How to Patch an Inner Tube

Hi everyone!

In this video I show you how to patch an inner tube. This is the same process for any tire which uses a tube (bicycle, garden cart, stroller, tractor)

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You want to make sure to:

1) Locate all of the holes! That is why submerging in water is a great idea!

2) Let the cement dry! I know this seems weird but trust me.

3) Check the tire itself for ‘pokies’

4) Use Talcum powder if you can, it really helps the tube move where it needs to go and not snag your patch job.

I hope this is helpful! Drop me a comment if I can answer any questions!

Cheers!
Willie

 

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Fresnel lens give away!

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I received so much feedback on my post about the Fresnel lens that I have decided to do a give away (yes I want more subscribers! :))!

On April 1st 2012 I will randomly choose 10 of my site subscribers (red box to the right) and send them the same Fresnel lens featured in my past video: Fresnel Lens

Here is the video again:

If you want to be in the give away, simply register to receive updates from my site (top right hand side, ya cannot miss it!).

On the morning April 1st 2012 (I promise this is not an ‘April Fools’ thing)  I will randomize all of my subscribers, choose 10,  and send a personal e-mail to each winner asking for their address so I can send them their lens!

BTW, I do not share e-mail addresses with anyone, by subscribing to my site you will get updates about my content PERIOD!

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Willie

 

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Check and Correct Vehicle Tire Pressure

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I am actually pretty happy as I am writing this post. I have enough interest at this point that people are starting to ask to see certain things, and I am here to oblige!

In this episode I show you how to:

1) Figure out what your tire pressure should be.

2) Use a common pressure gauge to check your tire pressure.

3) Use a compressor or pump to get where you need to be.

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As I mention in the video, a lot of people look at a bicycle pump and think “there is no way it will work for a car tire”. Wrong! It will work just fine, but may take a while :)!

If you are new to my site and like this video, you may also enjoy my episode on checking your car’s fluids. I hope this helps some folks out there!

Cheers!

Willie

 

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Make Bread from Scratch, Without a Bread Maker

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In this video I show you how to make two beautiful loaves of bread, from scratch, without a bread machine!

I admit, I do have one and think bread machines are pretty cool. However, I don’t like the limitations you have with them.

Limitations:

1) Makes most people buy mix kits (you can make bread from scratch, most folks don’t) = Expensive
2) Very limited settings; our ‘maker’ worked great in Pueblo, Colorado (4980 ft altitude), absolutely sucks where we are now (9000 ft). The machines are necessarily built to serve the average person, so your bread will probably never be as good as it could be.
3) You need electricity. I can make my recipe and bake it easily using a sun oven if I want. The difference is we let the bread form here and gently brown it, where most recipes today are trying to leaven and brown to perfection at the same time.

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As I mention in the video, patience is key! Perfect bread is not hard to make, but you cannot do it quickly.

Serve warm! There is nothing like a fresh slice of homemade bread!

My family has not purchased store brand ‘sliced’ bread for a long time now. The two loaves you see here will be wrapped in foil and frozen. It stays sooo fresh!

Cheers!
Willie

 

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Easy Room Darkening Window Coverings

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In our house we have several windows which get almost annoying during certain times of the day because of the amount of sunlight they let in.

The biggest culprits are the ‘outside’ doors with built in windows.  Traditional curtains are not really an option because where would you install them?

Well here is a pretty simple and elegant solution!

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The ability to roll these up when you want the light is awesome!  There is also a level of cozy added.  Even though we live in the ‘boonies’ there is something comforting in knowing you can’t be seen at times.

This also works well for rooms that you want dark constantly (like the pantry).   Just choose your fabric wisely, it is amazing what the sun will shine through!

Cheers!

Willie

 
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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 of sick people!  I have not made it completely ‘scott-free’ this year, but, to my delight, there is a real nasty bug going around that I have not had the privilege of harboring yet (I will probably get sick tonight :))

What prompted this episode was my daughter Lexi!

I said, ” There are so many things I want to film, but I have to take care of you an mom!”  She said, “I know what you should do!  Let’s show people how to make a ‘popsicle for sore throat’ !”

It helps a sore throat, tastes good, and is easy to do even if you feel crappy.  Here is how you do it:

 

I gave an OJ popsicle to both girls and it was a good thing.   They are both out, so I am writing this post.

I have never personally liked the lozenge thing.  I tried that with Lexi and got huge frowny face with “I can’t feel my tongue” comments.

Lexi is a ham!  Please leave her a comment if you have time!

This is a simple thing but gets results.

Thanks for the video idea Lex.

Cheers!
Willie

 

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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,  but check this out – these bring it to a whole different level!

Pretty cool huh?

I will definitely be adding one of these to my 72 hour bag as well as our general camping gear.

To  get one for yourself click here-> Fresnel Lens

Be careful!  As you can see from the video it is actually very easy to start a fire with these.  Keep them stored in a dark area or in some sort of opaque sleeve.

I think my next experiment will be to try boiling some water in one of my solar cooking vessels with this.  Stay tuned,  and if you like please subscribe to get updates on new videos.

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Willie

 

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Check Your Cars Fluid Levels

Hi Everyone!

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, your vehicle will quickly find its demise.   It can be a minor inconvenience, or a huge pain in the ass and a major expense.

Maintaining proper fluid levels is an essential and easy maintenance task.

Even armchair mechanics can perform this one.  It’s fun, quick, and can add thousands of miles to the life of your car.

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This procedure is particularly important if you’re planning on a long road trip and want to travel safely and efficiently.

I hope you enjoy this post. There are certainly appropriate follow up videos; oil change, coolant flush/change etc.  They have already been added to my list of ‘to-do’s’.  If you have a passion for me to make one in particular let me know!

Cheers!

Willie

 

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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 is from a company called GobSpark.  I love it!  I’ll drop a link below if your interested in having your own.

Check it out:

How to make the tinder –> Cotton Ball and Petroleum Jelly Fire Starter

Gobspark Firesteel details:

1. A BIGGER FireSteel than comparable products – it is much thicker and it is longer. 3/8ths inch in diameter by 3-inches long
2. The firesteel is a genuine FireSteel.com FireSteel with a special formula that gives far greater sparks than any others you may have used.
3. A BETTER innoviative handle for easy use with or without gloved hands.
4. FireSteel.com super scraper made of extrememly hard high carbon steel – optimized to produce the biggest sparks on your FireSteel.
5. A lanyard made from 26-inches of 7-strand parachute cord.

Get your own –> GobSpark  Firesteel

Drop me a note if you have any questions.

Cheers!

Willie

 

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Growing Wheat Sprouts

Hi Everyone,

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 to produce some greens on a sustainable basis is very cool indeed!

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The nutritional content of the wheat berry quadruples in some of the vitamins and minerals through the sprouting process. For example, once the wheat berry is sprouted, vitamin B-12 quadruples and other B vitamins increase 3 to 12 times, vitamin E content triples, and the fiber content increases three to four times that of whole wheat bread!  Here is an example of what happens to the wheat berry once it sprouts. It’s just amazing!

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin) increase of 28%
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) increase of 315%
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) increase of 66%
  • Vitamin B5 (pantathenic) increase of 65%
  • Biotin increase of 111%
  • Folic acid increase of 278%
  • Vitamin C increase of 300%

This process can be taken yet another step to make wheat grass! But that is another video 🙂 .

Get your mesh lid for sprouting here –> Sprouting Lid

Check out my post on How to Store Food Long Term.  It makes this concept even cooler as a prepper!

Hope you enjoyed this post.  Drop me a comment, or, better yet, register to the right to get updates about new posts!

Cheers!

Willie

 

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