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by derajer
Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Kerosene - why and how
Replies: 13
Views: 1147

Re: Kerosene - why and how

Kerosene was initially derived from Coal, but production soon moved to distillation from Petroleum since that is easier than distilling from coal. http://www.answers.com/topic/kerosene For the purposes of this resurrecting an economy/civilization in the United States I think the more difficult (less...
by derajer
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Kerosene - why and how
Replies: 13
Views: 1147

Kerosene - why and how

It seems to me that if we had a complete TEOTWAWKI, then after supplies of liquid fuels run out and things begin to stablize, there will be a need for liquid fuels again (assuming we don't try to just skip that step and go straight to all electric, but I digress) so what fuel would that be? In the U...
by derajer
Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:23 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: can opener
Replies: 30
Views: 1514

Re: can opener

Personally I've found that those fold-up all-in-one utensils cost too much and more importantly weigh too much to be worth it. A set of lexan utensils weighs a few grams and costs less than $2. As others have mentioned can openers are usually included in SAKs and Multitools. Knives will get the job ...
by derajer
Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 29
Views: 3994

Re: Homemade Soap

While I agree that the melt and pour method is a great way of making soap for the purposes of crafts, ultimately the purpose of knowing how to make lye soap from wood ash and rendered fats is to A) be able to produce soap indefinately B)Produce a higher quality soap for use today at a lower cost tha...
by derajer
Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:23 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 29
Views: 3994

Re: Homemade Soap

I have been playing around with this idea as well. Currently I have been using the boiled then filtered ash method to make lye-water, what about you?
by derajer
Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Tactical Wedding Ring
Replies: 119
Views: 16785

Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Well, I finally popped the question on Sunday (July 27). So now I need to actually buy my tactical ring. I'm actually kind of surprised this thread is still going, but thanx for all of the advice on possible rings. Anybody know anything about zirconium rings?
by derajer
Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Possible Faraday Box?
Replies: 28
Views: 2513

Re: Possible Faraday Box?

From the picture, that is definitely not a faraday box and there aren't any worthwhile mods that would turn it into a faraday box. I also noticed two other things about the box 1)It is not fully lined with a dielectric (i.e. an insulator like plastic, foam, cardboard, etc... 2)The locking mechanism ...
by derajer
Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: When the one year supply runs out . . . .
Replies: 68
Views: 5529

Re: When the one year supply runs out . . . .

Just out of curiosity, what sorts of plants are you growing in containers? corn isn't exactly the kind of crop to produce much food without a lot of land. Tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, etc... will all do very well on the other hand. Don't forget that with potatoes you can plant, grow, rebury, then g...
by derajer
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:20 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Perfect Crowbar.
Replies: 21
Views: 3083

Re: Perfect Crowbar.

Look into the various scuba diving supplies, they carry lots of titanium tools. Harbor freight sells a Ti crowbar from time to time for about $30, but it is not currently being sold.

Why Titanium?

Weight
Non-sparking
Bad conductor
superior flexibility
won't corrode, even in harsh environments
by derajer
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:08 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: CR123A vs AA?
Replies: 29
Views: 2136

Re: CR123A vs AA?

Lithium AAs. As the previous poster mentions CR123s last longer and perform better in extreme conditions, this is due to their being lithium batteries. AAs are available in lithium, giving the same temperature range performance and shelf-life. Moreover, AAs can be found within a 50 ft radius in jus...
by derajer
Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:09 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Fish Pond
Replies: 8
Views: 781

Re: Fish Pond

By "live off of" do you mean use the pond as your only source of food? only source of protein? or something else? My uncle eats fish from a pond atleast once a week and I believe it is a 2 acre pond. Bluegill populations can be extremely prolific making it almost impossible to deplete the population...
by derajer
Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Turning a home over to solar/wind power
Replies: 19
Views: 1727

Re: Turning a home over to solar/wind power

Did you mean charging or changing batteries? Good deep-cycle batteries should last for years. Now, if you mean a grid attached system then you can buy wind turbines that come as complete grid-attached systems. I don't know of any solar systems like that, but all you would need is a grid attached inv...
by derajer
Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Emergency Preps Epic Fail- H2O!
Replies: 27
Views: 1571

Re: Emergency Preps Epic Fail- H2O!

First, that electric/manual setup from survivalunlimited looks like it would pwn. Second, everyone should have a rain water catchment plan. Even a big tarp and some buckets can be very effective depending on annual rain fall of the area. Finally, have you considered using a cistern? You could pump w...
by derajer
Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:46 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Defensive Landscaping for the Retreat and Home
Replies: 117
Views: 15477

Re: Defensive Landscaping for the Retreat and Home

The "Cover vs Concealment" section is called visibility and sight lines. I covered that originally, but feel free to give it some more depth. As far as the driveway goes, it's pretty much the same as a front walk way, the only thing to do is use a gate or leave it open. The open terrain shouldn't re...
by derajer
Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Defensive Landscaping for the Retreat and Home
Replies: 117
Views: 15477

Re: Defensive Landscaping for the Retreat and Home

Cool, I think I've taken the article as far as I can. I was surprised not to find any authoritative work on this subject anywhere, I guess that makes the wiki article the premier source for defensive landscaping on the internet huh?
by derajer
Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Defensive Landscaping for the Retreat and Home
Replies: 117
Views: 15477

Re: Defensive Landscaping for the Retreat and Home

A wiki article on this topic has been started, throw in your .02

http://zombiehunters.org/wiki/index.php ... andscaping
by derajer
Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: prioritized BOB equipment list
Replies: 38
Views: 4464

Re: prioritized BOB equipment list

As many have stated already, your priorities will change based on what you forsee as the most likely possibilities as well as what the environment you are in provides. For example, you live in Minnesota (I'm in Iowa, an environmentally similar state) so let's look at disasters and resources. Tornado...
by derajer
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Reusing Tin Cans
Replies: 31
Views: 2737

Re: Reusing Tin Cans

jinx
by derajer
Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Plastic Tube Vaults
Replies: 16
Views: 1156

Re: Plastic Tube Vaults

These are definitely some cool little containers to have. For a second I thought this thread was going to be a repeat of the "10 foot PVC pipes full of canned food" thread. (shudders)
by derajer
Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:12 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: my first BOB - on a budget, use what ya got
Replies: 61
Views: 4841

Re: my first BOB - on a budget, use what ya got

As always, an awesome post Y.T. WoodsWalker pretty much covered all of the glaring things, and I will probably repeat some of what the others have said. The first I noticed was your "pull-outs" they appear to be various random types of zippered toiletry bags and what not, they organized well but the...
by derajer
Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Gerber Omnivore
Replies: 30
Views: 1955

Re: Gerber Omnivore

I have a firecracker as well, care to let me in on how you "focus" it? As far as brighness, I find 18 lumens to be good enough for most anything I ever need it for and the thing is rediculously tough. It also has great battery life, I'm still using the original battery over a year after purchase.
by derajer
Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:34 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Reusing Tin Cans
Replies: 31
Views: 2737

Re: Reusing Tin Cans

In a PAW scenario, where the work would be worth it, you could cut and unroll the cans to create tin-plated steel roof shingles or just some other form of steel plating with reasonable corrosion resistance.
by derajer
Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Making cheese
Replies: 21
Views: 2122

Re: Making cheese

Glad to see a thread on this, I have been intending to write a ZS wiki article on this for a while. It seems to me that cheese making is an excellent method for preserving dairy without refrigeration.

Good to see you outside of the chat LtCmdLeia!
by derajer
Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:04 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: help with security camera recommendations?
Replies: 21
Views: 971

Re: help with security camera recommendations?

Just to throw in my .02 on PTZ vs fixed, you can buy several good fixed for the price of a cheap PTZ making it easier to cover a lot of area cheaply. Not that PTZs aren't full of win, but if it's a matter of the most coverage for you money I think that fixed would better accomplish this if they are ...

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