Water and Power

Rocket Mass Heater – Phase 1

I got started building a rocket mass heater this week.  There are several basic designs and a lot of information on the internet about rocket mass heaters (RMH).  Its hard to distinguish the good advice from [...]

Rocket Mass Heaters – What in the world is that?

A rocket mass heater is a heater that is supposedly supper efficient at combustion and is able to heat a home with much less wood and pollution than a conventional wood burning stove or fireplace. I’ll [...]

12v Solar Charger

A charge controller is used in a solar panel setup to control or regulate voltage (and/or amperes) to a battery.  It prevents batteries from overcharging.  12 volt is a common size controller and can be found [...]

Solar Panel Wiring

Whether you are making your own solar panel or not, it is important to understand the fundamentals of solar panel wiring.  A solar panel is made up of multiple solar cells that are connected using wire [...]

Solar Cell Wiring

Solar cells are the individual pieces that make up a solar panel.  Although the pieces or cells are manufactured into different sizes, a common size is 3-inch x 6-inch.  If you are considering building a solar [...]

Common Electrical Formulas

Common electrical units are Power (P), Current (C), Voltage (E), and Resistance (R).  Here is how these are measured and what they mean. Power A watt is a unit of electrical power or energy.  A single [...]

Pump Curve

A pump curve is a graph that shows the amount of water (or other fluid) a pump can provide at different heads (or pressures it has to pump against).  A pump curve is usually displayed with [...]

Long Term Water Storage – How Much?

We all know that water is essential to life.  It’s no wonder that most City’s are situated close to water. Most of us are blessed to be in a situation where little thought is necessary to [...]

Sanitizing a Water Tank

I bought some 55 gal drums that we are going to use for water storage.  I went through the exercise of doing a “shock chlorination” in order to sanitize the tanks and kill any bacteria that [...]