Can You Build a House With 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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Things They Do not Want You to Know — Motorbike that runs on Water: 1 liter to travel 500km


Things They Do not Want You to Know — Motorbike that runs on WATER: 1 liter to travel 500km

A water-powered motorbike with the ability to travel up to 310 miles on a litre of H20 is turning heads in Brazil.

The ‘T Power H20’ motorcycle was created by Sao Paulo-based public officer Ricardo Azevedo and can even be powered on polluted river water.

The design features a combination of water and a single external car battery, which is used to produce electricity and separate hydrogen from the water molecule.

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How TEG Power Generator & Thermoelectric Generator Work

 Power Generator

How TEG Power Generator & Thermoelectric Generator Work

Newly designed thermoelectric power generators (TEG), will operate at an industry leading 7-8% efficiency. Our research goal is to increase that to 10% net efficiency. First prototype elements were tested in February 2009 with some success. The new element design will eventually be manufactured on automated equipment, making them the first to be manufactured using full automation.
The new elements are very high power in the 100 to 200 amp power range. The cost to produce these elements should be lower than present elements in large quantities with greater power output ability.


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10 Simple, Cheap Home Gardening Innovations to Set You on the Path to Food Independence


10 Simple, Cheap Home Gardening Innovations 

The issue of food quality and food independence is of critical importance these days, and people are recognizing just how easy and fun it is to grow your own food at home. When renegade gardener Ron Finleysaid, “growing your own food is like printing money,” he was remarking on the revolutionary nature of re-establishing control over your health and your pocket book as a means of subverting the exploitative and unhealthy food systems that encourage the over-consumption of processed and fast foods. [Read more…]

Building your own generator (on the cheap).


Building your own generator (on the cheap).


A completed generatorWe will discuss how to build your own generator that looks something like this.

This generator was built using a 3 horse power Briggs and Stratton horizontal shaft motor, a GM 65 amp automotive alternator (with built in voltage regulator), a used car battery, a pulley and V-belt, a 12 volt cigarette lighter outlet box with fuse, a DC to AC power converter, a low voltage control switch, a scrap of 3/4″ plywood, a few scraps of 2 x 4 lumber, 4 wheels, and two battery cables. We also used a custom designed bracket manufactured for Epicenter to make it all come together in a snap.

In the photo above, we used an 8″ pulley on the motor. Subsequent testing indicates that a 5″ pulley is the correct size to use for this application. We have however, provided data (in the pulley discussion section) for 8″, 6″ and 5″ pulley sizes.

Please note that a safety guard should be installed to cover the belt and pulleys! This guard is not installed so that the photographs show the most detail! If you plan to actually use a generator of this type, Please, Please make sure you install a safety guard!

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Building your own gun for SHTF-Bullet shortage? No problem: Make your own

Building your own

Building your own gun for SHTF

In prepping there are few things more important than protecting the lives of yourself and your loved ones. It’s your duty to ensure their safety by any means necessary even in the toughest of times. As a prepper you probably own a firearm (or several) as a means of defense for you and your family.

What happens however, when the government comes to take away your guns? How will you protect the ones you care about the most? Most preppers will not last very long without an effective way to protect their lives.

As you probably know, you are required to fill out several forms when purchasing a firearm and that information is passed on to the federal government. What if you could legally own a gun that doesn’t technically exist? California senator De Leon would call it a “Ghost Gun”.EMPtr04

What exactly do I mean by this? In The United States, an unlicensed individual may manufacture their own firearm for their own personal use but not for sale or transfer. This means that an individual can build an AK-47 or a semi-automatic Browning m1919 completely off the books.

For preppers this means that you can build and set aside a weapon that only you know about. Best of all you do not have to even report to the government that it even exists. A little known fact is that you can purchase “80% receivers” for most common firearms including an AR-15 assault rifle.

An 80% receiver is an incomplete “paperweight” that requires the user to complete several functions in order to make it into a functioning firearm. Once completed, you can just order the rest of the parts online and build your desired firearm….All without ever needing to visit an FFL!

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The completion of an 80% receiver  does require some skill and patience but with the use of a quality jig and a good drill press, this can be done in about a days time. A polymer 80% lower receiver can be finished in a few hours with even less technical experience, a one time jig and some basic hand tools.

This is a must know for preppers who are worried about the current political atmosphere and the constant threat of losing their rights to keep and bear arms. Also, if you have a bug out location this would be a great place to store your firearm to keep it completely off the radar until it is needed.

We all dread the knock at the door telling us to turn in our guns but we should be able to sleep better at night knowing that we will always have a backup no matter what. Before deciding to build your own gun you should always check your local laws because this can vary and you do not want to end up getting in trouble with the law.

Also, even though you can build your own firearm you may not legally manufacture “Class III” weapons such as suppressors and fully automatic firearms. I really hope this has been helpful to you guys out there and as always I encourage you all to keep prepping.(source)

Bullet shortage? No problem: Make your own

For a while now, ammunition has been in short supply, and many retailers have imposed limits on how much ammo a customer can buy. At Walmart, for instance, it’s three boxes per day. At Hot Shot Sports in Shnecksville, Pa., it’s five boxes per day. The store’s owner, Walt Schneck, says the store is out of 9 mm ammunition.

“Demand right now is over the top,” he says, adding that it has been that way since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “People got panicky,” Schneck says. “ They are coming out, buying guns and they’re buying ammo, and everything is just going off the shelf.”

In the U.S., ammunition is a $2 billion industry. “All of the manufacturers are operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to try to produce as much as they can to meet this unprecedented consumer demand,” says Lawrence Keane with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry’s trade association. Last month, Remington announced it is expanding its ammunition factory in Arkansas.

Still, manufacturers haven’t been able to keep up, and Walt Schneck says many of his customers at Hot Shot Sports have started to make their own ammo.  They do it from scratch or they re-load casings from ammo they’ve shot. “As long as you can get the bullet, the powder, and the primer, and you have the casings, you’re good to go,” Schneck says.

According to C. Rodney James, the author of “The ABCs of Reloading,” there are other benefits. For one thing, it’s more precise, he says. You can tailor a round to an individual firearm. For another? “You can reduce the cost of your ammunition by about 60 percent if you basically assemble it yourself at home,” James says.bullet1222

To do that, James says you need a press, dies and manuals to figure out how much powder to use. “You can put together a pretty good reloading outfit for a few hundred dollars — $250, $300,” he says.

Tim Miller, of Allentown, Pa., is one of Walt Schneck’s customers. He is a competitive shooter and a firearms instructor with STSK, who makes his own ammo. Miller teaches an eight-hour, $250 class on how to do it. “This is all the stuff I picked up from when I shot,” he says, pointing to brass cases. “It needs to be cleaned first, because if you don’t clean it, it’ll clog up your dies, and can actually dent the cases.”

Today, Miller is making .38 specials for a revolver. He resizes the cartridge and puts in a new primer. That is what will ignite the gunpowder, which he puts in next. Then, he seats a projectile –the bullet. It is a precise process. In a matter of minutes, Miller cranks out round after round. He estimates he can make about 300 in one hour.

At Hot Shot Sports, Miller would have to pay almost $250 for 500 rounds of factory-made .38 specials. He says he could make 500 rounds himself for $77. At the store, he does the math:  “So, you’re about $7 for the powder, about $50 for the bullets, and about $20 for the primers, and that’s 500,” he says. ” So there’s a drastic difference.”

But it isn’t as easy to get those components as it used to be.  “As there has been a run on guns and ammunition, there’s also been a similar run, although on a smaller scale, on reloading equipment and components,” C. Rodney James says. That includes the bullets — the projectiles that go into ammunition. So, some people also make those themselves.

Jim Finnerty is one of them. He lives in Groton, Mass. “You can really save a fortune by making your own bullets, as well,” Finnerty says. “Because after the brass case, which you get to reuse, the bullet or projectile is the second-most expensive component of the cartridge.”

Finnerty says he got into making bullets and ammo for economic reasons. Then, it became a hobby. “I mean, if I had taken up golf, I’d be at the driving range practicing every day, and if there was a shortage of golf balls, and there was a way to make my own, I’d probably do it.”

These days, more and more gun owners say it is becoming a necessity.(source)



Other useful resources:unnamed2

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)


Homemade Water Wheel Electric Generator

Electric Generator

Homemade Water Wheel Electric Generator

A medium size water wheel electric generator can provide enough electricity for one house (3 bulbs, one TV and one radio all running at the same time). Not only you will no longer dependent on the power grid, but you’ll have electricity when SHTF and more important: absolutely FREE. Unlike solar panels, a water wheel electric generator can produce electricity 24/7.

Hydroelectricity is the world’s largest and cleanest source of renewable energy. But despite lively interest in renewables generally, there is an information vacuum about the smallest version of the technology dubbed “the simplest, most reliable and least expensive way to generate power off grid.” [Read more…]

10 of the Best Bartering Items if the grid goes down

Bartering Items

10 of the Best Bartering Items if the grid goes down

If we have an event similar to the nationwide power outage portrayed in American Blackout, there is little doubt that we will eventually have widespread panic, looting and rioting by people who either don’t care or are driven to criminal behavior because of fear or need. The duration of the hypothetical scenario in American Blackout was only 10 days, but for events lasting longer as in a societal breakdown caused by an economic collapse, we could be looking at years of chaos. With no formal way to purchase anything using what would at that time be worthless paper, people would need to revert to bartering.

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Build this open source DIY wind turbine for $30


Getting started with home wind energy projects can set you back a pretty penny if you buy a finished product, but if you’re a little bit handy and don’t mind scrounging for materials and getting creative in the garage or backyard, you can try your hand at building one of these DIY wind turbines for about $30 in materials. After all, it is #iheartrenewables week!

We’ve previously covered Daniel Connell’s open source concentrated solar collector plans, but now he’s back with another great DIY renewable energy project, a vertical axis wind turbine based on the Lenz2 lift+drag design. Connell’s design calls for using aluminum lithographic offset printing plates to catch the wind, which he says can be obtained cheaply (or possibly even free) from an offset printing company, and a variety of hardware and a bicycle wheel.


“The turbine uses the ~40% mechanically efficient Lenz2 lift+drag design. It is made entirely from scrap materials except for the bolts and pop rivets, and should cost about $15-$30 for the three vane version, which can be made by one person in six hours without much effort.

Other than basic tools, including a hand drill, you’ll need to buy or borrow a pop riveter and some assorted hardware (bolts, nuts, and washers) to construct this device. According to Connell’s notes, this DIY wind turbine, which can be built in either a three vane or six vane version, has successfully survived sustained winds of 80 km/h (three vane) and up to 105 km/h for the six vane version.


Here’s a little clip of the vertical axis wind turbine being challenged by strong winds:

In order to harvest the energy from this wind turbine, it’s necessary to add an alternator to the rotor, as well as a method of storing the electricity, but it could also be used simply for the mechanical rotation, such as to pump water or spin a flywheel for other applications.

While there are a number of variables that can affect the output of this DIY wind turbine, including the efficiency of the alternator used (and obviously the speed of the wind where it’s located), according to Connell, using a “50% efficient car alternator (the simplest and cheapest option) should produce 158 watts of electricity in a 50 km/h wind, and 649 watts at 80 km/h” with this design.

[Update: In an email conversation with Connell, he stated that “a six vane version with an efficient alternator should produce at least 135 watts of electricity in a 30 km/h wind, and 1.05 kilowatts at 60 km/h.”]

This homebrewed wind turbine isn’t necessarily going to be powering your home (although a series of these could potentially be used to generate enough electricity to charge a battery bank for modest home use), it might be a great hands-on school project or homeschool activity about wind energy.


Other useful resources:

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Derek Markham (@derekmarkham)
Technology / Wind Technology


WaterFilter1Is it safe to drink this water? I ask myself that question often and most of the time the answer is no. There often is the risk that bacteria, chemicals and pathogens, specifically giardia, are in the water. Rainwater or dew that is resting on non-poisonous plants such as moss is safe to drink as is. There are a few ways to process water to make it safe to drink: boiling it, using chemical purifiers and filtration. This article will provide tips on how to make and use a survival water filter.

What Does a Survival Water Filter Do?

Passing water through a filter will make the water safe to drink. High-quality water filters from a store will ensure that no harmful pathogens or microorganisms are getting into your drinking water. But sometimes using store-bought, high-quality water filters might not be an option. Few people carry one of these around with them all the time. Also, the problem with store-bought water filters is they need to be cleaned, or the filter needs to be replaced fairly often. And you must remember to carry it when you’re out exploring.


Filtering Water with What You Have

The basic process of filtering water in a survival situation is to remove debris such as soil, dirt, sediment, sticks, leaves and any animals living in the water. To create a survival water filter you will need to gather various materials such pebbles, sand, cloth and charcoal. If you realize you are in a survival situation, take some time to think about what needs to be done. Figure out what you have with you and how it can be used to your advantage. Most people who are lost are found within 24 hours. So don’t freak out! Keep in mind that it is not possible to filter salt water into drinkable fresh water – regardless of the kinds of water filters you have.

It’s always good to have some clean, drinkable water stored as a backup in case something goes wrong with the city supply, but what happens when that runs out? If you’re prepared with one of these easy-to-make water filtration systems you won’t need to worry!

Check out this incredible way of becoming food independent on Backyard Liberty, and find out more about off-grid survival on Conquering the Coming Collapse.

This video shows how to make and use the home made Berkey type water filtration system. This one is made for less than $35 in parts and you will see that it will turn the nastiest of Oklahoma water in to clean SAFE drinking water in a reasonable amount of time. This system is NOT super fast (yet…give me time) but it will clean 5 gallons of drinking water in about 24 hours (Website says 14 per day) . I believe that I may have figured out how to speed that up to 5 gallons in an hour or so, stop back and see it I make that work. This DOES NOT make water drinkable without boiling or adding chlorine or bleach, however in a pinch it would beat drinking it straight out of the river. This works GREAT and is SOOO much cheaper than the store bought systems that do the same thing. 


Other useful resources:

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)


How to Build a Food Dehydrator Under $50


How to Build a Food Dehydrator

Next to bacon, beef jerky has got to be the best thing god has given us the ability to make and eat. The problem is that we all know we need protein and meat in our long term food storage plans, but I can’t seem to keep any beef jerky around for longer than a week. But I think I found the solution, make my own, and make so much that we get tired of eating it…that’s a win win situation right?

After researching the different models of store bought food dehydrators and finding that the cost of some of the better ones exceeds $400 I began to research how to build my own food dehydrator for less than $50. I found quite a few methods ranging from using a storage bin to using a cardboard box and some tin foil to full out food dehydrator building plans that included a heater a fan and all the bells and whistles you would get in a store bought dehydrator.

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Because my goal was to make this a cheaply as possible, but still have a final product that will last over time I decided to take the basic principles of food dehydration and combine it with the more complex plans and make a food dehydrator for as little as possible using stuff I had laying around the house.

The average cost of 1lb of beef jerky is about $30. But you can buy 4 1lb flank steaks for that price and make your own.  So by having your own food dehydrator you can cut your cost by 75%.

You can dehydrate all sorts of other thinks like apples, bananas and other fruits, make trail mix which is a great way to get needed calories without all the added weight in a bug out bag. I wonder how a dehydrated doughnut tastes?

I made this video that walks through the process of what I did and the supplies I used. Keep in mind, the food dehydrator you build can be a simple or as complex as you like. And your cost will vary depending on what you have laying around your house. This one cost about $50.

In this video:

  • I explain the dimensions and spacing.
  • I explain the building process
  • I explain the supplies needed.
  • I explain the doors, hinges and what screws to use.
  • I explain light install and venting process.

Other useful resources:3

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)



About Dale

Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is “An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources” Like the Government, police etc.
I don’t believe that the end of the world will be the “end of the world” I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now.

Do It Yourself (DIY) Magnetic Power Generator – Generate Electricity At Home

imagesIf you want to lower your utility bills and make your home more energy efficient you can if you build amagnetic power generator. You can drop or completely eliminate your energy bills if you build a large enough generator that puts out the power you need.

By building a magnetic power generator at home, you will destroy those energy bills. Many people are able to stop paying utility bills for good because their generators supply all the energy they need. As long as many of us have been alive we’ve been tied to the petroleum market but today technology has finally made big enough strides to help us fight back. The use of this magnetic generator is one of the most effective ways for us to reduce our dependence on the big energy corporations.


It’s crucial when you try to use a renewable energy source whether it’s magnetic, solar, wind or hydro that you also try to use less energy. Your energy alternate energy source will be far more effective if your energy use is efficient.

Changing to compact florescent light bulbs, and turning off entertainment electronics instead of allowing them to remain on standby are good ways to start conserving energy. Electronics on standby can may between ten and fifteen percent of your monthly energy consumption. Other great ways to reduce energy consumption are by using air conditioning less or at least raising the temperature on your thermostat so that the machine uses less energy and hanging clothes dry rather than using an energy guzzling tumble dryer.

Now that you’ve started conserving energy you can build your magnetic power generator and provide all of the energy your home needs or at least a portion of it.

If a series of magnets around the outside of a wheel the opposing forces of the north and south poles of the magnets will force the wheel to rotate, this is the driving principle in a permanent magnet generator.

If you then connect that spinning wheel to a DC generator the motion energy of the wheel can be transfered into the mechanical energy in the motor and then into electrical energy. The electricity you have produced can then be sent to a battery for storage until it is needed to run an item in your home. Learn how to build a magnetic generator today and start saving money on your electrical expenses.


how to build a magnetic generator


How to Make a Smoke Grenade

How-to-make-a-smoke-grenade-2-890x395When Should You Use a Smoke Grenade

A smoke grenade may help in different situations. First developed in 1848 by inventor Robert Yale, nowadays smoke grenades have many more uses than their original purpose (fireworks). Smoke grenades are also used by the Military for creation of smoke screens in case of a retreat or flanking maneuvers in order to provide a wall of visual distraction that reduces the accuracy of enemy fire. More so the Army uses smoke grenades to signal their position for air supported attacks.

Non-military uses of smoke grenades vary from signaling your position in case you are lost to fireworks, paintball games, self-defense, protests, spectators, airsoft enthusiasts. However, the smoke grenade class is restricted to signaling and concealment under the laws of war, and thus they are not considered weapons; since the vast majority is non-explosive, the smoke grenade remain legal for civilian use and ownership in most countries. You should be aware that you are fully responsible of these smoke grenades and you should always light them up in a place where things cannot catch fire.

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Build A Rocket Stove, Step-By-Step

One common concern for prepping is how you will be able to heat up and cook any food if you don’t have the nice stainless steel range to cook on? You might have a freezer full of the best steaks but they are awful tough eatin (yes that is the correct spelling) if they aren’t cooked to a nice medium rare at a minimum. A great Prep to either have or know how to make is a Rocket Stove.

Rocket Stoves were developed by a man named Sam Baldwin back in the early 80′s. What makes them so great is that the Rocket Stove concept achieves efficient combustion of whatever you are burning (normally small pieces of wood) at a really high temperature. It can do this because the unique design of the Rocket Stove allows a good air draft into the fire and this ensures you have a near complete combustion of the fuel and associated gases. Because of its simple year ingenious design, it has been used for cooking purposes in many third-world locales (notably Rwandan refugee camps) as well as for space and water heating.

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DIY Preparedness: The 5 Minute Tin Olive Oil Lamp

Got a minute or 5? Last night I made an emergency lamp out of a breath mint tin, wick, and olive oil… in 4:41 minutes. It will probably take you less time but I’m slow.

I love to re-think and re-purpose common items we usually throw in the landfill. I build my signature “outhouse” birdhouse out of old barn wood and used pallets. I’ll have to post a DIY article on that soon. Back to today’s quick DIY adventure.

An easy project is this oil lamp. You can use any container you like. I chose a breath mint tin since I have a large collection of them from each school year. I always hated teachers bending down at my desk and breathing horrid, putrid breath on me. So I eat lots of mints teaching. I also like the tins with lids so I can throw one in my bag for wilderness trips. Just render some animal fat for fuel and you’ve got a long-lasting source of light. It creates great ambiance after the meat has been cooked over the open fire and the lies around the campfire begin to fly. Whatever!

Here’s how I made mine. You’ll probably make one that beats mine like a drum. Please share if you do. [Read more…]

DIY: Antiseptic Ointment

antiseptic-ointmentFor treating minor cuts, scrapes, abrasions and whatnot, most people will reach for the Neosporin or some other antiseptic ointments.

These are great items to keep in your first aid kit, but hold on just a second before you rush out the the pharmacy to stock up on these…

Did you know that instead of wasting $5 to $10 on ointment, you can make your own DIY antiseptic from scratch?

This homemade antiseptic ointment is packed with germ-killing properties that will help treat those everyday minor cuts, scrapes, and abrasions you might have, and best of all, it’s really easy to make. [Read more…]