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Hook up or else

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I just read an interesting article about a lady that is being forced to hook up her home up to the traditional grid system. Her local government won’t let her just have solar power, and just use filtered rain water, and they are threatening her to make her comply.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-10/off-the-grid-in-florida-robin-speronis-fights-municipal-code

That just seems anti-American, anti-progress, anti-environment and anti-inoffensive. As long as she is actually not polluting her neighbors property, then using rainwater to bath in should be perfectly legal.

As long as she is not actually hurting anyone, then just using solar power instead of the normal ‘public’ utility (grid) system should be hunky dory.

This case seem more about the local PUD trying to ensure their income, than it is about anything else.…

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Idle dreams of an old man

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Someday I’d like to build a log cabin in the woods.  Not a log cabin kit, but rather something that uses real logs instead.  I’m partial to a nice, long, straight Lodge Pole Pine, or maybe Douglas Fir.  Many things have inspired this dream, maybe it was reading White Fang as a youth, or the story of Davy Crockett, or watching Bonanza and John Wayne movies.  Here’s a great inspirational vid that helps keep my interest stoked:

I’m not a huge fan of the Dovetail style.  It seems like WAY too much work.  I could see doing a Swedish Cope, but I would like to actually finish my shell in less than 5 months, to avoid building in winter.  That pretty much leaves doing something like traditional butt and pass, saddle notch (or variation).  I was thinking of going to this Robert Chambers class and learn the butterfly notch, looks good and goes up quicker than a Scandinavian Chink-less.

I really want my future cabin to be off grid.  I’d rather pay up front for my power system, and never have a monthly bill again.  With modern LED lighting, and low draw appliances solar seems doable with a decent battery system.  I’m experimenting with this cheap Harbor Freight set up.  This guy explains how easy it is to get a cheap solar system (might work good for camping, and RV or hunting cabin).

In fact, I wrote this blog post from a Tablet that was charged with that cheap solar system.  FIGHT THE POWER!  Err, I mean FREE POWER!

I’ll holler back next week with some great summer camping tips :)

 

 

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