Simple Solar Water Distilling – Easy DIY (video)

I’ve never had much luck distilling water with DIY ideas like this but maybe there’s hope yet. The one change I’d like to see is the collection bottles angled downward to collect more water but then this idea won’t work quite as easily, plus I don’t see why you can’t just tape the lids together to save yourself time…

Could You Rebuild Civilization? (link)

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This particular post got my attention as it’s a question I sometimes ask myself, but rather than it being “me” I wonder if “we” as a society could honestly get back to where we are now after some global (or even national) catastrophe?

Granted, the pole shift catastrophe mentioned at the start of the article doesn’t seem very likely but there certainly are ones to consider–even if they’re not fully world-encompassing–everything from a pandemic to WW3 to EMP… the list is bigger than most people realize.

Regardless, the relatively small list of technological skills included in the following article offers some thought-starters and, while I don’t agree with all of them as being necessary, it should make you start to realize just how dependent we truly are on technology.

Yes, we as preppers spend our time preparing for such events but just how long could we make it before we’re essentially forced to live an 1800’s lifestyle if we’re lucky? A decade? A generation?

Who knows. What I do know is that most of us just aren’t prepared (physically and mentally for sure) for such a drastic change to our lives and we’ll quickly realize just how much we take for granted everything in our lives, from the shoes on our feet to the filament that lights up the darkness, we’ll miss it all one day…

“Most people would agree that when disaster strikes, what you know is one of the most important things you will have to work with. Your knowledge base is the one thing you can carry with you wherever you go. It will allow you to create items from locally available materials and improve your situation, whatever it may be. It is this mindset that many preppers use to improve their chances if the unthinkable should happen.

But lets take this mindset a step further. What would you be capable of doing if a global catastrophe happened? One such as a pole shift that destroys much of the infrastructure, knowledge and people that know how to build things and how they work. Would you be able to recreate some of the things you would need to rebuild society if you had to start from scratch with only your knowledge to guide you?

I like to play a mental game sometimes to help me understand just how much I actually know so I can identify what I need to learn…”

Read the full article here

Food Dehydrating By Pilot Light (link)

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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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17 Ways To Repurpose Motor Oil (link)

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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 of whether there is a major crisis to deal with or not.

Where to Find Used Motor Oil

Right now, used motor oil is more of a nuisance than something else you might consider valuable in the post crisis world.

For the most part, mechanic shops and recycling facilities will be the first places to go for used motor oil, but you should also consider…”

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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…