Friday, August 29, 2008

A New Blog On the Pickens plan by Walt Barrett

I have started a new Blog on the Pickens plan web site in order to add to the great content needed to draw attention to this site. This is a site where you can learn a great deal about saving energy and building your own energy saving products. It is also where we can build up a great deal of clout to force our Congress to do something about the energy mess we are in.
So please come and join me on this great new site. Please contact me at this link and I will send you a personal invitation to join and become a friend of Mr. Pickens.
http://push.pickensplan.com/profile/WaltBarrett
Mr. Pickens has gone to a great deal of effort to establish this site for us. Let's not let him down!
This blog will continue here as usual.
Thanks,
Walt

Thursday, August 28, 2008

More wiring of the micro home by Walt Barrett




Now that all of the electrical boxes are in and hardwired We have started to install all of the plug sockets etc. This won't take long because in a tiny off the grid micro home there are only about a dozen boxes to do, but they have to be done right and follow the local electrical codes. We are very busy of course and the project is lagging, but we have already gained a wealth of information The solar power system will be up and working well before the interior is finished. This will give us plenty of light to work by.

Photos coming shortly.

I have now decided on a composting toilet that will directly feed a composting bin with earthworms under the building. It will be similar to the on in the Bronx Zoo in New York City. We will build it our selves, and will detail the construction with photos etc. We expect it to be odor free with our stack design, we'll see. And now its off to work on the micro home.

Walt

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wiring The Micro Home part 2 August 26, 2008

Well I have been busy today. I wired I all the electrical boxes in four hours today between customer calls and all the other stuff that goes on around here.
Here is the link to the photo album on www.Picasa.com
http://picasaweb.google.com/chinadepot/TheNextBillionairesWillBeGreenByWaltBarrett/photo#5238899211962181330
I have to run, more tomorrow.
Thanks,
Walt

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Micro home structure and sheathing by Walt Barrett

The photographs are posted on our Picasa web album. This is the link.
http://picasaweb.google.com/chinadepot/TheNextBillionairesWillBeGreenByWaltBarrett

They are all in chronological order. It was a tough day putting up the roof for this old man.
I have joined the Pickens Plan to help solve the energy and environmental crisis we are suffering. I would like to invite you all to join too. Here is the link to my page.
http://push.pickensplan.com/profile/WaltBarrett
Thanks,
Walt

Friday, August 22, 2008

Some Micro Home Wiring Photo Details by Walt Barrett

I have attached some photos of the wiring details. Progress is slow this week due to a heavy sales and shipping schedule. We have pre drilled every stud before assembly, all in the exact same spot 24 inches up from the bottom and on center. There is a photo of a corner detail with a snake wire in to to pull the heavier wire through easily. This method is the neatest and strongest way to go structurally. It does not weaken the corner. We have also shown the placement of the electrical boxes for the female 120 volt plugs. We hope to have more progress to show you soon.
We will soon have LED Light Bulbs that only draw 3 watts at 120 volts and they are supposed to be a very bright but warm white for reading etc. We'll see, because we will be testing them and publishing non flash photo of the actual results. We have found a very reasonable source. They are also available in 12 volts DC. We have elected to invert the 12 volts Solar DC to 120 AC in our unit but will offer both options.
Thanks,
Walt




























Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wiring the Micro home II by Walt Barrett

The electrical system for the Micro Home will consist of the following components.
1. Solar power modules and mounting racks.
2. A solar charging regulator.
3. A battery bank of solar type deep draw batteries in a sealed and vented to the exterior storage bin. Batteries perform better at normal room temperature.
4. A 12 volt DC to 120 volt A/C inverter.
5. A 120 volt circuit breaker panel.
6. Standard house wiring consisting of electrical boxes for plug sockets, light switches and light fixtures. Number 12 and 14 wire will be used as required.
If the batteries are to be stored inside the building then the sealing and exterior venting of the battery storage box is very important because the hydrogen and other gasses emitted from the batteries during the charging process can be toxic and explosive.
During the process of pre cutting all of the framing material we ran all of the studs through a drill press and pre drilled all of the 1/2" holes for the wiring. It's a lot easier than on site drilling. Each hole is exactly 24 inches off the floor and is on center exactly. This is particularly handy when you have to snake the wire around a corner inside the walls. I have personally seen electricians "butcher " the inside corner of a wall in order to get wire around the corner. They really weaken the structure for one thing and it is also just plain sloppy work in my opinion.
Another important point is that the electrical codes should be followed implicitly at all times. You have to figure the total load on each electrical circuit and size the wire and breakers accordingly. When designing a solar power system you need to start by figuring the wattage on every electrical appliance and light. You have to then choose the proper inverter, wire and electrical supply panel and circuit breakers. The total wattage consumption and solar insolation (Watts or BTU per sq ft per hour for your climate also determines the number of storage batteries and number of solar modules and the amperage rating off the solar charging regulator.
Obviously, if you tone down the number of appliances and use low wattage lighting you can have an almost bargain basement price on the solar electric system. We are investigating all of the low wattage refrigerators. These units will determine how low we can go on the cost of the system. We have found one 5.8 cu ft unit so far that runs on one 85 watt solar module and two deep draw batteries. They also offer the unit as a freezer.
I hope to post some photos of the wiring soon. We are experiencing heavy sales of tractors and generators right now, and it is really eating into our time schedule. That's what pays the bills and finances our micro home research project. Our goal is to develop the lowest priced and most efficient micro home design.
Any questions,
wbarrett1@aol.com
We welcome your suggestions and ideas.
Thanks,
Walt

Monday, August 18, 2008

Wiring the Micro Home by Walt Barrett

Yesterday we went to Lowe's because it was a no sales tax special weekend deal that the state Massachusetts sponsors one weekend a year to stimulate business. We live just over the boarder in Rhode Island so the RI businesses lost a ton of sales this past weekend. The state of RI never met a dollar, a tax, or a fee that they didn't fall in love with. Twenty percent of the population is on some kind of public assistance and, the illegals are literally killing us in more ways that one! We may be the first state in the union to go bankrupt. We are considering moving our company to another state, probably to a warmer climate too.
We bought everything we need to wire the Micro Home, plus the rest of the OSB for the roof, the roof shingles, drip edge, the underlayment, the nails, and more 2" x 4" lumber. Between the sales tax savings and some Lowe's coupons we saved fifty dollars. We will be posting photos of the wiring process and the roofing process very soon now. It looks like we are getting a break in the weather.
The electrical system will be totally solar. We will make DC and store it in batteries and then invert it to A/C as we need it. We also plan to charge spare batteries while driving our cars and pickup truck. We have a special wiring harness for that project. This plan will save a fortune is solar panels.
I have forty years experience in the solar business so the electric, the heat, and the hot water are a relatively simple task. When I say off the grid, I mean off the grid! We need more people to get with the program. You have to think about your future. The less energy you use, the more money you save. It's the same with your motor vehicles. Imagine how much money you would save if you figured out how to do without a car, and just rented one for vacations etc.,or when you really needed one? Of course, everyone can't do that, but suppose they could. You could easily save enough money to retire on. Owning a Micro Home is a similar proposition. You build it or buy it for a fraction of a huge typical American home and have either no mortgage , or a very small one. Now there's a deal! It's the same thing for a Micro Apartment. Just take a look at the Micro Apartments In Japan, and to add to that they ride bikes besides. No wonder they lead the world in savings accounts!
Well I have to go out and work on the project now. I'll post more photos soon.
Please tell your friends and stay tuned!
Thanks,
Walt

Sunday, August 17, 2008

LED Lighting For The Micro Home Project by Walt Barrett

Light emitting diode technology has come a very long way in recent years. These units give off incredible amounts of light using only milliwatts and up to 4 watts in the home lighting range. They barely trickle electricity from your battery storage bank. They come in 12 volt DC and 120 volt A/C configurations. You don't even need an inverter to run the 12 volt DC type. This makes them ideal for off the grid living.
We have finally found a source for these thrifty units that is reasonable and will be installing them in our Micro Home. We will use the 120 volt A/C units as we are also going to run a wireless computer and need to power a TV, and radio. We can also tap into our 12 volt battery bank separately to run our 12 volt well pump and any other 12 volt appliance etc. that we may choose.
It is also interesting to note that these bulbs can be installed in your current residence and save even more electricity than the popular energy saving fluorescent bulbs that we are already using in our own home. We will soon be switching to the New LED units though. Our electricity rate was just increased by 28% and I don't think that is the end of it yet! I can't believe the government even allowed a foreign company to buy our local electric company here in New England. I think it's a bunch of Bull#$%*, but that's another story!
Personally I would like to see as many people as possible get off the power grid and also find alternate ways to heat and cool their homes. I feel that retirees and singles or childless couples are ideal candidates for Micro Homes or Micro Apartments that are either partially or totally off the power grid. Micro Homes may be the only way for the working class to ever own a home the way we are all getting screwd over these days.
Also , we have so much water pollution here in our rivers, streams and the ocean (Narragansett Bay) That we need to develop new, and more convenient methods of using composting toilets. The water treatment plants are overwhelmed, and constantly overflowing raw sewerage into the rivers and the bay. Think about that every time you are tempted to eat raw seafood. We are building a composting toilet for our Micro Home. The compost will then go right into a bin and then when it is ready, a flower garden. We are going to do our part to save the rivers and our beautiful bay.
Well, I have a very busy day ahead of me and have to sign off now.
Please register for the site feed if you haven't already and make a comment now and then. We need your inputs!
Thanks,
Walt

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Visit Business Success Stories by Walt Barrett

I may not be the greatest writer in the world, but I have a lot of interesting stories to tell. Please visit one of my favorite blogs that I write, I have four.
We have an interesting recycling story on there today!
Thanks, and if you like what you read please tell your friends because if we don't get more readers and comments, then I'm just wasting my time!
Thanks,
Walt
http://businesssuccessstoriesbywaltbarrett.blogspot.com/

Totally Free by Walt Barrett

The rain has the micro home project at a standstill. We are currently researching small heaters that can run on used non toxic vegetable oil that we are getting free from a local restaurant. It looks very promising. Recent tests show that a quart of this free fuel will heat our current model for up to 24 hours. Heating and cooling cost savings are one of the main advantages of the tiny micro homes.
Another interesting item is that we have been contacted by off shore companies that are very interested in the micro home project. Some of them have offered us products. Some of them are interested in our low cost solar electric system. We will keep you posted on all of this interesting data.

Whether you have a product you wish to buy sell, or maybe you just want to join a ride share program in your area. Perhaps you have a used item that you would simply like to donate to a needy family. We have set up a web site http://classifieds.free2advertize.com/ and it has totally free classifieds for you to advertise on.
One word of caution though. As with any classified ad site be very wary of work at home schemes and anyone asking for personal information. It's always best to deal in your own area where it is easier to check these things out. Never pay money for a job, or job information. Employers pay the companies that are job agencies. Be very careful of Job offers, never pay them money.
The golden rule as always is "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
In spite of all that, Free ads are a great way to sell a product or get your name out there. We list on as many of them as possible every day. If used properly, they can be very helpful and profitable.
Thanks,
Walt http://classifieds.free2advertize.com/

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Micro Home Composting Toilets & Baths by Walt Barrett

Micro Homes have to take advantage of every square foot of floor space possible. There is no tolerance for wasted space. I have noticed for many years that movable or portable composting toilets are the answer to a lot of problems related to expensive septic systems and water pollution etc. I have found a web site that really explains the whole subject, and their product is very inexpensive to either buy, or build. With the addition of a vent to the design it is probably the answer to the human waste disposal problem. This site is a great place to start in solving the problem. http://www.jenkinspublishing.com/sawdustoilet.html It has great videos and info and a book is available to purchase. Please note that we do not know these nice people nor are connected to their company in any way shape or form. However, we intend to use one of their units in our micro home, but will add a solar powered venting system that we have designed to eliminate any unpleasant odors from the unit. There is no way I would ever pay over $1000.00 for a fancy commercial unit. This is the way to go.
When we get to finishing the interior of the Micro Home we will post photos of our version. We are trying to keep these units affordable.
We are currently exploring an inexpensive way to build a light weight soaking type tub that can be easily store under a counter etc. This would be especially good for our tiny 8' x 8' model with the sleeping loft. We can easily supply all the necessary hot water with our solar system design. The other option is a special shower design we are working on. Obviously, the trick is to fit as much as you can in a small space without getting ridiculous! A permanent shower takes up about 8 square feet of floor space. We have seen outdoor toilet and shower facilities in the warm climates. This is another way to skate by in an 8' x 8' micro home
Stay tuned,
Walt

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Micro Home Project Photo History by Walt Barrett

For your convenience we have posted a Picasa web album of the photo history of our micro home project. It will be added to as the project progresses. This is a 100% off the grid expandable home and it will serve as the test bed for our many energy saving projects. Here is the link.
http://picasaweb.google.com/chinadepot/TheNextBillionairesWillBeGreenByWaltBarrett
We are still suffering from too many rainy days, and are currently packing a huge generator order, but we will try to get the roof rafters installed today. John and I are building the entire project ourselves so we will be totally familiar with the product if we decide to go into mass production. The whole idea depends upon public acceptance-- of course.
Thanks for your interest and please comment, good or bad we need your viewpoint.
Walt Barrett President
John Barrett CEO
A to Z Global Marketing Inc.
http://www.chinadepot.com/

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Micro Home Roof Rafter Installation by Walt Barrett











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Well it was another terrible rainy day, but we managed to work between the down pours. We should have all the rafters screwed in place and aligned by the end of the day tomorrow. If they look a little funny in the photos it's because every thing is temporarily tacked down so we can make the final adjustments tomorrow. We are using metal hold down clips at both ends of each rafter. Nobody likes a roof shaped like an airplane propeller!


We are very pleased with the huge amount of space we gained by using the gambrel roof. It's a great place to sleep, and also has the height to hang clothes.


Stay tuned,

Walt

Micro Home Ridge Board And Rafters by Walt Barrett









Well it rained again for the best part of yesterday so I took a 2" x 6" board into the shop and made the ridge board for the gambrel roof. I like to think of the ridge board as kind of a spine that ties the roof rafters in a sturdy and solid fashion together at the peak of the roof.


The metal clips are on sixteen inch centers to match the spacing of the vertical studs below in the building walls. The rafters in the roof transfer the weight load directly down onto the double plate and studs, and from there to the foundation sill. There are also metal clips that tie the base of each stud to the building. I will post photos as soon as we install the roof rafters, which will be today if the rain ever stops!


We have put up a Micro Home/Micro Apartment page on our own server and will welcome and publish any material on the Micro Home subject including construction, alternate energy power and heating systems, solar hot water, and passive solar heating etc. Te site is http://www.micro-homes.com/ , and the material submission address is wbarrett1@aol.com. Photos are also welcome if pertinent to the micro home and alternate energy . We sincerely hope that many of you will be willing to share your ideas and photos with us.


One other thing before I sign off this morning. Yesterday I was browsing the Internet and found a company selling a sixty-four square foot micro home with a low profile roof which doesn't leave much room for a sleeping loft, if there is one. They didn't say. The price was in the $16,000.00 range. Personally, I think that kind of pricing is a total turn off to the general public. That is $250.00 a square foot! My calculations based upon the present construction of our test model is that a completed 64 sq ft model with the sleeping loft which effectively takes it to 128 square feet with a solar lighting system included should easily sell for about $10,000.00 If we mass produce it. That includes four high quality windows and a steel door with a sliding window and screen. at takes us to about $78.00 a square foot, which is our target price counting the loft. Our figures are based on the current costs of building materials. Oh well, we are going to know very shortly if the rain ever stops!
Stay tuned,
Walt

Monday, August 11, 2008

Micro Home Discussion Page for All by Walt Barrett

Please note that this is my third post this morning on this site. There is Micro Home news below this post.
I have decided to start a Micro Home Discussion Page. We have registered a new Domain www.micro-homes.com and it will be up this afternoon. I am preparing data for Dave, our in house web master now.
This will be a free discussion page where participants can post Articles, tips and comments to the moderator for posting to the site. Photos are allowed if pertinent to the Micro Home or Alternate Energy field. We are open to all kinds of suggestions. This site is sponsored by us to help you in a free exchange of ideas. We have to get a handle on the rising housing and energy costs, and I hope you will get excited about the idea.
I have discovered that there are many people hungry for this type of information, and I'm willing to pay the freight, as they say, for this project.
All submissions may be sent to wbarrett1@aol.com and just tell me if you do not want your address shown on the site.
Thanks for participating.
Walt Barrett President
A to Z global Marketing Inc
www.chinadepot.com

Free Battery Reconditioning Course by Walt Barrett

For the free Video and training manual files please write to: wbarrett1@aol.com .
Why is it free you ask. Because we make our money selling our proven secret formula chemicals that I developed 23 years ago -- they work! Our products are available on eBay at the china-depot-100 store front.
Don't spend thousands of dollars! We even give you free samples, just pay the postage.
Walt
This is a reprint because we are getting tons of mail for free videos and manuals. If you didn't receive yours, please ask me again at:wbarrett1@aol.com
The Free Battery Reconditioning Training Program by Walt Barrett
For those of you that are interested in our free battery reconditioning program, this is the link to the free video.http://youtube.com/watch?v=XuZhf2J-NIg It is the full explanation and runs close to ten minutes.If you would like to receive the full training manual in a printable word file via email then click here and request it.wbarrett1@aol.com .This program is sponsored in full by our parent company A to Z Global Marketing Inc.
A to Z Global Marketing Inc is the owner of the web site www.chinadepot.com .This training program is 100% free with no obligations. Our soul purpose is to familiarize the public with our reconditioning product. You may obtain a free sample by simply paying the shipping costs. Ordering may be accomplished at our EBay store, just Google "china-depot-100" . We accept Pay Pal and there is a shipping calculator on the store site.Remember, there is no need to spend thousands of dollars to get started in the battery reconditioning business. We'll show you how to get the necessary battery charger and testers for under $500.00, and you don't have to buy them from us. We just want to sell you our additive that has been proven successful for over 25 years..
Let us put you in business!
Thanks,
Walt

Building Micro Home roof rafters by Walt Barrett

It's raining again today here in Rhode Island. This is the wettest summer I have seen in many a year! Well anyway, I'm going to set up the ridge board inside the workshop and nail all the rafter clips to it. At least that will speed up the process of getting the roof on when the rain stops. Let me repeat, this is the last home we will ever build out doors, or stick by stick.
I will post photos of all the rafters installed ASAP.
I am currently planning the solar electric system. It has to be sized correctly. There will be enough power for the lighting, a radio, a TV, and a computer. We are not planning on any other electrical appliances. Each home will come with a solar clothes dryer. That's NASA talk for a free clothes line. You cannot be off the grid economically if you are planning on a bunch of energy sucking appliances.
The Micro life style is great way to save a ton of money!
Thanks,
Walt

Friday, August 08, 2008

Micro Home Rafters by Walt Barrett











We built several of the gambrel style roof rafters today. These are the design that I had previously laid out on the shop floor. Note that we used gussets on the joints and screwed and glued them down. I learned the technique by building wooden aircraft wings when I was a youngster in the USAF about a lifetime ago. We will be using metal hangers to fasten them to the ridge board. You can see the3 simple alignment fixture I built in the photo.We will post photos when we do that.

Walt

Micro Home comments from Bryan Ebbenga

The comments and suggestions below are from Bryan Ebbenga, and I will be answering each suggestion individually on another blog. These are all excellent suggestions. I will make two responses now though.
1. We are converting solar 12 volts to 120 volt 60 Hz House current as part of our being totally off the grid with these homes.
2. We already have the Tyvek vapor barrier and we will be fully insulated.
We welcome all comments and criticism's
Bryan's comments below
Thanks Bryan!
Walt,
for long term energy saving and comfort.
consider insulating the ceiling and have a trap door that closes to keep the heat down in main living area in winter, and open in summer for cooling,
We always got a nice air flow in our farm house, 1st floor windows open, stairwell door open, and air flowing up through attic trapdoor through attic and out the roof vents, cools the house down overnight through convection.
Can post this to blog if you wish as a comment. Bryan Ebbenga

Wow! Nice job on the windows and doors! Vinyl will last forever, no painting and will never rot. Question- will you be using a plastic vapor barrier on the inside? Will the roof have venting from soffit to ridge or will it be through small windows in the end walls? When you wire the house, will you put in 120 volt and 12 volt lines? Phone and cable? Cable for sat dish? Provide for some watertight entries into the roof end walls for future roof installs for solar electric, sat dish, TV antenna, etc?
As simple a a piece of 1 inch PVC through the wall, tilted to the outside for drainage, caulk around it and put a cap on the inside.
I am waiting to see what products from China Depot you will be using for heat and light and water system.
Go Green!
Bryan
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