The Backyard Lumberjack has the practical instruction and first-hand advice you need. You’ll learn how to choose the right equipment and then fell Whether you’re splitting a cord of wood for your fireplace or managing acres of woodland
Clean smarter, not harder. With plain and simple advice on everything from dusting and swabbing to polishing and vacuuming, best-selling author Donna Smallin shows you how to make the most of your valuable cleaning time. Hundreds of quick tips and practical solutions for every imaginable cleaning situation promise you the sparkling, healthful environment you want for your family.
This 1943 back-to-the-land classic explains how to find land, build a homestead, grow fruits and vegetables, raise livestock, build farm structures, and more.
If you are responsible for your own water supply, you need this book on home water systems; potential water problems; and practical, money-saving solutions.
Bring Home the Serenity of a Day at the Spa!
Relax, unwind, and soothe your tired muscles in a warm, bubbly hot tub. Sit back and breathe deeply in the privacy of your home sauna or steam bath. The spa experience of your dreams is more attainable than ever before with a broad variety of prefab and easy-installation home units. But how can you be sure you're choosing the equipment that will work best for you?
Home spa specialist Alan E. Sanderfoot demystifies the vast array of choices in hot tubs, saunas, and steam baths. In addition to explaining the basic features of various models and helping you choose which units will work best for your needs, preferences, and available space, Sanderfoot also discusses the sometimes bewildering array of add-ons that your retailer will be more than happy to sell to you! From built-in sound systems and computer screens to pulsing lights and concealed waterfalls, the cosmetic possibilities are endless.
Once you have chosen the model or models that are right for you, Sanderfoot explains the installation, environmental, and safety requirements that will make your hot tub, sauna, or steam bath a relaxing, enjoyable place to be. He also adds tips on getting the most out of your home spa features, sharing the benefits with family and friends, and maintaining your investment for many years of carefree relaxation.
Disaster can strike at any time. How will your family stay warm, fed, and sheltered during a power outage? Do you have an evacuation plan if you are forced to leave your home? Be prepared for the unexpected by following Kathy Harrison’s practical plan for emergency self-sufficiency. Learn how to evaluate, organize, and rotate your food supply; pack an evacuation kit; protect important documents from fire; develop a communications system; make nutritious, delicious meals with canned and dried pantry items; use alternative heating sources; and entertain the kids without television or computers. Everything you need to know to survive when public services fail is covered in this essential guide to family preparedness.
“. . . is a great how-to book. It covers the basics and is ideal for home, schools, and offices. This book has information that will save lives.”
— Russel L. Honoré, LTG, U.S. Army (Retired) Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina
“An ideal preparedness guide for families. It is a must for the bookshelf of anyone that is serious about being prepared for emergencies.”
— James Wesley Rawles, Editor of SurvivalBlog.com
Keep your home clean, green, and healthy! Common, nontoxic kitchen ingredients such as baking soda, lemon, and vinegar are wonderful household cleaners and great replacements for harmful chemical cleansers. Pair them with essential oils to clean, disinfect, and freshen every room. With more than 150 recipes for all-natural, easy-to-prepare solutions, you can clean wood, glass, tile, porcelain, fabric, carpets, and much more — naturally and safely.
Here is the essential layman's guide to both the latest improvements in stoves and the age-old wisdom of heating with wood.
Best-selling author Donna Smallin has helped millions clear clutter, destroy dirt, and restore order. Now she focuses her eye on your house with 500 plain and simple strategies to make quick work of housework and get you back to your busy lifestyle without compromising your standard of clean living.
If you're like most of us, you have too much stuff and too little storage space. Create an organized, clutter-free life with Donna Smallin’s common-sense approach to item-by-item storage. The 500 tips in this easy-to-use reference — things you can do in under a minute — solve your vexing clutter challenges with simple, creative storage solutions. Find a place for everything, and you'll be able to keep everything in its place.
“Donna Smallin is a genius! Just pick your storage dilemma and find the answers alphabetically. This book is easy to use and bundled with choices.”
— Dorothy Breininger, President, Delphi Center for Organization
Designer/builder Ethan Fierro celebrates summer with this collection of original outdoor shower designs he’s discovered from coast to coast. For homeowners who want to build their own outdoor showers, he offers dozens of examples to choose from, ranging from a simple showerhead on the side of a cottage to semi-detached and freestanding structures. All are pictured in stunning color photographs with accompanying text describing the design and material elements involved.
Beginning with the basics, Fierro includes an overview of basic plumbing and structural requirements, along with suggestions for incorporating a wide range of building materials, including stone, wood, metal, frosted glass blocks, earth, concrete, tile, stucco, and landscape vegetation. His plans are environmentally sound and mindful of cost-saving techniques, with ideas for repurposing found and recycled materials. Fierro exhibits his own inspired aesthetic in the final chapter with illustrated plans for six fantasy showers, including a tree house, a vine-enclosed frame, a stained-glass nautilus, and an underground cavity with a hole for sky-viewing.
More than 20 easy-to-build stone projects for patio and garden are described in detail and illustrated with hundreds of drawings and color photographs.
Charles McRaven, a dedicated stonemason for more than 50 years, brings his practical experience and deep respect for the material to this essential guide for homeowners interested in adding stone to any setting, indoors or out. How-to techniques, step-by-step projects for the home, stone mason profiles, and beautiful photography give the book appeal as both a solid DIY guide and an inspirational dream book.
Discover the lasting satisfaction of working with stone and learn the tricks of the trade from a master craftsman with this collection of 22 fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions for garden paths and walls, porches, pools, seats, waterfalls, a bridge, and more.
This is the book for anyone who wants to become more self-reliant, from suburbanites with 1/4 of an acre to country homesteaders with several. The information is easily understood and readily applicable.
More than 150 of Storey's expert authors in gardening, building, animal raising, and homesteading share their specialized knowledge and experience in this ultimate guide to living a more independent, satisfying life.
Readers will find step-by-step, illustrated instructions for every aspect of country living including:
Finding country land
Buying, building, and renovating a home
Developing water sources and systems
Understanding wiring, plumbing, and heating
Using alternative heating and energy sources
Vegetable, flower, and herb gardening
Traditional cooking skills such as baking bread and making maple syrup
Preparing and preserving meat, fruits, and vegetables
Building and maintaining barns, sheds, and outbuildings
Caring for common farm and ranch animals, and pets
In an easy-to-read tips format, this book offers concrete steps for sorting, evaluating, and getting rid of all those material items that get in the way of a simplified lifestyle.
A calm, uncluttered mind is the best defense against the stresses of contemporary life. Donna Smallin, who has already helped thousands of people organize their homes, now takes on the emotional and psychological clutter that can get in the way of living a balanced, rewarding life. A focused mind may be a tall order, but Smallin, with her special gift for seeing the quick solutions to all kinds of clutter, offers 500 quick tips and creative ideas to help busy people clear away unnecessary worries, daily stresses, and unproductive habits. In just a few minutes each day, anyone can reduce anxiety and find time for a simpler, more rewarding life.
This completely rewritten new edition of the pool maintenance classic spotlights the latest swimming pool technology and has greatly expanded information on hot tubs and spas. Keep your pool sparkling and beautiful with Alan E. Sanderfoot's easy-to-understand instructions.
Solve your own fix-it problems and save money in the process with this indispensible handbook written by a woman for women. Herrick offers basic home repair rules in an upbeat, no-nonsense style, along with step-by-step instructions for fixing and renovating things that go wrong around the house.