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

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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Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

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

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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Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

3 Tarp Shelter Designs to Know and Trust

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 store […]