Self-Reliant Living: Advice and Information on Just about Everything You Need to Know to Live on Planet Earth

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Globe Pequot, 2004 - Self-Help - 657 pages
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The ultimate how-to book for all generations

Rural homesteaders and urban apartment dwellers alike will find a mother lode of practical information packed into this hefty handbook. A selective compendium of public-domain documents, it provides in one single volume a wealth of knowledge and useful instruction on just about every imaginable aspect of self-sufficiency, from building a living structure and growing food to raising children and using tools of all kinds.

Hundreds of pamphlets, documents, and articles are reproduced here in facsimile, making this a true cornucopia of practical advice. Readers will learn how to:

Build a greenhouse
Administer first aid
Stock a shelter in case of nuclear attack
Build a stone wall
Survive in the wilderness, at sea, and in the city
Plant, prune, and propagate trees and shrubs
Buy farmland
Prevent wood decay
Grow plants indoors and out
Read architect's drawings
Care for household pets
Keep bees
Prevent and remove mildew
Repair clothing
Hunt, trap, and fish
Repair a screen or leaking faucet
Weave
Replace a broken window
Butcher and store big-game kill
Use a mortising machine
Apply plaster and set tile
Relieve allergy symptoms
Build a wood-frame, brick, or log house
Control insects
Manage a toddler
Stay safe during storms and floods
Can and freeze fruits and vegetables
Treat various forms of athritis
Make bread
Take your own blood pressure
Cut metal and stone
and much, much more!

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it's a start for those of us living down wind from nuclear reactors.

Review: The Big Book of Self-Reliant Living: Advice and Information on Just About Everything You Need to Know to Live on Planet Earth

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I'm taking this one with me when I move out into the woods to live like the Unabomber. Without the bomb-making. Read full review

Contents

First
1
Open Wounds
14
Handling and Transportation
28
Survival Weapons
42
Orientation
60
Emergencies at Home
75
Cancer
95
Clinical Trials
133
Construction
483
Engineers Level
490
Surveying
496
Concrete
502
16
524
Equipment for Holding Work
532
Exterior Finish
555
Floors and Doors
565

The Lungs
149
Rheumatoid Arthritis
164
Food and Nutrition
229
Ways to Save on Groceries
273
Making Jams and Jellies
297
Farm and Home
321
Tools
433
Drills Reamers Punches
440
Drills and Chisels
447
Drill Press
454
Squares and Gages
461
Field Structures
572
Reducing House Construction Costs
584
Care of Wood Doors
609
Wood Decay
617
WaterSupply Sources
623
Plumbing
631
Making Basements Dry
638
Drying Fruits and Vegetables 313
646
INDEX
649
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Walter Szykitka authored the very popular first edition of The Big Book of Self-Reliant Living in 1974 under the title Public Works. He is also the author of two other self-help reference books and Pursuing the Unexplained, a twelve-part series that was carried worldwide by New York Times Syndicated Features. He lives in New York City, where he writes a monthly newsletter on International Business Trends.

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