Jan 21, 2014

Essentials-Survival Kit

Essentials to Consider for your-Survival Kit

Another  list of essential items for your survival preparations bereadyforsurvival.com/

 http://modernsurvivalblog.com/survival-kit/

Surviving DoomsDay?


We all throw around the phrase "Doomsday" in a joking manner, but if push came to shove, could you survive such dire times?

 Image via iStockphoto, Torquetum and infographic 
courtesy of National Geographic
 http://mashable.com/2013/03/24/doomsday-survival/#m!eff1

Easy to build, Conserve rainwater


Easy to build, 
Conserve rainwater from plastic drums, barrels or trash cans.

Search online for “bottles” or “containers” to find an “open head” plastic 55-gallon drum with a cover (about $60). Or find a used barrel by talking to car wash managers (they buy soap and wax by the barrel). If you can't find a container you like, buy a large, heavy-duty garbage can (about $35) at a home center. All the other plumbing parts will add up to about $40.
Place the drum near a downspout, drill a hole in the side near the bottom and screw in a drain valve. That's an OK installation if you plan to run a soaker hose to your garden. But if you want to use a wand or a spray nozzle, you'll need to elevate the barrel on a stand for more water pressure.  
CAUTION! Water is heavy (1 Barrel-55 gallons weighs 440 lbs.), 
so use 4x4 treated lumber for the legs and secure everything with construction screws or stainless steel lags. But don't place the stand on soft ground. You could kill somebody if the rig toppled over.
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If you have large gardens and want to store more water, double-size the stand and add a second barrel.
Cut holes in the bottoms of the barrels with a 2-1/4-in. hole saw. Then screw in a 2-in. male threaded electrical (gray PVC) conduit adapter (electrical adapters aren't tapered like plumbing adapters, so you can tighten them down all the way). Squirt a thin bead of silicone caulk around the opening and screw on a threaded electrical PVC coupler to cinch the barrel between the two fittings (see Figure A). Next, glue together sections of 2-in. PVC pipe, unions (to make winter disassembly easier), reducers and valves. As long as you're at it, install an overflow pipe so you can direct the excess where you want it.
Finally, cut a hole in one of the covers and mount a screen to filter out leaves and debris. Then just wait for the next big rain.

 http://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/how-to-build-a-rain-barrel/

Conserve rainwater

   
Conserve water by collecting rainwater and using it for your garden or lawn.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  • Recycled food barrel (try checking with large restaurants or food distributors)
  • 2 to 4 concrete blocks (to allow room for a bucket to fit under the spigot)
  • 3/4-inch hose spigot
  • Drill
  • Saber saw
  • 3/4 x 1-1/4-inch threaded pipe nipple (used as overflow connector)
  • Window screen
  • PVC cement                                               
  •                                                                 WHAT YOU’LL DO
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1. Wash out the barrel with a solution of 1/8-cup bleach and 5 gallons of water.
2. Drill a 15/16-inch hole a few inches from the bottom of the barrel.
Thread the spigot halfway into the barrel, apply PVC cement onto the
threads and continue screwing it in until snug.
3. Using the same procedure as the spigot, install the 3/4-inch overflow
connector a few inches from the top of the barrel.
4. Choose a good spot for the rain barrel. It needs to be close to a rain
downspout and a short distance from your plants and gardens.
5. Raise the barrel off the ground by placing it on concrete blocks.
Reconfigure the downspout so it empties directly into the barrel.
Use the screen to cover the open hole in the barrel to prevent insects
or debris from getting in.
6. If you’ve installed an overflow, you can attach a hose and direct
the water to another part of your yard.
                                                                             


http://boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/7544/build-a-rain-barrel/

Jan 16, 2014

Sustainable Housing: The Incredible Earthship

the Earthship

is the epitome of sustainable design and construction.

No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building."

http://earthship.com/



       In this age of excess and overindulgence there are many who desire to return to a more simplistic and sustainable lifestyle. There are many ways to achieve this goal, and this month I will be dedicating my blogs to that end. Specifically, I will be focusing on the area of alternative and sustainable housing. This week features my personal favorite, the Earthship. Below is a short youtube video with a preview of this amazing idea. If you enjoyed the video, the full documentary explaining this innovation in housing can be found at http://www.garbagewarrior.com/


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Jan 2, 2014

Collapsing America from Within

Collapsing America from Within

Patriotism-Morality-Spirituallity
If we can UNDERMINE these three Areas,
AMERICA will collapse from within....joseph Stalin(communist)

7 min video - Collapsing America
 Collapsing America from Within- 7min Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ3bxMaI2T4&feature=share

Jan 1, 2014

Emergency Car Kit Essentials

How to make an emergency 72-hour car kit

If you’ve ever taken a winter road trip, you know how quickly the road 
conditions can change. 
The winds can kick up, and suddenly the snow is blowing across the pavement, 
making the lanes difficult to see, and the potential for black ice to increase. 
The key to driving in the winter is to be prepared, and the best way to do that 
is by creating an emergency kit for your car. Here are some things to include:

1. Shovel

 A shovel comes in handy if your vehicle becomes stuck.

Credit: Tim Lenz

2. Spare tire, lug wrench and jack, 

The last thing you want to deal with when you’re stranded in your vehicle is a flat tire, 
and the jack or lug wrench is nowhere to be found. Make sure the tire is full and in 
good condition, and the jack is well lubed.

3. Rope, bungee cords and tie downs

 Make sure there are no knots, and the cords are in good condition.

Credit: turbo.beagle

4. Portable radio

 A portable radio comes in handy when severe weather strikes. 

Find one that is battery operated or uses a crank.


5. Flashlight

 Spend a few extra bucks to get a decent flashlight that can illuminate 

a good distance.


6. Extra batteries

 Have an assortment of extra batteries on hand, including AAA, AA and 9v.

Credit: Sh4rp_i

7. Road flares

 You can buy road flares at any auto parts store or department store.

Credit: Dvortygirl

8. Ice scraper     

An ice scraper with a brush on the end can help you clear snow from 

your car during a blizzard.                      

  Credit: Highways Agency 

9. Jumper cables

 You never know when you’ll need jumper cables, or when you drive 

by someone else who does!


10. Portable power source

You can find a portable power supply like this one on Amazon.

11. Orange/Yellow safety vest

 When whiteout conditions exist, you need to make every effort to be seen.


12. Notebook and pen

 If you need to leave your car during a storm, you can write down 

your personal information.


13. Cash

 If severe weather strikes and phone or internet lines go down, paying cash 

for gasoline might be your only option.


14. Lighter or matches

 Pair these with an emergency candle.


15. Microfiber towels

Microfiber is super absorbent, and can handle spills (or wet hands) 

before they turn to ice.


16. First aid kit

 A well-stocked first aid kit is a must for any winter driving.



17. Toilet paper or tissues

 If you have kids, you’ll be glad you included these.

18. Emergency contact information

 If you get stranded in a snowstorm, write your family and friends’ 

contact information down for first responders.


19. Warm clothing

 Include fleece jackets, outer shells, thermal underwear, wool socks 

and extra gloves.


20. Thermal blanket

 You can pick up a reflective blanket at any department or outdoor 

equipment store.


21. Water bottle

 A good, sturdy water bottle like a Nalgene container will store water 

without leaking.


22. Water purifier

 If you need to fill your water bottle from a nearby river or lake, 

a water purifier or filtration system should remove a majority of the contaminates.


23. Snacks

 Include granola bars and other non-perishable items for food.

Credit: SweetOnVeg

24. Small fire extinguisher

 A small fire extinguisher can help you avoid an even bigger disaster, 

if your engine overheats.

Credit: miningold

25. Extra medication

 Along with your regular prescriptions, include medicine for headaches 

and other minor ailments.


Featured image credit: akzidenzsetzer