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This aspect is a list of bits and bobs that don't fit into other badges.

sand badge

drive a truck and trailer backwards

(little list) complete 4 of:
   - check the septic tank status
   - fill a sand barrel in the summer
   - sand an icy drive and all paths
   - repair a window screen
   - properly attach/lash something ten feet long or longer to a vehicle
   - create or restock a first aid kit (that needs stocking)
   - install, replace, or recharge a fire extinguisher
   - install a carbon monoxide detector
   - install a smoke detector
   - supply a work site with ample safety glasses, hearing protection, first aid kits, gloves, etc.
   - check a game cam (check pics; fresh memory card and batteries)

(big list) complete 3 of:
   - use tractor and back blade to plow snow
   - sand, prime and paint a rusty patch on a piece of equipment
   - clean/repair/improve the gutters
   - spring cleanup
   - removing unwanted fence
   - install proper fire starting, fire maintenance, and ash handling tools at a fire-burning contraption
   - build a rock jack
   - sweep out a chimney


straw badge

35 points required

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

Electives
  - Up to 10 points of duplication allowed
  - New items from Sand list allowed (½ point for “little list” items, 1 point for “big list” items)
  - Oddball points allowed

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
Harvest four cubic yards of fertility from a domestic animal system - 1 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 - 3 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
Replace metal roof on a small building (<400 square feet) - 8 points
Make a small Jean Pain compost system (4+ cu yards) - 8 points
Set up a ham radio system (including tower) - 8 points
Run communication cable/wire 40 feet to a new spot - 1 point
   - coaxial, LAN, phone, etc

wood badge

180 points required

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 this Wood list allowed
  - Do a minimum of 3 items from this list
  - Oddball points allowed

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 metal roof on a large building (>400 square feet) - 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) - 80 points
Build a large Oehler style greenhouse (>100 square feet) - 120 points
Make a large Jean Pain compost system (10+ cubic yards) - 24 points
Put a 3 season (unheated, uninsulated) addition onto a house - 16 points (existing roof), 60 points (new roof)
Put a 4 season (insulated space, to code) addition onto a house (at least 150 square feet) - 120 points

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Do you want a BB page created for each item of the "little list" or just one general BB for the whole little list?  
 
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Mike Jay wrote:Do you want a BB page created for each item of the "little list" or just one general BB for the whole little list?  



Each item.

 
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I think the straw badge should include Scything.

Or saving the straw from harvesting Wheat or Oats or Rye.

Of course I think that because I do it....
 
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How about repairing a flat tire for the big list?  
 
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Spring Cleanup BB: https://permies.com/wiki/118883/PEP-BB-Homesteading-Sand-SpringClean

I'm sure it's not done, but it's there now.
 
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Thanks Lee, I linked it to the Homesteading list!
 
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Mike Jay wrote:How about repairing a flat tire for the big list?  



Wouldn't that be "tool care"?  We have a bunch of other car maintenance and repair stuff there.
 
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I suspect that over the next few months we will add 40 new things to the sand badge lists.   Any suggestions?  
 
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Maybe we need a few BBs like this:


- create a hidden boneyard
- move stuff to a boneyard
- make a boneyard more hidden (less visible)
- take a spot that looks junky and tidy it - probably by putting stuff in a shed or moving it to a boneyard

I feel like this might be the beginning of 20 things - and these 20 things might very well be the most important things to Otis.

 
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How about chimney sweeping on the "big list"?
 
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Mike Jay Haasl wrote:How about chimney sweeping on the "big list"?



Make it so!
 
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I think I've just qualified for the Homesteading Sand badge!

Back up a trailer

Little list (do 4):
Fill sand barrel
Lash something long to a vehicle
Install smoke detector
Trail cam

Big list (do 3):
Sweep chimney
Remove fence
Clean gutters
Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

Congratulations and well-earned, Mike! Here's your SEVENTH badge!!!

 
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