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DIY Projects Food / Water Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

DIY Solar Water Heater

Last week I posted this solar water heater using glow plugs video and, while an interesting idea, it’s not very useful when it comes to making the best use of a precious resource: off-grid electricity. With that in mind, I thought it would be useful to show a different idea of how to heat water […]

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DIY Projects Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

DIY Solar Water Heater Using Glow Plugs?

Although there’s no verbal explanation given as the video plays, I think I generally get the idea: Use two glow plugs like a hot water heating element to generate a constant current using a small solar panel and battery. And, while it’s a relatively small water barrel–I’m guessing 15 gallons–he was able to get the […]

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DIY Projects Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

Buried Shipping Containers – So Many Problems!

I’ve long been interested in doing some sort of underground shelter, but never bothered in large part because I have no idea what I’m doing. Besides, it’s a rather expensive prepping project, so I’d hate to get it wrong and waste a bunch of money or, worse, endanger my family. As DIY projects go, burying […]

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DIY Projects Equipment / Supplies

DIY Solar Panel Primer

Solar power is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of green energy in the world. It’s also one of the most accessible forms of green energy, with solar panels getting more affordable every year. When you pair that cost reduction with the incentives the federal government offers to homes that utilize green energy, […]

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DIY Projects

3.5kWh DIY Solar Generator for $650

What an interesting video. Who would’ve guessed that you could fit so much battery storage capacity into such a small space as a toolbox? Sure makes you wonder what you’re really paying for with those commercially-made solar power stations. Oh, that’s right: reliability, engineering, design, safety, warranty, probably better parts, and a bit of profit […]

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DIY Projects Homesteading / Gardening

Best Off-Grid Power: Solar, Wind, Hydro or Something Else?

When people consider going off the grid, there are two primary challenges they find themselves facing: finding safe and sustainable sources of power and water. A few decades ago, doing this meant you were leaving all modern creature comforts behind in favor of a simpler existence. Today, however, you’ve got plenty of renewable energy options. […]

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DIY Projects Skills / Knowledge

DIY Washing Machine Water Wheel Generator

If only I had half of the know-how some of these folks have, nobody would ever see me again, lol. Plus, it never hurts to have a nice stream of continuously running water coupled with a lengthy incline to make a DIY power generator like this one either. Also, in the video he talks about […]

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Bug Out / Wilderness DIY Projects Skills / Knowledge

The Ultimate Bug Out Boat: Living on a Self-Sufficient Sailboat for 10 Years

While I doubt I could willfully live for months or years on a boat like these folks did, I think the idea of a self-sustainable watercraft is an amazing idea for preparedness, and this boat clearly takes the idea of bugging out to a whole other level! Just think how awesome it would be to […]

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DIY Projects Equipment / Supplies

Off Grid Solar System Walkthrough

I can only imagine what an off-grid system like this costs but I’m super jealous, that’s for sure! I really like how they have it setup to run on any combination of grid-power, generator, and solar, that’s nice…

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DIY Projects Hygiene / Sanitation Medical / First Aid

DIY Mask Better Than N-95?

A few weeks ago a nice lady, Donna, sent me an email talking about many things, one of which was making your own DIY masks from HVAC filter material since there’s been a shortage of N-95 masks. I thought that was an interesting idea but, because I already had some N-95 and other masks myself, […]