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How to Patch a Hole in Your Drywall. Editors note: This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer.

How to Patch a Hole in Your Drywall

If you missed it, check out Ethan’s last contribution about building an all-purpose workbench. How to repair drywall is one of the most common questions on a home improvement website, and here’s the reason why. It’s tough to successfully patch a wall so that you can’t even tell it was ever damaged. With drywall covering just about every square inch of your house, condo, or apartment, it’s bound to get messed up so take my advice.

Learn the right way to repair holes in your drywall or make friends with someone who can. This article is going to walk you through the process of repairing a medium-sized hole in drywall. Materials List Here are the materials you’ll need before you get started. Drywall (see below)Mesh tape (see below)Setting compound (see below)Backer boards (see below)1-1/4″ Drywall screws Drywall: A typical sheet of drywall measures 4′ x 8′, and that’s way more than we need for this project. Tools. One Project Closer - Home Improvement Blog Featuring DIY Projects, Tool & Material Reviews, and More! How to Make an All-Purpose Work Bench. How to Build a Small Game Survival Snare. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor.

How to Build a Small Game Survival Snare

I practice and learn survival skills not because I need them on a daily basis, but rather for the one day when I must use them to stay alive. Survival is the intersection between knowledge and necessity. The outcome in a survival scenario can be dramatically influenced by practicing survival skills before you need them. One such skill that requires thoughtful practice is How to Build a Small Game Survival Snare. A primitive make-shift snare can be used to trap and kill a variety of animals for food in a survival situation. While constructing a survival snare is fairly simple, it is often oversimplified with vague instructions and limited photos. The Why For short term survival (1-7 days), food is not a critical priority.

To my knowledge there isn’t one single primitive culture, tribe, or people where meat is/was not a critical component of their diet. The Who The When and Where Finally…The What and the How Creek. School for Survival, Preparedness & Bushcraft. How To Make a Wire Small Game Snare For Your Survival Kit. As you may already know, just published an article that I wrote titled HOW TO BUILD A SMALL GAME SURVIVAL SNARE.

How To Make a Wire Small Game Snare For Your Survival Kit

This is a very thorough article about my favorite small game snare set – the Trigger Spring Snare. If you haven’t already read it, click on the link below to see it. It has many excellent photos that detail a variety of ways to make an incredibly effective Survival Snare. I conclude the fore-mentioned article by suggesting that it’s a good idea to keep a handful of pre-made wire snares in your survival pack or Bug Out Bag just in case you may ever be faced with a need to trap wild game for food.

You just never know… In this article I will show you how I make my pre-made wire noose snare sets. You only need 2 items to start making snares. You will also need some little fasteners called “Cable Ferrules”. Make sure they are sized appropriately for the #2 wire – not too big and not too small. The first step is to cut a few lengths of wire. Creek. How to Tie a Shemagh - Military Style. The Shemagh (pronounced “Schmog”)(also called a Keffiyeh and Ghutrah) originated in the Middle East. They are a scarf-style wrap commonly found in arid regions to provide protection from direct sun exposure, as well to protect the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand.

It’s similar to a bandanna except much larger – approximately 42″ x 42″. It has been adopted by military forces all over the world as a standard issue garment because of its sheer functionality. For an outdoors-man, survivalist or bushcrafter, the Shemagh can be a multi-use tool with literally 100′s of uses. I have an great post in the pipeline about the all of the possible uses.

I’m sure there are other ways to tie this as a face mask, but below is the way I do it. This green/black pattern makes for awesome CAMO. If you don’t have a Shemagh and want one – order one from us here – they are $13.56. Here is an interesting Military History about the Shemagh I found on Wikipedia: Similar Posts: Bug Out Survival Fire Kit. 4 Reasons To Add A Pellet Air Gun To Your Survival Arsenal. You read the heading correct – I said Pellet Gun. Yes, the kind powered by air – just 1 step above a BB gun. I own many guns of many calibers and styles for many different purposes. Among these is a good quality Pellet Air Gun and it’s not just because I still have it from when I was a kid. I INTENTIONALLY have added this gun to my survival rifle options for very specific reasons…which I have detailed below. If you’ve never considered a Pellet Gun as a survival rifle option, you might change your mind after reading this post. Next to my 12 Gauge Mossberg and my Ruger 10-22 sits a very cool and collected Benjamin Sheridan 392 .22 caliber Multi-Pump Pellet Gun and I treat it with the same respect as it is a very specialized soldier in my arsenal.

Benjamin Sheridan 392 .22 Cal Multi-Pump Pellet Gun As a student and instructor of survival living, I take my gun choices very seriously and only add one to my cabinet if it deserves to be there. Small Game Hunter Forget the earplugs. Cheers- Creek. Yes, that’s a Tampon in my mouth : The Swiss Army Survival Tampon : 7 Survival Uses. Do me a favor for the next 5 minutes.

Yes, that’s a Tampon in my mouth : The Swiss Army Survival Tampon : 7 Survival Uses

Try to forget everything you know about a TAMPON. I know, it’s hard. But pretend that this is the first time you have ever seen or heard of the item below and it is a new survival product on the market: the Tactical Adventure Medical Preparedness Outdoors Necessity (T.A.M.P.O.N.) All kidding aside, a TAMPON really does have a ton of uses to a survivor. One could even argue to include a couple in your survival kit. The tampon is actually regulated in the US by the Food & Drug Administration as a Class II Medical Device.

I’ve high-lighted a few survival uses below: Not only are these little tactical bandages packaged in a waterproof sleeve, but they are designed to be ultra absorbent – making them the perfect first aid bandage. Another excellent tampon survival use is as a Crude Water Filter. The water dripped out nearly crystal clear. Nearly everyone knows that cotton makes an excellent fire tinder. Yes, I have a tampon in my mouth – don’t laugh. Creek. DIY Weekend Project: How to Make a Slingshot. Imagine the idealized rough and tumble boy depicted in literature, movies, and TV shows.

DIY Weekend Project: How to Make a Slingshot

Go ahead. Do it. Done? Whether you imagined Tom Sawyer, Dennis the Menace, or Bart Simpson, chances are you pictured him with a handmade slingshot dangling from his back pants pocket. The humble slingshot has been a fixture among boys across cultures and across generations. The slingshot was the first product WHAM-O made, and it gave the company its memorable name. The popularity of the slingshot really took off though after WWII and commercially-made slingshots became widely available. Manufactured slingshots are still available today, but, because they require very few materials and tools to make, slingshots were and are the perfect toy/weapon to make yourself. Materials & Tools Needed Materials A Y-shaped tree branch with at least a 30 degree fork1/4″ latex surgical tubing (available at Home Depot)Leather stripsDental floss Tools SawKnifeAwl (optional) Time Needed Step 1: Find Your Fork Jackpot! How to Make a Bug Out Bag.