Category Archives: Off the Grid

WEN 56200i Inverter Generator Review (real world, off the grid)

My family has lived off the grid for the past 25 years. No power lines, no phone lines and no utility bills. Over those many years, we have primarily used solar panels for our electricity needs. They do a stellar job, however, occasionally in rare multi-week cloudy periods we still need a good backup generator. We have used a variety of generators over the years, with our traditional favorite being Honda. However, four years ago I bought my first WEN generator.

Best Electric Lawn Mower (Corded)

Ahh, yard mowing… the task that must be done but generally requires gas, noise, dirt and general unpleasantness. As such, I strive to make mowing less of a burden and more enjoyable. Switching over to electric mowers for a portion of our yard has made mowing about as good as it can get. Except for maybe a robot mower, but that will be for another post 😉 I checked out dozens of corded electric mowers and put them through their

MC4 solar connectors

On Sat, Jun 25, 2016 at 10:25 AM, J.H.S. wrote: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00A8TRKJW?ref=olp_product_details Do I need to order quiet a few of these for current and future panel installation? The connectors on the two new panels seem exceptionally good. (PS: I don’t recall using these connectors in the past (if I’m wrong about previous usage, please let me know with some info. on which panels I might have used them on.) MC connectors are handy to have around! If you need to make custom cables on

Vintage Jeep CJ6 photos & info

This is the CJ-6 Jeep that my dad purchased new in 1973. In 1996 we restored it for my 16th birthday. I drove until I graduated high school in 1999. There are many fun memories associated with this Jeep 🙂 Model year: 1973 (produced May 1973) CJ-6 VIN: J3F84FVE6XXXX Engine number: 321XXXX Engine: 232, AMC inline six Misc: 101″ wheelbase Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): 4500 GAWR front: 1900 GAWR rear: 2250

New Exede Speedboost plans + wifi [review & prices]

Here are some new updates on Exede’s latest plans: Personally, I would only pick a plan that has their new Speedboost + WiFi modem and the Liberty Pass. Initially I enjoyed the “late night free zone” (or LNFZ) but as of late it just became too much of a hassle to manage data usage during the daytime (and saving all the heavy stuff for late night) so now I much prefer the ease and simplicity of the Liberty Pass. Plus I absolutely

Let your kids help!

Child one unloading the dish washer (and putting up the dishes where they go.) One of the best things about being a parent is teaching your kids to be responsible. Chores, jobs, learning opportunities, or whatever you want to call them… they help kids contribute in a meaningful way and they also help kids appreciate their free time. At a friend’s birthday party last night my wife and I were talking with the family’s grandmother. She grew up on a

Exede Liberty Pass speed tests [RESULTS]

Here you will find real world speed test results for ViaSat’s Exede Liberty Pass internet plan. These results are from AFTER the monthly allotment is downloaded. These are also with their latest modem which features “up to” 25 Mbps downloads. Here is verification that the monthly allotment has been used, and the Liberty Pass is in effect:   A quick note regarding units discussed in this post: Unit symbol The ISQ symbols for the bit and byte are bit and B,

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