DIY kit

Postings about home made kit

Image shows a small pole holding up a tent wall

Adding edge poles to a bell tent

I seem to be doing more blogging now I have said I will stop! Anyway it has been a long time since I last wrote about our British Army Bell Tent, whilst we have gone camping a few times I have not really made any changes to it. That changed this weekend when I added edge poles to it. A while back I [...]
RM-UC1 Photoirmote cablemod circuit diagram

PhotoIRmote CableMod for Olympus RM-UC1

Late last year I borrowed my mother in laws DSLR camera for a weekend. 5 months later I returned it (following repeated requests), I loved it and the photos it made possible, and I also began planning some types of photo I’d like to take, like Star Trails. The (recommended) way of taking these with [...]
Potassium permanganate crystals before grinding

Chemical Fire

DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN FACT DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING. CLEAR? GOOD! This post sadly lacks any photos of actual fire, but if you would like to know what this is about do a Google search on “video potassium glycerol“. Cool isn’t it! I first saw this [...]
1st pass with the DIY filter


This is my 4th post about the Rock Frog course I attended last weekend, and it’s all about obtaining water. On the course we started with a talk covering the principles of obtaining, filtering and cleaning the water. We also took a look at some of the current products on the market and how they [...]
The finished article. Just remove the length of bolt to bleed the system.

Add a bleed point to your car radiator

In my last post I mentioned (several times) a bespoke bleed point on my car and that I was forced to install one after I broke the old one, well here (in pictures) is how I built it. (more…)
The completed system

Build your own electric water cooling pump system

There is a minor addition to this post, it can be found here. For most of the last year we have been unable to drive our car (a diesel PT Cruiser) for any length of time above 50mph, it took me until last Christmas to work out this was because the water pump (mechanical) wasn’t working (in my [...]
So you get the general idea; the strip of wood to the right of the photo is the total depth of the wardrobe

Space saving thin wardrobe

Living in a small house is very Eco-friendly. You take up less land, you use fewer resources, it even costs less to heat it. It is sadly also a s*d for storage, a problem we have been fighting with for a few years, so here is the first of what I hope to be a few posts about space saving ideas we [...]
Digging out the compost

More compost and planter

Not the most exciting post but the best I can think up, as you can tell from the lack of posts over the last month I am very busy with work [current project]! This weekend we set aside some time to work on our garden. It has been in a sorry state for 2 or 3 years now (I can’t remember which), with [...]
A proud daughter!

Child-manufactured Firesteel

First of all I should say that this post was written on the 30th of November and then scheduled for publication today, so sorry if this post seems to have missed out on some major planetary event (such as a zombie invasion or early 2012 apocalypse). If those things have happened then I am very [...]
Happy anniversary my love MWUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Anniversary Gift

With the choice of featured image combined with post title I’m sure this will generate some site traffic (if not a few complaints!), but this isn’t an account of the activities of a serial killer (and the extra site traffic disappears) but all about how I made a bushcraft knife for my wife as an [...]
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