Category: Skills / Knowledge

Weed Eater Generator (video)

I’m not sure this is the most efficient use of gasoline or even a great idea for OPSEC reasons (due to the noise) but the idea is certainly a good one to begin to understand…

Note: I originally found this video here.

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Posted in DIY Projects, Power, Skills / Knowledge

Domed Aquaponics Greenhouse (video)

This is an awesome greenhouse design! Apparently, it keeps warm (around 62 degrees) all year long by only keeping the lights on. Just think about it, you can keep warm AND grow food at the same time with a little ingenuity and bit of power… now that’s a prepper’s dream house. 🙂

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Posted in Gardening, Skills / Knowledge, Water / Food

Food Dehydrating By Pilot Light (link)

Got an old stove with a pilot light? Why not make use of it by dehydrating food. Apparently it’s actually possible…

“I have a really old oven that that has a pilot light flame rather than an electric ignition. I wanted to see if the oven was hot enough to dehydrate food with just the heat from the pilot light. Since the pilot light is lit and burning all the time, if this works I will be able to dehydrate food for free and also not have the expense of buying a dehydrator…”

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Posted in Skills / Knowledge, Water / Food

17 Ways To Repurpose Motor Oil (link)

Motor oil has never been on my radar as something to re-purpose, that’s for sure. Now, every other oil on the planet has but NOT motor oil, lol. Regardless, I was quite surprised if the following suggestions are true as I’d never expected motor oil to be this potentially useful in ways other than in your vehicle. Granted, some of the suggestions are a bit over-the-top but if even half of them aren’t then motor oil may be something to hoard even more than you might otherwise expect:

“Motor oil is commonly considered a waste material, but it may become something of value to people trying to put their lives back together in a post-crisis world. People will try to scavenge whatever may be of use, and it’s understandable since it will take some time for mechanization to re-emerge with new products.

You’ll also have to deal with what you have, so learn to speak multipurpose, and don’t skip motor oil from this equation. So here’s how to reuse motor oil regardless

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Posted in Equipment / Supplies, Everything Else, Skills / Knowledge

Solar Fresnel Lens Array (video)

Not sure why you would need two focal points like this just to start a fire using a large Fresnel lens, but I like the outside the box type of thinking involved…

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DIY Rope from Plastic Bottles (video)

I’m wondering how useful this “rope” will be for any survival situation as he didn’t show it being used at all but this is an idea I’d never considered before and since plastic bottles can be found nearly everywhere it can’t hurt to store this knowledge in the back of your brain should you ever need it…

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17 Milk Jug Survival Hacks (video)

Normally, I’m not a fan of milk jugs for survival but this video certainly makes me reconsider keeping them around post-SHTF…

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The Berry Edibility Rule + One To Avoid (video)

Good to remember the berry edibility rule…

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Posted in Skills / Knowledge, Water / Food

How To Build An Off Grid Gravity Fed Water System (link)

This is an easy way to get water flowing for small uses, such as washing hands or doing the dishes, and if you include an in-line water filter such as the then you’ll be well on your way to ditching your indoor plumbing, lol…

“An off grid Gravity Fed Water System is a great  option for  running water. Since many of us off grid dwellers and tiny house owners do not have running water.  Yes, you can live without running water. Indoor plumbing has been around a long time but mostly for the wealthy. Your average 16th century English Farmer would have to carry in water. The same still holds true for many parts of the world today.

The system I’m going to show you how to build is not a whole house solution. The principles will scale up, though. This is a cheap and easy solution to get a gravity fed water system for a sink. So this is perfect for doing a few loads of dishes, brushing teeth or hand washing.

Best of all this build is both easy and cheap. I built the

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Posted in Hygiene / Sanitation, Skills / Knowledge, Water / Food

Perfect Fire Starting Tinder: Pencil Sharpener Shavings (video)

Like he says, go buy one of those large pencil sharpeners from your nearest hardware store (the ones used to sharpen carpenter’s pencils), pop the end off, and you’re ready to make perfect fire starting tinder!

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Posted in Camping / Fire, Skills / Knowledge