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  1. Books, Movies & Stories
    Has anyone seen the BBC mini-series titled "1900 House"? It was produced in 1999 and rebroadcast on PBS in 2001. The premise was to remodel a London row house as a lower-middle class Victorian house and place a modern family in the house for three months to see how they coped. It's a real eye...
  2. Firearms General Discussion
    You are in a house and are in need of clearing it. Let's say you are not bogged down by much gear. You have a choice, a pistol caliber carbine or a short barreled AR-15 in .223 (with or without a butt stock). I know a pistol is the most tight-area maneuverable gun you could use, but I'd rather...
  3. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Hello all, I recently purchased ~15 acres and am in the process of designing a house for a family of 5+ to live in. We don't want to spend a lot of money to build a mcmansion, but want it to be comfortable. I have attached a simplified floor plan that was made in excel to show the general...
  4. DIY - Do It Yourself
    http://tinyhousetalk.com/80-sq-ft-cargo-trailer-stealth-tiny-house/
  5. General Discussion
    Okay...bronx ny projects... Accepted an invite over to a school friends apartment for a pizza birthday party. I arrive and notice immediately that there are roaches on the walls in the hallway outside their apartment. So I deftly avoid them while attempting to knock on the door...grossed out the...
  6. General Discussion
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/down-payments-get-smaller-2015-01-26
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hey all, I am in the process of buying my first home. I always kinda felt like I would be wasting my time with any kind of long term preps at a house I was renting, because of the " you never know " factor. Now I am excited to have my own house on my own property, and I would like to slowly make...
  8. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Hi all, Thought I would share some of my tips and spark some advice and conversation from you guys and gals regarding everyday home and apartment hardening for those of us that rent our current locations. Being a military family we move quite a bit and each time we relocate one of the first...
  9. DIY - Do It Yourself
    This video is a bit long but i put 4 videos together detailing my start to finish henhouse build. I used lumber that was salvaged from a carport that had to taken down due to rotting issues. i saved what lumber was good and bought 6 sheets of plywood 7 landscape timbers and 3 pieces of roofing...
  10. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I didn't find a thread on this topic but I wanted to know your thoughts. I'd like to help out more than just myself, so thoughts that may not directly involve my situation are welcome. We're in the market to buy a home, we want to have a self sufficient mini farm so we're looking for land...
  11. Financial Forum
    I am curious as to how many people on here have voluntarily surrendered their homes back to banks, either through deeds in lieu/short sales or foreclosure (includ. surrendering via bankruptcy), just so that they may be able to relocate to a more suitable and secure location for themselves and...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    My fiancee and I are planning on buying a spot of land and building a small cabin to live in, and using the land for gardening and raising livestock. Inasmuch, this would ideally be both our home, and our BOL. I guess you can say we're both pretty much PO'd at society, and we want to bug out and...
  13. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have recently moved from a very bad, drug/crime-ridden neighborhood. To say I have downsized is an UNDERSTATEMENT, but I've traded my house for a 25 foot RV camper trailer. You would think my fiancee and I would have a hard time adjusting to a smaller place, or that she would be complaining...
  14. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    How to use "wasted heat" from electronics to warm the house in Winter I thought I would make a thread pointing out a common misconception in regards to the heat produced from various electronic components, appliances or light fixtures. In the summer, if your temps are above that which is...
  15. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hello all, I'm interested in tips and hints for securing the house. I mean REALLY securing the house in the event of an all-out Obama rebellion. I am downtown with a urban house on a corner lot. What's the best way to secure a house with loads of windows? What's the best type of...
  16. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I tried talking to another one of my sister-in-laws this weekend about stocking up on food (at the very least) for a bad scenario, or worse. Of course the typical answer was: "I'll just come over to your house" Now, I would never turn away a family member, but this got me to thinking. Because...
  17. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Let me first say, I certainly don't want to be a mouth piece for Amazon, but I had to share this with you folks. They have a bunch of the Mountain House #10 can foods with super saver shipping available AND the prices are competitive. You all in the continental US may find this unexciting, but...
  18. General Discussion
    So we've discussed here for quite some time building "earth-frindly homes". Log cabins. Monolithic domes. Underground homes. Straw bale homes. Solar homes. Homes made with re-cyclced tires, glass bottles, aluminum drink cans, etc. Now, a straw in the ointment from, guess who? The bankers...
  19. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Okay let´s put the politics aside for a second. How do you build a house? You know, a building in which you can live for some time? Nothing luxurious or fancy like modern houses, but not like a shack or a short term survival shelter either. I sit at my desk most of the time (except when I'm...
  20. Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Survival
    Hey guys, I found this link on another site. It's to a one-of-a-kind house with a bomb shelter in the basement! Just click here to see what I'm talking about. When you're there, just click on "Subterranean Fortress" and see what I mean. SgtPepper
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