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How to: Double Your Water Output from Slow Gravity Fed Water Filters

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Homespun EnvironmentalRuss Michaud, Truth Supporter

This short paper discusses adding a siphon to a gravity fed water filter and how to set it up properly.  The paper discusses the siphon applications to a 4×4 ceramic water filter cartridge but the general principal applies to other water filter technologies as well.

What is a siphon?  A siphon is simply a length of hose that is added to the output of the filter where the water normally drips out.  The dimensions of the tube are critical.  The inside diameter needs to be small enough that the tube can completely fill with water. The outside diameter of the tube needs to form a good seal with the filter.  The length of the tube should be at least a foot long but can be much longer if needed.  Ideally it should rest on the bottom of the container.


How does a siphon work?    A siphon forms a vacuum that pulls water through the filters much like a syringe.  This vacuum force is in addition to the normal force of gravity but is much stronger.  ...

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container House, Part 7 – Questions and Updates

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – +

Welcome to Part 7!  I’m glad you’ve stuck with me and my hectic adventure with a shipping container!  Over the last few weeks, I’ve received countless emails, comments and tweets regarding the project.  Perhaps I can address some of the more common questions in this installment while I have a bit of downtime as I start new projects!

I’m right in the middle of some major construction and haven’t quite formatted the pictures or taken enough to really show anything off, but I DO have a couple, which I’ll get to towards the end.  I know that when I visit other shipping container house websites and projects, I want pictures!  And lots of them!  So I’m right there with ya, readers!

As for some of the questions, I’ll just summarize the general ones and do my best to answer them –

  • “I’m wanting to build a shipping container home but don’t know where to start, can’t finance land or can’t acquire financing for the actual project.”

This answer will vary as to how you plan on going about your building project.  ...

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How to: Make Your Own Laundry Soap ($0.20 per Gallon?)

Posted on Sep 04, 2011 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

As a big fan of DIY projects, saving money, and using organic items, I decided to scour YouTube for some of the better DIY projects.   This week’s collection will focus on DIY Laundry Soap and Detergent.

Some are organic and some are just dirt cheap ways to make liquid laundry soap.  Whatever floats your boat, I hope you find this post useful!

Do you have any DIY project videos that you’d like to see featured here?  Have an idea or tip? Be sure and leave a comment and share!

DIY Laundry Soap for 20 Cents a Gallon!


This is a really great channel and I highly recommend you check out what they are doing.  In a very dense, urban ghetto of Kansas City, this group of guys and gals are building everything!  Gardens, methane gas producer, an amazing fish farm in their backyard and a whole lot more!  Definitely a ‘must-subscribe’ channel for enthusiasts of urban gardening and sustainable farming!

How To Make Laundry Detergent in 3 Minutes – Bex’s Life

by BexLife 

Food processor?  ...

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How to: Construct Secret Hiding Places

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 in DIY Projects – Kevin Hayden

Source: Root Simple

I love alternate views of our normal notions of domesticity and home economics. On a recent trip to the book section of a large surplus store, I noticed our first book The Urban Homestead right alongside books on burying weapons caches, wiring solar panels, acting as your own dentist and assembling SKS rifles. We certainly have exciting company on this journey.

One book in particular caught my eye, The Construction of Secret Hiding Places by Charles Robinson. You can download a .pdf of this book for free here. Of course, the fact that this info exists in book and interweb form means that the secrets aren’t, well, secrets anymore.  Nevertheless, I’ll never view a stairwell, baseboard or that useless space under the dishwasher in quite the same way again.

Do you have a favorite secret hiding place? Anonymous comments are welcome . . ....

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How to: Build a Wooden Pergola – Outdoor Living & Gardening

Posted on Aug 01, 2011 in DIY Projects – Kevin Hayden

Source: DIY Network

Step 1: Select Site, Set Posts
Select the site for the pergola and mark the placement of the four posts. Use a post-hole digger or two-person auger to dig holes to a depth of 24 inches and width of 9 inches. Add a few inches of gravel to the bottom of the holes for drainage. Insert 4×4 posts into the holes. Ensure the posts are level and plumb. Attach temporary 2×4 bracing to hold in place. Mix fast-drying cement according to manufacturer’s directions and pour in holes. Let cure for 24 hours.

Step 2: Attach Joist Beams
Cut joist beams from 2×10 boards to span the pergola posts. To create a decorative look on the end of the joist beams, draw a straight or curved design on the wood and cut along the line with a jigsaw. Temporarily clamp in place while holes are drilled through the beams and posts. Attach the beams to the posts using 3-inch lag bolts.

Step 3: Attach Stringers
Cut the stringers from 2×6 boards to span and overhang the joist beams....

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How to: DIY Well Bucket Using PVC Pipe

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 in DIY Projects – Kevin Hayden

Source: Alpha Rubicon (Public Side)

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. More precisely, water in the newly drilled well – but none to mix mortar with.  The well drilling company hadn’t put the pump, pipe or electrical cable down the hole yet, so I decided to make a well bucket out of PVC pipe and an old inner tube so I could get some water. This well bucket will work with any drilled well at least 4” in diameter. The capacity of the bucket depends on how long you make the main pipe.  I made this one a little over 3’ in length, which gives me about 1.5 gallons every time I raise it out of the well.

Hayden’s Note:

I did not write this article, obviously.  But I find myself in a similar situation with my “Homesteading with a Shipping Container” project over at  I have an 8″ well casing, 140 feet deep, and will be placing a manual well pump on it.  I debated a standard 3/4 HP electric pump, tied into a generator and cistern tank, but ultimately, I wanted self-sufficiency in a grid-down situation. ...

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How to: Make Paper Bricks as a Fire Starter

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 in DIY Projects – Kevin Hayden


I’ve been playing around with making paper bricks as a substitute for firewood. One small issue is that I don’t actually have a fireplace at my current house, but I’m not going to let a trivial thing like that hold me back!

A paper brick, and paper brick makerSo what’s the concept? Its pretty simple. You soak some newspaper in water, put it in brick mold, squish out the water and leave it to dry. The brick maker I’m using and a sample brick are pictured. You end up with a compressed brick of newspaper that you can throw in your slow-combustion fireplace.

Getting the brick maker can be a little tricky – there was a time when you could pick them up from any hardware store. The reason why they’re a little hard to find nowadays (in my humble opinion) is that the paper bricks are not as good as real firewood.

There. I said it. I admitted the green, DIY alternative isn’t as good. Wow – what a release!

But all is not lost. The truth is that, in my experience in other houses where I’ve had wood-fire heating, paper bricks do not burn as long as a good hardwood log, or as hot....

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How to: Bake Camp Fire, Survival and Flat Breads

Posted on Jun 02, 2011 in - Food & Recipes – Kevin Hayden

Source: Various

Bannock bread is any of a large variety of flat quick breads. The word can also be applied to any large, round article baked or cooked from grain. When a round bannock is cut into wedges, the wedges are often called scones. But in Scotland, the words bannock and scone are often used interchangeably.  This is a very simple form of bread to make while camping or in survival situations.

Bannock on a Stick – Different Recipe

Indian Flatbread – Roti or Chapati

This recipe makes 4 Roti’s:
1/2 Cup Whole wheat flour
Pinch of Salt
1/4 Cup and 1 tablespoon of luke warm water
1/4 teaspoon of Oil
1 teaspoon of Ghee or clear butter

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How to: Cut Down a CCTV Camera Pole

Posted on May 23, 2011 in DIY Projects – Kevin Hayden

Source: YouTube

I take no responsibility in what you choose to do with this wonderful and slightly educational film. If nothing else, maybe it will spark some brainstorming sessions.

Kevin Hayden


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Clean Water Insurance – Gravity Fed, Ceramic Filter System Under $50

Posted on May 16, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival – Kevin Hayden 

Source: Russ Michaud – – Truth Supporter

Hurricane Katrina, the Haitian earthquake, the Japanese calamity, the tornado swarms, record flooding of the Mississippi…it seems like natural disasters are happening more frequently nowadays and they also are more devastating.   All too often the news is filled with pictures of destroyed houses, distraught people, and complaints of lack of assistance.   One common issue in all of these disasters is that the infrastructure of power, transportation, and availability of goods has been disrupted.   It could happen just about anywhere with little notice.  It is prudent to prepare for such events.    Self reliance is a much better option than waiting for assistance to arrive.  (Actually, that applies to a lot of areas in life.)

Hayden’s Note:

I must say that I really like what these people are doing.  I’ve met the owners of Homespun Environmental in person and they are down to earth, no non-sense, smart individuals.  And I’ve seen their products in action firsthand.  About a month ago, I purchased one of the Big Berkeys for over $200.00 so that I could have a back-up method of filtering water that required no electricity. ...

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How to: Break Open a Coconut

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 in - Food & Recipes – Kevin Hayden

Source: The FED – Fitness, Exercise and Diet

Love fresh coconut but hate those pesky shells?  Follow these easy steps and soon you’ll be on your way to busting your own coconut!
1 fresh coconut
1 large bowl
1 sturdy hammer
Hard surface
Plastic bag 
Step 1: Supplies
Get your bowl, hammer, and coconut situated on a hard surface.  You could also put down some old newspaper or paper towels if you are fastidious about dirt/grit getting into your food.  (If this were LOST, you wouldn’t care, but I digress…)
Step 2: Hammer Time
Hold the coconut firmly against the hard surface and give it a whack just until it cracks.  Hold the coconut over the bowl to collect the water inside (drink this stuff up or save for later).  Once all the water has drained out, smack it a few more times to break the coconut in half.
Step 3: Completely bust the coconut
Place one half of the coconut on the hard surface (open side down) and hammer it into small/medium sized pieces. ...

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How to: Build a Water Tower or Outdoor Shower

Posted on Mar 09, 2011 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading – Kevin Hayden

Originally posted by unknown author as:

A Tower and A Shower

Setting up a water tower became the first major project on our Arizona homestead unless one counts the septic tank installation. While that (the septic) was being handled by a licensed contractor as required by Cochise County regulations, I got going on the structure that would eventually support a 500 gallon water storage tank.

Why 500 gallons? Why not 750 gallons or possibly 1,000 gallons? After all, even a small family can go through a lot of water in a week when you consider bathing, toilet flushing, laundry, etc. The answer was simplicity itself: Cost. A 500 gallon tank could be purchased online and delivered right to our door for under $400, and the dimensions of the one we actually purchased (64 inches in diameter, 42 inches high) also just “felt” right.

Since the camp trailer’s bathtub is being used to hold the food and water dishes for our household cats and the shower head itself has been gone for years, I decided to build the water tower with side walls that would serve to both (a) brace the support posts holding up the water tank and (b) provide a place to take showers....

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DIY: Innovative, Low-cost Indirect Lighting That Looks Expensive

Posted on Mar 04, 2011 in DIY Projects

Source: HomeTone

What is it?
This is a very inexpensive way of reinventing your room with an indirect method of lighting that can actually add a modern touch to your room. This DIY project involves minimum material making it very cost-effective and the results are remarkable! The creator of this lighting system has been largely inspired by Freshome for various things like furniture and architecture – however, this Indirect Lighting system has been mainly inspired by a high-end villa in Holland. Hence, this project requires a small amount of money and very little effort while giving the appearance a high-end, stylish lighting design.

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To make your own Indirect Lighting system you would mainly require laminated flooring sheets (you can decide which color goes best with your surroundings), tube lights (for the lighting effect) and wooden studs (to keep the laminate planks away from the lights affixed on the wall); the tools required would be screws, special nails/hook screws, a saw (to cut the laminates), a screwdriver, a level, strong adhesive (flooring adhesive) for mounting the laminate planks and some tape to keep the laminated sheets in place till the adhesive dries....

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container House, Part 4

Posted on Feb 07, 2011 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts

Kevin Hayden

A lot has happened since my last entry about the shipping container project.  Almost 9 months, to be exact.  When I last wrote about the project, it was merely a quick and optimistic update.  I had cleared some land for the housepad, albeit unconventionally and started the cabin portion of the project but things were still going well at that point.  It took a dramatic change in direction, as you’re about to see.

I purchased a large, lofted wooden shed in order to store building materials and possibly camp in if I were to stay the weekend at the property while working.  It was a decent size – 12’x16′ – and purchased from a local Mennonite builder who has allowed me to make payments until it is paid off ( more debt? At least it’s local and on a handshake ).  I also finally got the land company to get the septic company out to the property in order to install the septic tank.  And that was one of the worst mistakes I could have made.

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This septic company continually failed to show for appointments and I continually called both them and the land company. ...

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7 Essential Italian Herbs for your Garden and Personal Health

Posted on Feb 03, 2011 in DIY Projects, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Cordite Country

The rich delight of fine Italian cuisine is enjoyed everywhere in the world. The colorful array of flavors that excite the pallet can be largely attributed to the refined blend of herbs that has been grown by this wonderful nation for centuries in herb gardens.

Many people prepare Italian cuisine at home for their families and some even grow the plants and herbs needed in their own garden to keep a fresh and flavorful supply. If you wish to start supplying your family with fresh, healthy foods, this is a list of the seven most-used herbs to assure a complete authentic Italian herb garden.

1. Garlic is probably the most used herb to be grown in the garden and is the basic ingredient in many Italian dishes. One thing is certain, a garden that doesn’t grow garlic cannot be considered an Italian garden. This herb can be planted and will thrive requiring very little attention. Once harvested, they can be frozen or pickled and stored in the refrigerator for later use.

How to Grow Garlic at Home

Garlic is grown from the individual cloves....

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