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 a dreary month of January, the sun is making its appearance again. We are all relieved and choose our own way to bask in sun's warm rays. The solar panels have produced very little and we have relied on the storage capacity of our battery banks and the back up generator on a weekly … Continue reading Here comes the sun…
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
These past few weeks we have wrapped up the fall harvest. We salvaged what we could from the garden and took the hoop houses down. Our back room has the tomatoes strewn about, so they can ripen. Our garden did not produce much this year. We planted late, the heat wave shocked the plants, and … Continue reading Wrapping up the Fall Harvest
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…
For us the choice was purely economical and a desire to be self-sufficient. The choice to live off grid is not a desire of most people, and I am not trying to convert anyone to the idea. However, if you like to save money, which most of us do, many of our off grid tips … Continue reading Electricity, making the choice to be off grid.