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How to Build a Rain Barrel: The Family Handyman

How to Build a Rain Barrel: The Family Handyman
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Creating A Simple And Inexpensive Rain Water Collection System | The Farm - Old World Garden Farms Our barn’s metal roof is our supply of water for the entire farm Visitors to the farm are usually surprised to learn that we water the entire garden and landscape with reclaimed rain water. Our system, which collects and stores rainwater from our barn’s metal roof, provides 100% of our annual watering needs. The best part, it was extremely easy to install, and can be inexpensively adapted to almost any home, shed or roof with a gutter. We spent the past week hooking our tanks back up from winter storage – and within 24 hours - we had just over 150 gallons stored from a single rain. It’s been over a year now since we first completed the rain collection system – and I honestly don’t know how we survived without it. It gives us access to free water, and with our two plastic tote tanks, can collect as much as 550 gallons from a single downpour. How it works: Through a simple in-line diverter – the rainwater is carried to our main capture tank Here is a look at the system’s components and cost:

Rock Rocket Stove Is Held Together By Coat Hangers © Liz To Rocket stoves burn hot and clean, using very little wood or other combustibles. Vancouver industrial designer Liz To has designed a new version for Tibet, where they use dung as fuel. Liz notes that 1.6 million people die from indoor pollution from traditional "Three Stones" type fires every year. Meanwhile, in the west, 3.5 billion wire hangers end up in U.S. landfill every year. Designboom describes it: Canadian designer Liz to has repurposed unwanted wire hangers from north america as an opportunity for remote communities to build their own stove. It is a really clever idea; wire hangers don't take up a lot of space, (200,000 to a shipping container) but woven into the stove shape and filled with rocks, they become a stable and effective stove. The stove won a few Canadian industrial design awards when Liz presented it at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and deserves more.

How To Become Water Self Sufficient The following article has been contributed by Lucas Patriotus, a special services veteran with years of survival training. It has been published with permission of the author. It does not necessarily represent the views of Water Is Life I don’t need to tell you why your family needs safe potable water as well as long term food storage, first aid kits, and other survival gear to survive the aftermath of an emergency or disaster. People can live for days or even weeks without food but no one survives past 4 or 5 days without water. “…Drinking, sanitation and hygiene constitute the basic human survival needs for water. Including drinking, sanitation and hygiene that same family of four would require 1560 gallons of potable water to survive for 30 days. Water Availability is not Guaranteed What if one day after an emergency or disaster you turn on the tap and either nothing comes out, or what comes out is unsafe to drink? Rain Water Harvesting Purifying Stored Rainwater

Il chauffe sa serre avec du crottin de cheval SAINTE-LUCIE | Un agronome réussit à faire pousser des tomates par -35º sans utiliser d’énergie. La simple chaleur du compost permet de faire vivre tout un écosystème alimentaire. Vincent Leblanc a cueilli ses premières tomates en janvier, alors qu’il faisait -35º dehors. «J’ai récupéré du fumier d’une écurie du coin et j’ai ajouté des copeaux de bois pour avoir un bon compost. Cette méthode s’appelle l’aquaponie, une technique millénaire qui vise l’autosuffisance alimentaire. Comme les Aztèques L’aquaponie est le mariage de l’aquaculture et de l’hydroponie. Après quatre ans d’expérimentation, Vincent Leblanc estime qu’il est sur la bonne voie. Paper Toys: Flextangles Today’s paper toys, Flextangles, are the fourth project in our collaborative series STEAM POWER: Empowering kids to explore the world through creative projects. Today’s topic is COMPUTE! Since I recently answered this question wrong, I decided it might be good idea for me to limit my math based project to something I’m good at: geometry. I’ve been itching to try making a flexagon ever since my friend Erica mentioned them, so I decided it was high time we made one. If you aren’t familiar with flexagons scroll down to find out more. See our complete PAPER TOYS PLAY PACK here This post contains affiliate links to products I love and recommend to my readers. Materials Cardstock This is the BEST DEAL you will find on CARDSTOCK! Instructions Step One Download and print the templateStep Two Draw different designs in each row of triangular sides. You’re done! Troubleshooting A few people have written to me to express some challenges with this project. Tips About Flexagons and Zentangle Looks Like More

DIY waterfilter A Rocket Stove Made From a Five Gallon Metal Bucket The principle behind a rocket stove is simple–rather than cooking on an open fire, you burn wood in an insulated chimney. Rocket stoves are highly efficient and easy to make. They run on twigs, so you can avoid cutting down a whole tree just to cook dinner. We’ve had a rocket stove made out of brick in our backyard for several years. The post we wrote on it in 2007 is–oddly–the most frequently searched post on this site. Using a piece of 4″ vent pipe and a 90º elbow, I made the chimney. I traced the outline of the vent pipe on to the lid of the bucket and cut this hole out with a jig saw. Using the vent pipe as a guide again, I cut out a 4″ hole near the bottom of the bucket. I used one part clay (harvested from the yard) to six parts vermiculite as my insulation material. With the vent pipe in place, I packed the insulation into the bucket and let it dry for a few days before putting the lid on. I found a barbecue grill at Home Depot that rests on the top of the bucket to support a pot.

How to Build a Rainwater Collection System: 9 steps Steps Method 1 of 4: Getting Rain Barrel Supplies 1Obtain one or more water storage barrels. You can buy a water storage barrel online, but it's cheaper to get a used one from a company that uses large barrels to store food and other merchandise (just be sure to clean it thoroughly with soapy water). A rain barrel can also be made from a large plastic trash can. 2Get additional supplies to turn the barrels into a water collection system. Method 2 of 4: Building a Rain Barrel Platform 1Level an area right next to your downspout. 3Stack concrete blocks on top of the pea gravel. Method 3 of 4: Adding the Spigot and Overflow Valve 1Drill a spigot hole in the side of your barrel. 4Make an overflow valve. Method 4 of 4: Assembling the Collection System 1Connect the downspout elbow to the downspout. 4Connect the additional barrels. Tips Ad Warnings Water collected from some rooftops will also contain chemical components from the composition roofing.Many parts of the earth receive 'acid rain.'

Comment bouturer ses aromatiques : thym, romarin, sauge, verveine ... Pour multiplier rapidement la plupart de ses aromatiques, le bouturage est simple et efficace. Par contre il faut compter au moins une année avant de pouvoir récolter sur ces nouveaux plants. Quelles aromatiques bouturer La menthe et le basilic se bouturent très facilement Vous n'avez qu'à plonger les tiges dans un verre d'eau. 10 jours plus tard des racines vont apparaître. Quand faire ses boutures Il faut bouturer toutes ces aromatiques à la fin de l'été de préférence, en Août/Septembre. Il faut éviter de le faire pendant la floraison, juste après c'est mieux. Pour avoir de jeunes tiges à bouturer, vous pouvez effectuer une taille de quelques branches au printemps. Comment ça se passe 1. Enlevez les 2/3 des feuilles en ne laissant que celles du haut. 2. 3. Arrosez et placez le pot à mi-ombre. 4. Dans les régions froides, il est judicieux de faire quelques boutures de plantes frileuses chaque été : verveine, sauge etc. Bouturage à l'étouffée

How To Get Motivated When You're In a Funk ~ Creative Market Blog The thing about being creative is that you will always get to that point where you feel that you’re running out of juice, like you have nothing else to squeeze. Some people call it burnout. But for a lot of freelancers, web developers, designers, artists, and other creatives, it all boils down to one thing: lack of motivation. When you’re in a funk and you can’t think of anything else that could pull you out of it, try some of these tricks and you may find yourself feeling that motivation coming back in no time. 1. Stop Overwhelming Yourself Overconfidence can also take its toll on your motivation level. Stop overwhelming yourself and keep things at a proper pace. 2. You know how some people say that they thrive on stress? Get proper rest and recharge your batteries every so often. 3. Some people say that they’re lucky enough to be doing something that they love, and this is actually true. 4. Pack up your laptop every so often and try working somewhere else. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Build a Hydraulic Ram Pump - DIY The search for a "perpetual motion" machine is just about as old as civilization itself. And though we all know that such a gadget probably doesn't exist, there is a piece of equipment that comes pretty close: the hydraulic ram pump. The water ram (also known as a trompe) has been around for quite a while and was a widely used means of pumping water before electricity became common in rural areas. Strictly speaking, the ram pump doesn't create its own power but draws energy from the force of a moving column of water, usually fed through a pipe from a point more than 18 inches above the trompe. Although the hydro ram won't operate without a fluid power source, it will work indefinitely when water is present. And, except for an adjustment every few months, the device requires no maintenance whatsoever! It's a Bargain at 1/10 the Price... Quality hydraulic rams are available commercially for anywhere from $400 to $800, complete. ...And Building It's a Snap The Possibilities Are Endless

Extensive List of Easy Home-made Household Products for Frugal Living Make a Frugal Living By Making Your Own! This is my extensive list of simple and easy home-made household products recipes...with a seasoning of frugal living advice, and an occasional dash of scientific explaination. Besides being fun to make, these do-it-yourself recipes will help you save hundreds or thousands of dollars per year. These may improve your health too (a good example is the Homemade Deodorant Recipe below). Mixing up these recipes will also give you the satisfaction of becoming more self-sufficient - which is one of the corner stones of making a frugal living. You will find many of these simple home-made alternatives to be much safer and more effective than their store-bought toxic alternatives. You can choose a product category from the menu below or use the search box to find more recipes. Frugal Mad Scientist At Your Service By the way, in case you didn't know, I am not only frugal but I am also a bit of a Mad Scientist, and a concerned scientist too. Less Debt. Enjoy...