Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Windy Ridge...

12:52 pm - 75 degrees - blue sky with 40+ mph winds...

For the past several days we have had 40+ mph winds with 50+ mph wind gusts and it has wrecked havoc in our fire pit area.  It even blew the glass top off the table, which thankfully didn't break.



We also had a couple stacks of cedar shingles that were scattered all over, a sheet of plywood that hit my car (it only left a small scratch), and a bunch of other random things that got blown all over...but at least the wind turbine is loving this windy weather.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Grounding Rod...

8:28 pm - 51 degrees - clear night sky...

Last week Tony spent just over hour driving an 8 foot copper coated steel rod into the rocky ground using a fence post driver. 


Me:  “What is that rod for?”
Husband:  “It’s a ground rod for the electrical system.”
Me:  “What’s it supposed to do?”
Husband: “Grounds the electrical system.”
Me:  “What does that mean?”
Husband:  “It helps to keep you from being electrocuted.”
Me:  “Oh. Does every house need to have one of these?”
Husband:  “Pretty much.”


After the conduit was laid out all the way to the grounding rod, we used the shop vac to suck a piece of string from the grounding rod through the conduit and into the "control room" under the stairs.



Once we had the string pulled through, we attached it to one end of the copper wire and started to pull the copper wire back through the conduit.



Once we had the copper wire pulled all the way through, Tony attached it to the grounding rod and sealed up the conduit.


After a little backfilling, the ground rod install is complete.


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