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
Our derelict cabin left by the original owners of our property has been slowly disintegrating with each winter. One section almost collapsed, and in the past, I did a video in which I hand shoveled the roof to prevent the cabins creaking demise. It was hard work, and I couldn't physically do it again without … Continue reading Snow Throwing the Roof & Wife’s Surprise
This week I am demonstrating how to clean a stainless steel wood cook stove surface. Many of you probably do not have a wood cook stove in your homes. This still may relate to you if you are considering purchasing a wood stove to have a backup heat and cooking source. I have created a … Continue reading Cleaning the Wood Cook Stove Surface