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I came up with this design for a hand powered washing machine using plastic drums and a double plunger system a while back. The wringer in the middle makes for a user friendly back and forth motion from the soap to rinse tubs.           The scrub board if needed fits between the wringer and the plunger bracket. After adding the homemade liquid soap, the load of clothes and letting them soak for a few minutes, you are ready to wash.  I found out there is kinda a trick to the plunging. You get into this rhythmic motion and the plungers start rocking back and forth to were they plunge the ends and middle making it where you don’t have to agitate the […]

Survival Guide 101

Posted: 13th September 2010 by milandred in Survival Skills, The Pioneer Lifestyles
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SURVIVAL GUIDE STARTER PAGE   Survival skills are techniques a person may use in a dangerous situation (e.g. natural disasters) to save themselves or to save others. Generally speaking, these techniques are meant to provide the basic necessities for human life: water, food, shelter, habitat, and the need to think straight, to signal for help, to navigate safely, to avoid unpleasant interactions with animals and plants, and for first aid. In addition, survival skills are often basic ideas and abilities that ancient humans had to use for thousands of years, so these skills are partially a reenactment of history. Many of these skills are the ways to enjoy extended periods of time in remote places, or a way to thrive […]

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  While lard isn’t considered a food, it was vital to the cooking process for many years. Here is a brief description of this necessary pioneering activity. Rendering Lard “A 225-pound hog will yield about 30 pounds of fat that can be rendered into fine shortening for pastries, biscuits, and frying. The sheet of fat just inside the ribs makes the best quality, snowy-white lard. This “leaf” fat renders most easily, too — and is ninety percent fat. The “back” fat, a thick layer just under the skin, is almost as good, giving about eighty percent of its weight in lard. A slow fire and a heavy pot that conducts heat evenly are most important in making lard. Put ¼” […]

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I am sure there are not a lot of us today who have ever washed clothes on a washboard like the pioneers did. Cleaning your clothes are just as important today as they were in the pioneer days. If we were suddenly thrown back in time, with no electricity or modern day washing machines how would we wash our clothes? This is an attempt to give a few simple instructions on how this could be achieved should the need arise. Reading instructions is probably not enough, like most things you will have to learn by doing. What you will need: 3 large wash tubs                                    1 large washboard 1 bar of laundry soap                               Hot and cold water Laundry basket                                         Clothes pins and […]