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DIY

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

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.


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, ā€œ damn Iā€™m good.ā€


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.


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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.


Are Straw Mattresses the Natural Bedroom Solution You've Been Looking For?

By Destiny Hagest, Permies.com

Conventional mattresses are hardly sustainable - here I share my experiences with making and sleeping on a straw mattress, and why it's not as crazy as you might think.


How to Insulate an Outdoor Workshop

By Megan Wild

Your outdoor workshop is likely one of your favorite places to be. Learn how to insulate it before winter comes!


Make a Perfect Headband from Over-the-Knee Socks

By Mary Ann Reese

Using over-the-knee socks to make these 10-minute wonders opens up a whole new world of choices for cozy headbands. Think of it! Headbands for men, women, and children can be charming as they coordinate with your outdoor clothes or practical to pair with your jeans and t-shirts.