How to Set Up Your First Beehive

Honey is a great survival food with many medical benefits. It’s one of the few foods that have an eternal shelf life. Although basically a sugar, honey has low moisture, is very acidic, and even contains a minute amount of hydrogen peroxide. These are the factors that allow, or shall we say, do not allow, microorganisms to grow in and spoil the tasty treat. The very nature of honey also lends itself to use as a natural bandages for cuts, scrapes, and burns.

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Generator Shed

How to Build a Generator Shed

Power outages are one of the most common events for which a prepper prepares. Common causes range from lightning, to ice, to even cars crashing into utility poles. Even if you have a generator, do you pull it immediately out at the first flicker of the lights? Having a generator is the first step in electrical preparedness, but there are a few things you can do to make the transition from utility to emergency power easier.

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DIY Seed Tape

How To Make Seed Tape

Planting vegetables with tiny seeds can be wasteful and a pain. Traditional methods have you sowing way more seeds than you need, then coming back and thinning after they sprout. The traditional method finds the plants competing for resources in the soil as well.

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How to Make a Mini Metal Foundry

Mini Metal Foundry

Here is a very interesting video that has lots of applications for preppers. With this DIY mini-foundry you can begin to turn trash into useful stores of metal. Want to transform some old soda cans into something useful or turn some old lead tire weights into bullets? No problem, this little foundry will do it in short order. You can use this foundry to begin storing metals in ingot form for a rainy day.
 

WARNING FROM THE KING OF RANDOM: Charcoal foundries can reach temperatures in excess of 1,000ºC, which is well above the melting point of hobbyists. This project should only be attempted with adequate knowledge and training, proper protective safety gear, and in a fire resistant area with adequate ventilation. The sparks flying from the foundry can ignite fires, and the fumes from burning dross can be toxic. Use caution and common sense. Use of this video content is at your own risk.

 

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How To Make a Secret Soup Can Safe

Secret Soup Can Safe

Protecting valuables in some sense is an art. It is a delicate dance between you and a would be burglar. There are many methods of safeguarding prize possessions, from delay to subterfuge. It is truly all about time, though. A big heavy steel safe works by delaying a would be burglar long enough to be detected and responded to.

It takes time to crack a safe. Another method, as detailed in this video, works on the same principle. It assumes that over no period of time will the would be burglar find the “safe” to crack into. If the burglar can’t find your valuables, at no time will he break into them! Check out this excellent video below by The Mans Cave:

 

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3 Quick Tricks to Keep You Warm Using a Common Car Sunshade

Car Sunshade Tricks

Have you ever slept outside on the ground in the winter? Very few of us do so by choice. To be comfortable in your shelter requires a warm sleeping bag, but perhaps more importantly, isolation from the ground. Sleeping with your body directly on the ground, even in a sleeping bag, will quickly sap both heat and energy. This is because the direct contact with the ground allows for more efficient heat transfer. For winter campers, the remedy to the situation might be an expensive sleeping pad. These work by placing a layer of air between your body and the ground, usually in the form of an air chamber or foam. For those of us that don’t have the cash laying around, or want a dual duty device that can perform a few functions, we can use an inexpensive car sunshade. Find out why in this video:

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Secret Bookcase Door

How to Build a Secret Bookcase Door

I think that the idea of building a safe room with a secret bookcase door was long ago inoculated in my mind … probably when I was a child.

But now I find it more practical than ever. My food reserves, water, my AR-15, my ammo and other things are finally stored properly without anyone suspecting it. On top of that it’s nice to know that in a crisis I have a place to hide in case I’m outgunned by looters. Although, this is probably not the best example. It’s just nice to have a hideout for you, for a loved one or for something you value.

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Game Fish Diseases

How to Recognize 9 Common Game Fish Diseases

The grid’s been down for months and you have resorted to fishing to feed your family. Unfortunately for you, the fishing has been bad. You finally pull one out of the water and it has a strange cauliflower like growth.

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How to Cut Rope in an Emergency Without a Knife

Nylon Rope

So, you have run across a situation where you need to cut a piece of rope in an emergency. You reach for your knife and suddenly you remember you left it at home. This short video will show you how to precisely cut string or rope if you haven’t got a knife or a pair of scissors. This is a great little trick to help you in an emergency.

 

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Water Storage System

How to Build a 330 Gallon Water Storage System For Your Home

Water is essential to life. In a grid down situation the search for water will begin shortly after the event occurs. Having adequate water storage on hand will free up time for other post-SHTF activities.

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