Dirty Solar Panel


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As I’ve pointed out in my other article, “Cleaning Solar Panels – Does it make much difference”, I discovered that it actually does make a difference… and sometimes a surprising amount of difference! Well, last week I was looking at my data on my solar panels and I kept seeing this one panel consistently under-performing Read More …

Cleaning Solar Panels II – Tools


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In my last post, Cleaning Solar Panels – Does it make much difference, I briefly mentioned the 11 foot telescoping squeegee that I used to clean my solar panels.   Basically the device looked just like this: For the most part this device  works fine for my needs, but I was very excited to get an Read More …

Power Yard & Lawn Sweeper


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  This is another great contribution from Ken.  You can see his other creations, the Dirt Shaker & Power Barrow and the HomeMade Rotary Trommel Screen.  He’s got an amazing gift and we’re glad he’s willing to share it with us!   From Ken:

Upside Down – Top Down Fire


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Upside down fire?  I know, it sounds crazy, but it really works GREAT!!! One of the community members on BYC posted a topic called “upside down fire building for wood heat”.    I read through the thread and was pretty surprised by the claims:

Solar Power Installation California Bay Area – Part 2


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This is the second part in my story of installing a solar photovoltaic system in the Northern California Bay Area.  You can also read Part 1, Solar Panels / Energy. 

Solar Panels / Energy – Part 1


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Part 1 of 2  of my decision process and subsequent installation of a solar energy system (see part 2, Solar Power Installation California Bay Area). VERY long story short: We’re getting a 3.9 kw (DC) solar photovoltaic system installed on our house that should have a “payback” of 8 – 10 years. Now, all the Read More …

Dirt Shaker & Power Barrow


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Below is another great submission from Ken (creator of the HomeMade Rotary Trommel Screen). From Ken: “You may remember me as the builder of the red rotary trammel.  I later built a shaker screener because I needed to separate soil and larger stones from 1 inch stone I needed for a driveway.  I made it Read More …

How To Save Electricity


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After looking at a $160 average electricity bill (thank you California tiered rates) I’ve been on  a quest to reduce our monthly spend on electricity.   My wife and I are going to achieve this in two main ways:

HomeMade Rotary Trommel Screen


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Over the years since first posting the article on my Homemade Compost Sifter Screen Sieve I’ve received some really amazing comments by some incredibly ingenious site visitors.   A few have even been willing to submit their information for inclusion onto www.Nifty-Stuff.com including: Automatic Compost Sifter – Screen Sieve – Screen Shaker for Soil and Compost Over the Read More …

Sieve – Screen Shaker for Soil and Compost


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We’ve had a lot of interest in the Automatic Compost Sifter – Screen post. One visitor of the site, Richard Buxton, posted a comment and sent a picture. I was so impressed I asked him to submit some more details so I could post it up as its own article. So, below we present the Read More …