Emergency affordable shelter

Very unusual emergency shelter or for camping, made with plastic.

Topic by blkhawk   |  last reply



No nails Australian wood shelter?

I saw part of a show about how to build a wooden shelter using no nails from logs.  It didn't look like a log cabin.  The sides were split logs held in an upright brace also made of logs.  It was simple to make but very hard work as much of it was done with hand tools.  But I think modern tools could be used now. ( This was sometime in the 1960's.) Anyone know anything about it?  It would be a good thing for off-girders.

Question by rookie1 


How to make a shelter or small log cabin out in woods? Answered

Hi how to make a small shelter or log cabin in the woods wanted to make one because sometimes get stuck out there without shelter except for umbrella or body covering and sleeping bag and when stuck in rain  it really sux would like to make small one and hidden off beaten track...so others don't destroy it..if possible i'm a first time builder on this only idea I had so far was to make a temporary roof i can move around with me out of paddle pop sticks and metal soda cans that I get from homeless food van I was thinking I could cut the cans and flatten them over glued paddle pop sticks to be like a temporary roof maybe but not sure how to build a very small cabin frm scratch any ideas on this and how I do it if possible am in a national park sometimes so I know slightly illegal to build maybe or break trees or branches ..but it's just for personal use to stay warm any help appreciated ..and sincerely sorry for asking here.

Question by Wolowizard   |  last reply


How can I build a little building of some sort with rocks I find around my house and from a previous torn down chimney?

So even if there is a way to build like a little shelter to hang out in using wood from trees and branches, I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts! Thanks

Question by verdantbeauty   |  last reply


How do I test poly-tarp to see if it is UV proof? Answered

I have a canopy structure/carport that I wish to use as a wind and sun shelter for Burning Man, but I don't know if it's UV proof (I no longer have the box and the instruction book calls it a "canopy" not a "carport" and doesn't mention UV at all). The cover is white polyethylene tarp, which has to be specially treated for UV protection, I think. Does anyone know of a simple way to test for UV protection?

Question by kyle.marsh   |  last reply


Best way to create additional outdoor storage space?

What's the best way to convert a huge backyard into additional storage space... I was thinking of tarpaulin but most brands are not made for prolonged sunlight? I can pick up a $200 tarp of 7 x 9 metres to do the job.. just wondering if anyone has better ideas?

Question by Genghoidal   |  last reply


branches,tape,wire and plastic sheet for a lean/2 shelter over night light weight

Branches,tape,wire and plastic sheet for a lean/2 shelter over night light weight

Topic by c p skeates 


Any ideas for winter outdoor cat shelter?

Basic shelter doesnt work in the freezing months of winter....any ideas to keep kitties warm and out of elements? Styrofoam and rigid insulation boxes are ok, but its difficult to keep dry in the snow and wind. I like the chicken coop shed, making it airtight and perhaps wrapping or draping it with solar heating material-hmm, it would that work? Cant be too big, this is to be placed in semi-private view. Cost is a concern too!!

Question by tommysmom   |  last reply


can you grid a saw into the back of a knife? Answered

Want a sawback knife, not willing to spend 70$ on one just yet. So with a file, a hacksaw, and some sharpening stones, could one easily make a "saw" or some very coarse serrations on the back of a knife suitable for bush craft and basic survival/trap/shelter construction? wouldn't need to cut down a tree, just make notches in branches for traps, and basic things like that.

Question by thebluemartyr   |  last reply


while making a tent like shelter systems how to decide the position joints in space where the two poles will intersect?

I have several other questions in mind... 1. since the PVC conduits are bent during the process of building tents, some bending stresses will be induced..how do we ensure that the structure won't fail? 2. Can someone suggest some modification in shelter systems dome design to make it more stable but not adding much complexity and not adding much assembly time? 3.Can someone give a construction plan of a dome similar to shelter systems, different pipe sizes and position of joints??

Question by kushal22   |  last reply


looking for ideas for easy, inexpensive homemade beach sun shade?

Maybe with a tarp, PVC pipe, and some kind of twine/nylon cord?  looking to pick up the materials while on a budget vacation in Florida (staying with family) at the end of May.  Not sure if this will be something I can/will bring on the plane back home.  don't want to cause problems with airport security or have to check a bag.  Really want to avoid being crispy fried.  ideas please?

Question by tdyts2   |  last reply


looking for ideas on fabric composite thermal barriers ie artic sheltering?

Looking for moderately light weight, flexible,  and not too expensive Want to build a modular out building that I can take apart and transport, but be nice and toasty in the winter when using it. Thinking of a yurt type structure, but want to optimize the wall and roof covering

Question by diverorion   |  last reply


how to build a easy outdoor nativity manger? Answered

I have an outside nativity sceen minus the manger (a shelter for all the characters) im just looking for an easy low cost(or no cost) instructions or ideas of how to make this myself.

Question by robinreise   |  last reply


Can you Help Me Build a Bike Trailer in NYC?

Hi there!  I am looking for someone in New York City/Brooklyn that can help me build a bike trailer. I volunteer with an organization called Rescuing Leftover Cuisine and we deliver food that would otherwise be wasted, to local homeless shelter and soup kitchens. We are expanding from Manhattan into Brooklyn and will need to use a bike trailer!  If you know how to build a cheap, sturdy, light bike trailer--- please let me know!  THANKS!  Cate and RLC Team

Topic by CateC   |  last reply


Eco buildings for free?

I'm organizing a community lead market garden project within Wales (UK) to help those most in need within our community. We have little to no money for this project as almost 90% of the volunteers are unemployed, privet funding for our project is hard to come by  we have only found about £400, so we are intending to use as much recycled stuff as we can. I really need plans for a con and tire or wattle cob storage shed/ shelter for myself and my volunteers to hide out in when the weather turns bad And also some plans for a soda/plastic bottle green house. If you can help please do as i've not done anything like this before!

Question by brambles market garden 


Jak Pak

The worlds first jacket that combines a jacket with a sleeping bag and a tent.From the JakPAk site:(Jakpak) Active Engineering LLC proudly introduces the JakPak, the world's first all-in-one waterproof jacket, sleeping bag and tent. Created by Active Engineering to provide safety and comfort in an unpredictable world, JakPak is the only portable personal sleeping system on the market designed for outdoors and sports enthusiasts, as well as emergency preparedness.The patent pending JakPak design incorporates a waterproof sleeping bag, minimally-structured tent and insect netting into a comfortable jacket, creating an instant dry habitat that is ideal for outdoor sports enthusiasts, people living in areas prone to natural disaster, sports fans who will not be held back by a little rain, and anyone else in need of shelter.

Topic by Fengathor   |  last reply


I, Skunkbait, am a Moron!

Ok, I'm not really a big "chat guy". Occasionally I have to look up acronyms to know what you kids are saying. I know LOL, WTF, STFU, and IMHO, but a few others just go over my head. So today I looked up FTW. You have to understand, that even though I am a pretty conservative Christian, I'm hardly "sheltered". Basically, I come from a biker background, and amoung us folks FTW means.... Well, you know. ANyway, When I saw Adrian Monk (usually such a good girl) use the acronym FTW the other day, I was dissapointed with her. I thought she needed her mouth....uh keyboard washed out with soap! ANyway, I looked it up and now I know better. Sorry I ever doubted your squeaky clean image Adrian!

Topic by skunkbait   |  last reply


Minimalist survival kit help

I'm looking at a new prospective for a survival kit. I have an I.N.C.H. bag that i use camping. While I can pack it down to almost nothing, I dont use many of the bigger items. I was looking for ways to essentially minimize my bag. While I'm experience with the great outdoors, the minimalist aproach is a relitivly new concept to me. I want to base the kit on the ten essentials. I live in a harsh enviroment so I'd likely not be changing my shelter much. The shelter is already pretty basic.  This is my must-have gear: Map, Compass, Sunglasses, Extra clothing (a skivvy roll and what I'm wearing plus my hoody and ponchos), Illumination (Preferably no batteries), First-aid supplies, Firestarter, Matches, Knife and Extra food. My current sleep system is as follows: Medium Weather sleeping bag with compression sac, Compact collapsible cot, Goretex bivvy sac, Sleeping role and Grommeted space blanket. I'm more worried about weight than size. I will likely switch the cot for a hammock because it's pretty sizey and the metal rods make half the weight of the system. For food I was thinking keep my hobo stove and boyscout mess kit but im considering adding a hobo fishing rig. My current fishing kit is a multi function compact pole with a fly reel and spin cast reel. While very light weight it takes up some space. About 1.5'x8"x4" roughly. any ideas on additions or subtractions for the kit? I'm mostly trying to reduce weight. I'm strong but lugging around a ruck sack takes more than a simple backpack with this and that.  Any ideas are apreciated. I don't need a whole lot to live comfortably in the woods. The picture is of my I.N.C.H. bag pack in to my freighter frame. The black box is the fishing kit, the blue sac is the cot. Inside the pack is the sleeping bag bulging out. It's Probably my biggest item and in this pic is not in its compression sac as the sac was 'misplaced' while moving. I guess I'm asking for advise on downsizing the I.N.C.H. bag...

Topic by Skwurlito   |  last reply


Where could I buy a 15 or 20 watt amorphous solar panel in Canada? Preferably weather resistant and not too large.

I want to create a charging system for a small 12V deep cycle battery. I want to have the solar panel on top, sheltering a battery box inside a hinged four sided box underneath. Because battery boxes are made for large car batteries, there should be enough room inside the battery box for a voltage regulator and a 12v cigarette lighter like outlet on the battery box itself. I would like this to produce enough power to charge the battery during the day and at the same time, run a thermoelectric cooler, which consists of a heat sink and 4.56 W 0.38A 12V fan all day. I'm also thinking of finding a thermostat of some sort to shut the fan off at a certain in cooler or outdoor temperature. I just have some questions. 1) Where could I buy a 15 or 20 watt amorphous solar panel in Canada? Preferably weather resistant and not too large; and 2)Does this seem like it would work? I'm not that good at electrical math; and 3) Where could I find a thermostat that works on DC, and does the whole thing have to be cold, or just the probe? 

Question by btarry   |  last reply


Temporary Tent life - Where in Hesperia/Apple Valley Ca can this be done?

Hi folks, I came across a similar question on this site, but the answers were for a different state so I hope this is ok. Me, my mom and a couple others (and pets) have been in a motel for nearly a month and it's way too expensive (running over the $5000 a month mark and this is as cheap as it comes for all of us). 3 rooms. Contemplating on living in a tent, preferably in the wilds somewhere here in the high desert (Hesperia or Apple Valley CA). Some of us may go to the camp grounds (narrows), but those of us with the kitty cats prefer to go out into the desert if possible. Mind you, this is only temporary (as long as we can hold out). If you guys out there know of a good spot that's unclaimed (and legal?? is there such a thing?) please let me know :)  Wilds would be free, however we still have access to toiletry/shower through friends. Long story short, the family was scammed by a realty company and now we're out of our house. To stay afloat, we tried AmericanHomes4Rent to get a temporary rental, but that didn't work out, so we're in the hotel. In fact, a house was readily available for us to rent, application OKd, but at the last second the above company said that there was a glitch in their system and the house was not available for rent.  (BS.. we went to see the place, rental sign, lock box etc.. RENTLY has a let yourself in service which we used to check it out). This has to be voodoo or something... I dunno... bad luck one thing after another. The plan is to save enough money to convince one of these rental companies to let us in  (3 or 4 months rent in advance). That worked for several folks I know, so hope to try the same :) PS - A shelter is out of the question. Not only are they full (went to inquire at the one up here), some of the folks there were wielding pocket knives and someone got into a fight.  Yikes. No way!  Tent it is!!!

Question by GarySpatzScam.   |  last reply