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Escaping the Rat Race/Eskom/Municipality - Moving to a Plot Part 6

by The_Librarian on 09-04-2015 at 09:24 AM
Picked up one problem : wet clothes doesn't dry out properly indoors. Meh.

Especially when it's 100% overcast, windy, wet and cold.

Will have to make a plan with this.
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Escaping the Rat Race/Eskom/Municipality - Moving to a Plot Part 5

by The_Librarian on 08-04-2015 at 02:01 PM
Our solar setup.

We are starting simple and small - so as to scale up later as our demand is growing. No good in plonking down R60k (or more) for equipment when you won't use it to its full capacity.

http://solar-works.co.za/ have three products available, we currently have the solar ball, it's a great design, and lasts quite long on a single charge.



Our second unit is an Ellies 4-light unit

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Updated 08-04-2015 at 02:14 PM by The_Librarian

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Escaping the Rat Race/Eskom/Municipality - Moving to a Plot Part 4

by The_Librarian on 30-03-2015 at 08:56 AM
We're still busy settling in - lots of boxes, parcels and paraphernalia to unpack and sort out. But it is getting better by the day.

Because we opted to be off-grid, we have no electricity, but we do have a couple of solar lights for us to use.

Water still is an issue though, friends of us who live nearby offered us the use of their bathroom and we can fill our water bottles at their house.

As the loony municipality insists on building plans before

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Updated 30-03-2015 at 09:10 AM by The_Librarian

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Escaping the Rat Race/Eskom/Municipality - Moving to a Plot Part 3

by The_Librarian on 30-03-2015 at 08:47 AM
After the walls and roof are up, they then do the floor inside.




We plan to use the wood obtained from pallets for the flooring as per http://www.viralnova.com/pallet-hardwood-floors/ - but for now we want to get our bearings first. Wooden floors can come later.

A small storeroom for the lawnmower

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Updated 30-03-2015 at 10:11 AM by The_Librarian

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Escaping the Rat Race/Eskom/Municipality - Moving to a Plot Part 2

by The_Librarian on 30-03-2015 at 08:39 AM
First off, the site need to be cleared and levelled. (the following photo is just an example)



Then they put the panels down in order for assembly.



...and start the assembly process.



In a short

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Updated 30-03-2015 at 10:07 AM by The_Librarian

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