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Review of Smith’s Diamond Precision Knife Sharpening Kit

by suburban September 4, 2012 DIY
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Those of you that really know me, know I cannot sharpen a knife worth a damn.  I’ll get it right on one side of the blade, and  on the other side mangle the angle so badly you would assume the blade is worthless afterwards, if you just give me a sharpening stone and honing oil. […]

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A Few of the Many Reasons I Love LifeHacker.com

by suburban August 6, 2012 General
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Do you know about LifeHacker.com?  It’s a very popular website that is about “Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.”  It is simply that.  I like it because every now and then they have cool DIY and MacGyver tips that I think relate to prepping and preparedness in general.  If this list doesn’t make […]

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Survival Heater for Your Car, My Test

by suburban February 13, 2012 Fire
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I know. Everyone has done a YouTube lesson on how to build one of these inexpensive emergency heaters for your car. Honestly, I had to try it for myself to be sure that it “worked.” Many people use empty steel coffee cans, some people improvise and use what they might have in the garage as […]

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Portable DIY Power Cart

by suburban January 6, 2011 DIY
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In doing some research on a portable power source in the event there is no power, (since I am trying to save money, rather than spend it), I came across this two nights ago and wanted to share it with you. According to the website, it said these instructions are a work in progress, but […]

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The $10.00 Jerky Maker (from SurvivalMonkey.com)

by suburban November 15, 2010 DIY
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So, while on the SurvivalMonkey.com forum this morning, I came across a post called “The $10.00 Jerky Maker.”  I am sure many of you have seen these cardboard box jerky maker/driers in the past…  After my first skeptical look, I  was impressed with the simple design of how the designer built this, and even with […]

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Kydex Sheath Information

by suburban November 10, 2010 DIY
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I have a few knives that have nylon sheaths.  I am really not happy with the nylon sheath.  Besides keeping costs down, they breathe and allow the water to evaporate off the knife to prevent it from corroding.  However, I am not really happy with a couple of them, and have been investigating sheaths online, […]

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DIY – Making Makeshift Shoes Out of Tires Post SHTF

by suburban September 30, 2010 Clothing
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NOTE:  I found this post here, and thought it interesting enough as a DIY project you can file in the back of your head or put on your USB drive to carry around with you: This seems sort of odd…but in a post disaster world that may not get back to producing things like shoes […]

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Lessons in Preserving Meats and Poultry

by suburban September 13, 2010 Cooking
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This past labor day weekend, a buddy and I went camping.  Not like real camping, however, in the woods with no facilities, and no one around for miles, but to a piece of property his family owns that he will likely use as a Bug Out Location.  It has a 5th Wheel on it, as […]

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DIY – Make an Altoid Tin Stove for Your Bug Out Bag

by suburban August 17, 2010 Bug In
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Instructables .com has instructions on how to build an Altoids Tin Stove that you can throw in your car, bug out bag, etc…  I am probably going to build one of these to drop in my Get Home Bag in my car, because I already have a hiking stove in my Bug Out Bag.

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Smoked Turkey Update, Turkey Is Smoked and Resting Before Dinner

by suburban August 13, 2010 Cooking
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Well, the Smoked Turkey experiment is almost done.  We are fully smoked, and the picture to the left is the turkey as I unplugged the smoker.  I took the temperature, and it seemed good to me by sticking the thermometer in the thigh of the turkey.  The turkey is resting in the smoker right now off heat […]

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