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  1. Book Reviews
    "Where There is No Doctor" is a classic austere medical handbook published by Hesperian. The first edition was written in the 1970s in Spanish and the book has since been translated into English and a few other languages. It's designed for use by natives in the developing world who lack access...
  2. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm not talking about ghetto heating, rather using a clothes dryer as a wood burning heater in an off-grid SHTF situation. I inspected the inside of my dryer and it looks to be all-metal other than a few plastic and rubber bits I can remove. The metal seems a bit flimsy so I'm not sure it...
  3. Australia and New Zealand
    At this present time, owning a cannon would be frowned upon, but after it has all gone to hell in a hand cart & there is no longer any law enforcement to protect us:rolleyes:, then anything goes, right? So, if you are looking for some big guns, now is the time to get them. You can pick up...
  4. Non-Lethal Weapons & Self Defense
    Hi everyone! My partner is a felon. We currently do not have any guns in our home and he feels strongly that he doesn't want to put himself at risk of future legal issues by having any guns in the home. I, however, want weapons for self defense. I'm looking for suggestions on Airsoft guns that...
  5. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I have the general idea and I want to make one. I just want to know if anyone has good schematics or detailed instructions, and if I should build my rotor and stator from scratch or used a premade motor like most people. I also want help knowing if I should make an X or Y axis turbine and what...
  6. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    I'm assuming those who go camping, hiking, or hunting know a few things about four wheeling. I'll Be looking for my first off road vehicle shortly. And I'm interested in what YOU may know, for I most assuredly don't. My first thought is to get something that has a sound chassis and rebuild...
  7. DIY - Do It Yourself
    We are off grid and set up the solar panels a few weeks ago. It is temporary till we build the house and mount them and add to the array. So for now they are on a wooden platform with the charge controller, batteries and inverter under them. It seems like every other day we have enough power. So...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    EDIT: This thread has become long and unwieldy. That's okay, there is a lot of good info here. But to make it easier to navigate to the most important parts, I've created a clickable Table of Contents. The INTRODUCTION & and PART I: DETERMINE ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS are this post. PART II...
  9. Vehicles & Transportation
    I have seen many ideas on here for a bug out vehicle and SHTF vehicles, Here is my idea for the best well rounded multi purpose vehicle that anyone can have/build with very small budget) Total build 5-8k depending on what all you do. Steps can be added or taken away depending on your area and...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A year ago we purchased a 5 acre lot of land in the foothills. We are 650 feet elevation. We have the top of the hill with a view of the lake below. We purchased a 32 foot travel trailer. This property is off grid. Nearest PG&E power pole is 1/2 mile away. We do not have a well yet. Plan...
  11. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Hey All, I just wanted to post the results of my several months long endeavor trying to heat (at least partially) my rented house with solar. The construction of the panel was unfortunately not photographed but there are a handful of finished and in use pictures. The Details: 4'x8' plywood...
  12. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I'm wondering if anyone has built, purchased, uses or has any firsthand experience with one. While they don't look overly complicated I'm interested in peoples real world experiences and impressions on having one. Such as, would it be a viable addition to a multifuel solution for power...
  13. DIY - Do It Yourself
    Sorry but I need an outlet for my disorder, we all know that if I bottle it up I'll explode and be caught indecently assaulting a yurt or something. Latest fantasy: Read more here: http://humble-homes.com/econnects-concept-house-built-like-puzzle/ and their website is here...
  14. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Here on the Gulf Coast of Texas, we are getting ready for the 2014 hurricane season which starts June 1. Got me to wondering: are we ready for this season? :confused: After spending time reading on this forum, I think I'm better prepared than in the past but, of course, there's always more...
  15. New Member Introduction
    Hello, We are Canadians and spend time in the bush, trapping and teaching conservation, trapping, bush skills, bushcraft, and life off the grid. We have a blog and a youtube channel that shows our journey in this lifestyle. Our desire is to encourage anyone who is thinking about this life, to go...
  16. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    So my family and I have never been camping and I really want to find a clean decent safe place this summer. A lake with a cabin resort type area. John Candy's Great Outdoors type :-). Any suggestions?
  17. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    ok i have seen several threads talking about how to wash the clothes if there is no power . here is a great choice and it is reasonably priced. http://inhabitat.com/human-powered-giradora-washer-needs-no-electricity-and-costs-only-40/ :thumb::thumb:
  18. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I have a few threads where I talk about the various project I am doing to become more independent of the grid. I wanted to consolidate some of these threads and challenge myself, and anyone who wants to join me, to do one or two weekend projects to help lower their utility bills and get them...
  19. General Discussion
    The Mike and Lisa Adventures...Off Grid Living, Building, Green Living, Remodeling, Gardening and RVing After almost 5 years of posting stories I decided to put it all in one place. I started a blog this week and am slowly adding stories from the beginning. I am adding the Off Grid stories one...
  20. Financial Forum
    Here's the deal. My partner and I own a ranch with cattle, chickens etc. He has his own house with his wife on one end. I want to build my little cabin on the other side of the ranch and be more-or-less off grid. I have researched cost and to have the cabin built I will need approximately...
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