Thursday, March 5, 2009

Prepping and DIY

One part of prepping that often gets overlooked is DIY.

We're all stocking our pantries with several months worth of food, we keep adding to our first-aid kits, we are learning how to grow our own food and keep our eyes open for deals on ammo. But in the event of SHTF, natural disaster or an outbreak of a deadly virus - have we prepped enough to become as self-sufficient as possible?

The more DIY projects we start and master now - the better it will be for us all down the road!

Starting up some weekly DIY projects now will help you to prepare for SHTF in the long run but in the short term, DIY can help you save money, learn new and useful skills, re-purpose and re-use items that you may already have (or find in someone else's garbage) AND help you become more self-sufficient. All it takes is a little motivation, eagerness and, well a little help!

The Internet is an excellent source for a variety of DIY sites and projects; however, today I share with you what just might be the absolute best internet site for DIY - Instructables !!!

The site has articles and step-by-step instructions for almost anything you can imagaine! Whether you want to fix your tractor engine, build a new chicken coop or generate your own electricity - this is the place to go! The site is free to join and allows you to tag your favourite DIYs, post instructions for your own DIYs and provides downloadable PDF instructions for all projects - did I remember to mention that it's FREE?

So, to whet your appetites, here are a few of the many DIY projects to be found:

Build a Greenhouse from old windows

Awesome storage containers from Water Bottles

Compost bin from old shipping palettes

A windmill from aluminum flashing and a bicycle wheel

Repairing cordless drill packs

Soldering, soldering and soldering!!!

A lawn mower made from a drill

How to replace an alternator

Pop-bottle herb garden

How to build a rain barrel

How to build a rainwater collector

Build a 60-watt Solar Panel

So need I say more? Well yes - I probably should point out that the site contains a variety of great recipes, arts and crafts projects for your kids, DIY projects for both inside and outside of the home - everything you can imagine!

So check it out - you'll be glad that you did! And then share your favourite DIYs with others on the network!


  1. Oh! I love this - thank you Kym for the links - I have bookmarked them and will be busy reading! Especially like the greenhouse one! Thank you girl!!

  2. Ernie - yer the best buddy - always so full of encouragement - Thank you friend!

    I hope in the future to see a post on the Indiana Preppers Network about your new greenhouse - teehee!

    Thanks for always stopping by!

  3. Kymber
    You keep coming up with so many great post.
    I love it. Seems to be a very useful site. Thank you for all you do with this network. And I will have that other post for you soon.

    I have to say thank you again for your post the other day of granny and the gun as well as all the other great clips. It was a welcome moment of laughter at a much needed moment.
    God Bless both of you for the great work you do.

  4. Thanks Santa - that means a lot to me!
    And ya - dig around in that Instructables site - there's something there for everyone!

    As for another one of your posts - heck - we are all waiting with baited breathe cuz your posts on the CPN are the best! (Santa's first post entitled "Emergency Communications" can be found here at the CPN dated Wednesday, February 25, 2009)
    We looove Santa up here in Canada! we really do!

    as for your comment to Ernie - i have to back you up on that! she sure knows when to throw in a good laugh! i enjoyed that post immensely too!
    for anyone who hasn't seen it - go check out the Indiana Preppers Network post dated Tuesday, March 3, 2009...and check out all of her other informative posts as well!

  5. Kymber, I LOVE INSTRUCTABLES !! These are great and will be useful for anyone and everyone. Thanks for the links. Great job !!

  6. Thanks for the link--even if I don't need the information right this minute, it is nice to know where to find it when I do. There sure is a lot there...thanks again!

  7. Thanks for a great post Kymber!!!!I used to work for BFI years ago and I've found Many useful things in the trash.....As the old saying goes...."One mans trash, is another mans treasure". You know, efficiency with everything we have is paramount in today's world. I think one of our biggest issues is our so called "throwaway society"

  8. Thanks for the incredible links!

  9. Hey Bull - so glad to hear that you love Instructables too! Both Jamie and I have learned so many things from that crazy site!

    Marie - bookmark it for sure. And when you get some extra time - look through it - you will find all kinds of ideas for projects there. There's something for everyone!

    Bulldog - thanks for stopping by! There is sooo much treasure to be found in other people's garbage - trust me - I live with the garbage-picking King! It's time we stop being a throwaway society and learn to re-use and re-purpose!

    Humble wife - I love your blog! And am glad to see you over here at the CPN! Please come back again and hey - have you checked out the American Preppers Network - especially New Mexico Preppers Network? They are always looking for good people like yourself to contribute and/or become a member!

    Thanks everyone! Its so nice to have so many friends stop by!

  10. most excellant,,,definitely good place to stop in,,you rock!!!