Make a Fishing Lure Out of an Aluminum Can

This articles is intended to be a fun project for you, your family or any fishing outing. We will demonstrate how you can make your own fishing lure out of common household/office supplies. Just some basic background on what exactly a fishing lure is: A fishing lure is a type of artificial bait with the sole purpose of enticing a fish to bite. There are many different types of fish and each one has its particular likes and dislikes. If you know what type of fish you are going to be going for, do a little research and find out what types of food that particular fish eats. Knowing this information beforehand will save you time otherwise spent trying different lures and baits that don’t work. Since you are trying  …

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Build a Solar-Powered Water Heater

This is a very simple design for a batch-type solar water heater that uses a thermosiphon loop to move water between a solar thermal collector and a storage barrel. While it’s not the most efficient method for solar water heating and works rather slowly, it effectively demonstrates the operation of a thermosiphon and its connection to hot water storage. The system can provide useful amounts of hot water for an outdoor shower, washing garden produce, keeping a biogas generator warm, or any number of other uses you can think of. Because it uses water, the system must be drained when the weather turns cold. The parts list includes recommended materials and temperature ratings. Use materials that can withstand temperatures up to 180°F, such as metal, CPVC, or polypropylene fittings, as  …

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Should You Raise Pigs?

I’m sure you saw the title of this article and immediately thought, “I already live with a few.” However, whether you’re a self-reliant homesteader or just want to cut away from your food budget, raising pigs (of the porcine variety) is a great way to become more self-reliant and sufficient. If you raise your own meat in any scenario, you will have more control over how it is raised and fed, and you can make sure that it is essentially raised organically (whether or not you apply for organic certification). Raising your own meat is less expensive than purchasing meat that is not factory-farmed. And raising your own meat is sustainable in the event of economic hard times – the source is right there on your own land. In fact,  …

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Build Your Own Rabbit Hutch

There are two basic ways to build a rabbit hutch. One is with an outdoor self-contained hutch. These typically have wooden frames and wire cages, and two to four rabbits are kept in each of the hutches. These units are portable and can be moved around in the shade to keep the rabbits cool in the summer. In colder months, they can be brought indoors for protection of the rabbits from snow and wind. Another way to start is with steel wire hutches suspended from the joists or ceiling indoors. They can also be simply placed upon a framework inside and existing building. If you have basic mechanical skills, you can make these cages with wire bought at the local hardware store. Or you can buy ready-made wire hutches. Some  …

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Building Your Own Faraday Cage

A Faraday cage is an enclosed space with an outer layer that conducts electricity. The physical shape of the Faraday cage does not matter: it can be spherical, cylindrical, or a box. Either the cage itself can be made of a conductive material, or the cage can be built of a non-conductive material such as wood and then covered in a conductive material. The conductive material can be as simple as several layers of aluminum foil, which makes constructing your own Faraday cage a fairly simple and inexpensive affair. What are Faraday Cages Used For? Faraday cages are designed to guard whatever is inside of it from excessive levels of static and non-static electricity. This can be accomplished either by reflecting incoming electric fields, absorbing incoming fields, or creating opposing  …

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A Guide to Raising Rabbits

Rabbits can be an excellent source of protein, and three does and a buck rabbit can produce more meat in a single year than a cow can, and can provide all the protein requirements for a family of four. Rabbits are fairly simple animals to raise, do not have very large space requirements, and as such are an excellent option for homesteaders. In the wild, rabbits are a major source of food for many different predators. There, the rabbit’s key to survival is its remarkable ability to reproduce quickly. This is precisely why rabbits are such an excellent option for self-sufficient living. For new breeders, starting with one buck rabbit and three does is a manageable number. This way you can see how well you like raising rabbits and still  …

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Build Your Own Crossbow in 10 Steps

The crossbow is an outstanding field piece for hunting small game. It has all of the benefits of a bow-and-arrow such as reusable ammunition and silent firepower, as well as the comfort of a rifle stock and trigger pull. You can build your own effective, simple crossbow for less than $100 from basic parts. This step-by-step guide shows you how. Materials: • 2x pine two by fours, about 3 feet long • 1x 1” PVC pipe, about 3 feet long • Nylon string • 2 x miniature steel pulleys • 6 x heavy-duty tie clips • 2 x 2” wood screws • 2 x 4” wood screws • 1 x 2” wood nail • PVC or wood glue • 1/4” wood dowels Building the Crossbow Making the stock 1. Take  …

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Build Your Own Root Cellar

One of the best things about potatoes, cabbages and other cold-season crops is the fact that they can be stored for months without spoiling. All you need to do this successfully is a cool, well-ventilated area. While an extra fridge can do this quite well, what’s far superior is a root cellar. Historically, root cellars were underground rooms built beneath or next to the home. They were insulated by the ground itself and well ventilated so that airflow could keep them cool during the warmer months. The vents would be closed during the winter to keep the root cellar above freezing. A traditional root cellar is more spacious than a fridge, and can be quite convenient and very useful for long-term vegetable storage. Thanks to modern insulation, most basements these  …

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Hunt with a Paracord Sling

Paracord can be an awesome tool in your preparedness arsenal. This durable nylon rope can be tied into tons of different designs including bracelets, strengthened cords, pouches and more. If you’re in an emergency, you simply unwind the strong cord and use it to bind, haul or anything else that you might need. You can even use it for hunting! Create a sling for hunting and hurling objects with a great design and a 60 feet of paracord. Check out the design below! What is Paracord? Paracord, also known as parachute cord, is a soft, lightweight nylon rope that was originally used for parachuting. Typically, 550 paracord (which is the paracord used for our bracelets) is made of 32 strands of nylon sheath on the outside and seven strands of  …

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Year-Round Gardening in an Underground Greenhouse

How would you like to have fresh vegetables and fruit year round? Sounds pretty good right?  Having an underground greenhouse will keep the temperatures hot in the winter and help prevent overheating in the summer; making it possible to grow your garden vegetables through the cold winter months. How it Works We all learned in school that under the earth’s crust is magma which heats the entire sphere. Surprisingly, if you dig down 4 feet, the heating process becomes apparent. For the vast majority of the planet, 4 feet below the surface will stay between 50° to 60°F even if the weather above the ground is 10°F with a cold wind! This phenomenon is called the thermal constant and it’s what the underground greenhouse thrives on. The original design for  …

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