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Several free plans by Owen Geiger are now available: Preview the Economizer House Plan here.Economizer House Plan PDF Solar Pit House PDF Preview the Solar Pit House plan here. esert Shelters PDF Preview Desert Shelters by searching this phrase in the built-in search in the right hand column. Craftsman Bamboo/Plastic Bottle House PDF (Honorable Mention in Shelters for All housing competition) Preview the Craftsman plan here. oot Cellar Plan Earthbag House for Haiti View download complete complete plans at Teach Democracy.org. Want to see more plans?

Empty space next to the fridge? Make a Roll-Out Pantry With some web-spiration, a 3D-Printer on hand and some empty space next to the fridge, I decided to make a roll out pantry. Optional: 3D-Printer + filament Supplies (as seen): (2) 2x6x8 construction lumber (1) 3/16x4x8 plywood (1) 3/4x4x4 plywood (scrap used) (4) Casters (8) Dowel rods (as shelf holders and railings) (3) 1/4"x6 Quarter round molding (14) #6 3/4" Flathead Screws (for dowel railing holders) (2) #6 32x3 Machine Screws with nut (for handle) (38) 1" Wood screws (for casters and scrap pieces to hold backing) (6) Scrap pieces of wood (can use leftovers from the 2x6x8 pieces) (48) Finishing nails (guess, not sure how many used) (2) Quarts of paint Tools: Drill Hand Saw Measuring Tape Clamps Straight Edge (square) Painters Tape Kreg R3 Jr. Kit Dowel Rod Jig Kit Wood Glue Hacksaw Blade (off the hacksaw) Sandpaper Hammer Chisel

DIY Solar Still How To Make Your Own Distilled Water Make your own distilled water from stream or lake water, salt water, or even brackish, dirty water, using these DIY Solar Still Plans. With just a few basic building materials, a sheet of glass and some sunshine, you can purify your own water at no cost and with minimal effort. Distilled water is not just for drinking, and it’s always worth keeping a few gallons of it on hand. • Always refill the lead-acid batteries used for solar energy systems or automobiles with distilled water • Water delicate plants like orchids with distilled water; minerals and additives like fluoride or chlorine that are present in most tap water can harm plants • Distilled water mixed with antifreeze is recommended for car radiators, as it’s less corrosive • Steam irons become clogged with mineral deposits unless you use distilled water The box is built from 3/4 ” BC-grade plywood, painted black on the inside to absorb heat. How to Make a Solar Still 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

How to Drill Your Own Water Well How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven for Use Now and When the SHTF As part of a recent giveaway, one of the questions I asked was “What DIY project would you like to see featured on Backdoor Survival?” There were some amazing responses and over time, I hope to work through the list. Interestingly enough, two readers requested a similar topic and when more than one reader makes a request, I sit up and pay attention. The DIY projects were: 1. How can I build a bread-baking oven with mud and straw? As luck would have it, this is a familiar topic since awhile back, I featured an article on DIY mud ovens. For those of you that are new to the concept, outdoor Mud Ovens are common in third world countries where indoor cooking facilities are nominal and where cooking fuel consists of wood and biomass. here is the full article: How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven There are some things, though, that cook best in an oven. What is a Mud Oven and How Does it Work? Photo taken at the Mother Earth News Fair The Quest for A Mud Oven The very first firing went as follows.

Homemade Tooth Soap Recipe: Healthy Alternative to Toothpaste Ever since reading the booklet called, "The Perfect Prescription For Your Teeth: Three Simple Steps to Perfect Teeth and Gums All the Days of Your Life", we've been using tooth soap. At first I thought the lady who gave me the booklet was crazy. That was five years ago. We get our teeth checked and cleaned once a year and so far none of us have had cavities. In fact, my husband's gums are in way better shape now. Before we started using this, I was getting about one cavity every year. Dr. See book for details. I've converted some of my family members and friends to using this when they've seen my how white my teeth are. It is very simple to make and inexpensive, too. Homemade Tooth Soap Recipe: Ingredients: 4 tsp Dr. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 1 to 2 tsp Slim Sweet, xylitol (cavity preventing) or Stevia (all have no adverse effects on the teeth) 20 to 30 drops peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, clove (helps with gingivitis and sensitivity) or sweet orange essential oils 2. 3. God Bless, Jackie

20 of the Sneakiest Secret Doors (list) Hidden Doors and Secret Passageways are always a cool amenity to any house. Not only does provide mystery to your living quarters, but it also allows for a bit of privacy. Hidden doors and secret passageways seem to be a popular room addition since there are numerous companies on the web who specialize in such requests, like The Hidden Door Company, Creative Home Engineering and Hide A Door. 20. This one is crazy! 19. Just because it looks like a dead end doesn’t always mean there’s nothing behind it… 18. This is the best place to keep that stack of cash or gold bars you don’t want the Uncle Sam to get their hands on! 17. This is one of the most famous hidden doors in history (at least to us). 16. Although it’s not as original as some of the other hidden doors, it still pretty cool since it looks like a real bookcase that holds all sorts of random crap, but opens to a room. 15. A hidden room under a set of stairs is definitely an unusual idea. 14. 13. 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3.

10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests 10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests Please be sure to Join our email list and receive all our latest and best tutorials daily – free! Background photo – Yummifruitbat (Wikipedia) lic. under CC 2.5 We’ve been doing some research into plants that repel pests and have compiled a list of 10 plants that can be planted together with other plants as a simple form of insect control. The idea of selecting plants for insect control is not a new one – and is part of the overall subject of companion planting. As time passes by, it seems that more and more people are getting concerned (rightly!) Another of the ironies of the use of insecticides is that not only do they kill the “bad insects” (the ones that eat crops), but they also wipe out “good insects” – the ones that feed on the bad insects! Companion planting for insect control can work in two ways a) plants that deter the pests and b) plants that attract the “good insects” that eat the ones that harm the plants. Marigold Borage Carrots Dill Sage

How to Build a Solar Heating Panel with Soda Cans If you’ve got good sun exposure on one side of your house, you can take advantage of free heat from the sun with this DIY solar heating panel, which uses old soda cans to collect and transfer the sun’s energy into your house. Sometimes, low-tech solar devices are much better than high-tech ones for home use, as they not only tend to be cheaper to make, but will also last much longer before any repairs or maintenance are necessary. And even better, they can be built in part from repurposed or recycled components, which is something you don’t see very often in new solar devices. This solar space heater design uses old soda cans to increase the surface area for heat transfer inside of it, and in its most basic design, uses no external power to move the air. Double-glazed glass or polycarbonate panels make up the front of the device, allowing the sun’s rays to enter it while restricting heat loss to the outside air, and the box is also insulated for more efficiency. Source: Blackle Mag Related:

Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings “In a hole in a ground lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing to sit on or eat: It was a hobbit hole and that means comfort.” This line by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the beloved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fantasy novels, has inspired hundreds of copycat underground hobbit homes around the world – and is itself inspired by ancient Viking hill houses. The World’s First Hobbit Motel (images via: wayfaring.info) For tourists the world over, New Zealand will forever be associated with The Lord of the Rings, since it served as the filming and production location for the film version of the saga. Modern Hobbit Home in Switzerland (images via: toxel) From outside, this home is like any other hobbit hole: half-hidden in a grassy hill, sheltered from the elements and blending in seamlessly with its surroundings. Rent-a-Hobbit-Hole: Hebridean Earth House (images via: webecoist) Hobbit Shed

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