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Posted: February 6, 2017 in GREEN, Secrets, Table Of Contents

BUILDING & REMODELING  101

by Tim Frentz

Stirling Solar System

I specialize in sustainable tiny home design and enjoy consulting projects of all sizes. This is a helpful guide for home building or remodeling of any size project. It will give you the pros and cons of the choices you have to make along the way so you can make the most informed decision possible.

If you have received a free copy of this guide, please consider making a small donation to our non-profit Helping Hands Network by emailing tfrentz@hotmail.com for payment options.

This guide is also very helpful for those that are relying on a general contractor to treat them fairly and make the best quality decisions possible on their behalf within the agreed contract pricing. I recommend you retain your general contracting rights and contract each stage of the project on your own. It is a difference in paying approximately a 33% mark up on every single process. In the end, it is the difference between paying closer to $66,000 instead of $100,000.

Most of the time, these decisions are made because of increased pressure on the home owners by the lender. In most cases, lenders will have some qualifications that need to be met before approving the loan. This just means that you need to find a construction friend that can sign-off as a general contractor on your behalf. The main qualification hurdle on a whole home build loan is that you contract a professional framer. Beyond that, most of the other processes are more lightly regulated by the lender.

I strongly urge you to save up your cash and only build a little at a time as you have enough funds without financing from a high interest rate lender. By doing this you limit the chains that prevent you from living freely out of debt.

This guide is written in the order of a new construction process from the planning to finishing stages.

Prices change often and vary by region so I do not list them in this guide. You will need to look up current pricing for your area as needed.

 

RESOURCE PLANNING

The more cash and credit you have available, the easier it will be to achieve your goals. However, do not feel that a project is beyond reach due to a lack of available finances. I have completed some amazing projects with resources acquired through barter, thrift, salvage, auction and even scrap yard hunting.

Once you have completed your first wave of resource planning through all discounted methods, it is time to begin looking for the products and services that you will need to pay more for. Keep watching for deals from the first phase of resources but get your plan B in order.

I will give examples as this guide goes over each section of the process. Price estimates are based on a 2000 sq. ft.; 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home.

 

 

DESIGN DRAFTS

After you have a resource list organized, you are ready to place them in a blueprint of your project. After you have a blueprint, you will know how many items or how much material you need. If this is a complete structure build or remodel, you will need to obtain the property or a trailer to put it on.

 

INSPECT & OBTAIN PROPERTY

You can now pick a location that may have some of the natural resources you need in your design plans. It is best to obtain free property from family or homestead an unclaimed territory for new building but if you must resort to buying, try to avoid a realtor at all costs and contact private sellers. If you have trade skills, you can use them to build a friendship with the owner of a property you have your eye on. Do enough projects with them and you will likely get a nice discount.

While reviewing land, look closely. Are there any trees in the way of building equipment? Are the trees in the right location for shade? Are there any food baring plants and trees? Are there enough lumber trees to burn for heat on cool nights?

If there is a natural spring or running stream you can have drinking water and the ability to connect a hydro turbine for electricity. If there is a hill, you will be able to form a swell wall to catch rain in a pond and gravity drop your plumbing to avoid city or county utilities. Do you know what the outdoor burning rules are so you can minimize your non recyclable waste?

What is the ground content? Take a shovel and dig 2 feet down if you can because the content of the ground determines your options and how expensive the foundation and power will be.

 

GROUND BREAKING & FOUNDATION  

*Assuming this is not a mobile or trailer project

A solid foundation pad is a must. If you cut corners on setting your foundation, the rest of the house will fail long before you are gone. If you build on top of soft dirt or sand your house will settle and potentially brake windows, doors, walls, tile and much more and you will end up removing and replacing everything you planned so hard to save money on.

Hopefully the property has some form of long lasting material to base the foundation. Ideally you want a hard wood forest on site so you can hue the logs, tar them and build on top of those that have a long shelf life. This land will most likely have enough soft spots that geothermal tubes can be placed 30 feet into the ground to provide heat and cooling.

If the ground is hard, you will only need to pay for a leveling service. Make sure they clear a path or driveway also while doing the pad. Chances are that a soft area for geothermal will not be available and drilling would be too expensive so other renewable energy solutions will need to be considered.

 

Building into the side of a hill and doing an earth roof will increase your homes climate comfort while minimizing the need for heating and cooling so hopefully your land has plenty of free “earth” to use. Building into a slope on one side of your home will also protect your family from tornado type storms.

 

Basements are an added expense but if you are in a strong storm area, you will want to consider a small shelter room that can double up as a panic room and valuables safe. But for most purposes, building into the side of a hill will provide safety rooms along that one side.

A standard leveling charge for a service where the removed layer remains on the property is around $2000. Hard rock/ore delivery plus compacting services will cost around $8000. A medium sized poured basement is around $12,000. There is no reason to pay to have your earth hauled off. There will be plenty of landscape uses for it.

*My next home will have an earth wall and roof.  J

 

FRAMING  

I strongly encourage you to consider building naturally. Commercial lumber, drywall and paint is all processed with chemicals that your body absorbs over time. Adobe, straw bale and natural wood along with other repurposed materials should be researched before using any commercial products.

 

If you must use commercial products, standard pine lumber does fine and unless you are doing mostly glass walls, you do not need any metal framing. On a earth wall, treated lumber with waterproof wrapping and prepped gravel and draining measures will be needed. The most important parts of commercial framing include having treated 2×6 base plates on a solid foundation with proper drainage, 2×8 floor laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beams, high weight baring ceiling trusses and properly supported weight baring walls.

Any external wood wall structure needs to be wrapped in waterproof sheeting. This also improves insulation values. The typical 2000 sq. ft. home will cost about $14,000 to frame with commercial products. Using natural products will reduce this cost tremendously.

Porch easements are included in framing but not deck and sun room additions. See “SURROUNDING” comments for details.

 

ROOF

There are many options for roofing and it is easy to over think and get overwhelmed in the decision.

An earth covered roof is the longest lasting with proper installation and maintenance. Treated plywood with a layer of ice and water shield covered by rubber rolled roofing is the best way to waterproof the roof.  Put a shovel scoop of gravel down before each section of the sod to keep roots from growing into the rubber and to keep the sod from eroding away in high winds. Framing needs to be done with 2×6 walls to support the extra weight but the benefits are well worth the minor increased lumber cost. The earth roof will filter out dangerous radio waves and radiation but yet allow a decent phone signal through.
Metal roofs require special tools and a lot of expensive screws, custom edge pieces, and ridge and end caps. If the pitch is not steep enough, rain will make a very annoying loud pounding noise. Extra insulation is needed to keep the noise muffled. Metal will disrupt radio waves so if you rely on cell phones you will want to consider a copula bell tower with windows to hold a range extender to improve your reception and data flow.

Asphalt shingles are inexpensive and easy to repair and maintain and do not filter radio waves as much as metal.

Wood shakes and clay tiles are expensive and pricey to maintain and repair.

Tesla has a Solar Shingle

SunFlare has a solar film wrap.

 

HEATING / COOLING

The most efficient heating/cooling system to install will cost about the same as a traditional system. The only headache is that the Sterling Engine will take some self training to repair if it ever acts up. A sterling engine uses far less energy than a natural gas furnace and electric air cooling condenser.

Here is an example of a Sterling engine on a geothermal system by Cool Energy of Boulder CO. The only change I recommend is switching to an inline on demand water heater instead of the water tank. Tanks cost the same price and have more maintenance issues and take up too much space.

Stirling Solar System

 

A Sterling engine works by using the pressure created by temperature change to move the engine pistons as needed. This means that in a geothermal system, there is no need for gas or electric power input to drive the system. It is completely powered by the change of the temperature alone. The higher the range of temperature in your area, the more energy it creates.  The city of Boulder, CO is a leader in renewable energy implementation and design and they use several SolarFlow Systems.

To read more about this technology visit…

NewEnergyDirection.com/blog/2009/06/stirling-engine-generator/ (read the comments)

CoolEnergyInc.com/video-solarflow-system/

I recommend having the HVAC unit wired to the grid as well as to the Sterling (SolarHeart) engine just in case one or the other has problems.

 

 

 

PLUMBING

There is not much to plumbing. You need a constant reliable source of fresh water like a well, stream, lake or pond; a digester for waste; and a heating source. A raised water tank or up-hill source provides the needed water pressure for showers while an in-line water heater powered by a single solar panel system with battery backup will provide all the warm water you need.

If the main water source is a pond or river, you will need a pump powered by a water wheel turbine or solar system to move the water uphill to your house unless it is channeled from a higher elevation. If that is the case, your land is in a high danger of being flooded often.

Make sure your water lines are pex tubing and that they are not installed on any external walls if you are in a region that gets below freezing.

You will want to find a good deal on a UV filtering system also. You have no idea what is in bottled or public water sources. Rain water will have the least amount of harmful chemicals but near large industrial plants even the rain water is likely to be contaminated. A UV filter system is the best way to be certain you have minimized the risk of your drinking water.

 

ELECTRICAL

With the framing, roof and main plumbing lines done, electrical wiring can be setup. There is not much to be decided. The main choices you have to make are where you want outlets, switches, speakers, fans and such located. You will want to obtain a code book from the local utility office to help you. Make sure your fuse breaker box is not outside. It is no fun to go out in the weather to reset a breaker. Anything outdoors is also a target for vandals.

You can buy the wire at a contractor supply wholesaler or through an electrician friend and do some quick research on the codes in your area. When running wire, drill holes in the middle of the wood and tack metal plates over the holes on the interior wall side of the holes to prevent wall nails from penetrating the wiring which could result in shorts and possible fire. You need to use wire staples to hold the wire to the studs at least every 12 inches to prevent it from being punctured by wall nails.

Make sure you use the proper gauge of wire for the items being used on the circuit. You will want to review your wiring diagrams with an expert to make sure you are running them properly and then you just need to pay a licensed electrician to connect everything for the inspection.

You will want to have as many windows as possible to limit the need for electrical light but when you do need them, pick Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights to minimize the energy dependence.

Make sure you wire for renewable energy sources like solar panels, a backup battery bank and a grid tie inverter.

Run as much of the wire as possible underground to limit electric pulses surrounding you and minimize interference. This usually is limited to the main line running from a utility pole to the fuse box. Make sure your fuse box and the connection point of the main utility line is properly placed for the line coming in from the utility pole. It is a common mistake to place a fuse box and hook up in a location not serviceable. This means that thousands of dollars in running wire could be wasted if it has to be pulled and relocated. The expense can grow very large if other finish work like drywall and such would need to be torn out for a rewire.

 

IF you connect to an Electric Utility grid, make sure you demand a mechanical meter. DO NOT accept a digital SMART METER. These smart meters amplify electric pulses and radiation surrounding you in order to emit strong waves of data 100’s of feet away to allow utility vehicles to drive around and monitor energy use. They also serve as a computer hackers back door into your privacy. The signal can be hacked and skilled thieves can see the energy spikes. This information tells a thief if anyone is home and allows them to case a target easier. (See StopSmartMeters.org)

Here are some links for materials to build a Tesla Battery Bank to hold extra power from your solar generation.
Laptop Batteries http://j35.us/Ebay-Laptop-Battery-Lot
$6 per 15 – 18650 Holders http://j35.us/18650-spacer-clips
? Copper buss bars http://j35.us/1NGpBo4
$12 per 5 Brass strips http://j35.us/Small-Brass-Strips
? Cell Fuse wire http://j35.us/1k-Ohm-resistor
$195 PowerLab 6 – http://j35.us/FMA-PowerLab-6
$20 Cell Log 8 – http://j35.us/Cell-Log8

 

DOORS AND WINDOWS

As valuable products begin moving into the home, the doors and windows need to be installed. These are very simple and you don’t need to pay a builder to do a task that a couple of friends or family can help you do. Unfortunately it is hard to find a builder who is willing to allow home owners to get in the middle of some projects like doors and windows. Most of the time owners just give in and overpay to have the ease of mind and smooth progress. Two key things to remember include, insulating the gaps and taping over the outside edges to water proof them before stone work, siding, flashing and trim begins.

 

EXTERNAL FEATURES

After plumbing and electrical holes are all in place through external walls, you can start installing accent features like stone or brick. I recommend at least one third of the outside be done in a durable long lasting resource.

Siding

There are so many external product options that a person can go insane trying to design and decide their ideal finish. The longest lasting, easiest to maintain and most affordable options to compliment the stone includes barn wood, hardwood logs, and steel panels. These do not need paint maintenance.

Hard wood logs need to be from a species that no pests are attracted to in your area. Do your research. Poplar is one I prefer. Cedar is the leading choice for fascia and trim because it is rot resistant.

Vinyl and standard wood siding require a lot of maintenance costs. Vinyl fades and cracks easily. Base wood siding products need excessive nailing, paint and caulk which doubles the cost. The ridge on most horizontal wood siding attracts dirt, mildew and webs.

Concrete (Hardy) board siding is durable and allows custom color finishes but has far too many disadvantages. It chips under pressure and is hard to repair. Labor costs are 3x the cost of other options because it is messy and requires special tools. It also needs trim nailed on seams and needs caulked and painted. It does not miter well for trim. It also makes a dangerous dust that gets in your eyes and lungs when being cut.

 

Soffit

For soffit, I prefer wide 1/2 inch thick wainscot planks with tongue and groove laps treated in polyurethane. Vents just attract dirt and insects so I just drill small holes for ventilation. My second choice is a vinyl paneling. Do not go with aluminum because the paint fails and the slightest of dings are permanent. Some minor dings can be reversed by placing a heat gun over the dent but it is not guaranteed. Aluminum soffit is also hard to replace.

Wood rots and cement hardy board chips so I do not recommend using them. Dirt and webs also stick to them and are much harder to power wash off.

Fascia

The wood should be treated or rot resistant and it should be covered in aluminum. An 80 ft. by 3ft role of coil costs about $100 and a bending machine can be rented for about $50/day. There is nothing complicated about doing this. After installing the metal, make sure to seal the edges with caulk and your fascia will look like new for a long time with just occasional washing. This will also keep pests out.

Window & Door External Trim

Make sure all the edges are sealed with water proof tape and have metal rain flashing installed. Now, add any wood frames you want and then use the same materials as the fascia over the frames unless you are adding some nice stone or brick highlights. This needs to be done before the stone or siding goes on.

Gutter

Controlling the flow of water near your foundation is critical. Installing gutter at the right angle will take two people but it is a simple “DIY” project. Long seamless runs of gutter are nice but they are not worth the cost of custom ordering and the hassle of installing.

Rain Catchment

Install the down spouts of the gutters to barrels so you can channel the excess water into your gardens and home plumbing system.

 


INTERIOR

Insulation

The standard r30 rated rolled insulation is great for walls but if you have a metal roof you are going to want to add some blow in insulation on top of it to drown out rain. That also means you can’t have vaulted ceilings. Insulation requires no special skills to install so save some money and get your friends to help with this too.

Walls

Drywall is heavy but with strong help it is not complicated to install. You will want to install it and then pay an expert to come in and sand the joints. You then want to make sure you paint a sealer/primer over the drywall to protects it before being painted. Again, I encourage natural products like wood or adobe instead of chemically polluted drywall.

Tile is best for bathrooms and kitchens.

Ceiling

Drywall, labor, plaster texture and paint is just as expensive as doing ceilings in a nice wood so consider it heavily.

Flooring

Remember to watch for deals. You can get great wood flooring at auctions or clearance areas of hardware stores and flooring liquidator warehouses. Installation is easy but requires a special nail gun that can be rented for about $40 a day.

Carpet does not last and it requires vacuum maintenance and stores bacteria germs and pet hair.

Tile is great but requires a special cutting saw and the grout in the joints requires a lot of time to keep clean on floors.

 

 

Trim

Borders, frames, base board, wall accents and ceiling crown molding is an art form. It is a bit challenging to get joints mitered just right and caulked for paint but you should at least try it before giving in to pay an expert.

Stone Fire Guard

A wood burning stove doubles as a room warmer in the cold months. It is one of the most used items in my home. A stone mantle or raised floor fire guard is nice accent piece to any home.

Counters

Again, I’m a strong supporter of natural wood. Marble and granite are nice but expensive and when they get damaged you have to live with it because it is too expensive to replace. I will take a nice hard wood with thick layers of durable clear coat any time.

Cabinets

There are a lot of DIY kits available. Go check some out at IKEA or a similar store where they let you use computer diagrams to layout and print blueprints. I recommend you consider auctions and area salvage stores for discounted handles and hardware before over paying at stores. Antique hardware is better crafted and cleans up nicely.

Closets

There are a lot of easy DIY kits available so don’t pay someone to put them together.

Appliances

Dish washers are a waste of space and water. The average person, washes their dishes and then still puts them in a dishwasher thinking the high heat treatment is needed to eliminate any remaining bacteria. The extra use of energy and water is just silly.

Do you really need a dryer? You can hang your clothes up to dry and save a lot of money on energy bills. It may not be as big of a deal if you are generating an abundance with your solar and wind systems but a dryer is the biggest consumer of energy in a home along with a furnace. The luxury of being able to de-wrinkle or improve odors quickly is a hard habit to break but with proper preparation, you can do this just as well without a dryer.

Make sure you check all the hardware store clearance isles and classified listings in the area before paying retail for an appliance.

 

 

Paint

Don’t skimp on paint. Get a top quality latex paint for high traffic areas. This will minimize damages and allow for stains to be cleaned easily without the need to do much touch up painting. In low traffic or raised areas, you can use a lower quality paint with a satin or flat finish to save money.

Window Treatments & Shelving

This area is unlimited with great choices. There are so many great designs that there really is no way to recommend any particulars. I do suggest that you visit tradeshows or seek out local wood workers to get ideas for custom shelves and unique wood furniture needs.

 

SURROUNDING

Decks are a great addition. Half of our time at home should be spent outside and a relaxation center like a deck or patio encourages us to get off the couch and be active. I spend most my time in tiny home living quarters of less than 800 sq. ft. One of the first things I do when I relocate is build a deck or patio to create the extra space I need for activities. My homes usually have a small sleeping area, a cooking area and an eating area that doubles as an office and entertainment room. My workout room, greenhouse, art studio, music room and any other needed space is blended into an outdoor deck or sunroom.

Decks need to have a solid foundation. If it is just a walk through area, it can be supported with basic 16×16 foundation pads on top soil but if it is an area with a framed structure and a large gathering space, it will need concrete pillars 2 feet deep.

The frame needs to be treated and/or rot resistant wood. There are a lot of options for decking. I suggest colored concrete for patio like areas and regular pine lumber elsewhere with a combination of tile or stone accents. The lumber needs water treated and stained every two years but the added cost of composite or using treated wood for the entire deck is not worth $100 of stain and 2 days of your time every two years. The lumber should be held together with weather proof screws with high torque heads. (NOT your normal Phillips bit head.) In most applications a hidden spacer bracket (Deck Lock) can be used to minimize visible screw heads.

Composite warps and fades under the elements just as fast as standard pine wood so it is not worth the extra cost.

Patios are one of my most enjoyable projects to design and implement. They set the tone for the surrounding landscape plan. A combination of rock, stone and colored/stamped concrete is amazing. Brick and block pads will eventually frustrate you as they catch dirt allowing weeds to seed and grow.

You will want any gaps to either be hairline thin or larger than a half inch wide. Gaps less than a half inch will trap dirt and sand and need continuous cleaning.

Sun Rooms have improved in design since the last time I built one so I will add more to this section after I do the next one. For now I just want to make sure you choose products that are energy star rated. There are still single pane glass options out there and they need to be avoided. You will not be please with the buildup of condensation and moisture damage and staining caused by single pane glass. You will also be dissatisfied with the noise pollution and lack of insulation for climate control.

 

KEY POINTS

I am available to stay a week at a time on any special projects you may have to help manage your contracting needs.

Here is a list of the services I provide the most:

– Framing; Roof; windows; doors; floors; trim; paint; wood ceiling; electric prep and fixture install; decks; sunrooms; renewable energy system installs; gutters; siding; soffit/fascia; closets; custom wood features; landscaping; fencing and cement patio features.

 

*Everything else, I can help sub-contract to others for you.

 

If you are using a general contractor of your own, they will add 15-20% on top of my prices. I recommend you leave the floors; trim; paint; wood ceiling; fixture installs; decks; sunrooms; renewable energy system installs; gutters; siding; soffit/fascia; closets; custom wood features; landscaping; fencing and cement patio features OFF the contract and pay your friends or family directly for these services.

 

HELPFUL LINKS

http://earthship.com/

Natural Building

http://geofflawton.com/

 

Patio Ideas

 

 

 

 

THIS IS YOUR LUCKY DAY

I just signed a deal with the south’s largest Mercedes Diesel Collector. The Helping Hands Network Charity I am the director for, now has access to below market priced parts for pre-millennium DIESEL Mercedes’!  Just email me a question about what part you are looking for and I will get you a price. I am at the parts yard often and am helping inventory his 3 barns and over 200+ vehicles!

tfrentz@hotmail.com

Mercedes Benz Turbo Diesel TD300

MANUAL: http://www.toddcomputer.com/Mercedez-manual/300D-repair-manual.html

Donate $5 to our Charity and I’ll get you a ZIP file with the full manual to view offline.

RESOURCES:

http://dieselgiant.com/mercedes_diesel_maintenance_tips.htm  (dieselworld@bellsouth.net)

peachparts.com ; benzworld ; mercedesdieselguy.blogspot.com ; mbca.org

PARTS:

http://www.benzcostless.com

Car-Stuff.com

 

Problem: Grinding in wheel gears.

Cause: Torn boots, dry axle gears, bad bearing.

Solution: Check all lubrication. Jack up wheels and hand turn them and listen or feel for problems. IN MY CASE, the grinding only starts in the rear passenger side after driving at least 40 mph for 20 miles consecutively. I am still testing to identify the exact cause and solution.

 

Problem: Broken Accelerator pedal

Cause: Damaged AC condensation drain tube allowing water to settle at the pedal base plate which then rots the floor out.

Pedal damageAC drain foam

 

 

 

 

Solution:  Replace the damaged foam AC drain tube with a rubber and duct tape tube. Then weld a new pedal connector in place with seam sealant, rust inhibiting paint spray and rubber coating. Also spray the bottom of the car. I riveted my pedal plate in place because I didn’t make the plate large enough to weld to solid floor metal.

AC drainAC drain linePedal repair close

 

 

 

Pedal new holder Pedal new

 

Problem: RUST! ARE YOU IN AN ICY CLIMATE? If you are in 80% of the USA your vehicle is at risk. Some of the main places and parts to keep protected include the fender well cover along the floor support & the independent suspension. A hole will rust out in the fender along the frame support and moisture will get into the lower frame and find it’s way down on to the suspension parts.

Mercedes Shock RustRear PAssenger Quarter

Solutions: Re-coat your fender wells with truck liner as needed. IF it is too late you will find that the rear shock mounts sit in a bowl made to support the spring and that will rust out. To get that replaced is a major job as the spring support and the wheel base and axle are ALL attached to this suspension arm and they will need to be removed. The main suspension arm will likely be rusted and you will have to cut off the bolt head and cut out the support tube away from the rubber bushing because it is usually rusted to the bolt.

Suspension Bolt Grinding Suspension Bolt

REMOVE your suspension arm bolts right now and go grease them if it is not too late!!! Make sure you jack the arm up and keep it in place while removing the bolt because if you let it tweek out of place it is a pain in the ass to get the freshly greased bolt to start threading.

 

Problem: Floor Board and trunk rust rot (usually due to failing door/trunk seals)

Solutions: Replace or repair seals. Treat them often with rubber conditioner.

Door Seal b4Door Seals

 

Problem: Window switch is not working. The rear window switch on the rear door works but not the front control switch. (The switches get goo in them over time and the contacts arc and burn out.)

Solutions: Disassemble the switch and clean the contacts and other parts with a razor blade and rotate them before reassembling.

Switch Cleaning 1 Switch Cleaning

 

 

Problem: Transmission or drive shaft allows the vehicle to role about 2 inches when put into park.

Solutions: The main issue is likely that the bushing between the two pieces of the axle is getting worn out. This is very common and is not known to brake completely so there is little risk of being stranded. The drive shaft joint fingers also are very flexible and the give increases with ware.

 

Problem: Transmission shifts hard and horse power seams weak.

Solutions: *LATE ’84 or newer models have a unique shifting vacuum pressure line out of the banjo bolt found on the drivers side of the valve cover. Test by removing the vacuum filter line for the shifting and bypass it by plugging it up. It shifts smoother and increased my horsepower because the extra shifting filter really is not necessary and decreases the pressure too much. This is also a way to test if your turbo is working by unplugging it while vehicle is running to see how much pressure is coming through the banjo.

 

Problem: Concerned how good my engine seals are and if they are causing too much blow by and oil leaking.

Solution: You can put your thumb over the vent hole on the top of the valve cover to get a good idea how healthy your ring seals are. The longer the engine continues to run, the better the seals. 3 seconds means run away from that engine while 6 seconds is average and 9 or more is like new! Mine is 7ish  🙂

 

Problem: Transmission shifts hard, then sometimes it stops and has no power and no acceleration?

Solutions:

1. Check the Tranny Levers/Valves and throttle linkage. http://dieselgiant.com/trannyleverreplace.htm

In my case, the throttle pivot bushing connecting the pedal arm to the accelerator linkage connected to the firewall was broke. (see pictures below)

This part is $54+ from PeachParts: http://tinyurl.com/7nwjhdf

$41+ from Car-Stuff.com : http://tinyurl.com/6wst7cc

A: 1984+ has a metal tranny valve  lever on top of the engine

B: <1983 has (2) plastic levers

2. Clean the Banjo-bolt and LINE located on back of engine, near transmission fluid dip stick at rear of exhaust manifold. (*Need cleaning agent and wire brush) Remove line from firewall switch-over valve.

A: 1984+

B: <1983

Switch-over valve line to banjo bolt cleaned? (if you by-pass the switch over, your engine can not prevent over fueling from over boost! This will ruin the engine by ______ ?

3. Clean Fuel and air system (filters, sea foam etc.)

4. check vacuum system (adjust tranny linkage) The 5 way connector by the throttle linkage on pre 1983’s or the 4 ways on 1984+ is usually swollen from oil vapors and heat.

http://dieselgiant.com/mercedesvacuumtroubleshooting.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlg7mZffni8

Start at the ALDA with vacuum tester, and if the pressure is not making it that far, then you’ll need to investigate to figure out what is the source of the problem.  Make sure you’ve got the ALDA – there are also vacuum fittings connected to the vacuum shut-off valve on the injection pump,

You can modify the vacuum lines. Remove all lines to the head valve cover. The main vacuum supply goes to a single T as seen in the photo. One end of the T goes to the vacuum control valve (via the green dampener) and the remaining end goes off to the transmission. Note the restriction orifice remains in the line to the vacuum control valve.

One T is completely eliminated……..the line to the black box on top of the valve cover is eliminated. The vent line goes directly to the vacuum control valve. Second T is completely eliminated. The return vent line to the black box on top of the valve cover is eliminated. Remove the line from the black box to the temperature switch on the thermostat housing. Finally, the line from the temperature switch to the EGR valve is eliminated. Opened up the black box and pull out the remains of the 3-2 switches. The IP linkage works a bit smoother when you don’t need to force the cam.

*By removing the EGR vacuum lines connected to the Switchover (3/2) valves and temperature switch, you improve mileage and power but lose first gear and increase carbon blow back. (The 3/2 valves activate the transmission’s 1st gear).

BEFORE PICT:

AFTER PICT:

5. check kickdown solenoid performance

Check that the kickdown solenoid isn’t stuck. A simple test you could do is turn the key on and have a helper press the go pedal to kickdown a couple times. You should be able to feel or hear the solenoid click. If it is stuck, pressing the pedal to kickdown quite a few times may free it up.

There is a button under the pedal connected to a cable to the solenoid in the rear of the transmission.

6. check/adjust throttle linkage

Adjustment Of Cable Control For Control Pressure. Vehicles with engine 617.95.

  1. Push off ball socket (19).
  2. Push ball socket (19) first to the rear (opposite to direction of arrow), then pull carefully forward (direction of arrow) until a slight resistance is felt.
  3. In this position, hold ball socket (19) above ball head ; drag lever (13) should rest against stop (14).
  4. Adjust control pressure cable control at adjusting screw (15) in such a manner that the ball socket (19) can be pushed free of tension on ball head.

Mercedes Benz 300D Shifting Problem

7. Check/Replace change-over valve.

The vacuum line from the rear of the intake manifold goes to the changeover valve which is operated by DC power.  From the changeover valve the line goes on the the ALDA. A new Changeover valve has returned the engine back to it original power at all speeds according to some. This is located next to the brake booster.

8. Adjust ENGINE valves (*Need 13mm torque wrench for header bolts, new Gasket maybe, MM feeler gauge, 27mm socket, 2 angled 17mm wrenches (tightner wrench needs to be skinny to fit on tightner nut under adjuster nut, baggies for parts, paper and marker to label parts and mark rocker arm as completed)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LzJsD6gc4E

http://youtube.com/jpiTfk6Z3n8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcsgyPGgaxg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkzz-8YJOp4

A. put 27mm socket on crank pulley to turn engine

B. loosen air breather tube from base but leave attached to head plate or you will break it and need to replace. Remove header bolts a turn each at a time to prevent header warping. Gently shimmy header loose to protect gasket and avoid replacing.

C. Crank engine with 27mm on pulley until valve #1 cam rocker arm is straight up. Loosen lock nut on bottom, move adjuster on top to desired spacing. Tighten lock nut.

D. set intake valves at .004 inch (drivers side), exhaust/out take valves to .012 inches (passenger side)

E. repeat for each valve and reconnect header with 2 or 3 torque clicks of pressure (aprox. 15lbs. of pressure?) and breather tube

9. adjust ALDA  (Automatische Lade Druck Anreicherung – Automatic load pressure enrichment) Adjusting may not do anything? 1/2 turn counter clockwise should result in light smoke from exhaust which signifies more fuel being processed by engine and increased power. BE CAREFULL, the screw is easy to break!

In a nut shell the ALDA unit sits on top of the fuel injection pump and contains 2 aneroid capsules and some internal linkage, that enriches the fuel deliver in response to altitude and intake manifold pressure.  When the turbo charger starts making boost the small banjo bolt  and accompanying plastic line, transmits this pressure signal to the switchover valve on the firewall.

http://dieselgiant.com/mercedesaldaboostsystemservi.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyYAMpuqRwg&feature=related

IF YOU REMOVE the ALDA …. BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT FULL THROTTLE TAKE OFFS, don’t do them. It will run very rich under acceleration but OK under cruising, watch your temp. If you leave it off you’ll need a manifold boost gauge and pyrometer to avoid overheating pistons

10. EGR VALVE plugged or plated off with steel

Unplug the vacuum line going to the EGR valve (in front of the air cleaner)  IF there is a power increase service the EGR Valve. IF you leave it blocked, it is recommended to use Bio Diesel as much as possible to minimize exhaust carbon from breaking down the vacuum rubber components and causing build up on other parts.

11. Check the timing

Check the timing marks on the cam gear and tower with the crank pulley at TDC. IF off/retarded by more than 5 degrees replace the timing chain which brings the timing to 2.5 degrees retarded. Offset woodruff keys are available to further correct timing.

12. Replacing the injectors will improve starting, performance, and limit exhaust smoke. http://dieselgiant.com/mercedesinjectornozzlereplace.htm

Mercedes late OM-616, -617 nozzle
Refer to MB part number 001 017 29 12
For later (~1980-’85) Mercedes-Benz applications OM617, OM616, and OM601.921
Sold as each, specify quantity needed.

Price: $43.00 at http://www.kermatdi.com

13. Check Fuel Rack Damper Bolt

Replacing or adjusting fuel rack damper bolt improves idle and smoothes the engine shake.

Loosen the lock nut and screw the bolt in until the engine smooths out and then back it out and go in again, just to make sure it’s in the right place. Tighten lock nut.

You really only want it screwed in as far as you need to stop the wild side to side rocking. Once that stops, screwing it in further is not going to make it smoother. These engines shake and that’s all there is too it. If it’s screwed in too far it will mostly likely stall and be difficult to start.

http://articles.mbz.org/engine/diesel/rackbolt/

 

 

OTHER FUN NOTES ON THE 300td:

Run the Engine Cooler by drilling holes in the Thermostat! http://dieselgiant.com/thermostatreplacementandmodif.htm

DO A CITRUS FLUSH every year for 3 years then every other year to clean rust build up off components!

http://dieselgiant.com/mercedes_citrus_flush.htm

AC TROUBLE SHOOTING

http://dieselgiant.com/repairyourac.htm

HONDA cb750 1980 4b DOHC

http://wp.me/p13eVj-qj

DODGE 1995 6L Mark250 VAN

http://wp.me/p13eVj-qY

Greetings,

This winter I began researching and comparing dental prices in the East Texas area. I had hoped to find out more about insurance options and figured that the clinics would be forced to push ObamaCare propaganda upon me, however, that has not been the case.

Here is what I have found so far.

Free Dental Health Clinic

 

Dentist Info (NE Texas)

Dentistry from the Heart FREE CLINIC

1st Weekend in Feb.

Smith Dental Tyler.com

 

BETHESDA CLINIC  903.596.8353 x103

info & DWemp @bethesdaClinic.org

Exam – $40 4 weeks delayed appointments

Canal – TBD after exam. Mine was $420 + $75 filling

emailed 1/25 (informed that all communication is only done in person)

1/26 – Visited and passed initial screening. Scheduled for March 3 xray exam for $40.

3/3 – Exam was well done with full explanations and exact pricing. Two month delay for next appointment but the savings are worth it. Cleanings are $40. Fillings are $25-60 depending on how many layers. They give referrals for reduced rate oral surgeries like removing wisdom teeth.

I was referred to oral surgeon, Dr. Parks. Their exam is $65 plus another $120 for Xrays even though you are already consulted and referred to them by an approved partner. The extraction will then cost up to $375.

 

Summer 2016 – I got 6 teeth filled.

August – my top wisdom tooth pressed my rear molar out and the pain was too intense to wait to remove the wisdom tooth so I had the molar pulled out.

 

September – scheduling to have my lower wisdom tooth extracted ASAP to prevent repeat pain.

 

http://www.freedentalcare.us/li/Bethesda_Health_Clinic_-_Tyler_Faith_Based_Health_Clinic

http://www.kltv.com/story/2812168/low-cost-dental-care-for-working-adults

http://www.kltv.com/story/12185490/free-dental-clinic-for-east-texans-in-need

 

HAWKINS DENTAL.com – 903.769.1606

EastTexasDDS@yahoo.com – Dr. Rosson

Exam – $90

Normal Extraction – $200

Wisdom Extraction – $

Canal – $600

Crown – $900

Openings –  weekly

What Insurance options accepted? NA

Payments – NO

 

 

VAN Cornerstone Dental –  903.963.8681 Ben Bunt

Exam – $?

Wisdom Extraction – $200+

Canal – $715+

Crown – NA

Openings –  weekly

What Insurance options are accepted? NA

Payments – NA

 

 

Aspen Dental  (Website not working 1/8?)

4164 South Broadway – Tyler – (903) 705-7574

Free first exam and Xray for new patients

25% off coupon on website for service

https://www.aspendental.com/dentist/tyler-tx-75701-8719/pricing-and-offers?gclid=CPSrm9boyskCFYNBfgodCn4BmA&gclsrc=aw.ds

Exam – $NA

Wisdom Extraction – $NA

Canal – $NA

Crown – $NA

Openings -NA

What Insurance options are accepted?NA

Payments – ?NA

emailed – website troubles 1/8

 

 

 

Gentle Dental Care

gerberdental@suddenlinkmail.com

3800 Southpark Drive, Suite B – Tyler – (903) 525-6712

http://www.dentisttylertexas.com

Xrays – $1 new patient exam and Xrays ($175 value)

root canal: $TBD after visit

crown: $TBD

emailed – 1/8 (no reply)

called 12/22 – didn’t give any helpful pricing info

 

Primary Care Clinic

Tyler – 903-533-7400

Services: Rx Help, Sick/Well Visits, Vaccines/Shots, Diabetes, Women’s Health, Physicals, Men’s Health, Dental

 

See more at: http://freeclinicdirectory.org/texas_care/smith_tx_county.html#sthash.pgchOvk0.dpuf

Exam – $NA

Wisdom Extraction – $NA

Canal – $NA

Crown – $NA

Openings -NA

What Insurance options are accepted? NA

Payments – ?NA

 

Wellness Point Family Health Gilmer – (903) 758-2610

602 Titus St. Suite 130 – Gilmer

Tuesday and Wednesday: 8am – 5pm

Friday: 8am – 12pm

If you are uninsured or unable to pay for health care but cannot afford insurance or simply don’t know what programs you qualify for, please call today, and Wellness Point will answer your questions and walk you through choosing a program that best suits your needs.

http://www.freedentalcare.us/li/tx_75644_wellness-pointe-family-health-gilmer

 

Longview Wellness Center

1107 E. Marshall Ave.

 

 

BACKGROUND STORY OF JAN PEREGRINE:

Hi, my name is Jan. 22 years ago I suffered a partial spinal cord injury from an unlucky fall in my parents’ home, bruising my spinal cord at the third vertebrae.

Since then I’ve learned to walk with a rolling walker, but after so many years muscle stiffness became more and more worse, which required greater dependence on a power scooter and home health aides. Nothing has been made available to regenerate my damaged spinal cord.

Very recently I was researching online about progress being made in spinal cord injury and one thing led to another. I made what looks to be my greatest discovery yet and it’s not a drug or surgery!

Intermittent Hypoxic Therapy (IHT) teaches your body to use less oxygen like athletes training for higher altitudes have been using for years to enhance their sports performance. For people with spinal cord injury, whether their injury is recent or old or partial or seemingly complete, clinical trials are showing that IHT will be a gamechanger.

IHT adapted to people with spinal cord injury stimulates your muscles and neurons into growing and making better connections. It may heal spinal cord damage fairly quickly!

Since I can walk with a walker and have full sensation, as well as excellent health, I believe I’ll respond very well to IHT and my physiatrist and nurse have given me to green light. The company Hypoxico found at hypoxico.com has IHT equiipment the clinical trials use and will allow you to buy or rent it.

I’ve asked many pertinent questions about how the spinal cord injury researchers are using the IHT equipment and would like to rent it (the mask must be bought) for a month for the safest and best results.

I need help with the money, especially since Medicaid is charging me for two social security checks because I had a scooter accident last June (it fell on top of me) and needed hospitalization and rehab for three months after my health care agency dropped me because they changed their accreditation policy.

The frigid temperatures make my muscle stiffness or imbalanced muscle tone from my injury much worse and so I’d like to order the IHT equipment as soon as possible. it should be noted that IHT will help a lot with my energy level so I can walk and exercise more, even if my spinal cord isn’t directly regenerated.

Thanks for reading my story and I hope you’ll agree that IHT is a very promising gamechanger that I’ve been waiting decades for. I’m excited to use it! I’ve felt like I’ve been living in  a prison that keeps closing in on me in spite of trying to heal my cord with nutrition and walking. That’s helped, but I keep getting stiffer.

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CAMPAIGN HOME WEB PAGE:

*See http://www.netvibes.com/subscribe.php?preconfig=7ff7586fc1cee505a4a388ecb342eb73&preconfigtype=tab

 

NEEDS

If medical insurance or medicaid has failed you. We want to hear your story. If you are a victim of a spinal injury and have research of your own to share, we want you to talk about it on our social media channels.

If you know someone who this campaign will benefit or you want to help with these causes, please click on the ASK 4 HELP tab at the top of our main page or directly contact us by emailing the director, Tim Frentz at tfrentz@hotmail.com.

The current needs for this campaign are limited to expense funding for IHT Equipment, travel and result tracking supplies. You may also help if you have contacts for these items directly to limit expenses.

VOLUNTEER

We could use assistance in Lincoln Nebraska at this time only but we hope to add more trial locations as this campaign spreads in awareness.

 

SUPPORT

We are now accepting donations to fund our volunteer efforts.  PLEASE DONATE directly to payPal ID: JanPeregrine@gmail.com

Thank you!!!!!!!!

 

BLOG UPDATES

https://freehelpinghands.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/spinal-injury-campaign-now-active/

 

Research on Hypoxia
http://www.medicaldaily.com/spinal-injuries-treated-hypoxia-what-promising-and-surprising-new-treatment-263872#.VqFSH144tDc.facebook

*Check back for updates soon.  🙂

The Helping Hands Network can assist people in many ways. The list is long so we are posting it on the blog so it can materialize as we add to it. Our http://netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet website becomes crowded as we add lists so the blog is a simpler way to organize them.

 

We have a long list of partners and supporters. If your company would like to get involved and help others in need for reduced rates, please message us to work out the details.

 

We have divided our current SERVICES by categories below.

 

EMERGENCY SERVICES

-Fundraising

-On site visits

-Repairs

-Care Networking (Stranded in

-Legal Consulting

 

TECHNICAL SERVICES

-Smart Phone Service (Data backup, App training, Performance improvement, Selling & Buying assistance, Music/Media organizing)

-Computer Service (Data backup, Software training, Performance improvement, Selling & Buying assistance, Video/Media editing, Music/Media organizing, hardware repair, accessory/printer/camera consulting)

 

MECHANICAL SERVICES

-Car Repair (Purchase consulting, detailing, repairs, maintenance)

-Mechanical item repairs

 

BUSINESS SERVICES

-Business Planning, Marketing, Social Media design & management

-Business Networking and lead sharing

-Interior Design (Staging, product placement)

 

ARTISTIC SERVICES

-Art Creation, creative consulting, design (We upload pictures of our inventory for sale on our facebook pages at:

https://www.facebook.com/FreeHelpingHands/media_set?set=a.102400577164.121648.515817164&type=3

https://www.facebook.com/FrEnTzs-SeRvIcEs-211699098845102/?fref=ts

and sometimes our eBay store at http://myworld.ebay.com/Frentzs )

 

WELLNESS SERVICES

-Yoga instruction (currently in Texas but available through WEB CAM sessions)

-Meditation

-Fit Training

-Reiki and Crystal stone energy sessions

Updates are posted at: https://www.facebook.com/FrEnTzs-SeRvIcEs-211699098845102/?fref=ts

 

HOME SERVICES

-*See our latest blog for all our home building, remodeling and maintenance services at:

https://freehelpinghands.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/building-remodeling-tips/

I am a sustainable living consultant and contractor. If you are interested in a project, my initial consult is free and then I provide you a draft contract bid for further services. 


My fee’s are recommended costs but I live on the free will donation market system and my clients usually donate additional goods/services/funds to the causes my Helping Hands Movement sponsors at http://Netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet

solar-panel

Below are my current encouraged prices as of 2014


CONSULT SERVICES (plus travel costs)

-Complete Sustainable LIVING consult $250 (includes 18 hr over night site visit)

-Multilevel OFF GRID ENERGY system blueprint $100 (includes 12 hr site visit)

-Multilevel FOOD PERMACULTURE system blueprint $100 (includes 12 hr site visit)

-Multilevel EMERGENCY PREP blueprint $100 (includes 12 hr site visit)

-Single application blueprint $50

-Solar production training $50 plus material costs

(includes building of any application such as Panel, water heather, dehydrator etc)

-BioDiesel fuel production training $150 plus material costs

-Wind or Gear Driven Energy production training $50 + materials

(bike, treadmill, magnetic etc)

-Hydrogen production training $100 + materials

(create a gas production unit to power carburetor combustion)

-Gasification Production training $150 + materials

(create a methane gas unit for cooking or to power carburetor combustion)

-Permaculture Training $150

(Must include system blueprint purchase. Includes landscaping layout, pond & chicken coop design)

-Emergency Prep Training $100

(Must include system blueprint purchase. Includes shelter, food, energy & protection design)

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PRODUCTS

-Solar Panels (MonoC not PolyC)

(<$2.70 per watt when buying in small quantity; aprox $1.50 per watt in large quantity ussolardistributing.com or wholesalesolar.com, or $1 per watt make your own w/ purchase of solar production training from http://tinyurl.com/o9ec4fe on ebay)

http://energyinformative.org/best-solar-panel-monocrystalline-polycrystalline-thin-film/

 

-Dual Micro Inverters for panels in shade – $140 per 2 panels (Enecsys or EnPhase?)

http://tinyurl.com/6r63eec

wholesalesolar.com

http://www.enecsys.com/contact/where-to-buy/

http://www.simpleray.com/Solar-Inverters-s/4.htm

 

Dual Micro Inverters

-Power Inverters (Grid Tie In 500w $119 1kw $225) (OFF Grid Battery out 1kw $195)

 

-Charge Controllers (avg $4 per amp)

Mounting Hardware (avg cost $30)

http://tinyurl.com/ozr624b


-Wire and Connectors (MC4 connectors $1/ea. ; 6g $.89/ft ; 8g $.68/ft)

http://www.freesunpower.com/wires_cables.php *typical 60wat 12volt panel = 3.5amp/hr

 

-Solar Water Heating Systems (varies on setup)

 

-Wind Turbine (300w w/ free spinner technology $300) No load controller needed on <500w turbines

*600w max load controller/brake $150

http://tinyurl.com/kpmojjr

 

-Batteries

Trojan (varies on location of availability)

http://www.trojanbattery.com/

MicroHydro Systems (varies on setup)

http://www.homepower.com/articles/microhydro-power/basics/what-microhydro-power

 

-Methane Digester

http://sshomestead.com/forum/index.php?topic=583.0

 

 

USED PRODUCTS available (guaranteed to work near good as new with few hours)

Prices vary upon market availability. Contact me. I provide a product source report for $25 which will be credited back to you with any consult purchase.


LABOR +$45 each additional hr

ENERGY system installation $200 plus misc costs based on system specs

*Most projects will vary upon size and details. An estimated project cost will be included in the draft contract bid.

Responsible water conservation is critical to the survival of the human species on Earth. One of the best detailed posts explaining this can be read here:

http://www.appropedia.org/1.6_GPM_or_less_low-flow_shower_heads#Flow_Rate_Calculation_Table_in_Gallons_per_Minite

This page cites a few great studies on water conservation and the future of our planet for our children.

 

As population continues to grow and impending global climate change brings new environmental challenges, water demand will also increase in the future. Indeed, research indicates water demand is currently exceeding supply, making conservation efforts crucial if we hope to maintain an adequate water source. Rolston St. Hilaire (2009) of New Mexico State University asserts, “The lack of water has the potential to jeopardize our food supply, disrupt fragile ecosystems, alter alliances among constituents, and threaten our way of life.” [29] Thus, to avoid the possibly catastrophic consequences of squandering our much needed water supply, the public must assume an active role in conservation. Helen Ingram (2009) of University of California-Irvine reports that following extensive studies on local, regional, and global water use, a team of scientists concluded that, “A crucial part of the path to water conservation involves paying close attention to the dimensions and scales that define how people interact with and understand water.”[30]

 

I lived in a home in 2015 and in this blog I am using the utilities as a case study for supporting factual figures. We had 2 adults and a 7 year old and a 3 year old.

There are aprox. 70 gallons in bath tub’s fill line.
We used half per bath… say 35 with 1.5 baths a day at 30 days …

We used aprox. 1575 gallons a month to bathe.
The Avg shower is 8 min but we took closer to 10 minutes.
We used a low flow 2 gpm (gallon per minute) shower head.

You should get one like these I link here if you do not have one yet.
We took 1.5 showers per day x 30 ….

We used Aprox. 900 rounded up to 1000 gallons per month to shower.

The Avg flush is 5 gal … say we avg 8 flushes a day x 30 …

I highly recommend using a composting toilet where possible. I also encourage you to read about how most of the coastal cultures use SALT WATER sewer systems rather then wasting their fresh drinking water.

Here is a link to some ideas for low flow toilet upgrades.

 

We use aprox. 1200/month to flush

The Avg hose flow with a spray handle or thumb press
Is 35 gal per minute and we water our garden 2 min day x 30 …

We use aprox. 2100/month to water our food

*if calculating a yearly amount this should be decreased by 25% to account for indoor green house watering during the winter.

We ran our faucets at 20% for aprox 5 min a day
7 gpm x 5 x 30 …

We used aprox 100-200 gallons a month via faucets

 

IN TOTAL we averaged 4-5000 gallons of water used per month.

 

In essence: start small. Changing your shower head to a low-flow alternative is a quick and easy way to start on the personal path to water conservation. Federal programs like the EPA’s WaterSense make low-flow shower heads accessible, while new technologies like water aeration devices and screw turbines give low-flow shower heads comparable pressure to the luxury of higher gpm heads. If you are building or remodeling a deluxe new bathroom, top end premium shower heads can meet your spa like needs. On the other hand, if you are attempting to retrofit your home to save money, simple add on kits make updating your shower head a logical, inexpensive option.

 

In Hawkins Texas, we are billed $11 per 1,000 gallons. How does this compare to your water provider?

 

Life

Posted: April 20, 2015 in CAUSES, GREEN, Secrets, Table Of Contents, TRUTH / Occupy

 LIFE

This is a preview of the full length book “LIFE” by author, Tim Frentz. Available for only $9.99 by transferring payment to via paypal  to tfrentz@hotmail.com or email for directions on other payment options.

*Here is a sneak peak at some of the knowledge shared in LIFE… Some details like account id’s or passwords are left out for our paid subscription members who have purchased a copy of our eBook. Live well with the help below!

 

CHAPTER 1: HELP it

 

 

CHAPTER 2:  SIMPLIFY it

 

CHAPTER 3: MAKE it

 

CHAPTER 4: STRETCH it

How’s to Use Technology Efficiently?

We are most often asked, “What TV/Internet/Phone SERVICE cost the lowest”?

Answer 1: The introductory rates for new customers transferring from a competitor are the best in most cases. This is followed by customer retention offers. These usually involve a bundling package with Phone, TV and internet all together.

IF you are in an area with multiple options, you want to call your current provider and tell them about their competitors offer and most of them are authorized to match the offer by switching you to the customer retention plan. IF not, then you switch your service and once the introductory rate expires, you go through the process again. IF you have three competing services available then you are able to continue the cycle by going in rotation. Some companies will not offer an introductory rate until you have been away for more then 365 days. With only 2 providers, you may need to go without service a day or 2 for the 1 year requirement to expire.

Each provider is constantly changing their “new subscriber plans” in order to steal business away form their competition. These deals are not as good circa 2014 as they were in the past because the government has allowed far too many large corporations to merge.  (click to view details)

In 2014, a merger between Comcast and TimeWarner is nearing approval  as well as a vote on the internet neutrality law. The neutrality law could allow Comcast full approval to regulate and censor the internet like it is in China!!!

We update the details of these offers in this chapter as they change.

Answer 2: Mobile Phone services are often not included with the other services. IF this is the case, you want to make sure you get the maximum amount of phone lines and bundle your plan together with friends you trust and split the bill. This saves you hundreds of dollars a month!

Answer 3: DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO TV service. Everything on TV is available through the internet.

You want to get a mid speed service and connect your computer to your TV. Between tv streaming services like wiziwig and full media control systems like XMBC.org, you will find everything you desire. There are a few exceptions with HD streaming and the occasional freeze frame, but don’t complain for saving over a $1000 a year.

 

Audiobook Sources
The non-commercial, nonprofit and ad-free project called LibriVox is on a mission to “make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the Internet.” They are fulfilling this dream by scouring the virtual stacks for public domain books, which are then read and recorded by a fleet of volunteers. If you love this and have a knack for reading, you can also volunteer to record books for the organization. See the nearly 6,000 titles available here.

 

A new language
Looking to learn French? Need to brush up on your Urdu, Czech or Icelandic? The ever-helpful Brits at the BBC World Service offer free online language lessons. They provide essential phrases in 40 different languages; and for Greek, Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, and Portuguese, they give complete courses and phrases, audio and video, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, activities and tests.

 

MOBILE PHONE OPTIONS

TracFone.com has 180 minutes; 180 texts; 180mb data for $21 (fees included) for 3 months. If you use more you can get 750mb for $20 and an additional 180 minutes approximately for an additional couple of dollars a month! Hopefully you are in a good coverage area for them. The average user can make do with this by using wifi apps as much as possible for additional voice calls and most of their data needs.

 

FREEBIES!

There are a lot of freebies out there. You just need to know where to look. The free listings under Craigslist are on my daily bookmarks and alerts.

 

Educate Yourself
7 places where you can get a free online education include honorable institutions as MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Yale.

 

Free eBooks
Project Gutenberg was founded in 1971 and is the oldest digital library. As of March 2012, it had more than 42,000 titles in its collection. Most of the items in the collection are the full texts of public domain books and they are all available to anyone for free. The most popular titles at the site are classics like Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. Downloads are available in a number of formats, including Kindle, EPUB and Plucker; they can also be read directly online.

 

Free Road-trip Vehicle

Auto Driveaway matches drivers with cars that need to be delivered to another state. You pay a refundable deposit and the cost of gas, and drive someone else’s car to the location where they need it.

 

Free Food

Swap your garden goods at farmers markets with others to get those items you are tempted to go buy at a grocery store.

If you really want something that you struggle to grow yourself, consider a food bank. There are always food banks in churches or community centers every few miles. If you are in debt and making every effort to budget your expenses the best you can then these food banks are for you. Don’t be embarrassed to go ask for food. A bunch of the fresh food spoils and goes to waste at food banks because not enough people collect it. Think of it like you are saving food from going to waste.

You can save hundreds of dollars a month to put towards your debts. Show up an hour early or stay an hour late and volunteer so you feel better about it. Now take that extra money and put some towards expanding your garden and put even more towards your debts.

 

Use mykidseatfree.com for a state-by-state search of restaurants that want to feed your children for free.

FreeBirthdayTreats.com shares a list of birthday specials. It is constantly changing so visit the website for the most current info please.

Here are a few others to check out;

SheSpeaks.com (samples)

General Mills (pssst.generalmills.com)
Kraft (kraftfirsttaste.com)
StartSampling.com
AllYou.com

 

Free Seeds

Join and post to seed swap forums. Here is the most used one I know. http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/exchind

Connect with farmers at the local outdoor markets and produce stands and form a local seed exchange. I encourage you to learn all about seeds at SeedLibraries.org and SeedMatters.org.

 

Free Fresh fruit
For a “pick your own” experience without paying for it at a farm (although we support that, too), there’s an app called Find Fruit. With an interactive database that includes the location of thousands of fruit trees on public land nationwide on a standard Google Map.

 

 

 

 

 


 

CHAPTER 5: SPEND it

BANK THEFT

From time to time, you will discover that a bank itself, will perform a shady act of business with their account holders. It is not lawfully an act of theft but to you and I it sure is.

I try to tell everyone around me about the benefits of doing business with your local community credit union. They are there to prevent all the shady acts being done by the big corporate banks. The credit unions give you ownership shares and dividends on their earnings instead of trying to sneak them out of your accounts and passing them into public trading stock holders wallets. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION and GET YOUR MONEY OUT OF BIG BANKS PLEASE!!!

 

One example happened when Wells Fargo purchased Wachovia Bank. From 2008-2011, Wells Fargo changed account limit fees and interest rates on Wachovia customers to force them out of high interest yielding Wachovia accounts grandfathered to them as part of the merger deal. My very own FREE 5% savings account was affected. The account allowed a maximum deposit of $100 per month to earn 5%. The first move by Wells Fargo was to change the account numbers to match Wells Fargo’s “SYSTEM”. The second move was to then change the interest rate to .05% and start charging fees. They could now do this because the account # had been changed and the original Wachovia account no longer existed. The third move was to suspiciously have a security leak causing a fraud theft on the account. In order to recover the stolen funds, I had to formally close the account for good and transfer it to an account that cost me $4.95 a month just so I could get my credit back. This removed the last of any proof the account was still active in case of a future class action settlement against them. I lost hundreds of dollars in savings thanks to this action.

 

Another example is Capital One bank in 2013-2014. I had an account that cost $4.95/month if my average balance was below a certain amount. I never logged into it because I just used it for savings and an auto payment for a Capital One credit card. I had email alerts set for minimum balance and it never sent the emails. One day I got notice in the snail mail that the account has been charged off and another notice that my credit card payment was returned. I didn’t even get a notice for insufficient fund fees being charged to my account. When I logged in and looked at the history, my access to records only went back 12 months but all 12 months had been changed and my balances had been altered to reflect a $8.95 monthly fee deduction. Capital one had stolen at least $59.40 from me and I had no idea. Who in their right mind is paying $8.95 a month for checking account??? I then also had $35 overdraft over the limit fee and another $35 insufficient fund fee and then had to pay $121.35 to their collection agency. I also had auto deposits for my book sales going into the account which they applied towards the negative balance and kept from me.

It took me a month and half and two complaints on file with the FTC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (consumerFinance.gov) to eventually get 12 months of $4.95/month over charges returned rounded up to $60.

 

CREDIT CARD DEALS

These are always changing with the rapid decrease in the credit economy. We don’t condone credit card use, but if you must, take advantage of the offers and then pay it off and close the account at the end of the introductory offers.
There were no super awesome specials at time of publishing so tell us if you find a good one and we will consider adding it to the next updated version. Here are some expired offers from the past.
BEST BUY: FREE UNLIMITED Companion FLYING for 12 MONTHS!!!!

 

CHAPTER 6: LIVE it

 

HOME REMEDIES

We do not approve of spending money at stores on products we can make simply ourselves. This chapter is dedicated to all of the many solutions that surround you right now as you read this.

 

PEST CONTROL

Make a simple nat, fly, fruit no see-um catcher by simply cutting a bottle in half and turning the top upside down with some water and nectar or food substance below it. Flies are not good at finding their way back out of a bottle lid hole.

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FOOD related

 

Garden, Garden & Garden some more!!!
Starting a garden is one of the smartest moves you can make at home. 90% of the food now found in a name brand market are full of chemicals and packaged with earth poisoning packaging. Even organic health food store’s can not tell you exactly what is in their food.

If you are starting a garden on a budget, see How to get free seeds for your first garden. Soil should be built up by adding compost and other nutrients during the dormant season. Find your local dairy farmer and go purchase directly from them after discussing their use of growth hormones and feed stock.

 

Fresh fruit
For a “pick your own” experience without paying for it at a farm (although we support that, too), there’s an app called Find Fruit. With an interactive database that includes the location of thousands of fruit trees on public land nationwide on a standard Google Map.

 

Keep rice wrapped in a paper towel, within your zip locked bags of produce to slow down aging.

 

Grow Kenaf in your house. It absorbs carbon dioxide faster per plant than any other plant/tree on the planet. It is edible and can be used for everything that hemp can be used for without concerned looks by visitors. (Even though growing non marijuana medicine budding hemp strains is completely legal anyway.)

 

Trees
The Arbor Day foundation is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. For $10, you receive a six-month membership that includes a number of goodies, along with 10 free trees. You can mix and match which trees you want, or get a set, like the flowering tree package which includes two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two Eastern redbuds, and two golden rain trees. Visit the Arbor Day Foundation for the deal.

 

Soup stock
Keep a “scraps container” in the FREEZER and every time you have vegetable peels, onion skins, leek tops, herb stems, garlic ends and any other part of a vegetable that would otherwise go to waste, stick it in the container. When you have enough, sauté it all in olive oil in a deep pot for five minutes, add water, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for an hour and add salt and pepper. For other ideas to put your kitchen scraps to work, see 20 uses for leftover fruit and vegetable peels.

 

 

 

HEALTH CARE

Improve tooth enamel and other dental health by swishing sunflower, sesame and coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes every other day. Read: http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/oil-pulling-the-habit-that-can-transform-your-health

 

WHAT NATURAL TREATMENTS are available for Shingles?

Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus(VZV), also known as the chicken pox virus. Once a bout of chicken pox has passed, the virus remains dormant in nerves in the spinal cord.

As a result of compromised immunity due to increased stress levels, illness, older age, injury or immune-suppressing drugs, the residual virus can re-emerge and follow nerve pathways to the surface of the skin, where painful blisters with burning and itching occur.

Apple cider vinegar compresses prove to be a useful shingles treatment for many. Mix a 1:1 up to a 1:4 ratio of water to vinegar. Soak a smooth cotton cloth in the solution and apply to the blisters and pain-affected areas several times daily.

Zinc and vitamin E salve is another option. By combining OTC zinc ointment with a capsule or two of natural vitamin E (not synthetic DL-tocopherol) and a tablespoon of high quality aloe vera juice, this effective pain-relieving salve can be applied to the affected areas with good results.

Studies have shown regular use of capsaicin creams help with postherpetic neuralgia, the residual nerve pain many suffer from after a shingles outbreak clears up. These are readily available in health food stores and drug stores and can be purchased online.
There is a vast range of other proven and folk remedy options for shingles.

 

Acupuncture treatments, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, and essential oils. Herbs believed to be useful for the condition are licorice root (deglycyrrhized should be used), St. John’s wort, reishi mushroom, garlic, propolis, echinacea, passion flower, and lemon balm. Their effects range from anti-viral to immune modulating and from to anti-inflammatory to pain and anxiety reducing.
What else can be done?

While the above natural shingles treatments help millions, the real key to controlling shingles outbreaks lies within the immune system. Strengthening and modulation of a person’s immunity may prevent the reactivation of the virus,and thus prevent the painful episodes of blistering and nerve pain.

Below are some nutritionally-based options to consider:

Shingles is sometimes called herpes-zoster, highlighting its relation to other herpes-based viruses. Studies have shown that taking 1000 mg of l-lysine (an amino acid) three times per day has proven effective in interrupting the replication of the virus by competing with its need for the amino acid l-arginine. Therefore, it’s also important to avoid arginine rich foods such as nuts and seeds, chocolate, red wine, tea, coffee, beer, gelatin, and more. Maintaining a low-arginine diet for an extended period of time will support other anti-shingles efforts.

Proteolytic enzymes, which mean literally protein-digesting, have a proven history of effective anti-viral and anti-inflammatory usage. Cautions include not taking them with other blood-thinning medications and only using very high-quality products, often available only through natural health practitioners.

Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E all have long-standing overall health and immunity-enhancing benefits.

 

In 7 things you can make instead of buying, see how to make cleaning supplies, craft items and cosmetics, to name just a few of the free-ish things you can put together.

 

Duct Tape It!
The variety of things you can craft is limited only by your imagination. A scroll through 20 clever uses for duct tape may inspire you to create a variety of items.

 

CHAPTER 7: SHARE it

 

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