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How to: Make a Simple Hay Baler

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: Cordite Country

DIY Simple Hay Baler

During the winter months, Steve and his wife Tandy feed between 120 and 150 bales of hay to a herd of pretty high-quality dairy goats on their northern Indiana farm. This couple’s major source of income is derived from selling these goats. Once their initial investment in breeding stock was recouped, they hardly incurred any further expenses except for minor veterinary bills. By themselves they produce all of the hay their animals require, but the way their property is laid out makes it pretty well impossible to use any standard sort of tractor-drawn mowers, balers, or other equipment. Yet, wanting to become entirely self-sufficient in this area, they improvised and came up with their own system for mowing and baling.

First, for the mowing, they searched around for nearly an entire summer until they located a front-mounting, sickle-bar attachment for the older, two-wheeled Gravely tractor that they use for nearly every purpose on their small acreage. Any other brand of walk-behind, sickle-bar mower would work just as nicely. Steve and Tandy like the idea of owning a single machine they can use for nearly all of their equipment needs by simply switching attachments....

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The New Homesteaders: Off the Grid and Self-Reliant

Posted on Jul 07, 2010 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Popular Mechanics

You may have heard about them: Off-the-gridders living in radical opposition to modern amenities by growing their own food and cutting themselves off from the rest of society. Not so. Sure, more people are choosing to cut their dependence on the power grid, the grocery story and fuel pump. But these new homesteaders are hardly radicals — they are simply DIYers who, for a variety of reasons, revel in self-reliance. This is their story.

Hayden’s Note:

A brief warning for some of my readers:  This article’s author is geared towards the belief that global warming exists and is a threat to humanity; that environmentalism and recycling will save the planet and several other mostly Liberal-Hippie type ideas (I say that with no illwill in mind – I used to live in a van and sold hemp bracelets in a WalMart parking lot in Colorado when I was 15 years old!).  I’m just trying to forewarn some readers to continue on and finish the article.  It’s a pretty good read overall, regardless of your environmental and climate beliefs.  There is room for everyone – Right, Left, Libertarian, Hippies, Geeks and everyone in between!...

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How to: Install a Window

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 in DIY Projects
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How to: Eat Dandelions

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: The Greenest Dollar

dandelionThis time of year, many people tear their hair out trying to get the dandelions out of their grass, but I love them. Dandelions are a very sunny, happy flower, and right now my yard is full of them. 

Want to know something else about dandelions? 

According to Mountain Rose Herbs (one of my most favorite companies ever!), dandelions are chock full of nutrition. Half a cup of dandelion greens contain more calcium than a glass of milk, and has more iron than spinach. The leaves have more vitamin A than carrots. And, they’re also packed full of protein and fiber. 

Who knew those little weeds in our yard were so good for us? 

I wanted to offer up some ideas and recipes for eating dandelions. After all, they’re really good for us, and they’re really free, growing right in our yards! 

Caution: Make sure you do NOT eat dandelions taken from a yard that has applied pesticides. 

How to Eat Dandelions 

I can’t wait to try some of these ideas! 


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How to: Glock Disassembly & Field Strip

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 in DIY Projects

Source: Kevin Hayden –

A brief overview of the mechanics of the Glock semi-automatic firearm, along with a tutorial on how to disassemble the weapon, clean it, and then re-assemble it.  Very basic, straight forward video by your’s truly!

Be sure and subscribe to my YouTube channel! I will be posting a lot of new videos and editorials exclusively on my YouTube page!

Click here for the TruthisTreasonNet YouTube Page!


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How to: Detox Your Soil

Posted on May 19, 2010 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: Cordite Country

Natural Detox for Soil

If you are dealing with soil that has had weed killers and other pesticides, herbicides or chemicals used on it, you may be surprised to find out that the BEST plant to grow on that soil to cleanse it is dandelion.
Other plants that work very well to detoxify contaminated soil are:
• Brake fern
• Willow trees
• Sunflowers
• Poplar trees
• Indian mustard

Of course, I wouldn’t recommend using any parts of these plants as they will have absorbed the pesticides and chemicals!


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PopSci Archive: Double Deck Gazebo – I Call it a Zombie Defense Tower!

Posted on May 03, 2010 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: PopSci

Hayden’s Note:

Another great backyard DIY-project!  This could be utilized and slightly modified for a watch-tower… should the need arise.  Or, oh…I dunno, the Zombie Apocalypse occurs and you need a quality recon & resupply tower (defense tower?), all in one attractive, non-conspicuous package!

Click here to get the plans and read the archived article.

While our DIY articles tend to hew closer to electronics today, PopSci has a long history of featuring more lumber-and-nails type projects throughout the decades. This gazebo project comes from a package entitled “Improve Your Home & Yard” that also features pieces on “Best Buys in Plywood” and “The Newest Caulks.” Fascinating!

Michael’s story, however, proves that such practical info certainly had a dedicated following. He writes:

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, my Dad, Richard, used to get every Popular Science magazine and the October 1969 issue, page 178 is one that he used to build a gazebo in our backyard in Houston, Texas. My father work as a Superintendant at the Port of Houston, and he would bring home everyday, leftover dunnage from the ships that had docked at the Port of Houston....

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container House, Part I

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts

Kevin Hayden –

Cross-posted at my dedicated blog,

Years ago, I saw a picture of a shipping container house.  I knew right then that I wanted to build one myself.  Shipping containers are roughly 40 feet long and 8 feet wide, with the smaller conex being 20 feet long.  They are wind-proof, fire-resistant, water tight, and provide a perfect “shell” in which to start with.  I have some minor construction and heavy equipment experience, along with a basic understanding of electrical systems, so I thought it would be easy to accomplish.

Here I am, years later, and I am just now starting my project.  I looked at dozens of different properties for the project.  Never could I find one that was within my price range or offered easy financing options.  If it did, it had heavy restrictions and covenants attached to the land deed, preventing me from building what I wanted.  I discovered very quickly that even in America, home of the free, we are not free to build the size of house we want and can afford. ...

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How to: Build Your Own Root Cellar… with Pallets.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: Cordite Country

High on the list of survival items is of course, food and water. To find a ways to help us safely store our food all we need to do is look back to the American Indian and early Pioneers, who overcame the very problems we face today: how to store our food with lack of refrigeration.

The urgency these days is more focused on the amount required due to circumstances other than natural disaster. Since we live as we do (under the computer processed bottom line), happily on the trail of increased profits, the inventory of “ready-to-eat/ready to sell” food in the pipeline has been reduced to the barest minimum possible.

As a result, grocery stores no longer have a stockpile of goods in the “back room.” We notice that every few days the supermarket is stacked up and down the aisles with boxes of goods waiting to be stocked directly onto the shelves. Given this information, the fact that we must all face is that throughout the whole country there is less than a few days food supply readily available....

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The Green Dream Gets New Siding and Roof

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Source: PopSci


A new update from John B. Carnett, PopSci’s staff photographer who is using the latest green technology to build his dream home. Read more Green Dream posts here

It’s been a long winter. Once the structure was complete, we started putting on the skin—a mixture of 100-year-old hemlock siding, white cedar shingles and a metal roof. All in all, I’m thrilled with the way it’s coming together, and hope to be moving to interior work soon. The only serious snag? See that plastic over the window holes?

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Infographic – How Americans Spend $ on DIY Projects

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 in DIY Projects

Source: Fixr

Here is a complete infographic that shows data on DIY home improvement expenditure from 1995 to 2009. Enjoy!

Click to enlarge!


As you can see in the house graphic the data shows that rooms additions and alterations is where Americans spent the most of their DIY budget. You can check the DIY expenditure evolution timeline in the bottom chart, including a break out per project type. You can see how  economic recessions affect DIY expenditure.  The first recession starting in March 2001 to Nov 2001 and the second one from December 2007 to present time.

Data from 1995 to 2007 comes from The American Housing Survey, US Census, National Bureau of Economic Research and the Joint Center of Housing Studies of Harvard University. Data from 2009 is estimated....

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How to: Make Homemade Wine

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 in - Food & Recipes


Wine was first made 8,000 years ago. Learning about the history of wine making is helpful and at least interesting when considering this rewarding hobby. Most people have the opinion that you can only get fine wines by buying it from well know wineries, however this is not so, you can learn how to make homemade wine by learning the basic fundamentals of winemaking used thousands of years ago.

You may also think that making homemade wine is only about using fermented juices that are made by grapes, another misconception, because there are many fine and popular wines that are made from many fruits, flowers and vegetables. You will also learn that there are some major differences in the pricing between your homemade wine and the commercial wine that you buy on a regular basis at the store. Using these fundamentals you will be able to make six bottles of quality wine for the price you will pay for one bottle of great wine at the store or a winery. Making wine will be an enjoyable and interesting hobby that will showcase you skill at being a great winemaker....

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How to: Fix a Roof Leak

Posted on Apr 08, 2010 in DIY Projects

Source: Monster Guide

One of the worst types of damage is flooding due to a roof leak. A roof leak can wreak havoc on a home in just a few minutes. While roof leaks are serious, most of them can be easily repaired with minimal cost and time. Many homeowners allow their roof leak to continue causing extensive damage to the roof, ceiling, as well as creating a health hazard due to the fact that a leaky roof can spawn mold and mildew.

The first step to repairing a roof leak is to first find the source of it. Roof leaks usually occur frequently at the following places:

  • Skylights
  • Chimneys
  • Flashings  

Roof leaks may also occur due to:

  • A low spot on the roof where water collects
  • Debris such as leaves and branches where water collects
  • Ice or snow where water collects and melts
  • Missing shingles on the roof

 If a leak is recognized, clear the area of any home belongings, for instance electronic equipment furniture, etc. Place a bucket to collect the water for the time being. Once you can clearly see where the water is dripping from the ceiling, take a ladder and look at the roof in that area....

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Hidden Wall Safe

Posted on Apr 08, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Hidden Wall Safe

Because the best place to hide something is in plain sight, this unique safe ensures your stuff is protected by hiding it behind an ordinary looking wall outlet.

Because the best place to hide something is in plain sight, this unique safe ensures your stuff is protected by hiding it behind an ordinary looking wall outlet. Made of strong, durable plastic and metal, the safe comes with cutout saw and template for quick, simple installation. To fill, it opens on a pivot for access to the secret safe. You can even switch and standard plug cover with this one to disguise the safe further, by making sure it matches all your other wall outlets. You won’t find a more affordable or innovative safe anywhere else. Size: 7″H x 3 1/2″W x 2 1/2″D.


Find it for $7.95 at several locations and websites.  (Here’s one and I have no affiliation to them)...

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How To: Access Sites Blocked By Your Work’s IT Overlords

Posted on Mar 09, 2010 in DIY Projects

Source: PopSci & LifeHacker



Lifehacker today has a nice guide that answers one of the questions I get asked most often by tech-advice-seeking friends: How do I get around my work’s web site blocker? Lifehacker’s answer is to set up a proxy server running on a machine at your home, through which you can access all the fun sites your IT department doesn’t want you to use.

Their tool of choice is PHProxy, an open source tool that requires a web server to run. You can use the built-in server on an OS X machine, or one of several all-in-one solutions that work for both Mac and Windows. From there, you set up a friendly unchanging URL for your home machine with a free service like DynDNS, which you then use to access your home machine from anywhere. Very cool.

It’s a bit involved, but should be fairly foolproof if set up correctly (you don’t have to install any software on your work computer or even adjust its browser settings–both of which are often impossible on work machines). Foolproof, that is, until your IT department spies you betting on camel racing in Dubai (or worse!) while you should be working and terminates your ass....

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