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PEDAL POWER TOOLS / PEDALIERS OUTILS. Comment fabriquer une yourte soi-même en 7 jours. What Do Off Grid Homes Look Like? Here are 5 Examples. So we know what it takes to live off grid and how you generate off grid power, but what does living off grid look like? It might be a surprise to some, but some off-grid homes are totally indistinguishable from other houses in the neighborhood (except for the lack of power lines and electricity meters).

Above is the Van Geet Off-Grid Home [pdf], sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Agency. Near Denver, Colorado, the home takes advantage of 300 days of sun to produce lots of its power from a couple of solar arrays, and the home's careful siting makes the most of passive solar and daylighting to minimize the energy needed to run the home. Off grid with straw bales in the UKThis straw bale double-wide mobile home, built by Richard and Carol Atkinson of East Yorkshire in the UK, uses solar, wind and solar hot water, in addition to a host of green building materials. Planning and Building a Greenhouse. Adapted from Fact Sheet 645 - University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, David S.

Ross, Extension Agricultural Engineer, Department of Agricultural Engineering Careful planning is important before a home greenhouse project is started. Building a greenhouse does not need to be expensive or time-consuming. The final choice of the type of greenhouse will depend on the growing space desired, home architecture, available sites, and costs. The greenhouse must, however, provide the proper environment for growing plants. Location The greenhouse should be located where it gets maximum sunlight. Deciduous trees, such as maple and oak, can effectively shade the greenhouse from the intense late afternoon summer sun; however, they should not shade the greenhouse in the morning.

Good drainage is another requirement for the site. Types of Greenhouses A home greenhouse can be attached to a house or garage, or it can be a freestanding structure. Attached Greenhouses Lean-to. Even-span. Frames. Build a Geodesic Dome Solar Greenhouse to Grow Your Own Food (Slideshow) 3 Easy DIY Greenhouses for Under $300. © Angela Davis It’s seed-starting season and spring is just around the corner. If you’re looking to start seeds indoors and realize that you don’t have enough windows space to sprout seeds indoors, or don’t want to raise your electrical bill by installing grow lights, building a greenhouse from recycled and salvaged items might be the solution you need. 1.

The Window Frame Greenhouse Probably the most popular examples of DIY greenhouses you’ll find on the Internet. The best time to salvage windows for this garden project is during construction and remodeling season where you live. . © Michael Taeuber Here's another window frame greenhouse, this one by Michael Taeuber, who created an Instructable to demonstrate how to build a greenhouse from old windows for his plants. 2. . © Alex Campbell Alex Campbell built this lean-to greenhouse, also using old windows, for his food growing operation. He graciously documented his project so others could follow along and do the same. 3. . © Wolfie and the Sneak. Adam J. Fyall - Southwestern Sunflower. Greenhouse EffectPAGE 3 of 4 of 3 Construction, continued Now it was time to start adding the sheeting. The 10-foot width of the rolls is enough to cover the top, with enough overhang to attach to the PVC with the duct tape. Notice that I am working comfortably in my shirtsleeves on a 65-degree day in the middle of November.

Why am I building this greenhouse anyway??? With global warming, who needs it! Here you see the structure with the roof and rear panel sheeting. Now I had to build the door and finish the front façade. Like I always say, "work harder, not smarter". The plastic sheeting was taped to the PVC and stapled to the lumber. The straw bale used in my glorious autumnal porch display was acquired with the greenhouse specifically in mind. I bucked hay for two years while in college. Now it's time to make some trips around the yard to gather everyone up.

All snuggled-in for the winter, kinda like those male emperor penguins. The greenhouse is completed. Next. Cheapest DIY Rain Barrel (that works better than most) - Alex's Hobby Site. So I found a way to build an effective rain collection barrel for around $40. All parts were purchased at the local Ace Hardware store. I used a trash can (32 gal) for easy cleaning and construction.

A 55 gal blue barrel could be adapted for increased water needs. 1 trash can with lid2 plastic downspout extenders (accordion style), fitted to the size of your downspout1 bulkhead fitting1 boiler drain valve1 tube silver gutter sealant At first I tried silicone to seal the seams, but it wouldn't stick the the trash can material.

My next move was to try Seamer Mate, found in the roofing/gutter section of home depot. Since using Seamer Mate, I found the Lowe's version. This stuff has a million waterproofing uses, and what great adhesion! Here is a close-up of the bulkhead fitting. The best part about this design is that every drop of rain is directed into the barrel, and once full, all rain is redirected into your drain system. During winter, the barrel can be removed. Urban Greenhouse - Alex's Hobby Site. Please feel free to email any questions to I'll be more than happy to help you out. The House: Here is how I built my small (4X8) greenhouse out of old windows.

Total cost was $300, but you could do it for much cheaper with some resourcefulness and an eagerness for scrounging materials! After many gardens, some successes and some failures, I moved for the first time to a city row home. First, I found some old windows around town. Great ways to find free (or very cheap) windows: Drive around on garbage night Email your friends and co-workers. Step 2: It is definitely easier to design the frame around the windows, rather than trying to find windows to fit the frame. I covered the back side with plywood because a) it faces south, b) there is a fence that I didn't feel like dealing with, and c.

Notice the windows fit the 2X4 frame. The four corners of each window are held to the frame with screws put in diagonally. No I did not run out of windows. Hydroponic system. Greenhouse From Old Windows. My Garden Tour Recap – Slideshow | Gardening in My Rubber Boots. Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video) Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes, hoop houses or greenhouses. Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates.

Here's a video tour of a walipini that shows what a basic version of this earth-sheltered solar greenhouse looks like inside: © Benson Institute It's a pretty intriguing set-up that combines the principles of passive solar heating with earth-sheltered building. SilverThunder/via. Bamboo Fence - Alex's Hobby Site. Here is how I built a fence out of bamboo. With a few tools and some cheap supplies, this fence cost me next to nothing save a ton of work! My 30 foot fence cost about $20, including gas money, but I had to work my ass off to get the "free" bamboo because it was growing on the side of a cliff. If you can find someone who has a lot of bamboo that is easily accessible by car (not a lot of carrying), cutting, trimming, and assembling it is relatively easy work if you don't mind that sort of thing.

If you set your mind to it you can do the project in a weekend. A thirty-foot fence required about 230 stalks of bamboo, each averaging about 1" to 1.5" diameter. About 8 stalks per foot si what I went by, and it came out pretty close. Of course this all depends on the size of the bamboo. Keep in mind that it will soon be a brown fence, as the bamboo dies it turns wood color. How I did it: First I harvested and trimmed the bamboo from an acquaintance's yard.

I built the fence in 6-foot sections.