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Extension Cords and Pigtails

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Alternative Energy
In the last Alternative Energy article, we discussed Direct Current (DC) power distribution using DC to DC converters and home-made distribution boxes. But, what if you wanted to use multiple distribution boxes, maybe in different rooms of your home? How would you get your supply power from point A to…

Beginners Mini-Guide to Bow Hunting

Thursday, 21 November 2013 01:01 Written by
Published in Food
Venison is much lower in cholesterol and fat than grain-fed beef, but unless you do your own hunting, it is difficult to find fresh venison. During the 2012-13 archery season in Illinois, hunters harvested about 180,669 deer. If you have completed the Illinois hunting safety course and are ready to start filling…

DC Power Distribution

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Alternative Energy
We often receive questions concerning power distribution for our Solar Ammo Can Project, specifically “what will the ammo can power” or “how would you go about charging a cell phone”. Realistically, the Solar Ammo Can Project was designed as an introduction to Solar Power; by understanding how the components work…

The Stranger in a Stairwell

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Mental Preparedness
Ready for the next uncomfortable topic? It’s not as sexy as our favorite firearms, it’s not as cool as our reading lists, and it’s far from as comforting as our food supplies. It’s rape, the attempt to prevent it and how it’s dealt with afterward. I think we all expect…

When the Hazard Hits Home: Preppers Love Helpful Gadgets

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 01:22 Written by
Published in Preparedness
With each day that passes comes another chance for disaster to strike. As your awareness grows about the dangers of doom, you have assessed your family's survival situation and your preparedness plan's foundation is set: you've made an escape route, learned basic safety skills and have a pretty solid disaster…
Have you ever asked yourself, “If I were a burglar, how would I enter my home?” Well, that simple question can save you thousands of dollars in damage and stolen property. How, you ask? Well, getting in the mindset of an intruder can expose vulnerabilities within your home; most are…

The Raccoon Guide to Resources: Wood and Plastic

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in On a Budget
You know one of the most impressive things about raccoons? Their ability to adapt to using what is essentially trash to not only survive, but thrive. The Prepper Link forum has a topic thread called “Reusing things for  prepping”.  It’s chock full of good ways to repurpose items. Raccoons take…

The Raccoon Guide to Resources: Pallets and Buckets

Sunday, 06 October 2013 01:00 Written by
Published in On a Budget
You know one of the most impressive things about raccoons? Their ability to adapt to using what is essentially trash to not only survive, but thrive. The Prepper Link forum has a topic thread called “Reusing things for  prepping”. It’s chock full of good ways to re-purpose items. Raccoons take…

Garden Reuse-its: Soda Bottles

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 01:00 Written by
Published in Food
As a greenie, I take the order of reduce-reuse-recycle pretty seriously. I can only do so much when it comes to reducing the packaging things come in, but I seek endlessly for ways to reuse what would otherwise be trash.

Garden Reuse-its: Frost

Saturday, 28 September 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Food
Plastic is the bane of the environmentally conscious. Finding ways to save money is becoming a national sport. Combining the two with the ability to extend growing seasons is a recipe that can make almost anybody happy. One way to accomplish that is by combining reuse-it’s like soda bottles, old…

Survival Cuisine: Edible Game in a Pinch

Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Food
You never know when you'll need to put simulated survival skills to work in real life. Knowing how to hunt and trap game in a survival situation is a crucial skill. Rabbits and squirrels are some of the most common small game animals for hunting and trapping food. There are…

Forgotten Grains - Amaranth and Quinoa

Monday, 23 September 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Food
Grains are credited with the population booms of the human race. Once humans figured out how to grow and harvest increasing yields of high-calorie starches, our numbers started exploding. Once we perfected the chemicals and machines we needed to plant enormous blocks of the highest-use and highest-yield grains, we left…

How Many Seeds to Stock or Plant

Saturday, 21 September 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Food
How many seeds do I need to plant? How much seed is enough in a stockpile? They’re questions that come up here and there, they’re questions I get semi-regularly because I help people plant ecologically friendly gardens and plan permaculture plots, and unfortunately, they’re questions that don’t have particularly easy…

A Scalable Solar Power System - On a Budget

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Alternative Energy
A friend asked me to design a solar power system that could be used to power a side by side refrigerator/freezer and a separate free-standing freezer, both for two hours each day. The initial system needed to be less than $500, and needed to be scalable; meaning additional components could…

8 Best Options for Freeze-Dried Meals

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Food
Looking into buying freeze-dried meals for your home food storage or next camping trip? If so, good choice! Freeze-dried and dehydrated meals are very convenient, nutritious, and store easily. Most have a shelf life of at least 8 years, and they have a very short preparation time. There are tons…
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