Food Storage: Oven Canning

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You will never find this Oven Canning technique in a USDA or National Center for Home Preservation website; there are just too many variables to say that the process works 100% every time with every food type. However, if you reread the section on food safety and see that for botulism to grow it needs […]

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 13)

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We are getting close to the end of the incremental disaster kit posts.*  By this point you should be amassing a goof bit of gear, have some new skills, and feeling much more prepared for disaster. Having worked in Emergency Management for more than a decade, I have been to disaster shelters.  While the government […]

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ESI HN03 Bullet Camera SD Card Install

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In this video I show a ESI HN03 Bullet Camera SD Card Install, I am not pleased that I have to take the camera apart and add a mini SD card to make my camera record.  You would think that a security camera would come ready to work. At lease it was not hard. All […]

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 12)

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We are getting close to the end of the incremental disaster kit posts.*  By this point you should be amassing a goof bit of gear, have some new skills, and feeling much more prepared for disaster. Having worked in Emergency Management for more than a decade, I have been to disaster shelters.  While the government […]

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Gear Review: Wireless Doorbell Home Kit With Over 50 Chimes

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hhh I needed a wireless doorbell to put down by the gate at my land.  Since this one says it will transmit up to 900 feet line of site or 200-700 feet normally and I am only about 150 feet from gate to shipping container I thought this may work. Of course, that 150 feet […]

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Choosing The Best Rifle Scope For Survival

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When you’re in a sudden SHTF situation, a lot of things will probably go through your mind. Have you prepared enough? Do you have enough food? Does your family have enough protection? Do you have a plan? Will you survive? One of the most important things to consider if ever caught in a survival situation […]

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Book Review: Harvesting Urban Timber

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Harvesting Urban Timber explains the importance of harvesting urban trees and how to do so. Three to four billion board feet of potential lumber is being fed either directly or indirectly into landfills throughout the United States each year. Case studies illustrate how some cities and counties have reduced waste through the use of urban timber […]

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 11)

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If you haven’t been following the incremental plan or are just starting I want you to realize how just getting started is a BIG DEAL.  The majority of the citizens (and occupants) of this country have less prepared than what you would have if you followed this plan to this weeks amounts. Most people have […]

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Earthquake

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As an emergency manger for a New Madrid Seismic Zone State, as well as someone that grew up near the fault line, I take the threat of earthquake pretty seriously. What bothers me most about earthquakes is the lack of warning coupled with the possible distruction.  Short of moving, there really isn’t anything you can […]

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Nuclear Power Plant Safety

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I have to say, as someone that spent 4 years working as a emergency management planner assigned to our Nuclear Power Plant Safety program, and dedicated to training first responders in how to remain safe during a power plant response, I have little tolerance for the fear-mongering and nonsense that some people in the preparedness community […]

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Nine Tips To Becoming A Better Bow Hunter

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Bow hunting is a difficult form of hunting and many turn to it because of that. They want to push themselves, learn their limits, and be successful. There are many things that can go wrong in every scenario, but hopefully these 9 tips to becoming a better bow hunter will help prevent some common mistakes […]

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 9)

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If you haven’t been following the incremental plan or are just starting I want you to realize how just getting started is a BIG DEAL.  The majority of the citizens (and occupants) of this country have less prepared than what you would have if you followed this plan to this weeks amounts. Most people have […]

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 8)

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If you haven’t been following the incremental plan or are just starting I want you to realize how just getting started is a BIG DEAL.  The majority of the citizens (and occupants) of this country have less prepared than what you would have if you followed this plan to this weeks amounts. Most people have […]

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 7)

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More food (you can never have too much food), but also we are starting with longer term sanitation and comfort. Being able to repair your clothes and start dealing with hygiene issues is becoming important

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Preparing Your Home for an Earthquake

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Compared to other natural disasters like hurricanes and fires, earthquakes strike without warning anywhere in the world. There’s no telling when they’ll happen and most of the time, they bring extensive damage. Being prepared is always the smart move once you feel the earth shaking. Your own home itself can become a danger to you […]

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WT Makes Kale Chips

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We have made a Kale Chips Post before, kinda like the multiple brandied strawberry posts.  However the first time I showed this William was a baby, and when Genny went to make this on Sunday William wanted to participate. With WT wanting to cook with mommy, and Genny needing content for her Healthy Life group […]

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Floods

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Take Floods seriously – floods kill more people each year than any other natural phenomenon including tornadoes. Ask your local emergency management office if you live in a flood-prone area. Learn the area’s flooding history, flood warning signs and alert signals. Get a copy of the community flood evacuation plan. Have a fully-supplied emergency kit on […]

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Mobile Home Demolition

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The Mobile Home Demolition was not as hard as I thought it would be, of course it was messy, tiring, and seemingly never ending.  Once we figured out a system the process went much faster. First we used the backhoe to smash down the walls, and then used the truck and a chain to pull […]

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Recovering a Trailer with a Stump Puller Pipe

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I really want to build a reciprocal roof pavilion at the land. I think that it will give me lots of usable space, shade, and a great place to give classes and hang out. My problem is that information on building a roof like this is hard to find on the internet. I get that […]

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Making a Stump Puller Pipe

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In this article I will show making a stump puller pipe.  There isn’t much on the internet on doing this, but the technique is pretty old.  The problem with pulling stumps is that they are set to resist lateral pressure from pulling them sideways.  They (and those old cedar posts) come out much easier if […]

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Book Review: Building the Low Impact Roundhouse

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I really want to build a reciprocal roof pavilion at the land.  I think that it will give me lots of usable space, shade, and a great place to give classes and hang out. My problem is that information on building a roof like this is hard to find on the internet. I get that […]

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 6)

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In an emergency situation you may not be able to rely on infrastructure. Hospitals may be full or even closed. Being able to take care of small injuries may keep them from becoming larger emergencies.

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Book Review: Homes for Jubilee

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I got the book Homes for Jubilee because it was recommended by someone I trust in the arena of cement work and cement domes.  You may remember the mortar sprayer I got from mortarsprayer.com that I used to build the “Dome of Doom” aka the boulder looking dome I mashed up for the Doomsday Preppers […]

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Gear Review: Esi Hitch Portable Wireless Vehicle Backup Camera

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#WirelessTrailerCamera Esi Hitch Portable Wireless Vehicle Backup Camera Rear view camera Water Resistant IR Night Vision Camera System Trailer Hitch Rear View with 2.5″ LCD Monitor For RV Trailer Motorhome 5th Wheels Having a lot of trailers to move around and not a lot od space to do it meant I needed a backup camera.  […]

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Tornadoes and Other Windstorms

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Tornadoes are Mother Nature’s most feared events because they are her most destructive force. Don’t wait for a warning! The more ready for emergency your home/business is, the safer you are; second, any thunderstorm can produce tornadoes. Tornado WATCH: conditions are right for tornadoes to form in the listed area. Pay close attention to the […]

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 5)

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Growing up, my Mom instilled in me a very expensive habit, I feel the need to east something every day. Each day of food I have stored, is one day longer I keep the wolf off the door in the event of a major disaster.

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Severe Weather

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Keep an ear out for Severe Weather.  Local forecasts are more available than ever, and you can use them for more than just planning how to dress! When you hear special weather information, as opposed to just a forecast, know what you’re hearing.  What’s the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING? WATCH: conditions are […]

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Burglary Prevention

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If you want tips on burglary prevention experience has shown us that burglars like many things (mostly other people’s things), but most thieves prefer two conditions: An invitation, and A fast, easy, undetected entry and exit Burglary invitations aren’t stuffed into envelopes as are birthday party invites; nor do we hang signs on our doors.  […]

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List of Great Books on Bartering

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Just by going to websites like this, you are way ahead of the general populace. If you go ahead and actually prepare you are light-years ahead of most. If we have a large scale disaster, you may be in a position to trade some of your goods (and services) for items you may need. Here are some books to get you started in bartering.

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Hazardous Materials

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The first thing to know about Hazardous Materials is this: If you see a chemical accident, call “911.” Let the professionals handle it! Leave the area and help keep others away. Accidents can force an evacuation; fumes can create problems over a large area. Officials do not evacuate lightly; so if you are told to […]

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“Third Tier” List of Recommended Specialty Books

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Some of these books are more expensive than those in the second and first tiers, others are more technical, and some are supplemental texts that cover the same subjects in different ways. For whatever reason, I don’t find these books as essential as those on the first two lists, even though I bought some of them first….

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10 Reasons Children Should Learn Archery

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Many studies have shown that students who are involved in extracurricular activities are far less likely to develop dangerous habits like smoking and drug abuse. Despite the heavy evidence supporting these facts, only 2.6 million of students from the ages 12-17 are actively enrolled in such activities. If you are looking for a good after-school […]

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Winter Storm

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One thing that is important to know about winter storm advisories is to know the difference between a WATCH (conditions are right for the named event to occur) and a WARNING (the named event is occurring or imminent). Have a battery-powered radio available and stay tuned to local weather forecasts for storm updates. Last winter […]

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“Second Tier” List of Recommended Specialty Books

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I subscribe to a Good, Better, Best philosophy when it comes to preparedness resources. I would rather have a good piece of equipment RIGHT NOW, than have plans to buy the best most ultimate piece of gear someday. Then as I learn to use that good piece of equipment, it helps me know what too look for when I have the resources to upgrade. Once you start to understand the fundamental skills contained in the non-fiction must have list, you may want to learn more details. This next list is a little more in depth. It will be followed by a third list at a later date.

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 2)

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Last week’s list got you through one day of food, so this week we are focusing on the hardware store items to help with immediate shelter issues. Also, as I have learned from working in actual disasters, in many households, a pet is more than just an animal, it’s a member of the family. If this is the case, don’t forget to plan for their health and welfare also.

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Book Review: Chainsaw Lumbermaking

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Once you’re familiar with Will Malloff’s method of chainsaw lumbermaking, you’ll be simply and economically turning trees into lumber on your own! Learn how to select the tree you want, fell it safely, and saw it into a fine pile of building or cabinet lumber. With detailed instructions and over 400 photographs, Will Malloff tells […]

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Non-Fiction Must Read Books

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Having “stuff” is cool, but too many people tend to rely on “stuff” in an emergency, when really, keeping your head and thinking your way through things works a lot better. (Ever watch MacGyver?) No preparedness plan is complete without knowledge, because somebody can take your stuff, but they cannot take your mind, (if YOU don’t lose it!).

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Your Ultimate Weapon Guide: What are Great Survival Guns?

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When you set out on any hunting adventure, the only thing that occupies your thoughts is to get the most out of this trip. But hunting is not just about killing the prey. Your own survival, from any possible threat (of an animal or straying in the woods) also matters. Straying in the wood or […]

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100 Things to Disappear First

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You might have seen this list floating around the internet, I don’t know who first created it, or when, but I thought it brought up some interesting points. I took the liberty of reformatting it when I found it skipped items 14 and 15, and added a couple to make 100. One way or another […]

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Why Have a Personal Preparedness Mindset

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Personal preparedness means different things depending on who you are and what your situation is.  To an inhabitant of the Florida Keys, preparedness means having items to outlast a hurricane.  To a city dweller, preparedness might be having a can of mace in her purse. To a survivalist, preparedness might mean having a semi trailer […]

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Gear Review: Can Food Organizer

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The cardinal rule of food storage is store what you eat and eat what you store.   In my home we eat can food, and we go to the local ALDI and buy our can food by the flat.  Now we do mark the month and year on the top of each can with a sharpie, […]

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Tips For Non-Carpenters on How To Build Your Own

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I am not a carpenter by profession. However, I have a strong desire for the carpentry work. I have a passion for the woodwork. You cannot deny the fact that carpentry is a significant job and almost all the home needs it for some or other reason. Actually, it beautifies your home interior and brings […]

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How to Wax Hard Cheese

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The reason you need to know how to wax hard cheese, is that the wax protects your cheese during storage.  Since making cheese was the best way to store milk before refrigeration, I think it is quite useful to know “just in case” of some manner of catastrophic disaster (plus I think it is a […]

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DIY 10 Dollar Cheese Press

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This 10 dollar cheese press is much more than the sum of its parts, or its use in making cheese.  This press is the essence of personal preparedness. To me, preparedness is more about attitudes and skills than gear and gadgets.  The way that I build those skills are to create a sustainable lifestyle that […]

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Farmhouse Cheddar

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Today’s blog is about making cheese, and while it is not an “emergency skill” it does help feed a self sufficient lifestyle.  Cheese making came into being as a way to preserve milk without refrigeration, and was a valuable part of historical life. Making cheese in the modern age is more about enjoyment than survival, […]

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Gear Review: prO-Bub Kid Ear Muffs

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#probubearmuffs As a father and a firearm instructor, I have been on the lookout for good quality hearing protection for my son. Kid Ear Muffs are not something I am willing to compromise with. My bot is 4 and while I don’t think he is ready to shoot a “real gun”, I have more than […]

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Food Storage: Potting Meat

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Potting Meat is a “if everything else fails” method. Potting meat is an ancient food storage technique that worked for thousands of years. Unfortunately, the USDA recommends against this process because of the potential for botulism. Personally, I would rather pressure can meat – it is a much safer, however crocking meat is still used as […]

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Book Review: Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, Volume IV

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Reading about how others survived hardship is a great way to prepare to survive. The book Stories And Recipes of the Great Depression os a great resource to do just that. This book is a continuing historical documentation of the impact the Depression Era had in the homes of those who struggled to keep their […]

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Wire Fence Salvage Tip

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I used this Wire Fence Salvage Tip as I removed 5 line goat fencing from a 30 acre farm.  It was cross fenced extensively, and had posts with 5 lines of electric fence up both sides of a very long driveway. The electric extension cord holders I used look just like the one shown, but […]

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Paracord Carabineer Spool

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This Paracord Carabineer Spool project that is very useful for outdoors-men of all types. It is just an way of carrying cordage in a way that is easily accessible. If you can get a section of PVC pipe around a carabiner (more on this latter) and zigzag spool 550 or tethering cord around it, you can […]

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7 Great Homesteading Magazine Recommendations

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Here are some of my favorite Homesteading Magazine Recommendations, These have a lot of great information (and are sometimes the sources of some of my project ideas). I like the term prepsteader as a way to merge the similarities of preppers and homesteaders Subscribing saves a lot of money over buying them at the newsstand. […]

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Book Review: Meditations on Violence

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Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller distills what he has learned from jailhouse brawls, tactical operations and ambushes to explore the differences between martial arts and the subject martial arts were designed to deal with: Violence. In Meditations on Violence Sgt. Miller introduces the myths, metaphors and expectations that most martial […]

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7 Things Dog Owners Can Do to Prepare for Disaster

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Natural disasters can strike anytime especially if you are living in areas prone to hurricanes, flash flood, blizzards, tornados, and earthquakes. With havoc potentially a moment’s notice away, having an exit plan is the best way of keeping both you and your pet safe. However, little thought is put in place on things dog owners […]

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Building a Sawmill Trailer out of a Boat Trailer

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In this post I will share three videos detailing how I turned a cheap boat trailer off of Craigslist into a portable sawmill trailer.  It was not a hard project but it did take a lot of time to think and I had to change my plans several times during the project. This project lends […]

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Recipe: Emergency Food Bar

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Emergency food needs to be shelf stable and contain needed nutrients. It is a plus if the food tastes good, is light weight, and not very expensive. This is not the easiest project to achieve, and I had to test many different recipes until I settled on this particular one. This particular food bar recipe […]

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Book Review: Practical Pole Building Construction

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In Practical Pole Building Construction the author has given the extra dimension of original plans for a lean-to barn, horse barn, hillside house, garage/wood shed, mountain pole cabin, and a coastal house. Pole building construction saves money, time, labour, and materials because it involves limited grading, no excavation, flexibility on site, and few materials. I […]

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The Whys and Hows of Contact Shooting

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Contact shooting is just what it sounds like. Putting the muzzle of the weapon in contact with the target and shooting it. This is done when you absolutely cannot afford to miss. An example of this would be your spouse or child being attacked and they are wrestling on the ground. Traditional aiming would be […]

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Burning Stumps with Thermite

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I wanted to burn a stump with some thermite – so I had to make some. What is Thermite? Thermite is a pyrotechnic composition consisting of metal powder and a metal oxide Normally this is aluminum and iron oxide. Correctly used, it is not explosive, but the extremely high temperatures is dangerous. Thermite is used […]

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Home Defense Bow – Could It Be the Most Effective Self-Defense Weapon?

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This is a guest post, I don’t agree that a bow is anywhere close to being the most effective self defense weapon, but in the spirit that people who don’t/can’t own firearms still need self defense tools I am posting it.  Besides I still get comments on my video discussing why I don’t like the […]

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Conflicted Cards Contest Winner

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Last month the guys at conflicted cards were kind enough to sponsor a giveaway to showcase deck 7 financial collapse. I wanted to do this contest by giving a scenario and seeing your responses in the comments of the video.  The judging was simple, who, in the time allotted, got the most thumbs up for […]

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Attaching Beams to Shipping Container Corners

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As I have talked about earlier I have a thief problem at the land.  In this post I am Attaching Beams to Shipping Container Corners so I can add a palisade style gate between the two boxes so I can fence the area between them in. Since I have 2 40 foot boxes, and they […]

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Insulate a Shipping Container Part 2

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I still think spray foam is the best way to insulate a shipping container, but I am still to broke to do it right, or even attempt a DIY solution. However using closed cell sheets is a decent alternative, and much better than any other ideas I can find online. After measuring and seeing that […]

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Gear Review: DIY Soft Plastik Bait Injection Mold Do-It Fishing

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<a href=”https://www.tomoson.com?code=TOPeb269b20b40434ed0388404dbe4cc2a7″ rel=”nofollow” style=”display: none;”></a>   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0B6HI6 #BaitMold I am only posting this because the manufacturer is holding me to the terms of the review agreement even though I never received the product. Normally when I have a bad experience the company lets me not review the product rather than say something bad (this happens […]

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Framing a Wall in a Shipping Container

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This post shows how I went about simply framing a wall in a shipping container.  I needed to build a room in the back of the shipping container that I can insulate and cool so that I won’t get heat stroke working out at the land in the summer. Framing a Wall in a Shipping […]

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Gear Review: Wireless Outdoor Security Camera

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I need a Wireless Outdoor Security Camera because I have thief issues at my land.  I built a fence for a deterrent, but my Dad refuses to use it because he thinks he doesn’t need it when he is there (But he believes his backpack blower was stolen while he was sleeping in the shipping […]

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How to Make a Camera Mount Hat

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I have been having trouble with my videos.  Because I normally shoot the videos my self as I am in the videos sometimes what I think I am showing is not what gets captured. This causes all manner of problems. I recently bought a new tripod and it came with a cell phone mount and […]

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Best Bugout Flashlight

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I was updating my bug out bag this weekend. I like to do this in winter every year since there are times we can be iced in. I had the toughest time picking which flashlight I wanted to put into my bug out bag this year though! There are so many great flashlights to pick […]

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Instapot Chicken and Rice

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See larger image Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W Instant Pot is a smart Electric Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians aiming to be Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. […]

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