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Crucial First Steps for Taking Your Home Off-Grid

Living off grid isn’t for everyone, but for the nearly 200,000 Americans who’ve made that decision, it’s incredibly freeing. Not only does off-grid living save money on utilities, but it also positively impacts the environment.

Once you’ve finally found the perfect off-grid location for your home, you’re almost ready to take the leap. The most crucial step in living off-grid is ensuring you’re fully prepared for the path ahead. Here are three essential steps you need to take to get your off-grid home move-in ready: 

Access to a Water Source

If you haven’t purchased your off-grid property yet, be sure to find a location with access to a natural water source. If that option is unavailable, the next best thing is an off-grid home where you can easily haul water. Some off-gridders use a rainwater collection system or rely upon hand-dug wells. If you’re using a natural water source, it’s critical to your health and safety to boil or treat your water before drinking or cooking with it.

Bottom Line: The CDC and the EPA both warn that unclean drinking water can lead to severe, sometimes deadly, health concerns, like infections from E-coli, as well as cholera, typhoid and Hepatitis A. Prioritize access to clean water from day one.

A Consistent Food Supply

Many people who live off grid hunt, fish, forage and garden for their meals. Take time to learn those skills and stock up on any supplies you’ll need. Secure all the licensing and permits you’ll legally need to hunt in your area. If relying solely on hunting and fishing won’t provide enough sustenance, consider cultivating vegetable gardens, nut trees, andorchards.

Bottom Line: Learn how to hunt, grow, can and preserve foods. Stock up in preparation for the winter months. Keep a supply of dehydrated food on hand to help during shortages and emergencies.

Manage Your Waste Responsibly

Being off grid means you won’t have access to city and county services like waste removal and sewage. It will become your responsibility to manage your own waste. For instance, you might use traditional composting to dispose of kitchen and paper scraps. Research which vegetables and scraps are compostable and create a plan for disposing of meat and human feces. Many homeowners use a composting toilet to turn bodily waste into fertilizer. Composting toilets can also save roughly 60 percent of your water usage. 

Bottom Line: Try to generate as little trash as possible. But it’s impossible to generate no trash, so think about where you can haul trash, like nearby dumps or trash compactors. Consider other sanitation supplies like steramine tablets, Rid-X and Bio Clean.

Additional Off-Grid Considerations

There are many other important aspects of living off grid, like determining your main power source (such as hydro, solar, or gas generators) and building a structure to withstand the elements. However, clean water, a regular food supply and proper waste management are essential to prioritizing your health and safety while living off-grid.

Living off-grid has severalbenefits, but it takes a lot of work, especially at first. Now that the entire world is seeing the impact of the a global pandemic like the coronavirus, more people are looking into off-grid living. While this lifestyle won’t guarantee you a healthier life, it can potentially lead to a reduced carbon footprint, a simpler and lower-stress lifestyle, and a quieter way of living.

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It’s that time of year again. Time to start getting used to colder weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and fewer hours of sunlight. It’s officially fall and that means that winter is just around the corner. In many places across the U.S. this year, it’s going to be a doozy. Why not make sure that your house is taken care of this winter by putting in a little elbow grease right now before it gets too cold and snowy? Winterizing your home can help you out in two major ways. First, it saves you money by helping to lower your heating bills and second, it helps save you time by checking a few small things off the list now to prevent a much larger disaster in the future. Who doesn’t love saving time and money? Let’s get started.

Congratulations on your new home! It’s an exciting time for sure, but just because you’ve finally closed doesn’t mean the work is over. Chances are, there are more than a few projects out there that would make both you and your house happy. Some of those projects may require a professional, but there is always something you can DIY as well. So roll up your sleeves, break out the tool kit, and get ready for the new homeowner’s project to-do list. 

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Whether you’re selling your home in order to move across town or across the country for a job or you’ve found an even more perfect dream home close by, you’ll always want to get the most out of your home when you sell it. Of course, timing is everything, and when you sell your home will have a huge effect on how much it sells for. However, you don’t always have the most control over when you sell. What you can control is how great your home looks to potential buyers when they drop by for a showing. Let’s look at a few easy and high return on investment projects that you can start doing today to help you get the biggest return on your home.

Everyone loves a good do-it-yourself home repair project, and if you own a home, then you’ve surely tried your hand at a few. That’s smart. Basic home repair is easily learned by even the most inexperienced handyman, and it would cost you quite a bit of money to contract out every little thing that goes wrong with your house. There are, however, some home repair projects that are better left to the pros. When it comes to these problems, leave your pride at the door and open up the checkbook. Here are some things to keep in mind.

The DIY Guys are at it again. In this review, we’ve walked away from the garden and went straight for work meant for a man’s hands. Tough work that requires a tough glove. One thing we’ve learned over the years is that you can’t go plunging your hands blindly into your work without the proper protection. That’s where gloves come into play. Whether you prefer leather or the nubile feel of nitrile, we’ve got the gloves for you.

If you’re wondering, yes, you really do need a good set of work gloves so quit being stubborn and pick a pair. Not only will they help protect your hand from harmful chemicals and cuts, but work gloves can also prevent burns when you’re working with moderate heat. Different types of glove are best suited for different jobs but the following eight gloves have shown their mettle in more ways than one.

Scroll slowly, you don’t want to miss our reasons for giving a damn about these eight 10-fingered wonders.

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DIY Guys here. We realize that not every do-it-yourselfer is a dude. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best work boots aimed at women. Why are work boots important enough to warrant a list of the best? Well, more than just protecting your manicure, a good pair of boots will keep your feet safe from workplace hazards like falling shelves, rusted nails, and slippery floors. You’ve got enough on your plate without also having to worry about an avoidable injury.

We sorted through dozens of brands and styles, scoured the net for reviews from real women, and consulted the ladies in our lives to bring you the top work boots for women. We looked at fit, quality, comfort, and safety features including sole construction and adherence to common workplace standards. We think these boots are the best of the best, the cream of the leather-bound crop if you will.

Without further ado, here are the 9 best damn women’s boots on the market today:

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DIY Guys give a damn about your DIY dollar. We don’t want you to spend more than you have to but also want you to get the best bang for your buck. We’ve rated the top garden gloves so you don’t have to go sticking your hand into holes unprotected. And in case you’re wondering, yeah, it’s best to invest in a good pair of gloves. Your man hands can handle a lot, but a little protection never hurt anyone. 

So what, exactly, makes one set of gloves stand out from another? Well we’re are glad you asked. There’s actually a crap ton of things to consider including stitching, material, wrist closure, and fit. And trust us, you don’t want to get stuck wearing a set of cheap garden gloves that will allow the things you’re trying to keep off your skin from seeping in and getting pressed against your stubby little fingers.

Here are the top nine garden gloves we give a damn about:

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