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by JayceSlayn
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 28
Views: 2133

Re: Repair Wins

My high school robotics students snapped the pins off the connectors for some expensive, proprietary robot motors. I got my high school engineering students, whom I have trained to solder, to solder new pins on and fix them. Win! Beware the man with a soldering gun who knows how to use it. :D I was...
by JayceSlayn
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Everyday is Cybersecurity Awareness Day
Replies: 77
Views: 12401

Re: Everyday is Cybersecurity Awareness Day

Listening to the news, you may have heard about the recent rash of Ring home cameras being hacked. I don't own a Ring camera (I generally despise "Home Automation"/IoT devices that I see a superfluous), but when I read a Motherboard article ( We Tested Ring’s Security. It’s Awful ) describing their ...
by JayceSlayn
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 28
Views: 2133

Re: Repair Wins

Fixed two different issues with one parts replacement. Last week the masterbath shower faucet started dripping. Needed a new valve cartridge to fix the leak. So I eyeballed the existing one and went to HomeDepot. I bought two models, right size but slightly differing config on the gaskets. Moen 120...
by JayceSlayn
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 28
Views: 2133

Re: Repair Wins

taipan821 wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:05 am
Ive managed to successfully repair a stair chair a family member had that wasn't working

new switch, new key lock, new batteries, new charger, fixed some wiring.
That sounds like a pretty significant undertaking! Bravo from me! :clap:
by JayceSlayn
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Where to get a flashlight repaired?
Replies: 21
Views: 911

Re: Where to get a flashlight repaired?

I think the flashlight repair folks went to the same place as TV & VCR repair places. The labor to fix the device is more costly than new alternatives. Not trying to be a downer but that is the world today. +1 on asking on Facebook and by email to fix it. That said if it is a backup light and they ...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Simple code book for open radio comms?
Replies: 12
Views: 1066

Re: Simple code book for open radio comms?

I am not an amateur radio person (yet), but someone who knows the details may be better able to elucidate the exact definition...I believe the restriction to encoded/obfuscated messages refers to messages which there are no common or public codecs for. Morse code is known the world-round, and other ...
by JayceSlayn
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Busted electronics, what's in your repair kit?
Replies: 11
Views: 2874

Re: Busted electronics, what's in your repair kit?

For some thread drift.... What books/manuals would you suggest one have on hand? In particular, suppose someone (me) was deciding to learn electrical repair right now, what resources would you suggest? Or how would you suggest going about learning this skill? I expect "practice" would be part of th...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 28
Views: 2133

Re: Repair Wins

This is a really small thing, but I'll post it anyway. In my semi-conscious, pre-coffee state this morning, I managed to get maple syrup not only all over the barrel and clip, but inside the click mechanism of my Zebra F-701 pen. After coffee and contemplation, I used alcohol wipes to clean up the ...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 28
Views: 2133

Re: Repair Wins

This could be a beneficial and motivating idea. I'll add a repair win of my own. My mother had an electrical issue with her trailer and was going to take it to a shop to repair it. I went around, troubleshooted the issue, replaced the faulty plug and tidied up the wiring, $12.50 part instead of $10...
by JayceSlayn
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 28
Views: 2133

Repair Wins

I couldn't recall or find a recent topic for this, but if someone else knows a better thread to merge it into, please let me know. This thread is dedicated to all the little things which we've been able to repair rather than simply trash and replace. I think it is sadly a dying skill set (and even m...
by JayceSlayn
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Conception fire & sinking
Replies: 7
Views: 1244

Re: Conception fire & sinking

Not a final investigation result yet, but some more details: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-19/the-conception-wasnt-built-to-power-the-personal-electronics-revolution-could-this-have-caused-fire . It sounds like their primary suspicions right now surround onboard electric grid over...
by JayceSlayn
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Buying emergency water from Amazon
Replies: 28
Views: 2398

Re: Buying emergency water from Amazon

I'll second third (NT2C beat my reply) that some basic training including a little bit of disaster psychology, logistics, and skills is a good place to start. It looks like Canada might have an affiliated Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) organization, like in the US, or I bet at least someth...
by JayceSlayn
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Everyday is Cybersecurity Awareness Day
Replies: 77
Views: 12401

Re: Everyday is Cybersecurity Awareness Day

I'd like to make a few comments on browser extensions, and maybe a plug for one or few relating to cybersecurity. Most modern browsers already include a baseline of decent security against common kinds of attacks or security risks by default. You obviously still have to do your part to not visit unk...
by JayceSlayn
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Jobs
Replies: 966
Views: 70121

Re: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Jobs

I AM DYING INSIDE!!! From DefenseOne: Beyond Big Dog: The US Army Searches for an Infantry Squadbot From DefenseOne: US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot One of the things I always thought looked funny and somewhat out-of-place in an otherwise very serious and heavy-duty, milita...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How to Build an Inexpensive Air Filter for your Bunker
Replies: 4
Views: 986

Re: How to Build an Inexpensive Air Filter for your Bunker

I'd say that the build in the video seems pretty janky, although some of which I'd forgive if it was just being in a hurry to demonstrate the concept. The build quality could be a lot better, especially if you're worried about air leaks around components (important for this kind of thing), but somew...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?
Replies: 14
Views: 1852

Re: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?

I have a couple of the 6L MSR Domedary bags which I like a lot. Not the place to sing their other praises here, but in reference to whether they have a plastic taste or not: They did have a slight plastic taste for the first few fillings, even though I washed them out after first purchasing them, b...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?
Replies: 14
Views: 1852

Re: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?

I have a couple of the 6L MSR Domedary bags which I like a lot. Not the place to sing their other praises here, but in reference to whether they have a plastic taste or not: They did have a slight plastic taste for the first few fillings, even though I washed them out after first purchasing them, bu...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: How did Venezuela end up this way?
Replies: 327
Views: 44042

Re: How did Venezuela end up this way?

Isn't it a little weird that we never heard back from that guy in Venezuela? lol. The Dentist? IDK what he was. The guy living in Venezuela that was commenting in this thread. There were a few Venezuela posters in this thread, but they have all eventually "gone dark". While the situation in Venezue...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 10 bay AA Nimh battery charger going bad?
Replies: 7
Views: 1456

Re: 10 bay AA Nimh battery charger going bad?

Well after charging for an entire day. I only lost 4 of the about 15 that I had. Thanks for the advice guys. I won't be leaving anything on the charger from here on out. How long can they be stored before they need a new charge? Good quality Ni-MH batteries should retain 80-90% of a full charge for...
by JayceSlayn
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 10 bay AA Nimh battery charger going bad?
Replies: 7
Views: 1456

Re: 10 bay AA Nimh battery charger going bad?

Charging Ni-MH batteries is a bit more finicky than other chemistries like Li-Ion and Pb. They cannot be trickle charged, because the "signal" which tells the charger when the battery is full is a slight voltage drop at the end of charging, and the charging current must be high enough to make that v...
by JayceSlayn
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Home defence with an airgun? Countries with no fire arms allowed
Replies: 16
Views: 3025

Re: Home defence with an airgun? Countries with no fire arms allowed

Use of any force (deadly or less-lethal) has to be carefully considered before you get into the situation, because your split-second reasoning may not always be the most advised. It is a good sign that you are considering your options now, of course. I am not familiar with the kinds of laws restrict...
by JayceSlayn
Sat May 25, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: In home cash reserve
Replies: 14
Views: 2073

Re: In home cash reserve

Consensus here seems to be that keeping some money/barter completely under your control is a good trade-off vs. interest opportunity cost, for times when you might need it and not be able to otherwise access your conventional accounts. I remember hearing a nice adage that went something like: "If yo...
by JayceSlayn
Tue May 21, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Everyday is Cybersecurity Awareness Day
Replies: 77
Views: 12401

Re: Everyday is Cybersecurity Awareness Day

From NPR: Ransomware Cyberattacks On Baltimore Put City Services Offline Ransomware attacks continue to work because the amount of the ransom is often insignificant compared to the operational value that the encrypted data embodies. This is particularly the case for municipalities and businesses, a...
by JayceSlayn
Mon May 06, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Renewable Power Options/Battery Banks
Replies: 10
Views: 1618

Re: Renewable Power Options/Battery Banks

My notes on overall efficiency: Running a higher voltage system for the same design power will allow you to use smaller gauge conductors for equivalent efficiency. Consult the NEC chart posted by NT2C, or also consider using the ampacity guidelines from the USCG for reference (Google for a table, or...

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