Water valve won’t turn – simple fix

One way to fix a stuck water valve on the cheap!
Video included.


At the bottom is our video on how to do this.

Read the safety and step-by-step instructions first!

Hot water valves and cold water valves sometimes get stuck! They seize and refuse to turn with hand pressure. That’s where the tools come in…
Here’s a basic set that I consider super handy to always keep around.


What I used in this video was actually a bit much. We could have used a plumbing pipe wrench for the valve itself, however the pipe wrench was right on hand!
Because some pipes are in older pvc/cpvc and you don’t know how well the original job was completed, it is a good idea to have either a second person hold the pipe still while your wrench –
or just use an adjustable/lockable set of pliers to hold it still.
Some pipes have a lot of play. We don’t need any incidents!

-for safety purposes you may want to turn the supply line off.
-clean hands afterwards. Those valves have moisture and whatever else embedded all over.
-don’t touch your eyes.
-gloves can give you a big-time advantage on those initial turns.

1. attempt to turn by hand
2. if it had any play, begin to turn left and back to right
3. don’t over torque these parts, work them over time
4. apply tool and adjust to fit around valve handle grip piece
5. have helper or use pliers to keep a grip on metal of valve below -NOT THE PVC LINE (these can crack easily)
6. see if you can make the valve turn left or counter clockwise

*if valve cracks, pipe cracks, and you begin experiencing water leakage, stop immediately. This is why you may want to turn off water flow to said pipe.
These waters are from your water heater. Don’t screw round with scalding hot water!

7. if not apply more pressure, turning left or counterclockwise
8. once you begin to receive any ‘give’ , start turning left to right for 30 seconds. Don’t rush this until you know what you are doing.
9. eventually the turns will break loose the seized valve and allow a full turn.
10. back to the hand tightening/loosening process. Give it a spin!
11. turn valve one full cycle. You may hear water fill the house leading to device. (clothes washer in this case)
12. if using a clothes washer, test a hot/hot cycle and see what is produced

Lentils sprouts – super treats for chickens

Sprouting lentils for your chickens! Too easy to fail.


Lentils: something I really don’t eat. However, my chickens can’t get enough of them!

Vitamin packed and so easy to grow, that if you fail at this… nope, na! You can’t, just trust me.

Scroll down to the bottom to watch a quick video on how to get these going.

Lentil sprouts are nutritious and worth while to grow for your animals. As I never eat the things, I will not just randomly recommend them for humans, but I hear good things other than the nutrition side.

You see, like a basic straight-up pinto bean, we can’t just throw one in our mouth, chew without expecting some problems, and then reap a ton of nutritional benefits. We have to cook or sprout these veggies to even enjoy them.

Just like drinking egg yolks provides you with so much less protein than cooked eggs: same goes for lentils.

Your body spends so much time and calories working on digesting this food, that in the end, you will end up passing the foods through your digestive track and they’ll be mostly undigested.

If anything, you’ll hurt and be gassy.

To counter that, we cook, or in this case, we sprout!

Here’s what you’ll need


Besides the jars, you’ll need some kind of mesh-like material. I have used old potato sacks, holes made in plastic lids, and lately marble nets? Yep, I keep it cheap.

Warning: Do Not Over Fill These Jars!

Start the first time with three table spoons full of lentils.

1: Put lentils in jar

2: Fill with water, about half of jar.

3: Let them sit for about 24 hours

4: Cover with mesh material

5: Use the ring and lock down the mesh material (store lid wherever you want)

6: Pour out old water

7: Rinse once more and place on a strainer. No sun required

8: Wait 12 hours and then rinse, repeat step 7

Do this for about 4-5 days. Every single day, you’ll see the tails get longer and longer. I don’t recommend going much further than that, because the tails start wrapping around each other and by this time, you’ve gotten the nutrients unlocked and multiplied for your needs.

Now, it is up to you. Feed these directly to your chickens or store them. Either way, you now have an awesome way to sprout lentils. After that? Start ding multiples. That way you’ll end up with plenty of jars in different stages of growth to feed to your animals and will never run out of supply.

This isn’t a main source of food, but it is a much more natural way to feed the chickens between whatever you buy them, scraps, and grazing.

Nutritional benefits: Contain vitamins A, B, C, and E. Zero fat, protein, folate and potassium, some healthy carbs.


Winter isn’t finished…

A few tips and tools that will finish Winter with a possible sell! Basic homeowner advice.

Winter’s still here

Winter isn’t finished yet! And all Game of Thrones jokes aside… Here’s a reminder of tasks to complete before you decide to sell or stay. Heck, a lot of these are simply good, all-around homeowner DIYs that help us maintain our safe haven we call home.
1: Clean your gutters. After all those leaves have fallen and collected, clean that out before snow or ice builds atop adding weight and sometimes allowing water to stay against water resistant(not waterproof) material.
2: Dryer vents!

Go to local hardware store or check this link here and get it shipped today! http://amzn.to/2DJA3NM and grab yourself a cheap attachment for your drill and knock that moisture-trapped lint out! Hot air and dryer lint and distance of dryer vent equals a house fire if you’re not careful.

Safety tip: keep one of these around at all times. Hey, be generous and leave one behind if you decide to sell your home. You could save a life. http://amzn.to/2Eid9hC

3: Try to take pictures of your house before and during Winter.

That way your future buyer can see how this place will look in dreary winter or awesome summer. Big difference, right?

4: Force yourself to mow one more time, and get those leaves way from your home.

Hard for potential buyers to imagine a lush green scape with crunchy brown foliage under foot. I’m for natural fertilizers(naturally occurring fertilizers from nature, like leaves), however, it can take away from one you are trying to totally display to your customer. They make handy collection bags for this. Take advantage ASAP http://amzn.to/2DY5irV

5: Replace your outside lights

. It makes it one more level of difficulty on your realtor to sell your home in the dark as it kinda gets darker earlier

Make it look like a home, not a spaceship. So check out the lights before your purchase a savings pack. http://amzn.to/2DRQPxJ

Alright, good luck!
Have a great day – night… Whatever it is now. We can’t tell! It’s winterrrrr….. btw take your melatonin and vitamin D!

Where I’ve been


Well this year has been a blast with being super busy.

Gardening, raising chickens, and learning a new profession while working an average of 50 hours a week plus the usual travel.

Not complaining about work or anything, I’ve been doing it a while. But with money in need and offers being made, I know it is close to time for me to leave and go into a more lucrative profession.

You can complain all you want about working hard to make others rich – but I bet ya still cash that paycheck :p

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with family all these years and one day we will all be moving on to bigger things.

However, for me, as I have always enjoyed teaching and learning fun,easy,exact ways to fix up my household and others(cheap of I can get away with it!), I’ve found a profession that seems to be hitting quite well in my state that I had considered a few years ago – home inspection.

I studied, joined a group, read books, studied every single night after work into the A.M.s and saved up for a very expensive test.

Let me tell ya, it was grueling and not very fun but in the end afterwards I looked at that computer screen in the silent testing area and lo and behold

I passed! :p

Now along with continuing making connections with other professionals and real estate agents that need somebody then and there, I have to get a few insurances lined up to get my official license.

It’s kinda a few hoops to jump through but that’s how state regulated things are. Accept or just don’t do it.

This isnt the end of the Cody Homesteader identity or ideals – this only improves on my knowledge to share with yal!

Part of homesteading is saving money where you can to use it towards other, more important things.

And that, along with gardening, chickens, diy, is what I will continue to provide.

Have an awesome day.

Introducing chicks to the mix

Alright so I haven’t been able to post for a little while because I’ve been busy with super fun work and real life. However, the best part about it is in between I am growing a ton of plants indoors getting them ready for outside and we have baby chickens!

There’s a link to let you take a good look at what we have been so busy with. Besides the grow room and the chickens we are busy building the chicken pen and Coop.

It takes a lot to be somewhat self-sufficient but the rewards are awesome. The calories lost are great. And the positive mood that you get from working on something that will help your entire family well that has an unknown price tag.

Killing boredom with productivity 

Growing indoors is so easy – even I have done it!

Not to gloat, but I have done the best with what little time I have in between work.

If you feel like winter is the destroyer of all hope for gardening and doing something positive with your time, then I am here to tell you that there are a few things that you can do to stop that feeling

Forgive the voice to text but I needed to get this out there. I have 27 plants growing in downstairs office room. It took two extra tables that cost 30 bucks and to grow lights that are just CFLs which cost $15 a piece plus shipping.

 a lot of these plants are now six inches tall, two of them are trying to flower, one of the plants is three foot tall and is a Survivor from last year’s  pepper crops.

I will be doing a lot more of exploring the indoor growing with some of them staying here around inside the room and not being transferred out into the garden. Of course for longer-term growth some plants need to be indeterminate and this also gives you an opportunity to stagger your plant growth for the determinant such as most large tomatoes.

 is a picture from 3 weeks ago that can give a little bit of explanation on how easy it is to grow starting out. To be continued. YouTube video coming out soon 30 videos one full month on grow

We want to know….

Homesteading covers a broad range of subjects that we want to discuss with you.

  • Family
  • History
  • DIY
  • Gardening
  • Water Storage
  • General Psychology
  • Awareness
  • Finances and saving money

You control what comes in and out of your home.

You are responsible for protecting your land, rights, and that home you call yours.

You can change how you spend money and time in a more effective way.

We can help!

We can also grow together. Nobody is the queen or king of knowledge in these subjects – if they were, they’d probably be teaching it somewhere for way too much money! Hah.

So, let’s share ideas that’ll help save money and time. Let’s find more ways to keep positive in an at times, dreary landscape. Let’s be the best we can with what little time we have here.

What we are asking YOU is what do YOU want to hear a podcast or video over?

Please let us know. We have a YouTube page https://youtu.be/TpA9gZjC_Cs

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Thank you very much.

Cody Homesteader

Garden Prep p1 composting and your garden box

Winter’s clutch has you – do something about it!

As promised, the first out of at least 4 episodes about Winter Garden Prep is here!

Building your garden boxes or preparing your land is the first step to designing an awesome and winning new year!

If you feel the clutches of Winter destroying your creativity and garden-love, then this is the show for you!

Thanks for following and please stay tuned.

Podcast located at iTunes

and Buzzsprout


Alright! So, we have a new episode coming out i belllliiieve in a day or two. 

This’ll involve: TVA, electricity efficiency, contractors, and my experiences with these peeps as well as how to save money during this process!

Sounds boring until one day you need those services!

Look – we all enjoy heating and cooling. So let’s learn about all these subjects together!

 Till then, please check us out on YouTube! Cody Homesteader is our channel.  https://youtu.be/54VsRDrkdKk

That’s a link to a turtle feeding video. It’s cute – enjoy!