DIY Mason Jar Bee Hive

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DIY Mason Jar Bee Hive Making a mason jar beehive is super easy and the benefits of having one will help you out beyond belief. These are so simple this hive thrives in urban areas too. If you know anything about bees you know that having your own hive can be as easy as a …

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Straw Bale Homes

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 Straw Bale Homes You may look at this post and say this is ridiculous, and that is the very thing I thought before researching into this concept more. You may think that you can huff and puff and blow this house down, but unless your name is Superman, think again.  The Straw Bale hasn’t been around nearly …

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How To Make Hot Ice Using Homemade Sodium Acetate

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How To Make Hot Ice Using Homemade Sodium Acetate Before you attempt this please do it with safety glasses on and be careful, as with any chemicals. You do this at your own risk please take the time to read our disclaimer Sodium acetate or hot ice is an amazing chemical you can prepare yourself from …

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Easy DIY Forge Out Of An Old Sink

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Easy DIY Forge Out Of An Old Sink Easy DIY project we all could at least try and get some sort of blacksmithing skills before SHTF. I love the simplicity of this forge set up.I think having a little knowledge of this old skill could come in very handy if SHTF. Not only is this …

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How To Build A Semi-Permanent Family Shelter

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How To Build A Semi-Permanent Family Shelter Shelter is one of the most important things you need to know how to make in an emergency situation. This awesome, family size shelter is just a large “debris shelter” for all intense and purposes but with the added protection from the rain because of the tarp or …

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How To Make A Water Vessel Out Of A Log With Fire

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How To Make A Water Vessel Out Of A Log With Fire Did you know that you could use a log to store water in if SHTF? It’s a real easy project to do, it just takes time, that’s why I am calling it a weekend project. Whoever wrote the original article first language probably …

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DIY Naturally Cool Cob Playhouse

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DIY Naturally Cool Cob Playhouse If you have kids / grand-kids, this easy CHEAP naturally cool cob playhouse project needs to be built. This project will earn you respect points with the little ones and give them a little retreat to cool off in the summer heat. After looking at the instructable, I think this …

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DIY Rabbit Hutch From Wooden Pallets

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DIY Rabbit Hutch From Wooden Pallets If you want to build an attractive, yet affordable, Rabbit Hutch then pallets are the way to go. They are generally strong, hard wood and best of all free (ask a local business if you take theirs off their hands) or at the most a few dollars per pallet. I have for many years …

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How to Build a Self Watering Rain Gutter Grow System

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How to Build a Self Watering Rain Gutter Grow System Learn how to make a self watering rain gutter grow system. Be the envy of your neighbors and grow the best vegetables with minimal effort and watering on your part! Larry from YouTube shows us how. Having a garden is every preppers dream. Some are …

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Make A Fire Piston For $1

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Make A Fire Piston For $1 The fire piston is one of the most amazing survival fire starting device ever conceived! Make this fire piston for a dollar or even if you have to buy the plastic still very cheap to make. This fire piston is made our of acrylic and works every time, the …

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The EXO: Post-Disaster House

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The EXO: Post-Disaster House These cool, post disaster houses would be sufficient for survival. Great for the aftermath of natural disasters. If you have a good DIY head on your shoulders, maybe you could pre build this style on your land or bug out property. These can be linked together to make a community or …

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14+ Awesome DIY Garden Sheds Plans

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14+ Awesome DIY Garden Sheds Plans I think with 14+ awesome DIY garden sheds to choose from you will be a busy bee this spring/summer. If you have been following me for a while now, you should know I too constructed an 8 x 10 x 8 shed or as I like to say my “man …

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How To Build a Debris Hut

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How To Build a Debris Hut This shelter is one of the simplest and most versatile. It is made of sticks and branches, covered with leaves and other debris materials, hence the name. The debris shelter has saved a lot of people from death, it is one of the best survival shelters there is. You …

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DIY Pallet and Reclaimed Wood Ideas

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DIY Pallet and Reclaimed Wood Ideas Building DIY projects with pallets and reclaimed wood is one of the most satisfying upcycling projects I think you can do. Not only is building this pallets and reclaimed wood frugal it saves perfectly good wood that would otherwise just be thrown away. Just off the top of my head, …

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How To And Why You Need To Make A Solowheel Pack

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How To And Why You Need To Make A Solowheel Pack This is a great project and I am so glad I found it and shared it with you folks! I have seen these in a catalog for 700 bucks! That is ridiculous, why spend all of that money when you can make your own …

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DIY Vertical Garden Planter From a 55 Gallon Plastic Barrel

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DIY Vertical Garden Planter From a 55 Gallon Plastic Barrel This great DIY Vertical Garden Planter can help you grow a lot of food or plants in a small space. This project is easy, cheap and great fun. All you need to make these are an old plastic 55 gallon drum (be sure that no chemicals …

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28 Amazing Uses For Old Pallets

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28 Amazing Uses For Old Pallets Although some people may not see the utility of wood pallets, we have highlighted these on our website many times given how simple it is to re-purpose them into useful items. The below article lists 28 creative uses for old pallets that might have you knocking on the doors …

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Highlander visits Makers on Acres

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Highlander visits Makers on Acres
Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps

Makers on Acres 160x160In this episode we talk with Brett Bauma about his upcoming show Makers On Acres Tech, Build and Grow. Brett will go over the basics of what his show is all about.

12-21-15-8f2cd116f1f4cda0c8b03e59d379e9bc-300x200Brett Bauma, the host of the Makers On Acres Tech, Build and Grow show is going to talk to us about his upcoming shows, and where they are headed. Brett started Makers On Acres with his 8 year old son about 6 months ago with a vision of coupling homesteading and technology to bring their audience a new perspective on efficient paths to self reliance. Brett comes from a background of being a Journeyman level carpenter, and many years in the automation, process control and electrical fields where he still works as an electrician.

12-21-15-1-300x225Combining his knowledge and experience in electrical and automation with his passion for gardening and homesteading, Brett will be bringing some wonderful projects to the DIY world that will help all create a more productive and efficient life.

Many of the technologies that Makers On Acres focus’ on in their projects are open source platforms designed for the DIY maker/inventor. Some of the platforms include the Arduino, Rasberry PI, Orange PI and many others. These systems can be easily customized and programmed to do a multitude of tasks autonomously.  These systems are easily programmed and are adaptable to a large selection of sensors and add on’s (Shields). The development boards have a large number of open forums and coding that is available to help the entry level user hit the ground running with their new projects.

Brett hopes that through his show he will be able to inspire new projects, educate the DIY enthusiast and teach new users so that they can start building their creations and making their own dreams realities.
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Automated Greenhouses!

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Automated Greenhouses!
Brett Bauma “Makers On Acres

GreenhousesOn this broadcast of Makers On Acres Technology, Build, and Grow Show we discuss automated greenhouses and how we can take a simple idea of sheltering plants, and turn it into a year around food producing machine.
Bringing in small technologies like the Arduino micro controllers and other sensors, we can advance our control over the plants and greenhouse environment, therefore increasing our production and freeing up time in our schedules.

GreenhousesBasic technologies like the Arduino micro controller and other systems of similar designs are an affordable solution that allows anyone the ability to develop their own systems and create a solution tailored to their unique situation. Many of these systems are open source and there are vast communities and forums available to help the new users on how to program and design their systems.

One very important factor in the design and build of our automated greenhouse is planning and purposing space correctly so that we can maximize every square inch of the greenhouse. Currently aquaponics is on the rise, and rightfully so as it is a wonderful system, but we must also plan in other systems as well. The old saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is a great one for greenhouse design on a homestead or farm. If you are building a system to provide food for you and your family, you must “Hedge your bets” and diversify your growing systems. Relying solely on one system can be disastrous if that system fails. Creating multiple systems can not only provide different results, but also provide opportunity for different crops and a more vast selection of food for you and your family.

We will dive into different systems, technologies, plants, building techniques and more. We hope you will tune in and join our discussion as we dive into the world of greenhouse food production.
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How To Build a Deluxe Barrel Stove

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How To Build a Deluxe Barrel Stove Prepping is the name and prepping is the game! Having a reliable heating system makes winter a more enjoyable, less stressful season. Most homes have central heating with oil, gas, or electricity for fuel and these are reasonably dependable even if evermore expensive to use. Many folks use wood-stoves for …

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How To Build A Rocket Stove 6 Different Plans

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How To Build A Rocket Stove 6 Different Plans Rocket stoves are fantastic cooking machines… They can produce a lot of heat, from very little fuel…. See how you can make one … 6 different ways! I have built many brick rocket stoves over the past few years. Most of the time I built these …

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