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Fire Starter From Dryer Lint

November 5, 2012

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Doing laundry

As parents of many, we do a lot of laundry each day. A lot. As much as we strive to live off the grid and in a sustainable way, there are some areas of our lives where modern conveniences are simply too practical and prudent to ignore. A washer and dryer fall into that category. […]

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Handy Knots: Taut Line Hitch

June 7, 2012

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Using a taut line hitch

One of the challenges of using cordage to tie a line between two trees or posts is to make sure that it’s tight enough. Using a timber hitch on one end works well, but you must secure the other end so that the line doesn’t sag more than you’d like. This can be tricky at […]

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Handy Knots: The Timber Hitch

May 29, 2012

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Timber hitches are useful for more than just hauling timber

As its name suggests, the timber hitch has been used for centuries by lumberjacks and others who must move felled tree and logs. Men, animals, and machines have all pulled heavy timbers using this simple knot. The hitch is incredibly secure due to its self-cinching nature. The more tension you place on the standing in […]

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Handy Knots: Two Half Hitches

May 17, 2012

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The beginnings of two half hitches

Ropes, twine, and even flexible vines have multitude of uses for a prepper or survivor. They can be used to lash a shelter together, to run a clothesline, or to secure a load in an impromptu backpack. They can be pulled apart and the smaller filaments can be used as a fishing line or for […]

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Another Look at the US Budget

March 21, 2012

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our economic game of roulette

According to recent surveys, the economy is one of the most important factors for many voters in this year’s Presidential election. In Tuesday’s Republican Primary in Illinois, 8 out of every 10 voters cited economics issues as being the main issue behind their decision at the ballot box. Social issues like immigration, health care, and […]

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Handy Knots: The Double Sheet Bend

December 8, 2011

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Knowing how to tie a knot is important

Cordage has 1,001 uses around the prepper’s homestead and bug out location. And for the survivor, it’s even more important, ranking right up there with other critical supplies like a knife, a firesteel, and a container for purifying water. Cordage can be used for securing a load or fashioning a backpack, for making a sleeping […]

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Handy Knots: The Bowline

September 2, 2011

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Consider this: you are stranded at the bottom of a ravine and someone tosses a rope to you  from above. You need to tie a knot to help you get out. The knot must be easy to tie, must make a loop that you can slide around your waist, and it must not slip. Remember, […]

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