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10 Things We Wish We’d Known Before Going Off Grid

Off Grid Reality

Nick Fouch and Esther Emery, the YouTube channel Fouch-o-matic Off Grid couple, have been living off the grid since 2013. In the video below they discuss–with solutions–10 things they wish they knew before beginning their homestead adventure.

Actually, they already sorta knew all this, but some of the details of the actual implementation took them by surprise … sometimes.

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10 Things To Really Know Beforehand

1) Solar power is easier than you think. It does work.

2) Plants can’t grow without soil; and if you don’t have good soil, you’ve got to make it. Think organic matter.

3) Water runs downhill, so a spring “up there” means water “down here”. A water system is easier than you think.

4) Carrying water is grueling and “demoralizing” work… figure out plumbing any way you can. Especially for winter months.

5) Batteries run out. LED lights only “sip” off a battery bank, and rechargeable items (like headlamps) are more efficient than packs of AA batteries.

The VIDEO And Items 6 Through 10 On The Next Page:

Video Tour Of The SouthernPrepper1 Homestead

Video Tour Of Property

Dave, the SouthernPrepper1, gives a walkabout tour of his property in South Carolina.

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Pears To Pear Chips

Topic-wise, he covers a lot of ground, including

  • Two varieties of pear trees with different harvest times,
  • A comparison of the Nesco and Excalibur® Dehydrators,
  • Pear chips,
  • “Sparkler wire”–yes, the 4th of July kind,
  • Shelves into bunks,
  • A portable storage building into a bug out camp,
  • Bug out groups, and
  • Great news about the Maineprepper.

Prepper Lifestyle

Like I said, all over the place. It’s a great insight into the lifestyle of dedicated prepper family.

[Update] Dave has made significant improvements since this video. It’s well worth subscribing to his channel.

Enjoy and Share.

 

 

Pear Image: Francien Post

15 No-Cost Preps

No Cost Preparations

When we first began prepping, collecting gear seemed the obvious way to start. Spent more money than I probably should have. I wanted all the newest, the latest cutting-edge “shiny things”. It was a newbie error.

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Preparation Is The Key

Make no mistake: you need survival gear. But owning it and knowing how to use it are very different things.

And, you also need the info on what is a must-have item today … and a good add-on  item to be purchased later.

LIST Of 15 “No-Cost” Preps On PAGE 2

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[Video] Using A Homemade Spear

“Wake Up! The Chickens Are Going Crazy …”

… is how Southern Prepper1’s wife woke him before dawn one morning. Grabbing a flashlight and his .22, he went outside and then into the chicken coop.

Confronted with a snarling, sharp-clawed opossum, and with panicked chickens wildly flapping about the small enclosure, he decided not to shoot … probably also saving his eardrums.

Instead, he went to workshop and grabbed his spear.

All About The Spear VIDEO On The NEXT PAGE

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