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Use These 24 Tools to Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World

Nearly a quarter, 23 percent, of Americans worked from home in 2014, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics survey. If you’re one of the …

How to build a simple Off Grid Electricity Generation System using Two Batteries

This video shows many things you can run using a Simple Two Battery (90-100w) DIY Power Generation System.A solar powered electricity generation …

Solar Panels

How to build a Portable 420 watt Solar Power Generator . Very Detailed Video Instructions,perfect for beginners

This 2 part series shows you how to build 240,420W Solar Power Generators .The first video outlines detailed step-by-step instructions on how to …

12 Clever Ideas for a Better, Cleaner Water Pump

Cheap and reliable diesel pumps are the go-to tool for irrigation on farms in rural India. But diesel costs have been rising in recent yearsand so has concern over greenhouse gases. To address both problems, Greenpeace has issued a challenge to desi<p>Cheap and reliable diesel pumps are the go-to tool …

New Mexico

Building Your Own Rain Barrel To Water Lawns, Help Gardens And Wash Cars

Ever since we spotted a rain barrel in action on our visit to Matt & Kristin’s house last fall, Sherry and I have been itching to harness the power …

Rain barrels: good for the planet and your budget

April showers bring May flowers, so why not capture some of those showers with a rain barrel. Using a rain barrel helps conserve water, reduces …

How To Turn A Beer Can Into The Only Camping Stove You'll Ever Need

You can whip one of these up in a matter of minutes. They’re so easy to make and they work really well. First find yourself some scissors and a …

6 DIY Pallet Furniture Tutorials

It is estimated that 2 billion shipping pallets are in use every day in the U.S. alone, so it is inevitable that some lay abandoned.<p>Why not use them …

Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video)

Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes, …

Rocket Mass Stove Burns Tiny Amounts of Wood, Heats for Well Over 12 Hours

From ingenious strategies to cut your heating bill in half to video instructions on how to kill a chicken, Paul Wheaton has produced some wonderful …

Burns

6 Trees Every Survivalist Should Know | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This guest post by Creek Stewart first appeared at willowhavenoutdoor.com</i>.<p>“Living in the open in this way, and making friends of the …

How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet

On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes. They're fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly …

Gardening

DIY Projects from the Preppers

I’ll be honest: for years, I never considered the survivalist/prepper crowds as target audiences. I mean, we’re on totally different ideological …

How to Build a GeoDome Greenhouse

When it comes to gardening in colder climates, a greenhouse is almost a must have. It extends the growing season and gives the plants a lot more …

41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

These tips and tricks will guarantee you'll be a totally happy camper this summer.

Hacking

Creating A Simple And Inexpensive Rain Water Collection System

Visitors to the farm are usually surprised to learn that we water the entire garden and landscape with only the water from our rain water collection …

How to Start a Container Garden in any Amount of Space

Whether you want fresh flowers, veggies or simply some greenery, spruce up your terrace, balcony, deck or other space. Nearly everyone can enjoy the benefits of organic gardening. Build your own container garden that fits whatever size space you have.<p>Whether you want fresh flowers, veggies or …

Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

A project 30 years in the making, this tiny off-grid retreat on a coastal island in Maine is almost entirely self-sufficient. Designed and built by …

7-Foot DIY Wind Turbine Proves Size Matters

When [brokengun] decided to build a 7 ft diameter wind turbine, he had no idea how to even start, so he did as most of us would do and read some …

Storing Excess Daytime Solar Energy to Heat Greenhouse at Night

Russell has a unique and effective solar heating system for his greenhouse. On sunny days, the system takes excess heat from the peak of the …

Kitchen Basics

I often get emails asking about what kitchen items people should put on their bridal registry or what tools and gadgets one would need to start a …

Learn to Tie a Trucker's Hitch, the Knot You'll Use All Year

Need to secure canoes and kayaks to your truck or tie down long lengths of rope at your camp site? Then you need to learn the trucker's hitch.<p><b>Every year at Thanksgiving, my family treks to a</b> Christmas tree farm in the North Carolina mountains. We choose a Fraser fir, call in the chainsaw man, and …

Free power- How to convert an old washing machine into a water powered generator

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For some, the idea of doing without municipal services is a nightmare. For others, it’s the culmination of a long-held dream. Living off the grid means it’s just you and nature existing harmoniously side-by-side. No building codes, no dependency on the power grid, no monthly payment to the trash …

Off-Grid Laundry Machine

This think-small washer needs no electricity or running water.<p>A couple of years ago, I decided to concentrate my design research on devices that would be useful to poor families in developing countries — easy-to-make tools that address a specific need without disrupting the local economy, culture, …

Homesteading Quantified: How Much Land You Need To Go Off The Grid

The original homesteaders, the pioneers who went West, were following the American dream as it was understood in the 19th century -- they wanted a house, and land, and a farm, of their own. Those who become homesteaders today aren't necessarily aspirational in the same way; instead, they're looking …

Tiny House Listings

Rainwater Harvesting

On a homestead, water can be a big issue. I'm located in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, and water is plentiful. For me, the choice came down …

Canning 101

For those of you who are brand new to canning, I recommend starting with these posts.<p>If you have a question about canning, please read these through …

Need to Re-Wax Your Canvas Jacket? Here’s How to Do It Right

Before there were synthetic fabrics, before Gore-Tex and “weatherproof breathability”, there was thick cotton and a can of wax. Early sailors …