PostHeaderIcon ThruNite TH20 Headlamp Give Away – Get One Free

ThruNite has asked me to host a give away of their new TH20 head lamp which is rated up to 520 Lumens and takes either a AA battery or a 14500. This is a light weight and rugged headlamp. ThruNite has been reading the comments on my videos and they saw that many people asked for a give away. So they asked me to give you one of their new head lights.

ThruNite TH20 Headlamp

The ThruNite TH20 headlamp is super light and small. This makes it very nice to wear unlike some headlamps that are very bulky and heavy. This headlamp is also quite convenient in that it takes a variety of batteries. This is perfect for emergency or survival.

There are a lot of nice features of the ThruNite lights, one of which is the firefly mode. This is a very low power .3 Lumen setting which is great for survival or stealth mode. This setting allows you to find your way around camp in the dark without messing up your night vision or giving away your location.

Another feature I love about ThruNite is the memory mode. Their lights turn on at the last setting you used (except firefly, turbo or SOS). This saves me time and trouble when I have to run out in the night because something is attacking the animals. No fumbling through a mess of settings while danger is near. I press the power button and the last setting I used is on.

The ThruNite TH20 head lamp has another really cool feature. By pressing and holding the power button with the light on, you can cycle through the brightness from max output to minimum output. This allows you to set your headlamp for whatever brightness that you need for a given situation.

With a long press of the power button while the light is off, you get the firefly mode mentioned above.

With a single press of the power button you are in the normal mode. Again from this mode you can brighten or dim the light as needed.

With a double press of the power button with the light on, you go into turbo mode with 520 Lumens of light. Another double press puts you in SOS mode. I love the fact that you do not have to cycle through all the modes with this light. Any other headlight blinds me before I even get to the setting I want.

With a AA battery you get 14 days run time in firefly mode at 0.3 Lumens. This is also perfect for a night light out in the forest. On the low setting you have 1.6 Lumens and 21 hours of run time. On the high setting you get 230 Lumens and about 95 minutes. Turbo mode with a AA battery gives you 250 Lumens and lasts about 93 minutes. This is quite impressive for such a bright head lamp.

With the 14500 battery you get a max output of 520 Lumens.

The ThruNite TH20 head lamp is impact resistant to 2 meters (6 feet) and water resistant to 1.5 meters (4.5 feet).

ThruNite TH20 Head Lamp

Of course the ThruNite TH20 comes with spare O rings and a spare head mount which sets ThruNite above the others in quality.

For a chance to get a free ThruNite TH20 headlamp, go to the video below and in the comments type “I Want A ThruNite TH20 Headlamp”. A winner will be selected based on a random computer generated number.

Watch the video here: ThruNite TH20 Headlamp Give Away – Get One Free

PostHeaderIcon Building A Free Goat Fence Out Of Pallets

My friend from YouTube, Trucker Buck, and I have entered into a sort of business together. We are getting two Nubian milk goats. So now we are scrambling to build a goat proof fence to keep them in place. We also have to build a shed for them but that is another day.

I have a mess of Euro pallets that are all the same size and shape. These are perfect to build a goat fence with. They are 47 inches high when stood on end so they are the perfect height for milk goats.

I used the garden tractor and trailer to haul over the pallets as we worked. The trailer holds 5 to 6 pallets at a time which is way better than hand carrying them over to the work area.

We lined up the pallets and used scrap pallet frames to fasten the pallets together using deck screws. Deck screws are stronger and made to last outside in the weather. We placed a pallet frame, which is a sort of 1 by 4, inside the framing of two pallets and screwed it in place. Two frames per pallet gives us a very strong fence.

Some T posts driven in along the line help keep the fence from falling over and will stop the goats from pushing the fence out of place.

We started on the side of the fire wood shed, which is also made of pallets. The fence extends a ways out and then we made a corner using an old 6×6 post I had laying around that was the perfect length for the job. We screwed the corner pallets into the post to make a very solid corner.

To make the gate, we used a single pallet and some scrap 2x4s as framing for the gate. I had some hinges and a latch on hand already so we used them on the gate.

Making Pallet Wood Goat GateBuilding a pallet wood goat gate

We managed to get the second wall of the fence up and in place before we started to run out of day light. We will continue on the fence and then the goat shed tomorrow.

Pallet Goat FencePallet wood goat fence

You can watch the video for the day’s work here: Building A Goat Fence Out Of Pallets

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PostHeaderIcon Plumbing IBC Tanks Into Rain Water Harvesting System

I have connected a 275 gallon IBC tote to my off grid tiny house on wheels as the main water supply. I have a second water tank next to it waiting to be placed into the system. We will have 550 gallons of rain water supply with the ability to expand our capacity later.

I bought all the plumbing to connect two large IBC water tanks into my off grid tiny house water system months ago. I only just got the rain water shed ready for us to set up the tanks inside. Chris helped me drag a second tank into the shed and put it next to the first one.

Chris has been insulating the shed while I was working on the plumbing and wind turbine wiring earlier. Then we both put in the last two pieces of plywood on the walls in the back corner so that I can set up the two IBC totes where they are meant to stay.

I put down four cement blocks under the framing of a wood pallet first. Next came the 275 gallon water tank on top. This tank did not come with a metal frame so I have to build a frame around it myself to keep it from collapsing. Then I can connect it to the tiny house rain water system.

When connecting the PVC fittings and plumbing, I realized that I was running out of PVC pipe so I ran into town for another piece. Later, as I was gluing all the fittings together, I accidentally put a piece in the wrong place. With the PVC cement, you have one second before the bond becomes permanent. I realized the very second that I put it into place that it was wrong but then it was too late.

Plumbing IBC tote into tiny house

So I was off to town again for a 59 cent PVC coupling to repair my mistake.

I got all the pieces put together finally. I used a flatbed trailer to assemble the fittings to the IBC tanks so that I got the same angle on the pipes for the two tanks.

Next I took the whole thing inside the rain water shed to try it out for size. It fits perfectly. So I propped up the pipe assembly with some boards to keep the pressure off the Gator Locks on the IBC tanks. Then I connected the Gator Lock fitting onto the main rain water tank.

Finally I removed the water line that feeds into the off grid tiny house from the 20 gallon tank we have been using and put it into the new system. I turned on the main valve to the IBC tank and heard the water gush into the new pipes.

Fortunately there were no leaks at all. The off grid tiny house on wheels now has a larger rain water supply. No more hand filling a little 20 gallon tank every two days. Now we pray for rain to fill up our tanks.

Plumbing IBC Totes In Tiny House

Melanie was working in her flower bed all afternoon. She put rock borders around the inside and outside of the new flower bed. Then she transplanted some of her flowers that she grew from seed into the new flower bed. When the plants grow up this is going to be a very pretty flower bed.

Chris has been working out by the wood pile dismantling the remains of the old RV porch and wood stove shed. He has been removing the sheet metal from the pallets that were the porch. The pallet wood goes into a pile for later processing into fire wood for next year’s heat. The sheet metal goes into another pile to be recycled. Chris has been working quite a bit out by the fire wood pile getting us ready for heating the off grid tiny house and water shed next winter.

You can watch the entire video of today’s work here: Plumbing IBC Tanks Into Rain Water Harvesting System

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PostHeaderIcon ThruNite TH10 Headlamp ~ The Best Headlamp I Have Used

ThruNite has sent me their TH10 headlamp to test out during the last few weeks and I can tell you that this is my current favorite headlamp. It is Rugged, reliable and very bright with a turbo mode of 750 Lumens and a very long battery life.

One of the first things that impressed me out of the box is the quality of construction. So far all the ThruNite products I have seen are of high quality. They give you spare O rings with each light. This TH10 headlamp even has a spare power button seal and headlamp mount.

ThruNite TH10 Headlamp Accessories

ThruNite TH10 Headlamp

The charger excited me the most at first due to its ruggedness and versatility. The charger is a power pack and a universal charger. It is designed for use in rugged environments which means that I can take it hiking with me. It comes with a belt clip so that you can attach it to your belt on the go. The charger takes just about any battery you can throw at it. It is auto sensing and automatically charges your battery.

Another thing I love about this battery charger is that it takes both 12 and 5 volts DC input. I charge my batteries out in the field using my folding solar panel so I never run out of power.

The battery charger is also a power pack. When you insert a battery into this device it turns into a power source to recharge your small electronics such as cell phones or cameras. A little blue LED turns on in the output to let you know that it is now in power mode. This is awesome!!!

ThruNite Battery Charger

Yet another cool feature of this light, which you hardly ever see, is that it takes a variety of battery packs. The TH10 headlamp takes 1×18650 battery, 2xCR123 batteries or 2xRCR123A batteries!! This is so versatile!

I charged up the battery that came with the TH10 headlamp and gave it a try.

I have used this headlamp in the woods hiking and camping as well as nightly use in the woods back at the homestead. We often have predators after our chickens and this headlamp stays on a hook by the door ready to grab and go in a hurry.

My favorite feature of this headlamp is the memory function. The TH10 headlamp has a memory which makes it turn on in the last mode that you used. This is very good for fighting predators in the night. I hate searching through various modes in a headlamp in a hurry while something is attacking my animals. I love the fact that I simply press the power button and this light is at the setting I prefer. No flashing modes and blinding yourself while furiously trying to get the right settings.

The TH10 headlamp has many functions. It has the typical ThruNite firefly mode with .2 Lumens which lasts about 65 days straight. Then there is the low mode with 11 Lumens and lasts 107 hours. Next is the medium mode which I use the most with 172 Lumens and lasts 9 hours. Then there is the high mode which I use a lot as well with 490 Lumens and it lasts 178 minutes. There is also a blinding bright turbo mode with a whopping 750 Lumens and it still lasts 118 minutes. And finally the SOS mode with 750 Lumens flashing and lasts 270 minutes.

To cycle through the modes you simply turn the light on with a press to the power button and it turns on in the last mode that you used. Another long press of the button cycles through the three main modes of low, medium and high. If you double press the button it puts you into turbo mode for 750 Lumens of light. Another double press gives you SOS mode. Turning off the light and then back on again puts you into your last normal used mode. When the light is off, a long press gives you the firefly mode which is useful for tactical settings or to save your night vision. This is surprisingly useful in camp at night so you do not blind your friends.

I once used the ThruNite TH10 headlamp all night long while camping in the woods with my wife set on the low mode. There were animals all over the place that night and we left the lite on low all night as a comfort light. And it still lasted for days on a charge back at the homestead for daily use.

I generally run around with the ThruNite TH10 set on the medium mode for most nights as I look for predators around the chickens. But if I spot something further away, I can quickly switch to the high or turbo mode as needed in order to really pierce through the night. With 750 Lumens of power this thing really lights up the night.

When running out the door in a hurry in the night you take some bumps and spills and the ThruNite Th10 headlamp has taken a lot of bumps. It has taken many falls and impacts and still works well. I have used it in all types of weather with no ill effects on the light at all. It is rated waterproof at 1.5 meters for 30 minutes so I can trust this light in a thunderstorm if needed and I have often used it in the rain.

I am not one for a lot of specs and details but I can tell you that it feels comfortable on the head and is not too heavy. The light has a beam range of 148 meters which is about 150 yards range.

You can get your ThruNite TH10 headlamp here:

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Watch my full video review of the ThruNite TH10 headlamp here: ThruNite TH10 Headlamp ~ The Best Headlamp I Have Used

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PostHeaderIcon Connected Wind Turbine & Plumbing Rain Water System

I finally have all the plumbing supplies necessary to connect the 275 gallon IBC totes to my rain water system. Chris and I are finishing the rain water shed so that we can install a second IBC tote water tank and connect the plumbing. I also connected the wind turbine to my off grid tiny house battery bank.

Long ago someone sent me a wind charge controller with a dump load connection. This is simply a solar charge controller with a large solenoid connected to it. When the voltage reaches a certain point, the solenoid is turned on which sends the excess power to a dump load.

I screwed this wind charge controller to the wall above the off grid battery bank and then connected the controller to the battery bank. Last I connected the wind turbine to the charge controller inputs. Now when the wind is blowing I will get a little bit more energy into my off grid battery bank. With all the trees around here I will not get very much power from the wind turbine at any given time due to the turbulence of the trees. But when you are fully off the grid every little bit helps.

Unfortunately when I connected the power to the charge controller, the dump load was turned on. This is because the MPPT solar charge controllers have the battery bank in absorption mode. The voltage for absorption mode is too high for the cheaper solar charge controllers to it turns on its dump load. I have to later open it up and see if I can adjust the dump load settings inside to a higher voltage.

Chris and I finished the back wall of the off grid rain water and battery shed. Chris had been finishing the insulation as I worked on the wind charge controller. By the time I was finished with the charge controller he was done with the insulation.

Connecting Wind Charge Controller

Next we put up the last two pieces of plywood on the wall back there so that I can put in a second IBC tank for our off grid rain water supply.

I bought the plumbing to connect multiple water tanks many months ago already. I had it all planned out ahead of time. I have PVC quick disconnects with valves so that I can remove a tank from the system on the go without disrupting the water supply to the tiny house on wheels. Each tank will have its own valve and quick disconnect. The only problem was that I did not have a fitting for the large 275 gallon IBC totes. I had ordered some “universal fit” ones off amazon a while back but after paying it showed that it was coming from China. After a month of waiting impatiently, I received them only to discover that they did not fit anything I have at all.

So I waited and put the project back on hold again.

Someone in the comments on YouTube suggested that I get a Gator Lock fitting from TSC to fit my 275 gallon IBC totes. They told me to ignore the threads on the fitting and just put the Gator Lock right over the top of them and lock it on and it will work. So I immediately ran out to TSC and picked up one. It fits! Now I can finally finish the plumbing on my off grid rain water system for the tiny house on wheels.

Gator Lock fittings

Now all I have to do is to lay out the plumbing in place, cut the PVC pipes to fit between the totes and glue it all together.

I connected all the fittings that go from the IBC tote to the PVC lines. There are multiple pieces that have to go together in order to reduce the Gator Lock down to a one inch PVC pipe but it will be worth it in the end. I used teflon tape on all the threads before hand tightening them all together.

Next I cut the PVC pipes to fit inside all the connectors, valves and fittings to try it all on for size. I am dry fitting it all together first to make sure I get it all right before I begin to tighten or glue anything.

Connecting PVC Pipes To IBC Tote

Watch the full video of today’s work here: Connected Wind Turbine & Plumbing Rain Water System

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