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Homesteading Badge - Straw/Wood/Iron brainstorming

 
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We're working on defining the remaining levels for a number of badges.  We could use your help coming up with more items that could be added to the various lists!  If you haven't heard of PEP yet, please check out This Thread.

In the past we've set up badges where you have to do a set number of things from a list.  The issue with that is that jump starting a vehicle isn't as hard as building a gate.  So instead, we're using a point based system.  Get a vehicle unstuck, earn a point.  Winterize a property, earn 4 points.  Earn 35 points and you have the Straw badge completed.  

Occasionally there will be a range of points for some items.  Otis doesn't care exactly how your tractor was stuck and how you unstuck it.  But he may be more impressed if you demolish a full barn as compared to a chicken coop.  So when a skill has a range, most people will earn the minimum end of the range.  Going above and beyond and doing something truly impressive is where the upper end of the range will come in.

Now that we're using a point system, it will be easy to have items that bridge between badges.  Putting an addition onto a house may earn points for homesteading and plumbing and electricity.

I could use some help adding more artifacts to the lists, building out a potential Iron list and double checking that I'm not way off base on how hard some items are relative to the rest of them.

straw badge  35 points

Required:
drive a truck and trailer backwards - with turns  ½ point

Electives:
Do a minimum of 10 items from this list
Up to 10 points of duplication allowed
Items from Sand "Big List" can be be completed for 1 point each as well

Tow a vehicle 100 yards with another vehicle - 1 point
Make a one handed gate latch - 2 points
Repair 400’ of a traditional fence - 2 points
Repair a corner brace for a fence - 2 points
Build a corner brace for a fence - 3 points
Set up a fly trap (drowning style) - ½ point
Set up a mosquito trap - ½ point
Add appropriate minnows/goldfish to animal water trough - ½ point
Get a vehicle/tractor unstuck from mud or snow - 1 point
Jump start a vehicle - ½ point
Put chains on a set of drive tires (tractor, vehicle, etc)  - 1 point
Cover something with a tarp so that it stays put for 6 months - ½ point
Cover cargo with a tarp so it stays dry during transit - ½ point
Set up an equipment file for owner’s manuals and other equipment information - ½ point
Set up a spare parts kit in the shop for a piece of equipment - ½ point
Make, attach and fill a mobile tool kit for a piece of equipment (shear pins, wrench, etc) - 1 point
Make a “carry all” attachment for a tractor - 3 points
Set up a family reference document that explains how each part of the homestead works for the other residents - 1 point
 - Here’s how to winterize the camper
 - Here’s how to turn off the gas/water/electricity to the house
Scythe an area of 100 square feet (ditch, around pole building, etc) - ½ point
Use a 3 point hitch implement on a tractor (brushhog, box blade, disk, etc) and do work for 15 min - ½ point
Remove snow from a roof safely - 2 points
Spread manure/compost on a pasture - 1/2 point
Dragging/moving a large down tree 100’ for processing (sawmill, firewood, etc) - 1 point
   >18” diameter, >8’ long
Build a gate for vehicles - 4 points
Clean up messes made by prior owners or tresspassers - 2 points per cubic yard
Set up a short term covered materials storage area for peeled logs, fence posts, metal parts, etc - 1 point
Set up a materials storage area for things that don’t need protection (gravel, sand, bricks, blocks, rocks, etc) - 1 point
Set up a hidden boneyard - 1 point
Salvage building materials from a small building - 8 points
 - Nails removed, ends of boards cut square, stored appropriately
Correct a structural defect with an outbuilding - 4-16 points
Fix a leaking roof - 2 points
Correctly make a roof penetration - 2 points
Whitewash or limewash a barn interior - 8 points
Repoint 200 sqft of rubble foundation - 8 points
Winterize the property in the fall - 4 points
Paint a 200 square foot wall - 2 points
Add a lean-to to an existing building - 16 points
Make a small Jean Pain compost system (4+ cu yards) - 8 points
Make a car safety bag (blanket, candle, etc) - 1 point

wood badge 180 points

Required:
Drive a truck/tractor/vehicle backwards with a wagon (front wheels of wagon turn with tongue) - ½ pt

Electives:
Up to 30 new points (non duplicates) from Straw allowed
Up to 40 points of duplication from Wood, Straw or Sand "Big list" allowed (Big List items count as 1 point each)
Do a minimum of 3 items from this list

Salvage building materials from a large down building - 16 points
Salvage and raze a large building - 40-100 points
Move an outbuilding (simple to no foundation) to a new site - 8 points
Move an outbuilding (more involved foundation) to a new site - 16 points
Replace a roof on a building - 20 points
Remove a silo - 20 points
Shovel snow and sand ice for a winter (>8 times) - 10 points
Build a free standing shop or barn (>300 square feet) - 80 points
Build a small Oehler style greenhouse (<100 square feet) - 60 points
Make a large Jean Pain compost system (10+ cubic yards) - 24 points
Put a 3 season (unheated, uninsulated) addition onto a house under an existing roof - 16 Homesteading points, 4 Dimensional Woodworking points
Put a 3 season (unheated, uninsulated) addition onto a house and add the roof - 60 Homesteading points, 20 Dimensional Woodworking points

iron badge
1030 points to come from any of the Homesteading Straw, Wood or Iron lists
50% of the points can be duplicates, the rest need to be new activities

Put a 4 season (conditioned space) addition onto a house (min 100 sq ft) - 200 Homesteading points, 20 Dimensional Woodworking points, 20 Electricity points (if wiring involved), 20 Plumbing points (if plumbing involved)
Build a large Oehler style greenhouse (>100 square feet) - 120 points
 
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Maybe a preparedness journal, with essential contact info, etc. There's a thread on here somewhere and I'll try to find it tomorrow. Gotta get to bed now!
 
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Sorry for the slow reply Nicole!  Maybe those items could be covered by the "Family Reference Document".  I was imagining it would be for things like:
  • Where that water pipe travels to the barn
  • Where the septic tank is buried
  • Where the old well is located
  • How to winterize the greenhouse
  • How to turn off the gas in an emergency
  • How to get the chimney apart to sweep it

  • I have one myself to remind myself how to take apart my chimney to sweep it each year.  I also have notes on how to turn off the water, gas and electrical subpanels in case the missus needs it.
     
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    I was sighting in the deer gun today which reminded me that gun stuff may be a good fit for homesteading:

    Routine cleaning of a firearm
    Detailed disassembly and cleaning of a firearm
    Sighting in a rifle or patterning a shotgun

     
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    Mike Haasl wrote:Sorry for the slow reply Nicole!  Maybe those items could be covered by the "Family Reference Document".  I was imagining it would be for things like:

  • Where that water pipe travels to the barn
  • Where the septic tank is buried
  • Where the old well is located
  • How to winterize the greenhouse
  • How to turn off the gas in an emergency
  • How to get the chimney apart to sweep it

  • I have one myself to remind myself how to take apart my chimney to sweep it each year.  I also have notes on how to turn off the water, gas and electrical subpanels in case the missus needs it.



    Thanks for reminding me! It's actually a bit different than your family reference document, though titled something very similar. The focus isn't so much about maintenance, but having essential contact numbers, utility information, list of things to grab in an emergency, maps indicating various roads to use if roads are blocked by fallen trees, list of items in ones house for insurance processes, etc.


    More about it on this permies thread and from Northwest Edible Life. It actually takes quite a few hours to assemble, and comes in handy even in not an emergency.

    Speaking of emergencies, do we have a car emergency bag/"bug-out" bag of essentials to grab for fixing a car/waking home from car breaking down/essentials for if your house is burning down/etc?
     
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    Ahh, gotcha.  That would be good to have.  

    I can see a car safety bag.  I'll have to check if a full bug out bag would fit PEP or not.
     
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    I updated the top post per a talk with Paul.  Gun stuff will be added to the Tool Care badge.

    We're still interested in more big items to fill out the Iron badge a bit more.
     
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    Any last items?  I'll lock this thread soon and move the items over to the official Homesteading badge in a day or two...
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