Revised; originally published on 25 January 2015. Newer text is in green font; newest text is in blue font.
- Subsistence Living
- Water Lifts
- Solar Stills
- Do-It-Yourself Building and Project Plans
- Primitive Technology
25 January 2015
Here is information on subsistence living that I found intriguing. For myself, I’ve printed what looked important out.
“Subsistence Economy,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsistence_economy
“Grit: Rural American Know-How,” http://www.grit.com/
“Mother Earth News,” https://www.motherearthnews.com
“Farmer’s Almanac,” http://www.almanac.com/
“Archimedes Screw,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes%27_screw
“Egypt’s Nile Valley Basin Irrigation,” by Sandra Postel, http://www.waterhistory.org/histories/nile/t1.html
“Noria,” a water lift, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noria
“Sakia Water Pump,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakia
“Shadoof,” a counterpoise lift, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadoof
Here is a variant on this, using a tub, a water glass, a sheet of heavy duty plastic, twine or tape, and plastic tubing:
Image: Homemade water still: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/cf/a4/46/cfa4461e2f7578c34b3e9dae5ba24e9c–water-still-camping-survival.jpg ..
Here are more references on the topic:
- “How to Build a Solar Powered Still to Purify Drinking Water,” by Rich M , http://www.offthegridnews.com/grid-threats/how-to-build-a-solar-powered-still-to-purify-drinking-water/
- “Solar Still,” http://www.bionity.com/en/encyclopedia/Solar_still.html ..
- “Solar Still,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_still ..
“Hut,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hut … see also the links at the bottom of the page
“These Quonset Inexpensive Kit Homes Start at Less than $8,000: http://buildinghomesandliving.com/metal-buildings/these-quonset-inexpensive-kit-homes-start-at-less-than-8000
“Simple Pit Latrines,” WHO, http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/hygiene/emergencies/fs3_4.pdf
“Low Cost Toilet Technology,” http://www.gramalaya.in/pdf/appropriateLowcost_toilet_technology.pdf
DO-IT-YOURSELF BUILDING AND PROJECT PLANS
- “Mother Earth News Project Plans,” http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/directory-of-diy-plans-zl0z1404zswa
- “Popular Mechanics: Projects and Plans,” http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/
- “Primitive Technology,” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA ..
- “Primitive Skills,” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs8DNFOxYen3kuj87aWKG9g ..
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
(1) “Solar Still,” by Solar_still.svg: Daniele Pugliesi, retouched, from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Puits_Solaire.jpg … This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.
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