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Remove Radioactivity from Water?

Pure water can not become radioactive or carry radioactivity. Dissolved particles in the water carry radioactivity. A water purifier that prevents the passage of these particles eliminates the hazards of drinking radioactive contaminated water. The Berkey purifier elements in our DIY filters accomplish this easily.

From New Millennium, the suppliers of the Black Berkey elements:

When it comes to drinking water, how do you know that your water is actually safe? Who decides when water is drinkable? An article by the Las Vegas Review Journal[i] reported that the water in the Las Vegas Valley area was deemed safe according to the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act[ii]. However, this report also stated that the water tested positive for radioactive materials like uranium. This radiological contaminant can be found in groundwater, bedrock, and in dissolved minerals containing uranium. This element has been known to cause kidney damage, cancer, and even death[iii].

If this water meets the quality standards of the federal government, and yet still contains contaminants such as uranium, how can you be sure that the water that you are drinking is doing more good than harm? If municipal water is only doing the bare minimum that the EPA requires, what can you do to ensure that your water is clean and safe?

The Black Berkey® Purification Elements are rated to eliminate at least 97% of uranium from your water, along with other radioactive contaminants. These purifiers are rated to clean your water down to the viral level, while still allowing safe and beneficial minerals to pass through. The Black Berkey® Purification Elements provide a layer of protection and ensure that the water you are drinking is not only safe, but is also clean and pure tasting.


Gene Logsdon has passed away

My first experience with Gene was 40 years ago reading Homesteading: How to Find New Independence on the Land. I still have that book, although it’s pretty dog eared, from reading it over and over. It was a primary inspiration for our own move offgrid over 10 years ago. Gene lost his battle with cancer today, and will be missed.


RV Off Grid Solar Guide – Free

Want more freedom when camping? Solar is a great way to providing lighting, charge your phones and reduce your fridge’s propane usage. If  getting great views is your goal, a powered site isn’t going to get you there. Here is a free guide for sizing, installing and maintaining a off grid power system. Did I mention it’s free? We recommend it!



Make Crockpot soap in 24 hours

Ever wanted to make your own soap? Thought it was too slow or complicated? Here’s a fast and easy method using a “hot process” in your typical crockpot. A cheap digital scale for about $15 and you are in business!

All-natural soap is actually surprising easy to make. 12-18 big bars of organic soap are made with ingredients that cost less then $10 .


Speaking Appliances for the Visually Impaired

We are working with an organization that provides adapters and converted equipment to announce status messages by speech instead of visually. We have speech enabled shop measuring equipment like calipers, micrometers and dial indicators, weather stations, and thermostats, and are working of speech enabled appliances, motion sensors, and other common gadgets. To help fund this endeavor, we have reduced the prices of all our ebooks at to $10 each.

To see a bit of what we are working on, see:




Solar / Geothermal Driveway Snow Removal


NjengineerA engineer in NJ uses a combination of solar and ground source heat pumps to keep his driveway and walkway clear of snow, and recycles the snow melt for laundry, toilet and other purposes.

“What we are doing is using the environment to battle the environment,” said Asit Parikh, who helped his father Raj develop what they call “Zenesis House.”




Introducing the New Berkey DE Filters

berkey DEThe New $50 DE (Diatomaceous Earth) Filters are the most powerful filters available on the market. With filtering specs that approach the much more expensive purification elements, these are an awesome value!

The most powerful gravity-fed element in the Filtration class (Black Berkey and White Ceramic are in the Purification class, a higher standard).

Filtration class: Micro-Filtration Technology. Tested to reduce contaminants to bacterial level, as well as some viruses.

Chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, VOC’s, THM’s, heavy metals and more are easily reduced to 99.9%

Proprietary formula comprised of Diatomaceous Earth, granulated activated carbon and other media components, designed to exceed filtration standards (test results).

Each element will filter up to 3,000 gallons of water or last up to 3 years, before replacement is needed.
With 4 elements (in a Big Berkey system), the 9” elements can produce flow rate of up to 1.5 gallons per hour or up to ­­­­­36 gallons of water in 24 hours.

Ideal for the price-conscious consumer to get started with a highly efficient filter system, at a more affordable price.

Economical entry price affords those who would like to upgrade to the more powerful Black Berkey™ elements down the road, the ability to get an effective and economical system now and then upgrade later.

We package a 9″ twin pack with a faucet to build your own Berkey. Just add two buckets. See for construction details. Prices for the elements (delivered in the lower 48) run $50 for the New DE, $75 for the white ceramic, and $115 for the Black Berkey. We also include a series of ebooks on collecting, storing, filtering, and heating water.

Twin Pack Element


Make your own Paracord bracelets, hatbands, belts and more

paracordYou never know when you need a length of paracord to tie down a load, lower yourself out a second story window, or other emergency or day to day use. What better way to have the cord with you, than to make a functional piece of clothing or attire out of it. Here are some great instructionals on how to make these useful gadgets:

Sources for paracord:

Fire Starter Buckle Flint Buckle Whistle Buckle Combo



The DIY $20 Rocket Stove

Today we built and fired up our new rocket stove. It took 13 Fire Bricks at $1.35 each, one cement block, and less than a pint of furnace cement. The pictures document the build, and the video shows the operation.




Build a Earth Bermed home for under $50k

wofatiThe Wofati is a Earth Bermed home made of materials primarily found on the building site. Virtually no heating or air conditioning expenses, it works with nature instead of against it. From the inside it looks and feels like a log home, and with more light than a underground home! A living roof with plenty of thermal mass, this pole building is worth checking into! –