Category Archives: lighting

Kill A Watt can determine the Size of a Generator/Solar System

The last few days I have been playing with a new device.  I spent approximately $18 to purchase a Kill A Watt from Amazon.   Now a Kill A Watt is a device that will measure exactly how much power you … Continue reading






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Sewer Backups or Flooding, How to Clean Up After One

The other day we put up a post on the problems of sewer backups that can be caused by a major disaster or flooding.  Remember that after a major disaster or disruption of services that many of the flood control … Continue reading






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Improvised Lamp from a Soda Can

This morning I found a soda can in our house, this is a rare thing since neither one of us drinks much soda.  After looking at it for a couple of minutes, I got to wondering what I could make … Continue reading






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Making Tallow Candles

Here is another good entry by Darlene in our writing contest highlighting a practical skill. Howard “Waste Not, Want Not” is one of my mama’s old sayings, and women from generations past were great at using things that they had … Continue reading






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New Duracell 1000 Lumen Flashlight

One thing that I try to do periodically is tell you when I find a good buy on something.  Well yesterday, a friend was over and showed me his new 1000 lumen Durabeam Ultra flashlight.  It is made by Duracell … Continue reading






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Charging and Maintaining Sealed Lead Acid Batteries

In my preps I have some sealed lead acid batteries, both 100 amp gel cells and some 7.5 amp batteries made into 12-volt battery packs.  See my old post A Simple 12 Volt Battery Pack., each pack contains two 7.5 amp 12 … Continue reading






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Crayons for Light, is it a myth?

On face book and other sites I keep getting all of these survival tips, now don’t get me wrong I like to get them.  But at the same time look at some of them with a bit of skepticism.  It … Continue reading






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Hybrid Solar Headlamp, a Review

I like flashlights, my wife says, I am obsessed with them I have so many.  There are all kinds of different ones around the house from expensive to cheap.  Even I will admit I have way more than I need.  … Continue reading






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The T-Lite LED Lighting System Works Great, When the Power is Out

I normally don’t repeat a post, but I am about to make an exception in this case.  Most of this information was posted a couple of years ago.  It is about the T-Lite LED lighting system made by Sundaya.  The … Continue reading






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Luci, a Neat Little Solar Powered Lantern.

The other day I received Luci by MPOWERD in the mail.  This is a small inflatable solar powered lantern that is very lightweight at less than 4 ounces.  It is about 5 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick when … Continue reading






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