Monthly Archives: February 2011

there and back again

..on some of the other blogs I subscribe to I have read of issues with security and being broken into so I did not want to post about me being away for 8 days in a sunny destination down south.

Yes..offgrid and going south. With all of the issues we had over the last month a vacation was just what the doctor we went south and I filled up my prescription with beer, snorkelling and sun. I also wanted to go down because it would be a good chance for my 15 year old to see another side of the world that she has never seen before..the 3rd World and how it related to North American society. The resort..perfect..the beach..perfect. The surrounding areas..much different then what she was accustomed to. Where we have houses that are huge they have small simple buildings, where we have malls they have farmland and animals, where we have limitless possessions they have struggle and hard work for the basics. It’s not something she had ever really seen before and she was a little taken back..I could see the ‘..oh my God..’  look in her eyes when we entered into a city of 1.5 million that had goats grazing in the median in the middle of the city. We live in a society that takes so many things for granted it is many ways we are a spoon fed generation. There is a saying that I always think of with J*, ‘ can lead a horse to water but you cannot make her drink..’ and that is what I was trying to do with J*..I cannot force the fact into her head that she has everything she will ever need but I can help her open her eyes to the fact that the world is far from a perfect place.

It WAS a good reminder for A* and I too..we know our offgrid life is a challenge and sometimes we talk of doing something else but going to a place where everyone has to fight for everything they have it makes us appreciate having something modest of our own that many of them would consider a mansion. It’s not there yet but now that the holiday is over its back to a more regular schedule for work!

oh..and don’t get me wrong..the potential life lesson is an added learning bonus round..we needed the vacation more than anything else!

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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Philosophy


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Reinstall of Tankless Water Heater.

took the day off work to be here for the install. After it was all said and done it was better than expected. Lets leave it at that. ;)

SO the 2 installers show 3:30PM. Murphy’s Law. I was waiting around so I decided to clean up the was warm )(2-3c) so it was a good day to be outside. With all of the snow we had last week ( 50cm ) I had gotten up on the house before the second load of snow ( the 2nd half of the 50 ) and shoveled it off..I did not want something to go wrong with the roof. I could have prevented the 1st heater if I would have spent more time on the manual, or easily drained I got up on the house for an hour and shoveled it all off. Just so it was a fresh start..and make sure that lack of effort did not cause something to happen that I could prevent.. It was a nice day..I started my motorcycle up, cleaned the shed and was just finishing up when the installers showed up. I walked over to greet them and hear a loud bang from the shed..probably something I moved..Showed them in and they got started. I don’t like to poke around to much so I watched for a minute then went out to finish off cleaning the shed. I walk in and my roof has buckled in on one side from the snow. Wow. Super. The shed is metal and really only has 1 beam spanning the roof and is secured on both side at the wall..the beam has ripped through the metal as is now being supported by milk crates 1.5 feet lower than where it should be. There were some 2×4’s so I cut one short enough to hold up the beam and hammer it into place so it will not go any further down. Then I get the fun task of shoveling off a 12×16 shed on a ladder. The 50cm with the additional 10-15cm was too much for this roof..and by the end it was nearly the end of my shoulder. As I was going around with the ladder I would have to sometimes climb through the piles I had just pulled off the roof and it was up to my chest in places..not tiring. I took a couple of breaks to check on progress..and by the time I am done shoveling the hot water is done and tested. Hot I just need to temporarily raise the roof and brace it before dark in an hour..I have a 4 tonne hydraulic jack that I used to raise one of the corners in the I put the brace on some 2×4 scraps and used a 4×4 to continually raise the roof and re no time at all I had the roof back to where it should have been in the first place…Its snowy in a couple of places and there is a seam in the metal roof that is off and will drip water but at least it will not get worse. I am going to patch it up and then put a full frame into it in the spring or supper..I want a bunky or something and the outer structure is good on the shed it just needs more internal support..and something different for the roof.

Funny though..shovel off my house and my shed caves in..maybe it was a good idea to shovel off the roof..that is the silver lining for this story..and the hot water ( I tasted the hot water and it seems about $1500 more bitter then the last hot water we had. )

The Old:

And the new..sorry for not having more pictures..I was a little busy today!

..with some freshly washed dishes too..nice and hot!


Posted by on February 7, 2011 in Construction, heat, power


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Snow Day!

Got off work early due to a storm. There is nothing quite like walking through a fresh snow when you cannot see any tracks or tire its nice to be home during the day for a change. A winter wonderland!

I also got up on the roof and shoveled for an hour to keep the snow from caving in the roof.


Posted by on February 1, 2011 in fun


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