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 How to Make Your Own Laundry Soap (5 gallons for about $2.00) Making your own laundry soap can save you a lot of money!  If you bought 5 gallons worth in the store you would be paying around $100!  You could be paying more depending on the brand.  You can make 5 gallons of laundry soap for $2.00. When you buy all the ingredients for the first 5 gallons – it comes out to about $7.00 – but there is still borax & washing soda left, so all that I need to buy for the next few batches is the Fels Naptha soap (which is only .97 cents!). That makes 20 gallons for under $10! You can use essential oil […]

Tree Resin and its Uses

Posted: 1st April 2013 by admin in Making what you need
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  50 years before, the life of a pioneer was not easy as it seems in today’s life. Today, life as a pioneer is quite easy and comfortable, all thanks to the latest technology, modified communication channels and commuting mediums. One can imagine the drastic change that has been brought by them into everyone’s life. A Pioneer is the one who is the first to explore a new area or is the one who develop or be the first to use or apply. Pioneers are also called as an initiator, pathfinder and trailblazer.   Early Pioneers solely used to be dependent on Tree resin. Tree resin is the hydrocarbon secretion of many plants, generally of coniferous trees like cedars, Douglas-firs, […]

There is no set in stone way to starting a fire with a bow drill. There are extensive videos on the internet showcasing the art of starting a fire with a bow drill, but quite frankly, they could make a person crazy. Any skill requires a lot of practice. It is highly unlikely anybody is going to pick up their new tools and walk right out and start a fire. Your bow drill tool set is going to need a little fine tuning. You won’t find those tips in any of those videos. Mainly, because there are so many little things you can do to make your particular set a little better for you. Basically, to each their own. What […]

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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 […]

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  I got “sawdust in my veins” about thirty-five years ago when I was building my house.  Not wanting to pay lumber yard prices for lumber yard quality pine when I had a woodlot full of oak, I took matters (and a chain saw) into my own hands.  I cut the trees and hauled the logs to a local sawmill where they were milled into the posts and beams that eventually took shape as our house here in southwest Missouri.   The desire to set up and run my own sawmill grew stronger every time I bought pine lumber for three times what the local sawmill paid for my oak logs.  I finally made the leap and bought a small […]

How To Make Char Cloth

Posted: 22nd May 2012 by Preppers in Making what you need
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How To Make Char Cloth When considering the most basic forms of survival then the choices are clear. You have to priorities shelter, food, fire, water and defense. Your shelter is not going to win prizes for luxury home design, and your food won’t win awards for fine cuisine. But one thing that is always the same, and always essential, is fire. One way you can make sure you’re not going to be caught unawares with fire making is to make sure that you have some good supplies of firelighter and tinder ready and waiting for when you need them. Whilst there are always the options of using pine resin and Silver Birch bark as fire starting aids, don’t overlook an […]

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This is the new Indirect Solar Dehydrator I finished last week.   The windows off to the side collect the heat, the metal plates inside the windows heat up and put out more.   There is a screened hole going into the cabinet and a DC fan pulls the heat up and through the Dehydrator. The fan is powered by a small solar panel sitting on top of the Cabinet.               I needed the space to dry all the herbs the wife is growing. Then we bottle them and sell the herbs. Pretty cool hu? Thanks for stopping by.    

DIY Shoe Repair

Posted: 3rd February 2012 by Preppers in How To, Making what you need, Survival Skills
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DIY Shoe Repair The notion of a cobbler conjures up images of an older man with a thick grey mustache bent over a wooden bench, using a wooden hammer to nail leather soles by candlelight. Few people would think to take their shoes to a cobbler to be repaired. When soles start to wear down and straps break, shoes are thrown away. However, the problems that prompt most people to throw their shoes out can usually be fixed with a minor repair. In fact, you can easily make many minor repairs yourself. Here’s how you can fix your own shoes to extend their life and reduce waste: Cracks and Splits Over time, leather and rubber will crack and split, creating […]

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        Here is real simple way to install real solar lighting and avoid the cost and equipment of panels. I installed some in the Solar Bathhouse this weekend and it really made a difference.           Using only a empty coke bottle, all I did was wash it out and filled it with water. I added a cap full of bleach to keep the growth down and the water clear. I drilled a three inch hole in the roof, installed the filled bottle and siliconed the heck out of it. I also had to support the bottle on the underside for about 6 hours until the silicone dried. There you have it. One of […]

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How To Make Char Cloth When considering the most basic forms of survival then the choices are clear. You have to priorities shelter, food, fire, water and defense. Your shelter is not going to win prizes for luxury home design, and your food won’t win awards for fine cuisine. But one thing that is always the same, and always essential, is fire. One way you can make sure you’re not going to be caught unawares with fire making is to make sure that you have some good supplies of firelighter and tinder ready and waiting for when you need them. Whilst there are always the options of using pine resin and Silver Birch bark as fire starting aids, don’t overlook an […]