Homemade Popsicle (Popsicle for Sore Throat)

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I started writing this post based on the fact that I have two sick girls in the house.  However, this is a really cool skill that can make you a hero in a lot of situations, not only a household sore-throat epidemic.

The last few weeks I have been faced with all sorts […]

Fresnel Lens Demonstration

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In this post I show you how to use a Fresnel lens to start a piece of wood on fire.

I think most of us have memories about messing around with a magnifying glass as kids. Sure you could start a fire or burn a hole in a piece of paper with those, […]

Check Your Cars Fluid Levels

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So I have received a lot of requests on some basic automotive maintenance skills videos.  We recently purchased a used Subaru Outback to replace our mini van and it was time to check the fluids, so here it is!

Just like a human, your car needs fluids to survive. If they get low, […]

How to Make a Fire using a Firesteel

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In this video I show you how to easily start a fire using a firesteel.  I posted a video a few days ago on how to make a simple but very effective firestarter out of cotton balls and petroleum jelly, and that is what I use here.

The firesteel I use in the vid […]

Growing Wheat Sprouts

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In this episode I’m showing you how I grow wheat sprouts from my long term storage wheat supply.

This craft is something that a lot of people from the great depression times knew well. There are a lot of things you can do with wheat berries, (more videos to come), but being able […]

How to Store Food Long Term, Bucket Method

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This is another demonstration on how to store food long term in 5 gallon buckets.  I like to do this with dried beans, grain (wheat, barley mmmmm beer!) and rice.  If you do it right, it will last for 10 years at least and likely much longer.

Check it out! The main enemies […]

Simple Para-Cord Handle Wrap

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I got a bunch of good feedback from a previous post on how to make a paracord keychain fob, so here is another project.

In this video I show you the simplest method of wrapping any handle in paracord.  It can be anything, from a lighter (like in the video) to a walking stick, a […]

Cotton Ball and Petroleum Jelly Fire Starters

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My previous post on How to Use a Oil Lamp got me to thinking about these, enjoy.

Today I am showing you how to make a very effective and cheap fire starter from regular cotton balls and petroleum jelly (Vaseline).

These are as simple as it gets and work better than just about anything […]

How to Use an Oil Lamp

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In this post I show you the basics on how to use a oil lamp (including some pointers on trimming the wicks).

Oil lamps were once used widely as the primary source of light in most households.  Since the advent of electricity they have fallen into the category of relics, or, at best, […]

Flashlights! My two favorites.

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Here I am doing a semi review of my two favorite flashlights.

I love flashlights, it is almost a fetish for me. I was a boy scout growing up and it was a big deal to compare and determine who had the coolest flashlight with my buddies every camping trip. Everyone has their […]