HOW TO MAKE A GAS MASK: BASIC PRINCIPLES AND METHODS (DIY Items Which can Potentially Save Your Life in Case of a Disaster)

GAS MASK

The world we live in nowadays is one where everything can happen, and that means that planning for various survival situations is imperative. Being prepared even in the most dangerous situations is equivalent to knowing how to make all sorts of homemade, DIY items which can potentially save your life in case of a disaster. [Read more…]

Generating Off-Grid Power: The Four Best Ways

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Generating your own electricity

Save on electricity costs by generating your own.

Generating your own electricity can reduce energy costs and ensure security of supply.

For rural properties, it may be the only practical and cost-effective option. For urban properties, ‘micro-generation’ may also be an attractive option under the right circumstances.

There are several options, ranging from solar, wind and hydro to traditional diesel generators. [Read more…]

Goodbye Power Company: Why You May Soon Be Generating Your Own Electricity – Wind-Powered Device Can Produce 11 Gallons Per Day of Clean Drinking Water From The Air

Wind-Powered© WaterSeer

Another major issue with solar energy is that on a watt to dollar basis, it’s a relatively inefficient medium of creating electricity.

Households and businesses that generate their own electricity sometimes produce more than they need. The surplus energy is fed into the grid. Your meter reading then goes down. If you have a smart meter, what you use is offset against the electricity you generate.

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100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel

Rainwater

100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel

During our boiling, broiling, blistering summer of 2012 here in the Missouri Ozarks, water was a topic of conversation wherever we went. Creeks and ponds dried up (some never recovered) and the water table dropped, forcing a few neighbors to have their well pumps lowered or to even have deeper wells drilled. [Read more…]

5 DIY Off-Grid Projects For This Summer

Off-Grid

5 DIY Off-Grid Projects For This Summer

In this day and age, we are all searching for alternative/renewable sources of energy and the sun looks like an obvious answer to our needs.

Since the sun is producing an enormous quantity of energy every day and will hopefully continue to do that for billions of years into the future, all we have to do is harness at least a fraction of this energy and we’ll be able to live off the grid for eternity. That’s the theory, at least. [Read more…]

8 Primitive Skills That Could Save Your Life

 Skills

8 Primitive Skills That Could Save Your Life

Primitive skills refers to prehistoric handicrafts and pre-industrial technology. Primitive skills are those skills that relate to living off the land, often using handcrafted tools made from naturally gathered materials. Examples of primitive skills include: [Read more…]

Build a cold smoker

cold smoker

Build a cold smoker

So you can make delicious squaw candy

One fresh July evening at our summer cabin in Soldotna, Alaska, my husband, Tom, and I sat with friends around a campfire. We talked about salmon, wondered why the main run reds were late this year, and swapped fish tales. Someone began to pass around a clear plastic package of squaw candy — sticks of salmon jerky. As I was a relatively new resident of Alaska, this was a novelty to me. I took one of the amber sticks, sniffed it, and cautiously took a bite. It was smoky, salty, savory, and, well, indescribable. [Read more…]

Can You Build a House With Hemp?

 Hemp

Can You Build a House With Hemp?

Growing industrial hemp was illegal in the United States after 1970 because the industrial plant and marijuana were considered to be the same, when in fact they are different varieties of Cannabis. In recent years, some states have changed their laws, allowing farmers to start growing industrial hemp, which is used in everything from clothing to nutritional products to building materials. Oregon grower Cliff Thomason says growing and processing hemp was stymied because it was illegal, but now a knowledge base for best uses can grow, along with the plants. View a hemp home constructed using hempcrete, a building material that advocates claim is mold resistant, breathable, and eco-friendly.

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