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PostHeaderIcon Sunjack USB LED Camp Light Multi Color Daisy Chainable

Sunjack has sent me two of their remote control, multi color, daisy chainable USB LED camp lights. These lights are really cool with many different color combinations and a remote control. The LED lights are powered through a standard USB port so they are very versatile.

I have worked with Sunjack products before and actually used some of their products while trying out these LED camp lights. I used the Sunjack folding solar panel to charge up their USB portable power pack. The power pack I then used to run the LED camp lights while out camping and tenting.

I like the fact that these LED lights have so many colors. I was expecting maybe a four color LED light but I was surprised to find all the colors of the rainbow when I connected this to power.

Sunjack USB LED Camp Light
Sunjack USB LED Camp Light

The remote control is easy to use. You can turn the LED camp light on or off, set colors or choose a program. The programs cause the LEDs to cycle through the different colors at varying rates.

I have been using these multi colored LED camp lights literally everywhere since I got them. We use them in the off grid tiny house on wheels at night for extra living room lighting or for mood lighting. We have also taken these hiking, camping and fishing. Everyone who has seen them loved them instantly and ask me where they can get one.

Sunjack Multi Colored LED Light
Sunjack Multi Color LED Camp Light

These USB powered LED camp lights are daisy chainable which means that you can connect them together in series on a single USB port.

Another cool feature is that one single remote control works for multiple LED lights. Just point the remote at the LED that you want to control.

Sunjack USB Camp Light
Sunjack USB LED Camp Light In Tent

These amazing lights weigh only 2 ounces so they can easily be packed and taken with you on camping or hiking trips. With an equivalent light output of a standard 40 watt light bulb and a 7 foot power cord these are powerful little lights and convenient for hanging up in trees or inside your tent.

Sunjack Daisy Chain LED Camp Lights
Sunjack Daisy Chain USB Camp Lights

You can run these off the USB port of your computer or use a portable power pack like I do. With the Sunjack 8,000 mAh USB power pack I can run one of these for days before I need a charge. And with the Sunjack folding solar panel I can recharge the pack on the go at any time for free.

You can find the Sunjack multi colored USB camp LED light on the Sunjack website here:
Sunjack USB LED camp light
Or buy on Amazon Here: Sunjack on Amazon

See the full video review I did on YouTube here: SunJack USB LED Multi Colored Light Daisy Chainable

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PostHeaderIcon ThruNite Ti3 Mini Penlight Give Away & Review

ThruNite has sent me one of their Ti3 min LED penlights to give away to one of my viewers. The little Ti3 penlight is quite bright and takes a single AAA battery. It lasts quite a while on a battery too. I have mine permanently on my Bug Out Bag.

ThruNite is a good company with high quality products. I have one mini LED penlight to review and one for you. The Ti3 mini penlight has four modes of operation and up to 130 Lumens of light on a single AAA battery.

ThruNite LED Flashlight Give Away
ThruNite Ti3 Mini Penlight Review & Drawing

To turn on the Ti3 LED flashlight you simply twist the front end. To turn it off again, twist in the other direction. To switch through modes, you twist the light on and off and back on again.

The Ti3 mini penlight flashlight has a CREE XP-L V6 LED for a super bright output.

First you get the firefly mode with 0.08 Lumens of light. In this mode it lasts for 120 hours on a battery. This is bright enough for map reading or for reading a book. In a dark forest it is actually enough light to get around camp without disturbing others. I know this from experience. The firefly mode is also good for stealth or survival situations when you do not want to be discovered but need a light to see in the dark.

The medium mode has 10 Lumens and lasts 6.5 hours on a single AAA battery. This is surprisingly bright when you are out in the woods using the light.

The bright mode has a whopping 130 Lumens from a single AAA battery and lasts about 30 minutes. This is quite bright for such a small flashlight.

And finally you have the strobe light with 130 Lumens of output. It lasts an hour in this mode. To get to this mode you have to turn on and off the light six times.

The ThruNite Ti3 flashlight has a memory which I love. It turns back on in the last mode you used.

The ThruNite Ti3 mini penlight is impact resistant to one meter and waterproof to 2 meters depth.

Now you can have your own ThruNite Ti3 LED penlight for free. All you have to do is leave a comment below saying “I want a ThruNite Ti3 flashlight” and you will be entered into the drawing. After five days there will be a computer generated random number. The winner will be chosen based on the number of comments and the order in which they commented. The first person to comment being number one. The second being number 2 and so on.

You can see the video review on YouTube here: ThruNite Ti3 Mini Penlight Give Away & Review

PostHeaderIcon Tune Up An Old Briggs & Stratton 11 HP Gas Engine

I finished cleaning the carburetor of the old Briggs and Stratton gas engine and put it all back together. Next the old beast needed a tune up in a bad way. So I cleaned it all up and replaced everything I could to get it running nicely again.

If you missed the previous post about me cleaning out the carburetor on the old engine, please see it here: Cleaning Carburetor On Old 11 HP Briggs & Stratton Engine

This is an old 11 HP electric start Briggs and Stratton gas engine that I picked up at a garage sale last year. I wanted this engine for my antique log splitter. Last year I did not have much time for the project nor did I have much fire wood to split. But this year we are clearing out trees on our 56 acre plot of land to make more space for our homestead. Each tree equals fire wood for the off grid tiny home so I cut them into logs and then they must be split to cure for next year. Now the log splitter is necessary.

I finished cleaning up the carburetor in the previous blog post and video on YouTube. Again, please see the link above if you missed it.

Next I put the carburetor back together again. I have seen some comments about why I did not pull out the brass tube from the carburetor before attempting to disassemble it. In my experience many of the older carburetors are seized up inside and the little screw that holds these parts in are often frozen up. An attempt at removing the screw often ends up in stripping it. These days I just clean out the ports and leave the screw in place. I have never had a carburetor fail on me after cleaning it out in this way yet.

I took the carburetor over to the old engine and put it all back together. This was the easy part since I knew how it went back together. Next it was time to fire this old machine up and see what happens.

Tune Up Briggs & Stratton Gas Engine

I hauled over a deep cycle battery on a two wheeled cart that we keep on the homestead for jump starting vehicles and for my electric trolling motor for our boat. After connecting jumper cables the engine sputtered a few times and then fired into life.

I let it run a minutes and then shut it off. Now it was time for an oil change. I always change the oil after getting an engine running. But this oil was about the worst I have ever seen. The poor engine was full of water and the oil came out gray colored.

I put in clean oil and then ran the engine a few minutes. Then I changed the oil one more time. I will run it through a tank of gas next time and then change the oil yet again to make sure all the water gets out of the engine.

The old 11 HP Briggs and Stratton engine ran but it was sputtering a bit. It probably has oil in the valves and crud in the cylinder and head. I have some Sea Foam in the gas so that should help clean it out. That and running the machine a while. I am a strong believer in Sea Foam and running an engine to clean it out.

We had to go into town for some tune up parts. I picked up a new fuel line and fuel filter. And a spark plug. I had to order an air filter for now because nobody had one in stock.

Back on the homestead I put in the new gas line and filter. Then I put in the new spark plug. I used a T-Shirt as a temporary air filter for now. I want to run the engine a while to clean it out.

I left it running for an hour or so. It run smooth sometimes. Sputtered and smoked sometimes. This is the engine cleaning itself as it runs. In time it started to run smoother and smoother. This is the easiest way to clean the inside of an engine without removing the cylinder head. I use Sea Foam in the gas and just run it until it comes clean. Usually this works for me.

Next I will be mounting this old engine to the antique log splitter.

You can watch the full video of Today’s work on YouTube here: Cleaning Old Small Engine Carburetor & Tune Up PT2

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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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