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DIY Projects for the Self Sufficient Homeowner

DIY Projects for the Self Sufficient Homeowner Author Betsy Matheson
ISBN-10 9781589235670
Release 2011-02-01
Pages 160
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"Step-by-step, how-to projects for home rain collection, solar panels, food storage, solar energy systems, eco-friendly improvements, bee keeping, and more"--Provided by publisher.

DIY Projects for the Self Sufficient Homeowner

DIY Projects for the Self Sufficient Homeowner Author Betsy Matheson
ISBN-10 9781610597524
Release 2011-02-01
Pages 160
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DIVBuild your way to a more self-sufficient lifestyle with step-by-step projects for backup and supplementary utilities--including independent water, heat, and electricity--growing and storing food, raising small livestock, beekeeping, and more. Many of the projects require basic materials available at your everyday home center, but this book also provides valuable DIY resources for solar, hydro, greenhouse, and gardening needs. This book will help you build security with utility backup systems and become more sustainable, resulting in less dependence on city systems for basic needs. Whether you have a city plot or simply pots, this book includes all of the information needed to plan, build, and succeed with greater self-sufficiency. /div

Practical Projects for Self Sufficiency

Practical Projects for Self Sufficiency Author Chris Peterson
ISBN-10 9781591865957
Release 2014-06-15
Pages 160
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In Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency you'll find 30 well-selected projects to help you develop and grow your self-reliant lifestyle. This book shows you how with beautiful photos and complete plans with construction drawings. Projects are organised

Do It Yourself Projects to Get You Off the Grid

Do It Yourself Projects to Get You Off the Grid Author
ISBN-10 9781510738461
Release 2018-09-04
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Instructables is back with this inspiring book focused on a series of projects designed to get you thinking creatively about going green. Twenty Instructables illustrate just how simple it can be to make your own backyard chicken coop, or turn a wine barrel into a rainwater collector. Here, you will learn to: • Clip a chicken’s wings • Power your lawn mower with solar power • Create a chicken tractor for the city • Water your garden with solar power • Build a thermoelectric lamp • Create an algae bioreactor from water bottles • And much more! Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project accompanying easy-to-follow instructions, this Instructables collection utilizes the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and, in this case, greener, as this volume exemplifies.

Step by Step Projects for Self Sufficiency

Step by Step Projects for Self Sufficiency Author Editors of Cool Springs Press
ISBN-10 9781591866886
Release 2017-03-15
Pages 352
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Get ready to be self-sufficient. Whether tackling the garden, raising animals, learning more about alternative energy, or bettering your storage and preservation, Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the perfect starting point. Step-by-step instructions and photos will guide you through how to make over 60 complete projects. After all, DIY projects are more fun (and generally easier) when you approach them with helpful aides and tools you made yourself. Projects in this new volume include: -A portable chicken ark -Two types of beehives -Solar cookers -Firewood storage -A potato growing box -Hoophouses and greenhouses -Raised planting beds -Rainbarrels -A cider press -Compost bins -Drying racks With its clear plan drawings, precise instructions and detailed photos, Step-by-step Projects for Self Sufficiency makes DIY easier than ever.

Off on Our Own

Off on Our Own Author Ted Carns
ISBN-10 0983272603
Release 2011-10-01
Pages 274
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Ted and Kathy Carns are living a 21st century success story of zero waste, total recycling and astonishing inventiveness. Their five-acre home in western Pennsylvania is a warm, inviting showcase of self-reliant living. They have all the comforts of modern life, from flat screen TV to morning smoothies from their solarpowered blender.

5 Gallon Bucket Book

5 Gallon Bucket Book Author Chris Peterson
ISBN-10 9780760347898
Release 2015-09-18
Pages 144
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Why just reuse a bucket when you can reinvent it? Five-gallon buckets are ubiquitous and cheap (indeed, they are often free). But did you know they can also be hacked, hot-rodded, reengineered, and upcycled to create dozens of useful DIY projects for homeowners, gardeners, small-scale farmers, and preppers? 5-Gallon Bucket Book contains 60+ ideas that put these humble and hard-working mainstays to work past their prime and keep them out of landfills. Simple step-by-step instructions, as well as parts lists and images of the completed projects, make sure you will have fun and love the results of your work. Projects include perfect additions to your yard and garden, tools to care for your animals, useful innovations, handy home helpers, and even family-oriented designs! They range from simple things such as chicken feeders to much more complex projects (small room air conditioner, anyone?). For anyone who doesn't already have fifteen of them cluttering up the garage, 5-Gallon Bucket Book also offers advice on where to get cheap and free buckets and how to tell if a bucket is safe to use for food.

The Weekend Homesteader

The Weekend Homesteader Author Anna Hess
ISBN-10 9781620879528
Release 2012-12-18
Pages 432
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The Weekend Homesteader is organized by month—so whether it’s January or June you’ll find exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise. You'll learn about backyard chicken care, how to choose the best mushroom and berry species, and why and how to plant a no-till garden that heals the soil while providing nutritious food. Permaculture techniques will turn your homestead into a vibrant ecosystem and attract native pollinators while converting our society's waste into high-quality compost and mulch. Meanwhile, enjoy the fruits of your labor right away as you learn the basics of cooking and eating seasonally, then preserve homegrown produce for later by drying, canning, freezing, or simply filling your kitchen cabinets with storage vegetables. As you become more self-sufficient, you'll save seeds, prepare for power outages, and tear yourself away from a full-time job, while building a supportive and like-minded community. You won't be completely eliminating your reliance on the grocery store, but you will be plucking low-hanging (and delicious!) fruits out of your own garden by the time all forty-eight projects are complete.

The Dog Friendly Home

The Dog Friendly Home Author Ruth Strother
ISBN-10 9781589235663
Release 2011-01-01
Pages 128
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"Instructions and photos for do-it-yourself projects to build for a dog. Includes information on training, safety and grooming"--Provided by publisher.

Homegrown Handmade

Homegrown   Handmade Author Deborah Niemann
ISBN-10 9781771422369
Release 2017-06-12
Pages 336
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A modern approach to homesteading—no farm required Food recalls, dubious health claims, scary and shocking ingredients in health and beauty products. Our increasingly industrialized supply system is becoming more difficult to navigate, more frightening, and more frustrating, leaving us feeling stuck choosing in many cases between the lesser of several evils. Author Deborah Niemann offers healthier, more empowering choices, by showing us how to reclaim links in our food and purchasing chains, to make choices that are healthier for our families, ourselves, and our planet. In this fully updated and revised edition of Homegrown and Handmade, Deborah shows how making things from scratch and growing some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life. Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it’s packed with answers and solutions to help you rediscover traditional skills, take control of your food from seed to plate, and much more. This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical, and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a more empowered life. Deborah Niemann presents and teaches extensively on topics ranging from soapmaking to livestock care. She and her family raise livestock for meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables. Deborah is also the author of Raising Goats Naturally.

The Renewable Energy Home Handbook

The Renewable Energy Home Handbook Author Lindsay Porter
ISBN-10 9781845847593
Release 2015-03-01
Pages 192
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Most renewable energy systems aren’t new, but their use is. This handbook shows how each of the main renewable energy technologies works, along with step-by-step details of how it’s installed, as well as the pros and – at least as importantly – the cons of each type of installation.

Back to Basics

Back to Basics Author Abigail R. Gehring
ISBN-10 9781629148625
Release 2014-10-14
Pages 456
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The classic guide to self-sufficiency, with more than 200,000 copies sold—now fully updated! Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast-food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment, you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

The Homeowner s Energy Handbook

The Homeowner s Energy Handbook Author Paul Scheckel
ISBN-10 9781612120164
Release 2013
Pages 287
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Discusses renewable energy resources and provides instructions for creating energy-saving and energy-producing equipment.

The Homestead Companion

The Homestead Companion Author Jennifer Poindexter
ISBN-10 1980822174
Release 2018-04-13
Pages 367
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Do you want to become self-sufficient but aren't sure where to start? Unsure if the homesteading life is for you? Even concerned you can't achieve this dream in your current living situation? These are typical sentiments of people who share the homesteading dream or are just starting their journey. But you don't have to stay trapped in those thoughts, The Homesteading Companion will show you how to:· Grow and preserve your own food· Raise small livestock· Save money· Get your finances in order· Share tips on apartment and micro-homesteading· Build a great homestead right where you are· Test the waters to see if homesteading really is the life for you· And so much more!This book will teach you valuable skills while the author, Jennifer Poindexter, gives it to you straight about new-homesteading mistakes and valuable lessons she learned when launching her homestead dreams many years ago. If you are ready to figure out if the homesteading lifestyle is right for you and how to go about launching your dream right where you are, then this book is for you.

Backyard Homesteading

Backyard Homesteading Author David Toht
ISBN-10 1580115217
Release 2011-12-01
Pages 255
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Presents a guide to living a more self-sufficient lifestyle by growing fruits and vegetables, raising small livestock, and preserving foods.

Little House in the Suburbs

Little House in the Suburbs Author Deanna Caswell
ISBN-10 1440310246
Release 2012-02-13
Pages 256
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Self-Sufficiency in the Suburbs! Gardens, goats and chickens in the suburbs? Absolutely! The easy-to-follow advice in this book will show you everything you need to know to enjoy an abundant, independent life on food and products grown in your own back yard. You may feel like you have superpowers the first time you prepare a meal using only ingredients you grew in your garden. And is there anything you can't do after you lather up with a bar of soap that you made in your own home? This book is full of recipes and tips that will help you discover the joy of self-sufficiency. Do'?t worry; suburban gardening doesn't mean you have to rip up your yard, or risk being ostracized by neighbors or your municipality or homeowners association. Inside you'll find: Gardening instructions for any-size yard and any skill level A complete overview of keeping chickens, mini-goats and bees in the suburbs More than 40 food recipes featuring ingredients from your garden or animals Canning techniques Recipes for natural deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm and other beauty products Step-by-step soapmaking instructions and soap recipes Natural cleaning recipes for kitchens, bathrooms, surfaces and laundry Gift basket ideas Community-building ideas including babysitting co-ops, meal swaps, and barter systems Advice on how to keep the peace with family, neighbors, and officials if your self-sufficient plans meet resistance

The Do It Yourself Homestead

The Do It Yourself Homestead Author Tessa Zundel
ISBN-10 0997671505
Release 2016-06-27
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Do you lie awake at night, wondering how to make your family more self-sufficient in an uncertain world? Are you wondering how to expand your homesteading efforts while still maintaining the rest of your life? Maybe you?ve considered homesteading, but you?re stuck in an apartment, and don?t even know where to begin. The Do It Yourself Homestead, will help you go from home to homestead little by little. With four levels of homesteadyness covered, there is truly something for everyone.Are you a HOMESTARTER, the curious and courageous novice?Or do you belong at the HOMESTEADISH level, with a bit of experience under your belt?Perhaps you?re a HOMESTEADAHOLIC, eagerly pursing homesteading wherever you live?Are you the sage HOMESTEADED type who fully identifies with the homesteading lifestyle?With each level comes its own education, challenges, goals and projects. Challenges are issued to help you expand outside of your comfort zone and build up your homesteading community. The Do It Yourself Homestead will help you gain the skills you need to grow your self-sufficiency skills at your own level of experience and interest. Each topic is given its own extensive chapter: The Homestead Kitchen, The Homestead Garden, Greening the Homestead, Livestock Wherever You Are, Homestead Finances, Family Times, The Homestead Community and The Prepared Homestead. From DIY projects to shared personal advice, the voices of a myriad of real life homesteaders, all on varying lot sizes, testify from these pages that you can do it!The Do It Yourself Homestead will help you:?Create homesteading systems that are self-sustaining even if you live in the city.?Reach out to like-minded people to form a supportive homesteading network around you.?Grow your own, whatever that means for you.?Find the livestock that?s right for you, even if you have no land.?Feel years younger and pounds lighter by letting go of clutter on your homestead, emotional baggage, and outmoded thought patterns.?Make your own food staples and use up what you already have on hand in healthy ways?And so much more!