When are we ever going to use a2 + b2 = c2 in the real world? I asked this question in math class. I am unsure if I ever received an answer until I began building my off grid paradise. Recently, I plotted the footprint for my shop’s foundation. My math teacher should have handed … Continue reading Math in the Real World: Pythagorean Theorem
I have discovered so many uses for my Kioti Tractor CK3510; I am continuously amazed. Every homestead that has acreage, gathers firewood, has animals, plants gardens and orchards, plans to build outbuildings, or lifts heavy equipment needs a tractor with a loader. For the first 6 years on the homestead, my wife and I toughed … Continue reading Back Saver, Tree and Stump Remover is Kioti Tractor
While building the bicycle generator, I wished I could find an electronics component store. I needed a couple parts, a diode and an inline Volt/Amp meter. I checked the phone book for electronic parts and components and an older phone book had a few stores, but in the new phone book, the section no longer … Continue reading I miss the 1980s Radio Shack
My wife and I were blessed to take a date day and see autumn in it's full glory. No plans, just drive and see where it would take us. We followed the trees to my favorite spot in downtown Sandpoint. The colors were brilliant, the sky crystal blue and the lake pristine. Here's a video … Continue reading Autumn in North Idaho
I have wanted an electric chainsaw for a few years now, and when I was asked by my wife and son what I wanted for Father’s Day, I went with the Oregon CS1500. The Oregon electric plugin chainsaw was one of the few chainsaws left out there that doesn’t use batteries. I did not want … Continue reading Bucking Challenge: Electric v. Gas
Where does this off grid family vacation? Since we have lived off grid, our vacation of choice, camping, has diminished. We generally decide to use AirBnB or hotel it, but camping only in a desperate situation. This year our vacation included my wife's folks. We decided last year to unravel the mysterious raves about a … Continue reading Where does this Off Grid Family Vacation?
When the pump failed, I knew I had to change it before I left for work. If I left the house before changing the cistern pump, my family would be without water for the day. Unless they hand bucketed it from the cistern. This was an early morning emergency that turned out well considering. Behind … Continue reading Cistern Pump Quick Change