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Start a fire with magic relighting candles


 

Watch The Crazy Russian Hacker demonstrate how to start a fire with magic relighting candles.   The reason these candles relight so easily is because of the magnesium in the wick. Of course you’ll have to light the candle first, but that’s a whole lot easier to do than lighting the tender first.  With the lit candle you can then work on starting your fire.  This is a great idea to use when trying to start a fire in the wind.  After all, if a trick candle can be designed to stay lit even when up against a 6 year old blowing with all his might to put out his birthday candles, then it’s sure to work on a windy day.

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How to make a skivvy roll


 

Watch as the Crazy Russian Hacker demonstrates how to make a Skivvy Roll.

Why is it important to know how to make a Skivvy Roll?

When packing your bug out bag, space is extremely important and should be maximized to its fullest potential.  You only have so much volume that you can carry with you and you’ll need it for the rest of your gear.  This neat little trick will help you save a few precious cubic inches of space.

Yes, weight is just as important too, and you might be thinking why even bother bringing along extra clothes if you’re only going to be traveling for just a day.  Extra clothes are more important than you think, and your bug out bag should not go without at least one change of clothes.  Not only will you want to change should the clothes you are wearing get wet, but even in a SHTF situation hygiene is an important necessity that you shouldn’t overlook.  There’s a lot more to hygiene than just looking and smelling nice.  You’re going to sweat a lot in a bug out situation, and that sweat is breeding grounds for bacteria, viruses and fungi.  Having at least one change of clothes will offer you the opportunity to wash the soiled ones.  The extra cloth can also be used in other survival situations.  So don’t forget your skivvies!

Oh did I mention air travel?  If you like to travel light and avoid the hassles of checked baggage, then this will maximize your space for your carry-on.  All airlines have size restrictions for carry-on baggage and learning how to make a skivvy roll will help you meet those restrictions. Often times when I travel, I only have one carry-on and a laptop

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Plastic Bottle Mousetrap


 

For those of you who are looking for a humane way to deal with those pesky mice check out this video by Jong Chool Do as he demonstrates step by step how to build a plastic bottle mousetrap.  Oh did I say it was eco-friendly too?  One less plastic bottle for the landfill!

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Zip Ties for Survival


 

If anything can be a strong contender against duct tape and w-d 40 for the worlds best fix-all then it’s gotta be zip ties.  Watch as Sensible Prepper demonstrates 19 uses and 5 tricks using zip ties for survival

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Automated Aeroponics Garden


 

Watch this video from Kirsten Dirksen as these students build an automated aeroponics garden kit using NASA technology.

The more I learn about aeroponics and aquaponics gardening, the more excited I get about the prospects of the future.  Maybe humankind can actually avert future food shortages with these techniques.

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How to build a bushcraft chair


 

Whether it’s camping, hiking, hunting or wilderness survival, sometimes it just feels good to have a nice rest in a chair rather than sitting on rocks or on the ground.  Who says you can’t enjoy some of the comforts of home even in the wilderness?  Watch as NorthSurvival shows us how to build a bushcraft chair

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Shipping Container House


Watch this video from Kirsten Dirksen about a Shipping Container “cabin” in the redwoods

 

If you’ve ever considered building a shipping container house, then here are some pros, cons, and some resources that you might want to use.

First for the Pros:

  • Abundance.  There is a huge surplus of shipping containers that pile up at ports in most western nations.  This is primarily due to the trade imbalances with Asia. Also, because of the high cost of transportation to ship empty containers back to their origin, it is often cheaper just to purchase new containers.
  • Price.  Because of the huge supply and low demand, most shipping containers can be purchased for less than $2,000, some even as low as $900.  They can make a great alternative for anyone wanting to save on the cost of building materials. But because of the explosive growth in the shipping container house movement don’t expect these prices to remain low for long.
  • Stackable  They are designed to be stacked.  This makes them great for building multiple levels if you wanted a 2, 3, or 4 story home.
  • Easy to customize.  With the right ingenuity, tools, and welding equipment, a shipping container house can easily be customized to your preference.
  • Expandable.  If you want to add more rooms, just add more containers!

Now for the cons

  • Transportation.  The cost of transporting your shipping containers to your location can get quite hefty depending on how far you have to transport them.  Depending on size, you’re only going to be able to fit 1 or two of them on a flatbed truck
  •  Harmful  Chemicals.  The paint and coatings on shipping containers are going to contain harmful chemicals such as lead, phosphorus, and chromate.  Pesticides are also used in the wood flooring of most containers.
  • Prep work.  With the additional prep work needed to make your shipping container house safe and habitable, you might not find the cost savings that you had previously expected.

You can read more here about the pros and cons of a shipping container house.

shipping container houseHow to build your own shipping container house

Some ideas for your first shipping container house

Where to get shipping containers

  • Check with your nearest shipping ports
  • Local equipment storage facilities
  • Equipment auction and salvage yards
  • Check your local classifieds and nickle ads.  Often times individuals will have one that they’d like to sell.
  • Ebay
  • Craigslist
  • Search Engines.  You can find many dealers just by searching online

 

 

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5 Gallon Bucket Aeroponics DIY video for beginners


DIY 5 Gallon Bucket Aeroponics

Watch this video as Dennis McClung from Garden Pool shows how to construct your own DIY aeroponics system.

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Hydroponic Garden Tower – DIY


 

Watch this video as the narrator from Food Abundance shows how to build your own DIY hydroponic garden tower.

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How to find true south


 

How to find true south

How to find true southProper alignment is crucial for maximizing your solar panel’s efficiency. In this video, LDS Prepper shows a very simple way to find true south using a smart phone and Google Maps.

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You can also use this tool from FindMyShadow.com to find out how much sun you are going to get.

Here is an in depth article on how to find true south (or true north) from rimstar

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