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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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TruthTV: DIY Ceramic Water Filters from Homespun Environmental

Posted on Apr 04, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Produced by Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

for TruthisTreason.TV

Featuring Russ Michaud, owner of HomespunEnvironmental.com, a TruthisTreason.net Sponsor (only because I love their products!)

DIY, ceramic water filters for emergency preparedness and everyday use. Compare to the expensive Berkey systems, but much cheaper!

Also available are standard “candlestick-style” filters for Berkey systems, but the 4″ dome filter shown in the video will work just fine.

Also available are individual water bottles that can filter 60 gallons for ~$20. Many others cost 10x that amount.  One of my favorite products from Homespun is the Hanging Bag Filter that can churn out over 100 gallons per day. This could provide you with ample bartering material!

Filmed at a semi-annual camping event for serious preppers....

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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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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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TruthisTreason.TV – Shipping Container Barn and Flooring

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Brand new video uploaded!

This one is geared for the Preppers, DIY’ers, Shipping Container and Tiny Home Enthusiasts, or the Off-Grid’er.  Starring yours truly.  Be sure and check out my new Truth is Treason.TV website – it’s a media and video version of the original blog.  I’ll be covering many of the same topics as I do here, but in video format!  Also, if you’re interested in shipping container construction, tips, or just want to follow my sometimes crazy mishaps while I build a small container cabin, check out my other blog – www.ElysianFieldsProject.com (also mirrored at www.ShippingContainerHomestead.com)!

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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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How to: Escape From Zip Ties

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: ITS TACTICAL

How to Escape From Zip Ties – with videos and pictures

In our, ‘How To Escape and Evade in an Urban Environment’ article, we briefly discussed escaping from zip ties.  There are quite a few hasty methods of illegal restraint, and zip ties are a method that’s available to any would-be kidnapper and are the “new” handcuffs for law enforcement.

There are two things you’ll need in any escape situation, and without these two things, nothing we show you will work.

Those two things are time and opportunity. You’ll first need time to put one of these escape methods into action and then the opportunity to do so.

Your captors are most likely not going to have the resources or the patience to keep eyes on you constantly, and when they don’t, it’s time to make your move.

How Zip Ties Work

How to Escape Zip Ties 02The best way to defeat any type of restraint is to first analyze how it works.

Zip ties consist of a sturdy Nylon tape that contains small teeth running lengthwise down one side, and a ratchet with small teeth housed in a small open case....

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How to: Improve Your Handgun Skills

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – Truth is Treason.net

With all of the DIY projects and self-improvement I bring to you here at Truth is Treason, I realized I was leaving a vital topic out.  We’ve covered DIY tech gadgets and projects, various recipes, outdoor and garden projects, and much more – but we’ve not covered firearms very much.

Hayden’s Note:

This is an older article of mine, but I thought it might be a good time to republish for those new readers.  Originally posted March 28th, 2010.

I was a police officer for over 5 years and maintained the award of Pistol Master every year.  I have taught individual classes and group lessons in a variety of conditions and environments, but one thing that I find intriguing is the difference between training males and females.

Females have a natural ability to become very proficient with handguns and will listen to the instructor.  Men, on the other hand, approach firearms training like anything else; “I already know everything there is to know – and if I don’t, I certainly won’t ask for help. ...

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How to: Build a Backyard Aquaponic System for a Year-Round Food Supply

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Backyard Aquaponics

Here’s a great DIY project for backyard aquaponics!  With this system, you can begin growing amazing vegetables and harvesting massive amounts of fish, such as tilapia, in a permaculture environment.  The system replenishes itself and provides nutrient dense food year round!

This video shows how to build a really simple system using IBC crates and minimal tools.

Step by step instructions, parts lists, and pictures of many different IBC aquaponic systems can be found here > Download the 180 page .pdf file HERE.

This particular video series doesn’t address fish farming in the aquaponic system, but as you can plainly see, the bottom portion can be filled with lots of fish, who provide fertilizer for the vegetables in the top section, in a continuous cycle.  If you were to place this system in a simple greenhouse and add some compost piles for warmth retention, you can harvest year round!

Stay tuned for more articles on aquaponics, DIY projects for urban farmers, and more!...

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Emergency Preparedness DIY: Cheap, Effective Water Filtration – 100 Gallons per Day

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Homespun EnvironmentalTruth Sponsor

Homespun Environmental is pleased to present an unpowered water filtration device that can generate over a hundred gallons of potable water per day from just about any fresh water source (pond, lake, stream, or river) using a single 5 gallon bucket and ceramic water filter cartridges.  The amount of water produced works well for multi-family, church group, or commercial/barter applications. 

Hayden’s Note:

If you’ve got a Big Berkey sitting around your house, you’re well aware of the high cost associated with it.  I own one, and I love it.  However, I don’t love the $60 price tag on the Berkey filters.  I have two sets of black ceramic filters that came with my Berk, but I have 3 kits on my shelf from Homespun Environmental as replacements and bartering items.  The cost of Homespun’s ceramic filters are only about $17, with the entire kit costing about $24.  You do the math.  I enjoy the convenience of using my Berkey as the standing unit that holds water, but I love the fact I can purchase 3 kits from Russ at Homespun for the cost of ONE set elsewhere. ...

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How to: Make Your Own Natural Laundry Detergent for Pennies

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

I posted a similar article a few weeks ago, but it was merely YouTube videos of various recipes.  I’ve been working on making this at home and here is what I’ve come up with so far!

I’ve compiled several different recipes for both liquid and powdered laundry detergent.

While I prefer liquid soap, and it is cheaper, the powdered version seems to work a bit better and take up less storage space.  Your results may vary.  You can make yours more natural or less, depending on your preferences.  The soaps and ingredients used in the following recipes are for a natural soap.  While some of the ingredients listed on the particular products may sound synthetic or highly processed, they are not.  For instance, Fels-Naptha bar soap has a lot of ingredients that sound like chemicals; however, they are merely derivatives of products such as coconut oil, palm oil, salts, ash, etc.

We’ll start with my powdered recipe first:

2 cups of Borax (20 Mule Team) ~$5.00, 76 oz box.

2 cups of Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer) ~$5.00, 55 oz box....

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100 Skills Every Person Should Know

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 in DIY Projects

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Borrowed in part from Popular Mechanics. Originally published at TruthisTreason on Nov. 8th, 2010

Automotive

1. Handle a blowout
2. Drive in snow
3. Basic vehicle troubleshooting
4. Replace fan belt
5. Wire in a new light
6. Conquer an off-road obstacle
7. Use a stick welder
8. Hitch up a trailer
9. Jump start a car

Handling Emergencies

10. Perform the Heimlich
11. Reverse hypothermia
12. Perform CPR
13. Escape a sinking car

Home

14. Carve a turkey
15. Use a sewing machine
16. Put out a fire
17. Home brew beer
18. Remove bloodstains from fabric
19. Move heavy stuff
20. Grow food
21. Read an electric meter
22. Use a shovel properly
23. Solder wire
24. Tape drywall
25. Split firewood
26. Replace a faucet washer
27. Mix concrete
28. Paint a straight line
29. Use a French knife
30. Prune bushes and small trees
31. Iron a shirt
32. Fix a toilet tank flapper
33. Change a single-pole switch
34. Fell a tree
35. Replace a broken windowpane
36. Set up a ladder, safely
37....

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