3 Day Fast Tips And Tricks You Can Use To Survive

3 Day Fast Tips And Tricks You Can Use To Survive

How long have you been without food? In your whole life? For many this is only a few hours. The idea of going without food terrifies people. I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing a 3 day fast for years now. The timing never seemed to fit though. I couldn’t face deliberately not going without food. I had leftover fears from my time being homeless. Not knowing when your next meal will come will  rattle you.

While listening to an episode of the Tim Ferriss Show he said that he does a 3 day fast once a month. It was the reason for the fast that pushed me to try it. It is not for the many health benefits but for  reasons picked up from Stoic philosophy. He has a podcast about it called How to practice poverty and reduce fear. It was the fear reduction I was most interesting.

I will talk about the health benefits in this article. There are many. It is not, however, our main concern. We will be focusing on overcoming the fear of hunger and gaining the knowledge that you can do a 3 day fast. 3 days, 72 is the time frame we focus on most in prepping. The first 72 hours are the most critical in a disaster. You need to be thinking clearly to increase your survivability. Dealing with a disaster while being hangry would suck.


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How To Build An Off Grid Gravity Fed Water System Cheaply


How To Build An Off Grid Gravity Fed Water System Cheaply


How To Build An Off Grid Gravity Fed Water System Cheaply



An off grid Gravity Fed Water System is a great  option for  running water. Since many of us off grid dwellers and tiny house owners do not have running water.  Yes, you can live without running water. Indoor plumbing has been around a long time but mostly for the wealthy. Your average 16th century English Farmer would have to carry in water. The same still holds true for many parts of the world today.

The system I’m going to show you how to build is not a whole house solution. The principles will scale up, though. This is a cheap and easy solution to get a gravity fed water system for a sink. So this is perfect for doing a few loads of dishes, brushing teeth or hand washing.

Best of all this build is both easy and cheap. I built the system in just a few minutes. I spent the next few days tinkering with it to try to optimize it.


Off Grid Gravity Fed Water System

The Parts


  • Five Gallon Bucket With Lid
  • Tubbing
  • Threaded PEX connector
  • Threaded PVC Piece
  • Rubber Washer
  • Hose Clamps That Fit The PEX Connector.
  • Faucet Connector
  • PEX Faucet Shut Off

Some of the parts listed are not specific. Therefore they will vary based on your needs and availability. You can do like I did and stand in the plumbing section of Lowe’s for an hour trying pieces for a fit. Unless you are going to be reducing it’s best to get tubing the same size as your PEX connectors. I believe the tubing I used was 3/8th. That was a very snug fit on the faucet shut-off connector.

You could also just go into the local hardware store and ask for help. If you get a smart employee, yes it happens sometimes, you can be out quickly. Just tell them you’re looking to hook up a hose to a five-gallon bucket.


Gravity Fed Water System

Drilling the hole

Building The Bucket

Use a paddle bit to drill a hole the size of your threaded piece. In my case, this was 3/8th size hole. Be careful not to let the bit dance. If you do the hole will be bigger than the connector. Also, Plumbers tape will help to a degree.

I had to get a pvc piece that was female on one side and male on the other.  Put Teflon tape on the PEX piece and screw into the female side. Use Teflon tape on the male side. Put a rubber washer on.

For inside the bucket, I had a female threaded open piece.

Thread the male connector into the bucket. It should be a tight fit. You want the piece to go all the way into the bucket for the washer to prevent leaks.

On the inside of the bucket, I put another rubber washer on threaded side. That way there is a washer on the inside and outside of the bucket to prevent leaks.

Thread the open female piece on the inside of the bucket. Tighten it as snuggly as you can by hand. Using a wrench would break something for sure.

Preparing The Line

At this point, it’s best to place the bucket where you are going to want it. Take the tubing you have and place on one of your hose clamps. Work the tubing onto the PEX barbed end on the bucket. It will be a really tight fit. This is what we want. When the tubing is all the way on, move the hose clamp to the center of the barb. Tighten the hose clamp. Don’t go crazy tightening it down, you don’t want to crack the PEX barb.

Run the tubing to the sink. It will most likely be too long. I didn’t want to have excess tubing congesting my Gravity Fed Water System. The less distance it travels will help with the pressure. Cut it to be just enough to reach the sink.

Nest put a hose clamp on the tubing and attach to the shut-off valve. And the Shut off piece connects to the faucet connector and that screws onto the sink.

Gravity Fed Water System

Gravity Fed Water System

Set Up

At this point, everything should be hooked up for your Gravity Fed Water System. Since this is only going to feed the cold water tap on the faucet. Don’t forget to either plug or shut off the hot water side. I used a faucet connector and shut off valve on it. Therefore the water  will just pour out. Ask me how I know.

Now fill the bucket with water. Check for leaks. Also you could use silicone to seal the connector coming out of the bucket. I have not had it leak in weeks of use, though.

Then turn on you shut off valve to the faucet. Check for leaks. If no leaks turn on the faucet. Remember only the cold will work. If water comes out awesome you did it! In the event that the water won’t flow it has air in the line. So we have to get the air out of the line first.

Also you could install a check valve to get the air out. I just squeezed the tubing near the bucket. When you squeeze the tubing it forces the air inside the bucket and fills the line with water. Once the line is completely filled with water it will flow.


Off Grid Running Water Gravity Fed Water System

Off Grid Running Water


In conclusion, I have been without running water for almost 2 years, living in  my tiny house. It isn’t that bad honestly. In particular many things you take for granted are made difficult. Like doing the dishes. So you can’t just rinse off something. The first thing I did after building my Gravity Fed Water System was to do some dishes. Finally It felt great to have running water to do dished with.

I fiddled around trying to get the water pressure to be better with no luck. Also don’t expect any great water pressure. It will flow steadily. But it will flow.

This project cost less than $30 and took less than an hour. As a result,  I can turn a faucet and water comes out. For a short term disaster or for those that live off the grid this is a cheap and easy solution.  So the next step  from this system  is rain catchment and a water pump. You could possibly do that for $100. Probably not, though. As an interim to that, this Gravity Fed Water System fills the gap perfectly.

What do you do for water? Have you built a Gravity Fed Water System? Let me know in the comments!



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Paul Kortman On Living A Modern Nomadic Lifestyle

Paul Kortman

Paul Kortman



Paul Kortman On Living A Modern Nomadic Lifestyle

This week we welcome on Paul Kortman. His family  has chosen a life of location independence. In early 2014, they  sold their house and most possessions.

They  homeschool their four children.  Paul’s business is run online so as long as he has an internet connection he can continue to make the same income independent of location. They are  choosing to improve our quality of life through travel and opening our kids’ eyes to a broader worldview.

The Kortmans are  currently in Mexico heading south after spending 2014 and 2015 in  Davao, Philippines; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Cape Town, South Africa; Sofia, Bulgaria; Lisbon, Portugal, and a few other locations.

We mostly focus the interview on online business and Location Independence. How running an online business you only need  internet access and you can run your business anywhere in the world. Not being tied to a specific location has many benefits.

We later go on to talk about the tyranny of the US Government. During this Paul gets passionate about the Child Protection Service specifically. Mike and I are both strongly against CPS.


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Why The Leatherman Warranty Rocks! Free Replacements

Leatherman Warranty

Leatherman Wave Warranty


Why The Leatherman Warranty Rocks! Free Replacements

The amazing Leatherman Warranty has cemented me as a customer for life. A while back I broke the Flathead screwdriver bit on my Leatherman Wave. It broke in the prevention of an explosion. A small one anyway.  I was trying to unscrew a rusty screw on my kerosene heater. Which was unusable because I dropped a mini bic lighter deep inside it. I flicked my bic too hard and it flew inside.

First I grabbed my Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool  to unscrew the heater case. I got the heater used and it was a bit rusty. Not that I’m complaining. It was free and could kick out some heat. The leatherman was no match against this screw, though. The tip if the screwdriver snapped off. I was pretty furious.

I then proceeded to break at least one more screwdriver before finally getting it off.


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Effective Tips in Controlling Weed Growth – Minus the Chemicals!

Effective Tips in Controlling Weed Growth – Minus the Chemicals!

Growing and enjoying the view of your beautiful plants can be a lot of fun until it is not. The fun certainly stops when it is already time to take out the weeds, which competes with your plants for space and nutrients from the soil in your garden.

So what does a budding gardener have to do?

Among the fastest way to get the seeds out is to use herbicides. However, despite their growing popularity, it is also important to remember that these things come with harmful toxic chemicals that hurt your plant, yourself, your family and the environment. Yes, what you do might not seem to have a huge impact to the world but it can add up if everyone who gardens basically does the same thing.

Some chemicals from herbicides can get trapped in certain types of soil for up to 20 years. What happens if you decide to plant something edible or if your little kids suddenly decide to play with the soil in your backyard? Scary, right?

You might also want to remember that some herbicides are sprayed and this could easily get into the air we breathe. Among the most common side effects to herbicide exposure include nausea, rashes and headache but they can also go as severe as seizures and even death. You wouldn’t want to risk that, would you?

Don’t worry – there is still a way to get those nasty weeds out. You can do so by manually pulling them out or doing certain tips and tricks that we have outlined in the helpful infographic below. You might also want to mix and match your gardening tools depending on your needs and preferences. Cool?

Just remember, different types of plants use different methods for getting the weeds out but they do have one thing in common: avoid the toxic chemicals.

Now your plants stay safe and so do you, your family and your garden. Happy weeding!


Weed Control

Weed Control


Lisa Farland is a content writer in Happy to Survive – a blog that will help you thrive and survive, and offers articles about preparedness, and off-the-grid, self-reliant living. Lisa is an avid minimalist camper, prepper and survivalist.