Before we even bought our land and were planning our off grid homestead, we wanted a diesel generator as our backup power system for those endless cloudy days. Why? Because, the cost of dyed diesel is cheaper, and, most importantly, I don't have to worry about the fuel going bad after a few months of … Continue reading Tractor + Generator = Power
Earlier this year, our generator pull start rope broke as well as the spring with the starter recoil assembly. We were left in a terrible position, but had enough power to ration until the new part arrived. The new part broke in the 1st pull. If not for the advice of a few subscribers, we … Continue reading How to start a generator when the pull rope breaks
Living off the grid and relying totally on solar power is not a great idea. There are days and even a month or two in the winter in which only a few sunny days will appear. If we only had solar to rely on for electricity, it would become very unnerving seeing our battery bank’s … Continue reading “Generating” Repairs: Winter requires more than just solar.
After the Thanksgiving Holiday, my wife and I were beginning to look at the muddy ground and wondered if purchasing a snow plow truck was a wise decision. It wasn't until December 19th that I began to realize the extent that I would use our snow plow. By the twenty-first, I was plowing the driveway, … Continue reading Merry “White” Christmas and a Happy New Year
What to do when that sun stays hidden behind the clouds for weeks on end? Well, the answer is a backup generator powered by non-ethanol, high octane fuel. To take the batteries from 35% of discharge to 100% full is about four hours of generator time on our 6,800 watt Rigid generator from Home Depot. … Continue reading Electricity: When the backup generator is called upon…