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Casa Cúbica: Contemporary Shipping Container Cabin with Roof Deck

Posted on Apr 02, 2014 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Small House Bliss

Cúbica is a company in Costa Rica that specializes in alternative construction, based on repurposed shipping containers. They have built residential, commercial, and institutional projects from cast-off containers. Cúbica cites lower cost, short delivery times, earthquake resistance and low maintenance as a few of the advantages of using containers.

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One of their flagship designs, the Casa Cúbica, is a compact dwelling built from a 20-foot shipping container. A 20-foot container has just 160 ft2 of space, but Cúbica stretches that out with a short extension at one end, as well as pushing the front glass area outwards, and creating a unique space on the roof deck.

The back wall of the living space is lined with cabinetry, containing the kitchenette, closets, and a Murphy bed. The extension provides a space for built-in bunk beds, while the bathroom is at the opposite end....

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Better Than Gold: Ceramic Water Filters as Tangible Barter Items

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Russ Michaud, Owner of Homespun EnvironmentalTruth Sponsor

Times sure are looking uncertain; families are getting tossed from their homes due to foreclosures, communities are breaking down and decaying as the middle class is destroyed (and subsequent shrinkage in the tax revenues force ever deeper cutbacks in government services), schools and post offices are closing; the list goes on and on.   It gets depressing thinking about how far we’ve fallen in such a short time.

All the while, our “Red” and “Blue” politicians fiddle in Washington and work harder to smear the other party so they can get re-elected, rather than try to fix the plight of the people they are supposed to be representing.

It is no wonder that many folks are taking matters into their own hands and preparing for some kind of change.   Hopefully, for the better, but the process of change will almost certainly be rough.  The powers engorging themselves on the status quo will resist strongly and perhaps even forcibly, prompting even greater resistance from the masses.  The American Revolution wasn’t exactly peaceful either....

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[Video] Nanotech Coating Repels Liquid and Oils, Mud, Concrete, Paint – Must Have!

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 in DIY Projects, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Ultra-Ever Dry & YouTube

For the preppers, the hikers, military, police, construction workers, gardeners, cowboys, home builders, cooks, DIY’er, and anybody who has ever spilled something:

Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will completely repel almost any liquid. It uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface. This barrier repels water, oil and other liquids unlike any coating seen before.

Hayden’s Note:

I am *amazed.* Imagine coating your house, car, shoes, or anything else that you never want to clean again!

Disclosure: I do not have any ties to the company or product showcased, I just wanted to share!...

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DIY Ceramic Water Filters Made in USA – Available Now

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Homespun EnvironmentalRuss Michaud, Truth Sponsor

A heartfelt wish of many folks in the US is to have more products manufactured here instead of being imported. This is especially true in the current economic times. Folks realize that spending money locally is a simple way to enhance our communities and standards of living. It often seems like big business is oblivious to the plight of ordinary people and are only concerned with their next quarterly profits and the manager’s bonuses. Fortunately, there are a lot of small businesses that have a lot better handle on things.

waterfilter_kitJust Water, LLC, is very proud to announce that they have successfully ‘on-shored’ the production of ceramic water filters and will very shortly be rolling out various products that use these. Homespun Environmental, LLC, is equally proud to announce that they are the very first distributor to have these American-made ceramic water filters available on their website. Both companies have worked hard to meet customer’s needs and having products made in the USA was high on that list.

Ceramic water filters have been used extensively for many years in third world disaster situations with NGOs and missionary groups....

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DIY Project: WiFi + USB Drive = Your Own Mini-Internet and Communication Hub

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Science & Technology, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Activist Post by Tony Cartalucci, Truth Contributor

Worried about draconian Internet laws? Creeping surveillance? The Internet is still a tool of tremendous power, but a deep rot has set in. We have caught it early and we are fighting to stop this rot, but there are other options we can begin exploring to hedge our bets and enhance our current efforts.

piratebox2Image: The PirateBox in use on a handheld device. Once the PirateBox is up and running, either on a standalone device like the one pictured to the right (background), or on your laptop as described here, it will appear as another WiFi network for people in range to connect to. Once connected, files can be freely shared, and there is even a chat client users can communicate with. It is just as useful as a file server for a small business, as it is for circumventing the draconian criminalization of Internet file sharing.

Want to get started right now? Easy tutorial and download links here *

In last week’s, “Fighting Back Against the “Intellectual Property” Racket,” the “PirateBox” was introduced....

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DIY Water: Differences Between Ceramic Candle and Dome Filters

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Homespun Environmental – Russ Michaud, Truth Sponsor & Contributor

This paper discusses the two main styles of ceramic filter cartridges that are currently on the market.  These are the ‘candle’ filter and the ‘dome’ filter.  I often get questions on whether one is better than the other and have also seen several DIY blogs on the internet showing both of these.  I figured it was a good idea to write a short paper on this topic to add as a reference to the technical notes on my website and to help folks interested in researching this.

For those who may be unfamiliar with ceramic water filters, here is a brief overview.

Cut-away diagram of a DIY water filter. Much cheaper than the Big Berks.

Cut-away diagram of a DIY water filter. Much cheaper than the Big Berks.

The ceramic water filter cartridge consists of a ceramic shell, containing colloidal silver and enclosing some amount of activated carbon.  The shell has very small pore openings that allow water to pass through but are too small for bacteria.  The silver keeps bacteria from growing on the shell, and the activated charcoal adsorbs chemicals that are present in the water.  ...

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Hayden’s Headlines: Wyoming Gun Protection, Noveske, Cozy Cottages, DIY Aquaponics, and Team Tactics

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Global & National News, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Political Issues, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading
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Assorted How To & DIY Projects, Part 1

Posted on Dec 25, 2012 in DIY Projects

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

I hadn’t written a DIY article for awhile, so I figured I would change it up a bit and simply give you a bunch of ideas to get started with!

Enjoy these assorted DIY projects!

Washing Machine Fire Pit

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Transform an old washing machine drum into a fire pit!

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Prepper in Your Life

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Still wondering what to get that hard-to-shop-for prepper in your life?  Here are a few ideas that work for the holidays, as well as the rest of the year! And remember, you can help support TruthisTreason.net by conducting all of your Amazon.com shopping through the Amazon Link in the right-hand sidebar! The website earns a small commission on each sale!

Eccotemp Portable Tankless Water Heater and Outdoor Shower

or the slightly better version:

Click here for a great article and video demonstrating some of the uses for an on-demand, portable hot water heater!
DIY: Portable, Propane Water Heater for Camping, Showers, Off-Grid

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Smith’s latest book, Preparedness: The Basics and Beyond

Here’s a recent article about the book –

Preparedness: The Basics and Beyond, a New eBook by Mark A. Smith

Smith covers the basics — food storage, water purification, health, and housing — with tips that beginners and even seasoned preppers will find useful. He also addresses more advanced levels of preparedness, including a discussion of bug-out-vehicles and defensive firearms. In addition, he offers a detailed questionnaire to help readers intent on improving home security....

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Post-SHTF Tactics: Urban Anti-Armor Ambush

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Max Velocity Tactical – Truth Contributor

As I have been immersed in writing ‘Patriot Dawn’, it occurred to me that I have not posted recently, so I pulled this excerpt out of Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations.  I was writing about an urban defense/battle scenario as part of the storyline, and this came to mind.

This is merely a way of pulling off a dismounted, anti-armor ambush. The described technique assumes that you have some form of anti-armor weapons system, such as a rocket.

Urban Anti-Armor Ambush

The aim of the anti-armor ambush is to destroy some or at minimum one advancing enemy armored vehicle and escape, not take on the whole enemy column, thus slowing them down and causing harassment and attrition.
The urban anti-armor (anti-tank) ambush is a specialist technique designed for an urban environment. Such an environment has, by design, streets, buildings, side streets and alleyways. These side streets or alleyways create natural defilade. They also create multiple decision points for the approaching enemy armor. The elements of an urban anti-armor ambush are the early warning, kill team, and cover group....

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Holiday Gift Idea: DIY Ceramic Water Filters

Posted on Dec 07, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Homespun EnvironmentalRuss Michaud

Everyone agrees that water is a must have essential at the top of the list for survival preparations. Consequently, there are a lot of products on the market for cleaning up contaminated water to make it fit for human consumption. This paper takes a quick look at the advantages of ceramic cartridges versus other filter types and discusses a few key issues.

Hayden’s Note:

These make great holiday gifts for your friends and family that already have Berkey systems or can’t get one due to their price! Homespun filters can be used as replacements for half the price, or build your own two-chamber, gravity fed water filter system for a fraction of those other, fancy systems!  

SPECIAL: Use coupon code ‘Truth‘ during checkout and receive a special discount!

What is a ceramic water filter?

The ceramic filter consists of a porous ceramic shell and usually is sold as a sealed cartridge that contains some additional water purification media. A picture of a dome shaped filter is shown below but they can be manufactured in various shapes and sizes....

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Living Small in a Big World: Alternative Architecture, Tiny Homes, and Strawbale

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Vimeo

Andrew Morrison, of StrawBale.com, is interviewed on living small, the role of straw bale construction as a solution for housing, and his experience of living in a pop-up tent trailer in Baja for several months after selling more than half of his belongings.

Hayden’s Note:

While I looove alternative architecture and tiny homes, it is not for some “save the planet” motive.  My obsession with tiny homes is rooted in the evolving shift in perception and understanding that we need to get back to basics, natural settings, and efficiency, coupled with the ability to create Tiny Towns, build small communities, and become radically self-reliant; throwing off the shackles of not only an out of control government, but being truly self sufficient in as many areas as possible.

Living SMALL In A big World from Gabriella Morrison on Vimeo....

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Retro Viking Short Bus Transformed into Beautiful Guest Bedroom

Posted on Nov 06, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House BlogOne of my favorite websites! Be sure to bookmark them!

Portland, Maine architect Will Winkelman provided this restoration on a 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus. His client was looking for something flexible and movable for both wilderness exploration as well as being functional and funky for a guest bedroom at home.

To make it funky, Winkleman infused an alternative life into the bus. With beads, dangles, and paisleys, they brought the 60′s lifestyle into the bus.

Read the full article and see more pictures at Remodelista and Tiny House Blog!

Photo Credits: Remodelista

short bus

living area

guest bedroom...

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Top Ten Tactical Skill-Sets for the Common Man

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: ITS Tactical

Yesterday, my good friend Jack, from The Survival Podcast, asked me if I’d like to come on his show to discuss the Top Ten Tactical Skill-Sets for the Common Man. I jumped at the chance and the show we recorded yesterday is now live!

I tried to highlight many of the Skill-Set topics that we frequently discuss on ITS Tactical and I think they all tied together well. I’d urge everyone here to spend a few minutes to check it out and hear about why we advocate having these skill-sets here on ITS.

Here’s my personal top ten list of tactical skills that everyone should make a part of their lives, specifically for those of us in a preparedness mindset.

  • Self Defense, Combatives and Situational Awareness
  • Navigation
  • Fitness
  • Lock Picking
  • Medical
  • Driving
  • Knot Tying
  • Digital Competency
  • Home Security/Assessment
  • The Tactical Mindset
Let me know what you think about the show and check out the links below for more information on each of these skill-sets here on ITS. Follow this link to listen directly on TSP or find them on iTunes!...

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Giradora: Foot-Powered Washer and Dryer for Off-Grid Applications and Post-SHTF

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Design Boom

Giradora Foot-Powered Washer and Spin Dryer for Off-Grid Applications and Post-SHTF

Alex Cabunoc, based in Los Angeles, has developed ‘Giradora’, a human-powered washer and spin dryer which has been designed to increase the efficiency and experience of washing clothes in areas which do not have access to running water and power.  This could be used with great advantage in a grid-down scenario, off-grid homestead or cabin, and even while camping!

The project evolved at the Art Center College of Design, where students were challenged by a South American NGO to create a product as part of their ‘Safe Agua Peru’ project, aiming to alleviate water poverty in the slums of Lima, Peru.

The Giradora seeks to make the process of cleaning more ergonomic, economic, and ecological in the long run.


the user sits upon the drum-like basin which is powered by foot making it ergonomic

Targeted towards families earning between $4-10 USD per day, the resulting unit costs less than $40 USD.

The design is composed of a drum, whose shape is similar to that of a water barrel.

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