Top 5 Places for LED Lighting

January 1, 2015

LED lighting has come a long way, and prices are lower than ever. However, there’s still plenty of people who don’t want to switch over to LED all at once. So, if you only had five LED light bulbs, where would you put them? Here’s my top 5 locations, and some of them might not [...]

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How to be prepared without being a crazy survivalist

December 22, 2014

Recently, I read a thread on a web forum where the poster commented on how well prepared he was, or not, for a temporary black-out.
While the power was briefly out, he took stock of what he did and didn’t have, and in his case, he realized he had no communications during a power outage. That [...]

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Best LED Light Bulb – TCP

December 15, 2014

Recently, I refit my whole house with LED lighting. The next month’s electric bills was one of the lowest ever. Even with central air conditioning and all our modern electronic gadgets, lighting is still a major part of most people’s electric bill and one of the best ways to fix that is to convert to [...]

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Lighting Smack-Down: 4′ Fluorescent Tubes vs LED

December 12, 2014

Recently, a friend of mine decided to do some garage lighting upgrades, and it inspired me to do the same. While I recently upgraded a number of CFL bulbs to LED bulbs, my shop-light fixtures were still using a combination of T-12 and T-8 four foot fluorescent tubes.
At the hardware store, I saw that they [...]

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Solar Ovens and Little Girls

September 25, 2014

Recently, I was at the Seven Springs resort in Pennsylvania at the Mother Earth News Fair. I had a bit of “mad money” with me and got a good show-special deal on a solar oven that was based on evacuated tubes used in the solar heating industry.
(http://www.gosunstove.com)
A few days ago, my order arrived in the [...]

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I Made Mozzarella and so can You

September 2, 2014

I’ve tried my hand at a lot of different skills, baking, brewing, sewing, and one thing I always thought would be interesting is to try CHEESE-MAKING! This past weekend, I was at the Mid-America Homesteading Conference in Joliet, Illinois. Among the many presentations was a cheese making demonstration by Mike Boehle. In it, Mike makes [...]

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10-Watt USB Solar Panel Review

August 6, 2014

I recently got to take a multiple day canoe trip. Since I like photography and video, I really wanted to take along some gear to shoot some stills and time lapse of the trip. However, a device like an iPhone running GPS or a GoPro shooting time lapse can eat up a LOT of battery [...]

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Canoeing the Black River

July 29, 2014

I just got back from canoeing the Black River.
For the past several years, my father, my brothers, and I have been taking multi-day canoe trips as sort of a male-bonding vacation. It tends to be easy-going. The main expense is gasoline and a cooler full of groceries. We’ve canoed several different parts of the state [...]

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Screen Printing

July 6, 2014

This weekend, I finally got to learn how to screen print.
About a week ago, I was over at my sister’s house and saw that she had her screen printing supplies out. Amy has a fair amount of screen print experience and has sold custom t-shirts with original designs for some time at local art studios. [...]

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Mother Earth News Fair Roundup

June 11, 2014

Recently, I got to travel to the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA to give presentations on electric vehicles and DIY projects. While I was there, I also got to check out a few presentations as well as booths and vendors. What I really seemed to notice as a theme this year was very [...]

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