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CONVERT IT

Michael Brown & Shari Prange
Paperback

Price: $24.95

This hands-on guide for converting a gas-powered car to electric has all the information you need to choose a donor car and successfully make the conversion. It also includes how to drive, charge and …

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This hands-on guide for converting a gas-powered car to electric has all the information you need to choose a donor car and successfully make the conversion. It also includes how to drive, charge and maintain your electric car.


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HYBRID CAR BLUEPRINT


Blueprint

Price: $25.00

How to build your own hybrid electric car using a 1970s-era vehicle as the starting point. Advanced mechanical skills required. Originally printed in 1980.

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How to build your own hybrid electric car using a 1970s-era vehicle as the starting point. Advanced mechanical skills required. Originally printed in 1980.

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It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.


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JORDAN POND BENCH & TABLE PLAN

OGDEN PUBLICATIONS
Plan

Price: $9.95

Build a bench and garden table with these easy-to-follow instructions. Designed so even inexperienced woodworkers can build them, this bench and garden table are easy to cut and assemble from standa…

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Build a bench and garden table with these easy-to-follow instructions. Designed so even inexperienced woodworkers can build them, this bench and garden table are easy to cut and assemble from standard lumber, without complicated joints. The plan for this easy DIY project includes construction drawings, instructions and a materials list.

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It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this plan you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.


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The Natural Plaster Book

Guelberth & Chiras
Paperback

Price: $29.95

This comprehensive guide provides detailed information on three natural plasters-earthen, lime, gypsum and natural finishes. Extremely well-illustrated with drawings and photos, this book teaches the…

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This comprehensive guide provides detailed information on three natural plasters-earthen, lime, gypsum and natural finishes. Extremely well-illustrated with drawings and photos, this book teaches the principles of plastering and plaster techniques, and describes the tools you'll need for a successful plaster job.


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TUB-STYLE MECHANICAL CHICKEN PLUCKER PLAN

Herrick Kimball
Plan

Price: $19.95

If you have chickens to pluck, you'll want to build this tub plucker. To use a tub plucker, you simply drop one or more scalded birds into the tub, turn it on, and watch them spin around while their f…

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If you have chickens to pluck, you'll want to build this tub plucker. To use a tub plucker, you simply drop one or more scalded birds into the tub, turn it on, and watch them spin around while their feathers disappear. This book tells you everything you need to know to easily build your own, inexpensive Whizbang Plucker.


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THE SELF-SUFFICIENT LIFE AND HOW TO LIVE IT: Revised Edition

John Seymour
Hardcover

Price: $35.00

Huge Holiday Gift Sale! Sale Price: $28.00. Enter code MMEEMEBE on the bottom of the Order Review Page during the Check Out Process to receive your discount.

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Huge Holiday Gift Sale! Sale Price: $28.00. Enter code MMEEMEBE on the bottom of the Order Review Page during the Check Out Process to receive your discount.

This is the key reference to living off the land. Packed with practical information and tried-and-tested tips, author John Seymour's visionary handbook explains how to reap the harvest, respect the land, stay healthy and waste nothing.

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It teaches all the skills needed to live independently: harnessing natural forms of energy, raising crops and keeping livestock, preserving foodstuffs, making beer and wine, basketry, carpentry, weaving, and much more.

This new expanded edition includes 150 new full-color illustrations and a special section in which Seymour, the father of the back-to-basics movement, explains the philosophy of self-sufficiency and its power to transform lives and create communities. More relevant than ever in our high-tech world, The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the ultimate practical guide for realists and dreamers alike.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is recommending books to readers. For 40 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.


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CABINS

David and Jeanie Stiles
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Inspiring color photographs help you choose from a variety of cabins to suit your lifestyle and preference. More than 400 detailed illustrations, designs, floor plans and architectural details complem…

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Inspiring color photographs help you choose from a variety of cabins to suit your lifestyle and preference. More than 400 detailed illustrations, designs, floor plans and architectural details complement the text that takes you through the entire building process from construction basics to a finished cabin.


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MORE STRAW BALE BUILDING

Magwood, Mack and Therrien
Paperback

Price: $11.00

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Straw bale houses are easy to build, affordable, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and c…

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $32.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Straw bale houses are easy to build, affordable, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and can be designed to match the builder's personal space needs, esthetics, and budget. Despite mushrooming interest in the technique, however, most straw bale books focus on "selling" the dream of straw-bale building, but don't adequately address the most critical issues faced by bale house builders. Moreover, since many developments in this field are recent, few books are completely up to date with the latest techniques.

More Straw Bale Building, a Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living, is designed to fill this gap. A completely rewritten edition of the 20,000-copy best-selling original, it leads the potential builder through the entire process of building a bale structure, tackling all the practical issues: finding and choosing bales; developing sound building plans; roofing; electrical, plumbing, and heating systems; building code compliance; and special concerns for builders in northern climates. New material includes:

  • more extensive sections on electric wiring and plumbing
  • updated sections on bale finishes and finishing
  • a section on prefabricated straw bale walls
  • a wider selection of case studies, photographs and illustrations
  • a section on common mistakes
  • budgeting for low-, medium- and high-cost projects
  • new testing data that is in no other straw bale book


Down-to earth and complete, More Straw Bale Building makes the remarkable benefits of straw bale building available in the most comprehensive and practical book on the subject to date.

About the Contributors:

Chris Magwood and Peter Mack are professional straw bale builders and consultants who have constructed over 40 straw bale buildings, consulting on many more. They have taught workshops and seminars across the continent and overseas, and are authors of one of the first straw bale how-to books, Straw Bale Building (New Society, Publishers, 2000) which has sold 20,000 copies. Chris Magwood has been editor of The Last Straw Journal, an international quarterly devoted to straw-bale building, since 2001. He is also the coauthor of Straw Bale Details.


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THE HAND-SCULPTED HOUSE: BUILDING A COB COTTAGE

Evans, Smith, Smiley
Paperback

Price: $35.00

Cob cottages are the ultimate expression of ecological design. Made of earth, clay, sand, straw and water, they are their surroundings, literally rising up from the earth. These houses are light, ener…

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Cob cottages are the ultimate expression of ecological design. Made of earth, clay, sand, straw and water, they are their surroundings, literally rising up from the earth. These houses are light, energy-efficient and cozy, with curved walls and built-in whimsical touches.

The Hand-Sculpted House is theoretical and philosophical, but intensely practical as well. You will get all the how-to information to undertake an earth and straw building project. As the modern world rediscovers the importance of living in sustainable harmony with the environment, this book is a bible of radical simplicity.


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THE BACKYARD BEEKEEPER

Kim Flottum
Paperback

Price: $24.99

The Backyard Beekeeper, now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and c…

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The Backyard Beekeeper, now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere. This expanded edition gives you even more information on "greening" your beekeeping with sustainable practices, pesticide-resistant bees, and urban and suburban beekeeping. More than a guide to beekeeping, it is a handbook for harvesting the products of a beehive and a honey cookbook--all in one lively, beautifully illustrated reference. This complete honey bee resource contains general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of beekeeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest honey from your own colonies; as well as tons of bee-related facts and projects. You'll learn the best place to locate your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and you'll study the best organic and nontoxic ways to care for your bees, from providing fresh water and protection from the elements to keeping them healthy, happy, and productive. Recipes of delicious treats and instructions on how to use honey and beeswax to make candles and beauty treatments are also included.

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