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Post by grennels » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:15 am

CoTTer wrote:Was at the local target a few weeks ago, during that really bad snow storm had. Well I am sitting on the toilet as I do my business, all of a sudden the lights go out (Find out later that power was out pretty much every where due to snow.) As I sit there and wonder wtf just happen, I notice that I am not in the best of places for a power shortage. Luck have it, I was carrying my mini mag lite with me, I reach into my bag and pull it out, go to turn it on, discover it was already on, that the batteries are now dead.

So I learned to keep extra batteries on me at all times, for what ever flash light I have with me. I was just happy I had a zippo lighter to help me out when came time to wipe.

THAT is why I quit using MiniMags. Way too easy to get bumped on.
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Post by Seakers » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:35 am

Well I guess I may be the dumbest here I have had a bike (motorcycle a month) that I know needs new breaks, tires and other things. But just can't afford to fix every thing as of yet after all the repairs and things already done to it. Including new paint and replaced old and other worn out parts.

And a Cage (car) that is also in need of breaks and cooling problems because it leaks and needs a new radiator that I can't afford to replace but I can do the work just lack funds to do so. But will get it taken care of just hope the crap don't hit the fan until that is taken care of.

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Post by huntingohio » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:03 pm

I think I may have had the biggest prep failure I have ever had.

I got a small cut while going though my fishing hooks having daydreams about spring. The hook went deep into my palm hitting bone. This was a hook with a tag piece of line on it so it most likely was used, and it was a catfish hook so raw meat was deffinately on it as thats my main catfish bait. I just pulled it out and went about my day.

Now my palm has about a dozen small blisters, and is a dark color. I have a severe infection in my hand spreading into my blood stream. All because the "tuff guy" I am i didnt clean and bandage the would.
Now lets make it even worse, on top of the start of blood poisoning, I put the cut in my mouth, while i had a cold sore, so along with the leasions from blood poisoning I have whats call Herpetic whitlow on a spot on my palm.


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Post by greenear123 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:36 am

Pulled into the camp site about 11:p.m.. Pitch black, no one else around for miles. Went to start a fire and light the lantern: no matches, no lighter, no fire starter sticks, no noth'n. Ended up cutting open a shotgun shell and pouring the powder into a paper cone soaked in gas then touching the whole mess off with the pop out cig lighter in the jeep.... "Am I missing an eyebrow?" What really burns me, :D , is that we make lists, check everything off as it gets packed. The fire stuff was on the list, checked off. We found the bag of goodies sitting on the counter when we got home the next week. :mrgreen:
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Post by Towanda » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:02 am

Ran out of credit card slips and airport parking coupons at work this weekend.

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Post by wee drop o' bush » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:41 am

Didn't have emergency rations of food with me when I had an extended stay in a waiting room last Saturday. I'm diabetic so after waiting for a few hours, had to leave to buy food before I could get seen to. Prep fail.
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Post by IceWing » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:34 am

Power outage (24 hour)
EDC flashlight on the kitchen counter (good thing I had my smart phone with flashlight app)
Both 5 gallon cans of gas in the shed were empty (no generator usage for us)
Had not recharged NiMh batteries in a while. Most were dead. The Enloops were not. (All Praise Enloop!)
At least 8 Enloops missing. Need more
Fridge so full, not enough room to put a bag of ice in it. Had to move some items to the deck where it is nice and chilly (Milk was fine 36 hours later BTW) (Not sure if the fridge being full after a shopping trip really qualifies as a fail or not)

Country engineer's office map book not where it should have been in the Escape (we had to find an alternate route home). I knew the route but didn't know it in the dark. Google Maps covered this one, but should not be the only backup.

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Post by Vicarious_Lee » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:47 pm

Do not assume anyone, anywhere to have situational awareness at any time.

Or, "This is how I almost became a double amputee because I didn't think fast enough for someone incapable of thought at all".

As I was putting my kid in the car the lady next to me starts to pull out with her Nissan Pathfinder with grille guard. I hear her bump my open door and think "Whoops. No big. Better scooch in some". A split second later, as she's backing up and cutting the wheel I think "Damn, bitch! Wanna mitigate this already!?" as I had fallen into my car to give my door enough room to close more and enough time for her to STOP BACKING UP ALREADY.

She finally did, with me laying across the floorboard and both my legs pinned in the doorframe uncomfortably, feet still on the ground outside. I'm looking her right in the eye, and it's easily 10 full seconds of me waving her forward, backward, ANYWHERE before she can seem to process a thought at all. Car doesn't move.

Eventually she plus forward and frees me. Her car is scraped and I can't find a thing wrong with my car, but I started shaking. Seeing her completely inappropriate lack of reaction and having my legs pinned like that, I realized that she could've just as easily panicked, hit the gas, and crushed them.

My mistake: Thinking she'd be able to correct the situation, or even stop, as soon as anyone else would when they saw what they were doing.

What I should've done: Assumed nothing and got my whole self in the car in case she crushed the door shut completely.

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Post by Mr. E. Monkey » Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:01 pm

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I'm glad they're still attached. :)
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Post by Perkidanman » Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:17 am

Driving to work my front tire exploded along the sidewall. Pulled off to change it only to realize that not only do I not have a true spare (only a doughnut, since most modern manufacturers don't have storage for a spare) but I also don't have a jack.

I had to wait for my husband to come and help me change it.

Epic prep fail.

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Post by 426th ZRT » Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:52 pm

Basically, the ZRT and I were going to do a Bug-Out exercise. This is about 10 of us, all on our BOVs (Bicycles w/ panniers).
Our BOL was 9.9 miles away, on high ground. Now this is no trek. Pre-planned and pre-packed for weeks. 2 miles in, a fellow ZRT member happens to come off his bike. Sadly, he was near the front of the 'egress', and was in turn run over by the guy behind him - resulting in some nasty cuts :gonk: . We stopped for 10 minutes, just to dress his cuts and check him over. He decided to continue. We continued forward, got to the BOL and set up a harbour area. We got our sentries set up, 'stand to' positions issued, RVs and FUPs given and our shelters set up. It looked like it would go well...... Until about 3am, when another member came down with hypothermia. He hadn't checked his BOB correctly, and had packed his summer sleeping bag, which had no zip. We were in February, on high ground and in a wintry Dorset. So he had to be MEDEVAC 'd out. From there, it went fine.

Moral of the story - Prep, Prep and Prep. I wouldn't call this a total failure, but we didn't account for casualties, and with Zeds on our tail, that 10 minute stop could have got us into a tricky situation. For a bunch of 15-17yo Royal Marine Cadets, not a bad turnout, though. Coulda' been worse. :roll:

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Post by williaty » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:03 pm

426th ZRT wrote:Moral of the story - Prep, Prep and Prep.
Needs to be followed by "test, test test"! You guys were prepped, in theory, but didn't know you had problems until you tested it. You guys learned things like needing to space the bikes farther apart and needing to make sure the ready-preps match the season. IMO, if you aren't testing your preps regularly, you can't claim you have preps. I know I've had things that I "knew" worked only to try them just for the fun of it and have it fail utterly.

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Post by SByrd89 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:41 am

Blew a tire last night on my way home. No big deal right?


I had alll the tools i needed, jack, tire iron, tire chock, flashlight, spare. It turns out i had forgotten one minor detail.

Awhile back we had put bigger more heavy duty lugs on my truck to better accomodate my wheels, but had never changed out my tire iron(Fail#1). Luckily i was close to my parents house when this happened so i was able to borrow my dads deep well sockets and breaker bar.

I get the tire off finally after calling and waiting for my dad, I would have walked and got it myself but had my dog with me in a lower income area and didnt want to risk it. After getting the tire off I quickly learned that my spare is very low on air(Fail#2).

Two and a half hours later and 3/4 of a pack of cigarettes later I finally get home.

Did i mention all of this happened while I had to poop?

Lesson learned, if you change a part make sure you have the right tools for the emergency fix. And always use the bathroom before you leave a place.
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Post by SByrd89 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:43 am

Felt like a jackass and also had a red mark on my forehead from facepalming so hard initially. luckily i was able to get help and can laugh it off now. im headed to the hardwear store after the tire shop when i get off work today.

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Post by Silent Kube » Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:02 am

I'd recommend a star iron. It has 4 different sizes and the handles off to the sides really help with stubborn lug nuts.
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Post by SByrd89 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:22 am

Thanks ill look into that. Now that i have a "new" tire on my truck im out $75 dollars for a used tire. Gotta love having tires that are a strange size 31"x10.50" for a 15" rim. What a way to start the weekend.

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Post by techmonkey » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:50 pm

The other night, some dumb ass hit a branch valve for the water main in my area with his car. I found out just after I flushed a #2 and the tank didn't refill. I thought it was the valve at first and just thought I would get a new one the next day. When I didn't get any water out of the faucet to wash my hands I knew I was in trouble.

Anyway, I have a couple of cases of water, so I was fine with drinking water, but then I started thinking about hygiene. I only had small water bottles and a sponge bath with drinking water didn't seem smart. Luckily I had a gallon of distilled water that I put out for this use after thinking about it. I do have unscented wet-ones, but you just don't really feel lean after those, just sticky.

All ended well after I heard the pipes banging as they refilled after the water kicked on at 2:00 AM, and I was able to take a hot shower the next morning (I did fill a tub of water after it did turn on though). Now I am going to get a couple larger water containers just for hygienic use.

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Post by duodecima » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:08 pm

Rainwater & rain barrel is a large part of my water prep plan, got it out of the garage (freezes during winter here) and set it up yesterday in time for rain! Aaaannd forgot to close the spigot so all the rainwater went into the barrel and right out again onto the porch, neatly bypassing the overflow hose that feeds to the drain pipe off the porch when the barrel gets full. facepalm

It's closed now and rained harder today but I'm going to sharpie the "closed" turn direction onto the barrel...
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Post by Basil Duke » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:44 am

"She finally did, with me laying across the floorboard and both my legs pinned in the doorframe uncomfortably, feet still on the ground outside. I'm looking her right in the eye, and it's easily 10 full seconds of me waving her forward, backward, ANYWHERE before she can seem to process a thought at all. Car doesn't move."

Certain humans - maybe ALL humans, in certain conditions - freeze in crisis/emergency situations. An off-duty cop friend was a few cars back of a minor fender bender on a heavily traveled, two-lane mini-highway with no shoulders here in the St. Louis area (Forest Park Parkway) in rush hour. The accident happened in the right lane, causing both vehicles involved to stop - and, by extension, block all further progress in the right lane. Still one lane open, correct? Wrong. A driver in that 'other' lane, the lefthand lane, panicked when she saw the entirely bloodless/no-injury mishap beside her, and refused to move forward. (She was exactly parallel to the two involved cars.) She sat in her car, hands clinched on the steering wheel and a wild animal glaze over both eyes as several hundred vehicles idled and honked behind her. My cop friend finally got out of her car and approached the zombie, displaying her badge as she did so. "You need to get moving," my friend told her. "You're causing a traffic jam two miles long." The zombie (physically, a normal-looking middle aged lady) looked up at her, real terror and confusion very evident in her eyes, and exclaimed: "I don't know what to do!!!!" After another fruitless minute of telling her to just accelerate and get the hell moving, my friend finally had to threaten to arrest the dingbat - which did the trick; she finally drove away.

Remember: this lady, and many just like her, are out there right now, in every community. Just imagine how much trouble they'll be if an actual emergency hits.

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Post by PastaWench » Tue May 08, 2012 1:14 pm

greenear123 wrote:What really burns me, :D , is that we make lists, check everything off as it gets packed. The fire stuff was on the list, checked off. We found the bag of goodies sitting on the counter when we got home the next week.
We used to be unable to go on a trip without forgetting *something*, even though we made lists. Now we make a list, check the item off when it's packed, then check it off again once we take it out to the car. It's really helped. A couple of weeks ago, we didn't make a list leaving my MIL's. We left behind:
-our laptop, laptop cord and usb wifi connector
-my husband's mp3 player charger
-my sandals
-my dress slacks (which I needed the next week for a "business casual" day at work)
Luckily, I didn't get in trouble for wearing jeans at work that day, and everything else can wait until she comes down in a couple of weeks.

My own personal prep fail (really an everyday prep, not emergency):
One of the things I've inherited from my mom was a tendency towards headaches. Not migraine, need a prescription, headaches; just everyday headaches, often. When my workplace stopped providing Tylenol in its FAK, I decided to start carrying a small bottle in my purse, with Tylenol and Advil in it. Half the time, when I need some, the bottle is empty, waiting for me to remember to fill it. :oops:

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Post by wyomingiscold » Wed May 09, 2012 1:11 am

Great stuff here peeps !

I have many epic fails in this area, but the one that is still burning me up is this:

I like to coyote hunt and earlier this year (February) I picked up a YHM HB upper for my new AR15. Took that bad-boy to the range and in three shots had my Nikon nailing a 1" group at 100 yards! I felt like King of the World. Next morning, hunting. I stalk into the area in deep snow, get set-up like I want to be, and start to call. Immediately a young 'yote jumps up about 400 yards out and starts trotting in. I'm fired the hell up ! I call him in patiently to around 150 yards (took about 5 min) get the crosshairs right where I want them and gently pull the trigger. *CLICK* Son-of A!!!

It was all over then. An immediate action drill was enough movement for him to see and he was gone. When I got home I found out an important fact. Rem Oil does not work well at -15 degrees F. Nothing wrong with Rem Oil as a general rule but just not here in winter. Also, just those three shots left enough carbon at the firing pin when combined with very congealed oil to cause a weapon malfunction.

Lessons learned:
Doesn't matter how well your weapon has performed in the past. When you go shooting, clean your weapon!

Ambient temperatures can really screw you up unless you check ALL of your preps. (oil)

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Post by 0122358 » Thu May 10, 2012 10:25 am

My knife broke in half...prep fail for buying shitty equipment...although techniqly i didnt buy it, i found it in my back yard about six years ago...
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Post by Ravenwolfen » Wed May 16, 2012 3:59 pm

I was opening a can of veggies when my hand crank can opener was not working right. I went to bend back the lid with my bare hand. Who knew that can lids were razor sharp? Ended up going to the emergency room with a HUGE slice in my pinky finger! Half inch long, 3cm wide, and pretty deep, deep enough to see the fat and joint in my finger. Had stitches for 10 days, and on the last day the doc and I found out that I did not have much feeling in my finger, and a little nervoma ball forming. Ended up having surgery because I had sliced a major artery and a major nerve in my finger. Was in a cast for 10 days and had 5 weeks of therapy in a splint. NOT FUN!

A few of the lessons that I learned:
1. Do not bend a partially opened can lid with your bare hands. I paid the stupid tax for that one.

2. Having nearly 50% of your preps rely on one hand can opener is not a good idea. It is even less of one when you can only use one hand. -- PREP FAIL!

3. Bucket Baths are useful, especially when you cannot get parts of you wet. I had two buckets that I used, one to fill and use as a wash basin, and the other to use as a seat in the bath tub. It worked nicely. (This was my own idea, though others have had the same idea.)

4. It is a good idea to have pre-made home made meals. They work well for the days you don't want to or CANT cook. ( I did not have much of that done either.) -- Another Prep Fail!

Most of these things have been rectified though. If you want to read the full list of prep failures, check out my blog, there were many listed there under the article "Prepping lessons learned during problems". Live and learn I guess. *sigh* This all happened during January to March of this year, start to finish.

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Post by Mr_Sheesh » Wed May 16, 2012 8:26 pm

techmonkey wrote:The other night, some dumb ass hit a branch valve for the water main in my area with his car.
Reminds me of a question I wanted to ask you folks; I've heard stories telling how a water heater "could" explode if the water mains are shut off and it stays powered up, in past I've figured "Just to be safe is wise" and flipped the breaker for my water heater off; Is that rumor true or just a neat story these folks told to tell a good story, in the tradition of Popcorn Sutton (Who had a bumper sticker "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story")

Before my last move I lived in the sticks (i.e. way out in the woods); We had woods rats, racoons, any & all wildlife out there. The feral cat who showed up was stalked by the racoons - When I stepped outside to dissuade them with the 10/22, the flashlight I had would too-often choke on me :/ What I get for trying to use lowish batteries in my flashlight last LOL

Helps that I have really really good night vision, but still. The cat gradually became tamed, to the point that when I came home he'd INSIST on vaulting through the car window and being held, cradled in my arms, as he nursed on me, face all softened up, purring, and turning my arm into mincemeat where his sharp claws were messing my arm up LOL - I'm a dog & cat person, it's quite rewarding to tame a feral cat, just painful at times LOL (And yes I clean the area, I'm not dumb...)

We had regular power failures from lightning strikes just uphill of us, those would kill computer modems OFTEN, you haven't "lived" until you're online and the laptop's internal modem POPs and emits smoke as the power fails... I popped in a replacement modem from the 50-pack I'd gotten off ebay, somewhere I have about 100 dead laptop modems, some with burn marks where the silicon melted and dripped out through the label. Grumble. And a bunch of 56k externals, dead too.

Current Prep failure I'm dealing with: An older family member is uhm . . getting on in years, and seems to have pocketed a bunch of my belongings when they helped move me (I was down with a meniscal tear in my left knee, since repaired.) IDK how much I lost all in all, hoping it's not as bad as I fear; Sorta hard to prepare for being sidelined by injury, and changing family members' behavior, that's a bit tough! LOL

Hoping they didn't take my 20mm ammo can of INCH stuff, we'll see.
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