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DIY Prepper Projects

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If you're into DIY (Do It Yourself) homemade prepper projects, this is the page that you want to share on facebook and pinterest - and bookmark.

I love taking the time to figure out how to do things myself. It's great to be able to find a bunch of junk, put it all together, and make something useful out of it.

I spent MANY years in aerospace manufacturing so I have a pretty good idea how to put things together and document how it's done. What I try to do here is come up with a project that you'd find useful and do all the research for you. As I'm doing it, I explain the theory behind it - so you can do it yourself with whatever material you have available. MacGyverism is a skill that you really need to have to survive the world, especially if SHTF.

Here are the topics that I focus on when deciding to build a homemade project or research and explain them: solar projects, homesteading projects, electronic projects, camping projects, making things for survival situations, or anything that I think a prepper or camper might want to know how to build - and maybe even actually build it themselves.

Let me know if you have a project that you'd like to see explained or want to understand how something works. Even if I don't build it right away, it might be interesting enough to everyone to have the theory explained and some suggestions on how to do it better.

DIY portable camping PVC pipe evap air conditioner

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Ok, so I saw the 5 gallon bucket air conditioner swamp cooler that figjam did a couple years ago and thought it was a fantastic idea. I wanted to see if I could improve on that. I finally got it.

Make fresh homemade butter with heavy cream and a mason jar

Make fresh homemade butter with heavy cream and a mason jar

Making fresh homemade butter at home is SUPER simple. All you need is heavy cream, a jar, and some elbow grease. Here’s how to do it. This is a great thing to do, not only to have healthier and better-tasting butter for cooking or spreading, kids LOVE to do this. It’s a great little homesteader-type […]

Eat healthier by becoming your own grocery store

Save money, eat healthier, and be prepared for emergencies with an aquaponics or vertical garden that you can build and use yourself

You need to start growing your own food at home. Save money, eat healthier, and be ready in case of emergencies by growing your own food with an aquaponics system or organic vertical garden – even if you live in an apartment. It’s not as difficult or as expensive as you think.

A simple way to make your own char cloth

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How does char cloth work and how do you make it? As we saw in the article on How to Build a Fire, there are a few key components to make a fire, and all of them have to work or you’ll be cold and getting angry stares from your shivering girlfriend. Or worse, you […]

How to make your own DIY hand pump

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PVC hand pumps explained Obviously, water is one of the biggest considerations if things go South. You can only go about three days without water before you die and for some reason the books that tell you that don’t emphasize the fact that you’re more likely to die well before that because your brain stops […]

Keep your food cool without electricity: Zeer pots

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You can cool food or medicine even if you don’t have electriciy, if you know how to harness the power of evaporation. Zeer pots have been used for thousands of years. Here’s how to make one.

How to run your electronics on dead batteries: the joule thief

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How would you like to use dead batteries or make homemade batteries to power things like flashlights or similar things that can make your life more comfortable or even save your life?

Using solar to cook: DIY solar oven

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You don’t need to build a fire or use fuel to cook food or heat water. In most cases, solar power is all that’s necessary. What you need is a little knowledge to let you harness that energy efficiently.

How to make a datoka fire hole

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One of the biggest ‘AHA’ moments I’ve had learning about survival is when I learned about the Dakota Fire Hole. If you’re at all interested in survival, you need to learn about this simple trick.

How to make a simple DIY oil lamp

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Olive oil is a must-have SHTF survival supply. One of its many uses is in an oil lamp, which is ridiculously easy to make. Here’s how they’re done.

Free hot water forever DIY project

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Hot water is super easy to have even in a SHTF scenario. This article shows you how to get hot water using solar power and cheap or easy-to-find parts. Great article.

Build your own DIY 5 gallon bucket no-ice evap air conditioner

Figjam's swamp cooler

Surviving in the desert is difficult due to the heat and lack of water usually available but if you do find water, how do you fix the heat problem? Learn the basics of how a swamp cooler works as well as a couple of examples on how you can build your own.

Simple DIY portable solar power box for camping or emergencies

A portable prepping/camping solar AC/DC power box you can make at home

Building a portable powerplant that can be charged with either the sun, AC voltage or 12 volt DC is pretty simple. There are just a few simple considerations and then you have MANY options. Here’s how I hooked up a box for camping to run my ham radio and other electronics.

Make a prepper stove with just scrap

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If you’re not into actually making a stove and don’t have the mad skills of Yankee Prepper (but you should really learn how), I’d suggest getting something like the Solo Stove. These things are super-efficient and great to have for not only camping but for around the house during extended power outages.

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