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Guide to Off Grid Living: What Are the Best Dog Breeds for an Off Grid Property?

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The Best Dog Breeds to Make a Good Pet for an Off Grid Cabin or Home

The Best Dog Breeds to Make a Good Pet for an Off Grid Cabin or Home

 

 

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How to Plant Nut Trees for a Sustainable Food Crop and Make Extra Money

Off Grid Living – How to Plant Nut Trees to
Grow a Sustainable Food Crop and Make Extra Money

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Off Grid Living – How to Plant Nut Trees to Grow a Sustainable Food Crop and Make Extra Money

Planting Nut Trees to Grow a Sustainable Food Crop and Make Extra Money

California – Planting nut trees can certainly be very rewarding, in fact, it can also be very lucrative and a good way for off gridder to earn extra revenue by selling organically raised nuts at local farmers markets.

Consider nut trees such as almonds, hazel nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts.

A single nut tree can produce enough nuts to sell at a local Farmer’s market or roadside stand to make between $250 to $1,000 a year. One black walnut tree can bring about $20,000 in timber alone.

And if it’s well-managed, a five-acre plot of nut trees is enough to produce a full-time income. According to Bruce Thompson, author of Black Walnut for Profit, a mature stand of black walnut trees can bring about $100,000 per acre in timber alone.

If you have the patience and perseverance, planting nut trees can offer not only a great income and food for your family, but a legacy for years to come.

Source: https://www.offthegridnews.com/survival-gardening-2/nut-trees-off-grid-food-supply-and-money-maker/

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How to Pour Cement Wall Foundation Footers for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Off Grid Living – How to Pour Cement Wall
Foundation Footers for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

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Off Grid Living – How to Pour Cement Wall Foundation Footers for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Pouring Cement Wall Foundation Footers for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Alaska – All concrete block walls, both structural and non-structural,  require a solid, poured concrete footing. Concrete with high cured strength and rapid strength gain is recommended for pouring footing construction with cement.

All poured concrete/cement footings should be at least twice the width of the concrete blocks used. Standard 8” x 8” x 16” blocks would require a 16” wide footing. Make sure the footing depth extends below the frost line, and check local building codes for construction requirements in your area.

Tie rods should be set a minimum of 6” into the concrete footing for load bearing concrete block walls. Rebar should be placed in every other masonry core to provide structural support.

Source: https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-build-a-concrete-block-wall/2/

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How to Pour Cement/Concrete Foundation Piers for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Off Grid Living – How to Pour Cement/Concrete
Foundation Piers for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

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Off Grid Living – How to Pour Cement Foundation Piers for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Pouring Cement/Concrete Foundation Piers for an Off Grid Shed, Cabin or Home

Washington – Pouring a cement or concrete slab foundation on a slope or a hill can be an expensive pain. Heavy machinery is expensive to bring in and the soil type may not always conducive to you building a fully dug out basement. A poured foundation, or even a cement pad, can cost thousands and take weeks to build. Again, a cement truck may not even be able to access your shed, cabin or off grid home’s site.

But when building a foundation with a pier and beam footers, it becomes much, much more affordable and is less risky to install and there are many other benefits.

Source: https://theoffgridcabin.com/how-to-build-the-best-foundation-for-an-off-grid-cabin/

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How to Drill In Off Grid Foundation Piers with Helical Screw In Steel Footings

Off Grid Living – Metal Foundation Piers – How to Drill
In Off Grid Foundation Piers with Screw In Steel Footings

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Drilling In Off Grid Foundation Piers with Helical Screw In Steel Footings

Utah – Helical piers also known as helical piles, screw cylinder anchors and helical foundations started to be used in 1836. This revolutionary engineering technology was discovered and developed by Alexander Mitchell and became utilized as a successful foundation for lighthouses, bridges, piers and homes on hill tops.

After over 170 years of development and use, these helical foundations are successfully used throughout the world to support anything from small residential applications to supporting a variety of large-scale civil engineering structures. Deck footingsfence post basespier footings, metal post foundations for a porch or solarium, ground screw anchors to support an addition to a home are some of the more common residential applications. Helical piers are a foundation technology and can be considered for use in any application requiring a foundational support.

Source: https://www.technometalpost.com/en-US/advantages/helical-piers/

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The Benefits of Installing Hydronic Heating Systems for Floors and Walls

Off Grid Living:  The Benefits of Installing
Hydronic Heating Systems for Floors and Walls

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Off Grid Living:  The Benefits of Installing a Hydronic Heating System for Floors and Walls

What are the Benefits of Hydronic Heating Systems for Floors and Walls?

North Dakota – While hydronic radiant heating has become more and more popular over the last several years, there are still many people who are not aware of the many hydronic heating system benefits when compared to a traditional heating plan. Radiant heat is clean and comfortable, while extremely energy efficient and flexible in design.

The single most important element that a heating system must give you and your family is comfort. Hydronic heating takes comfortable to a new level, as can be seen from the many benefits below:

  • Multi Zones – Radiant heating allows for personalized temperature control through the use of multiple zones throughout the home. This way parents and children can custom set their bedroom temperatures to their personal taste, while the kitchen and family room are kept comfortable for everyone. In addition, you don’t have to worry about keeping the doors closed in your rooms to trap heat. This is because radiant heat has no bursts of air that push warmth out of the areas you want it and into the spaces you don’t.
  • Warm Tiles and Floors – There is nothing as discouraging to the thought of getting out of bed in the morning then that frigid walk across cold bathroom tile on your way to the shower. Radiant flooring solves this problem by infusing the floors with heat, so that those previously chilly tiles become your source of warmth. People aren’t the only ones affected, since pets love nothing better than to stretch out on a warm floor.
  • Balanced Humidity Levels – It is far easier to maintain a balanced humidity level in the home with radiant hydronic heat because it will not dry out your home. Cold winter days already do enough to dry out skin without help from a forced air heating system, which sucks additional moisture out of the house in the process of heating the air.
  • Quieter – Radiant flooring and hydronic heating equipment work in silence while providing warmth for the whole house. There are no sounds of the heating unit kicking on and off during the night. Instead, steady heat radiates into the room with nothing to notice but the comfortable temperatures.

Source: https://www.hydronicheating.net/benefits.html 

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The Benefits of Installing Electric Radiant Heating Mats Under Carpet and Flooring

Off Grid Living – The Benefits of Installing
Electric Radiant Heating Mats Under Carpet and Flooring

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Off Grid Living – How to Install Electric Radiant Heating Mats for Under Carpet and Flooring

The Benefits of Installing Electric Radiant Heating Mats for Under Carpet

New Mexico – What is electric radiant floor heating? Radiant heated floors have been around since the Roman Empire in one form or another. In the United States, electric floor heating has become a popular trend for both new and retrofit projects. Nevertheless, there’s still a learning curve among many homeowners.

  • How do heated floors work?
  • What are the pros and cons of radiant heating?
  • How do you know if in-floor heating is right for you?
  • How does Radiant Floor Heating Work?
  • How warm do heated floors get?

Traditional heating systems heat the air, which then warms up the people in the room. Radiant heating systems work by directly warming the people and objects in a room.

The floor temperature can be set as high as 104° F,  but users will typically set it to a more comfortable range of between 80° F and 85° F and control it from a thermostat from there.

This type of heating often feels like the warmth of the sun, because radiant heat warms via heat radiation. This allows people to feel warm even when the ambient (air) temperature in the room is actually cooler.

It’s the same concept as standing in direct sunlight vs. standing in the shade.

Source: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/posts/9-pros-and-cons-of-heated-floors

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