With regular large scale disasters already common in North America, it’s a good time to talk a bit about disaster preparation and how a 5 gallon bucket can help provide some good physical insurance against a catastrophic situation.A well designed emergency kit will contain the best bits of modern technology and healthcare packaged neatly in a carryable 5 gallon bucket. Continue reading “Emergency Kit” »
Back yard chickens are phenomenal – feed them waste from their kitchen and they in turn feed you fresh eggs daily. But when you catch the “chicken bug” in a big way, you’ll end up with so many eggs that just washing them turns into an hour long chore.
A bucket based egg washer is ideal for someone who washes several dozen at a time. The egg washer we built for this article will fit 70 of the golden-centered orbs at a time.
The basic premise is simple – air is blown through holes in a submerged pipe resting at the bottom of a standard bucket. The air flows upward through the bucket in the form of bubbles, which agitate the dirt off the eggs.
The commercial version of this egg washer pictured above sells for a burly $135 on Amazon. The DIY version we built below cost us about 30$ in parts.
We’re kicking off this year’s growing season with some five gallon plant ideas.
I’m not a seed wizard so I have to buy miniature versions of my plants and try to keep them alive as they grow bigger. The first challenge in their new lives is to survive the trip home on the bike. Fortunately for these assorted kitchen herbs, I’m well stocked with hard-walled buckets perfectly suited for protecting them from getting squashed to death.
Once you start serious construction work, those 16-gauge extension cords somehow start to multiply. The best way we’ve found of keeping them tidy is by spooling them up into the bottom a 5 gallon bucket.
If you’ve ever had problems with recycle bin thieves, or just don’t have the room to keep one, it can be smart to use instead a fabulous free 5 gallon bucket or two. Just make sure that when you leave your bucket recycling bin at the curb your friendly pickup people don’t throw the bin in with everything else! Continue reading “Recycling Bin” »
This five gallon cooling system developed by DesertSun02 on YouTube blows air over a frozen 1 gallon milk jug to create 5 hours of surprisingly cold air. Unlike the swamp cooler we published last summer, this invention will work great even in a humid climate – and it’s a much simpler design.
Every seasoned homeowner has stacks of half full paint cans lying around. If you do ever end up emptying a few of these, you can repurpose them into great hardware organizers.
A full 5 gallon bucket weighs 40 pounds. Sometimes that’s too much to carry on foot. Fortunately, there’s a bucket invention for every problem you can think of.
This is the 5 gallon bucket hand cart. It turns any 5 gallon bucket into a mobile cargo hauler with a convenient tow bar.
Drinks near furniture or carpet or electronics are usually a bad idea. It’s not a matter of if a spill will make an unsightly stain that forever smells like old beer, but when.
Fishermen discovered the secrets of the all-purpose bucket before the rest of us did. If you see one at their favorite fishing spot, you might notice their bucket sidekick is doing one or ALL of the following.
Count how often in a day you use hot water out of the tap. I can think of several – washing hands, taking a shower, cleaning clothes or as a shortcut to boiling water for pasta.
Hot tap water is the ultimate modern luxury, but you can’t always count on it being there. Your hot water might vanish during a water boiler breakdown, plumbing trouble, a natural disaster, or even something as mundane as going camping.
With an efficient 5 gallon hot water system in place, you’ll never have to go without. Continue reading “Water Boiler” »
I’m distressed to admit that summer must finally be over as the trees drop their leaves in preparation for their winter hibernation.
As you scoop those raked piles of leaves into bags, consider how much easier it would be with a square bucket for a scoop! Drag it along the ground to scoop up five gallons of leaves in about two seconds.
From there it can go into a larger bin, or better yet a compost pile. Never let a good leaf go to waste!
Sailboats today are selling for a tiny fraction of the cost of building one, making them both a great deal, and a terrible one. Great because you can buy yourself a place to live for one month’s salary – and terrible because buying the wrong boat, or buying a boat for the wrong reasons, can be the first step in a long road to financial quagmire.
A small percentage of the population actually live aboard sailboats. It’s one of a tiny handful of ways to avoid both paying rent and paying a mortgage. One of the best known full-time liveaboards is fellow blogger Dmitri Orlov anchored in Boston Harbor.
I lived on a 44′ sailboat myself for just over a month in Cadboro Bay, Victoria – an experiment cut short both by bad weather and bad weatherproofing.
Fewer people than ever heat their houses with wood through modern winters, which makes wood heat more viable each year. You can now find large quantities of wood for cheap or free, and you couldn’t ask for a cozier heat.
Like any heating method, it has its drawbacks. In addition to the extra work needed to obtain large chunks of wood, then chop it down into smaller pieces, it’s heavy and takes up an immense amount of space.
Old empty plastic Folgers buckets are one of my favorites. They’re light, yet durable. The easy-to-apply lid is also airtight. They even have little grips meant for the human hand.
With a little slit cut it one, you can make a genius toilet paper dispenser. It’s the perfect unit to take camping.
This simple trap is the best way to keep fruit flies under control. I can guarantee it works because I’ve used it myself many times and caught hundreds of fruit flies to date.
Tell me if this makes sense. Most people buy a lot of one sort of bag (garbage bags) while simultaneously throwing out lots of another kind of bag (grocery bags.)
Despite our best efforts to take reusable cloth bags and backpacks with us to the grocery store, we still somehow manage to end up with way too many plastic grocery bags than we can possibly use.
If this sounds like a problem you might be familiar with, then this is the solution.
Faced with a severe shortage of kitchen space in our new Vancouver apartment, we had to find a good way to keep large portions of flour tucked away taking up minimal space.
The solution as always was to stuff everything into buckets.
I scored these 2.5 gallon buckets from the Safeway deli. They are a matching pair, both with lids. Visit our Free Buckets article for a list of places to get free buckets.
When wheat, barley, or other grains are harvested, the grain must be separated from the rest of the plant before it can be used to make flour. This separation is called threshing. In the agriculture of today, threshing is done with massive machines called combines.
As you probably have figured out by now, you can make your own ultra-cheap thresher with a 5 gallon bucket.
Heating water is probably one of the biggest line items on your energy bill. The average American family of 4 in 2012 spent between $250 and $550 that year to heat hot water. A cleverly designed solar hot water system can eliminate 50% to 100% of that cost, depending on usage.
DIY Solar Hot Water Heater
This is the “gateway drug” for heating water with the sun. You can build it yourself, in an afternoon, with 20$ in supplies. After you prove to yourself that indeed this solar hot water thing isn’t snake oil, you can move on to more advanced solar hot water systems.