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DIY Projects Skills / Knowledge

Immune Boosting DIY Elderberry Syrup

Although I didn’t use the specific brand in the video–we purchase ours locally–I made my own elderberry syrup in a very similar fashion for the first time just the other day. It’s really easy to do, just boil the berries in water for 30-45 minutes, strain, add honey, and store in the refrigerator. And, although […]

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Disaster Planning DIY Projects Equipment / Supplies

Vehicle Tools and False Floor

Last weekend we went to Crater Lake in Oregon–the smoke was still bad so we didn’t see much–and as (my) luck would have it, we had a problem with our van since it wouldn’t start one morning because the positive battery cable came loose. I assume it was never correctly tightened down when installed. In […]

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DIY Projects Homesteading / Gardening

DIY Handmade Bricks for Homesteading

Ever wonder what you would do if we, as a society, had to start from scratch? More specifically, which crucial structures we take for granted in today’s modern society that may need to be recreated? I do. While there’s a lot to consider, one of the biggest problems we may face could include the ability […]

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Bug Out / Wilderness Camping / Fire DIY Projects

Cargo Trailer Conversion into Stealth Off-Grid Camper

I must be into bug out trailer ideas lately, and this one is even better than the last one. You see, this one is an enclosed cargo trailer that’s been converted into a fully-functional off-grid camper. It’s complete with a convertible couch/bed, mini wood stove, kitchen, plenty of storage, solar power, a neat way to […]

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Bug Out / Wilderness Camping / Fire DIY Projects

DIY Off-Road Mini Camper

This DIY project is a bit more than I would be willing to tackle, but if you have a knack for such things and some time on your hands I can see how this could become a great bug out trailer idea. What I really like is all of the attention to detail, including spare […]

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DIY Projects Hygiene / Sanitation

DIY Box Fan Air Filter to Reduce Smoke Particulates

I live in Washington state where we’ve had some problems with wildfires lately. Apparently the entire West coast is burning down… literally and figuratively. Fortunately, we haven’t been close enough to any wildfire to be in danger, but we have had some noticeable smoke in the area and I’m told we’re going to have more […]

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Camping / Fire DIY Projects

DIY Compact Campfire Grill

Well this was a neat DIY project to come across this morning. Fortunately, you don’t need to purchase much if you’re interested in attempting to make it. About the only complaint I have is that it sure would’ve been nice if he saved the crutches and used something else like some copper pipe from the […]

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DIY Projects Skills / Knowledge

DIY Fireproofing Material

I’d heard about similar DIY fireproof “inventions” elsewhere but I’ve never seen anyone try to make one before, especially something so easy. Made from nothing more than flour, baking soda, corn starch, powdered sugar, and water, it’s quite an interesting idea. Substituting borax for baking soda appears to have some additional benefits, including being mold […]

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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 […]