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Owner of The Do It Yourself World, a website dedicated to researching and sharing projects in natural energy, off grid living, prepping and survival and natural foods.

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Recent Articles by Troy Reid

Wild Foraging Series Finding Food In The Snow

Article from: January 5th, 2013   In winter the ground is covered with snow. Everything is brown. The plants are all dead for the season. The leaves have fallen. It looks bleak. It seems that there is nothing to eat. Or is there?.. &nbs

Wild Foraging Series Common Wild Plantain

Article from: August 21st, 2012   The common plantain family of plants are often found in waste areas and in mowed lawns. They grow very well in many conditions and are pretty tough plants. Although we often mow them down, poison them and try t

Beautiful New Addition To The Off Grid Homestead

Article from: February 25th, 2015   The day after the latest batch of snow, the chickens needed to be dug out once again, and the solar panels required cleaning. Thankfully, the sun decided to put in a nice, long appearance, bringing the tempe

Making A Passive Food Dehydrator On My Radial Arm Saw

I made a passive food dehydrator using my radial arm saw. This will be used over the wood stove or in the sun to passively dehydrate food for long term preservation.   I got a radial arm saw recently and immediately got the idea to make this project. We are processing a lot o

Making All Natural Carrot Chips For A Healthy Snack

I made all natural dehydrated carrot chips for a healthy alternative to potato chips for our family. We like to snack in the evenings but most commercially available snacks are either very unhealthy or too expensive for us to buy.   When we got a bunch of fresh carrots from a

Awesome High Power Affordable ThruNite Catapult V6 LED Flashlight

ThruNite sent me their Catapult V6 LED flashlight to review with 750M range and 1,700 Lumens. This light is powerful and affordable.   The ThruNite Catapult V6 LED flashlight uses a CREE XHP35 HI LED for long life and super high intensity. And with the larger 26650

Top 10 Benefits Clean Gutters Bring

There they sit on the edge of your roof day after day, providing an efficient, direct passage for rainwater to flow away from your home. Gutters are the single most important accessory your roof can have to help it stay healthy.   Here are all the benefits you can expect to e

The Off Grid Project Explained

The Off Grid Project is a series of projects and experiments in alternate energy, off grid living and self sufficiency. This is the simple explanation and the line I have been using for years.   But many of my viewers on YT and DIY Tube have asked me what really is The Off Gr

The Advantages Of Homesteading And What Keeps Us Going

I am often asked what are the advantages of homesteading compared to working a normal job and paying the normal bills each month. I answer these questions and more in this article and the attached video.   Homesteaders are a different, free spirited and hardy lot of people. I

Wowtac BSS V3 Tactical LED Flashlight Review & Real World Test

Wowtac sent me their BSS V3 tactical LED flashlight which I put through real world testing to see if it can hold up to their claims.   My tests generally include long term use in the real world every day, shock testing, under water tests and beam distance testing. &nb

Oittm USB Powered Mosquito Killer Final Review

This is the Oittm USB powered mosquito killer field test and final review. I have been using this for a couple weeks now and would like to share my thoughts with you.   First of all since this is USB powered, it is the perfect off grid or camping device for killing insects. I

Off Grid Solar Powered Aquaponics System

Full details and explanation of my fully off grid, solar powered aquaponics system in our greenhouse. This is a small system for demonstration purposes but it is fully operational now with no moving parts except for the water pump impeller.   Off Grid Aquaponics Equip

Updates On Solar Freezer Fridge Conversion And Power Usage

We recently converted a freezer to run as a solar powered refrigerator for our off grid tiny house in order to reduce our energy usage. Here is an update after running a Kill-A-Wall meter on the new solar powered fridge for 24 hours.   At first I did not believe my eyes when

Orcatorch T20 Tactical Flashlight Stress Test And Real World Use

I have been field testing the Orcatorch T20 tactical LED flashlight for a few months and here are the final results and my impressions of this light.   First of all, out of the box, this is a very impressively packed flashlight. The Orcatorch T20 tactical LED flashlight comes

Converting A Freezer Into Solar Powered Refrigerator

We just converted a chest freezer into a fridge for off grid solar power use in order to save on energy. This was a standard top open chest freezer which we recently bought at a garage sale.   The conversion itself is quite simple and easy to do. All you need is a digital the

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