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WEEKLY PEEK Digging Well Deeper Using Only Air & Water Continued...

Updates

We're continuing our efforts to see if this method will work for us. We improved the suction, updated the air hose and fixed the air compressor. ...Watch

 

MrOffandOn Replacing Throttle Position Sensor

If your throttle is acting up, this is cheap and easy replacement that could possibly fix the problem. Here’s how to replace a throttle position sensor on a 2000 Mercury Cougar. ...Watch

WEEKLY PEEK Digging Well Deeper Using Only Air & Water

Digging a well using only air and water? We’re trying. It is proving to be quite the challenge but we are determined to see if this method can work for us. ...Watch

 

MrOffandOn Replacing/Installing Spark Plugs

Routine maintenance on the car - replacing spark plugs on a 2000 Mercury Cougar. ...Watch

Slow_Silver New Animated Intro

Bree put together a new animated intro that she will be using in future videos. She will also be selling uniquely designed intros that go along with the profile & banner art she sells....Watch

FLASHBACK Simple Flip Flop Fix

Save a Buck

Are you like us? Do you buy the most inexpensive flip flops at Walmart or the cheap dollar store sandals? Here is a trick we discovered to help them last longer.

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UPDATE Posting Weekly Videos

Starting Next Week

We will be posting a video every Friday night at 6pm Pacific time. These videos will either be our regular stuff or a new series called "Weekly Peek".

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MrOffandOn Air Conditioning Condenser & Drier Replacement/Install

The A/C condenser & drier needed to be replaced after breaking off. We ordered all the parts online with the exception of a connection tube that had to be acquired from the dealership. But to our delight, the parts department was having so many computer problems they just gave us the $40 part! ...Watch

Slow_Silver Checking In With Slow Silver

Wanna See What Bree has been up to??? She puts out so many videos we can’t keep up but here is her latest Speed Art. ...Watch

MrOffandOn Diagnose & Fix a Broken Switch on Window Air Conditioner

We don’t have central heating/cooling in our main home. We use a wood stove and rocket stove to heat in the winter and fans and window coolers in the summer. During a monsoon storm, a power surge leapt over the built-in breaker in the cord and knocked out our best cooler. Before throwing it out, we asked Bryson to take a look at it. Using his multimeter, he was able to diagnose and fix the problem. ...Watch

Slow_Silver Checking In With Slow Silver

Wanna See What Bree has been up to??? She puts out so many videos we can’t keep up but here is her latest Speed Art. ...Watch

DIY Building Inexpensive Water Filter

Slow Sand Filter

For fun we thought we would build a Slow Sand Filter. We then discovered a way we could make good use of it - Attaching it to our rain water catchment system. We now can take our slimy, yucky rainwater from our rainbarrel, filter it, and pump it into our water storage tank for household use. This supplements our well water during the time when the well pump has the hardest time finding water. ...Watch

MrOffandOn Bypass Fuel Problem Fix

When the fuel pump stops working at a quarter tank of gas - Nothing seems to work even after replacing the fuel pump and removing water in the gas tank. This fixes the problem but means altering your fuel pump assembly. Do so at your own risk. ...Watch

BRAVERY Killing a Wasp Nest using Only Soapy Water & Stepping Stool!

Last year Bryson learned that wasps can prey on both beehives and bees. Not wanting to lose bees, we searched how to remove a wasp nest in our wood shed. We found an informative how-to video on youtube channel HowToDoStuffWatchHre & then we tried it! ...Watch Both Videos!

FOLLOW UP Paper Bag Patio Floor Update

Ever since the Paper Bag Patio has been installed, I have been somewhat afraid of it. I avoid walking on it and cringe when it rains. It seems so fragile. Yet after a year, it is surprisingly durable with a couple of exceptions ...Watch

 

MrOffandOn How to Install a Trailer Leaf Spring

After using our trailer twice a week to haul water, our leaf spring gave out and broke in two. Here’s how we installed a new one. It’s a pretty straight forward, easy fix. The trailer leaf spring cost around $30 ...Watch

MrOffandOn How to Replace a Serpentine Belt & Tensioner Pulley

Here’s how we replaced our serpentine belt and tensioner pulley on our 2000 Dodge Ram Truck.

 

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Slow_Silver Installing a Sub & I BROKE MY NEW CAR!!!

I just got this 1992 Honda Civic Hatchback DX. Decided it needed a Subwoofer so me & my bro get to figuring out how to install it :P Not an easy task but the car is built for it. Was a pleasant surprise. My radio tho? R.I.P. ...Watch

MrOffandOn How to Replace a Valve Cover Gasket

We replaced our valve cover gasket on our 2001 Saturn L300. We did the work on this over 6 months ago and it's still running strong without any leaks.

 

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ALT ENERGY Solar System Purchase & Install

Join us on our adventure to find & install a solar system for Garen's Room ...Watch

 

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Slow_Silver Earthbag Cabin Building

Slow_Silver (a.k.a. Bree) vlogs about our cabin building up in the mountains. We are using our favorite building material, Superadobe/Earthbags. Everyone is working hard and paying little attention to the camera as Bree runs around filming what she can :)

 

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Slow_Silver Don't Spill the Beans!

Slow_Silver (a.k.a. Bree) takes on a job at a local Mexican restaurant and finds herself in an unpleasant situation. Hear her tell her side of the story.

 

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DIY Simple Homemade DE Toothpaste

To avoid fluoride, Shae and I have been using homemade clay toothpaste for the past year. We have tried different combinations of ingredients & recipes. By changing the main ingredient, clay, to DE (diatomaceous earth), we found a recipe we enjoy and wanted to share. ...Watch

ScienceMadeFunner How to Replace Shocks on a Farm Truck

Two videos describing how to replace front and back shocks on a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 2wd truck ...Watch

BUILDING Pig Pen & Rehoming a Heritage Hog

Pigs Pigs Pigs!

Not just one but eight! This meant a much needed Pig Pen so we got to work building one with an organic shape. We came across loads and loads (no really, 20 trailer loads) of heavy concrete blocks last month. Most of the block will be used for fencing around the courtyard but we had a few to spare for the pig pen. ...Watch

 

BOOK My Lack of Tal

This is an original story I’m in the process of writing. I would love comments and encouragement! ...Read

 

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DIY Homemade Calcium Supplements

Bryson bumped into some info on how to get strong, clean eggs every time from our hens by feeding them a little Diatomaceous Earth (DE). Coincidently, our neighbor vicky gave us a great tip on how to make use of our eggshells. ...Watch

STUDY To Cure Peanut Allergies

Here's a delightful story by the Australian Associated Press reporting on a study that is "transforming the lives" of children with peanut allergies. ...Read More

ROCKET MASS HEATER Rocket Stove Review & Update

We are going on our third winter of using our bench style rocket stove and thought we would do a quick review on it ...Watch

 

ScienceMadeFunner How to Build a Worm Farm

I built a Worm Farm for a science project. I wanted to see how they could break down different types of food. I like seeing the different types of worms and watching them move ...Watch

 

COLD & FLU SEASON

Vitamin D More Effective Than Flu Shot!

Miss getting a flu shot this year? Or maybe you're like us and never get one. All is not lost as Vitamin D is proven to be more effective at fighting the Flu. ...Read More

PRESERVATIVES Is Fast Food Food?

McDonalds cheeseburger & Taco Bell taco virtually unchanged after 2 years of sitting on the counter. ...Read More

 

And here’s a hamburger 14 years later. ...Watch & Read More

 

One more because we can :) ...Read More

CHRISTMAS IDEA A Tree Using No Floor Space :)

For all the years living in small quarters, we’ve always managed to find room for that all important Christmas Tree. The first Christmas at the property, we lived in a 24’ trailer. We put an artificial tree outside the RV next to the dining room window, decorated and lit it up. The kids were all little and everything was so exciting. That evening we sat down, enjoying the twinkling lights outside the window, when it suddenly fell straight down in a whoosh. We jumped up only to discover the donkey had taken a big bite out of it. In the desert anything green looks tempting to animals even if it’s fake :)

 

This year nearly “stumped” us. We tried everything from rearranging the furniture to throwing out what we didn’t need. Bryson suggested hanging it from the ceiling but it seemed a bit extreme.

 

Here’s what we came up with ...Watch

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WATCH "O Christmas Tree" Cover

Bree put together a remake of the traditional song, O Christmas Tree. Shae and Bree perform the song in this video which is also available for download on itunes ...See More

ASPIRIN STUDY One a Day? Nope

By Dr. Mercola

If you haven’t had a heart attack, step away from the aspirin bottle… If you are one of the 40 million Americans who take an aspirin every day, you may want to heed the latest warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...Read More

EARTHBAG BUILDING Interior

No more climbing the ladder every night up to his loft. Garen is all moved in and snug as a bug in his new room. Here are some new and improved ideas including an in-floor rocket stove, a construction paper floor, and a new twist on the pallet ceiling. ...Watch

EGG YOKES Store Bought Vs. Farm Fresh

Here is a picture of our frying pan displaying both store bought eggs & eggs from our chickens (our hens are laying only a few eggs now that winter has kicked in). Sometimes we take for granite the nutrition we receive from eating our own farm foods. This was a healthy reminder while cooking breakfast yesterday :)

SUNSHINE STUDY Skin Cancer or Weight Loss?

Do we use sunblock to protect ourselves from the sun's ultraviolet rays or allow the uv rays to help regulate our metabolism?

 

We haven't used sunscreen in years because we don't believe the sun is harmful (unless we severely burn but then it's pretty obvious). This new research makes me wonder how many more benefits the sunshine produces that scientists have yet to discover.

 

Hopefully this new study will encourage all of us to get out and enjoy the sun! ...Read More

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OUCH! Monsanto Gets Stung

Can you "beeeeelive it"? I guess they didn't pay off enough politicians in Mexico. Did I say that out loud? ...Read More

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Time Flies When Your Having Fun

We are wrapping up the last of Garen's bedroom. And, not a moment too soon as he is graduating next month. Time slips away so quickly. The biggest lesson we have learned from this bedroom project is that we cannot delay. The kids refuse to stop getting older!

 

Here is the building of the bedroom: ...Watch

HOW TO Homemade Camping Toilet

While preparing to “rough it” in the woods for 9 days, we decided to browse the web to find out how to make a camping toilet. We found lots of great toities! Inspired by all the great ideas, we designed this toilet for comfort and balance. Check it out: ...Watch

 

Monsoon Flash Flood We Call it Washboarding :)

This year the wash took an unusual turn up stream and cut a new path down our road. We welcome the water any way we can get it and wish we could keep it from running away.

 

These "once a year" rainstorms bring excitement to everyone. I'm sure this breaks every rule of what one should NOT do in a wash but teenagers are living, breathing, rule breakers. How do you say no to something that looks so fun:

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WATCH Killer Bee Hive Found on Property!

Save the Bees or Save Ourselves?

When Bryson discovers a beehive on our property, he has to make a decision on what to do with it. The last thing he wants to do is destroy the bees, but with the fear of them being “Africanized”, even the experts advise killing them....Watch

 

MrOffandOn DIY Free And Easy AC Compressor Fix

This is how to fix an AC that blows cold air for 10 to 15 minutes before it turns warm. It is completely free and takes little effort. We did this on a Dodge 5.9 liter engine, but it should work on almost any vehicle ...Watch

 

High Rise Gardening

WATCH Documenting the First 24 Days of a Bunny

We found this bunny nest out in an open area so we decided to document the growth of the babies. The litter quickly dispersed but we were able to keep track of the brown kits due to their unique colors. Everyday we found them in completely different places - as early as day two! I have to say I’m quite amazed of the growth within 3 1/2 weeks. See for yourself ...Watch

 

OH NO Killer Bees!

What to do? Kill 'em or Keep 'em? Killer Bees that kill with one sting or does it take 12,000? What about all the bees dying off? Do we contribute to their diminishing numbers? Stay tuned and we will take you through our journey of dealing with this "Killer Bee" hive found on our property. ...Video Coming Soon!

 

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WATCH 2nd try at 4th of July

Here are some highlights from this years 4th of July performance. A special thanks to Mom/Grandma for videoing all the songs on her iPhone! Without her, this video would not be possible. ...See More

IDEA Combining Hugelkultur with Berms & Basins

For those who don’t know about our water dilemma, our well has been virtually dry for about a year. We get some water but it is not enough to sustain the family. We haul in about 1200 gallons of water every week.

 

To No Avail

We spent months working to get a pvc type well drill to bore down a few more feet but were not successful. We have additional plans to vastly improve that idea with some REAL power. More on that later. ...Read More

 

DIY Grow Your Own Celery Starts!

We are rapidly turning into summer here where we live, and a sure indication is the start of all the gardening efforts visible. Take for example the “sugar pea” plant that has started and is about an inch high, or the cantaloupe vine with its first blossom making its presence (already).

 

But that’s not what I wanta chat about today. I heard that you could do something with a normal household food, something that’s available year round. Guess what it is. (Oh, OK -- I know, you already read the title). ...Read More

 

MrOffandOn Removing a Tight Harmonic Balancer Bolt

The harmonic balancer bolt is a very difficult bolt to get off. It is hard to keep the crankshaft form turning when you are trying to brake the bolt loose. This is my solution to the problem. BEWARE. DO AT YOUR OWN RISK. ...Watch

 

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