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How to recycle scrap metal in the backyard by building a simple Mini Metal Foundry from start to finish


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This video shows you how to recycle scrap metal in the backyard, with a homemade, Mini Metal Foundry.Depending on where you get, or find, your materials the cost can range anywhere from $5-$25 per unit. With the materials I used, I was able to make 2 units for under $40 ($20 each).

Even on the high end, this is probably one of the cheapest, reliable, backyard foundries that can be made.I used mine to melt soda cans, and extract the aluminum for future metal casting projects. All the soda cans came from a local recycling depot.

The materials you need for this project are a mini metal foundry,Discarded metal cans,Barbeque briquettes,A crucible,A 1-inch steel pipe,Hair dryer,A pair of steel tongs,PVC pipe and a few 1-inch couplings.

The steps mentioned in the video are :

Take the foundry and fill the bottom with one layer of barbeque briquettes. When five or so briquettes are evenly spaced and added to the bottom, add a crucible. This is where the cans will be placed for faster melting.Now connect a 1-inch steel pipe through the air supply hole of the foundry.Take the air dryer and stick it with the PVC pipe using some of the couplings and a ton of duct tape so that there is no space left for the hot air to get out.

When placing the air dryer, put it at an elevated position with the steel pipe so that you don’t have to hold onto to it during the entire time the metal melts. This also lengthens the lifespan of the foundry walls.Now fill the foundry put till the top with the briquettes and light them up however way you like. Now turn on the hair dryer to “slow” setting for steady and even heating. Now put the lid on top of the foundry pit.

When the steel crucible starts to glow orange, remove the lid using the tongs. Be very careful not to burn yourself while doing this.Now just keep adding the cans and watch them being turned into liquid. Usually, it will take around 40 standard cans to produce one pound of aluminum.

After all of the aluminum is melted, carefully remove the crucible using the tongs and pour all of it in a steel casing. The gunk will stay behind and the liquid aluminum will come out.You can either keep the liquid aluminum in those casings or pour them in another casing. After they are comparatively cool, pick them up using the tongs and pour them in cold water.After this is done, cool the crucible and clean it out thoroughly for future use.

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DIY Video :How to build your own Homemade Lumber Mill from scratch . Step by step video Instructions


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This video series shows the step by step build of a simple Homemade Lumber mill. One of the best things about this design is it’s simplicity of course, but it’s also made from salvaged and re-purposed materials.With your own mill, you can cut local softwoods to frame buildings and you can saw up local hardwood logs for mantles, doors, paneling and other house trim, or to make into furniture.You have to at first make boards, taking the parts from trees. You may do it by using your chainsaw.You can make almost all types of board, by fitting the big devices to the bar of chainsaw.You need to use a pipe, some bolts and steel in order to construct a lumber maker. For making the mill, weld together a rectangular shaped short sized chainsaw bar.

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How to build a Survival Super Shelter from scratch. Complete Bug out Camp Build Instructions


Being able to build your own make-do shelter out of the resources available in your immediate surroundings is a critical skill in bushcraft and outdoor living.

This multi part video series shows the build of a typical lean-to shelter first and then upgraded to a Kochanski super shelter, it gives you a good idea of the structure and how it works.This is a complete Bug out Camp Build Instruction series from start to finish.

The materials you’ll need to build this shelter are Rope – To secure the frame of your shelter together.Support Poles – These will serve as the skeleton of the shelter and bed frame,Large Tarp – To use as your roof.V-Shaped Branches – These will be used to raise your bed off the ground,Saw and Hatchet – For cutting the wood.

The steps mentioned in the video :

The first step to building your survivors shelter is to create the shelter itself. Start with a standing tree and use that as a support point for your shelter. Gather large support poles from fallen down trees to use as your frame for the shelter.

Rest two large support poles against the tree and secure them together using your rope. From there, begin adding cross support poles vertically and horizontally. When you are finished, you should be left with a rectangle that stands at a 45° angle from the ground to leaning against the tree.

You can also start by building the frame on the ground and looking it up to rest in against the tree at the end. Just make sure will be strong enough to do this if you are alone.

Once the frame of the shelter is complete, lay your tarp over it. If you don’t have a tarp, look for different types of debris that you can layer over top of it. Start with tree branches and pile on smaller debris to cover in all of the holes.

If you use the tarp, you may want to add debris on top of it to use as camouflage. The debris will also help keep heat in at night because it will make it more difficult for heat to escape through the top of it.

Next, it is time to build your bed. Start by finding V-shaped branches. You can usually find these types of branches on large tree limbs that have fallen off. Cut out four of these branches and push them into the ground. Take two large support poles and secure them on top of the V-shaped branches to create the frame of the raised bed. Next, begin laying smaller support branches perpendicular to the main support beams that you will lay on top of. Secure each beam with rope so that it does not move around when you lay on it.

These are the basics of creating your very own survival shelter. This is a great shelter to use when it gets cold at night. You can build a fire towards the opening of the shelter and the roof will reflect heat back towards you. It’s easy to build on your own and it is a great way to stay warm and off the ground when you sleep.

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How to build a simple Homemade PVC Off grid River Pump to pump water from a river or creek


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This video shows the build of a river pump  that you can use to pump water from a nearby river or creek anywhere you want. It works by harnessing the flow of the river and creating air pressure to push the water further.It pushes water out from the river and up through your hose system, which you can direct where needed. To use a river pump, all you need is a nearby river or creek that has flowing water and a location that is deep enough to support your river pump. As long as you have that and the necessary supplies, you are good to go.

The materials you need for this project are River Or Creek – In order to use river pump, you need a nearby river or creek with flowing water,2”- 3” Reducer,3”- 4” Reducer,4” – 6” Reducer – These reducers will be used to connect the PVC tubing together,40’ of 3/8” tubing – Air pressure will build into the tubing, pushing the water out from the river,Hose Adapter – Use a swivel adapter to allow the fins to spin.


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How to build your own Alaskan Style Homemade Chainsaw Mill from Steel Scraps


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This video shows the build of an Alaskan Style Chainsaw Mill from Junk Steel scraps lying around your garage. Compact, lightweight design bolts directly to the chainsaw’s bar without much drilling required.The materials you need for building this are :Steel Scraps – You will use these to create the frame of the saw.Welder – To cut and weld in the steel frame together.A Square – To ensure that your frame is balanced with 90° angles.Metal Tubing – Will be used to change the elevation of the cut.Chainsaw – This will serve as the saw for the chainsaw mill.


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How to build a Homemade 79CC Motorized Bug Out Vehicle from start to finish ……Step by step Video Instructions


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This Seven Part Video series step by step shows the build of a Homemade Gas Powered 79CC 3 Gear Motorized Bike using a roadmaster bicycle.The engine used here is 79CC harbor Frieght 4 Stroke Engine.The first part shows the components needed for the entire build.The second Video shows how I finish the jack shaft going to the rear wheel on my bike.The third Video shows a small test ride with the bike and also shows how to set up 2nd and 3rd gear as well as throttle and some other things.The 4th vid shows how i put the gas tank on the motorized bike.The rest of the videos shows the miscellaneous changes made to the rough build ,doing some little things here and there.The last Video shows a sample test ride

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How to Build a Homemade DIY Thermal Heat Collector for heating your garage for Cheap


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In my mission to be more self sufficient on our urban homestead, I am always in search of ways to take advantage of what God has provided us with, free of charge. Today, that form of hand-out is solar heat.In consideration of heat for my garage, I toyed with several ideas… wood, kerosene, and propane were my first choices, and then I thought maybe I should experiment with solar thermal. I did some research on solar thermal heat and then added my own common sense thinking to come up with this new solar thermal heat collector. My total cost was about $120 bucks and a day and a half worth of work

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How to build a simple Off Grid Electricity Generation System using Two Batteries


This video shows many things you can run using a Simple Two Battery (90-100w) DIY Power Generation System.A solar powered electricity generation system is a great way to power many of your basic household electronics while staying completely off the grid.It allows you to run anything from a fan to a clock radio without ever tapping into the electricity grid. By simply setting up solar panels and hooking them up to a battery system, you will be able to enjoy the energy that is harnessed right from the sun.

To put the system together, all you need is a solar panel, battery, charge controller and an inverter. As long as you have these four items, you have everything you need to do this project. To start, find a location for your solar panels. Pick a sunny location that is free from any obstructions. Try to match the angle of the solar panels with the angle of the sun so that it receives as much direct sunlight as possible.

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How to build a Homemade Micro Wind Turbine for under $50 that can be mounted anywhere


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In this Video tutorial, we are going to show you how you can build your own homemade wind turbine for under $50.The wind turbine is a nice addition to your solar generator system for times when it’s cloudy and you are not receiving as much sunlight as you normally do.A wind turbine is a perfect backup source energy when your solar is not doing a job.

The materials you will need for this project are Permanent Magnet Hobby Motor – The spinning turbine will generate electricity with this motor,Charge Controller – The turbine wires will connect to the charge controller,PVC Pipe – Used for the wings and the stand for the turbine,Wire – To transfer the energy to your batteries.,Drill – Drill holes for the screws,Screws – Secure the wings to the hub.,Sandpaper – Sand the PVC wings so they capture the wind more efficiently,A Sheet of Tin – For the YAW system.


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How to build a Simple Battery Backup Power Station for Off Grid Living


This video shows the build of a simple battery backup power station that will provide emergency power when the lights go out.If you’re ever faced with living off the grid, a simple system like this could mean the difference between success and failure. Someday you may find yourself in the dark. Having a backup power station could dramatically increase your comfort level .This is a simple setup that is just as easy to get up and running. It’s a great solution for anyone that is interested in having a backup power source the event of a blackout. It’s always better to be prepared for situations like these

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