PostHeaderIcon Lumsing 3 Port Cigarette Lighter And USB Port Give Away And Review

A while ago Lumsing was kind enough to send me a 3 port car cigarette lighter adapter with a 2100 mAh USB charging port. This adapter comes with a single male cigarette lighter plug and three female cigarette lighter sockets.



I have had the opportunity to extensively test out this 3 port charging adapter during the time I have had it. It not only has a nice appearance but it also performs well.

I have used the USB socket heavily during this time as well for charging up my cell phones and camera battery. I am working on building my tiny house on wheels so a three way cigarette lighter adapter is very useful here.

Lumsing is giving away up to 10 of these 3 way car charging ports for free. All you have to do is follow the rules listed below. Up to ten winners will be chosen based on how many people join the contest. Sign up and increase your odds.

Giveaway Free Lumsing 3-sockets 2100mah Car Cigarette Lighter Socket Car Charger Backup Charger

The giveaway ends on Christmas day(12/25), Lumsing will choose the winners randomly in the next day.

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1, Have your channel contact listed as unprivate so Lumsing can contact you and look out for the video where they announce the winners.
2, Sorry but this giveaway is only for the people who live in America, Union Kingdom, Japan, Germany.

The number of winners is based on the number of participants:

Participants<200 1 winner Participants=>200 2 winners
Participants=>300 3 winners
Participants=>400 4 winners
…and so on, but most 10 winners

There is no need to participate in the contest if you cant wait to get one of these 3 way cigarette lighter chargers for yourself. Simply use the code ThDoItYW at checkout for $1 immediate savings (US customers only – sorry). The price on this product is already rock bottom. Get yours here:


PostHeaderIcon The old camper I will use as a frame for my tiny home on wheels

I got this old camper about 2.5 years ago for free due to extensive water damage from front to back. I left it out in the sun the first winter and let it dry out with the windows open. I actually moved into it that summer and used it for two years as my home. Now it will begin a new life as a tiny house on wheels.

I plan to gut out this old camper down to the bare metal frame and use the trailer as a base to build my tiny house on wheels. The old camper was listed as a 32 foot camper but in actuality it was only 28 feet from trailer hitch to bumper. The living area was only 24 feet long by 7.5 feet wide inside. Since the camper was built in the early 80s and I got it for free, I guess I cannot complain to the company about their false marketing.

I found this camper online for free. It was being used in farm shows and had very bad water damage due to severe leaks in the front and back of the camper. The front of the roof had been literally ripped open like a tin can at one point in time and sort of patched up roughly. This leaked and led to frame rot and a total rotting of the floor. Someone in the past had dropped in plywood sheets on the floor to cover the rotting wood.

I had cleaned it up through and through with lots of vinegar and bleach. I added new wood framing inside the walls and some boards inside to cover the holes and I had a home.

Repairing My Camper Framing

Last winter was so severe though that its weak frame could not handle the snow and the roof caved in some. I figured it is time to retire my old camper and build a real house on wheels.

Winter in my off grid camper

My tiny home will be fully insulated and built with standard 2×4 framing. The floor will be built with 2×6 framing and will be fully insulated. The roof will be metal for lighter weight and cheaper price.

Now here is the catch to using a camper frame for a tiny house on wheels. You have to remain under the total listed weight of the original camper. Mine is rated at 7,000 pounds. This presents some very interesting obstacles when building a house. I had no idea how heavy an average home really is until I downloaded a building materials weight sheet and started to do the math. I had to reduce the weight of my tiny house plans or this would fail.

After working and reworking the plans, I came up with the following:

I am using 2×6 floor joists at 24″ on center. The bottom will be covered in aluminum flashing to keep out mice and bugs. The floor will be 3/4 inch tongue and groove plywood sanded and waxed. This will be my house floor and will not be covered in order to reduce overall building weight. I am using rockwool insulation in my tiny home to prevent mice and for its multiple advantages.

The walls will be framed at 24″ on center with standard 2x4s. There will be no sheathing on the outside. I will wrap the home in house wrap and then use 1/4 inch plywood on the outside with 1×4 boards spaced every 2 feet for a board and batten look. The exterior of the home will be water sealed with a transparent sealant to allow the natural color of the wood to show through.

Inside my tiny home I will also use 1/4 inch sanded plywood for the paneling. This will be coated in a natural beeswax for a nice finish and fresh smell. In the living room I will use tongue and groove pine plank paneling in a horizontal pattern. This will also be coated with natural beeswax.

The kitchen cabinets will all be hand made using recycled pallet wood. This will be sanded and heavily coated with a natural finish.

I will share other details about my tiny home in later posts.

PostHeaderIcon Lumsing 5200 mAh Portable Battery Pack

Lumsing was kind enough to send me one of their 5200 mAh battery packs to try out at my off grid solar powered homestead. This is a small, light weight portable battery pack to charge electronic devices on the fly.

Lumsing 5200 mAh battery pack

The first thing I noticed about this battery pack is the box. Its a keeper actually. This box is a rugged and nicely made box with a soft padded place to keep the battery pack in while traveling. If you are like me, you keep the box and keep the device inside when traveling to keep it from getting damaged.

The Lumsing battery pack is small and convenient for use on the go. It is only about 2 inches by 3 inches and weighs just over 4 ounces. The portable power pack comes with a soft travel case with a pull string closure.

I was also pleasantly surprised at the accessories that came with the Lumsing battery pack. Inside the box was an adapter for Apple products and a USB to mini USB cable. But the surprise did not end there. Wrapped around the battery pack itself is a second USB to mini USB cable which conveniently stores in place for travel. This means no more searching around for a charging cable with this power pack. Plus the two ends of the cable plug into the device itself for travel and tuck neatly away. This keeps the USB ports clean and free of dust and lint.

On the front side of the battery pack is a row of 4 green LEDs which show the state of charge of the power pack. When it is charging the LEDs blink to show that it is taking a charge. When the power back is finished charging, the LEDs turn off. You can press a button on the front panel at any time to see the state of charge of the battery inside.

I plugged this battery pack into my Samsung Galaxy Note III which has a 4,500 mAh battery. It took four hours to fully top off my phone from 15 percent to 100 percent. But at that time I was using my phone quite heavily so the portable battery pack really got a workout. The power back was fully drained at the end of the test but my phone was also fully charged. Again, I was using the phone very heavily while it was plugged into the Lumsing battery pack.

It performed as I had expected for the size of the battery inside.

Lumsing has provided a coupon code for a $2 discount on the purchase of their portable battery pack. Just use the code in the image below:

Lumsing battery pack discount code

You can find the Lumsing 5200 mAh portable power back here:
Buy Lumsing 5200 mAh Battery Pack

The coupon code above is valid until July 14, 2014.

PostHeaderIcon Building A Simple DIY Summer Salad Shade To Extend Growing Season

With the summer heat coming on and the lettuce in my garden wilting more each day, I decided to build a simple shade frame to place over my lettuce during the hot summer months. This is a very simple light weight and portable wooden frame with some burlap over the top to shade the lettuce from the intense heat of the sun’s rays.

Complete summer shade frame for salad

I prefer to put all of my vegetables and plants into the ground as compared to using pots or raised salad tables because I can let nature take care of the plants for me. With my lettuce planted in the garden soil, I do not have to worry about watering my plants every day. I can also go away for a weekend without fear of losing all my plants. We get enough rain where I live so I never have to worry about setting up a watering system either. Pots and salad tables require a lot of daily watering in order to keep the plants alive. If you leave, you either need an automatic watering system or you have to make sure someone cares for your plants.

I used 1×2 wood to build a 4 foot square wood frame. The frame stands 2 feet high so that I can use it for other vegetables as well if I want. My garden rows are 4 feet wide so I built my frame to fit the garden perfectly. My salad bed is 4 feet long as well, therefore the 4 x 4 dimensions.

This was very simple to build and went up quickly with a circular saw, power driver, drill bits and some screws.

I cut all the pieces first. There were 5 pieces of four foot long boards for the top of the frame and then I cut six 2 foot long legs to hold it up. Using a drill bit to drill a pilot hole prevents the wood from splitting when the screws go into the wood.

Building a simple salad shade frame

When I had the frame assembled, it was sort of wobbly so I added two more 4 foot boards along the sides as a support. Now the frame sits stable and firmly on the ground.

I have some burlap that I placed over the top and down the sides half way to shade my lettuce plants from the sun. I used a staple gun to fasten the burlap in place all the way around.

Putting burlap on my homemade salad shade frame

This was a very simple DIY project that went together quickly but does the job. My lettuce has been growing happily now for a week and the heat of the sun does not bother it. Rain passes right though with no problem as well.

Now my lettuce will grow though the warm months but still get enough sunlight to produce lots of food for me.

You can watch the video here:
Make a simple salad shade frame

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PostHeaderIcon Using Vinegar And Dish Soap Organic Weed Killer In My Yard

Some of my YouTube channel viewers had suggested that I used vinegar and water to kill the weeds in my yard and around the electric fence. I do not use chemicals on my property and plan to keep everything organic as much as possible.

I bought a 1.5 gallon sprayer at Harbor Freight and got a couple gallon jugs of vinegar. I already had the next ingredient left over from the last time I lived in a real home which is Dawn dish soap. For explanation, I now use my own homemade soap for everything from bathing to dish washing to laundry.

So, to kill weeds using no chemicals and in an environmentally safe manner you simply pour the vinegar straight into the sprayer. Add a couple tablespoons of dish soap to the sprayer and mix it well. For short term weed spray, this is all you need. I have heard that using salt in the mix will kill weeds permanently but have yet to try that. I will do that experiment soon and post my results.

Natural vinegar and dish soap weed killer

One important note is to spray this solution on a warm sunny day when there is no rain in the forecast for the next two days to give the solution time to work.

I sprayed the whole perimeter of my garden and chicken run which is 100 feet long by 50 feet wide. I had enough to spray the inside edge of the garden as well, which is 50 by 50 feet. After all that spraying I still had enough to spray two walk ways between the rows in my garden. Not bad coverage for a gallon of vinegar.

After only 30 minutes stuff was turning brown and shriveling up. I was quite amazed really at the fast results.

The next day most of the plants that had been sprayed were totally dead and dried up. By the third day everything that I had sprayed was dead and brown. This stuff is very impressive.

Natural Vinegar And Dish Soap Weed Killer

Now the bad news. On the fourth day new growth started to show up and by the sixth day you could hardly tell that I had sprayed the place at all. We had rain on about the fourth day which brings out new growth with a vengeance.

This stuff works but it is only for a short time until the weeds grow back again. As I said, I plan to try adding salt to the mixture and doing the whole experiment again. How it works from what I have read is that the soap is only there to hold the vinegar to the plants. Otherwise the vinegar would slide right off and be gone. So the soap clings onto the plants, trapping the vinegar to the leaves. The sun beating down on the vinegar leaches out all the moisture from the leaves and they die.

So there you have an all natural and environmentally friendly way to get rid of weeds from your yard.

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