General Homesteading and Building

This category covers all general homesteading and building.

  • Hiding Valuables in Your Home

    Protecting that which is valuable to us has always been a necessary action. Since the dawn of time, there has always been something, regardless of what it was, that was desirable to the masses. This could be gold, money, ammunition, food, or a plethora of other things. Also since the dawn of time, theft has existed. If someone wants something you have, they may not always take the reasonable action of getting a job and working hard to buy their own. Sometimes, to some people, it is easier...
  • Boost Home Security from the Outside

    In a day and age where theft and burglary is constantly in the news and home invasions are happening every day, home security is something we should all be thinking about. Even though we take precautions to ensure our homes are as impenetrable as possible, the current and future reality is that we need to go a step beyond that. Instead of thinking in terms of curb appeal, it is time to start thinking in terms of curbside security. So many people buy property and the first thing they do is...
  • 5 Ways to Incorporate Pallets into Your Survival Plan

    Whether it is at your local grocer, feed store, or big box store, you've probably seen a pile of wooden pallets at some point in your travels. Used to transport stock, pallets are often discarded outside of such businesses once their usefulness to the store ends. That does not mean they are useless overall, however, as there are seemingly endless projects that can be done with pallets and most stores will let you have them for free or at minimal cost. Photo: Pinterest Upcycling and...
  • Fortifying Windows Against Storms and Looters

    As we inch towards spring and warmer weather, we are inching towards other things that we might not enjoy quite as much. Beginning around spring and extending on through summer is a pretty big storm season for much of the United States. Tornado season begins around April and hurricane season starts in June. In recent years, tornadoes have done major damage and cost many people their lives. Although science has come a long way and predictions as to the likelihood of tornado strikes can be...
  • Monitoring Your Property with Game Cameras

    Cameras are depended upon more and more for surveillance of events and locations. They have been used as theft monitors and deterrents in stores and retail outlets for quite some time in addition to being used at banks to watch over money handling and, ideally, to prevent robberies. If you\'ve ever set foot in a casino, you\'ve done so on camera. Cameras have even been added to police cruisers to record interactions between police and the public, ensuring proper conduct on both ends of the...
  1. Boost Home Security from the Outside

    In a day and age where theft and burglary is constantly in the news and home invasions are happening every day, home security is something we should all be thinking about. Even though we take precautions to ensure our homes are as impenetrable as possible, the current and future reality is that we need to go a step beyond that. Instead of thinking in terms of curb appeal, it is time to start thinking in terms of curbside security. So many people buy property and the first thing they do is...
  2. 5 Ways to Incorporate Pallets into Your Survival Plan

    Whether it is at your local grocer, feed store, or big box store, you've probably seen a pile of wooden pallets at some point in your travels. Used to transport stock, pallets are often discarded outside of such businesses once their usefulness to the store ends. That does not mean they are useless overall, however, as there are seemingly endless projects that can be done with pallets and most stores will let you have them for free or at minimal cost. Photo: Pinterest Upcycling and...
  3. The Survival Benefits of Underground and Earthen Homes

    Have you ever sat back and watched Lord of the Rings and contemplated life as a hobbit? This is not to say you want to be short in stature but long in the feet. Instead, however, it might be worthwhile to embrace their style of living, that being in an underground earthen type of home. Conventional housing, while popular, has failed us at many times and in many ways. Weather, for one thing, has been able to wreak havoc on above ground homes, damaging them heavily if not wiping them out...
  4. Addressing Garage Door Vulnerabilities

    In our modern society, convenience has been widely embraced. Whether it is paying for gas without ever leaving the pump or having push button access to the things we need, instant gratification has become a trend. The problem with some of these conveniences, however, is that they can, in exchange for their advantageousness, be the bane of our existence in that using them may open us up to the potential for unfortunate problems such as theft. Take, for instance, your garage door. You come...
  5. Hiding Valuables in Your Home

    Protecting that which is valuable to us has always been a necessary action. Since the dawn of time, there has always been something, regardless of what it was, that was desirable to the masses. This could be gold, money, ammunition, food, or a plethora of other things. Also since the dawn of time, theft has existed. If someone wants something you have, they may not always take the reasonable action of getting a job and working hard to buy their own. Sometimes, to some people, it is easier...
  6. Home Defense Measures

    Your home is your castle, but is it an inviting castle or a fortified fortress to which access cannot be gained? While many of us hope for the latter, fact is that there are many advantages we give to the criminal element without even realizing it. Taking steps to secure your home is important, not just for when TEOTWAWKI strikes, but also for every day in the meantime. Crime is something seen every day regardless of the turmoil brewing in the world around us, and from protecting ourselves...
  7. Fortifying Windows Against Storms and Looters

    As we inch towards spring and warmer weather, we are inching towards other things that we might not enjoy quite as much. Beginning around spring and extending on through summer is a pretty big storm season for much of the United States. Tornado season begins around April and hurricane season starts in June. In recent years, tornadoes have done major damage and cost many people their lives. Although science has come a long way and predictions as to the likelihood of tornado strikes can be...
  8. Monitoring Your Property with Game Cameras

    Cameras are depended upon more and more for surveillance of events and locations. They have been used as theft monitors and deterrents in stores and retail outlets for quite some time in addition to being used at banks to watch over money handling and, ideally, to prevent robberies. If you\'ve ever set foot in a casino, you\'ve done so on camera. Cameras have even been added to police cruisers to record interactions between police and the public, ensuring proper conduct on both ends of the...
  9. Ladies' Night

    My husband and I went to Home Depot again for the umpteenth time. We're 18 months in to a whole-house remodel project (a long story about land ownership and debt free living that I'll tell some other time). What caught my eye was a huge purple sign by the entrance advertising "Ladies' Night." Apparently ladies are invited to give up an evening, go to Home Depot, and learn how to hang a picture. I remarked to my husband: unless they want me to frame the wall, sheetrock it, apply a faux...
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