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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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DIY: Portable, Propane Water Heater for Camping, Showers, Off-Grid

Posted on Jul 04, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: YouTube

When it comes to camping, the off-grid lifestyle, or disaster survival, having hot water quickly becomes a top priority.

I’ve used an almost identical set-up for several years and have had excellent results.  There are a few different models of on-demand, tankless water heaters on the market, but I’ve had nothing but praise for the Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater.

When I was working on the Elysian Fields Project, this little heater was a lifesaver!  It produced great water flow, plenty of hot water, and barely sipped any fuel.  A standard 20-lb barbeque tank will last well over a month of regular showering and dishwashing.

I still use it and bring it on camping trips with me even though I have a small RV now, and offer it up to my fellow campers.  I set-up a 10’x10′ pop-up canopy with sides, add a small Shur-Flo 12v pump and battery, and have an instant community showering facility!  These can typically be found for $125-250 depending on the model and make a great tangible investment for your disaster contingency plans!...

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Natural Pools: Relaxation Meets Emergency Preparedness

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

An alternative to chlorine pools, “Natural Pools” use plants to keep water clean and clear, reflecting nature’s own perfect cycle.  These could prove invaluable in a grid-down situation, offering a natural habitat for needed flora and fauna, water filtering capabilities, and more!

Here is a collection of some natural pools to help jumpstart your creativity!

From the BioTop Natural Pool website:

The [pool] realizes the principle of harmonious coexistence. A wall separates the swimming area from the regeneration zone, where impurities and excess nutrients are decomposed by plants and microorganisms.

das System
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Survival DIY: 50 Uses for Paracord

Posted on Jun 08, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Ready Nutrition by Tess Penningtonfull of info! Great resource

No fashion accessory says “prepper” more than a paracord bracelet.  With that around your wrist, you have at least 10 feet of 550 pound test rope.  The cord is made of many tiny strands and can also be unravelled if a thinner cord is necessary.  It is a must-have for your bugout bag.

Paracord, according to Wikipedia, is a “light weight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachute during World War II.  Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks.  It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians.”  Sometimes referred to as “550 cord,” it is generally recognized as having a 550 lb. tensile strength rating.

The question isn’t “What can you do with paracord?”  It’s “What can’t you do with paracord?”

Here are some ideas for what paracord can be used for.  Some of these would use the cord in its entirety, while others would call for the cord to be unravelled with single strands being called into duty....

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DIY: Recycling Old RV Trailers for Tiny House Treasures

Posted on May 26, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House Blog by Abel Zyl Zimmerman

Hayden’s Note:

Tiny House Blog is one of my favorite websites for alternative architecture, so please hit the link and show them some love!

I recently bought and dismantled a 14 ft. RV trailer for tiny house parts. I thought you avaricious do-it-yourselfers might find the story interesting.

It was a pretty moldy RV, with some appliances inside and an undamaged trailer frame. My goals were to get those two things out of it, and when all was done, I was about 80% successful in doing so.

RV exterior
RV exterior

Costs:

  • Purchase price: $300
  • Licensing: $23 (it had current tabs)
  • Work gloves, dust masks: $10
  • Sawzall demolition blade: $7
  • Contractor trash bags (for loose debris and fiberglass): $12
  • Diesel fuel for the project, towing it home and delivering recyclables: $55
  • Local landfill fee (plywood, broken glass, fiberglass) $99
Working Interior
Working Interior

Labor:

  • Towing home: 5 hours
  • Teardown, recycling, cleanup: 13 hours
  • Total costs/labor: $506 and 18 hours

Not bad.

Here’s what I ended up with:...

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Sign Cutting and Tracking Methods Employed by the US Border Patrol

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: ITS Tactical (lots of pictures in the article below)

“There’s always sign.”

Sign is the physical evidence of any disturbance of the environment left behind by animals, humans or objects. The detection of this sign is called sign cutting. A person (or animal) cannot traverse ground without leaving some sort of telltale sign. This sign is what we’re trying to find and track.

When most people think of tracking, they usually think of following footprints. But a trained tracker looks for more. He looks for kicked-over rocks, soil depressions, clothing fibers, changes in vegetation, changes in the environment, ambient noise or lack thereof, etc. Basically, the tracker looks for the disturbance — the sign — left behind by the person or persons being tracked.

Origin

Sign cutting and tracking has been around for millennia. It is a natural extension of hunting, both animals and people. On our continent, Native Americans perfected the art of sign cutting tracking both men and animals. To this day, there are special units of Native American law enforcement trackers protecting this nation....

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DIY on the Farm: How to Build Chicken Nesting Boxes with Buckets

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Stealth Survival

Here’s a great little DIY project if you have chickens.  This is a simple, no-frills … but no-hassle way of building some nesting boxes for those birds.

Front View of Nesting Buckets
In the above picture, you can see the buckets with fresh hay ready for the little ladies. The raised nesting boxes will make it easier to harvest the eggs.
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2012 Spring Preparedness Expo, Oklahoma City

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Southern Plains Consulting <- more information here.

The Spring Preparedness Expo will be held Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at the American Legion Hall in Del City, Oklahoma.  It is located at 5000 SE 24th St.  This is the same location as the Fall Expo for those that were able to join us. The show will be from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. and parking is free.  The cost for entry will be $5 a person or $8 per couple, and well worth it!

Workshop topics will include How to Prepare on a Budget, Building a First Aid Kit, Preparedness Pet Care, and much more.  See below for the complete workshop listing, map, vendor list, and the new brochure!

Hayden’s Note:

I’m excited to be a part of this again, and there will be lots of new vendors and tables, including the producers and directors of the new documentary, A Noble Lie, along with one of my main sponsors, Homespun Environmental (ceramic water filters), Patriot Seed Store, Organics OKC, and many more!  I’ll be there handing out bumper stickers and conducting interviews, so stop by and say hello!

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10 x 20 Contemporary Cabin in the Woods

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House Blog by Paul Mittig

I built my 10 x 20 house in 2005 for about $10,000 in materials, including all furnishings. It is built on six poles, set two feet into the ground, that support the floor and roof. There is no framing in the walls except at the door and the large window. The walls are rigid foam insulation, R21, covered with ½ inch sheetrock and all glued together. The ceiling has R38 fiberglass insulation, and the floor has R19 fiberglass insulation. I spend about $100 a year on propane for heating, cooking, and water heating.

The house is located in the hills of Northern California. I live in it full time. The house is set up for one person, but you could easily put a double bed by the door where the tall bookcase stands. If you did this, you might want to move the window.

I have a three-way RV under-counter refrigerator that I run on electricity. For hot water, I have a ‘heat before use’ RV water heater.  I turn it on for 15 – 20 minutes then off, and it generates enough hot water for a shower and runs on propane....

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Ethanol and Fuel Considerations in a Grid-Down Scenario

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Alcohol Can Be a Gas – David Blume

I interviewed David Blume years ago when Truth is Treason was a small, internet radio show on Oracle Broadcasting. He has some extremely fascinating ideas concerning ethanol and fuel, and from an emergency preparedness view, alcohol is invaluable!

Fuel, first-aid, bartering, ability to create or boost a small economy, farming, animal feed, reduction of waste, tangible goods, etc.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t make gasoline for my vehicle, especially in a grid-down scenario. However, I can make ethanol.

For the naysayers who have been sold on the whole, “Ethanol is bad for cars!” campaign, realize this comes from Big Oil. Cars originally ran on ethanol, and with a few simple, minor changes, can easily run on ethanol again. While you might experience a 10% drop in MPG, you gain horsepower (race cars use pure ethanol!), sustainability, and can be made in your backyard for as little as one dollar per gallon. I’m no math whiz, but that’s much better than relying on Big Oil.

Pick up the amazing book, “Alcohol Can Be a Gas” here at Amazon.com, and help TruthisTreason.net gain a small commission (at no extra charge to you!)....

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4 Simple Detox Tips from Food Matters

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 in - Food & Recipes, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Food Matters – If you haven’t seen Food Matters (documentary), I highly suggest you go find it! One of the best films on the subject currently.

Add these 4 simple detox tips to your day and you’ll be sure to feel great in no time.

1. Drink More Water

Too often we misinterpret thirst for hunger. Our signal for thirst may cause us to eat as we mistake it for hunger pains. Reach for water first and make sure you are well hydrated before eating any meal throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Where possible make sure to drink your water at least 30 minutes before eating as this will allow time for the water to properly penetrate the cells of your body and hydrate your stomach lining in preparation for proper digestion. I like to add lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to my water or green it up with barley grass powder, wheatgrass powder, spirulina or chlorella. Yum!

2. Add A Green Juice To Your Day

Green juices are an amazing way to add life giving and detoxifying plant chlorophyll to your bloodstream....

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37 Smart Uses of Salt for Non-Toxic Cleaning Purposes

Posted on Mar 07, 2012 in DIY Projects

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Food Matters.tv by Melissa Breyer

How many ways can you use salt? According to the Salt Institute, about 14,000! I can’t think of another more versatile mineral. The use of salt to preserve food was one of the early cornerstones of civilization (preservation lessened the dependence on seasonal food, and provided sustenance for traveling over long distances). However, salt was very difficult to obtain. With modern production methods, nowadays salt is the most common and readily available, nonmetallic mineral in the world; in fact, the supply of salt is inexhaustible.

Since at least medieval times, salt (sodium chloride) has been used for cleaning–and ensuing generations have continued to rely on it for all kinds of nifty tricks around the house (these were the days before toxic chemicals promised the convenience of an easy fix!).  So with its non-toxic friendliness and top-dog status as an endlessly abundant resource, let’s jump on the granny bandwagon and swap out some non-toxic solutions for ample, innocuous, and inexpensive salt.

But first, let my inner science geek pipe in for just a second (although if I eat dinner with you, I promise not to ask you to please pass the sodium chloride)....

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Tiny Home: 150 Sq. Ft. Contemporary Weekend Cabin

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

This cozy, little 150 square foot home away from home is the perfect weekend cabin.  Built for a Finnish family that live nearby, it offers an escape from the norm.  With ample seating that converts to a large bed, you could sleep up to 4 people, if needed.  And while the ceilings are not that tall, it does offer quite a bit of storage in large, deep drawers, along with overhead shelves and lofted nooks.

The kitchen is truly the focal point in this design, with large windows that allow a cascade of sunshine to fill the little space.  With only the truly required necessities, such as a 2-burner gas stove, small sink, and pantry, this kitchen can provide ample space for food prep, work projects, or a spot for your laptop.

A small wood burning stove completes the basics and provides for a warm and intimate night.  Or simply use it to take the chill off after you return from outside.  As you’ll notice, there is no bathroom or shower inside.

(Outdoor showers can be a thing of luxury, as well.  ...

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How to: Start Small Scale Aquaponics, Part 1

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Doom and Bloom, by Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

I recently added a vegetable grow bed to my existing fish and water lily pond.  Good, healthy bacteria grow within a balanced fish pond in order to help break down fish waste.  This bacteria is important to the entire aquaponics system.

If you are starting a new pond or system, add “pond starter” to help boost the bacteria population. It is a good idea to add more bacteria every few weeks as there are no downsides to recharging the bacterial environment. 

Hayden’s Note:

This is for new ponds.  Established ponds should have a healthy balance and cycle already in place, or means for natural bacterial regrowth.  Also, I would recommend “larger-than-fish tank type” diameter pebbles or rocks to be used in your aquaponic beds.  The more surface area that bacteria can attach to, the better!  About 1/2″ or even 3/4″ should work well!  Also, be sure to check out the related aquaponics articles at the end.

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The grow bed I used is a simple “under the bed” storage container, and I placed it on the edge of the pond....

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How to: Safely Preserve Fresh Eggs for 9 Months

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Preparedness Pro, by Kellene Bishop, as seen on Doomsday Preppers

Preserving eggs in the refrigerator for 9 months is unfathomable to most people, let alone safely preserving eggs that long without refrigeration. But today I’ll make crystal clear how you can preserve eggs worry-free without compromising your health and taste standards and perhaps I’ll even shed some light on how you came to believe that eggs can only be preserved in a refrigerator.

I assure you that Kellene Bishop has not lost her mind; I’m not some maniacal bad guy accompanied by the theme music from Jaws as I write this. Just read further and you’ll understand that this Preparedness Pro is no fraud but some other trusted entities may have been feeding you a fish story for the past several decades.

Bottom line, if you look at how nature preserves eggs you can learn an awful lot about preserving your own regardless of whether your purchased them at your local superstore or you collected them yourself from your personal brood of hens.

preserving eggsWhen a chicken lays an egg, it has a natural coating on it known as the bloom....

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