Posts Tagged "DIY"

DIY bow made of PVC and fiberglass rods
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 16, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

With all the controversy over guns, some places do not allow you to own a gun or make it so difficult to own one that it’s next to impossible to have one, and the fact that some people just don’t want the responsibility of gun ownership, but would still like to be able to defend themselves or hunt, or even just target practice for fun, a bow and arrow is the next best thing, it’s quiet, often more legal to own and possess. It’s also stealthy, you can shoot an arrow with no one hearing you, you can shoot in the city without worrying about ordinances. You still must be careful, you can hurt or even kill someone if you are careless, but with the proper training and practice, you can use a bow and arrow for nearly anything you could use a gun to do. (more…)

10 Household products you never have to buy again (w/shopping list)
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

0001After taking steps to live a more conscious existence, I have found that shopping is overrated. The satisfaction that I find from making my own household products far outweighs buying the “brand of the month.”

My reason to make my own products stem mainly from the ever increasing prices as well as the harmful chemicals present in store bought brands. After using store bought chemicals for years, I noticed my eyes would burn and lungs would hurt after cleaning with them. I knew the chemical cleaners were doing more harm than good, and would much rather preserve my health and not pollute our water supply any further.

I have found many of these homemade cleaners and products use similar ingredients, therefore, purchasing them would be a lucrative investment. (more…)

Grilling in the sky castle
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 27, 2013 - 0 Comments in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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I love cooking, nearly anything, but until very recently I have kept my cooking adventures within the walls of the sky castle, a few weeks ago I got bit by the BBQ/grill bug. It all started out innocently enough, we had a small, very small table top charcoal grill, it wasn’t really large enough, but it was a good start. Next we dusted off the tall smoker that could be used as a grill by moving the charcoal pan up to the top, it wasn’t much better than the smaller grill, but by then I knew I really wanted to have a more permanent setup so PB went to work building a grill for me. (more…)

Nine last minute DIY Christmas gifts
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 22, 2013 - 1 Comment in EVENTS, FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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In this last weekend just before Christmas, some of us are still behind on gifts, and often there are extra friends, family and such who would appreciate a heartfelt, handmade gift. Thanks to the internet, there are loads of ideas on making quick and inexpensive DIY gifts, and more importantly, there is still time to put some of these together before the big day! (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…)

A small DIY septic system
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 9, 2013 - 11 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Living off grid often means living in rural areas with little or no utilities available, we are left to fend for ourselves, which is typically the goal anyhow and not a problem. One of the biggest things the rural off gridder needs to take care of is human waste disposal. There are a few options, one is the Joseph Jenkins Humanure method of composting the waste material, that works very well but not everyone is on board for handling their own poo and waste products, and having company over can create its own set of challenges. If you have sufficient water resources, you may want to have a regular flush toilet, something unassuming and un-intimidating for you, your family and friends who may come visit. (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…)

The Sky Castle grows…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 17, 2013 - 6 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

The sky castle is growing… up. PB told me when we first started building out here that he wanted to build vertical, he talked about 3 and 4 stories tall, I thought he was nuts and was just dreaming, well seems he’s not so nuts and it wasn’t all talk.

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The Stupidity of the “Modern” Home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 27, 2013 - 2 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

When I moved off grid, I looked around the internet for kindred souls, I found one in Mayberry, no not the town in that old beloved show, but a man who was very tired of living in the rat race, he became infamous for his “rants” against modern society and all its trappings.

I ran across one of his articles that really touched my soul, this is about how he wants and plans to live, specifically the house he wants to build, as I read what he wrote, I realized he was practically describing our sky castle, made me feel good that another human, especially one I consider to be in the higher echelons of intelligence and common sense wants to design and live in a home that is so similar to how we built. I’m not talking about the castle look, but how it’s built, the structure, inner workings and such. (more…)


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