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How To Build A Wilderness Shelter: A Beginners Guide

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There are many reasons you should know how to build a shelter in the outdoors, whether it’s to keep yourself protected whilst sleeping or from bad weather conditions and animals. This article will show you exactly how to build a shelter in a variety of different ways and using different resources. This is a guide that anyone can follow – we’ve specifically chosen designs of shelter that are easy to construct, no matter the resources you have with you. We do recommend that you always take an essential set of items with you when you set out into the wilderness,...

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How To Make Your Own 3D Printed Gun: Pros And Cons

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How To Make Your Own 3D Printed Gun: Pros And Cons

For most people, the very idea of “printing” either means using inks or some other medium to put words or images on paper, or it can mean the way a gun can be outlined when covered by clothing.

Today, however, printing takes on a whole new meaning because there are affordable machines readily available to consumers that can duplicate 3D objects. Typically, these devices take a 3D model program and use it to replicate an object. This includes guns that supposedly can fire real bullets just as well as a gun produced by more conventional methods.

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How To Live Off Grid For Under $3,000

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How To Live Off Grid For Under $3,000 - GENERAL PREP, Survival Skills

Many of us dream of living off the grid, but a few brave souls actually manage to do it.

Such is the case of Jill Redwood, a bit of a pioneer and environmentalist, who has been living off-grid for 35 years in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.

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How to Make Alcohol at Home

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How to Make Alcohol at Home

Humans have been making, using, and consuming alcohol since the dawn of civilization.  It first began with the cereal grains used to make beer by the cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt.  Later, the cultures of the Mediterranean–the city-states of Greece and the Roman Empire–adopted wine as an integral part of social, political, and religious life.

The Age of Exploration starting in the 15th century gave birth to a new range of spirits thanks to the improvement and growth of the distillation process.  Drinks like rum, whiskey, and brandy were used as currency to buy slaves in the colonies of the New World.  Eventually, these same spirits played a major role in the formation of the United States.

In today’s times, alcohol is more than just a thirst quencher, religious symbol, or bartering agent.  We now use alcohol as a disinfecting antiseptic, chemical solvent, in products like antifreeze, and as fuel.  With such versatility, alcohol is one product whose demand will increase exponentially in the event of a disaster.

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How To Build A Gypsy Well And Filter Water More Easily

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How To Build A Gypsy Well And Filter Water More Easily

Finding water in the wilderness can be a challenge, especially in some parts of the country.

Finding relatively clean water can be even worse. Yet clean water is essential in a survival situation. Taking chances with water which is not clean is extremely dangerous, especially if one’s health is suffering from lack of proper nutrition or exposure to microscopic pathogens.

But what do you do if the only water you can find doesn’t look all that appetizing? This isn’t really all that unusual in the wild, especially in areas where water is rare. About the only thing you might find is muddy water or water that is stagnant and scummy. Not exactly the best water to drink.

The classic survival answer is that any water found in the wild should be purified. But I’d have to say muddy or scummy water probably needs more than just purification. Many of the purification methods we commonly use won’t get rid of the mud or scum; and those that will, will quickly become clogged up if you use them to make the water both clear and clean.

What is needed is a natural way of making the water clear, removing solids from it, before purifying it. The better this can be done, the easier it will be for any filter or other water purification method you choose to use. Rather than becoming plugged up with mud, a survival water filter could then simply remove the microscopic pathogens that it is intended to.

This is where the Gypsy Well, sometimes also known as an “Indian Well” comes in.

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