This Video shows the build of a DIY Solar Heat Pump System .An air source heat pump consists of an evaporator coil, a condenser, two fans, a compressor, and plumbing lines containing a refrigerant. In simple terms, during the winter the large fan in the outdoor unit pulls cool outdoor air through the evaporator coil which causes the refrigerant inside to absorb what’s called ‘latent heat’ from that air, and then begins to boil and evaporate . Once the refrigerant is up to temperature, it passes through the condenser coil/heat exchanger where indoor air also passes through the condenser’s fins to absorb the heat from the refrigerant and deliver it where it’s needed.A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner working in reverse. Instead of pumping heat from indoors to outdoors, it’s pumping heat in reverse.
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This Video series shows step by step on how to build a Homemade DIY Off grid Solar Powered PowerWall Backup System using salvaged and used Chevy Car Batteries.Here we are modifying an 18kwh (Gen 2) battery from an Old Chevy Volt EV hybrid, so that I can use the cells in a DIY Powerwall. The original battery is all wired in series for 355 volts. I’m breaking it down into 8 smaller batteries, each with 44 volts.This DIY Powerwall is using Chevy Volt (Gen 2) batteries instead of the usual Tesla or 18650 cells. This set-up will provide me off-grid backup power in case of an emergency.It’s great that we can re-use and recycle these used car batteries.
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This Video Series shows the build of a Garage heating System which is super insulated, has a radiant floor, and will be heated with the sun. Solar thermal will heat the mass of the concrete floor with hot water. I built this using air-tight and super insulation better than what you would find in a passive house.I set up radiant tubes in the floor for the hot water to circulate. This is a hydronic radiant floor.We add Heat exchanger later to the system which captures the sun’s energy in hot water, and sends it to the radiant floor in my garage/shop.
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In a survival situation, having light and warmth can mean the difference between merely surviving and actually thriving.Emergency lighting is important to consider if you want to be well prepared. You have more choices than ever when it comes to inexpensive and easy to use lighting.Instead of throwing away your used frying oil, save it for an oil lamp, the old fashioned kind that doesn’t use kerosene or petroleum-based lamp oil.This Video shows the build of a Homemade Emergency Survival Vegetable Oil Candle from an Old Nail Polish Bottle.
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Chainsaw mills are a great cost effective way to turn large branches or logs into, slabs, boards or posts. They are very portable and don’t require the serious space or investment of a fully dedicated mill, once you are done milling, simply detach your chainsaw and use it for any of your other tasks. This Video shows the build of a Homemade Chainsaw Mill from Scratch.This is a great tool for builders, outdoors men, and woodworkers. It offers them an inexpensive way of converting their chainsaw into lumber making machines.
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This Video shows the build of a Homemade Compact “”Counter-Top” Water Distiller which literally cost me nothing to make.It’s made with items commonly found around the home, so for many people, it’s free to make.This Unit Makes Water Fast!.The TDS (total dissolved solids) in the water used was 575-638 ppm. The unit will purify just about any dirty water and works great for converting saltwater to freshwater.No electric power? use propane stoves, rocket-stoves, campfires, parabolic dishes… anything to get the water boiling.Only use Heavy Duty foil for the trough and make trough as smooth as possible for the best water flow. cooling the “condenser bowl” with cold cloths increases water production dramatically.
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This Video Series shows step by step on How you can provide enough electricity for one house by building a Micro Hydro water wheel electric generator .Not only you will no longer dependent on the power grid, but you’ll have electricity when SHTF and more important: absolutely FREE.Unlike solar panels, a water wheel electric generator can produce electricity 24/7.Simply,the flowing, dropping water is spinning a wheel .The wheel shaft it’s connected to a simple coil generator that produces electricity. If you don’t need electricity you may adapt the water wheel to grind grain, to cut wood, strengthen iron or to sharpen tools. Anyway you choose to use it, a water wheel is an important installation when living off the grid or when SHTF.
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This Video shows how you can make a Homemade Exercise Bike Generator, made from Free Junk. This generator is built with free find parts found on the curb side.The lawn mower motor is out of a basic plug in mower and the pulley was off a GM alternator, belt is from a 80s Toyota.Building a DIY bicycle generator helps you stay in shape(something that’s essential to survival) and also generates some useful electricity to recharge your electronics off the grid. That’s what we call killing two birds with one stone.
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Being prepared with a back up power system in the event of a major disaster or prolonged power outage is another important step in disaster planning.A generator is a great product to help maintain electricity in your home during electrical power failures, disasters, as well as blackouts and rolling brownouts.This Video shows the build of a portable off-grid solar generator with higher capacity than commercial units at a fraction of the cost.Wiring Diagram, Parts List, Design Worksheet are also provided below the video.
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This video shows the build of a Homemade AC Air Cooler.it’s a combination of the standard ice-chest air cooler and a copper coil fan cooler – all in one,combined to make an ice/cold water air cooler!This one is 100% Solar powered.All you need is ice/cold water and sun and you got “free” cool air.The basic materials needed to make this project are Fan, 2” pvc pipes, copper tubing, 2 15w solar panels, 12v DC pump.The rest of the materials needed are shown at the end of the video.
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