Self-Reliance

Water Storage Tanks for a Low-Flow Well

Water storage tanks can be a practical solution if your well doesn’t fill fast enough for normal household use. But how do you get a building permit if the flow is less than local code re­quires?

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9 Common Homesteading Supplies and Hacks
May 21, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Nifty gadgets have their place on the homestead but sometimes you just can’t go down that often-pricey path. Don’t get me wrong — I’m a hopeless fan of wonky inventions (think egg flashlights and nut wizards), but even if you have the cash, you might not feel like cramming yet another single-purpose item into your barn or basement.

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A Guide to the Best Trees for Firewood
May 7, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

All of us who live off of renewable energy have to know what are the best trees for firewood. After all, if you’re going to put in the time to cut, split and properly store firewood, you want to know you’re being as efficient as possible.

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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
April 17, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be uncomfortable.

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23 Ways to Use a Survival Bandana
March 20, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Do you have the simplest, most useful item that can fit in any bug out bag? A survival bandana can replace many other items on your gear list.

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Justifying Extreme Survival Supply Lists and Toilet Paper
March 17, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

I watched a preppers show where a man used methane from his own poop to cook his food. It made me reconsider my own survival supply list.

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Dandelion Uses from Root to Fluff

Dandelions are considered a weed by most gardeners but the list of dandelion uses runs long. We spend a lot of time and effort weeding, plucking, and otherwise controlling or modifying our gardens and trying to get “invading” species like dandelions out so that our “edible” plants can grow.

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Build Your Own Outdoor Solar Shower for Pennies

I’m not sure when I decided to construct an outdoor solar shower for my family, but I do know that I was inspired by an article in either Countryside and Small Stock Journal or one of the other homesteading magazines.

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Facts about Floods and Surviving Them
March 4, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes come on fast and strong. But floods can be just as devastating.

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Build a Home Using Alternative Building Materials
February 16, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Building a self-sustaining home or structure is a wonderful concept that can be put into practice by anyone looking to create shelter for man or animal.

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The Best Wood-Burning Stoves for Off-Grid Living
January 16, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Picking the best wood burning stoves for your homestead is a personal affair. Factors including your budget, your intended use, and personal preferences will largely dictate what stove you choose.

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Avoiding, Recognizing, and Treating Hypothermia Symptoms
January 6, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

An enemy lurks in the coldest depths of the land, taking thousands of victims. But it’s not wildlife. It’s the cold itself.

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7 Reasons to Consider a Composting Toilet
January 2, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Why should you consider a composting toilet? In order to answer this question, it is important to first understand how composting toilets work. True composting toilets optimize the natural microbial decomposition process to fully convert waste into fertilizing soil.

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Surviving Weather-Related Power Cuts and Outages
December 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

It’s all fun and games until it’s lights out. But a little preparation can help you survive power cuts and outages.

Losing power during summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring forehead then drink before the milk goes bad.

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Wintertime Epsom Salt Hacks
December 17, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Trying to stay healthy in the winter is a challenge so I have some Epsom salt hacks that will help when you’re feeling under the weather.

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