Monday, June 10, 2013

Episode 125, Update on Liberty Ridge

Liberty Ridge is my personal "shrugging out" location and strategy. We're about a month away from moving there, lock, stock and barrel.

In this show I talk about what we're doing, why we're doing it, and how we're going to do it.

What do you need to do to establish a new homestead? What assets do you bring to the table in terms of your knowledge and skills? What shortcomings will you have to overcome? What tools will you need? What should you focus on doing first, and what can wait until later?

My choices and the reasoning behind them in this show. Could help you make your own decisions. Time is growing short. Keep prepping.

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  1. A great insight into your plans for Liberty Ridge. Best wishes and good luck for your impending move.

  2. Long time listener here, and I wanted to share some information.

    1) electric chainsaws are junk. A quality saw like a Stihl 290Farm Boss will last nearly forever if well maintained. All electric chainsaws are for the suburbanite homeowner who only trims a tree every couple years - they are mostly plastic. And you still need oil for them. Get a real saw, and use handsaws and a battery-powered reciprocating saw with an aggressive blade for most of your wood-gathering.

    2) You're dead wrong on the state of battery operated tools these days, with the exception of circular saws. I build a lot of stuff, and my drills last days at a time. I have a full set of dewalt, but lately I've been buying the ryobi one+ system. Mainly because you can get a drill and impact driver, with 2 batteries and a charger for $100. The batteries are universal in that system, and they have super-long lasting ones with 2x the capacity available. I feel they are 90% of the tool I have from Dewalt, at 1/2 the price.

    3) Sounds like there may be a structural flaw in your shelf design, but not too sure since I have not seen a plan.... 2x6's are overkill for legs, you can save $ with 2x4's. along the grain (i.e. the end of a 2x4) wood has tremendous strength. it's perpendicular to the grain they are weak. so 2x6 crossbraces are a good idea. Also, you will have to have 2x6 going across to support the shelf. This will require cuts, but for a few $ the guys at HD or lowes can cut them for you.

    And before I forget... all 2x4's and 2x6's might not be exactly the same length. You might have to cut them anyways. Love the show, super jealous your shrugging out and I'm still stuck. Keep up the great shows!

  3. Hey Ano, many thanks for listening and for your comments.

    On the chainsaw, I think I said I was going gasoline, and I have had my eye on the Stihl Farm Boss 290 for a while. I may try to find a used one but haven't started looking. I am looking at an electric log splitter, and if you have experience there would like to know your thoughts.

    I'll reconsider my bias towards plug-in drills & similar tools given your strong endorsement of battery power. I assume one would standardize on a single brand and power-pack voltage for compatibility/redundancy.

    If my shelf design has a structural flaw I should find out shortly! I do have the ability to cross-cut the legs and cross braces, so if I need to trim them off I can. On another project the boards I bought were accurately cut to 8' but that was then, this is now. I probably could go with 2x4 legs though I am bolting the cross-braces for adjacent shelves to a shared leg, and the extra width of the 2x6 will provide more strength, though it could still be overkill. If I do a show on this I'll include a diagram and some pics to help illustrate.

    Again, many thanks for listening and your comments, and I hope you can get unstuck and shrug out yourself!