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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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