To buy one you are talking around $200 for a night vision scope… Here you can make one from an old camcorder and some other low cost electronic accessories. Apart from that you’ll need a glue gun, soldering iron, pliers and a multi-meter. Now I was a bit dubious about how well this would work, but at the end of the tutorial, there are some images shot through the scope in the dark; they look pretty impressive to me.
This is an awesome little DIY project for anyone looking to create some more storage space… If you go out and buy a bed with drawers etc, you can going to pay a lot for it (if you want one that is going to last). This bed was largely made with spare wood and some reclaimed wood from a dumpster; it really does show you what can be achieved with a small budget, some DIY skills, and a bit of creativity.
This tutorial is from the Instructables website, I have just noticed that if you become a member of the website ($1.95 a month, paid annually) you can download any tutorials in a PDF document, which means that can be viewed offline and printed. There are so many awesome DIY projects and tutorials, I may just do this myself. I’ll make sure I download all the ones I want during the 12 months and then cancel.
(Photo from: VertDude via Instructables)
Most of us get the majority of out food from the store; sure some of us grow and rear some of our food, but even then, a lot of our food still comes from the store, especially in the winter months. Below is a link to an awesome article about living on Prince of Wales Island in south-east Alaska. People living here have to survive largely as subsistence hunters and gatherers, and when food is plentiful, they have to can and preserve it in bulk for future use when food isn’t so readily available.
This article is a great read for anyone into prepping, homesteading and living sustainably off-the-grid as it explains about subsistence hunting/gathering and also shows how vital canning and preserving foods is, when it is plentiful…
(Photo from: Alastair Bland/for NPR)
So you want to get into archery but you have been put off by the cost of traditional long bows and archery equipment? Well, how would you like to build an awesome longbow on the cheap, which is easily powerful enough to hunt with?
Check out the two videos below from the Backyard Bowyer and see how it’s done… This guy is awesome, he shows just how cheap and easy it is to make a quality, powerful long bow, from PVC tube. He also has a few additional videos demonstrating the bow in action. This really does emphasise what can be achieved with limited funds, a lot of thinking outside the box and creativity.
I will soon be doing a post on how to make and fletch your own arrows, which could also save you a heap of money…
When I started Knowledge Weighs Nothing, one of the things I decided to do was to track down lots of alternative uses for common household products; I have found that there are some truly versatile products such as baking soda, vinegar, coconut oil, salt and now Alka-Seltzer! These items have so many alternative health, beauty, household and gardening uses, I recommend that all preppers and homesteader should have some stored.
Apart from easing upset stomachs and hangovers, some of Alka-Seltzer’s other uses include: various cleaning uses, unblocking sinks, catching fish and laundry whitening. Check out the other uses and HOW to use it for each, below.
(Photo from: One Good Thing By Jillee)
How to deal with human waste… It’s not exciting, it’s not sexy, but it is necessary… If you are just camping/living somewhere for a few weeks, a basic latrine with suffice. However, if we are talking months or years at a bug-out or an off-the-grid location for, you’ll need to build something a bit more effective to deal with the regular waste.
Below are three DIY home septic systems from a small scale 55-gallon system to two larger tote based septic systems. All of these systems are very cheap and relatively simple to build.
1 — DIY Tote Septic System
Below is an excellent video tutorial from UnitedStatesofBuild. The video documents how to build a low-cost DIY septic system using totes. Totes are large plastic liquid containers that are housed in a protective steel/aluminium frame. They are often shipped on pallets for transport. Totes can be acquired cheaply as they are considered a waste product once used. A quick Google search for ‘used totes for sale’ will give you an idea on cost and availability.
2 –DIY 55-Gallon Drum Septic System
This superb step-by-step tutorial shows how to quickly and cheaply build a small septic system using 55-gallon plastic drums and PVC pipe. This septic system is only suitable for human waste, it is not big enough for laundry etc. The tutorial states this system is suitable for two adults, but I would think that with careful usage, this could cover the needs of a small family with two adults and two young children. Check it out.
This is a very cheap and simple home septic system for one to two people. It is only suitable for human waste though. It cannot deal with laundry etc.
3 –A Second DIY Tote Septic System
This video tutorial is by Make Science Fun. It covers how to build a larger-scale above ground aeriated water waste treatment system build with totes. This system is a larger, more expensive septic system, but it still a fraction of the cost of a professionally installed commercial system.
(Photo from: WikiHow)
I knew vinegar and baking soda have loads of alternative uses (search K.W.N for vinegar or baking soda for previous posts), but I had no idea cornstarch also had so many uses… It’s great for soothing burns and sunburn, it relieves the irritation from bug bites and poison ivy and it is amazing for removing stains, absorbing oil and moisture. Check out the other 30 or so uses below!
If you store some vinegar, baking soda and cornstarch, imagine how many bases you’ll have covered…
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(Photo from: Francis Storr)
I found these littleon Amazon (you may be able to find similar locally) which are designed for pranking friends and family. They have a 5 inch pull string on each side of a 1.5 inch charge; You rig them on anything that opens such as doors, windows and draws to prank people when they open them… I haven’t tried these myself, but providing they work, it appears to me that they can also be used for security purposes to set door/window alarms and perimeter tripwire alarms.
You attach one string to the door/window frame and the other to the door/window itself. When the door/window is pushed open it pulls the firework in a similar way to a Christmas cracker and it goes bang and omits a 80 decibel bang! You can buy a 12 pack of these pull string fireworks from Amazon for just $2.49 with free delivery.
These pull string fireworks could also be used with some fishing line to create a tripwire perimeter alarm when outdoors hiking, camping or if you’ve bugged-out to the wilderness. Simply tie one end of the trip wire to one of the strings, run your tripwire around the area you want to protect and simply tie the end of the wire to the other string on the firework.
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Home invasions occur every day in every state (and country) and if the SHTF this will only increase ten-fold…
Even if you survive without injury, it is still a terrible life changing experience to go through. The feeling of knowing the sanctuary which is your home is no longer a safe haven for you or your family, is not a feeling you want to experience. There are a whole host of things you can do to protect your home and family; in fact, JUST READING THE ARTICLE BELOW WILL HELP.
Don’t leave it to chance and think it won’t happen to you, be proactive about protecting your home – don’t be a victim.
Related item: Master Lock Dual-Function Security Bar (Fully adjustable and works for both hinged and sliding doors)
(Photo from: taylor dahlin)
Simply put – everyone should have a can of WD-40 at home or in their vehicle! With 2000+ plus uses for WD-40 in these and more categories –
- Home and Garden
- Sports & Recreation
- Hobby & Crafts
It’s a bit like duct tape, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide – you just have to make sure you have some for everyday use and emergencies….