In the Pittsburgh area, a man went to jail rather than let the local power company run an electric line through his property. He’s also in some hot water for refusing to connect to the local sewer system. Although he’s repeatedly lost in criminal cou
Bedford's homemaking skills went into overdrive. She began stockpiling canned food, and converted a spare bedroom into a giant storage facility. The trunk of each of her family's cars got its own 72-hour emergency kit – giant Tupperware containers fu
Planning as we all know is the key factor, when considering what tools and equipment are necessary. * What are you planning on keeping running: is it your vehicle/boat/plane/atv/snow machine/camper? * What maintenance is required for each
One simple way I have found to bring others into the loop, is to focus my Christmas presents on items that will bring exposure to the subject and be useful for everyday preparedness
He wears no coat though it’s freezing, shines no light though it’s near midnight, carries no shotgun though he’s tramping on the pine-needled tracks of black bears. He wants to be lost in these woods.
Solar technology is going where it has never gone before: onto the shelves at retail stores where do-it-yourselfers can now plunk a panel into a shopping cart and bring it home to install.
Happy Thanksgiving! - Ernest talks with friends and family about what they are thankful for (and maybe some of the news). Ernest's friend Bob Anderson has been living totally "Off-Grid" for over 6 years... and you would never know that his family gen
Solar cells made from cheap nanocrystal-based inks have the potential to be as efficient as the conventional inorganic cells currently used in solar panels, but can be printed less expensively. Solexant, a company in San Jose, CA, is currently manufa
We've written many times about goats being used to replace lawnmowers and to clear brush. Well, we can now add to that list the Seattle-based Rent-a-Ruminant company. Very cool before & after pics.
What in the world is wrong with the Americans
Feasting at the Ranch.
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 powe
Let the honored scholars at Lew Rockwell stand back and get some practical survival advice from people who know how to make do with less: scumbags like me.
Brains and charm are fine, but a real guy needs to know how to do real stuff. After months of debate among PM’s expert editors – and a preview of 2008’s ultimate DIY list – now you can explore how to perform life’s essential skills, broken down in 10 categories for the competent man – plus 20 tools you need to own. Did we leave anything out – or included a skill you don’t think is worthy? Scroll down and click through for tips, then sound off in our chat, or take PM’s interactive DIY quiz to see how you measure up against the MythBusters and more TV know-it-alls.
You'll see that anywhere that's blue - and the darker the blue, the more power you can get from wind
"It seemed like I always had a rifle when I would've done better with a shotgun, and when I had the shotgun, it seemed like Id always get a couple of easy-takers that were just outside the shotgun range."
From teachers to real estate agents, these budding emergency gurus say the dismal economy has made them prepare for financial collapse as if it were an oncoming Category 5 hurricane. They worry about rampant inflation, runs on banks, bare grocery she
The Lilypad, by Vincent Callebaut, is a concept for a completely self-sufficient floating city intended to provide shelter for future climate change refugees.
Ancient Pathways has been offering experientially-based courses in Desert Survival, Outdoor Safety, and Bushcraft since 1989. Our school is designed for those seeking to develop proficiency in both primitive and modern wilderness skills. This is
Backyard Chickens, a Web site that began to help city residents raise chickens, says its community of about 27,000 people is growing rapidly, with about 100 new members daily.
It's not often that I'm taken aback by the simplicity and power of an invention, but this one does it for me. It's cheap, anyone can make one and it literally changes lives. Welcome to the water-bottle lightbulb.
Both the left and right are heading for the exit from a state explicitly fascist. All feel the call of freedom and the Constitution
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These domes have served as an effective shelter against wind, extreme heat and, once painted, rainfall. The largest of the three domes in the picture opposite measures approximately 12' 7" in diameter and is about 6' 3" high at its
Established non-profit now leasing 75x150 plots of land on private well maintained road in west Texas for $500.00 one-time payment.
How can you prepare for this economic collapse now?
Some of us look ahead and say "I wonder if I'll be able to take care of my family".
Encyclopedia of Country Living is so basic, so thorough, so reliable, it deserves a place in every home--whether in the country, the city, or somewhere in between. (Also: The Self-sufficient Life and How to Live It)
Will you be prepared when Peak Oil hits? Will you be self sustaining or will you be like the folks who hung around New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina? You will find this citizen armada most interesting. They're in the business of surviving the
The demand for water is off the chart. People are looking for freedom from water distribution systems that are shaky and increasingly unreliable.'