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Concrete Canvas Shelters: Rapidly Deployable Hardened Shelter – Just Add Water!

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I’d imagine some of you who have recently served in the military may have seen these Concrete Canvas Shelters (CCS) but they’re new to me so I thought I would share them with you. In fact, it was my eldest son (he’s only 11) who pointed them out to me… no idea how he found …

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Free Country Snowridge 3-in-1 Systems Jacket: My Wife Loves It Which is Why I Bought One Also!

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A little over a month ago I was contacted to review the Free Country Snowridge 3-in-1 Systems Jacket. I said “sure” but had a better idea: I requested my wife to get the jacket and review it instead. This was both a good and not so good of a decision as I later realized because …

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It’s Getting Cold Outside, Are You Preparing for Winter?

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[Note: I've updated this list and added a few more things at the end and figured I should re-post it as a healthy reminder considering it's even worse weather right now.]

I know it’s still only technically fall outside but it’s getting down-right chilly out there! At least it is in my part of the …

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Trying My Hand at the Homemade Air Conditioner DIY – The “5 Gallon Bucket” Air Cooler

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I was fairly impressed with the Homemade Air Conditioner DIY – The “5 Gallon Bucket” Air Cooler video that I posted a week or so ago. And, while I understand there are certainly better used for precious resources such as ice and my backup power supply, I thought it would still be a fun DIY …

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Utilize Awnings and Canopies to Beat the Summer Heat, Now And Post-SHTF

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This summer I’ve become obsessed with awnings and canopies. Specifically, I’ve become obsessed with anything I can find and use to shade myself from the relentless summer heat. I do so not only because I can but also because I realize that the simple act of shading is going to be about the easiest action …

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3 Tarp Shelter Designs to Know and Trust

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Seeing as though we’re still knee-deep in summer, I figured it would be fun to show you what I consider three essential tarp shelters to know (or at least have an idea of) how to make. Now, I’m no boy scout and I certainly don’t spend weeks in the woods like some people I know …

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My Failed Passive Solar Heater Experiment (And What I Learned From It)

Like most bloggers, I want to be able to show you cool things, tell you everything is wonderful, and especially share my successes. I was optimistically expected to be able to do just that today but it’s not the case. You see, it all went wrong when I decided to do my own thing and …

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Using IBC Totes as Thermal Heat Storage

I recently wondered about how to store heat, yes, heat. Granted, typical wall insulation is fairly good at slowing down the transfer of heat (usually from your home to the outside air) but I wanted something more “passively active” if that makes any sense. Apparently, it’s a well-known concpet among interested folks that you can …

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Brainstorming Extreme Methods to Keep Cool

Given the ridiculous heat wave most of us are experiencing right now, it’s no wonder everyone is trying to figure out how to keep cool. The real question is: what would we do if the power went out right now and there’s no end in sight to the relentless heat?

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Have You Considered Alternative Shelters to Your Home?

Have you ever considered what you would do if you had to abandon your house? The reason could be as simple as becoming unlivable as a result of a sewer backup or structurally unsound because of a fire or tornado damage. While I fully intend to live in and utilize my home for nearly any …

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