100% Solar Off Grid House Expert

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It’s interesting to hear about how this guy put together a 100% solar setup that runs everything electric in his house–I assume it’s a rather small house–including all appliances such as an electric stove, water heater and even split air conditioning. Apparently, he did it all for around $14K which, according to him, works out … Continue reading “100% Solar Off Grid House Expert”

Book Review: Amateur Rocket Motor Construction

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One hobby I would like to do more of is Pyrotechnics. I love fireworks and I love diy projects, but unfortunately the regulations on storage keeps my playing to a minimum. However, even if I don’t get to build as much sparkly smoky things as I like, I still enjoy reading about them Amateur rocket motor construction is an awesome book. It is full of diagrams and instructions as well as recipes to make several tested rocket designs. Not only does the book have lots of reference material, it even has a couple “improvised” ingredients – recipes included use common

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How to Make a Faraday Cage in 4 Easy Steps

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“If you’ve been in the prepper world for long, you’ve probably read some horrifying books about what can happen after a disaster called an EMP. And if you’ve done that, you know you need to protect vulnerable electronics. Today, we’ll talk about how to make a Faraday cage to do just that. Don’t worry – … Continue reading “How to Make a Faraday Cage in 4 Easy Steps”

5 Things You Must Learn to DIY Before a Collapse

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As we all know, after a major collapse, many important supplies will be hard to come by. This is why preppers stock up on essentials ahead of time. But while a lot of attention is given to stockpiling supplies, not much is given to making your own supplies. If you find yourself living through a […]

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Giant Moso Bamboo Seeds

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I ordered some moso bamboo from babiesrhere. I got exactly what I ordered, but it took forever – so long in fact that I forgot how much I paid for the seeds and quoted a crazy price on the video.  These seeds are not $50, more like $10 after shipping, but it took me months to receive them. That is not the fault of the company, as they were shipped from overseas, but it would have been nice to know that upfront.  I found the shipping tracking data to be worthless. Phyllostachys Edulis ‘Moso’ is the largest bamboo on earth

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4 Home DIY Projects Worth Taking the Time For

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Home DIY projects of all kinds can be incredibly thrilling and fulfilling. If you’re looking for DIY project ideas that can do wonders for your residence, there are many out there simply waiting for you. It’s critical to focus your energy on home improvement projects that can lead to exceptional results. Try Your Hand at Cabinet Painting Cabinets are undeniable focal points in kitchens. If you want to revamp your food preparation zone, then you should seriously consider painting its cabinets a fresh new color. Cabinet painting doesn’t take a lot of time or skill. You just need to give

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How to Remodel Your Home and Clean up Afterward

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Home remodeling can be an invigorating and interesting project. It’s undoubtedly one that calls for a lot of work and effort, however. It involves everything from comprehensive decision-making to extensive cleanup work and beyond. If you want your home remodeling process to go off without a hitch, then there are numerous convenient and effective cleanup options on hand for you. Work with a Home Renovation Company Professional contractors can offer you a property renovation experience that’s hassle-free, efficient and pleasant. Seasoned professionals can provide you with remodeling service that can accommodate any and all of your requests. Reputable professionals will

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How to Make a Home Security System

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Home Security System The home security system is an essential adaptation of modern time. With the passage of time, the general security system of homes becomes ordinary. There is need to bring something extra ordinary for a home security system. The proper home security system deals with proper monitoring operations of the home. It can be in the form of surveillance camera through set up the proper monitoring system for homes. In this way, it can help to deal with all major essentials of the home security system. The home security system is important for homes. Therefore, customization of home

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Book Review: United States Navy Foundry Manual

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The United States Navy Foundry Manual was a navy field manual designed to allow naval personnel aboard ship to reproduce vital parts without having to wait on resupply. It has a huge amount of information, but is written so that even a squid can understand it. I find this book to be a huge help in designing molds for casting metal parts in my home workshop. Not only does this book cover mold making, it also covers metallurgy, types of foundries, and a lot more. This book, along with the gingery series, should be in every prepper’s library.  you may never

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Knife Blade Material for Great Knives

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Blade material decides the effectiveness and durability of a knife. The materials used for a blade will usually depend on the price a person pays for it, and the purpose it was designed for.  Whether it’s used as a tool or a weapon, there are different alloys and materials used to determine the quality and reliability of your knife. Kinds of Blade Material There are many different kinds of blade material, but they are typically made of alloys. With modern alloy materials, knives have become sharper and more durable than ever. Knife Center is a popular online knife store that

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How To Make Your Own Fishing Net

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While some prefer to purchase a fishing net, some people enjoy the relaxation that comes from making their own. If you are like me then knowing how to make your own fishing net is something you find to be a neat skill to have. If a do it yourself net is what you’re after, there are several things you should keep in mind. In this article, we are going to look at a few things to consider, the materials you will need, and the steps to making a net that you can use for your next fishing trip. Here is

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Stop Thieves from Stealing Gates without Welding

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When I set up my farm gate, the idea was to deter thieves, I knew I needed to weld a washer over the gate pin so the gate could not be lifted off the hinges, but I am not a good welder so I decided to wait. That was a bad decision, as thieves lifted the gate and stole a 16 foot trailer from my land.  They did this after taking the time to load full with construction materials and tools from my shipping container.  Tools that included two welders…. When I discovered it I had to figure out a

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Paintcrete Rabbit Hutch Part 1

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With the outhouse roof coming out well, I decided to jump into a larger paintcrete project.  I have wanted to get back into rabbit breeding, and have planned a paintcrete rabbit hutch for a few years, I just never go the gumption to actually do it. This project is a little different than my outhouse.  I am using better paint, less mortar mix, and sheets instead of window screen. I already had the nails and the mortar mix, but the wood and paint cost me $53.00 at Lowe’s.  The sheets were a few dollars at the good will, so this

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Update on Latex Cement Roof

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I wanted to give a quick update on the latex cement for my Outhouse roof.  It has dried and is in good shape.  It can’t quite hold my weight, but it does hold the kid’s weight well. There is some flexibility with the strength, which was expected.  It is light enough that two people can easily place it on the outhouse structure. Using thick mortar mix worked well.  It did not drip through the screen like my wife expected it to.  I did use a lot of mortar and a fair bit of paint.  However, it was not so much

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60 Everyday Items You Should Stop Buying And Start Making

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Next time you step into a drug store like CVS or Walgreens, stop and look around at all the thousands of items and consider this: At least half of the products in that store are things you could be making at home for a fraction of the cost! It’s true. Most of the cleaners, deodorizers, …

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5 Home Improvement Projects You Should Tackle Now

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The same old look can get boring for the eyes. Upgrades and updates are essential every once in a while. So, while your computer is getting an upgrade and you also plan a wardrobe update for spring, don’t leave your home behind. Home improvement projects will only add to your comfort. Another encouraging plus point is that the invested amount goes directly into the house by enhancing its value. 75 to 80 cents of all that you are going to spend on these projects go back to your home. Also, Doing It Yourself is a good means to move your

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Latex Cement Roof Experiment (Outhouse Build) Part 1

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  I need an outhouse at the land if I am ever going to have workshops and classes. Additionally I have been wanting to find a cheap and durable roofing material.  I have lots of plans for domes that defy traditional construction.   I decided to build an outhouse and perform a Latex Cement Roof Experiment to kill two birds with one cheap stone. I first learned about latex roofs while researching ferrocement.  I still like ferrocement as a building material, but this particular technique is a little better suited to roofs.  The Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Notre

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Guest Post: Building and Construction: Should You DIY?

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Should you DIY your own home? Understand that wanting to do something and actually doing it are two different things. And there’s also a question of whether you can honestly do something well, if you do manage to do it. Sometimes the stakes are low, and even if you completely mess up, the experience is a fun one. But when it comes to building, construction and home improvement, doing something incorrectly can not only be costly and frustrating, but also potentially dangerous. That’s not to say that all DIY is bad. There are plenty of perks to doing-it-yourself. You can

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Most Common Plumbing Emergencies and Disasters

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Plumbing emergencies are among the most expensive sources of headaches that homeowners have to deal with. Too many homeowners have discovered, first hand, what it’s like to fork out thousands of dollars to repair the damages caused by these disasters. And in many cases, prevention could have played a huge role. Here are a few helpful tips to avoid and address the most common plumbing issues. 1. Sewer System Backup A backed-up sewer system is one of the most regular plumbing issues to deal with and is never pleasant to be around. Sewage backups are almost always related to the

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Throwback to a Good DIY: Wall-Hanging Canned Food Storage

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Throwback to a Good DIY: Wall-Hanging Canned Food Storage Well, you have finally saved up some money to make those important preparedness purchases. Maybe you are ready to make that big food storage investment. It may have taken you months to save up for one of these big investments. now that the time has come …

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Kid Built Computer Part III Downloading the Kano OS

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The process to download and install the Kano OS is very well documented on the actual Kano website.  I recommend just buying their setup.  It is not that much more expensive than DIY, but the kit and the kit documentation is much more kid friendly. You are not going to find a better kid sized […]

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How to Mount a Camera to a Scope

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I bought this $12 adaptor from amazon because I needed to figure out how to mount a camera to a scope.  The scope I wanted to use immediately was my son’s microscope, but additionally I wanted to be able to put it on a bb gun as well as his .22lr cricket. I doubt this […]

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How to Mount a Camera to a Scope

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I bought this $12 adaptor from amazon because I needed to figure out how to mount a camera to a scope.  The scope I wanted to use immediately was my son’s microscope, but additionally I wanted to be able to put it on a bb gun as well as his .22lr cricket. I doubt this […]

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Kid Built Computer Part II Setting up the Kano OS

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This is my son and I powering up his blackberry pi mini computer and setting up the Kano OS. Once again, the footage is wonky, my wife was holding the camera and as this was the first power up of the computer neither of us knew what would happen on screen. Our only problem with […]

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PVC and Duct Tape Kayak

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PVC & Duct Tape Kayak Now, I have seen some impressive things done with duct tape. This has to be one of the most incredible things I have ever seen put together using duct tape. The idea that we could combine these two items and make a buoyant watercraft. Traversing water is going to be …

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Small Greenhouse Kit

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Small Greenhouse Kit The evolution from backyard gardener to greenhouse operator is a big one. It would seem that most of us are content with what we achieve in our raised beds from spring to fall. That being said, its impossible to deny that hole in your life when the fresh veggies, lettuces and fruits …

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Prepping Your Wardrobe for Survival

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Let’s play a game! When I say “prepping,” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? What about “survival?” My guess is that most of you immediately thought of food, water, or other survival gear. And those are great answers.  We can’t live long without food and water. But if you had an … Continue reading “Prepping Your Wardrobe for Survival”

101 Paracord Projects

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If you’re a paracord enthusiast, then I have the ultimate article for you. PrepperZine made a list of 101 paracord projects complete with a table of contents, instructions, pictures, and videos. He even lets you know the difficulty level of the project and how long it should take. This is pretty much the best paracord […]

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DIY Emergency Heater for $5

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It’s getting cold out, which means it’s time to make sure you’re prepared for a winter power outage. If you don’t want to spend money on expensive propane space heaters and the like, you could try making your own space heaters, like VP Prepping & Survival does in this video. All you need to make […]

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DIY Sawhorse Farm Table – One Incredibly Cool, Inexpensive Farm Table!

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Sometimes, necessity and fate have a way of coming together, and in the case of our DIY Sawhorse Farm Table, it couldn’t be more true. After hosting our first farm to table event this past summer, we knew we wanted

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18 DIY Bow Projects

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18 DIY Bow Projects Depending on the particular collapse scenario the bow might just be the ultimate survival weapon. Not only are they beautiful to behold but you are dealing with a weapon that can basically shoot sticks. You are gonna run out of bullets long before your run out of sticks. Now. a compound …

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13 DIY Projects Using Cinder Blocks

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Concrete and cement are the building blocks of humanity. When you take concrete and make it into a literal block, though, what you’re left with is a cinder block – an item with almost unlimited DIY potential. To help spark your imagination about how to best make use of cinder blocks, we’ve put together a […]

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How to Make a Waterproof Fire Starter

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It’s well known in the survival world that Vaseline and cotton balls together are one of the best ways to catch a spark and convert it into a flame. So if you have any cotton balls or nearly empty bottles of Vaseline lying around, don’t throw them away! This video will show you how to […]

How To Build Your Own Camping Van Like A Pro Camper?

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It is very much difficult for normal people to buy their camping van because of its high price. To build your camping van is very much tricky but at the same time, it is highly affordable also. It is advisable for common people to choose the second option, i.e. building their camping van and spend […]

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32 DIY Projects for Preppers

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If you’re the type of prepper who likes to spend time in the garage or outside building your own things, then you need to check out these articles from Skilled Survival. There are enough DIY projects here to keep you busy for a while. The first article is about DIY survival gear and includes a […]

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How to Make Gunpowder Step by Step (With Pics)

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In the Chinese culture, there are four great inventions that are celebrated. You may have recognized them at the Beijing Olympics as they made an appearance at the games. They are: papermaking, printing, the compass, and gunpowder. Although there is a widespread belief that the Chinese only used gunpowder for fireworks, they also used it […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Make At Home

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As some of you may have noticed, I’m no longer curating two articles every week like I used to (in case you don’t know, “curating” is when I make a post about an article on another site). Instead, I’ll just be doing this once a week on Sundays. Sometimes I’ll comment on an article I […]

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How To Build An Underground Survival Bunker From Scratch

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The whole underground shelter thing is not as cut and dry as you may think. I have serious reservations about long term bunker living. How effective would it actually be? How mind-numbing would it be? Having a short-term bunker or storm shelter, on the other hand, is an idea that I can get behind. Even […]

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Making a Paracord Bracelet with the Speedy Jig

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This speedy jig is just the thing for tying paracord bracelets. I find it is an easy and stress free activity that you can not only do with your kids, but you can make useful things.   Made from Powder Coated Steel – Not Soft Wood – Wide base Won’t Tip Over While You Are […]

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Speedy Jig Introduction

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This is an introductory video for some jigs from Speedy Jig.  The jigs are high quality steel and powder-coated to last. I was extremely pleased when thety asked me to review these devices as I was planning on making my own bracelet jig, but I did not want to mess around with wood designs. I […]

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Should you Buy Welding Materials One Time or the Same Time Every Year?

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Being in the welding industry can be expensive. With the cost of labor, parts, and maintenance fee increasing drastically every year, one must find ways on how they can save. Although people in the welding industry are aware of the necessity of a regular preventive maintenance of every welding tool they have, they still make […]

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Step by Step on How to Make Tenkara Fishing Rod

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With the tenkara being the latest trend in fly fishing, I have found many anglers longing to get to know every single detail about it. I am lucky to have learnt about it earlier and perfected my skill, thanks to my father. Before I proceed, I will let you know what a tenkara is. Tenkara […]

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Easy DIY Wood Pallet Projects

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Easy DIY Wood Pallet Projects Wood pallets are one of the best materials you can use for DIY projects. They are readily accessible and usually free to acquire. Most of the pallets you will find are free of dangerous chemicals, and the ones that aren’t are clearly marked. To top it all off, pallet projects …

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AR-15 Lower Build

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I’m no lawyer, so check this yourself.  My understanding is that as long as you can legally own a rifle you can make one for your own use (NOT WITH INTENT TO RESALE).  The firearm you build must meet the legal guidelines in your area (i.e no 3 inch anti-aircraft guns). If you can do […]

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Apiary Registration

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The Apiary Act of 1995 includes a section on registration of apiaries. In the Apiary Act, new apiaries are required to be registered with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. These apiaries are required to be re-registered every 3 years. The list of registered beekeepers and apiaries is maintained by the State Apiarist and upon registration; the beekeeper receives a unique registration number. This number is the beekeeper’s personal registration number and can be used to brand hives and equipment.”

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6 Steps to Harvesting and Drinking Rainwater

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Every drop of water you’ve ever drunk, swam in, bathed in, or watered your plants with was once a drop of rain falling from a cloud. Of course, those drops of water were probably purified at your local water treatment plant. But what if the treatment plant shuts down due to a major disaster? Is […]

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Build a Chicken Feeder Tray

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I know chickens like to peck, heck it appears to me that they LOVE to peck, but….  I just have this hangup over throwing their food on the ground.  So for my benefit I decided to experiment a little and make a PVC Chicken Feeder Tray to hang in their tractor. To be honest, this probably […]

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Chicken Waterer

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chicken tractor works really well, but working 14 jobs (or 3) makes it tough to get up early enough to clean and refill the poultry waterer each morning.  So I used the power of the internet to find a new solution. Chicken water nipples….  now I know what that sounds like, but basically they are […]

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Amazing Survival Hacks That You Must Know

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You might not have the scope to drive to the local market to get the things you want. This is when the survival hacks come into play. Yes, the things which you have with you can be utilized effectively. We are creating the list of amazing survival hacks to let you know. Here are 5 […]

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How To Easily Collect Rainwater To Water Your Garden, Flowers and Landscape!

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Creating A Simple, Inexpensive Way To Collect Rainwater When we first started our little “farm” back in 2010, we had little to work with. No house, no electricity, and no on-site well for water. So when it came to planting our

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DIY Mason Jar Vacuum Sealer

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This isn’t really new, nor is it my idea, but its something I learned from instructables.com. This is called an “Alvin” vacuum sealer, and what it does is allow you to use you vacuum food saver attachments to seal mason jars and without needing electric power. I like this alot, and I use it pretty regularly, as I hate getting out the food-saver, but I seal dried food in mason jars all the time.

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Easy DIY Pallet Greenhouse Or Chicken Coop

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Easy DIY Pallet Greenhouse Or Chicken Coop This multi-purpose DIY project can serve as a great greenhouse or chicken coop. Easy to build for a very frugal price! There are loads of garden DIY projects on the web, the difference between this and others is that this is a multi-purpose garden addition, You can add …

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Completed Incremental Disaster Kit

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At Week 21 we are finally done with our incremental shopping list.  Now that you completed your  incremental disaster kit you will have completed many activities that help better prepare your family, as well as have a fully stocked 72 hour kit.  I urge you not to stop here, but to continue to plan and […]

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Build a Hand Crank Generator Out of a Dish Washer Motor

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If the grid goes down, generating power is going to be a top priority. The question is, how can everyday joe living in an urban area generate power without drawing unwanted attention? Gas generators are too loud, and solar panels only work on sunny days. Well, electronicsNmore came up with another option. In this video, […]

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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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Trash Can Storm Shelter

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Trash Can Storm Shelter Laura Nell Britton shows one her inventions, the trashcan tornado shelter, at her Rolling Greens mobile home park home on Friday, July 15, 2011. She buried two trash cans, surrounded them with cement and furnished them with pillows and storm supplies click here to read and see how she made this …

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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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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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107 Used Wood Pallet Projects and Ideas

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107 Used Wood Pallet Projects and Ideas Repurposing is great way to save money, labor, and materials. Whether you’re building from the ground up, need more furniture, or just looking to flex your creative muscles there are plenty of recyclable materials that are super cheap or even free. Snappy Pixels has a gallery of 107 …

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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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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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Need An AR But on a Budget? Build It!

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Many people would love to own an AR style rifle, but most of them simply can’t afford it. Sound like you? Well, James from Plan And Prepared has the solution: build your own! He put together a detailed guide that covers all the basics of building your own AR. I haven’t tried this myself, but […]

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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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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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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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New Fence as a Thief Deterrent

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After having a lot of small stuff stolen from the land, the thieves graduated to taking something of real value. My dad’s commercial grade backpack blower came up missing when he left the land for the day. Hopefully the new gate will make it harder. Now they have to either come from the neighbor’s place […]

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19 Clever Uses for Rubber Bands

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19 Clever Uses for Rubber Bands If you’re in a SHTF situation, or isolated to the point that you don’t have access to a lot of supplies, you’ll need to learn how to improvise with what you have on hand. You can’t have a stockpile of absolutely everything you could possibly need, but there are …

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Bulk Food Storage Using Mylar Bags

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There are many reasons to store bulk food.  Bulk food is cheaper, and when you buy in bulk you insulate yourself from rising food costs.  Bulk food storage is the backbone of long term emergency preparedness. Anyone who has seen images of Haiti, or Katrina, or Tsunami survivors knows that our infrastructure is fragile, and […]

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DIY Ceramic Drip Water Filter

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This post shows how to make an inexpensive DIY Ceramic Drip Water Filter. Water is the most essential preparedness item.  You can only survive a couple days without it.  However, as essential as it is, in our society we can sometimes overlook it in our planning. As a bare minimum, you need to have at […]

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