The Grid-Down MultiMachine 10-in-1 All-Purpose Machine Tool

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Have you ever heard of the MultiMachine before? I hadn’t until I read this article earlier this morning.

Apparently, it’s a DIY open source project intended for developing countries “…that can be built by a semi-skilled mechanic with just common hand tools… electricity can be replaced with ‘elbow grease’ and the necessary material can come from discarded vehicle parts.”

That sounds interesting and promising.

According to the aforementioned website, this off-grid machine tool can be used to:

  • build and repair irrigation pumps and farm implements
  • make and repair water pumps and water-well drilling rigs
  • build steel-rolling-and-bending machines for making cook stoves
  • make cart axles and rebuild vehicle parts

…and more.

Like I said, the plans are all open source and can be downloaded as a PDF file or viewed as an HTML document, if you prefer.

47 Easy DIY Survival Projects $0.99 Countdown Deal About to Expire

If you haven’t yet had a chance to grab my latest book, 47 Easy DIY Survival Projects, then now is the time to do so because I’m currently running a $0.99 Kindle countdown deal, but it’s about to expire within the next 40 hours as of this writing… which means you need to act NOW if you want to have your own copy before the deal is over.

Thus far folks like you seem to be enjoying the book quite a bit and, truth be told, I had a bunch of fun writing it. 🙂

Anyway, here’s what’s covered inside…

  • 8 General Survival Projects (create an emergency binder, document your possessions, prepare your pets, and more)
  • 5 DIY Water Projects (how to store water quickly and properly treat it so you don’t get sick)
  • 8 DIY Food Projects (know how to NOT get sick when the power goes out, make homemade MREs, boost vitamin yields of grains, etc.)
  • 5 DIY Cooking Projects (use a thermos to cook with, build a 30-second rocket stove, vegetable can stove, and more)
  • 7 DIY Safety and Security Projects (which NOAA radio to buy, develop a fire escape plan, how to earthquake “proof” shelving, etc.)
  • 4 DIY Hygiene Projects (homemade cleaners, rodent traps, makeshift toilets)
  • 5 “Get Ready to Evacuate” Projects (how to get your bedside ready, pocket survival kits, bug out bag, and more)
  • 5 Miscellaneous Projects (stockpiling cash, makeshift lamps, etc.)

If you’re at all interested in DIY projects or if you want dozens of easy solutions to get yourself better prepared starting today, grab the book now at a great price while you still can.

Have a wonderful rest of the day.

 

30+ Piece Vehicle First Aid Kit

I’m a big fan of including a relatively large first aid kit in your car for preparedness reasons and, though my kit is a bit different than what’s shown in the video, what they include is a good place to start.

Personally, I like to include some serious trauma dressings as well, such as the Israeli battle dressing and maybe a CAT tourniquet, but these items can be a bit much for those just starting their preparedness journey.

Stick with the basics as shown if you’re new to this and add more “advanced” supplies as time and money permit…

Top 8 Portable Stoves for Survival

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The following is quite an in-depth article detailing the eight best portable stoves on the market in 2018 and includes specifics on the different types of stoves available, why you should have one or two (or maybe all eight, lol), as well as key features you should look for in a portable stove.

The list includes classics like the Coleman white gas stoveJetboil flash, and Solo Stove, to name a few. Check out the article to see the rest…

Of course, they offer some solid recommendations, including

“A portable stove is a lightweight, compact stove. One light enough to transport from place to place with ease.

The critical word being – ease.

Sure, “technically” you can move your kitchen stove, but not with ease.

Portable stoves are the kind you can pick up, pack, and store in a vehicle or backpack without hassle.

For it to be genuinely”portable,” it must be small and lightweight. At least small enough for a petite human to carry it by themselves without throwing out their back.

Yet, just because they are small and light doesn’t mean they are not great at cooking food.

The best ones function as well as your standard kitchen stove.

You should be able to use a portable stove for cooking food or purifying water – in camp and on the go…”

Read the full article here

What you May NOT know About Preserving Eggs

I did this experiment myself years ago now and, surprisingly, it worked out rather well, even after four months of only being preserved with mineral oil.

In the video she says the coated eggs can last up to nine months, I’ve seen others say a year, and my experiment lasted 18 weeks because that’s how many eggs I had to experiment with. 🙂

Anyway, she offers some additional valuable tips that I wish I knew when I tried my own hand at this, though I do disagree a bit about not using store-bought eggs because my experiments showed there was a clear difference between the control eggs (those that were left uncoated) and those that did get coated with mineral oil after several weeks, if I remember right.

Here’s the video…

25 Uses for The WaterBrick, Besides Storing Water

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The WaterBrick is a very good way to store water for emergency preparedness, especially for those with limited storage space. And, while I don’t use them personally (I prefer to use 55-gallon drums and other transportable containers) small water storage solutions like the WaterBrick do have their place.

The only major problem is that they’re a relatively expensive solution if it’s your primary option. But, if you can afford them, they’re very durable and quite useful as you’ll see. The thing is that it never really occurred to me to use them for anything but storing water. Read on to find out how useful the WaterBrick can truly be besides for storing water:

“Never has emergency water storage been so important to me as when Hurricane Harvey left my town flooded with 8 feet of dirty river water. In the hours and days that followed, families were scrambling for drinking water of any kind. Thankfully, our home had been spared, so we spent the following days delivering cases of water to families busily mucking out their homes…”

Read the full article here (including the 25 uses)

Rechargeable Batteries Dirty Little Secret

Skip to about the 3:10 mark to get to the heart of the video about rechargeable batteries. In the video he talks about simplifying the devices he has in order to get rid of odd batteries sizes (always a good idea), why you should have Eneloop battery adapters (which are great to have), battery storage ideas, why the Amazon Basics AA Rechargeble Batteries are even better than Eneloops (my longtime favorites), chargers, and more. It’s a good video to watch if you’re wanting to get your batteries in order and save money doing so…