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Homesteading with a Shipping Container, Part 9: Installing the Simple Pump

Should we encounter a prolonged grid-down event, or EMP, this pump will continue delivering water as long as I can pump the handle! The Simple Pump can also be motorized with an easy to attach 12v motor in order to take advantage of alternative power supplies, such as solar and wind! Continue reading

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container – Part 8, The Carport

It was a massive undertaking because I have been hauling various building materials and cool finds out to the property and it was starting to pile up! In fact, it started looking like a miniature scrapyard! The left-over 2×4 walls from the initial cabin build attempt were stacked near the shipping container and had been exposed to the elements for 8 months. Other pristine, new building lumber had been placed under tarps but the sun had finally eaten through the thin plastic covering, and a collection of plywood, bricks, rebar, and a hundred other things were strewn about in hap-hazard fashion. Continue reading

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container House, Part 7 – Questions and Updates

Kevin Hayden – ElysianFieldsProject.com Welcome to Part 7!  I’m glad you’ve stuck with me and my hectic adventure with a shipping container!  Over the last few weeks, I’ve received countless emails, comments and tweets regarding the project.  Perhaps I can … Continue reading

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container House – Part 6, The Foundation

Kevin Hayden March-June 2011 This week, I have some relatively good news regarding the shipping container project.  Part 5 covered the theft that occurred in which I lost over $5,000 worth of tools, guns and ammunition, not to mention my … Continue reading

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container House – Part 5, The Theft

February 21, 2011 In part 4, we left off with the failure of the 90-day experiment and the delivery of the first shipping container. I had hoped to have a lot of good news for this installment of the series, … Continue reading

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container House – Parts 3 & 4, The Failed Cabin

June, 2010 – Feb, 2011 A lot has happened since my last entry about the shipping container project.  Almost 9 months, to be exact.  When I last wrote about the project, it was still a field.  I had cleared some … Continue reading

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container House – Part 2, The Property

May, 2010 (Part 1 of this Series can be Found Here) In the last segment, we left off with the land closing and estimates of initial costs.  It has been under a week since then and I’ve already been able … Continue reading

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container – Part 1, The Idea

Years ago, I saw a picture of a shipping container house. I knew right then that I wanted to build one myself. Shipping containers are roughly 40 feet long and 8 feet wide, with the smaller conex being 20 feet long. Continue reading

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