“If you have one bucket that holds 5 gallons and another one that holds 10 gallons, how many buckets do you have”?
That’s a line from one of my favorite movies, Idiocracy. It’s question used in an IQ test in a distant future where the smartest people had an average IQ of about 65. Idiocracy is a documentary that puts the cart before the horse a bit if you ask me, but I think the quote’s a nice intro to spice up an article about buckets.
Now, let’s see what 5 gallon buckets and survival have in common. The short answer is “basically everything”. You can’t build an entire city out of 5 gallon buckets or put a man on the moon but you can do a ton of other things with them.Let’s take a look at some practical uses for 5 gallon plastic buckets, shall we?
Let’s begin with something interesting and pretty high tech: how to provide electricity for your home without needing 500 hamsters on wheels.
1. How to Build a Hydro-Generator
A hydro-generator is very close to a perpetuum mobile, meaning that it’ll provide you with cheap and abundant energy using almost nothing but a flow of running water and a few good plastic buckets.
To be honest, the design is much more complicated than playing with plastic buckets in the river, but if you’re a capable mechanic and know how to read a blue print, check the system that a guy named Sam Redfield has invented.
You’ll find the detailed DIY manual about how to build your own private energy source here.