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by procyon
Mon May 25, 2015 5:49 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: California Drought
Replies: 147
Views: 13255

Re: California Drought

Going to disregard a bunch of the previous posts to address what I feel is a valid question. What are the quantifiable measurable metrics? This is a valid question. And in that much of the impact is going to be taken by the agricultural economy - you won't have any solid answer yet. I can't tell you...
by procyon
Sun May 24, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Tactical short sword?
Replies: 25
Views: 2774

Re: Tactical short sword?

Funny you should mention that. Supposedly made of 5160 Steel: Nice. I can actually use that link and see it...wow. For most intents, if it is 5160, it will be pretty durable. But from just a picture, it is hard to tell. It looks serviceable though, especially for about $60 shipped. Decent shape for...
by procyon
Sun May 24, 2015 11:36 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Tactical short sword?
Replies: 25
Views: 2774

Re: Tactical short sword?

1095 is a great steel for swords Good high carbon steel. A bit brittle for a long piece of metal you intend to hit things with, but for most intents it would be fine. Lots of leaf springs are 1080 or better in carbon content and will make good knives or such. You also find a bunch of 5160 which is ...
by procyon
Sun May 24, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?
Replies: 64
Views: 4943

Re: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?

Stirling engines. I had completely forgot about them. Ok, now I feel stupid (which isn't all that uncommon...). You just never see them other than as 'educational toys' and such. Not exactly a vehicle power source, but for a PAW power source using scrap parts and waste heat from cooking/heating - t...
by procyon
Sun May 24, 2015 4:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?
Replies: 64
Views: 4943

Re: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?

Hmm. I seem to recall that there are/were some steam engines designed to use something other than water. I know about mercury vapor turbines that have been used in the past. I don't know of any currently in operation and I wouldn't want to try and run one in the PAW. The other I am familiar with is...
by procyon
Sat May 23, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?
Replies: 64
Views: 4943

Re: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?

The Amish still use it today... They already live in an "end-of-civilization" scenario. I have Amish all over where I live. They still buy their seed at the store, stock up on groceries where I do, etc. Now, they don't use a lot of the machines I do. But what they do use, they are willing to mainta...
by procyon
Sat May 23, 2015 6:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?
Replies: 64
Views: 4943

Re: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?

Our few ventures into the realm of messing with wood gas have all involved metal 5 gal buckets that once held oil for the tractors as the container. Sealed with aluminum foil (ok, not exactly a perfect seal but it was just 'for fun' and testing things out with the kids) and an old paint can to hold ...
by procyon
Sat May 23, 2015 5:09 am
Forum: Ask ZS
Topic: How to discuss terrorism without breaking Rule #7?
Replies: 57
Views: 9680

Re: How to discuss terrorism without breaking Rule #7?

LowKey wrote:
Hollis wrote:
buck85 wrote:It it is not what is said but how it is said.

Well said.
So content doesn't count, just presentation? :clownshoes:
You don't watch much TV, do you...
:lol:
:wink:

Boy, I really need to go find some more coffee.
by procyon
Sat May 23, 2015 5:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?
Replies: 64
Views: 4943

Re: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?

BTW, thanks to everyone for staying polite, civil, and devoid of snark. Well, so much for me making a comment about pinkertons... The wood gas is is very good, but from accounts tends to gum up rather quickly Tar is going to be a problem unless you have a really good filtering system. The upside be...
by procyon
Sat May 23, 2015 4:38 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: 22 caliber pellets fired using nailgun blanks (video)
Replies: 1
Views: 342

Re: 22 caliber pellets fired using nailgun blanks (video)

There is a small collection of videos out on this (the hospital web filter actually allows youtube videos so I get to watch stuff like that :D ). They are really fast, and could be fun. But it doesn't look like they have a lot of accuracy at anything past very short ranges. But how rapidly they frag...
by procyon
Fri May 22, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?
Replies: 64
Views: 4943

Re: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?

I'm just saying a low speed diesel engine running on some sort of seed oil is WAY more doable Most likely this is correct. The biggest issue would be if the oil was needed as a food source and couldn't be spared for power generation. At that point, the steam engine will be a bit more useful as it w...
by procyon
Fri May 22, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?
Replies: 64
Views: 4943

Re: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?

Yup. Hard water and silt are no bueno for the boiler, but which is easier.... Treating water or refining gasoline. If you have the fuel to run a steam engine, you have enough to run a still to distill water. Which is painfully simple. To get range, you'd need to either stage water supplies and fuel...
by procyon
Fri May 22, 2015 12:36 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?
Replies: 64
Views: 4943

Re: LONG term powered vehicle lifespan?

LowKey wrote:Yup. Hard water and silt are no bueno for the boiler, but which is easier.... Treating water or refining gasoline.
If you have the fuel to run a steam engine, you have enough to run a still to distill water. Which is painfully simple.
by procyon
Thu May 21, 2015 11:22 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: California Drought
Replies: 147
Views: 13255

Re: California Drought

Sounds like the senior water rights holders in CA are offering to cut their use by 25% now to prevent deeper cuts later - as they feel cuts on their use are inevitable. So it sounds like agriculture water use is being evaluated for cuts if the news can be trusted. I have no idea how to link the stor...
by procyon
Tue May 19, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: California Drought
Replies: 147
Views: 13255

Re: California Drought

For any who would think this isn't a DICE or would down play it, I would seriously disagree. Saying that folks won't care because it doesn't affect them - only applies to right now . There are a number of things in the world that concern me. I see this as one that has the greatest likelihood to impa...
by procyon
Thu May 14, 2015 5:58 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Penobscot bow build
Replies: 69
Views: 5559

Re: Penobscot bow build

Finally conned one of the gals into letting me borrow her tablet so I could see the pics of your bow...

That is an awesome job ! For a first build, you did amazing !
Way to go !
:clap:
by procyon
Thu May 14, 2015 2:33 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: dandy lions, dan del ions
Replies: 17
Views: 1825

Re: dandy lions, dan del ions

clover blossom. My kid's love clover. Which is ok as we have tons of it. Literally. Dandelions are ok. The youngest girl & I like the younger plants raw, but the rest of my family want them boiled to cut down on the bitterness a bit. I have never tried dandelion preserves. May have to try them. Rig...
by procyon
Wed May 13, 2015 6:41 am
Forum: Ask ZS
Topic: How to discuss terrorism without breaking Rule #7?
Replies: 57
Views: 9680

Re: How to discuss terrorism without breaking Rule #7?

As for 'how to discuss', that should be simple enough. Stick to what has happened, is happening, or may become an issue. As soon as you begin discussing the 'why', it will be almost impossible to violate rule #7 as nearly all of these incidents are motivated by something that covered by that rule. I...
by procyon
Tue May 05, 2015 1:06 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Firearms Chat 3: #pewpewlife
Replies: 2572
Views: 114695

Re: Firearms Chat 3: #pewpewlife

I do tend to run full-power 180gr in it, but it's a problem with the 17L too with light 115gr. I think its just jerking the trigger and having big mitts with long fingers. G30S is about the right frame size, G23/G17 is a bit narrower and I'm sure I'm pushing with my finger as the trigger breaks. I ...
by procyon
Sun May 03, 2015 4:26 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Been Gone For Five Years. Is Cake vs Pie Still A Thing?
Replies: 20
Views: 1037

Re: Been Gone For Five Years. Is Cake vs Pie Still A Thing?

I've been wondering about this cake and pie thing, for I am young to this forum and missed that debate. I to have no memories of this. Only vague rumors of terrible battles with much spilled sugar on both sides... Well, I guess a lot could happen in 5 years. But I guess some blasphemer thinks choco...
by procyon
Sun May 03, 2015 4:04 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Boots vs Shoes
Replies: 53
Views: 9293

Re: Boots vs Shoes

The scenario I am mostly thinking about is survival situations This, right here, is what would make my decision. If I knew I was going to be covering lots of distance (hiking) - and that was all that mattered - that is one thing. But that isn't everything. Shoes can handle a lot of thing. But there...
by procyon
Sat May 02, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: New home/business Power Packs
Replies: 29
Views: 2627

Re: New home/business Power Packs

The biggest thing is its simplicity, you don't have to do a bunch of wiring of batteries, fabricate a shelving unit to hold them, wire in fans to vent the vapors. It's pretty, it sits on the wall, and weighs 220lbs. Which is what I see will be the big draw. Someone will come and do the work for you...
by procyon
Sat May 02, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Tango Down! Now What? - What to do after a defensive shoot
Replies: 13
Views: 2467

Re: Tango Down! Now What? - What to do after a defensive sho

If some voice suddenly said "DROP IT" I don't know much of anything about this, but another thing that can be a problem is - if the shooting was inside, she could have been about half deaf if a fair chunk of time hadn't past. Firing a shotgun inside a small space is a bit like lighting off firecrac...
by procyon
Sat May 02, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: H & R 12 gauge Shot gun, any assisories can add to one?
Replies: 20
Views: 1674

Re: H & R 12 gauge Shot gun, any assisories can add to one?

Can you see this? Nope. Once in awhile a photobucket pic will get through, but that is about it. But your description is good. Sounds a lot like what we have on the 870 kept by my wife's side of the bed. At 9 o'clock - it is easy to turn on the light when you need it (for us). Get a pair of fishnet...

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