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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Insulate a Shipping Container Part 1

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This post shows how I started to insulate a shipping container. I am working on my 40 foot shipping container so that I have a nice condensation free insulated room that I can both heat and cool.  the first thing I did was frame in a wall about 10 feet from the back of the […]

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DIY Infinity Table

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DIY Infinity Table DIY woodworking projects are a fun hobby and can be a great way to generate income. There are countless designs you can come up with, and it can be a thrill to craft something unique. If you’re looking to build an impressive piece that’s also functional, be sure to check out this …

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Camping: Fishing Button

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I first saw this Fishing Button on a Doomsday Prepper video from Scott Hunt, but I have also seen it in many other places online. After making some modifications of my own, I decided to make a couple to stick in my bug out bags. It is smaller and lighter than the other PVC fishing pole […]

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How To Build an Underground Greenhouse (Multiple Designs!)

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How To Build an Underground Greenhouse (Multiple Designs!) Growing your own food isn’t difficult in the summer, but winter gardening is a lot more complicated. It is made infinitely easier when you have a space that is insulated from the elements. The below article shows many examples of people who have built underground Greenhouses, sometimes …

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How To Build a One Sheet Boat

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How To Build a One Sheet Boat Having a boat can be great- you can catch your own fish, have fun out on a lake, or if the situations calls for it, get out of Dodge!  Boats can be expensive, though, and if you can afford a larger one you’ll also have to worry about …

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Quick & Cheap DIY Mead Brewing For The Colder Months

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Quick & Cheap DIY Mead Brewing For The Colder Months This is a really cool project. A few months ago I posted How To Make Mead (Honey Wine) and that went down really well, a lot of you commented how yummy and easy it is to make. Well over at prepperlink.com they have an even easier and cheaper …

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How To Make an Inexpensive Clay Pot Smoker

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How To Make an Inexpensive Clay Pot Smoker (with stuff you can get from the home improvement store) I love smoked meat! Any time of the year is a good time for smoked meat.  However, I do not love how expensive smokers are.  Luckily, there are tutorials out there that show you how to make …

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35 Creative Ways To Recycle Wooden Pallets

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35 Creative Ways To Recycle Wooden Pallets When you’re sticking to a self-sufficient, green, and economic lifestyle, you become familiar with salvaging and repurposing materials. Pallets are great for repurposing since they have a sturdy build and are usually made out of quality wood. They make for easy repurposing if they are in decent shape, …

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63 Practical Tips to Live a Frugal Life

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63 Practical Tips to Live a Frugal Life Did you know that no matter how much money they make, more than 70% people in the US have less than $1000 in savings? Crazy, right? What’s more interesting is that this doesn’t have anything to do with income. Even people who are making more than $100,000 …

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25 Survival Items You Can Make Yourself

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I’ve met quite a few preppers who regularly purchase all sorts of survival items, but who never actually make their own survival items (you know who you are). There are many reasons why this is a huge mistake, but let’s focus on two in particular: First of all, you’re wasting money if you’re buying things […]

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How To Make a Gas Mask From a Two-Liter Bottle

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Although a gas mask is a great thing to include in your preparedness supplies, it’s usually not a top priority for most preppers. There are only a few specific scenarios where you would need one, each of which isn’t very likely. Still, I think we should be prepared for as many scenarios as possible. But […]

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15 DIY Prepping Ideas To Learn New Skills

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As important as it is to gather disaster supplies, it’s even more important to learn survival skills. You could lose all your supplies, but barring some kind of brain injury (or years without practice), you’ll never lose your skills. However, reading about skills is not the best way to learn them. We only retain 10% […]

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Can’t Charge Your Cell Phone

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18 Simple Do-It-Yourself Projects For Preppers

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To some, planning for the unthinkable is a silly notion. But to others, it is simply following the Boy Scout motto at its finest. In the event of a catastrophe, nobody will think you’re strange for being the only person on the block with enough food and equipment to live comfortably for years. You’re a […]

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Conduit Tarp Shelter

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I wanted a cheap solution to roofing my goat kennel, and since I had a lot of conduit left over from my geo-dome experiments and I have been thinking of roofing solutions using ferrocement, I decided to try using EMT conduit connectors. This EMT conduit tarp shelter is simple, inexpensive, and easily put up in an afternoon. I ordered about $60 dollars of connectors to fit together some EMT conduit, that and some rope, zip ties, and some tarp made a fairly decent shelter. I feel this is pretty strong, and using the connectors with shorter runs of pipe (3

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17 Things Preppers Should Do Around The House

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If you’ve been prepping for a long time, you might feel like you’re running out of things to do. Once you’ve gathered plenty of disaster supplies and learned all the most important survival skills, what else is there? A lot, it turns out. Ask a Prepper made a list of 17 things you can do […]

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Basic Spoon Carving

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See larger image Morakniv Wood Carving 164 Hook Knife with Carbon Steel Blade Generations of carpenters and wood carvers have appreciated the precision tools made by Morakniv in Mora, Sweden since 1891. Professionals worldwide trust the quality materials and fine craftsmanship of a Morakniv knife as they feature ergonomically-designed handles and employ premium-quality knife steel that is optimally adapted to the task for which the knife is intended. The Morakniv Wood Carving 164 Hook Knife for spoon and detailed wood carving is single-edged with a carbon steel blade (RC 59-60) and has a single bevel making it suitable for pull

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Batoning Wood

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See larger image Additional Images: KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife, Straight The Ka Bar’ was designed to serve our troops during WW II and is still doing its job, with honors, more than 70 Years later. New From: $67.12 USD In Stock Batoning wood is a common bushcraft/survival technique in which a strong knife can be used to split wood. I am showing it here because it is a good technique and useful and is necessary to know to get to my next post – which is basic spoon carving. Its pretty simple you only need a

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How to Make a Fire Piston Out of a Mini Flashlight

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A fire piston is an ancient device used to create embers for starting a fire. It’s usually made out of wood or metal, though in the distant past people even made them from bones. The principle behind it is adiabatic heating, where air is compressed so much and so quickly that it heats up to […]

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Leather Thumb Guard for Carving

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When carving my first spoon with a hook-knife, I learned very quickly that my thumb and fingers needed protection.  I quickly bought a leather thumb guard so that I could carve without hurting myself. The thumb guard I bought was an add-on item from Amazon, meaning it was so inexpensive I had to buy other items before they would ship it.  I rose to the challenge and bought a bunch of other neat stuff so I could make the video below. Basically the guard is just a leather patch that has elastic sewn onto it so that it forms a

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Kid Safe Sparkler Usage

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            See larger image A Professional’s GuideTo Pyrotechnics: Understanding And Making Exploding Fireworks This book offers a well-rounded selection of reliable, well-researched formulas for the most popular exploding fireworks, including M80s, cherry bombs, ash cans, chasers, globe torpedoes, Knallkorpers, aerial bombs, cracker balls, Flashcrackas and more. For academic study only. List Price: $25.00 USD New From: $14.77 USD In Stock

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Can Cutting Tip

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This is a simple can cutting tip that allows a budding metalworker, artist, or upcycler to quickly, easily, and safely remove the tops and bottoms of soda cans so that they can make sheets of thin aluminum for projects. To cut the tops off of soda cans all you need to do is to use a can opener to bite around the edges of the tops and bottoms of the cans.  A safety opener works best so that you don’t have sharp edges, but I use a normal one. I know that is pretty simplistic, but I cannot tell you

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] Cabinet Cork

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After the unfortunate kitchen fire (NOT related to any projects by the way), I looked at all sorts of ideas for new kitchens. I saw this idea on pinterest and thought it was really cool. It took me a while to let the new wear off of the cabinets before my wife would let me modify them – even for such a cool idea. Basically we just glued cork tiles inside the cabinet doors – as long as you make sure each square is glues straight and go slow it’s really easy. Now we can pin up recipes, shopping lists,

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Living Roof Chicken Coop

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I wanted to make a living roof chicken coop that fit over my raised beds for several reasons – but mostly because I wanted to try out the living roof concept small scale. Other reasons were to allow a raised bed to lie fallow and have the chickens both add fertilizer and scratch out the weed seeds, I also decided I wanted something that was easier than my dome chicken coop when it came to gathering eggs (even thought the dome definitely did as it designed when it came to keeping dogs away from my chickens. I kept the design

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Straight Cuts on Plywood

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This is a simple trick to help you make straight cuts on plywood or other wide materials.  I wish I would have learned it sooner, as I never can cut wood and follow a line. To cut wood simply, just measure from the edge of the blade guide to the inner edge of the blade.  This accounts for the kerf of the blade – or the amount of wood lost to the cut. Take that measurement and add it to the distance you need to cut and mark it on your plywood. For example if I need a 2 foot

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Gardening Tip: Line Flowerpots with a Coffee Filter

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This idea came from this old house, and it works great for gardening, but in keeping my eyes open to solutions, it also works great for my zeer pot. When I made it, I used duct tape to seal the hole in the pot, but the quickly failed. If you line flowerpots and planters with coffee filters it will stop soil from falling through the drainage hole. See larger image BUNN BCF100-B 100-Count Basket Filter The BUNN BCF100B 100-Count Coffee and Tea Filters are specially designed to work with BUNN brewers. The selection of coffee filters is a vital step

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DIY Human Powered Washing Machine

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How often do you do laundry? Maybe it’s once or twice a week. For some people it’s everyday. What would happen if you couldn’t do laundry anymore? First you’d be digging out old clothes that either don’t fit or that you don’t like anymore. Next you’d end up turning shirts and underwear inside out. But […]

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Improvised Lock Nuts

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I would not recommend using improvised lock nuts in any life safety application, however, there are times when a nut may vibrate loose and cause problems, but you are in a position where you can’t get to the store to purchase the correct lock nut for you use. In installing a solenoid while I was making my generator electric start I needed to finish before the wife got home and could not waste another hour in a round trip to the store – I also couldn’t have any more hardware store charges on the debit card that day as I

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9 Easy Steps to Make Your Own Charcoal

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One of the simplest and most popular ways to cook without power is with a charcoal grill. But what if you run out of charcoal? If you’re living through a long-term disaster, you can’t just run to the store for more. Instead, you’ll need to make your own. Fortunately, charcoal is not that difficult to […]

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Improvised Hydraulic Line End Cap

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DIY Autoclave

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A pressure canner allows you to create very hot temperatures by adding heat to steam under pressure, this allows pressure canners to be used for all sorts of things. In this post we will use it to sterilize equipment. An autoclave is used in hospitals and doctor’s offices to sterilize equipment, and while I am not advocating using this to sterilize equipment for home surgery – being able to sterilize things (for brewing as an example) is very useful First, because you are using a pressure vessel you need to read your manual. I am by no means a safety

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Hydraulic Hose Indentification

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Toilet Paper Holder

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If you want a more watertight Toilet Paper Holder holder than the one we showed you a few months ago h, I have a more complex version. This version uses a 2-liter soda bottle, some string, tape and a ziplock bag. Cut the bottle in half, ensuring that the end with the spout is deep enough to hold your roll. Split the bottom of a heavy duty freezer bag and place the split end over and around the cut end of your bottle. Duct tape the bag to the bottle. – This should make an opening on either end – the

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Difference Between Flare Nut and Combination Wrenches

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Knots: Reef Knot (AKA Square Knot)

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The Reef Knot is probably the best known knot. It is easy to tie and is useful for low strain ties. However, most people know the reek knot as the square knot. The knot is popular among sailors, climbers, and gift wrappers for its convenience and ease of tying. One of the simplest knots available, the square knot nevertheless proves plenty strong for most casual applications. What I like best about it is, that if you grab one rope ends that are not under strain, and pull it back toward the knot, a properly tied square knot will untie itself.

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