Posts Tagged "DIY"

How to make lightweight oilskin tarps from bed sheets
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 26, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

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Weight – a unit of heaviness or mass; any heavy load, mass, or object; the vertical force experienced by a mass as a result of gravitation

Gravity. It’s unescapable… on this planet. It keeps us grounded. But it also weighs us down.

I consider myself to be in decent physical condition. Even so, at my age, every pound added to my backpack affects the gravitational pull and energy needed to carry the stuff. I’m no ultralight hiker by any stretch, but I do try to lighten my load every chance I get.

I’ve wanted to own an oilskin tarp for some time now. They’re durable but too pricey for our budget at this time. A quality oilskin tarp (new) will set you back $200. My motto, when it comes to gear, is buy the best you can afford. Or, go the common man route and make your own.

The idea for this project came from William Collins’ 4 part series on his YouTube channel. I’ve condensed his method into a short tutorial for you. (more…)

LED technology and DIY
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 19, 2014 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

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Off gridders have been around for a long time, but it’s just been recently that technology has been available to make living off grid as cushy as any grid connected home, not only available but affordable as well. One thing everyone needs is light, we have several different options to light the darkness, candles, oil lamps, Coleman lanterns, flashlights, incandescent bulbs, CFL bulbs and most recently, LED lights.

I think all of us have used many of these options at some point in our lives, I can remember camping as a kid and having Coleman lanterns and flashlights, but most of these are either expensive, use up too much power, or they are risky to use (specifically the ones that use fire). (more…)

Have yourself a thrifty little Christmas
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 8, 2013 - 1 Comment in WRETHA

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There are a lot of reasons that sensible people want to step off  of the materialistic rocket ride that is the standard North American Christmas.  Maybe they don’t want to create children who are never satisfied and always want more, who always yearn for that next edition of the iGadget of the year.  Perhaps they have suffered their own personal economic collapse and just can’t afford it this year.  They might just want a sense of peace and contentment that you can never buy from a store. (more…)

Tanning Rabbit hides
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 19, 2013 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

1x1placeholderNow that you have chosen to raise rabbits for meat, it’s time to learn how to tan their hides, you can either use the fur or lose the fur, you can use the leather for many things, you can also sell it to earn some extra money. (more…)


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