Turning Malachite Rock into Copper

We were hiking through an outcropping of mountains that jutted out of the Arizona desert when we came across a vein of interesting rock beneath our feet. This was not my first adventure in this landscape with my friends and we had brought tools for situations just like this. I removed a small rock hammer…

My Backyard Foundry Setup For Melting Scrap Metal

If you’ve ever thought melting down your own scrap metal would be fun, in this video I breakdown the foundry I use for my backyard metal melting projects. The metal foundry was made from an old popcorn tin, concrete, and a single burner from a propane forge that I also use for blacksmithing. The burner…

Tiny House Composting Bin Follow-Up

When I built the tiny house I wanted to integrate an easy to use compost system that would be less work than a traditional pile. In this video I talk about how our tiny house compost bin has been working for the past 5 months. Overall it works decent as a collection point and oversized…

New Video: My Best Chicken Coop Design Yet

I combined and modified many techniques from the Internet into a coop design that makes taking care of chickens a bit easier based on my own experience. Let me point out a few key features of the coop. Here in Washington it rains all the time, so I wanted to turn this into an asset…

The DIY Composting Toilet for My Tiny House

This is the compost toilet we designed and built for my tiny house. It uses a modified 5 gallon bucket along with a 3D printed urine diverter. We used it for a bit, but I gotta admit, I’m not a big fan. As with most of my videos, you can learn from my mistakes.

We want to build an Earthship for our homestead, so we rented one

I’ve always wanted to build an Earthship on our property. The time has come to collect some additional information to put that plan into motion, so I set up a recon trip to Taos, NM where they were originally constructed. Earthships utilize the ambient temperature of the Earth and are designed to take advantage of…

Tiny House Cost Breakdown Video

If you’ve been considering building a tiny house or ADU but want to see a breakdown of some of the major costs associated with a DIY build then I think you may find this video helpful. I’ll show the costs of some of the higher ticket items in my house so you can get a…

New Video: My Experience with Raising Tilapia for Aquaponics

I built a tiny house to reduce my monthly housing expenses, but I also wanted to reduce my monthly grocery bill by growing my own food. One of those goals was that I wanted to grow my own source of fish. Aquaponics seemed like it could be the answer. The premise behind aquaponics is awesome;…

Attempting to Fix Our Well YouTube Short Video

Several Years ago a fire disabled our well. We never got around to getting it up and running again. With the homestead move on the horizon I’ve been trying to get it fixed, but this is new territory for me and the learning curve is relatively steep. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the pipe…

We Have Problems with Our Well

I was able to find a document online that I believe to be the original document from when our well was drilled, over 40 years ago. The information on that document has me concerned. When I bought my homestead property a few of the details were unknown. One of those missing details was the specifics…