Turn Soda Cans Into Aluminum Roofing Shingles! Here's one way to take good old coke cans and turn them into non-rusting aluminum roofing shingles. It's a bit time consuming, but have you priced aluminum shingles lately? Other Great Stories From Offgridquest.com: From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more. July 19th, 2015 by Stephen Hanley Add hemp fiber to lime and you get a lightweight building material that can be shaped like a cinder block. When fully cured, it floats in water.
We Have 20 Non-Toxic Ways to Get Rid of Houseflies! Say “Bye Bye” Flies! bigstock.com Summer time is here! Unfortunately, this also means flies are here as well. Even with screens on windows and doors, those little stinkers manage to find their way inside, don’t they? Holzer Style Log Bee Hive (Sepp Holzer forum at permies) Sepp has given a couple of great lessons on bees. As for colony collapse disorder, he says that this is not a disease of the bees, but rather a disease in the minds of man, and how they manage their hives. Many beekeepers keep bees in hives with plastic frames, rob their honey at the wrong time, fill their environment with toxins, truck them all over the country for pollination contracts, and are then mystified as to why they are all dying. Robbing honey in the fall often leaves bees without adequate stores for the winter, forcing beekeepers to feed sugar.
Eco Homes from the Earth: Cordwood Wouldn’t it be nice to own your own green dream home, made with recycled and natural materials and packed with custom features? Whether you’re an experienced builder or have never picked up a power tool in your life, you can build a natural eco-friendly home with user-friendly, low-cost materials like cob, cordwood, straw and the dirt and wood from your own land. These natural building techniques produce beautiful homes with a small ecological footprint and tons of personality. Cordwood (images via: daycreek, cordwood masonry) From far away, it looks like stone masonry – but get up close and you’ll see that cordwood buildings are actually made from wood stacked firewood-style, and mortar.
Got Laundry Stains? We’ve Got Answers! Photo credit: bigstock.com Laundry isn’t a task most people enjoy, but what makes it even worse is trying to remove stains. This only makes an ugly task take even longer! There are plenty of “stain removers” on the market, that’s for sure, but almost all of them use bleach or other chemicals that aren’t good for your skin or clothes! Not to mention the perfume!
BarkEater Follies: DIY - Standup Paddleboards (SUP) Part 1: how to build your own paddle board Author's note: To really learn how to build a SUP, spend a few days on Swaylocks, Surfer Steve's, Standupzone and other Internet sites. I spent a few weeks doing that. The following is just my build, presented for what it was. This is not an expert build, and it sets out to exactingly build a complicated design using a labor intensive method.
Solar Grill Stores Latent Heat For 25 Hour Cook Time At 450 degrees Image credit: Derek Ham/Barbeque Lovers We've seen a DIY solar cooker built from old CDs, and we've seen plenty of commercially available solar ovens too. We've even seen one solar-powered grill. But we haven't seen many solar cooking options that can store heat for longer cooking times or hotter temperatures. Until now Derek Ham writes over at Barbeque Lovers about a solar-powered grill project he has been working on that uses latent heat storage to both extend cooking times, create hotter temperatures, and reduce the problem of intermittent sun.