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by J_
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Rube's journal
Replies: 287
Views: 69622

Re: Rube's journal

Mmmm, so much savings, so much income and still a little bit unsecure. Your last home move gave you (apparantly) liquidity and therefore freedom in future to invest, and as you mention, a lot of work on your new home. You seem to forget that you are switching, has switched, from a salaryman to a ful...
by J_
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Reep's Tiny House Dilemma
Replies: 48
Views: 2734

Re: Reep's Tiny House Dilemma

Yes, I fit the panel against the window in the frame, so in spring when temperature rises, I put the window in again until next winter.
by J_
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Reep's Tiny House Dilemma
Replies: 48
Views: 2734

Re: Reep's Tiny House Dilemma

@riggerjack and I advised @reepicheep how to make a condensor to avoid moisture in house. I had a same issue in the stairs to the attic. I used these end of year days to build a simple condenser. I removed a little window and replaced it with an insulated panel and a 2 yards long metal pipe of one ...
by J_
Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Accelerating Change & Increasing Complexity
Replies: 35
Views: 1774

Re: Accelerating Change & Increasing Complexity

Or....let the changes be...
And do live simple, be content, be active, give love..
by J_
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: DIY condenser
Replies: 0
Views: 129

DIY condenser

@riggerjack and I advised @reepicheep how to make a condensor to avoid moisture in house. I had a same issue in the stairs to the attic. I used these end of year days to build a simple condenser. I removed a little window and replaced it with an insulated panel and a 2 yards long metal pipe of one i...
by J_
Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: How many of you have solar panels?
Replies: 15
Views: 1846

Re: How many of you have solar panels?

I have 2 panels for 6 years now. Next year I will add one more to reach about 750/800 W solar capacity in total. It will be enough for about 3/5 ofour household yearly electricity consumption then. For the missing 2/5 rest I look out for further reducement of our e. consumption.
by J_
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 776
Views: 143390

Re: ffj's early retirement

@ffj For my bicycle generator on the attic I use this scooter motor with permanent magnets. https://i.ibb.co/rc47Rz1/IMG-20190403-175535.jpg https://i.ibb.co/z8qwbp2/IMG-20190403-175626.jpg Jacob is right, alternators are not suited because of the very high rpms required. This one generates 25 V DC,...
by J_
Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc. for home use
Replies: 21
Views: 922

Re: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc. for home use

@OP: I started last year with "electronics for dummies" and made my own electric generator from a by my modfied old bicycle. For me it is not to invent new gadgets or smart electronic household management. It is much more basic. First thing I made my own is a little torch with one white LED and a re...
by J_
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: How to save your muscles and joints when exercising
Replies: 19
Views: 930

Re: How to save your muscles and joints when exercising

I have the same weight and length as you have. Like you I am fit and have not a single phisical problem. I do moderate kettle bell and pilatus on a mat, walking and cycling. Rowing out 3/4 of the year and cross country skiing all winter. The only? difference is that I am in my seventies. Muscles and...
by J_
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Reep's Tiny House Dilemma
Replies: 48
Views: 2734

Re: Reep's Tiny House Dilemma

Hi Reep, we met in Holland. Condensation in your home (RV) is irritating. So you want a dry one. Think harder what you want or you will continu change, your next home will have other manco's Skills costs years but gives life long pleasure. The first skill you seem to need is how to get dryness in yo...
by J_
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Moving overseas
Replies: 34
Views: 1922

Re: Moving overseas

As I read your reasoning, I would say: be much more creative in finding a much cheaper place to live in NZ itself.You know the stories of Jacob's RV and Ego's way to find a good place to live for (almost) nothing. And there are many ways more: living on a boat, living as home-sitter etc. As soon you...
by J_
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Five Years, Lord Willing
Replies: 544
Views: 82945

Re: Five Years, Lord Willing

You are doing well Jason! And you are a boon to the forum with your language virtuosity. Although... never mind.
by J_
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Guest post on GRS: A ten year update
Replies: 42
Views: 5165

Re: Guest post on GRS: A ten year update

A very interesting update: thanks Jacob. I think it is very good that your DW is complementing your skills. I have the same luck with my DW, it makes the duo very strong. Another point you mention: having/making "connections" is very important to ere-living. We on the forum have almost daily the ple...
by J_
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Vast Swaths of the Arctic On Fire
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Re: Vast Swaths of the Arctic On Fire

@ theanimal: thanks for your quick response. You made some photos of Valdez and Prince William Sound in your journal. I look forward to see it in reality.
by J_
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Vast Swaths of the Arctic On Fire
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Re: Vast Swaths of the Arctic On Fire

@ theanimal. Ahh, this week I fly to Alaska, Anchorage and from August 1st I start from Seward sailing along the Alaska and Canadian coast south with a friend. Do the fire has an impact there?
by J_
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What's your top 3 budget expenses?
Replies: 27
Views: 3650

Re: What's your top 3 budget expenses?

@anesde The Netherlands has this taxation. And I think DW and me have saved enough to grow old. Food expenses are not super frugal, I think normal, focused on healthy eating, prepared from scratch. My housing- (cash bought) costs (in two countries) are inclusive of re-taxes, maintenance(most DIY), i...
by J_
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What's your top 3 budget expenses?
Replies: 27
Views: 3650

Re: What's your top 3 budget expenses?

Top three expenses are:

Taxes (on capital) 52 %
Food 18 %
Housing 17 %

I live in a country which has a taxation on your savings-amount.
It is what it is, I do not complain.
by J_
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: How to build a community in an apartment complex?
Replies: 10
Views: 1328

Re: How to build a community in an apartment complex?

@Ego: that surely works @ OP: I live (and own one apartment) now for 11 years in a 40 units, two wings building for about 4 months each year. It helps to visit the yearly owners meeting and join it in a constructive way. It helps also to know the manager/janitor and speak so now and then with him/he...
by J_
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What would you do with your life if you were FI and had no ties with anybody?
Replies: 55
Views: 7794

Re: What would you do with your life if you were FI and had no ties with anybody?

Hi Bigato. Do you want some inspiration? Become a member of a rowing club and start rowing. And join the maintenance group of the club as volunteer to maintain the boats and to repair the damaged ones. Join a local (small) sailing club, use the boats of the association. After that use your knowledge...
by J_
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Starting a Learning Tribe
Replies: 58
Views: 15478

Re: Starting a Learning Tribe

Report of a Dutch ere-meeting about Starting a Learning Tribe Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 10.15 am. It is still raining as we met on a little motorboat in a town in Noord Holland. So we sit inside for coffee and a delicious chocolate cake made by one of the 4 ere-forum-participants. One woman, three...