Using LED Christmas Lighting for Night Lights

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This is a quick video of how I have used LED string lights for the purpose of night lighting at the house.

I have three dogs and a young daughter which tend to leave little surprises for me when I prance around through the night. I have cussed at many a stray toy […]

Fresnel Give Away is Over!

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My Fresnel lens give away is officially over, so please watch your e-mail in the next few days.

I received 30 new sign-ups, so a third of you will be getting a Fresnel lens of your own! I’m starting to get convinced that there are folks really interested in old and new skills […]

Fresnel lens give away!

Hi Everyone!

I received so much feedback on my post about the Fresnel lens that I have decided to do a give away (yes I want more subscribers! :))!

On April 1st 2012 I will randomly choose 10 of my site subscribers (red box to the right) and send them the same Fresnel lens featured […]

Fresnel Lens Demonstration

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In this post I show you how to use a Fresnel lens to start a piece of wood on fire.

I think most of us have memories about messing around with a magnifying glass as kids. Sure you could start a fire or burn a hole in a piece of paper with those, […]

Home Made Solar Cooker

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Well it’s a chilly and windy day, but the sun is out so I’m showing you my solar cooker.  I made this several months ago and LOVE it.  We have made several meals and even baked bread in it!

Check it out,

What a great way to cook. The total materials cost was ~$25 and […]

Rice Heat Sock With A Twist

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This video was really fun to make.  It is a very simple way to make a ‘warmer’ for just about any purpose. These things are far better than a hot water bottle in my book. They are cheaper, the heat lasts longer, and if it leaks you don’t have a wet mess.

Also […]

Solar Backup System

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Today I am showing you a short video of my solar backup system.  I got interested in this concept because it was a way to dabble with solar energy that I could afford.

The system is small but useful.  I have already used it in a few power outages and was able […]

Solar Window Heaters

Here is a tour of my tinkering with solar window heaters. I have been messing around with these for a few months and am really very pleased with version #3.

There is a lot of speculation about how maybe these things don’t really do anything because they ‘block’ the sun from coming into the […]