Do It Your Self

April 24th, 2011 . by Felix

Survival is about being able to take care of yourself when the need arises. Self sufficiency is the ability to provide for your own needs. Some individuals live a very self sufficient lifestyle. They grow their own food, the raise animals for meat, some make their own clothes. They may live off grid and provide their own energy needs. But in today’s modern society it is almost impossible to be 100% self sufficient. It would be pretty hard to build a car or computer from scratch. Most of us don’t have the skills to make or build everything we need. There are those rare individuals who can build or fix anything but for others anything above changing a light bulb would have them stumped.

Today when we need something fixed for repaired we can call any number of experts or professionals to solve our problems. And pay them for the privilege. Everything we use has become more complex requiring “certified trained experts” and specialized tools.

But it wasn’t always this way. Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s almost every guy had a basement workbench. They could fix and repair just about anything around the house. They had bins of screws and bolts “just in case”. They didn’t have the big box stores where they go just go and buy a replacement. Use it till it wears out was a common theme.

Several years ago I owned some wooded land. The only building was a shed I had built. A friend of mine came to visit one weekend and gave me a 5 gallon pail of miscellaneous nuts, bolts and screws that he had bought at an auction. I thanked him but thought what in the world am I going to use this for. Well that bucket of bolts came in pretty handy. When the mower broke rather than driving 5 miles into town I was able to sort through the bucket for a replacement. It was a valuable survival lesson that having a few extra parts on hand “just in case” could be worth their weight in gold if those parts are not available.

Most of those basement workshops have been converted to media rooms or man caves. Don’t get me wrong I love man caves as much as the next guy and am in the process of making my own. But I am also equipping a workshop with the tools I need to fix and repair what I need. My teenage son is still amazed that I know how to fix things. Hopefully it will be a skill I can pass down.

Most of us don’t need to be a master plumber or electrician but knowing how your plumbing and electricity work takes you one more step towards self sufficiency. Learning how to garden is another great way to reach self sufficiency. There is an abundant source of resources on the internet and your local library on gardening. A garden doesn’t have to take up your whole yard, you can start small with plants growing in containers.

The point is the more you know the better off you will be in the event of a disaster, economic collapse or grid down scenario. Start today learning new skills. Buy a book on home repair, learn how to homestead, learn how the pioneers and backwoodsman survived. Take a wood working or welding class. Start putting together a home workshop. Take something apart just to see how it works. Take the parts off one thing and build something else with it. Learn how to survive without electricity. Learn how to put together your own off grid system. Knowledge is survival.

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