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Month: November 2016 (page 2 of 2)

Tiny House Off Grid Electrical Part 2, and more!

In many ways our electrical system is more complicated then that of a regular house because of both the AC and DC circuits. At this point we were probably about half way through the electric system install.


Even though we are running DC lighting throughout the entire house we still used standard electrical boxes and switches.



These 8 gauge wires are for a DC plug that will be used to run the office when we don’t want to have the large inverter on. The longer the distance and the more amps that will be run through a DC circuit the bigger the wires need to be to reduce power losses to resistance.



Before the electrical system was powered up we brought power in through the window using an extension cord.

I had quite the cough the day I filmed this video. Bare with me, there is some coughing , shaky video and wind noise. It was better to make the video when I did then wait till I was further along in the build. At this point we had a lot going on at once.

The DC current wire gauge calculator I said I would post.

Buying Homestead Land: Assessment Part 3

I discuss the potential of a boggy area at the back of the property, how I might improve the water quality in the stream and where some good locations to add ponds might be. I also touch on the importance of meeting the neighbors and getting a feeling for what nearby towns are like.

For those of you wondering about the peat moss mentioned in the video.  I walked through the property again after making this video and I came across what I thought was peat moss.


Looks like peat moss….

A few days later I was looking at some online maps and discovered large areas of land near this property that appeared to be stripped bare. As it turns out there is a company that harvests and sells peat nearby so this area has large peat deposits. The peat turned out to be a little side bonus as the soil on this property is a heavy clay soil, especially in the areas that have been heavily cultivated. Having this peat moss could come in handy for when we are able to set up garden beds and need to amend the soil.

More in this Series:

Off Grid Electrical, Plus We Moved Our Tiny House!


Hooking the Tiny House up to my old Dodge. It was just a little heavy for the old beast but ended up towing well.

Between the last post I made on the tiny house and this one we moved it to a new location! We originally started working on the trailer at my parents acreage. My dad had a welder and other tools I needed for the trailer conversion. Once the conversion was complete we moved the trailer to the acreage we were renting up until we had the exterior done. Having the house outside our front door made the building process easier since we could eliminate travel time. We decided to move back in with my parents while we finished the build, mainly to free up funds to dedicate to the tiny house.


We left early Saturday morning so there wouldn’t be much traffic.

Once moved it was back to work. One of my best friends is an electrician and he helped us a lot on the wiring install. Having handy friends sure does help. Community is one of the biggest assets you can utilize when building a tiny house.


The first step was to do some figuring. You can see the breaker and junction box is already installed but no wires yet.



A closer look at the breaker and junction boxes. We originally were going to use the junction box (bottom) for re-routing certain wires from AC-DC power. We decided against this idea partially for safety reasons and partially because we realized running all of our lighting on DC would be best anyway.



Most of the wires running to the junction and breaker boxes. All of the wires were labeled on both ends to prevent confusion. I ended up double checking the wires later on in the electrical installation process just to be sure.



The wiring for the overhead lights. You can also see some creative temporary lighting including a set of Christmas lights, a garden light and a lamp!

This video was made part way through the electrical installation. I discuss my thought process on why I chose to to have both an AC and DC system and the advantages of having an off grid capable tiny home. I also mention increasing the gauge of wiring for some of the DC circuits. The reason why I did this was to reduce the power loss of running DC power over longer distances. The reason why the electrical grid is set up to use AC is because it has the ability to transmit over great distances without as much power loss as DC.

The tool I used for figuring the optimal wire gauge for my needs is found here.


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