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by JohnE
Tue May 12, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

Latest update. Well like most of the world the Covid-19 Pandemic has precipitated a lot of changes around the Ranch. I've been unable to work in my regular industry since the first week of March. Been "stuck" in NM since coming home from what turned out to be my last foreseeable job in CA. I've take...
by JohnE
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Ruger 10/22 mags. Which ones?
Replies: 12
Views: 1380

Re: Ruger 10/22 mags. Which ones?

Best of both worlds in my opinion. Standard Factory Ruger 10 round mags with an E&L or an HTA coupler. Gives you 20 rounds in an easy to access form, can easily be converted back to the standard configuration if the coupler or one of the mags malfunctions. Configure them so you can simply flip them ...
by JohnE
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

Update time. We're completely moved in now. House is humming along nicely with our off-grid electrical system. Today was a big day, we finally have wireless internet access! Local co-op volunteers came over and wired up the system with our sweat equity helping in the process. Had to dig about 175' o...
by JohnE
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

Thanks guys. I'll try to be a little more proactive in updating.

We learned that our water connection was finished late yesterday afternoon so I'll be opening some valves and turning on our pump later today.

Can't wait for this part of the process to be over.
by JohnE
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

Wow... Long time since my last update. We moved to Santa Fe a year ago, ended up buying a manufactured house instead the custom we really wanted and it's now on our land and mostly working. 7.5 KW Off-grid solar power system, septic tank and a 500 gallon propane tank are all installed and operationa...
by JohnE
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?
Replies: 20
Views: 6429

Re: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?

Hit up eBay or Craiglist for a used yellow or orange Pelican case. The 1500 or the 1550 should be plenty large enough. The color is to make it stand out from the ubiquitous black. Even brand new the quality and longevity makes the Pelican the best choice, they're virtually unbreakable. Check out the...
by JohnE
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Ordered a new Henry...
Replies: 4
Views: 1771

Ordered a new Henry...

But it's not a 22...

It's the hard to find lever action .410 shotgun.

Found one available thru a local dealer after emailing Henry looking for a stocking dealer and striking out.

Hoping it will be a fun varmint/garden protection gun for our eventual place in New Mexico.
by JohnE
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: A story a failure regarding a chicken-killing dog
Replies: 15
Views: 6531

Re: A story a failure regarding a chicken-killing dog

All that nonsense over 2 chickens? Even two chickens represents a substantial time/money investment. Besides it is two today then more tomorrow, and so on if you do not stop them they keep coming back and tearing up stuff that you have to repair and deal with. Well any of my time is worth more than...
by JohnE
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: A story a failure regarding a chicken-killing dog
Replies: 15
Views: 6531

Re: A story a failure regarding a chicken-killing dog

A dog killed a couple of my chickens today, and I failed in numerous ways trying to deal with it. I had just sat down to watch a video on my phone, when I hear a chicken squawk. I look out the window and there's a yellow dog chasing it. I jump up and grab my trusty single-shot shotgun that's near t...
by JohnE
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

Couple of quick updates. Went back out a few weeks ago, mended some barbed wire fences and looked into getting the new gate installed for the eventual driveway. Got a couple thousand feet of fence to install too...gonna buy the tools and try doing as much as we can by ourselves. Probably pay to have...
by JohnE
Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

Not too much to report.

Met with a couple of guys to get the excavation estimates done, took care of a few eventual residency issues and just generally hung out.

The more I go the more I don't want to leave...
by JohnE
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

Back to New Mexico... Heading back out on Sunday, need to start getting some excavating work done along with our eventual residency and other legal stuff sorted out. Planning for a culvert along the road to keep some flooding and erosion problems in what will be our driveway from getting worse. Wond...
by JohnE
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Halfapint's Getting Some Land
Replies: 250
Views: 43411

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land. Updated 08Nov

Well, I think the time line for EVERYTHING just advanced a LOT. Grandparents got back from Mexico last night and called me earlier and said they are going to be looking for a place soon, as in, start looking tomorrow. Honestly wasn't ready, there's a lot of stuff I wanted to do BEFORE, moving in. W...
by JohnE
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

And it's ours...

We closed on the 4th as planned, deed and survey have been recorded with the county and we even got a small refund of our escrow funds!

Back home now and making plans.

More to come...
by JohnE
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

We are here in New Mexico.

Did our final inspection of the property earlier today. Found the likely building spot and a few other places.

Met the sellers who were there taking care of some last minute details.

We close in less than 2 days...

Can't come fast enough for me.
by JohnE
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

I appreciate the supportive comments and interest. Couple of small glitches have popped up and been dealt with, the wire transfer for payment went out yesterday so barring a complete breakdown on the sellers part we'll be closing next week. Been getting organized for our "it's ours now" trip. Taking...
by JohnE
Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

Re: 10 days and counting...

Plans so far are as described. Build a straw/adobe house with an off the grid solar setup, we're looking at the Tesla power wall as a possibility. Water is metered from a community water co-op. The terrain is pretty typical for Northern New Mexico, rolling hills, mostly scrub. We're thinking chicken...
by JohnE
Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 24
Views: 7931

10 days and counting...

We hope to be closing on our 54 acre parcel of land on Jan.4. Northern New Mexico, we have community water but will be off-grid solar and have a septic system for our other utilities. Our 2 year plan involves selling our place in SoCal and then building a straw/adobe house. Couple of corrals, a much...
by JohnE
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Where to Buy Medical Products: The Definitive Thread
Replies: 235
Views: 98723

Re: Where to Buy Medical Products: The Definitive Thread

Trust me, m sure there will he some,attempts at refuting these views. Don't even have time to listen. I'm involved actively right now so they're bullshit facebook posts on anti-trump hate lakes a far back seat. Gotta focus now. Another cowardly, hit and run attempt to slander a perfectly good compa...
by JohnE
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Lightweight, low-recoil pest control shotgun
Replies: 33
Views: 4740

Re: Lightweight, low-recoil pest control shotgun

You might look at a youth model Escort 20 gauge semi-auto. Gunbroker has em for 300 and change brand spanking new. Between the semi auto action and low recoil shells most anyone should be able to use it.
by JohnE
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Medical coverage experience
Replies: 10
Views: 2603

Re: Medical coverage experience

Thanks for the informative post and reply.

Forgot to ask, "saline bullets"?

Eye wash?
by JohnE
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Medical coverage experience
Replies: 10
Views: 2603

Re: Medical coverage experience

Thanks for posting.

Couple of questions.

What's your level of licensure?

Whereabouts is the camp located? Just in general terms.

Any environmental issues that determined your gear choices?

Patient count and what sort of treatments did you perform?

Thanks.
by JohnE
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Where to Buy Medical Products: The Definitive Thread
Replies: 235
Views: 98723

Re: Where to Buy Medical Products: The Definitive Thread

Found out a little more of their history, political beliefs, didn't jive with my own. The whole "everyone is entitled to everything" , cops are the bad guys, and openly supporting dissemination of the countries wealth without the workload, again a no no , and supporting trumps death, is a no go. So...
by JohnE
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Where to Buy Medical Products: The Definitive Thread
Replies: 235
Views: 98723

Re: Where to Buy Medical Products: The Definitive Thread

Rescue Essentials is a fantastic source for supplies.

Use them regularly, highly recommended.

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