Tag Archives: Construction

  • What Should I Do?
    Soil Sample

    Testing Your Soil for a Pond Site

    Understanding your soil before you build
    by Phil Williams

    Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:57 PM


    If you are planning to build a compacted pond without a liner, it is a good idea to test the soil to determine the clay content. The clay content will tell you whether or not the existing soil can be compacted. If you have clay content of 30% or higher, you can be pretty confident that with proper compaction, your pond will seal.

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    Pond Planning

    Steps for constructing a pond
    by Phil Williams

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:47 PM


    There is a lot to consider when planning for your pond installation. It is a good idea to thoroughly plan you pond installation prior to the machines arriving. I personally like to measure, get the levels, and paint the site to see for myself what the pond will look like. Often times a design on paper doesn’t survive this process. You will often find that the pond will be different in real life than you were thinking it would be on paper.

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  • What Should I Do?

    Building a Cattle Panel Pallet Greenhouse

    9' x 12.5' DIY greenhouse for under $300
    by threemealsfarm

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:43 PM


    As any experienced gardener will tell you, having a greenhouse can be an invaluable tool in the food-growing toolbox.  Having a greenhouse at one's disposal opens up many different growing possibilities and can be a huge season extender in areas where the number of good growing days is limited.  Greenhouses make it easier to get new seedlings started and help to protect plants from spring and fall frosts.  They are a wonderful addition to any resilient garden space. But they can be expensive to put in, and there are many things to consider before getting one set up. Check out the WSID articles on Selecting a Greenhouse and Winter Gardening to get a better idea of the styles and options available.

    We put a lot of thought and planning into the design and construction of our DIY greenhouse.  With cost being one of the number-one constraints for this project, we did a lot of web surfing and idea gathering. Our research gave us inspiration for materials, styles, and what the end result should be.  We found projects that people had built for under $50.  At that price, we could build three or four and still be under budget.  But we didn't think they would last more that one season or that we would find our greenhouse plastic in the next county after a spring storm.  Then there were far fancier and much more well-built ones, but our experiences with major construction and the added cost kept us from these higher-end designs.  So we used what we had on hand…

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  • Daily Prep

    How to tell if a pallet is safe to re-use

    Understanding pallet construction and materials for DIY proj
    by Jason

    Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:18 PM


    When working with used pallets, it is important to determine how they were manufactured and built to avoid the toxins used in chemically treating the wood of the pallet.  Here is a great summary of some of the things to look for when picking up free pallets for your next DIY project. 


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    Pond Construction Video

    Tilt-shift time-lapse shows construction of a man-made pond
    by Jason

    Monday, April 8, 2013, 4:30 PM


    An amazing video clip that illustrates the amount of energy and effort it takes to build a man-made pond.  As Joel Salatin mentions in our previous podcast with him, the building of ponds are one solution to mitigating drought conditions and hydrating the landscape of sustainable family farms.


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  • Daily Prep

    Alone in the Wilderness

    An inspirational movie of resilience and living with less
    by Jason

    Thursday, February 7, 2013, 2:07 AM


    I had the pleasure of watching Alone in the Wilderness this weekend and thought it would be a good addition to the DailyPrep section.  I think the words "Awesome" and "Wonderful" were used many times amongst the family while watching.  Here is a short clip from youtube to bring a smile to you face.

    Get Alone in the Wilderness on Amazon. Learn more about Dick Proenneke here.

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    Daily Digest 2/1 – Cuomo’s War on ‘Permanent’ Spending Increases, Construction Spending Low, Looking for ‘Speedups’

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 4:00 PM

    • Andrew Cuomo Launches War on ‘Permanent’ Spending Increases
    • Monday – Mubarak’s Mood May Move Morning Markets
    • Muni Madness: David Walker Says “Yes” to Bankruptcies, “No” to Bailouts
    • When Will The Recession End? Part 139 Russia Admits It’s Dead And Falling Apart
    • Guest Post: The Road to Madness Is Paved With $100 Bills
    • Construction Spending in U.S. Unexpectedly Fell to Decade Low
    • Steve Case: Looking for ‘Speedups,’ Not Just Startups

    Get started building resilience into your life with our ‘What Should I Do?’ guide

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    Daily Digest – July 25

    by Davos

    Saturday, July 25, 2009, 2:48 PM

    • Cash for Trash, Transparency & Accounting (Video)
    • A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web
    • Sprott: It’s the Real Economy, Stupid (White paper, Repost)
    • The Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia destroys any last germinating green shoots (Video)
    • Financial Reporting in Today’s Economy (Video)
    • Treasury Auction Schedule
    • Commercial construction down 71% in June
    • Not many stocks powering the rally
    • Bloomberg’s Weil on Proposed New FASB Mark-to-Market Initiative
    • 7 Reasons not to trust the bull
    • Preserve, Preserve, Preserve (Chart, catch the date, seen on Biiwii)

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    Daily Digest – Jun 17

    by Davos

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 3:14 PM

    • Southern Europe
    • Housing Starts Soar, Surge in Home Construction (Yeah, See Chart)
    • And here’s Cramer’s Housing Call (H/T JoeManC)
    • Introduction to “Broke: The New American Film" (Video, Repost)
    • Global Oil Reserves Fell in 2008 on Russia, Norway, Says BP (Crash Course Vidoe Featured in Article)
    • Uhhhhh…. Ben? (Blatantly Unlawful Acts?, H/T Patrick)
    • Listen up Greenshoot tokers
    • Numbers racket: Why the economy is worse than we know (From 2008)
    • Limits to inflating away debt and political commitments to future public spending (H/T Suzie)
    • Rural Mich. counties turn failing roads to gravel (H/T DamnTheMatrix)
    • Proof: Silver is MONEY
    • Sunday Funnies (Please don’t watch Denny’s (Last video) if you don’t like strong language)
    • Gold to Go, (H/T Fujisan)

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