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Books in USA On Building Your Own Home from Amazon USA

The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the ... Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture
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Gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love this compilation of 76 rustic DIY projects. From plant supports and clotheslines to a chicken coop, a greenhouse, and a root cellar with storage bins, most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and easy-to-find materials. You’ll find techniques to build whatever your outdoor world is missing, with additional tips to live sustainably, happily, and independently. 

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By: Storey Publishing, LLC.   2014-03-25

DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle
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Build your way to a more self-sufficient lifestyle with step-by-step projects for backup and supplementary utilities--including independent water, heat, and electricity--growing and storing food, raising small livestock, beekeeping, and more. Many of the projects require basic materials available at your everyday home center, but this book also provides valuable DIY resources for solar, hydro, greenhouse, and gardening needs. This book will help you build security with utility backup systems and become more sustainable, resulting in less dependence on city systems for basic needs. Whether you have a city plot or simply pots, this book includes all of the information needed to plan, build, and succeed with greater self-sufficiency.
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By: Cool Springs Press.   2011-02-01

Working Alone: Tips & Techniques for Solo Building (For Pros By Pros)
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If your'e working alone, this book will be your second set of hands. You won't have to wait for a helper or pass up a job that seems too difficult to do alone. And if youre a homeowner working on your own house, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Written by a builder with 30 years' experience, Working Alone is packed with more than 50 innovative tips and techniques. You'll learn how to handle nearly every aspect of home construction alone, from foundation layout to raising walls to building decks.

This book, the only one of its kind, offers a myriad of unique solo solutions. A perfect example is the problem of bringing a large sheet of plywood up a ladder. Even with a helper, this is a difficult and dangerous task. But if a large C-clamp is fastened to one end of the plywood, it's easy to pull the sheet up the ladder from behind. Clever techniques like this will have you solving common problems safely and efficiently.

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By: Taunton Press.   2000-12-15

The Complete Guide to Building Classic Barns, Fences, Storage Sheds, Animal Pens, Outbuildings, Greenhouses, Farm Equipment, & Tools: A Step-by-Step ... (Back-To-Basics) (Back to Basics: Building)
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With their classic barns and fences, American small farms, serve as much of a purpose today as they have in the past. Even with the advent of new technology, these buildings have changed relatively little and are still used to house the animals, the feed, supplies, and equipment. Every well-meaning farmer or property owner with livestock, small animals, or farming equipment has need of a barn or a series of outbuildings. Unfortunately, many farmers now rely on expensive contractors and construction companies to do a job many traditional farmers undertook themselves. Knowing how to build these structures is not only a lost American art form, it is also a skill that can save you thousands of dollars.

This book has been designed to ensure that everyone who has ever thought of building their own barns, outbuildings, or animal pens knows exactly what is entailed, from inception of the design to the final construction stages. Topics include:

  • Learning exactly what you need to start building
  • How each animal should be cared for, what space they need in a barn, and what other outbuildings might be necessary for the comfort of your animals
  • Understanding the required dimensions, necessities to efficiently use your new building, and extra space you might not have previously considered, including space for your motorized machinery, a workshop for maintaining your equipment, and loft space for hay bales, feed, and farming equipment.
  • Knowing which building materials are best for creating your needed items as well as the best designs, methods of building, and places to store materials

Regardless of what you need for your small farm or property, you will have a complete list of detailed building design plans. The companion CD-ROM contains design plans in PDF format for a variety of structures. Each design plan offers detailed instructions, supply lists, and diagrams. This book offers plans for building barns, storage structures, animal pens, storage sheds, and greenhouses. You will learn how to build a variety of helpful structures such as,

  • icehouses
  • water tanks
  • cisterns
  • smoke houses
  • root cellars

This book even offers plans for building gates, fences, wagons, farm equipment, irrigation systems, potting benches, beehives and frames, food dehydrators, and other structures and equipment necessary for the success of your small farm. If you are looking to save thousands of dollars by building your own farm structures and equipment, this book will walk you through every step of the design, preparation, and constructions process, ensuring success and capturing the lost art of small farm self-sufficiency.

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By: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc..   2012-02-01

Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency: DIY Projects to Get Your Self-Reliant Lifestyle Started
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Complete plans, instructions, and color photos show precisely how to make 30 original projects to help you live a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Have you ever wanted to build your own chicken coop, cider press, or herb-drying rack? How about a clever two-bin composter, horse-blanket washing machine, or genuine Langstroth beehive? In Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency, you’ll find these projects and a couple of dozen more to help you develop and grow your self-reliant lifestyle. Where most books in the popular self-sufficiency category give you pages of words and a couple of small drawings by way of explanation, this book shows you exactly how to do things, employing beautiful photos and complete plans in the best Cool Springs Press tradition. The book’s projects are organized into four categories: Food Prep & Preservation, Homestead, Garden, and Animals. Within these categories we’ve carefully chosen a broad range of popular projects, often with a creative touch or two to make them easier to build or more efficient to use. A simple brooder box for chicks, a jumbo cold frame, a basic loom, a large-capacity soil sifter that won’t give you a backache, fencing, trellises, and even a solar oven are included in the list of dynamic project plans. So whether you’re a longtime do-it-yourselfer looking to complete your skill set or a newcomer taking your first step toward sustainability, Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the book to get you there.

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By: Cool Springs Press.   2014-06-15

The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness with Your Own Two Hands
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A Do-It-Yourself Prescription for Happiness

In their insightful book, wife-and-husband physicians Carrie and Alton Barron present an innovative, highly achievable five-part plan to unleash happiness and alleviate depression and anxiety by tapping into creative potential.

A gifted psychiatrist and a premier hand surgeon, Carrie and Alton Barron draw upon the latest psychological research, a combined forty years of medical practice, and personal experience to demonstrate how creative action is integral to long-term happiness and well-being. The Five-Part Prescription for the Creativity Cure—Insight, Movement, Mind Rest, Your Own Two Hands, and Mind Shift—leads the way to a more meaningful, fulfilling life by simultaneously developing self-understanding and self-expression. With the Barrons’ detailed tools and strategies for cultivating creative outlets, overcoming unconscious fears and barriers to happiness, and linking internal thought to external action, readers will build the mind-set and habits necessary for happiness and positive change. They will experience—and learn how to sustain—the deep satisfaction that accompanies creating something by hand.

The perfect self-help book for our handmade, homemade, crafting culture, The Creativity Cure has a simple yet profoundly inspirational message: that you can find the authentic, contented life you crave by taking happiness into your own two hands.
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By: Scribner.   2013-08-06

Build a Pond for Food & Fun: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-19
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Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.
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By: Storey Publishing, LLC.   1997-01-11

Insulate and Weatherize: For Energy Efficiency at Home (Taunton's Build Like a Pro)
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The appliances we use…the lights we turn on…these two items alone in our homes can account for upward of 40% of total energy dollars spent. For those who want to save money (and who doesn’t?) by becoming more energy efficient―and for those who want to go a step further and embrace the latest strategies in renewable and alternative energy systems―Insulate and Weatherize is about to lead the way.

It's been 10 years since the first edition of Insulate and Weatherize was a smash hit. In this completely revised and expanded edition, the advances in science and technology shine brightly to walk homeowners through the many solutions for basic energy, air-flow problems, heating and cooling systems, appliances and lights, mixed climate issues, and alternative energy strategies that are doable and extremely efficient. With Insulate and Weatherize at hand, home energy costs won’t soar through the roof, especially if there’s a solar panel or two on it.

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By: Taunton Press.   2012-10-18

Easy-to-Build Birdhouses (Dover Woodworking)
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Birdhouses help avian populations thrive by providing secure nesting places — and they offer human neighbors an ongoing source of interest and amusement. Make your backyard into a gathering place for feathered friends with any of these easy-to-build projects.
Illustrated with more than 175 photos, twelve elegant but uncomplicated projects include a Chickadee House with a concave roof, a Victorian Bluebird, and a Purple Martin House. The designs come with diagrams as well as everything you need to know about construction, from dimensions to tools. Additional suggestions offer advice on attracting residents and keeping them comfortable, with tips on guarding against temperature changes and wet weather.
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By: Dover Publications.   2007-09-19

The Solar Wizard - FREE Electricity…Forever! Save BIG Electric $$$$ with this fun project. Check out the Easy Steps and Clear Plans in this incredible Manual!
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Create your own Solar Wizard - discover how to capture FREE Electricity from the Sun! Learn how to SLASH electric bills and save BIG Dollars with this incredible manual. It's packed full of high-quality illustrations and simple step-by-step instructions.

Best of all, this is a fun project; one you can easily crank out in a few leisurely weekends. All you need are the few tools found in most home workshops. Everything's easy here - anyone can do it - you can't go wrong.

The Solar Wizard is a popular, proven design - with over 31,000 manuals sold by mail (at $39.98 each) since 2009. Friends kept bugging me to bring it to Amazon; so here it is. We're talking endless, high-energy, and pollution-free electric power here. Now, saving money while going GREEN has never been easier.

Compared to $20,000+ factory-built units, it's quite economical - a very wise investment. When it comes to keeping hard-earned dollars in your wallet, where they belong, it's the only way to go!

Nothing man-made is perfect - and even "top-of-the-line" factory-built systems are not immune to failure. They're complex, requiring skilled, high-paid, technicians to diagnose and repair - leaving you to foot the bill for replacing expensive "manufacturer-approved components."

While the Solar Wizard isn't perfect, its simple design lends itself well to inexpensive repair. You'll save a bundle by doing it yourself - simply by following the easy and detailed steps called out in my handy Troubleshooting chapter. I think you'll agree - starting your own Solar Wizard project is the way to go!


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By: Kustom Power.   2009


 

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