Aquaponics Project – Building A Hoop House


Building A Hoop House - The Beginning Realized there really isn't too much about how the hoop house was built in the first place. I didn't take too many photos back then, so the documentation is sketchy at best. The Hoops This hoop house was made from 3/4" and 1" metal conduit. The inside of … [Read more...]

Aquaponics Project – Day 6


Finally got all the aquaponics barrels installed. Each of the halves are bolted to the one next to it to provide stability and to make sure they don't move around too much. Short stainless steel bolts, washers, lock washers, and nuts were used for this. Water Input As you can see from the … [Read more...]

Why You Want A Tesla Powerwall Battery For Your Home


Tesla has already proven itself to be more than a flash-in-the-pan company in both the electric car business and the solar panel installation / leasing business. People are already waiting in line to give Tesla their downpayment for a car that is not to be released for at least two more years. It … [Read more...]

Insulate Your Garage Door For $40 Or Less

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Insulating my garage door has been on my list of things to do for a couple of years. We live in the high desert so experience mild winters, with a few snowy days and some days with sustained 60 mph winds, and deathly hot summers, when every day is sunny with some days of sustained 30-40 mph winds. … [Read more...]

19 Amazing Cob Pizza Oven Project Ideas


This article isn't really about how to build a pizza oven, although you will find links to documents with complete instructions. There are many articles about building with cob and many places to find everything you need to know about using cob - which is one of the easiest building materials you … [Read more...]

20 Fire Pit Ideas – With Instructions And More

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Fire pits are the latest craze in backyard updates. However, above and beyond being trendy, fire pits are also great backyard resource for cooking and heating. An addition that can be used year after year for not only entertaining, but as an auxiliary place to cook and keep warm. In other words, … [Read more...]

Solar Tracker DIY Using Available Materials


This solar tracker DIY project allows your solar system to follow the sun's movement across the sky. Traditional static solar systems are fixed in place and can miss out on gathering much of the sun's energy once it moves out of direct sight. With this simple design, a 12 volt linear actuator moves … [Read more...]

Build A Solar Water Distiller


You can thank me later, but know that I just watched over three butt-numbing hours of videos about building your own solar water distiller to find only this ONE (two part) video that seemed sufficiently informative. There may be some better ones out there, but I didn't find them. They each had a … [Read more...]

Aquaponics Project – Day Two


Well, since it was a work day, not as much got done as we might have accomplished on a weekend.  Plus, there was just one person working on it tonight. Decided to rename this whole thing "Aquaponics" rather than "Barrelponics" but not exactly sure why. It's kind of hard to see in the photo in the … [Read more...]

Aquaponics Project – Day One

We saw an interesting article and set of instructions (look for download link later in this article) about a type of aquaponics called barrelponics, so we decided to add this to our growing list of projects and add a "barrelponics" system to our hoop house.  The photo here is representative of what … [Read more...]