Michael Cox wrote:Can't speak for the product but their website has numerous red flags.
***@gmail.com doesn't speak highly of them, as they are using a free web service.
The photos i could see seem to be all cgi - where is the proof in the real world? They have cgi of this being used as a buried dome, but nothing showing it done in practice.
Fredy Perlman wrote:If there's a how-to in any of the included materials, I missed it, but this dusty thread has been thinkmaking.
Sepp likes black locust for the walls and roof of his structure, eh? Would cedar or Douglas Fir work for PNorthwetterners?
If Sepp pounded those honkin posts into the ground as Paul says, what machine did he use? Sounds brutal in high-clay soils. How about, instead, if they were planted in a trench, framed or supported to be flush then cemented, then after setting the roof were laid on top log by log? My biggest concern for fail points would be where the cemented post feet are in the ground...rotting at the ankle from moisture. But in an adequately drained spot, assisted with a french drain, perf pipe and/or gravel, I can't see a shortcoming. Almost enough for me to go on!
Devin Lavign wrote:People start out in prepping usually out of fear. They have no idea how to prep or even exactly what to prep for, but learn the world is unpredictable both from man made events and natural disasters.
This starts phase 1.
Phase 1 is gear acquisition. At this point it is just throw money at the problem. Buy a ton of stuff you don't know anything about in hopes it is useful. Often this is a lot of prepackaged kits built and put together by someone else who says this is what you need to survive.
Some people get stuck in this, and it is easy to do. There is always a cool new toy to buy. There is a whole economy built upon it. But some folks start to break out of this as they learn that they have no idea how to use the items they have.
This starts phase 2.
Phase 2 is knowledge/skills acquisition. Now with all the gear the would be prepper is learning skills and knowledge are important. Studying things like bushcraft and primitive skills. Learning more in depth knowledge about potential dangers. In this phase many start getting more community oriented, as it tends to be hard to know everything you need. So division of skills and knowledge start to make sense. However Phase 2 can loop back to phase 1, as you learn more you realize a lot of your gear is sub par. So go through a new gear buying phase, but for higher quality good gear. Many get stuck in this as it can now be a pride thing and feed the ego knowing you have a $500 knife that is the ultimate survival knife. ETC... However the knowledge and skill phase can also lead to homesteading.
This starts phase 3.
Phase 3 is homesteading. Homesteaders are built in preppers. You have to be. Homesteading is a difficult and unpredictable place to be. You can get cut off in the winter, have crops fail, machinery go down, etc... The Homesteader has to plan for these small scale disasters. To be prepared. Also urban and suburban prepping is really an exercise in spending a lot of money to keep an unsustainable life. This is why a lot of people in prepping move toward homesteading. Realizing it is better to pre bug out. To set up the homestead and get it running. Rather than wait for disaster then try and make a go at gardening and livestock. To move to a more stable safe place with neighbors who will help rather than compete with you. Again like phase 2, phase 3 does have the loop back to phase 1. There is a lot of cool gear to get for homesteading. Some really expensive gear too. But there is also a way up to the next phase, permaculture.
This starts phase 4
Phase 4 is permaculture. For those who get to homesteading they find it a lot of hard work. But they are also often smart educated people. They often find permaculture in the process of learning homesteading, and find that it helps cut the work load and make homesteading easier. Not easy mind you, but easier than non permie homesteading. As well as a permaculture farm can be more stealthy than a standard one. Doomsday Preppers even had a guy who explained his permaculture food forest was not recognizable as a food source from distance and even up close it was hard to tell unless you really know plants. This makes permaculture very attractive to preppers. Lower labor and more camouflaged the permaculture homestead is the ideal prepping technique.
I have yet to see a phase 5, but I would not be surprised if there was one. Maybe trying to relabel prepping is phase 5.