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by Maast
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Halfapint's Getting Some Land
Replies: 234
Views: 25962

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Man, it's funny. I havent looked at this thread in forever - I take a peek and you're doing almost the same thing I've been up to: buying a stihl chainsaw (mine was a stihl farm boss 20), clearing land, renting equipment and these last two weeks I finished up using a mini excavator and a stump grind...
by Maast
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Coal powered Generator - small / home sized?
Replies: 10
Views: 968

Re: Coal powered Generator - small / home sized?

Does anyone sell or has plans for a home / personal coal generator (electricity). Coal is one fuel that lasts forever. Diesel lasts only 6-12 months. So it’s easy to buy coal and forget about it. Seems like all the coal boilers are for large power plants. Guessing 5 to 16 kilowatt range would be id...
by Maast
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Bought a butterfly safety razor and shaved w/ it for a month
Replies: 14
Views: 1637

Re: Bought a butterfly safety razor and shaved w/ it for a m

FYI, on the trade goods idea; I just bought 1000 Dorco ST301s on Amazon for $13.99 Reading the reviews on them they're meh blades, but decent enough - and they're a fifth the price of the closest inexpensive blades. Made in Korea, I'm shopping around on Alibaba for cheap two or three piece razors an...
by Maast
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Bought a butterfly safety razor and shaved w/ it for a month
Replies: 14
Views: 1637

Re: Bought a butterfly safety razor and shaved w/ it for a m

From reading reviews and playing around with a variety pack - it isnt the razor so much that gives you a good or bad shave, it's the blades. For example the blades I started with were considered "aggressive" blades because they're both sharp as hell and they're a little wider (thousandths of an inch...
by Maast
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Bought a butterfly safety razor and shaved w/ it for a month
Replies: 14
Views: 1637

Re: Bought a butterfly safety razor and shaved w/ it for a m

I've been using a safety razor for years, and this is the first I've heard of this. Can you explain it a little more? Use a smooth straight sided drinking glass or a coffee mug, put the blade in the glass and push down until the blade is 3/4s or so of the way to being flat against the glass, then r...
by Maast
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Bought a butterfly safety razor and shaved w/ it for a month
Replies: 14
Views: 1637

Re: Bought a butterfly safety razor and shaved w/ it for a m

Just looked at Amazon, the cheapest safety razor is $3 w/ prime shipping, there are a few more up to $5, some are butterfly razors but at that price point you'd be better off sticking with the 2 or 3 piece screw-down razors for durability. It occurs to me that if somebody wanted to stock up on trade...
by Maast
Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Bought a butterfly safety razor and shaved w/ it for a month
Replies: 14
Views: 1637

Bought a butterfly safety razor and shaved w/ it for a month

Thought I'd pass along my experience with my new safety razor and the cost savings vs a cartridge: I bought a "Vikings Blade" "Vulcan" butterfly safety razor on Amazon, it's called a butterfly razor because if you twist the base of it the head opens up like a butterfly and you can just drop a blade ...
by Maast
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: How To Build An AK47
Replies: 25
Views: 7073

Re: How To Build An AK47

I just wanted to resurrect this old thread - Moab and the linked info he's provided is extremely well done and useful. Even sticky-worth. I bumped into it when starting my own AK build, though in my case I'm using a Childers 80% prebent receiver blank and drilled my own holes. I gotta say though tha...
by Maast
Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Do you have rain barrels?
Replies: 15
Views: 3531

Re: Do you have rain barrels?

My rain barrel that doesnt look like a rain barrel. Found on Amazon. I replaced the original crappy plastic mesh on the barrel with a 50 mesh stainless screen basket that goes down into the barrel about 5 inches. Before I installed stainless micromesh gutter guards (from Costco) the strainer basket ...
by Maast
Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Homesteading Alaska
Replies: 49
Views: 5017

Re: Homesteading Alaska

When you say "homestead in Alaska" which Alaska are you talking about? There are four distinct "zones". Keep in mind how big the state is (you could cut it in half and Texas would be the third largest state) 1. Southeast; around Juneau. No roads to speak of - it's almost all ocean water access but t...
by Maast
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:11 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: My rainwater first flush diverter & disguised rain barrel
Replies: 4
Views: 1010

My rainwater first flush diverter & disguised rain barrel

Thought I'd post a couple photos of the first flush diverter and the front rain barrel. My wife insisted that the rain barrels in the front of the house had to look nice, so I found this one on Amazon. It's a barrel that looks like a planter, you can't see the diverter from the road/driveway. It's m...
by Maast
Wed May 04, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Design considerations for rainwater collection
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: Design considerations for rainwater collection

Right now everything is torn up while I'm installing the system, I'll post a few pics when it doesnt look like a collection of random junk thrown together.
by Maast
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Design considerations for rainwater collection
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Design considerations for rainwater collection

I've finally gotten serious about collecting and storing rainwater and I've bumped into something that I thought I'd share; Because I have all the rainwater going through a sand filter before going into the storage tanks it turns out I need surge tanks at the six individual downspouts to hold and sl...
by Maast
Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Faraday Cage testing question
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Re: Faraday Cage testing question

Sorry, it's not going to work for you. If you can get any signal of any kind in your shielded container it's a bad cage. Faraday shielding is directly related to the conductivity of the lining material, and steel is a really crappy conductor so it's just not going to work well - unless your steel is...
by Maast
Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Mom's Journal of the Zombie Years
Replies: 8738
Views: 505519

Re: Mom's Journal of the Zombie Years

Anybody know what's happened to "Kathy in FL"? Her main blog hasn't been updated since Sept 7th, at the time she had made a couple of posts about discovering that she was diabetic. Since then there hasn't been anything anywhere.
by Maast
Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: how much personal space needed?
Replies: 8
Views: 1054

Re: how much personal space needed?

I think you'd be surprised at how small a space can be comfortable. The trick is that it's YOURS and provides the illusion of privacy - even though there's nothing more than a sheet or a tarp between you and your neighbor. In my last trip to the sandbox before I was retired sleeping space was at a p...
by Maast
Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?
Replies: 19
Views: 1527

Re: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?

June 2013! Crap doing this an hour here or there is taking forever!
by Maast
Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?
Replies: 19
Views: 1527

Re: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?

Mine held "meat preserves" for making hot dogs and bologna & such. $40 but a 35 min drive to pick them up. A quick squirt with tilex and absolutely no smell, tilex eats anything. Can't find the company that makes them though, would have liked to see the specs. "DCW" on one side of the barrel and a s...
by Maast
Sat Feb 13, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?
Replies: 19
Views: 1527

Re: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?

I always get a little pissed off that the cheapest/easiest to find storage solutions are nearly always round (barrels, buckets, etc) you could fit what, like 30% more stuff in the same volume if you could find straight walled square barrel replacements? Yeah, the round thing has always annoyed me t...
by Maast
Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?
Replies: 19
Views: 1527

Re: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?

Here are a few pics of the space I dug out of my crawlspace, the first three are right after I got the floor done, and the last two are what I'm doing with the walls, the pic with the duct should give you an idea what the finished space should look like. http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee461/Maa...
by Maast
Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?
Replies: 19
Views: 1527

Re: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?

I wasn't aware that the Dak ham had the same indefinite shelf life that spam does, in that case you're right - they're a better choice. The roast beef hash is the most calories in a can that's roughly balanced between fat/carbs/protein, and they're a fat backup in case what I've planned to store coc...
by Maast
Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:15 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?
Replies: 19
Views: 1527

Eight 30 gal & three 60 gal drums, what would you store?

As a follow on to my earlier post, what mylar-ed dry grains would YOU put in the containers - and why? Each container only gets one type - with the exception of the canned goods which gets two. This is only the bulk grain storage, there are shelves with freeze dried, grinders, filters, pots, baking ...
by Maast
Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Ultimate long term storage containers (pics)
Replies: 0
Views: 1432

Ultimate long term storage containers (pics)

I'm completely revamping my long term storage setup so I just picked up five of the blue drums and 10 of the red and white drums. They're both made of really thick food grade HDPE and should outlast my grandchildren. I found both on my local craigslist fairly cheap. There isnt a good sense of scale ...
by Maast
Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 20lbs of protein/carbohydrates from 50lbs of grass in 5 days
Replies: 38
Views: 1978

Re: 20lbs of protein/carbohydrates from 50lbs of grass in 5

Sorry, I haven't been by in a while - busy with other things; DAP is diammonium phosphate, which is used to give yeast the nitrogen they need to grow and reproduce. Basically it's a brewers fertilizer. You can also use boiled yeast, urea, or even tomato paste as yeast fertilizer. What's needed to ma...

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