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  1. Nice article. I’m not clear on what you meant by “We have approximately 500 gpm water flow but only 8′ of head, so the system we are installing is designed for a low head, high flow situation.” What is the 8 ft of head?

    Putting prices to the projects would be nice. Granted I know price varies but a ballpark would be nice to know.

    Thanks for the article.

  2. Good article. This is the type of property I am searching for right now with live water and an on grid preference. I check Survival Realty regularly.

    As far as bugging out …… I am the same age as the writer and bugging out would be dicey. As a friend said recently, when the SHTF I plan to ‘die in my doorway’. (I think it is a catchy phrase worth maintaining).

  3. One of the problems with winter greenhouses is weak sun. It’s the same problem that seed starters run into in the springtime if they have cloudy weather.
    A trick that I have seen is to build lighting reflector boxes behind the seed trays to bounce the available light back at the seedlings and increase the available light. The same method is used by commercial growers in indoor growing by applying reflective material to the vertical surfaces in the growing area. “Panda Film” is a brand name of a material that’s purpose built for this but is relatively expensive. I’ve had good results using cheap mylar space blankets ordered in bulk from Amazon and taped up on the walls. In the greenhouse pictured, these could maybe be taped to a tarp placed behind the plants (in relation to the windows) for the winter time. It should help increase yields.

  4. Gregory
    He is talking about installing a hydro electric system, probably on a creek or the outflow of his pond that produces electric power. 500 gallons of water a minute that drops 8 feet into a turbine.

    1. You mmust be right, Montana Rancher. It does sound like ‘creek flow’ GPM, plus the use of a term >often used for water-pumps. Feet of head is used to describe the lifting power of a pump (There could be valve and line resistance loses).

      Wikipedia has an article about ~Hydraulic head~ to help explain the lifting power of water, (at least on Earth).

      The term ‘pump’ can be an electric pump, windmill powered pump, or a device used to harness the power of falling/flowing water.

      It’s a good article; explaining the creation of what T.M.P. wants and needs. = “I also fabricated a “guillotine” door operated from the next room with a winch and cable to open and close the door to let the chickens outside to “free range”.

      The two story house takes advantage of another attribute of the Earth. = Warm air rises. The Tiny House becomes more energy efficient, than the same square footage in a one story home.

  5. Nice article and thanks for the photos. I especially liked the clever reuse of the gym lockers for collecting the eggs.

    Since you mentioned nuclear fallout, I can’t help but provide a different perspective. In your location away from major cities, you will not die from fallout. But you will suffer from radiation sickness, which is easily preventable. Cresson Kearney’s book covers this well in Chapter One, which is available free from the SurvivalBlog reference library. You will survive, so think about that, or not. YMMV.

  6. An easy way to think of head is an 8 foot waterfall has 8 feet of head pressure. The gravitational pull on water stored in an elevated tank allows that potential energy to do work if harnessed.

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