How to Put Together a Good Fire Starter Kit

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Imagine falling out of a helicopter and pulling a chute. You don’t know why or how you got under this parachute but you are floating down into a thick and rolling landscape of deep forest. There are trees everywhere and you see wildlife a buzz in the tops of the trees. When you hit the …

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No More Disappearing Tools With This Simple Trick! (Homesteading Basics)

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If there’s one ironclad rule of gardening and homesteading, it’s this: As soon as you lay that tool down on the ground, it will disappear! 😉 So, whether I’m heading out to the orchard to prune or trekking to the back 40 for fence repairs, I use a very simple trick to keep track of all the tools I need for the job.

Watch this 2-minute edition of Homesteading Basics to learn more:

https://youtu.be/jWQpYKBZwTU

Then, I’d love to know your tricks for keeping those tools handy on the job … leave me a note in the comments section below!

 

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Need a Quality Garden Hoe? Use This Trick!

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It’s not much of a trick, really, as eBay has been around forever, but it’s become my go-to source for quality vintage tools.

Look at two of my recent scores:

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Sweet, eh?

Right now, there’s a plethora of great hoe heads on eBay.

I actually resisted putting this post up because I want to buy every single garden hoe for myself, but no … I am generous.

The two listings I won will be fit onto new handles. The “potato hoe” style works great in the hard clay here.

The old steel on these heads are a lot better than the new junk you get from the hardware store. Seriouslyit’s amazing. Put a sharp edge on an old hoe and it cuts through weeds like a knife. A new hoe just doesn’t “have it.”

I posted a video about my favorite vintage garden hoe so you can see just how awesome an old tool can be:

That’s the tool that changed my whole perspective on hoeing.

I just didn’t know what a real weeding tool was like until I got a good old American steel garden hoe working for me.

Half the time, the vintage hoe heads end up costing the same as a crummy new one from China … or less! I used a mop handle on one of my garden hoe heads, and it works great. Some of my other ones were re-handled here by a local farmer who cut wild coffee wood to make solid handles. Those look really cool and work quite well.

Anyhow, go ye forth and hunt. Beyond eBay, I also recommend yard sales. Look for the real old hoes with heads that are one solid piece instead of a couple of pieces welded together.

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Is Firepen a Viable Breaching Tool? – Gear Tasting 116

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Is Firepen a Viable Breaching Tool? – Gear Tasting 116 Some subjects just require a video and when I heard about this firepen I thought a video would offer a much better option to explain this tool. The question is whether it is breaching tool. Still, I wonder whether it is not only a breaching …

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The Sol Origin Survival Kit

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The Sol Origin Survival Kit If the SOL Origin wasn’t so damn awesome, it would sound a lot like a cheesy infomercial product.  It can do everything – slice, dice, fit in the palm of your hand and save your life. I Love this kit, in fact, If I could afford it I would buy you all …

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My Wife’s Handy Household tool Kit

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toolAs we get older, we are all looking for ways to make projects around the house easier.  I have always had tools that I use specifically for me. Now we have tools for the yard and the car and of course, Howard’s tools in the garage, but the tools in the house always seem to be all over the place.  My tool drawer that has everything but tools. I never have what I need handy.

Now I have found the right container for my house tools (If I can keep my husband out of them).  I was cleaning the garage and found a bag that a friend gave me years ago.  At the time I thought well someday I will use it. Well, the time has come, I found a five gallon bucket (of which we have plenty) cleaned it out and stuck the bag inside of it.  (The bag of course was meant to be a tool holder in a five-gallon bucket, what a surprise, right.)

I made a few modifications of course since some screw drivers are too long and the pockets are too wide and shallow.  I put the tools in the bucket that I am always looking for to do repairs or projects with.  After I finished the bucket, I was amazed at the stuff I could get into it.  Not only is this a great household use, but in an emergency you can grab the handle and put it with the other emergency items you are taking.

The list below is a sample of my tools and gadgets that I use.

  • Hammer, 2 sizes
  • Scissors, small to medium
  • Screwdrivers, straight blade and Phillips head
  • Screwdrivers, metric if you feel you need them
  • Measuring tapes, I have a cloth one and metal one
  • Electrical ties, all sizes
  • Electrical tape
  • Masking tape
  • Wire strippers
  • Nails (put in small containers)
  • Screws, small to large (put in small containers)
  • Picture hangers
  • Exacto knife
  • Wire cutters
  • Clippers (for indoor plants)
  • Glue (gorilla glue, wood glue, and super glue)
  • Pencils and sharpener
  • Toothpicks (to spread glue)
  • Matches
  • String medium weight and clotheslinetool
  • Saw that folds
  • Small pipe wrench
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Putty for walls
  • Hand brush, small
  • Pliers
  • Channel locks

I am sure that there are many other things that you can put in the bucket, but this is what I use.  I am not sure how much the bag is, but have fun with it and make it your own ready to use bucket of repairs.  It’s easy to store and would even make a good gift for that special someone.

Preparedness Mom

Now I know where my tools have been disappearing too.

Howard

 

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