In my mission to be more self sufficient on our urban homestead, I am always in search of ways to take advantage of what God has provided us with, free of charge. Today, that form of hand-out is solar heat.In consideration of heat for my garage, I toyed with several ideas… wood, kerosene, and propane were my first choices, and then I thought maybe I should experiment with solar thermal. I did some research on solar thermal heat and then added my own common sense thinking to come up with this new solar thermal heat collector. My total cost was about $120 bucks and a day and a half worth of work
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This video shows many things you can run using a Simple Two Battery (90-100w) DIY Power Generation System.A solar powered electricity generation system is a great way to power many of your basic household electronics while staying completely off the grid.It allows you to run anything from a fan to a clock radio without ever tapping into the electricity grid. By simply setting up solar panels and hooking them up to a battery system, you will be able to enjoy the energy that is harnessed right from the sun.
To put the system together, all you need is a solar panel, battery, charge controller and an inverter. As long as you have these four items, you have everything you need to do this project. To start, find a location for your solar panels. Pick a sunny location that is free from any obstructions. Try to match the angle of the solar panels with the angle of the sun so that it receives as much direct sunlight as possible.
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In this Video tutorial, we are going to show you how you can build your own homemade wind turbine for under $50.The wind turbine is a nice addition to your solar generator system for times when it’s cloudy and you are not receiving as much sunlight as you normally do.A wind turbine is a perfect backup source energy when your solar is not doing a job.
The materials you will need for this project are Permanent Magnet Hobby Motor – The spinning turbine will generate electricity with this motor,Charge Controller – The turbine wires will connect to the charge controller,PVC Pipe – Used for the wings and the stand for the turbine,Wire – To transfer the energy to your batteries.,Drill – Drill holes for the screws,Screws – Secure the wings to the hub.,Sandpaper – Sand the PVC wings so they capture the wind more efficiently,A Sheet of Tin – For the YAW system.
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This video shows the build of a simple battery backup power station that will provide emergency power when the lights go out.If you’re ever faced with living off the grid, a simple system like this could mean the difference between success and failure. Someday you may find yourself in the dark. Having a backup power station could dramatically increase your comfort level .This is a simple setup that is just as easy to get up and running. It’s a great solution for anyone that is interested in having a backup power source the event of a blackout. It’s always better to be prepared for situations like these
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These series of videos shows how to easily Refine and Smelt Gold from Computer Memory Chips. In the first video I’m recovering Gold from computer Memory Chips (RAM).
The Part 2 video on how to take the gold from computer chips and refine it to a more pure metal and smelt it.In Part 3 video, I’m doing a purity test on the gold I recovered from the computer memory chips.If you follow this process, you will be able to convert all of your old and outdated computer chips into pure gold that you can turn around and sell for money. It’s a great way to salvage your old electronics and get some value out of them.
The materials you need for this project are Computer Chips – To extract gold from.Safety Goggles, Respirators, and Gloves – Stay safe when you are handling the chemicals.Glass Rod for Stirring – Glass will not alter the chemical composition of the acids, which is why we use it.Hotplate – To heat the chemicals as needed.Containers – Plastic containers to use for filtering.Coffee Filters – Used to filter the gold.Chemicals such as Muriatic Acid,Hydrogen Peroxide,Urea,Sodium Metabisulfate,Nitric Acid,Distilled Water.
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This 2 part series shows you how to build 240,420W Solar Power Generators .The first video outlines detailed step-by-step instructions on how to build a portable solar powered generator.The second video explains how to connect your generator to a solar panel and charge controller for charging, Also covered is how to combine your solar panel and charge controller into one unit so as to be more portable.This is powerful enough to recharge a cell phone, run a radio and power your fans and flashlights multiple times over. You can even charge power tools several times using this. As you can see, this is something that will provide substantial power thanks to the energy of the sun.
The materials you need for this project are Solar Panel – We used a 10 W solar panel, which provided us with enough power to keep the battery charged.Wiring – Use extra-long wiring to attach your solar panel to the case to give yourself more flexibility on where you can point the panel towards the sun.Ammo Box – We used a large ammo box as a case. You aren’t limited to an ammo box. You can get creative and use anything that would hold your battery.Battery – We used and 18 amp hour battery to give us plenty of recharge and capabilities for all of our needs.Charge Controller – This is the middleman between the solar panel and the battery. It ensures that the battery does not get overcharged when it is full.Velcro – To hold the panel on while keeping it detachable.Inverter and USB Ports – Allows us to plug our electronics in and charge them.
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This video shows Step by step pictures of me building a 24X24 garage.The first video shows steps involving how to pour footings, walls, floors and framing,Installing trusses, etc and the second video go over construction ideas, tips, as well as the entire area of buying materials, building permits, and the paperwork required for building a 24’x24′ garage.Adding a garage to your property can give you a lot of additional storage, it will give you covered parking spaces to store your car, and it can add to your property value. A normal garage can cost upwards of $30,000 to have it built by someone else. If you build it yourself, on the other hand, you can cut down significantly on the cost of it. For many people, this can be the difference between being able to afford a garage or not. It is a lot of work, however, it will save you a ton of money by doing this type of project yourself.
Before you start this project, you should know what you are going to need. This will require a lot of concrete and a lot of wood. In this tutorial, you will be handling most of the wood work on your own. However, we recommend that you hire a concrete service to handle the concrete portion of the garage, as it is impractical to do this part on your own.You’ll need 2×4’s – 2×4’s will be used to create the skeleton of the garage,Plywood – These will be used to create a barrier wall and roof,Shingles – These will be placed on top of the roof,Windows and a Door – To install throughout the garage,Garage Doors – Used so you can pull your car in and out of the garage.
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This video shows the build of a Simple Woodgas generator for small electric RV generator.A wood gas generator is able to convert wood, or in our case, wood pellets, into a source of fuel which can be used to generate electricity.The wood or charcoal is turned into wood gas, which will be used for powering our generator. In this tutorial, we are creating a wood gas generator that can be used to power and RV motor.From start to finish, we were able to put together this generator in only four hours. In total, we used less than $100 in parts. It’s a great way to build your own wood gas generator while staying on a tight budget.If done correctly, you should be able to run your generator by burning wood pellets alone. It’s enough to power a small 5 hp electric generator, or even more.
.The materials you need for this project are 20 Gallon Metal Trash can – This will be used to contain the wine cooler and wood chips as they burn,Wine Cooler – This will encase the wood chips as they are burning,Metal Bowl – You will place the wood chips in this bowl and collect the coals as they burn.Filter – This will filter the tar out as it makes its way to the generator,Wood Pellets – Our fuel source.Aluminum Duct Line – This will connect to the gas generator to the wood pellet burning stove.Air Inlet Port – A valve that we can use to let air in as the wood gas travels to the generator.
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This 7 Part Video series shows the conversion of a old unused ceiling fan into a power generator.Part One shows the dismantling of the ceiling fan and how to wire it up.Part Two shows how to insert a metal banding used for attaching the magnets around the stator. Part Three shows how to orient/place the magnets inside the ceiling fan housing to achieve a voltage reading.Part Four shows how to mount the face plate and create your own turbine blades. Part Five shows how to build the body to support the turbine.Part Six shows how to mount the turbine unit onto the body as well as partially lighting a CFL bulb with a quick spin.Part Seven is the final part that shows how to wire up the turbine to the diode bridge rectifier and taking it for it’s first flight.
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This Video shows one of the most efficient wood stove on the planet it will make gasoline run a generator and a propane fridge, heats hot water and your home at the same time.This Stove can burn all paper and plastic trash, cow dung, wood, grass and even dry human waste plus just about every other dry organic compound. The bio-digester manure can be burnt after it produces methane for you and used as Syn-Gas.To construct a perfect wood stove, you have to collect all the important components, with which the device should be built up. You’ll need Barrel,Stovepipe,Driller,Braces,Welding gloves.Generally, it is said that the efficiency of wood may vary from one model to another. However, still, with the above method, you can design the best stove, which can not only operate a generator and fridge but also forms gasoline. If your stove is in hotter condition, it may be easier to break down the fuel into smaller particles at the time of burning.
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This video shows you How to recycle your Waste motor oil,transmission oil or any waste fuel into 100% Re-Usable Fuel.Instead of throwing away that used motor oil and fuel, you can reuse it. By using a centrifuge, you will be able to extract all of the impurities out from the fuel using centrifugal force. It is more effective that a filter in getting the micro-particles out, and it is completely safe to reuse in your vehicle.
The materials needed for this project are Motor Oil – You will be using the centrifuge to convert used waste motor oil to clean fuel that you can reuse,Centrifuge – This will spin the motor oil and extract the impurities from it.Buckets – You will use the buckets to collect the waste and cleaned motor oil. Generator – The centrifuge will use a lot of power. You are going to need a generator in order to run it. Typically, 220 V will be enough to run the centrifuge.Spatula – You will use the spatula to clean the centrifuge and get all of the leftover gunk out of the cylinder to prepare it for another use.
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