Category Archives: Basic Skills

Articles, commentary, and information on acquiring and maintaining the basic skills necessary for self reliance.

Practical Christmas gifts

When I moved out on my own my parents gave me a going-away present; a basic tool kit, with a small hammer, tape measure, pliers, box knife, and a adjustable screwdriver. Those simple tools saw a lot of use. Though … Continue reading

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The case for DIY

And speaking of Self Reliance Exchange, there’s another excellent article there about gaining the knowledge to do many things yourself. The writer (DDFD) uses the example of his car, and how you can learn a lot about your car and … Continue reading

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Crazy Glue for first aid

Adventures in Self Reliance has a post about using super glue to close cuts. I’ve heard of it being done, and I’m sure it would work, but I would personally appreciate a little advice on the proper way to apply … Continue reading

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Self reliance vs. fostering self reliance in others

Tonight I was reminded again that self reliance, while a worthy goal, is sometimes at cross purposes with other values I hold to. As a Christian, I also believe in looking out for my fellow man. While I do not … Continue reading

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Tinkering has a proud history

Popular Mechanics ask and answers the question: is it valuable to tinker with things? But this begs the question, are the modern day DIYers’ wild projects as worthwhile as “serious” projects such as car restoration or tiling a bathroom? Should … Continue reading

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Self reliance means skills, not just tools

Melanie Williams at Where Simplicity Leads has some excellent thoughts on the difference between tools and skills in self reliance: When I was just getting serious about simple living a few years ago I read an article about self-reliance which … Continue reading

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50 ways to love your lever

The deck demolition project continues. Last weekend we got all the deck structure removed, and over the week friends have been coming to lay claim to the scrap lumber. We still have some of it, but enough is gone to … Continue reading

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The joy of fixing things

Self reliance manifests itself in various ways. Here’s an article by Bill Kirby in The Augusta Chronicle about reclaiming a bit of his spirit of self reliance: It prompted the faintest of grins because it caused me to remember: I … Continue reading

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Is self-reliance the enemy of specialization?

I came across an interesting article on GuruFocus.com putting economics in very simple terms; ie. our individual survival depends on accumulation of energy, that specialization allowed for more efficient energy collection, and that money represents stored energy: People are creatures … Continue reading

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Thoreau on delegating our work to others

Lest you think from my previous posts that I find little of value in Thoreau, I present this passage that struck me today: There is some of the same fitness in a man’s building his own house that there is … Continue reading

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