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Simple Mountain Shop/Cabin Invention

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This is a prototpe of a project we are working on to convert storage containers into usable cabins, shops, and offices. This particular model is a 20' x 8' steel container that can be used for a shop or cabin on your property. I just recently had a 40' container droped and I plan to turn it into a shop/storage unit. These containers come with A/C installed, (2) 2' x 3' windows, a standard size door (32 x 80), 120 volts electrical panel, recess lights, and (3) walls sockets. The nice thing about these units is we can ship them anywhere you want. This unit can be insulated (up to R-35) for high mountain range. They are water-proof, rust-roof, and resistant to fire, wind, ice, or termite damage. The outside can be finished with a variety of siding material and paint colors to decrease, or increase visability.


     We can also apply a special poly-protected foaming material and buried it on a hillside to be used as a root cellar or cold storage. We can install a very small and efficient wood burning stove for heat. Solar panels can also be mounted on the top for energy. There are many different ways to convert these container and use them. Most of all that are very sound and secure. Whatever your needs are for these units, we can adjust them for you. They can even be stacked on top of each other or, side by side with walls dismantled to make an enlarged room. Contact Bert for more details. Prices may vary according to finish material, size, and shipping expenses.

      This is an inside view of the 20' x 8' x 8' model. The walls are finished with interior paneling and molding. The floor comes with a durable laminate material. One vent is mounted on the backwall for the A/C flow. We can install a wood burning stove for heat. The electrical panel can be plugged in to a standard wall outlet or, hardwired in for more permanent purposes. The following sizes are available for conversion, 20' x 8' or, 40' x 8'.

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Off Grid Living Made Simple

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The first thing you will need to know is what you are planning on running in this time of emergency. The fewer the items or the smaller the amperage, the smaller or least costly inverter will be needed. I will give a simple formula that will give you an idea of the size of inverter you will need.

If the appliance you are planning on using is listed in watts, just go ahead and use that number. If it is listed in amps you just need to use this simple formula: volts (120) X amps (listed on device) = watts. This will give you the amount of watts the appliance will be using. So if you had a 3 amp appliance, and you wanted to find the watts, the formula would be: 120 (volts) X 3 (amps) = 360 watts.

You would then total all of the watts that you will be using and come up with a number. Lets say your total watts usage is 500 watts. If that's the case it would be a good idea to get a 750 watt inverter. Always get a larger size than what you think you will need, it may come in handy.


Your next step will be to determine where your power supply is going to come from. If it is for emergency purposes there is a very good chance that it will be coming from a battery hooked up to your vehicle, or you may be a little better prepared and have a bank of batteries hooked up in a parallel fashion. Since most people reading this are probably unfamiliar with creating a battery bank I will just cover running the inverter from the vehicle. The main thing to know is what type of battery you will be using. It is suggested that you have a deep cycle battery or those that are used for trolling motors or golf carts and that you get as many amp hours as your budget allows. I have a R.V. that is completely off the grid. I have a 3000 watts inverter with six 6 volt baterries and two solar panels on top. It is sufficient for all the light in the bedroom (3), bathroom (2), living room and kitchen (8), and a microwave. I never use the microwave but it will work on my system. I lived in this R.V. for 8 months and I felt as though I was living in the Ritz Carlton. It was very comfortable. My refrigerator runs on propane gas. I whole system would cost about $1500.

The last thing you need to know is how long will your power supply (battery) last before it needs recharging. First you will need to know the wattage of all the appliances. Lets say we have 480 total watts of power being used, and we are running our inverter off of a 12 volt battery attached to the car. Next we have to convert this number so that we know how many amps are being used. We do this by taking the watts (480) and dividing it by 12 (volts of the battery) and come up with 40 amps. The formula is: watts / volts = amps. If we have a 120 amp hour battery we would divide 120 (amp hours) by 40 (amps) and get 3 hours before the battery is dead. It is recommended not to drain a battery below 50% of its capacity so you may want to divide the 3 hour in half giving you 1 1/2 hour before starting the car up to recharge the battery.

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What to Consider When Buying Property

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Every property has advantages and disadvantages. It might be a good idea to make a list, in order of importance, of what you envision as being the best for you. Do not feel obligated to make a certain property work which is not right for you. Don't fel pressured to buy any parcel without much prayer and careful consideration of the following eight points.
1. Good water
A spring that arises on the property will reduce the possibility of contamination from adjoining parcels. The best location for water is at a higher elevation than the house; this enables gravity flow without the need for pumping. Other water sources are useful and desirable; creeks, rivers, lakes, or ponds for irrigation.
2. Good soil
River or creek bottom for growing food is a good choice.
3. Wood
Your property should have hardwood or evergreen trees because it is essential as a fuel source for cooking and heating. Log cabins can be built and/or lumber can be cut by hand methods for use in construction.
4. Location
It is important that you choose a quiet, secluded place, an attractive country setting, a place you would love to visit or live. It should be a place of scenic beauty, if to no one else but you.
5. Financial Consideration
Make arrangements to get your property paid for as soon as possible. Watch for providence in price or provision from family and friends.
6. A Place with Buildings
Try to find a place with buildings already on it. This will put you at a great advantage immediately. (see Loma Linda Messages p. 474)
7. Invite Others
Make plans to invite others to your "outpost" and make it enjoyable.
8. Clean (smog free) air is very important
Don't settle for less!


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