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Solar Power For Laptops

This excellent video from zeleftikam shows a DIY solar power system to run a laptop.




Actron CP9125 PocketScan Code Reader

Actron CP9125 PocketScan Code ReaderPocketScan Code Reader

There won’t always be a mechanic available and this device can help you troubleshoot issues with your modern, computer-controlled vehicle. Simply plug the Actron CP9125 PocketScan Code Reader into the data port on your vehicle and the device will display the Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) for whatever is wrong. Included with the device is a CD-ROM manual containing over 3,000 DTC codes (remember to print the codes in case you do not have access to a computer / ROM drive). We recommend stowing one of these units in each vehicles repair kit.


Available for $57.11 with FREE shipping from Amazon Prime




The Soda Can Stove

The Soda Can StoveThe Soda Can Stove

Many of the best preps are free, like this Soda Can stove. This design is meant to be used with denatured alcohol but likely could be adapted for other fuel sources. And did we mention it is FREE! A review from the creator: “I’ve carried these stoves during my thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail, Florida Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail. I’ve never had one fail on me, they’re dirt cheap, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find something lighter.”


This is a FREE DIY project with instructions here




A History Of Swordmaking

We are sci-fi fans and iO9 is a daily read, so we were enthused to find this excellent introduction to the history of ancient sword making. While not able to make a sword, we are proud to have decent blacksmithing skills which certainly may come in handy (again) someday soon.

The sword is the perennial symbol of empires, knighthood, chivalry and fantasy. But it’s also one of the world’s most ancient technologies, connected with breakthroughs in metallurgy that would change the world. There are even some types of ancient swords so strong that modern science still can’t determine how they were made.

How is a sword born? Here is a brief introduction to the history and science of swordcraft.

Read the full post at iO9.

Blacksmith at Work - Colonial Williamsburg

Creative Commons / Photographer Derek Key




The Bacon Candle

TEOTWAWKI Blog presents his bacon candle. It must make you hungry when it burns!
The Bacon Candle







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