Solar Upgrade

It's been a while, hasn't it? Well, a lot has happened since our last post back in 2014. But we'll catch up on events as we progress. The major upgrade to speak of is our solar setup. We've upgraded from our original 4 x 150 watt solar panels to 6 new 390 watt solar panels.... Continue Reading →

Shed 2.0

It was a long time in the planning but we finally completed our shed addition. The new addition is also 8'x12' for a total size of 16'x12'. The new addition will now be a workshop ( with a level workspace ), and the original shed will be for storage.  

Fowl Update

Just an update on the new chicks. They are growing fast, but still with momma for a while. For some reason the Leghorns and Rhode Island Reds like to take their dirt bath next to the Horseradish and walking onions...

New Roo

Problem: Broody hens, and running low on golf balls. Solution: This handsome Buff Orpington Rooster named "DekaRoo". Found him on Craigslist for $10. Well behaved, experienced, a leader... We'll be expecting to see chicks in about three weeks...

Papercrete Test Panel

So here is our test for a papercrete wall panel. We built a form 20" x 20" (dimensions were based on largest size of available materials for a form... i.e. being cheap and using stuff in the scrap pile) Form material list: (1) 20 " x 20" OSB board (4) 2" x 2" for sides... Continue Reading →

Papercrete Brick

Here's a follow-up to our DIY Papercrete Brick Press. Our mix (by volume) was 3:1 (3) shredded office paper (newspaper works well also) Soak your paper for at least one day. (1) Portland cement Add water as needed. Make your mix a little drier than oatmeal or experiment with it until you get the consistency... Continue Reading →

Get rid of Yellow Jacket Wasps

Last summer we had quite a few yellow jackets pestering us. This summer started out no different.They like to gather in the crack of the shed door, and a few other places around the house. We looked at traps, but who wants to spend +$20 every four-six weeks... So... we searched for a simple cost-effective... Continue Reading →

DIY Papercrete Brick Press

We finally tested our homemade brick press today. The design of the press we found on the internet from Leland Hite's website: Hands-on Engineering. Our prototype is the notch version of the Micro Compound Lever Biomass Briquette Press. But we are going to use ours for papercrete bricks, and compressed earth bricks. This little press... Continue Reading →

Good sleep sweet Puss

Puss was sick and was put to sleep on February 13, 2014. He was our mouser, our bear alert system, leg-warmer and hot water bottle, morning wake-up alarm and cardboard box inspector. He was 2-1/2 years old. We love him and will miss him dearly. View Gallery

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