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Old 12-17-2013, 06:56 PM
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Default The Flat

I will try and post pictures of projects and happenings at my homestead in this thread. This homestead is in Northern California and accessed only by a quad trail in the middle of the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. It has been 45 years in the making. It was built pretty much from the ground up by my family.

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Old 12-17-2013, 07:15 PM
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Default Water powered pump

This is a water powered pump I built. The pump is a roller pump direct driven by a home built propeller turbine. The housing and piping for the turbine is old hot water tanks and propane tanks.
The water drops about 40" at a flow of (calculated) 127 lps. The output from the pump runs a rainbird 1200 feet away and 230 vertical feet above the turbine while putting out 8 GPM.
If you have any questions I will try and answer them.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:37 PM
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Default Walk in freezer, root cellar and food prep kitchen

Last years project that isn't complete yet.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:10 AM
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Neat......
Keep the pictures of progress coming....

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Thanks for the pictures.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:54 PM
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Default The heart of the homestead. The hydro plant.

This is a duel water source, (different heads and flows) single generator hydro plant.
Also shown is a secondary 6 KW. Not shown is a backup 10KW. When something becomes the heart and soul of the backups and secondary systems are a must.

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Old 12-18-2013, 02:19 PM
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Default The evolution of turbines over 44 years

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Old 12-18-2013, 10:56 PM
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Very nice. Love the freezer.
Glad you are "allowed" to build your water power system.
To many regulators around to allow that in many places.
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:55 AM
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Way to go! Can you imagine how far along all projects would be if you had access to all the info available today back when you started? I know it would have made a tremendous difference for me.

Keep up the good work.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:45 AM
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Way to go! Can you imagine how far along all projects would be if you had access to all the info available today back when you started? I know it would have made a tremendous difference for me.

Keep up the good work.
It is why I love the internet. Information!
Back when I was growing up here it was build the tools to build the tools to build the project.
Our first sawmill was built from salvaged bedframes out of a burnt down miners cabin that we straightened on a home built forge. It took 7 years work because of lack of knowledge and lack of infrastructure. My dad only had a picture of an American brand sawmill from a 1925 Audels carpentry book to go by.

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The more pictures the better. I have most of the stuff to build a band saw mill. Just need to get off my lazy rear and get it done. lol
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:22 PM
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The more pictures the better. I have most of the stuff to build a band saw mill. Just need to get off my lazy rear and get it done. lol
Our original mill was a circular sawmill. Now I have that mill complete rebuilt and a chainsaw mill I built up from old Home depot shelving rails. I use the chainsaw mill to cant the larger logs and mill the cants on the circular mill. It is in the plans to replace the chainsaw mill with a bandsaw. All I need to do is build the charaige for the bandsaw as the tracking is the same. Good luck on the bandsaw project. The biggist problem for me is getting too many irons in the fire and not getting any of them completed. I am really trying hard to break that bad habit.
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The biggist problem for me is getting too many irons in the fire and not getting any of them completed. I am really trying hard to break that bad habit.

Boy you nailed that one on the head!!!
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Last years project that isn't complete yet.
http://s783.photobucket.com/user/kla...?sort=2&page=1
I have added more pictures of the Canning kitchen, walk in freezer, root cellar project. Still not completed but it is functional now.
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Very nice Klamath!
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:53 AM
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Very nice Klamath!
Thank you. When I get a few other projects out of the way I want to build a wood fired grill and oven out of rock and mortar, in front of the canning kitchen.
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:41 AM
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Very nice, You have put a lot of hard work into it and it will serve you well.
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:59 PM
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Very nice, You have put a lot of hard work into it and it will serve you well.
Thank you.
Now what I have to figure out is whether to make the root cellar into a salami drying room or make a separate dryer out of a old up right freezer.
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Last years project that isn't complete yet.
http://s783.photobucket.com/user/kla...?sort=2&page=1

That is beautiful.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:55 AM
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Been a while since I posted anything new. I finally got me a youtube channel and posted a few videos and slideshow videos. I will be adding more from the limited number of old photos I have of other projects and be making new videos of things I have learned from nearly 50 years of this off grid stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe6...view_as=public
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