DIY

Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

Homestead Hacks: DIY Radiant Heat with a Rocket Stove Boiler

By Tim Luce

This “Homestead Hack” shows how to build a rocket stove boiler to power DIY radiant heat in your house.


How to Make a Homemade Automatic Chicken Waterer

By C. Hope Clark

This automatic chicken waterer is cheap and easy to make, so your hens will have access to fresh water, even when you go on vacation.


How to Make Homemade Suet for Birds

By Theresa Sinclair

Make your own suet cakes to keep your birds fat and happy throughout the winter.


How to Make Hot-Process Soft Soap

By Susan Verberg

This step-by-step article explains the process, tools, and benefits of making your own natural, homemade soap using wood ash lye and a slow cooker.


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Make a Mobile Workstation from a Wheelchair

By Stephen Balazs

Turn an old wheelchair into a handy, multipurpose mobile workstation that makes moving your tools quick and easy.


7 Things I Learned Installing an Off-Grid Woodstove

By Jamie Leahy, North Ridge Mountain Guides

I began to install the stove pipe on the chimney before I cut the dreaded hole out through the wall. As I worked my way towards the wall, I placed the wall thimble in the appropriate spot and traced around it. I grabbed my trusty recip saw and began to cut the hole. As the sawdust flew, I thought to myself, “ damn I’m good.”


7 DIY Yard and Garden Projects: Pergola, Porch Swing, Small Cabin, and More

By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores

Even if your homestead garden no longer requires the type of attention and care that kept you bustling in the spring, winter can be a great opportunity to take on a truly gratifying endeavor. Get started on any of these amazing DIY ideas for a project that will have you beaming by last frost: building a pergola, swing set, playhouse, small cabin, DIY outdoor chair, and more.


5 Great Tips for Plumbing an Off-Grid Cabin

By Jamie Leahy, North Ridge Mountain Guides

Turns out the water heater needs a, 18-inch rise of double-walled pipe, and a quick google search revealed our local building code required 18 inches of metal piping going in, and out of the heater. So after all my hard work, I drained the system, cut the pipes, and took down the water heater. So what did I learn from this that I can share with my faithful readers? Here's a few tips to avoid cutting multiple holes through your new wall.




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Aug. 5-6, 2017
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