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  • in reply to: Custom Water Purifier with Berkey filter ? #65106

    You can make it in just about any design you want, just depends on the size you wish to have. Don’t forget to include the spigot on the bottom vessel.

    Just curious, I can understand not wanting to drink out of plastic, but why not stainless steel? It’s inert and easy to clean…

    We use a Berkey Light and love it, our water is pretty good to begin with, it’s well water and tastes great right out of the ground, but I can detect a slight difference with my Berkey. Honestly the only reason I use it is because we have a water tank, I don’t trust the water after being stored in that.

    Wretha

    in reply to: tips and tricks for the very poor #65102

    Rich, my hubby and I live on very VERY little, we live 100% off grid, and we do quite well, you can read some of the articles I have written here on that very subject, there might be some things in them that can help:

    https://offgriddev.wpengine.com/2010/03/05/off-the-grid-and-the-prepared/

    https://offgriddev.wpengine.com/2010/04/22/diy-washing-machine-and-homemade-laundry-soap/

    https://offgriddev.wpengine.com/2009/07/24/the-new-old-way-to-cook-book-review-video/

    https://offgriddev.wpengine.com/2009/11/16/possum-living-how-to-live-well-with-almost-no-money/

    https://offgriddev.wpengine.com/2009/10/20/shoestring-survivalism-book-review/

    https://offgriddev.wpengine.com/2009/10/08/tough-times-survival-guide-vol-1-book-review/

    Hopefully there is something that will be useful. You can also read my other articles, they are mostly about living off grid on the cheap :)

    Wretha

    in reply to: Nickel Iron vs. Lead Acid — Off-Grid Battery Showdown #65006

    Iron Edison, it’s OK to talk about your technology here, we are asking questions and are interested in the answers, I only ask that no one post replies to multiple (read-lots) of messages saying “go to my site”, especially if it’s unrelated to the thread, that goes for anyone here.

    Your site doesn’t have much info, it would be greatly appreciated if you would explain more about your batteries. :)

    moguitar, do you have a link for the Infinitum site? Thanks!

    Wretha

    in reply to: Nickel Iron vs. Lead Acid — Off-Grid Battery Showdown #64970

    Sounds interesting, are you up and running yet? I checked your site and there isn’t much info there. How about telling us about sizes, wattage, voltage, price… do you ship? How much is that? How do these compare to deep cycle batteries? Do these require maintenance such as filling with water? If you aren’t up and running yet, what is the ETA on getting that way?

    Thanks,

    Wretha

    in reply to: Affordable off grid living #64969

    Hi booboomc21, no prob, this is fine, I just “liked” Project BioHome on FB and I asked a question, I’m Nuna Bizness on FB. Thanks for the link.

    Wretha

    Anony87, my thoughts on this matter may be totally different from what other people might tell you, I’m saying this from experience for what that is worth… John I would tell you not to rely one someone else to go in with you on this, do as much as you can yourself and for yourself. The reason being if you find someone to “go in” with you on this venture, what happens if you find you aren’t as compatible with that person as you first thought? What if part way through building your back to basics life your roomie decides it’s time to move on? Would you be in a position to continue on your own? I would suggest that you be as independent as you can possibly be and you will not be disappointed by someone else.

    For now, learn as much as you can, take classes, try to find a group or someone who can teach you the skills you need, things like cooking and baking from scratch, building skills, carpentry, electrical, small engine repair, gardening, the more skills you have, the better off you will be in every way. Do you have a Mennonite community nearby? If so, you can learn a LOT from these people, they have maintained the basic skills that many of us have lost.

    Bottom line, learn from other people, learn as much as you can, try to get more “hands on” and less “theory”. It’s fine to learn from other people, but rely on yourself for everything else, don’t give up, set goals and do what it takes to accomplish those goals.

    Wretha

    in reply to: Affordable off grid living #64951

    I hope when you go to visit the biodome that you take lots of pix and vids to post on line, it would be very interesting to see more about this.

    It’s pretty doubtful that I would be going to see anything in Nevada or anywhere else for that matter, we are pretty much dug in where we are and aren’t very likely to leave our little piece of paradise, we are homebodies. We are happy with our little sky castle, not much of a chance that we would build an entirely different home here. But I’m always interested in seeing what other people build, especially if it’s non-conventional.

    Wretha

    in reply to: Affordable off grid living #64947

    booboomc21, your posts here are bordering on spam, I deleted 3 of the 4 posts you wrote advertising your site, I will leave this one because it is on topic for this site. Please do us all a favor and don’t post a bunch of messages that are only promoting your site, we do encourage interaction here and if you have something ***pertinent*** to add to a topic, then please feel free to post.

    I checked out your site and it looks interesting, though it looks a bit pricey, especially the part about paying $2000 just to be licensed to build one of these domes, but it’s your deal and if someone wants to play ball with you, they will have to pay the fees. :)

    This reminds me a lot of the monolithic dome homes in Italy Texas, they use an inflatable form, don’t know which I’d like better, I’m sure they each have their pros and cons.

    I just finished watching the videos, very interesting, I see that the owner of this dome likes UFO and crop circle stuff, don’t tell anyone but I am also interested in that sort of thing, LOL.

    How are the acoustics inside one of these dome homes? Domes tend to have some interesting acoustics, ie sound is carried from one side to the other very readily, I suspect that the addition of furniture and such can dampen that quite a bit.

    The toilet system sounds interesting, I’d like to know more about that, we use the Joseph Jenkins Humanure method of composting toilet waste.

    Wretha

    in reply to: Affordable off grid living #64949

    booboomc21, thanks for being understanding, I gave you the benefit of the doubt, normally if I think someone is spamming, I just remove them all together. Please feel free to post messages, but please don’t just post one after another saying “look at my site”, that comes across looking like spam.

    I was hoping that you had some experience with these biohomes, it looks interesting, especially since it can be a DIY project, though to be honest I wouldn’t pay someone $2000 just to have permission to build using their design, don’t know how that could be worked out.

    This may be something that this site owner would be interested in, don’t know for sure though, perhaps the person who builds the biohomes could contact Nick through this site.

    Wretha

    in reply to: Define terms please #64940

    That must have as many answers as there are people ;)

    I suspect in the broadest of terms that an eco-friendly community would be one that had green/eco/renewable intention purposely built in, it could be the way they generate and use electricity (or not at all), growing their own food (crops, livestock…), it could include a spiritual side (or not), it could be the various green/renewable building methods, it could be very high tech or very low tech or more likely somewhere in between… there are most definitely more things that could be added to this list.

    Wretha

    in reply to: Building Block Cement Water Tank 23X4.5X5high #64935

    You may need to use a pressure tank, we use one so that the pump doesn’t come on every time we turn on the water.

    Wretha

    in reply to: Off grid solar panel project NEED HELP! #64936

    Here I go, about to dump more cold water on ya Lampshade, sorry… I have heard about those who want to have a solar farm on their house to sell excess back to the electric company and get checks from them…

    First issue, depending on what state you live in, your electric company might not pay you for the excess, only giving you credit on your bill, AND of those who would do that, they pay/credit you the wholesale price, not the retail price you pay them per kilowatt hour.

    Next issue, to be grid tied, I doubt the electric company would allow anything that wasn’t commercially built, UL certified and installed by a licensed electrician to be connected to their grid. That’s for safety purposes.

    People think they can make their meter spin backwards and get paid, nope. IF you live in a state where you could get a check or credit from the electric company, they require a separate meter to determine how much you are pumping back into the grid, you would be charged for this separate meter.

    Each state is going to have different rules and regulations about these things, it’s up to you to research and learn what you can do in your location.

    Good luck, not trying to stop you from living your dream, if this is what you really want to do, then do what it takes to live your dream, don’t take no for an answer, even if that means moving to another place with fewer regulations about what you want to do, that’s what my hubby and I did. Bill is right too, take some classes if you can, the more you can do for yourself, the better off you will be and the cheaper it will be for you in the long run.

    Wretha

    in reply to: High Altitude Living #64908

    Well, I was about to say we are at high altitude, but not compared to your altitude! We are just under 6000 feet, completely off grid. I will say there were some changes to work with, there are plants that will not grow above certain altitudes, having nothing to do with temps, but the altitude, for us it was a trial and error thing. One thing I know we can’t grow, that grows at lower altitudes like a weed is okra, it will only get a foot or so tall, at the very end of the growing season, I MIGHT get a couple of pods from each plant.

    You might want to consider checking in to underground greenhouses, check this site:

    https://www.undergroundhousing.com/book.html

    https://www.undergroundhousing.com/greenhouse_book.html

    Also, if you aren’t used to living at a higher altitude, know that it will take some time for you to acclimate, breathing is harder, you will run out of breath doing simple things, like walking! Engines also have a harder time running, for the same reasons, thinner air and less oxygen.

    Wretha

    in reply to: Healthcare off the grid, a must have! #64889

    Rustyfingers, don’t feel like Canada has the corner on ERs being filled with stuffy noses and such. I’m not one to go to doctors, in fact I haven’t been to one in over 15 years. I am a caretaker for a lady who has legitimate health problems DIRECTLY CAUSED by our government, she was a downwinder in the last above ground nuclear bomb test in Nevada, everyone who lived in that town during that time has suffered multiple cancers and other health issues, most of the people she knew from there are dead. I often go with her to the various doctors she visits each month, from the clinics to the hospitals, I see the waiting rooms filled with mostly young mothers with their snotty nose babies. I will not even go in to the fact that most of them don’t speak English and it’s questionable if they are legal or not…

    The sad part of all of this is the fact that with our economy the way it is, it takes 2 people working full time to make ends meet. With the acceptance of women’s lib, it was acceptable for mothers to go out and work and allow daycare or the state to raise their children, I’m not against women having all the rights afforded to them, but please, if you want to have a career, then don’t have children, if you want children, then make THAT your career, at least be there for your kids while they are growing up.

    It used to be that a new mother had a major support system around her… her mother, grandmother, aunts, sisters and female neighbors. With that female support system came the education, the experience passed down from woman to woman about how to take care of your baby… what to do when your baby had a fever, what to do when your baby had a rash, what to do when your baby was croupy… you only went to the doctor when there was a real need, major illnesses that couldn’t be taken care of at home, broken bones, stitches and such. With today’s lifestyle, all of that is all but gone, along with all of the history and knowledge. It’s a real shame.

    I can’t imagine that having even more state run healthcare could make things any better.

    Wretha

    in reply to: hello #64874

    Hi Don,

    Welcome to the forum, we look forward to reading more about your ideas and dreams.

    Wretha

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