DIY Project: How to build a Emergency Survival Generator using an old Dishwasher Motor

This video shows the build of an extremely useful crank generator which I make from a modified dishwasher motor. Perfect for supplying power or charging batteries at a remote campsite or bunker. This unit can easily be modified to connect to a bicycle. Power output is either a 12V regulated supply(Up to 3 full amps), an unregulated output, as well as a provision for charging a 100F supercapacitor bank.This project can be certainly handy if you’re needing an off grid power supply.If you connected the large wheel to a bicycle, then you could easily charge a lead acid deep cycle battery. The purpose of the capacitor bank is to store the energy for short term use, using a battery would be good for long term storage



Power Your Whole Home With A Bike!

If you think about it, how many people go the gym to work out. What if you could power your home by riding a bike for 60 minutes a day. The concept is easy, execution; not so much!

As you can see in the video below he charges a single battery after riding for 60 minutes. Now a single battery isnt going to charge your whole home for 24hours the way we Americans go through electricity, but its a start! It can also work for emergencies. Most important part here, you can charge your batteries without the noisy generator that all your neighbors will hear!!!

We have seen this down a couple of times and a quick internet search will find several homemade bike generator projects. I really like this one and I hope it will get you thinking!

Heroic Helicopter Pilot Saves Lives and Homes

This heroic helicopter pilot was on his way back to the airfield after fighting another fire when he spotted the column of smoke. Firetrucks were not on the way and he was first on the scene. He decided to take the added risk of collecting water from a neighbors pool since the water source was so close and he was worried that the fire might creep into the neighborhood. He did about 25 trips and had the fire out by the time the fire trucks arrived. I think this is a cool video and shows the skills and risks these men make daily!



“I Think I Hear Someone In The Backyard”

That is what I woke to last night at 3:45AM. My 17 year old son was standing in my bedroom, in the dark, and whispering to me. I must admit, I’m a heavy sleeper and usually takes me a minute to gain my bearings. But this time I was up and alert in two seconds. I glided down the stairs in seconds without making a sound. I knew the only way out of my yard was through the south gate unless they were willing to jump fences. I decided to slip out the front door and meet them there!

Now before I go any further I just want to mention about a half dozen mistakes Ive made already and I haven’t even made it outside yet.

  1. The backyard is dark because I let the batteries in the motion sensor light die
  2. Because I have 7 kids, Im torn on leaving a gun handy. Since I fear my kids decisions, Ive opted to delay my decision. (AKA-NO GUN)
  3. Because I have 7 kids, my nightstand flashlight always seems to disappear. (AKA-No flashlight)
  4. I didn’t instruct my son on what to do, therefore he was following me. (If I meet a couple guys with guns I put him in harms way)
  5. I did not inform my wife what to do, so she is scared. Her phone in hand she isn’t sure whether to call 911 yet or not.
  6. I’m barefoot with shorts and a t-shirt and no weapon. Not exactly putting the odds in my favor.

As I unlock the front door all six of the above thoughts go racing through my head. I still rush out the door and head for the gate. My son runs over to his truck and grabs a flashlight from inside.(Its unlocked of course! Good Grief I think!)

I stand at the gate, heart pounding, and all my senses at full alert. I listen and hear the noises. These must be the same noises that woke my son. “Ive got this punk” I think to myself as I strain to see in the shadows. I don’t leave the entrance of the gate as I hope he comes running my direction.

I now have the flashlight. Its a maglite. Nice! Something I can use in more ways than one if needed. I shine into the shadow where I know for sure the noise is coming from. BAM! A raccoon is sitting there eating trash he pulled from our can.

Relief and a small amount of disappointment come over me. We are always hoping to catch a thief in the act! I’m also grateful this happened. It put things into perspective about how fast things can go bad. From the time I was awaken to the time I was at the gate ready to tangle was no more than 20 seconds. Take a good look at the list of mistakes I made in 20 seconds. Even though I know better, those mistakes could have cost someone their life, including my own sons. Stupid! Just stupid!

But I will learn from this an be much more prepared next time this happens. Please LEARN from my mistakes and take heed. Take the time right now to go through the same scenario in your head. Are you prepared for “Dad, I think I hear someone in the backyard” tonight?


Ron Douglas

The Day After (1983)

The Day after is a a movie that aired on TV on November 20, 1983. It was on ABC Television. It had a record breaking 100 MILLION viewers during its initial broadcast! I believe this still holds the record as highest rated television movie in history.
The movie is based in Kansas and about a town recovery after a nuclear missile strike. A must watch movie for preppers! Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show:


Jason Robards

Jason Robards
as Dr. Russell Oakes

John Cullum

John Cullum
as Jim Dahlberg

JoBeth Williams

JoBeth Williams
as Nancy Bauer

John Lithgow

John Lithgow
as Joe Huxley

Steve Guttenberg

Steve Guttenberg
as Stephen Klein

Bibi Besch

Bibi Besch
as Eve Dahlberg