Archive of DIY Projects Archives | Page 4 of 6 | Truth is Treason

How to: Create a Network When the Govt Turns Off the Internet (Guerrilla Networking) Thumbnail

How to: Create a Network When the Govt Turns Off the Internet (Guerrilla Networking)

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles – Kevin Hayden

Source: PC World

Does your government have an Internet kill-switch? Read our guide to Guerrilla Networking and be prepared for when the lines get cut.

These days, no popular movement goes without an Internet presence of some kind, whether it’s organizing on Facebook or spreading the word through Twitter. And as we’ve seen in Egypt, that means that your Internet connection can be the first to go. Whether you’re trying to check in with your family, contact your friends, or simply spread the word, here are a few ways to build some basic network connectivity when you can’t rely on your cellular or landline Internet connections.

Do-It-Yourself Internet With Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi

Even if you’ve managed to find an Internet connection for yourself, it won’t be that helpful in reaching out to your fellow locals if they can’t get online to find you. If you’re trying to coordinate a group of people in your area and can’t rely on an Internet connection, cell phones, or SMS, your best bet could be a wireless mesh network of sorts–essentially, a distributed network of wireless networking devices that can all find each other and communicate with each other....

Continue ReadingView Comments (6)
How to: Build a Sawdust Stove Thumbnail

How to: Build a Sawdust Stove

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 in DIY Projects

Source: Mother Earth News

As we who live in the industrialized nations of the world are increasingly forced to tighten our belts and live less energy-intensive lives, we might do well to examine the gentler technology of the so-called “underdeveloped” countries for “new” recycling and fueling ideas. I’m indebted, therefore, to B.R. Saubolle, S.J.—of Katmandu, Nepal—or telling my readers how some inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent derive useful heat from what is commonly considered a waste material in the U.S. and Canada. Perhaps we need more of this “reverse” Peace Corps work.

One of the simplest fuels for cooking and for heating the house in winter is sawdust . . . a waste product which is usually thrown away and which, therefore, is obtainable free or at nominal cost. (True, not everybody lives conveniently near a sawmill or lumberyard, but the same objection applies to many other alternative sources of power. Not everyone has a stream running through his property to generate electricity, or keeps cattle to supply manure for methane. We must make use of whatever resources are available to us.)

Sawdust will burn properly only in a specially constructed stove, which is very simple to make and costs practically nothing....

Continue ReadingView Comments (1)
Military Field Manuals and Handbooks Thumbnail

Military Field Manuals and Handbooks

Posted on Jan 02, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

How to: Make a Bump Key and Open Most Locks in Seconds

Posted on Jan 02, 2011 in DIY Projects

Source: Google Videos

A “bump key” can open nearly any residential lock in seconds and is much easier to do than lock picking. If you think you have a decent lock on your door, then you might want to try this and see just how decent your lock really is. Is it safe? Are YOU safe?


Continue ReadingLeave a Comment
Urban Gardening: Indoor and Balcony Gardening Tips Thumbnail

Urban Gardening: Indoor and Balcony Gardening Tips

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: Off the Grid News

It’s quite feasible to grow your own food even if you live in an urban space and have no outdoor room to garden.  If you have just a bit of space on a balcony, patio or rooftop, you can grow even more.  Here’s an overview of how to grow food for yourself and your family if you’re living without a large yard and transportation to move large quantities of plants and supplies to your house.

Urban Survival Gardening: Challenges

Gardening inside presents unique challenges.  Techniques that are simple outside require a bit of ingenuity inside.  For people living in urban areas without transportation, getting all of the necessary supplies for gardening is also a challenge.

Issues for Urban Gardeners

  • Supplies:  where to find, how to have them shipped
  • Space: small apartments aren’t conducive to traditional fruit-tree growing techniques
  • Light: light levels are drastically reduced on the inside
  • Crops: which will produce in shadier conditions
  • Pollination: certain fruit crops require pollination (generally done by insects) in order to produce

There are ways to get around all of these issues. ...

Continue ReadingView Comments (7)

How to Service and Maintain Deep Cycle Batteries for Solar Power

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Source: Tiny House Blog

by Walt Barrett

A few weeks ago I was visiting a US Coast Guard Station where I looked at their small solar battery charging installation. It was built to government specifications, and was an excellent example of a perfect solar installation. One of the companies that I have owned for over twenty-five years is a battery company so naturally I was interested in their battery bank.

I noticed immediately that there was a very prominent sign above it that said “Check batteries for water level every thirty days.” There was also a log there so the persons responsible would have to date the log and initial it. I cannot tell you how good it made me feel to see that our government is using serviceable batteries that you can easily water. I really do not like sealed batteries because as a battery re-conditioner I have personally found that when I autopsy a failed sealed battery it is always out of water, or nearly out of water. Now you don’t have to be young Thomas Edison to figure out very quickly that if someone could have added water on time they would not be experiencing premature battery failure....

Continue ReadingLeave a Comment

Army Reversal on Care Guidelines for M16 and M4 Rifles, Suggest Heavy Lubrication of Bolt Assembly

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 in DIY Projects

Source: Military Times

Army weapons officials might have found a way to improve the M16 family’s performance in the desert.

“Dust chamber” tests at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., last year show that M16 rifles and M4 carbines perform dramatically better when the weapon’s bolt assembly is heavily lubricated.

During each phase of the two-part “system assessment” at Army Test and Evaluation Command, testers fired 60,000 rounds through 10 weapon samples of each model.

Treated with light lubrication, new M16A4s and M4s, performed poorly in the extreme dust and sand conditions of the test, according to a January report from ATEC.

But when testers applied a heavy coat of lubrication to the weapons, the test results showed a “significant improvement.”

Out of the 60,000 rounds fired in each phase, the M4 stoppage-rate dropped from 9,836 with light lubrication to 678 with heavy lubrication.

The M16A4 stoppage-rate dropped from 2,124 with light lubrication to 507 with heavy lubrication, results show.

For years, Army weapons officials have preached to soldiers to virtues of applying a light coat of lubrication during weapons maintenance.

But the test results reinforce a recent change in weapons maintenance guidance Army units are practicing in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Col....

Continue ReadingLeave a Comment

From Beginning Prepper to Fully-Stocked Retreat: What to Buy and How

Posted on Nov 08, 2010 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: SurvivalBlog

It’s easy to see that the world may be heading for more trouble, and we need to prepare for hard times ahead.  But it can be daunting to decide what to do, what to stock, and when to get it.
I’ve been working at this a while, and I’ve figured out a simple balance in what to buy, and when to buy it, that I think will help other Preppers move ahead with confidence.
You could call it my 100/1,000/10,000 system, and I hope it helps you get going, and get to a place where you feel more prepared for the tough times ahead.

Step One

Step one is to become a “100 Level” Prepper.  If you’re not there, you’re helpless in the event of even a minor disruption.  Luckily, you can get to the 100 level fast, and inexpensively.
At the 100 level,  you’re prepared for a brief disaster.  You have some food and water, you can keep warm, travel, and protect yourself in the very short term.  It’s a start.  The bare minimum.

Here’s what you need:  100 cans of food, 100 bottles of water, 100 lbs of fuel, 100 rounds of ammunition, 100 silver dimes, 100 dollar bills....

Continue ReadingView Comments (2)
How to: Build a Goat House Using Old Pallets Thumbnail

How to: Build a Goat House Using Old Pallets

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: Starving the Monkeys


For those of you who have read Starving the Monkeys, you know that as we near a collapse of civilization, people will start using (and using up) materials and finished goods in unexpected and novel ways. The lowly material-handling pallet falls into this category. Reading through the homestead and preparedness literature, one often finds references to the use of pallets to construct useful things. For monkey starvers in particular, building things out of pallets is a great way to deny forage to suit-monkeys who demand their slice of our consumption pie.

We, like many others, enjoy using pallets for building material for several reasons. First, pallets are cheap. Each week, we get a half-dozen of them free from our local hardware store, saving the owner the cost of disposal. In urban areas, you might have to pay a couple of bucks each, but that is still cheap at the price. Next, pallets come in a variety of sizes and styles, and offer a lot of different materials for various construction projects. Third, the pallet scraps left over from such projects make great kindling, particularly since you wind up with a lot of splintered oak when using them....

Continue ReadingView Comments (5)
How to: Homemade Vegetable Oil Lamp Thumbnail

How to: Homemade Vegetable Oil Lamp

Posted on Oct 04, 2010 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Judy of the Woods

If you like candles, live without electricity, or like to have some lighting back-up, you might like this simple little DIY project. An oil lamp can have a number of advantages over candles and mineral oil lamps:

  • very cheap to run – can even burn used cooking oil
  • the fumes are less toxic than those of paraffin candles or mineral oil lamps
  • the production of renewable vegetable oil is less harmful to the environment than petroleum based products (including paraffin candles)
  • for the extreme survivalist, vegetable oil is easier to store in bulk, or can even be produced on the home farm
  • due to the wider base, more stable than candles, and the flame of any burning wick falling into the oil will be extinguished
  • odor free when using olive oil

Making an oil lamp is very easy, quick and cheap, and gives plenty of opportunity for a creative outlet. The basic element is nothing more than a piece of twisted wire, a length of twine, some vegetable oil and a vessel to hold it all in....

Continue ReadingView Comments (3)

How to: DIY Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Cordite Country

(edited slightly for content and spelling)

Most commercial oxygen absorbers are nothing more than fine iron powder mixed with a polymer grain to allow air circulation through the powder – the rusting of the iron powder depletes the container’s contents of oxygen.  It’s that simple.  It’s also very easy to replicate that process.


  • Steel Wool ‘0000′ superfine (don’t use “SOS” pads)
  • Salt (table salt is fine)
  • Paper towels
  • Stapler

Depending on the container size, take a wad of steel wool and lay it on a open paper towel.  Sprinkle table salt over the steel wool and work it into the fibers.  Then fold the towel over and staple it into an envelope shape. That’s it!

The salt’s acidity activates corrosion of the fine steel wool and the rusting of the steel absorbs oxygen in the container. Just leave a wad of steel wool outside overnight to see this process in fast forward … you don’t even need the salt for that experiment.
Keep all your unused DIY Oxygen Absorbers in air-tight freezer bags until you need them....

Continue ReadingView Comments (7)
36 DIY Survival Projects Thumbnail

36 DIY Survival Projects

Posted on Sep 08, 2010 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Survival Spot

by Chrystle, aka Survival Girl

One of the most rewarding things in life is the ability create things. As a Prepper, I really enjoy “Do It Yourself” projects that help me to discover new ways for my family to become more self sufficient. One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday is scour through my folder of “How To” articles and pick out a family project to get involved in.

Here I’ve compiled this list with some of my favorite guides to get you started:



Beef Jerky

Survival Food Bars






Sports Drink





Hygiene Products

Dental Products



Lip Gloss

Shaving Cream

But Repellant

Organic Baby Wipes

Feminine Hygiene Pads

Health and Nutrition


Apple Cider Vinegar


Nut Milk


Survival Gear

Survival Gear

Glow Sticks

Fishing Bait

Turkey Calls

Solar Energy

Log Splitter


Bow and Arrow


Household Items


Floor Cleaner

Carpet Cleaner

Air Conditioner


Laundry Detergent

Thermal Shades

Bottle Cutter

Please let me know if you have any good resources I might have missed!

This article was contributed by Chrystle Poss a.k.a....

Continue ReadingView Comments (13)

How to: Proper Cast Iron Care

Posted on Sep 03, 2010 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Cordite Country

Cast iron has a porous surface. The seasoning process serves to fill and smooth the surface of the pan. It’s true that the more you use and season a cast iron skillet, the more nonstick the surface becomes.

Here is how you season a new or used cast iron utensil:

If the pan is new, be sure any adhesive label is completely removed.

  • Wash with very hot water, rinse and dry the utensil.
  • Grease the inside surface with Crisco or other solid shortening. A medium-light coating, as you would grease a cake pan, is sufficient.
  • Put your greased utensil in a preheated 300°F oven for 1 hour.
  • Remove, cool and store the pan.

A skillet or other utensil can be seasoned as often as necessary to maintain a good surface.

For example, after making tortillas and, after all that heat, the surface of your skillet looks dry, just season it again before you put it away.

You should wait until the pan is very well seasoned, either by many uses or repeated seasonings, do not attempt to cook foods with a high acid content (tomatoes, for instance)....

Continue ReadingLeave a Comment

Solar Panel Wire and Voltage Charts

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Source: Free Sun Power 

Solar Panel Wire and Voltage Charts

Correct wire sizes are essential!

To connect the components of a Solar Energy System, you will need to use correct wire sizes to ensure low loss of energy and to prevent overheating and possible damage or even fire.

Wire chart for connecting 12 volt solar panels to the charge controller

This chart shows wire distances for a 3% voltage drop or less. These distances are calculated for a 12 volt system. Multiply distances by 2 for a 24 volt system. Multiply distances by 4 for a 48 volt system. 

 (I messed the table code up – see the blank column under #12?  Just slide all figures to the left one column. Sorry)

  #12 #10 #8 #6 #4 #3 #2 #1 #1/0 #2/0
4   22.7 36.3 57.8 91.6 146 184 232 292 369 465
6   15.2 24.2 38.6 61.1 97.4 122 155 195 246 310
8   11.4 18.2 28.9 45.8 73.1 91.8 116 146 184 233
10   9.1 14.5 23.1 36.7 58.4 73.5 92.8 117 148 186
12   7.6 12.1 19.3 30.6 48.7 61.2 77.3 97.4 123 155
14   6.5 10.4 16.5 26.2 41.7 52.5 66.3 83.5 105 133
16   5.7 9.1 14.5 22.9 36.5 45.9 58.0 73.0 92.0 116
18   5.1 8.1 12.9 20.4 32.5 40.8 51.6 64.9 81.9 103
20   4.6 7.3 11.6 18.3 29.2 36.7 46.4 58.4 73.8 93.1
25   3.6 5.8 9.3 14.7 23.4 29.4 37.1 46.8 59.1 74.5
30   3.1 4.8 7.7 12.2 19.5 24.5 30.9 38.9 49.2 62.1
35   2.6 4.2 6.6 10.5 16.7 20.9 26.5 33.4 42.2 53.2
40   2.3 3.6 5.8 9.2 14.6 18.4 23.2 29.2 36.9 46.5


Connecting the Charge Controller
After you connect the Solar Panels to the input terminals of the Charge Controller using the above chart, you can use the same size wire to connect the Charge Controller output to the batteries since these wires will carry no more current than the solar panel wires and will probably be located pretty close to the batteries anyway....

Continue ReadingView Comments (1)
How to: Can & Preserve Your Own Food Thumbnail

How to: Can & Preserve Your Own Food

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 in - Food & Recipes

Source: XS29L

The purpose of this article is to help those who are new to canning, or those who want to know the “whys” of home food preservation. This is such a massive subject, so I will be adding to it over time. If anyone has a question or a suggestion, please feel free to post it.

First Step
The first step for any new home canner is to pick up a hard copy canning guide. Unless you plan to can only one food or plan to look up every step of the process, this book will be a priceless reference that you will use for years to come. It will give you specific instructions on what method to use for certain foods along with guidelines to fit you personally. I recommend the “Ball Blue Book of Preserving” which is easily found and covers nearly every subject. Of course you’ll need jars, lids, and the proper canner to suit your choice of food.

Home Canning
Home canning is an extremely broad subject that deals with everything from meatballs to marmalade. Though the subject of canning itself is vast, food preservation by canning follows quite a narrow set of rules....

Continue ReadingView Comments (3)
web counter