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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 B, or A to C, or B to D, and so on? What type of main power supply system have you sketched out, and is it affordable? Join us as we discuss an inexpensive power distribution concept.

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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 together it can be scaled for smaller or larger solar power applications. So remove the ammo can from the project, replace with larger batteries, higher wattage solar panels, a beefier charge controller, mount everything on your garage wall, and now you have a larger, more capable, solar power solution.  

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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 your freezer with venison, the following tips, tricks and cool gadgets will make your bow-hunting experience more rewarding.

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 crime to go up during a protracted crisis, and maybe the unspoken theory is that rapes will go up with it. As it is, estimates suggest that between ‘1 in 4’ and ‘1 in 10’ women have been sexually assaulted or have escaped an attempted rape. Men and boys under-report, but that’s a high number, too. Put 30-40 guys in a room and chances are, 1 of them has admitted to being sexually abused in a survey or on a report. That’s prevalent enough to try and prepare for, with or without a disaster situation. But, rape may be coming from an unexpected angle.

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 supply kit, complete with food and water purification system. You've educated your family on the probability of natural, technological and terrorism hazards. But, there's always a new gadget that surfaces to come in handy when hazard hits home. Here are some ingenious products for the gadget-loving prepper.

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 inexpensive fixes that can make a big difference. Below are a few things that may cross the mind of a home burglar. Ask yourself if these apply to you. If so, consider making upgrades to ensure your home is the safest it can be.

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 that to a whole new level. 

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 that to a whole new level.

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 shirts, and Craigslist freebies to expand the growing season and protect vegetable gardens. 

10 Must-Haves for Your 72 Hour Kit

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Survival Bag

72 hour kits are crucial for being truly prepared. For example, what if your house were to burn down? Unfortunately, the food storage, and all your emergency preparedness, would burn with it. Your only saving grace would be having your 72 hour kit in your car. 

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 by the wayside some of the more traditional grain crops.

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