steve maxwell





5/9/2016
Got a basement “cold room” that doesn’t keep your fruits and veggies properly? You can make things better. A few simple modifications can turn that disappointing space into a reliable spot to store food without electricity and boost self reliance.
4/14/2016
A community of smaller portable chicken coops are better than one, big, stationary one. Download building plans for a solar heated design that’s also great in hot climates.
12/17/2015
Many people in the world long for a life in the country, lived on their own terms, close to nature, honest and hands-on. But too many of these people find that homesteading is harder, less fulfilling and more painful than they imagined. Learn how to thrive on the land without burnout, despair and failure.
11/13/2014
Almost 30 years ago I made one of the best decisions ever when I began my homesteading adventure. It's no "Little House on the Prarie" but you can see it from there.
9/8/2014
Making wooden replacement handles for tools is easier than you think.
8/22/2014
Blogger Steve Maxwell offers tips and a video explaining how to choose and use a router table.
4/23/2014
Download Steve Maxwell’s free list of tested and approved deck stains that have worked well in field tests.
4/16/2014
How a hopelessly damaged apple tree has delivered lessons of hope since 2007.
4/9/2014
Learn how to eliminate mold growth in your home and improve indoor air quality by using Concrobium.
3/26/2014
Here’s what to look for when purchasing a portable table saw for DIY building projects around your homestead.
1/17/2014
Join Steve for a no-cost 75 minute video tutorial on building and managing a root cellar
12/5/2013
Steve shares 11 years of his experience with the newest mainstay power tool in the world, and offers three free chances to win an impact driver.
10/8/2013
Steve explains a little about why he chose to install reclaimed cast-iron radiators, including a video tour of his installation.
10/3/2013
Watch Steve tell you his homestead story and how his two trucks have helped make good things happen.
9/25/2013
With a few key supplies, you can revive worn wood flooring without heavy-duty sanding.
3/19/2013
Steve explains why building a scale model is such a good way to design homestead structures, and how to do it.
8/25/2012
Steve explains how our pursuit of environmental sustainability can also drive us crazy if it's not put in the correct philosophical context.
7/19/2012
Steve shares his time touring a plant that makes the kind of blades homesteaders use every day,
6/4/2012
Steve explains how he and his 11 year old son grew a crop of wheat entirely by hand, and why this is something you should try, too.
5/25/2012
Steve explains the basics of refinishing wooden stairs, including an easily renewable finishing strategy.
5/21/2012
There are many more ways than ever to earn income without ever leaving the homestead. As energy prices rise, earning the money you need without traveling is key to success. It just might not come from the place you expect.
3/29/2012
See a video on how Steve finishes interior wood with waterbased stains, and why you might want to think beyond just brown colours.
11/18/2011
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
10/31/2011
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
9/1/2011
Steve shows methods he's found for extending the life of new roofs and decreasing their environmental impact
8/10/2011
Steve explains what he's learned over 20 years of using generators and monitoring advances in design.
8/2/2011
Steve offers a few thoughts on line trimmers and brush cutters.
7/19/2011
Learn how to install ceramic tiles that'll never let you down.
7/7/2011
Steve got curious and shares the results of a gruelling endurance test he completed to compare cordless tool battery performance
7/7/2011
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
6/29/2011
Steve shares an approach he installed at a friend's place for easing the burden of priming seasonal water systems
5/20/2011
Steve shares current results and recommendations from his 20 years of observing and applying deck finishing products and techniques.
5/14/2011
Steve Maxwell spotlights the three myths that prevent people from realizing the full value of the self reliant lifestyle, and how to dispel them
5/11/2011
A short lesson and video on stacking firewood in round piles
5/4/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, sheds light on a new rural Canadian invention, Seg-Ins Big Bed, a truck extention that improves cargo capacity.
3/30/2011
Carbide saw blades last a long time and typically perform very well. Learn about two ways to keep them sharp and effective.
3/11/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, outlines some suggestions on how to become an expert carpenter who can work with wood anywhere.
2/11/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, explains just how easy it is to install laminate flooring yourself.
2/11/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, raves about his favourite hand held torch tool, the BernzOmatic Quickfire Hand Torch.
2/5/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, share his make do tool tips with fellow DIY homeowners.
2/5/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, guides an inquiring homeowner on how to find the right circular saw.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
1/1/0001
Cut the confusion that accompanies buying a cordless drill with this information on which drill features and capabilities to look for.




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