40 Vintage Life Hacks from 100 Years Ago “How to do it”

Hacks

Back in the 1900s, cigarette manufactures used to insert stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to add strength and help them last longer. Along the way, someone had the bright idea of printing trivia, artwork and even famous people and athletes (Honus Wagner anyone?) onto the stiffening cards.

In the early 20th Century, Gallaher’s Cigarettes printed a special series of 100 “How to do it” cards that included some truly useful and helpful tips for everyday situations and problems. The entire 100 card collection is part of the New York Public Library’s George Arents Collection and was recently digitized. [Read more…]

Make Your Own Healing Ointment

Ointment

Ointments work great on cuts, abrasions, wounds and other forms of skin irritation. You can easily make your own salve with a few basic ingredients and ensure that you have supplies on hand during a SHTF situation when pharmacies may be closed.   All you need is some olive oil and calendula along with natural beeswax to provide a stable, antiseptic mixture that is safe for the whole family. However, you can also add a variety of other herbals that have known healing properties to the mix as well. [Read more…]

How to Make Gunpowder the Old Fashioned Way in The Wild(All it Takes is Charcoal, Sulfur, And Potassium nitrate)

Gunpowder

In a survival situation, primitive tools will get you by but for maximum survivability, you need mechanical weapons and explosives – and nothing beats the time-tested combustive mixture – gunpowder. Gunpowder is the earliest known chemical explosive. It burns fast (flash fast) and if placed inside a sealed container or shell, will create a quick burst of explosive energy.  The uses for gunpowder vary widely.  Gunpowder can be used to create bullets (or reload used bullets), explosive devices, rescue signals (e.g. fireworks), ignition trails, and more. [Read more…]

HOW TO BUILD A BUNKER: SURVIVALIST GUIDE TO BUILDING AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER

 bunker

Building a bunker could be a great choice as there are at least dozen SHTF scenarios where your life can be saved by having an underground bunker to hide and spend some time in. So, the idea of making a bunker is great for every survivalist enthusiast and a definite must have for every experienced survivalist. You will come to know that building a bunker isn’t as easy as it might sound, but after you are all settled and everything is done, you will be at peace knowing that no matter what happens, you and your family will be safe. [Read more…]

HOW TO DIG A WELL: GETTING WATER FOR YOUR FAMILY

WATER

If your home is connected to a traditional water supply, such as city pipes, you’re dependent on the rest of civilization for your water. If the system starts to break down or if someone breaks the connection to your water supply you’re lost. You have nothing for your family. But if you know how to dig a well you’ll be able to keep your family well-supplied with water throughout anything. [Read more…]

How To Make Briquettes From Daily Waste

Briquettes

How To Make Briquettes

Do you remember that old saying that one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure? The same principle applies to our daily wastes.

In case you did not know it, Americans are among the most wasteful civilization in history. Actually, I would dare to say that we are the champions, my friends, and that’s nothing to be proud of.

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Portable Machine Turns Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

Portable Machine Turns Salt Water Into Drinking Water

Sun-powered desalination for villages in India

Off-grid Indian communities with salty groundwater could get potable water through a proposed solar technique.

Around the world, there is more salty groundwater than fresh, drinkable groundwater. For example, 60 percent of India is underlain by salty water — and much of that area is not served by an electric grid that could run conventional reverse-osmosis desalination plants. [Read more…]

How To Make Brass Knuckles, From Bullet Shells

Brass Knuckles

How To Make Brass Knuckles, From Bullet Shells

An indirect suggestion my dad made for me to try and make something practical out of brass. He didn’t expect I’d end up making these!

WARNING: Brass Knuckles are illegal in most countries, and metal foundries can reach temperatures in excess of 1,000ºC, which is well above the melting point of hobbyists. This project should only be attempted with adequate knowledge and training, proper protective safety gear, and in a fire resistant area with adequate ventilation. The heat from the foundry can easily burn, and inhaling excessive amounts of zinc fumes can cause metal fume fever. Use caution and common sense. Use of this video content is at your own risk. [Read more…]