the cold air sneaking in through the ventilation. A bypass is an easy way to avoid both scenarios. I created this bypass with parts anyone can purchase at a hardware … Continue reading Save Money on Plumbing, Also Building a Bypass for a Tankless Water Heater
Installing the tankless water heater gas vent was a bit of a challenge. I had to measure the outside wall and match it up with the measurements of the inside wall. I used a window to base the measurements to make sure that I would place the hole in between the studs correctly, which I … Continue reading Gas Vent Install & Thoughts about Blogging