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by CrossCut
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Build a Settlement or Lone Survivalist?
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: Build a Settlement or Lone Survivalist?

A little of both here. Not strictly "lone", wife and dogs are the core team, and own four separate small off-grid parcels of land within a quarter mile of our rural national forest bordering home; two parcels with shelters, water well and pump, and privies. They're vacation spots and overflow housin...
by CrossCut
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:51 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Bag for Dog
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Bug Out Bag for Dog

Outstanding! I. Must. Do. This. Too. License and vaccination records, maybe a photocopy of the dog tags in case the collar is lost? Canned dog food, longer shelf life, less rotating? I've used hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting on one of my mutts, ate a mushroom in the woods as a puppy. Used a syr...
by CrossCut
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Purging propane/gas lines quickly and safely?
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Purging propane/gas lines quickly and safely?

Good idea, and maybe the best compromise for purge time and cost, and as the least ugly solution. Thanks.
by CrossCut
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Wound cleaning, what do you use?
Replies: 33
Views: 3441

Re: Wound cleaning, what do you use?

I carry iodine, but I use it to clean water for irrigation or to disinfect skin, in almost no situation would I use iodine itself for wound cleaning, there’s a ton of data that the tissue damage done with more concentrated iodine prolongs the healing process. The one caveat would be a iodine wet to...
by CrossCut
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: How to stock up on prescription medication.
Replies: 13
Views: 2626

Re: How to stock up on prescription medication.

Yes. ^^^this^^^ very much. I do this as much as I can. This *should* work with solid pills & tablets. Some are scored to be cut in half. Obvisouly one cannot do this with gels, powder caps, etc. This will not work with all solid pills and tablets. It is, in fact, quite dangerous with ones designed ...
by CrossCut
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Wound cleaning, what do you use?
Replies: 33
Views: 3441

Re: Wound cleaning, what do you use?

Necro alert, this just looked like the best thread to revive to post this: Comparative in vitro evaluation of the antimicrobial activities of povidone-iodine and other commercially available antiseptics against clinically relevant pathogens TL;DR summary, povidone-iodine is equal or superior to some...
by CrossCut
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1636
Views: 114242

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

Small (36 volunteer) study of 3 different antiseptic mouthwashes and their antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 over short (20-180 min) time periods: Povidone iodine, hydrogen peroxide and chlorhexidine mouthwashes reduce SARS-CoV2 burden in whole mouth fluid and respiratory droplets A log1 reducti...
by CrossCut
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: The Stand (2020)
Replies: 31
Views: 3593

Re: The Stand (2020) *SPOILER*

***SPOILER ALERT*** Finished watching episodes 1-9 last night. The constant flashback/flashforward sequences in the first 3 episodes or so made it almost unwatchable for me, but thought that from episode 4 onward they started telling the story more or less in sequence even though MUCH was skipped ov...
by CrossCut
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Purging propane/gas lines quickly and safely?
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Purging propane/gas lines quickly and safely?

Might have found a solution, a valve needing a key to open it to "keeps small hands from accidentally turning on the gas". www.amazon.com/dp/B08KG5C8N7 Thinking I could add a "T" on one side of the valve so propane flows normally when the valve is closed for normal operation, and nothing attached to...
by CrossCut
Sat Feb 27, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Purging propane/gas lines quickly and safely?
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Purging propane/gas lines quickly and safely?

Minor upgrade to the outhouse heater at the guest cottage today, had this hard plumbed with copper tubing from the "T" on the left in the pic but it was a pain to get the flared fitting aligned when re-attaching it so I replaced it with a flexible hose instead. https://i.postimg.cc/CLwxJvHJ/outhouse...
by CrossCut
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 30
Views: 690

Re: DIY power system build thread

Not portable, but I've got one of these (or sometrhing very similar) in my kitchen. https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/refrigeration/fridges/essentials-cul50w20-undercounter-fridge-white-10205749-pdt.html Under standard test conditions it's rated at 113 kWh/yr, which is an average o...
by CrossCut
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 30
Views: 690

Re: DIY power system build thread

I could easily add on another 100W panel, and I'm fairly certain more guys in my local MAG will be buying solar soon, so I expect to have some more power available. Later down the road I'll likely buy a small gas/propane generator for backup as well; and I'd very much like to add some thermoelectri...
by CrossCut
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 30
Views: 690

Re: DIY power system build thread

Ok. At this point I would sit down and do some math on what you plan to run on this because that will determine the amp load on the system and that in turn will determine the wire sizes and fuses you want on there. ---------------- 6 gauge? Which is pretty thick and expensive. This is not to say "I...
by CrossCut
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Small generators
Replies: 46
Views: 824

Re: Small generators

Depending on the RV you are looking at and the number of air conditioner (AC) units it will have and you plan to operate you will need to plan accordingly for the total output of your generator. However, if the RV does not already have it you will want to look into a softstart type device to add to...
by CrossCut
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Small generators
Replies: 46
Views: 824

Re: Small generators

Looked up the engine on the Champion earlier just out of curiosity, and it seems to be a very common one sold under different names (Predator, Raven, etc) and used in many different products. Gets largely good reviews too. The WEN has the same engine specs, suspect it's the same one as well. Just a ...
by CrossCut
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Small generators
Replies: 46
Views: 824

Re: Small generators

I'd say the redundancy of having two gennies trumps the minimal extra maintenance required, but I'd want each capable of powering the largest "must have" item/appliance or its just twice as much stuff to break as Raptor said. We just passed our 15 year anniversary of offgrid living and are still usi...
by CrossCut
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Equivalent of a hurricane hitting Texas
Replies: 145
Views: 2974

Re: Equivalent of a hurricane hitting Texas

All the snow/ice went South of us, just below average temps for the last week or so. Has actually been a pretty mild Winter up here in terms of temps and snow so far.

No reminders about alt. heating and power safety since everyone here already knows it so well, but just stay safe down there guys.
by CrossCut
Fri Feb 05, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1636
Views: 114242

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

Small clinical trial of PVP-I in symptomatic COVID-19 patients published yesterday: Povidone Iodine Mouthwash, Gargle, and Nasal Spray to Reduce Nasopharyngeal Viral Load in Patients With COVID-19 Their findings seem to contradict those from these earlier studies: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10....
by CrossCut
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Has sleeping bag tech changed?
Replies: 36
Views: 2045

Re: Has sleeping bag tech changed?

Slightly off-topic perhaps, but have wondered why macro/microencapsulated phase change materials hasn't been incorporated into sleeping bag liner/filler material. Most of the clothing products that incorporate it are geared toward cooling where the melt/freeze point of the PCM is designed to absorb ...
by CrossCut
Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: 10 days and counting...
Replies: 30
Views: 9232

Re: 10 days and counting...

Did you go with the Powerwall system then, and how is it working out for you? Specs of the system? Good call on the generator, only Hondas here too.
by CrossCut
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4770
Views: 318694

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

Silver might be their next target, https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/reddit-day-traders-silver-next-short-squeeze-2021-1-1030017108 I have a small stake in physical silver (Eagles and some junk) so I'll be watching this closely starting when the market opens tonight, although I doubt ...
by CrossCut
Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4770
Views: 318694

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

One of the guys who saw the over-shorted positions on GME early is up $22.8M USD with some of that pulled out as actual profits already. The thread discussing this today was at one point 48 minutes old with over 20,000 posts to it. Reddit's engineering team actually asked the mods if they could tak...
by CrossCut
Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:15 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Has sleeping bag tech changed?
Replies: 36
Views: 2045

Re: Has sleeping bag tech changed?

I forgot to ask. Is there any way to give a post a "thumbs up" here ? Many times I just want to acknowledge a post made by someone without writing out a story. Kind of a "hey great idea" thing. So you just give them a "thumbs up" . Had it at one time, but had to back out of the software upgrade due...
by CrossCut
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: What WILL/DID you do with that stimulus check? (Round 2)
Replies: 181
Views: 21507

Re: What WILL/DID you do with that stimulus check? (Round 2)

The Mrs and I decided to take 1/2 of this last stimulus round and get whatever we wanted, the other 1/2 and any new stimulus money this year will go on the down payment for her new light-duty truck we'll buy in Sept or Oct. If we can get 0 percent financing on it however that may change. That I'd sp...

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