Housing and Infastructure

Wiring up the inside of the panel.

Photovoltaic Water Heater: The Build

On the supply side there are two 330W panels connected in series using MC4 connectors, which are standard for the...

Photovoltaic Water Heater System

Photovoltaic Water Heater: Introduction

A recent project I undertook on the property was to split our household water heater to be powered both by...

Greenhouse, late April

Greenhouse: Part 2

It has been a while since I last wrote about the greenhouse. Since then there have been the usual ups...

Excavated hole for IBC heat battery

On Sloth

It may seem odd to start a story on the perils of sloth with the digging of a hole. Still,...

Wireless Network Extension with dd-wrt

With greenhouse construction moving from the structure and exterior into the interior and functionality, the need has come to extend...

Greenhouse

Greenhouse: Part 1

In my Spring 2016 entry, I briefly mentioned that a greenhouse was in the works. As of writing this, construction...

Water Collection System - Filling the Top

Water Collection System

In 2009, after replacing the decaying shingle roof with a standing seam metal roof, we began collecting rainwater off of...

Chicken tractor A-frame de-tractored

Grow-out Pen

With the new incubator producing good hatch rates and the breeding operation in full swing, it became apparent that relying...

Started plants

Spring 2016

It really is starting to feel like spring is here. This is a busy time of year so I figured...

Comparison of electrical use over summer baseline by year, before and after passive solar renovations

Passive solar data

In 2010 we undertook a fairly substantial renovation to the house. One of the major goals of the renovation was...

Worker Town

Worker Town

Named after a single line in an episode of “Firefly,” our chicken coop a.k.a. “Worker Town” was built in the...

Kitchen

The House: Features

In renovating the house, we have had a chance to put a lot of ourselves into the design. This has...

The House: Layout & Windows

In addition to insulating the outside envelope of the house, we made some significant changes to the framing both to...

Insulation

The House: Insulation

At the time we bought the house, it had standard walls for this area — 2×4 studs and R12ish insulation....

Metal Roofing

The House: Boots & Hat

Work on the house started with the foundation.  There is no point in fixing anything else if the whole thing...