Letters To The Editor
From Issue #91
A lime white wash that works like paint
Maybe some people can’t afford to buy paint for their out buildings and wood fences. I have a solution for them. It is called “Dehydrated Lime White Wash” or “White Wash.”
1 gal. water
Mix good in a pail.
Maybe you could use a little more water, but test it on a piece of wood first before adding more water. Let the piece of wood dry to tell if it’s white enough.
Twelve years ago, my sister and I did her long chicken coop with this white wash. It looked just like white paint. Her doubtful husband couldn’t believe the good results.
P.S. What about adding some color to this white wash.
Moving to 5 acres with a quirky old house
When I first started receiving Backwoods Home my husband used to tease me and call it my “Backwards Home” magazine. That was until he picked one up. Now he enjoys the technical articles on building, water systems, solar and alternate power sources. I love the articles on cooking, canning, wild foraging, native herbs, and gardening.
I have always had a survivalist attitude towards life. We go on off-roading trips with a large group of people. My husband and I have acquired the reputation of being prepared for anything. They all tease us a little, until they need something or someone is injured and needs use of my always fully stocked first aid kit.
For the last few years we have lived in our little “starter home” on the edge of a beach community. We have come to realize we are not neighborhood people and could never be truly comfortable here for more reasons than I could list.
But we are moving to five acres with a quirky old farm house. We have been restoring it all summer. (“Restore” being a very nice word for it!) The previous tenants nearly destroyed the house and littered all over the property. It has been a huge undertaking but we love it here with the trails through the woods, established orchard, and plenty of room to grow. Thanks again for the great magazine and all the wonderful references it has led me to!
Looking for low-pressure steam engine plans
I have just received all the books and CDs that came with my lifetime subscription. I feel like a young child at Christmas after Santa has been there. I figure if I live eight years you lose money on the deal.
I normally read Mr. Ayoob’s section first, then the sections on food and herbs. I’m a wannabe on self-reliance, reading and planning my future home. Building toys to use with teaching; I teach English and math. This is my second career, my first being a Master Sergeant in USAF.
I enjoy your work and look forward to reading it for a long time to come.
P.S. Does anyone have the plans for a low-pressure steam engine connected to a fire place/wood burning stove? A friend and I were kicking the idea around for places where winter solar power is not practical. Our general idea looked like this:
Stove —> Engine —> Generator
Canvas roof from 7th Year Anthology works
As an avid reader of BHM, I would like to compliment you on a fine magazine. All of the articles are down to earth and very informative. One example I used was in the 7th year anthology on page 153 on canvas roofs. We have a mobile home that the roof was leaking very badly. After several attempts and a lot of time and money with no luck, I read that article, then went to the fabric store and bought enough 24-oz duck cloth to do the job and then used Kool Seal as an adhesive and finish coat. After a 2-inch downpour “no leaks.”
Jackie Clay has got to be one of the best homesteaders that ever was, and a very good cook. I really enjoy her articles. Also Massad Ayoob’s articles are very informative.
In fact Dave, don’t change a thing in your magazine!
Locksmithing is also a good country job
I am a recent subscriber to your magazine, and am very glad that I did. The anthology alone was worth the money. I am writing to you to comment on Mr. Ayoob’s article on burglary prevention, as well as “35 country jobs” by Mr. Sanders. I am semi-disabled and work as a locksmith part-time. I enjoyed both articles very much and wanted to point out that locksmithing makes a great job for the partially disabled or retired who are looking to get involved in a home-based or part-time business. Foley-Belsaw Corporation offers an excellent learn at home course for the basics of locksmithing. Many persons sell their already established businesses due to ill health or retirement every month. These for sale ads usually appear in many locksmith trade classifieds in magazines….God Bless and keep up the wonderful publication I’ve come to love. Also, high security locks for your home is never a bad idea.
Born and raised on a farm and still love it
… I’ve read my BHM and my free Anthology book that you sent me with my subscription to the magazine. I have really enjoyed reading my 1st issue and the Anthology book. I’m a farm product, born and raised on a farm and it’s still the best way of life. They can have the city life. I’ll live and die on a farm and live my country ways til then.
My parents lived through the depression years. Yes things were hard but they learned to appreciate what little they had and each other. I learned from my parents never to take things for granted, work hard, and take care of what you have.
My mother raised me the good ole fashion way. She made my clothes, canned everything (even meats) that would fit into a jar on a wood cookstove and we had a wood heating stove, a well and a cistern and up until 1959 we never had a TV. A radio yes but not TV. We read. Mom taught me to sew, embroider, cook, can, and I helped on the farm— hand milk cow, slop hogs, even picked corn by hand.
Dad farmed for years with a team of horses. Those were the good ole days. Dad also made homemade molasses from sugar cane. We had our own meats—beef, pork, chickens, geese, ducks and Dad hunted a lot. Dad always said live on a farm and you’ll never have to go hungry, live off the land and use common sense, live within means and have a good life and we did. I still do. I raise a garden, can, sew, work, and read and I live by myself on a farm. I just rent where I am but I live in the same house and have for 29 years. My landlord says raise what you want and do what you want out here. So I do and love it.
… I’m 59 years old and was born 7 miles from where I now live. I laugh and tell my 7 kids I never got very far in 59 years. My parents have been gone for quite sometime now—Dad in 1977 and Mom 1984 and I lost my only sister in June 2004. But I’ll make it just fine and live by what I was taught as a child. I have my Dad’s determination and will power. He always said “can’t” never could do anything, give everything a try and learn from the results. I do all my own yard work, house upkeep, garden and car … I started working at 14 on week-ends washing dishes in a relative’s restaurant and have worked and raised 7 children since then.
… Thanks so much and keep up the good work.
People need to wake up to their lost freedoms
This is in reference to My View and The Last Word in BHM Nov/Dec 2004. Wow, talk about being “right on target” and “hitting the nail on the head.” If only politicians had the same insight.
Folks who understand practical real-life economics would understand that any Government socialist program is inherently flawed from the onset, regardless of how thick the “sugar coating” to convince the general public of its perceived benefits. All one has to do is learn the play-out results of socialism in all the Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR), not just Russian (one of the Republics), as it affected the daily life of the average USSR citizen/taxpayer. Socialism was beneficial for the Communist Party members, at the expense of the general public who actually “footed the bill” and brunt of the hardship, ever increasingly so in the later years. The remnants of the USSR today are essentially bankrupt. Doesn’t this sound familiar to what is going on today to the Federal and many State and local Governments, many of which have major debt and deficit woes, the result of Fabian Socialism? Fabian Socialism, by the way, is a society of socialists organized in England in 1994 to spread socialist principles gradually.
Unfortunately, here in America the general public is constantly bombarded with the idea that everyone can get some kind of Government economic handout because “they are special” for one reason or another. Politicians regularly use all sorts of gimmicks to garner support for their Socialized Program that will “help their constituents,” rather than ALL Americans. How? By first “taking,” as John Silveira so eloquently put it, and then fighting (ha, ha) to “giving back” in the form of a: tax credit, rebate, discount, refund, deduction, subsidy, etc. in exchange for “just a little more “authorization” or “power” turned over to Government.
… Socialism only works as long as 49% of the financial contributors are passive in paying for the 51% of the beneficiaries. Oh, don’t forget the Federal, state, and local bureaucracy cost to run the social programs is included in the 51% of beneficiaries and deducted from the actual benefits that may ultimately be dispensed to “beneficiaries who qualify.” Once the threshold of financial contributors of 51% is crossed, each beneficiary is increasingly paying directly for their own benefits and less of “Peter paying for Paul.” Of course, the general taxpayer has been paying all along, and the Federal, State, and local bureaucracies still remain in control of dispensing benefits to “beneficiaries who qualify,” thus insuring their bureaucracy employment, and retaining control.
… Americans must wake up to their lost freedoms and retake their Individual Liberties, not continue to be victims. Fortunately, BHM readers are more attuned than most to not being victimized, and being self-reliant.
Grounded radio tower offers good lightning protection for homesite
Regarding Dorothy Ainsworth’s article on lightning protection: During my employment by AT&T Long Lines in the 1980s I presented a study I did on lightning and lightning protection. I found that a properly grounded radio tower would protect an area the diameter of twice the height of the tower in a cone shape (imagine an ice cream cone upside down). A 50-foot tower would protect 100 feet at ground level in a cone shaped pattern up to the top of the tower. I used Rohn #25, a popular tower used by ham radio operators, available in 10-foot sections. I put the tower base in concrete 5 feet into the ground and additionally attached it to two 8-foot grounding rods. The tower is mounted beside my house attached to the eve with a house bracket to eliminate the necessity of guy wires. I use the tower for any antenna needs I have, including a satellite antenna mounted on the side, TV antenna, shortwave scanner, or ham radio antennas. It also provides a permanent, neat, and secure ladder anytime I need to access my roof.
Holding an M1 in your hands is holding a piece of American history
Just read Mike Blank’s article on buying an M1 Garand (Issue 89) from the CMP. I have two M1s that I purchased two years ago and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy those rifles. Not only are they great to shoot and impress people at the range with, but I catch myself just looking at them and thinking “If they could only talk.” To hold a piece of real American history in your hands like that is fantastic. The CMP folks are very courteous and fast to respond to any question you might have in the process of your purchase. It’s a great program that I would encourage people to take advantage of before these rifles are all gone, not only the Garands but all the other models as well. Supplies won’t last forever. You will love these rifles and will feel even better about getting them as time goes on.
Thanks for “Lawyers” article and Ayoob
I read your article on Lawyers! (Issue 89) The conversational style makes the reading most enjoyable. It reminded me of the series you guys put together on juries and the Founding Fathers.
We did fine riding out Hurricane Frances. During the storm our children were out riding their skateboards and holding an old parachute flying down the road. We insisted on a gas house so we had hot water and cooking. When they turned the water off the small pool paid for itself and Mother Nature kept it full. Also, thank Mr. Ayoob for his articles on home defense, they came in handy. We were prepared.
Thanks for the teaching and the entertainment.
An improvement to make a rat trap better
This magazine is great! Dave Duffy and John Silveira write some of the best articles I’ve seen in a long time.
The article about using peanut butter as a rat trap bait has been used for a long time around here. We have an improvement that can make the trap more effective. Take a piece of yarn and tie it around the trip for the trap while hooking it underneath the little tab to keep it from being pulled off. Then coat the yarn with peanut butter. The mice will try to pull on the yarn and trip the trap. Without the yarn, I’ve seen them lick the trap clean without tripping it.
Cows, as well as horses, get injected with drugs
… I was very surprised at how many people disliked you printing an article about eating horse. Wisconsin prisons used to feed inmates horse meat a long time ago. Humans have forever and a day eaten horse, as it was one of the first animals we killed for food. And, the fact that many people point out how the medications used on horses is labeled not to be used on animals going to our food market is almost laughable since I have worked on three dairy farms and can tell you that most farms feed, inject, rub, or use any other means to get chemicals into a cow to increase milk production or fend off mastitis. Everything has antibiotics or Human Growth Hormone in it. This milk goes from these Grade A farms to the dairy for that great Wisconsin cheese.
Many people don’t ever use any vaccines, antibiotics or growth stimulants on any of their animals. I know several people raising Mustangs that use nothing because they don’t want the genes of those who fall sick of disease in the herd to begin with. If it dies it dies as a natural part of nature. Only the fittest survive. This makes for a very hardy animal, and is perfectly good for eating.
But, I don’t eat horse. The idea is just strange to me, but I wouldn’t be appalled by others doing so. Same goes for dogs and cats, as long as it is not MY dog.
Jason R. Glascock