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Off Grid System This section is dedicated to off-grid power as well as back up power systems. Articles: Brooks Solar Living Off Grid – 12/10/2010 Build Your Own Generator – 12/10/2010 Cheap Solar Power Setup – 12/10/2010 Choosing a Backup Generator – 12/10/2010 Emergency Power Options – 12/10/2010 Generator Buying Tips – 12/10/2010 Generator Sizing – 12/10/2010 Getting Started in Solar – 12/10/2010 Home Power Magazine – 12/10/2010 How much is enough? Living Without Electricity – 12/10/2010 Low Voltage Living – 12/10/2010 Power Outages – Things to be Aware Of – 12/10/2010 Red Cross Power Outages – Things to be Aware Of – 12/10/2010 SunWise RV Kits - 12/10/2010 Video’s: To Download Video’s – Right Click on Link and Select “Save As” , then Select Download Location on Your Computer If you click on the link itself – video may not play. Related:  SolarEnergy Issue

Sue Robishaw and Steve Schmeck, Unique Artwork and Homesteading Notes from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan How To Make A Glowstick Alarm | Survivor Medic I learned to make something similar to this back when I was still in the Marine Corps and was reminded of it after seeing a video a few months ago where one of these was made with a mousetrap. I couldn’t think of a reason to make one at the time, but who needs a reason? The purpose of this device is to warn you when someone crosses your perimeter. I started by painting the rat trap OD green because, as everyone knows, painting it this color makes it 40% more awesome. Pull your lines through the holes in the trap as shown here. The completed trap should look something like this. Here’s a short video of the trap being activated in the dark. [youtube=

Powering An Led Light Using The Force of Gravity How I built an electricity producing Solar Panel Several years ago I bought some remote property in Arizona. I am an astronomer and wanted a place to practice my hobby far away from the sky-wrecking light pollution found near cities of any real size. In my attempt to escape city light pollution, I found a great piece of remote property. The problem is, it's so remote that there is no electric service available. I built a wind turbine to provide some power on the remote property. Here is a video of the solar panel set up and in use on my remote, off-grid property. Let me state up front that I probably won't be able to help you out much if you decide to build your own solar panel(s). So what is a solar panel anyway? I started out the way I start every project, by Googling for information on home-built solar panels. After a while, I came to some conclusions: Once I came to the realization that I could use blemished and factory-second solar cells to build my panels, I finally got to work. seller. Oops! Next time I will do it differently.

How to Forecast Weather | Ever wondered how to forecast the weather without actually using instruments? Check the Clouds: Clouds can tell us a lot about the weather. For example, they can tell us if it’s going to be warmer on a particular night by simply being there. That’s because they prevent heat radiation from escaping. They can also tell you whether there will be rain and whether there will be bad weather in general (when you see clouds moving in opposite directions of each other). Check the Humidity: If you’re one of those people whose hair gets all curly when it gets really humid out, you know exactly what this is about. Check the Animals: Birds only fly in the sky when they expect fair weather ahead. Look at the Rainbow (but only in the west) and look for a Red Sky: If you see one in the west, it means a major storm front is coming. Check the Air: If it smells like a compost heap, expect some rain soon. Check the Moon: Seen any red moons lately? Check the Wind: A Few More Ideas:

Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities Earlier this week, during a disappointing Tesla earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned in passing that he’d be producing a stationary battery for powering the home in the next few months. It sounded like a throwaway side project from someone who’s never seen a side project he doesn’t like. But it’s a very smart move, and one that’s more central to Musk’s ambitions than it might seem. To understand why, it helps to look not at Tesla, but at SolarCity, a company chaired by Musk and run by his cousin Lyndon Rive. When you have a lot of solar, you need a lot of batteries Fueled by financing systems like SolarCity’s, government subsidies, and a rapid drop in the price of photovoltaics, solar has been growing fast. That’s part of the reason that California, with one of the most aggressive renewable energy mandates in the country, recently declared the most aggressive energy storage mandate as well, with a goal of 1.3 gigawatts of storage by 2020. Forecast storage market from GTM Research.

Our Simple DIY Home Solar Power System Bringing some of the benefits of electrical power to our off-grid home has been a hit-or-miss affair. Over the years we’ve tried some very simple approaches to lighting and small battery recharging for our flashlights, such as hauling a 12 volt car battery to a small rural school about a half mile away every time it needed to be topped up. This was time consuming and inefficient. …developing using a dialup internet connection on a phone line strung through the woods was challenging… For many years we managed to get along without the conveniences which electricity can provide, but developing using a dialup internet connection on a phone line strung through the woods was challenging, and charging my laptop became a regular necessity. Today, with the help of a local expert on off grid home solar power and alternative energy systems, we have the best of both worlds. We have already enjoyed about three years of trouble-free use from this system. 1. 2. 3. 4.

The 12 Rules of Survival The 12 Rules of Survival has been out of a couple of years now, but it never hurts to reread them. Read the whole book “ Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why ” if you get an opportunity! Also, check out his new book “Lucy” at ! By Laurence Gonzales As a journalist, I’ve been writing about accidents for more than thirty years. Survival should be thought of as a journey, a vision quest of the sort that native Americans have had as a rite of passage for thousands of years. Don’t fall into the deadly trap of denial or of immobilizing fear. Many people who in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, died simply because they told themselves that everything was going to be all right. Survivors see opportunity, even good, in their situation, however grim. In the initial crisis, survivors are not ruled by fear; instead, they make use of it. Survivors also manage pain well. Yes you might die. Now, What is the reason for this?

Cohabitat - Photos du journal Tesla's Big Mistake? While experimenting with a long, thin 'secondary' coil from a Tesla Coil, I suddenly connected up several things in my mind which had been separate up to that moment. After years of messing with Tesla Coils, I finally see what Tesla was up to with single wire transmission, with resonant coils, and with longitudinal waves. See if the following doesn't make sense. If we wrap a single-layer coil of wire upon a very long plastic tube, we have a Tesla resonator as in Fig 1 above. Now we put a metal sphere on either end to prevent corona from spewing out of the dangling wire tips, and we've built a simple electrical power system. This is the infamous single wire transmission line. In conventional cables there are two conductors, and the voltage between them forms the "E" part of the EM wave. Interesting? HOWEVER, this is not unique. It turns out that you can send microwave or UHF signals along a *single* wire as long as that wire is coated with a dielectric. How does this relate to Tesla?

How To Tan A Rabbit Hide - DIY Like many modern homesteaders, I keep rabbits for meat. However, unlike most small-scale breeders (who consign their animals' pelts to compost piles), I also save the hides, tan them, and use the fur to make beautiful hand-sewn items. I've discovered that small pelt tanning isn’t time-consuming, difficult, or expensive. You probably know that tanning (which is also called tawing or pickling) is the process of converting a raw hide into leather, thus making the skin more pliable, more durable, and more resistant to water, wear, and decay. The availability, convenient small size, and variable colors, patterns, and textures of rabbit skins make them perfect material for the novice tanner. Butchering a Rabbit As most breeders are already aware, once a rabbit has been killed and the head removed, it is suspended by one or both back legs to allow the blood to drain. Washing and Cooling the Skin The First Tanning Solution Both recipes work well and take approximately the same amount of time.

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