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Title: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Frosty on December 18, 2011, 08:23:48 PM
-Worked on more plans for when shit goes down.

-Learned some more knots.

-Looked over my go bag.


You?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 18, 2011, 08:40:12 PM
Reloaded my empty brass, put away 100 rounds of match grade 77gr. Did knee dips on the way out to the pump house and back.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kobalt on December 18, 2011, 08:49:14 PM
I was going to prep today, But then I took a arrow to the knee.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Frosty on December 18, 2011, 08:51:26 PM
I was going to prep today, But then I took a arrow to the knee.

Screw off with the Skyrm. :P
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on December 18, 2011, 10:42:52 PM
I was going to prep today, But then I took a arrow to the knee.


Dude.... that was awesome.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co

I figured out ( through wearing it a couple hours )  that my US Palm Attack Rack V2  is actually capable of carrying eight mags. So now. my only issue with the ARV2 is a non issue any more.

gotta wear your gear guys. you figure shit out by trial and error. better to have that error in a training setting than a real setting.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Outonowhere on December 19, 2011, 07:23:19 AM
I was going to prep today, But then I took a arrow to the knee.


Dude.... that was awesome. 

Absolutely, thats why the shit never gets separated in my house (http://www.smileyvault.co

I figured out ( through wearing it a couple hours )  that my US Palm Attack Rack V2  is actually capable of carrying eight mags. So now. my only issue with the ARV2 is a non issue any more.

gotta wear your gear guys. you figure shit out by trial and error. better to have that error in a training setting than a real setting.
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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 19, 2011, 09:39:15 AM
Re-lubed the wifes AR.

I have been usung Pro-gold Lubticant: http://www.proshotproducts.com/Pro-Gold-1-oz-jar_p_616.html (http://www.proshotproducts.com/Pro-Gold-1-oz-jar_p_616.html)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiskeyJack on December 19, 2011, 10:11:01 PM
1 case canned veggies
1 case ravioli
got another 5 gall bucket of pinto beans ready for sealing. Just waiting on my 100lb bag of rice and i can use up the last of my o2 absorbers and mylar bags.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 19, 2011, 10:25:00 PM
Right on Whiskey!  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kobalt on December 19, 2011, 10:58:44 PM
I secured a U.S. army warriors training field manual for reading and my future service.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Outonowhere on December 20, 2011, 09:31:22 AM
stocked up on deodorant  :))

Up next... VODKA!
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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 20, 2011, 06:33:51 PM
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stocked up on deodorant  :))

Up next... VODKA!
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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 20, 2011, 07:14:43 PM
Come on TG....You get more flies with honey then vinegar! Or in OONW's mind: You get more loven with sweet smellen underarms.  :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 20, 2011, 08:05:40 PM
If getting laid in WROL was the goal I would think that plentiful food would be more important.

Frustrating!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 20, 2011, 10:06:40 PM
TG,  :)) :)) :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on December 21, 2011, 01:59:51 AM
If getting laid in WROL was the goal I would think that plentiful food would be more important.

Frustrating!

Who needs food? I got ammo  :o   
 ::) JK guys JK
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiskeyJack on December 22, 2011, 12:40:24 PM
Another case of canned carrots. Another lb of salt.

And where the hell is my 100 lb bag of freakin rice??? I mean its a great price. i only pay $26.00 but the damn holidays are streaching my supplier a little thin damnit. I dont care if CityWok put in a order for 20 bags. I just want my One! lol On the bright side my guy is going to start caring dried beans after the new year. $30.00 for a 100 lb.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 22, 2011, 12:53:07 PM
That is a pretty good price on Pintos dude and that is exactly what prepping is about, buy it cheap and stack it deep.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: goodnightChesty1775 on December 22, 2011, 05:11:33 PM
got 10 more gals of water, and 2 more 5 gal jugs i need to fill up still.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: themighty9mm on December 22, 2011, 07:10:55 PM
Got 600 lbs of lead for casting bullets. If I only do 124gr 9mm should equal out to 33,000+ projectiles. also got a couple racks for food preps. Talked to a guy about some good deals on MRE's his buddy might be able to pass along my way. Printed a few manuals so I have a hard copy for just in case I forget. Guess thats about it this week.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: goodnightChesty1775 on December 22, 2011, 07:21:48 PM
just filled up the other 2 jugs. cost me 3.00 but its good water.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on December 22, 2011, 07:30:11 PM
Im flat broke but managed to buy an old Ranger handbook for a few bucks. The small pocket version.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Frosty on December 22, 2011, 08:07:21 PM
Looking into how to get a greencard. You yanks may have some company sometime next year.


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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 22, 2011, 08:15:44 PM
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Deathstyle wrote:
Im flat broke but managed to buy an old Ranger handbook for a few bucks. The small pocket version.

Maj. Rodgers handbook or the newer Ranger version?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on December 22, 2011, 08:44:54 PM
It is dated July 1992 and has "Roger's Standing Orders" as the final section.

Why do you ask?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on December 22, 2011, 08:54:12 PM
This week... Put away some water in two liter soda bottles (yeah I know, not the best, and I rotate them out as I get new ones, about once or twice a year). Downloaded a couple gigs of military manuals. Did some research on resurrecting a couple of old Maglite Mini's with LED bulbs.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on December 23, 2011, 03:37:38 AM
Was slacking as of late but this. TSA starts stopping people on US highways without warrants or probable cause (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13KLp4aoOq0#ws)

And a pack of 48 AA's for christmas snapped me back into it.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 23, 2011, 09:17:14 AM
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DeathStyle wrote:
It is dated July 1992 and has "Roger's Standing Orders" as the final section.

Why do you ask?

I have two books on Maj. Rodgers standing orders. One is like a 50 page pamphlet written in not modern English and one has what is in the pamphlet but rewritten by some former Ranger.

I showed the 50 page pamphlet to a friend who is a former Ranger and he told me that he had never seen it before. He told me that he had the most resent Ranger book on a thumb drive and he was going to allow me to down load. I will share with you the title when I get it.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiskeyJack on December 23, 2011, 01:12:21 PM
That is a pretty good price on Pintos dude and that is exactly what prepping is about, buy it cheap and stack it deep.


Oohh. Buy it cheap!stack it deep! should be a freakin sticker bro. [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiskeyJack on December 23, 2011, 01:18:28 PM
Looking into how to get a greencard. You yanks may have some company sometime next year.


 

Come on down bro. Ill stock up on some sam adams (http://www.freesmileys.or
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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on December 26, 2011, 10:54:23 PM
Took my Hundred dollar gift card and got
100 rounds of 12 Gauge Birdshot
a Giant 50 Gallon tub.
A Can of Remoil
A bottle of Hopps #9
Anti Diarrhe x3 ( 36 tablets )
Maxipads x3 ( 30 Pads )
Lip Balm x4
Medicated Foot Powder x2 ( 40oz )
Acetam PM x2 ( 24 tablets )
Antifungal Creme x1 ( 12 oz ) 
Prenatal V x 4 ( 60 Tablets )
Asprine x1 ( 325 Tablets )
AB Bismuth Pepto x1 ( 20 oz )
Colt Tablets x2 ( 24 tablets )
Colt MS DN ( 12 Tablets )
Foot Creme x1 ( 12 oz )

I also got two packs of 12 Socks and Underwear for Christmas so that is in my Pile of supplies as well. Along with a fresh bottle of Jack Daniels and two bottles of bottom shelf Vodka

I feel like I can broadcast these things cause no one lives near me...and if someone tries to take it I'll do my very best to defend it. And I am a very evil man.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on December 26, 2011, 11:01:37 PM
trust me guys, u go to rob reaver youll end up on his grill [url=http://yoursmiles.org/p-m
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on December 26, 2011, 11:03:52 PM
trust me guys, u go to rob reaver youll end up on his grill



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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 27, 2011, 09:45:22 AM
Good shopping day RvR!  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on December 28, 2011, 04:18:43 PM
Got my "oh shit i need to leave NOW" bag together .
Put together my sub par battle gear together.
working on getting my preps sorted out and all my other shit in case i want to move.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 28, 2011, 04:23:11 PM
Went to a Army & Navy store today for a gas mask. The selection was pathetic and there was no customer service. We left empty handed.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: goodnightChesty1775 on December 28, 2011, 05:33:04 PM
Went to a Army & Navy store today for a gas mask. The selection was pathetic and there was no customer service. We left empty handed.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at


where you buy chance in CA? loooool
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 28, 2011, 05:37:09 PM
Almost as bad...New Jersey. Gas though was $2.99 a gal
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: goodnightChesty1775 on December 28, 2011, 06:02:54 PM
Almost as bad...New Jersey. Gas though was $2.99 a gal

i paid 3.33 the other day.....and what sucks, i was stoked for how 'cheap' it was....
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on December 28, 2011, 06:45:38 PM
There is an Uber cheap ARCO station on Whitter Blvd. just before the IHOP where SEARS is. Its closer to La Habra then Whittier.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: goodnightChesty1775 on December 28, 2011, 06:46:36 PM
There is an Uber cheap ARCO station on Whitter Blvd. just before the IHOP where SEARS is. Its closer to La Habra then Whittier.

dude where do you live?! im like 7 miles MAX from there.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kentactic on December 28, 2011, 07:00:41 PM
I bought...

(1) big bottle of hoppes #9
(1) 12 gauge bore brush
(1) .30 bore brush
(1) large cleaning rod
(1) pack of 12 gauge cotton patches
(1) small bottle of gun oil
(1) 50 rnds of FMJ .40 S&W
(1) upgraded 870 follower and spring
(1) M4 stock rubber butt pad
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on December 28, 2011, 07:32:32 PM
There is an Uber cheap ARCO station on Whitter Blvd. just before the IHOP where SEARS is. Its closer to La Habra then Whittier.

dude where do you live?! im like 7 miles MAX from there.

Im in the San Gabriel area. Im gonna turn the old Spanish Mission into my "Apocalyptic Palace of Love" in WROL.

I know that area Whittier pretty decently though.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on December 28, 2011, 09:39:31 PM
Chesty and Deathstyle: You two need to take this to PMs and get to know one another personally. Most members here don't have the opportunity that both of you do.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: 505th.NM.Militia on December 28, 2011, 10:43:10 PM
If getting laid in WROL was the goal I would think that plentiful food would be more important.

Frustrating!

Who needs food? I got ammo  :o   
 ::) JK guys JK

Scary I've been hearing A LOT of people saying this.   It's like a dog food delivery service. Just feed your dog wolf. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kentactic on December 28, 2011, 10:45:39 PM
If getting laid in WROL was the goal I would think that plentiful food would be more important.

Frustrating!

Who needs food? I got ammo  :o   
 ::) JK guys JK

Scary I've been hearing A LOT of people saying this.   It's like a dog food delivery service. Just feed your dog wolf.

im too damn lazy to be a wolf i get mad when the drive through fast food takes too long id be all pissed off if i had to keep robbing people every time i got hungry.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 29, 2011, 12:27:51 AM
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Scary I've been hearing A LOT of people saying this.   It's like a dog food delivery service. Just feed your dog wolf. 

That right there is a +1 to your karma Mr. 505th.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on December 29, 2011, 12:35:07 AM
+1 to tg for being THATGUY and +1 to 505th  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on December 29, 2011, 01:43:19 AM
+1 to tg for being THATGUY and +1 to 505th 

No one likes a kiss ass kid.

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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 29, 2011, 02:10:12 AM
and that makes a +1 for Reaver.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: goodnightChesty1775 on December 29, 2011, 02:12:02 AM
and that makes a +1 for Reaver.

nay a 2 lol
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on December 31, 2011, 12:19:53 AM
hey im just being nice, he does pay the bill.  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Skippy00004 on December 31, 2011, 12:29:13 AM
-Did an ammo inventory of all calibers in the safe and reorganized mags/ammo boxes for quicker access.

-Put away another 5 gallons of water.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on December 31, 2011, 12:32:42 AM
ammo inventory is great, many people i see buy ammo and have it in all kinds of different bags and pouches. i like to know what i have down to the last bullet.  [url=http://www.freesmileys.or
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on December 31, 2011, 01:49:38 AM
-Did an ammo inventory of all calibers in the safe and reorganized mags/ammo boxes for quicker access.

-Put away another 5 gallons of water.

Almost exactly what I did.

I got an exact count of rounds. And not 5 gallons of water but close.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiskeyJack on December 31, 2011, 02:00:23 PM
Another 10lbs of pinto beans/ still waiting on my guy to come through with my bulk buys.
800 rds .22
20 rds 12ga
100 rds .40
200 bore patches
2-30rd AK-Mags
3- 5gal food buckets
1 case canned spinach
1 case canned olives
10lbs baking soda.
and thats this week.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: themighty9mm on December 31, 2011, 03:04:35 PM
Got a food storage shelf put up and put away some canned goods
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on January 01, 2012, 11:53:44 AM
Been " Fixing " my garage. In realization that my preps have gotten to the point that I must expand my area of operations.

My garage needed to be cleaned and though I am not done. I should be by the end of the day.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 05, 2012, 09:23:24 PM
I have been searching for this topic for the last 15 minutes. This thing should be hit every single day guys. This topic IMO should never leave the top bracket.

Alright so I picked up my AR on Friday. Thing is B/A guys. I mean B to the mother F'N A
( FN barrel pun right there if you noticed )

(http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/WROL%20and%20Preps/AR.jpg)

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I also sold my Maadi on Saturday at a gunshow.   (  :-[ good bye old girl. )

I took that cash and purchased this. For 300 bucks out the door. That's 30 Cents a round for some decent rounds. 

(http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/WROL%20and%20Preps/PMC.jpg)


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I also ( Get ready on the Negative karma switch. ) conned some old dude with cancer in his shoulder to 60 cents a round for 3" 00 buck and slugs.  >:D
(http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/WROL%20and%20Preps/12Gauge.jpg)

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Picked up some standard 2 3/4 for a decent price.
http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/WROL%20and%20Preps/234.jpg (http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/WROL%20and%20Preps/234.jpg)

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Picked up some 16 Gauge for my dads " Foraging " shotgun.
http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/WROL%20and%20Preps/16.jpg (http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/WROL%20and%20Preps/16.jpg)

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And on the way home I stopped at a yardsale and got this book for a buck.
http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/WROL%20and%20Preps/Book.jpg (http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/WROL%20and%20Preps/Book.jpg)


So all in all I think I did pretty well.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co


Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: STRAITJACKET on February 05, 2012, 10:04:23 PM
  Nice Reaver, very nice.  I got my seed trays going today, added some more canned and dry goods to my food preps, and also finished processing 500 pieces of .308 and 500 .223  that I got back at Christmas.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 05, 2012, 11:04:09 PM
nice gun reaver!  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 05, 2012, 11:10:52 PM
nice gun reaver!  ======================================================================




Rifle bro, a gun is an emplaced heavy weapon of some sort.

A rifle or a weapon is standard small arms.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co

Much to learn you have young padawan.
Soon you shall.  (http://www.smileyvault.co
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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Fuel Hogg on February 05, 2012, 11:48:38 PM
Nice job rever and I agree this should always be on the que...

I picked up a 14 square foot freezer for my meat and some other food prep....picked it up for 50 bux on Craigslist. Works great and no blood stains [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at .

The local grocery store was doing 10 for 10 on pasta and 5 lbs bags of rice, pasta sauses and some other little things. I filled up two carts. added 6 months to my food preps.

They are doing another sale next month...i plan on buying another food locker inside of that time  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 06, 2012, 09:23:18 AM
Sunday. Started to rotated the gas in my 5 gallon gas cans. I try to do this exercise every 6 months or so.

I run my truck down to a 1/4 of a tank. Empty one of the 5 gallon cans into the tank. Then go fill up the truck tank and refill the gas can with new gas and stabilizer.

It takes me a couple of weeks to rotate through all of the gas cans.

My wife's car takes high test. I do the same with her car and the gas put aside for it. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on February 06, 2012, 10:19:08 AM
I did my frickin' taxes. Yea, ain't much of "prep," but then again my return is going towards paying off some medical bills I acquired without insurance and low and behold will probably go towards my first .22lr. Also, I don't know if any of you guys pay to have yours done, but don't use Jackson-Hewitt. They were going to charge me $275. I did them on my own as usual for $20 to electronically file.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 06, 2012, 11:11:18 AM
WW, $275-????
I pay that for mine and I only pay that because mine are pretty complicated.

You were smart for walking away and doing your own.

OK, what .22LR is in your future? Don't forget you can buy a drop in conversion for your AR for about the same $$$ as a quality 22.

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Fuel Hogg on February 06, 2012, 11:34:38 AM
Our aunt does ours for free. But she mails it in so it takes forever to get back
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: EJR914 on February 06, 2012, 11:35:40 AM
30 cents a round for 223 isn't bad at all Reaver, good job.   [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 06, 2012, 12:14:02 PM
They dont know it, but every time I play "guns" with the kids "nerf guns" I'm instilling a lot of trigger dicipline. The oldest has taken to the iscosceles. and the 7 is a natural modified weaver. everytime I make sure they are pieing their corners. clearing rooms properly and COMMUNICATING! its so funny they've started saying hamburger for a threat, frenchfry for an unarmed or "good guy" and happy meal for clear.

I was just using it as an example the first time I told them about it but it stuck i guess what was wierd is they just started actually saying it recently right outta the blue. anyways with having as little money as I do it's hard to do something everyday that has something to do with prepping because most of the things I need to do is GET SHIT STOCKED! and its nearly impossible with all these hungry kids! lol.

Just gonna start telling them, "Dont worry about when dinner is! You starve now so you can eat later!"
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: EJR914 on February 06, 2012, 12:16:55 PM
They dont know it, but every time I play "guns" with the kids "nerf guns" I'm instilling a lot of trigger dicipline. The oldest has taken to the iscosceles. and the 7 is a natural modified weaver. everytime I make sure they are pieing their corners. clearing rooms properly and COMMUNICATING! its so funny they've started saying hamburger for a threat, frenchfry for an unarmed or "good guy" and happy meal for clear.

I was just using it as an example the first time I told them about it but it stuck i guess what was wierd is they just started actually saying it recently right outta the blue. anyways with having as little money as I do it's hard to do something everyday that has something to do with prepping because most of the things I need to do is GET SHIT STOCKED! and its nearly impossible with all these hungry kids! lol.

Just gonna start telling them, "Dont worry about when dinner is! You starve now so you can eat later!"

That rocks, crow! 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Fuel Hogg on February 06, 2012, 01:26:30 PM
That's fuxking epic crow. My daughter turns 2 this week and already watches weapons shows and goes therw my guns mags. So i can see an Intreast and In time I will show her more but that just gave me some great ideas.


Also crow a prepper rule i have grown to inbrace : when Its cheap, stack it deep
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on February 06, 2012, 01:37:58 PM
i picked up 250rds of 308

and i am joining a 2 gun league and a pistol combat course league at my local gun club

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 06, 2012, 02:09:06 PM
I jacked 5 cans of chilli with  beans & 2 cans of fruit ( Sliced Pineapples )  from the pantry.

 [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co The wife is ganna be pissed!  ::)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kentactic on February 06, 2012, 02:28:31 PM
In the last week or so i did the following:

-I setup my DVR to record "Doomsday Preppers" on NGC

-I modified my list of items to buy

-I started running (and i dont get shin splints anymore for some reason!!!)

- I practiced cooking and refrying raw pinto beans (if you have any good recipes im all ears)

-I put together my Blow out kit.

-I calculated how much water i have on hand and how long it will last a given number of people

-I bought 500 rounds of 12 gauge 00 Buckshot 2 3/4 and 60 rounds of 12 gauge slugs 2 3/4

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y168/gearheadkdr/ammopics007.jpg)

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Fuel Hogg on February 06, 2012, 02:45:42 PM
In the last week or so i did the following:

-I setup my DVR to record "Doomsday Preppers" on NGC

-I modified my list of items to buy

-I started running (and i dont get shin splints anymore for some reason!!!)

- I practiced cooking and refrying raw pinto beans (if you have any good recipes im all ears)

-I put together my Blow out kit.

-I calculated how much water i have on hand and how long it will last a given number of people

Ken,

The wife just bought a brita water contaner at Walmart for 20 bux. I have filled 30 milk gallons off of that thing. It is the cleanest water I have ever had....water is a prep moat overlook due to the fact that they may have a well or something else.

It's always good to have water on hand just in case

Also, where did you pick up the 12 ga ammo and how much ?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kentactic on February 06, 2012, 02:56:01 PM
In the last week or so i did the following:

-I setup my DVR to record "Doomsday Preppers" on NGC

-I modified my list of items to buy

-I started running (and i dont get shin splints anymore for some reason!!!)

- I practiced cooking and refrying raw pinto beans (if you have any good recipes im all ears)

-I put together my Blow out kit.

-I calculated how much water i have on hand and how long it will last a given number of people

Ken,

The wife just bought a brita water contaner at Walmart for 20 bux. I have filled 30 milk gallons off of that thing. It is the cleanest water I have ever had....water is a prep moat overlook due to the fact that they may have a well or something else.

It's always good to have water on hand just in case

Also, where did you pick up the 12 ga ammo and how much ?

yeah i stock a lot of bottled water because i dont have any water source near by that i can actually use on a daily basis from my home. i know where lots of different water sources are but they arent walking distance that you could reasonably do on a daily basis so i have enough water to ride out the initial storm until its safer to make long journeys or maybe even move camp all together. but i still do need water filters ill deffinatly check out the one you speak of.

i got that 00B ammo on Cheaperthandirt.com for like around .39 a round after you include shipping if i remember correctly. the slugs were a little over a dollar a piece i think. Rio is the brand and they actually are nearly 3'' shells. they have a clear plastic top because they arent crimped but are rolled ends.. very long brass base... ive yet to test the fuckers but as soon as i get a chance im going to do a review on both the 00B and the Slugs.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 06, 2012, 02:59:32 PM
i went on google earth and mapped out distances of roads and fields just in case i have to take a long shot i know how far to adjust my sights.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 06, 2012, 06:23:14 PM
On the note of water storage. I've found (since having the 3 younglings) that the 1 gal. Hawaiian Punch bottles are awesome and perfect. They are squarish. and have a carrying handle for quick gathering. at the moment I've only got 5 stashed but as they get emptied I am rinsing and refilling. I also use 2 liter bottles but I normally use those for cooking and such when the water gets shut off (which happens about once a week where I live.) I may look into 5 gal (plastic) drums my mom gets snow cone flavoring in.

If only I could do the same with propane from my stove  ;D

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on February 06, 2012, 06:52:51 PM
how many fucking snow cones does you mom eat?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 06, 2012, 06:59:15 PM
Who gave you the idea of storing water in jugs broham? hmmm  :)) [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 06, 2012, 07:02:42 PM
how many fucking snow cones does you mom eat?


lmao, I was actually waiting for that question to arise. She doesn't actually, she has a snowcone machine in her ice cream truck.

her and my step dad both have one. They have a chevy pickup with an ambulance inverter to do supply runs (for ice cream) I've actually been thinking about making their house a place to bug-in. Its perfect minus it's location.

To Reaver: I will give you some credit for some things but what else would I store it in?
                  actually I started that a long time ago due to the aforementioned water stoppages.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 06, 2012, 07:05:05 PM
Don't lie   :-X ^-^
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 06, 2012, 08:58:20 PM
how much would your mom charge me if i ordered a ice cream cone from louisiana?  :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 06, 2012, 09:05:42 PM
how much would your mom charge me if i ordered a ice cream cone from louisiana?  :))

His mom only charges 5 bucks for a snowcone.  >:D :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 06, 2012, 09:11:08 PM
how much would your mom charge me if i ordered a ice cream cone from louisiana?  :))


His mom only charges 5 bucks for a snowcone.  >:D :))

holy crap 5 bucks for a snow cone,  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at can i finance that?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 06, 2012, 09:30:18 PM
You know.. I'll ship you one, just pay the postage... lol dunno what state it'll be in by the time it makes it there.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 06, 2012, 09:32:39 PM
You know.. I'll ship you one, just pay the postage... lol dunno what state it'll be in by the time it makes it there.


put it in a plastic container so i can re freeze it when it comes in.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 06, 2012, 09:35:14 PM
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Turkish%20Snow%20Cone (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Turkish%20Snow%20Cone)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kobalt on February 06, 2012, 09:44:23 PM
We need A icon to show how hard I laughed. That was hysterical  :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 06, 2012, 09:51:14 PM
thats very disturbing. :o
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 06, 2012, 09:54:13 PM
thats very disturbing. :o


You ordered one bro.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 06, 2012, 09:58:39 PM
thats very disturbing. :o


You ordered one bro.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at


no i didnt, i ordered a snow cone, not a turkish snow cone!  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 06, 2012, 10:01:05 PM
CROW.. did you specify what type of snowcone he would get?

Not our faults you placed an order prior to getting full knowledge of said product.  :P
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 06, 2012, 10:03:52 PM
thats very disturbing. :o


You ordered one bro.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at


no i didnt, i ordered a snow cone, not a turkish snow cone!  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at


is that ordered like... you would like to purchase or... ORDERED like. "GIVE ME A NICE BIG SNOWCONE STAT!"?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 06, 2012, 10:04:55 PM
im telling crows MOTHER  >:(  http://www.smileydesign.n (http://yoursmiles.org/p-m  [img)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 06, 2012, 10:08:36 PM
HAHA! you win... dont do that man!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 06, 2012, 10:08:59 PM
Stat bro. He was already talking about having it shipped remember?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 06, 2012, 10:13:02 PM
HAHA! you win... dont do that man!


yea reaver wouldnt it be embarrasing to tell a poor mother what a TURKISH SNOW CONE is.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at  >:D
 :D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on February 06, 2012, 10:23:28 PM
WW, $275-????
I pay that for mine and I only pay that because mine are pretty complicated.

You were smart for walking away and doing your own.

OK, what .22LR is in your future? Don't forget you can buy a drop in conversion for your AR for about the same $$$ as a quality 22.
It's practical. It's fun. And most importantly....she's perty. http://www.hyattgunstore.com/heckler-koch-mp5sd-22-22lr-carbine-10-round.html (http://www.hyattgunstore.com/heckler-koch-mp5sd-22-22lr-carbine-10-round.html) Well, either that, or a simple Henry lever action. I was thinking it'd be a real good starter for my kid. Plus I like a lot of the features on the gun and from what I've read it performs far better than the ATI HK .22 clones that sell for around $400. That and I'm selling my Savage 11/111fc and upgrading to a Savage Model 10 precision carbine.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co I do look forward to cheap ammo prices in 22lr though.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on February 07, 2012, 01:14:12 PM
get the Henry bro

those 22lr mp5's are prone to jamming from what i've seen firsthand
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 07, 2012, 03:29:28 PM
get the Henry bro

those 22lr mp5's are prone to jamming from what i've seen firsthand
Same.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 07, 2012, 04:06:32 PM
yea the henry is a well built weapon, a guy at the range had one and it was a accurate rifle. if your gonna bug out heres a good choice.
http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?fid=022B&cid=021&tid=001&bg=x#center (http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?fid=022B&cid=021&tid=001&bg=x#center)
yea yea its expensive but the henry is also.
the browning is a takedown model so you can put it in a pack
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on February 07, 2012, 04:34:01 PM
yea the henry is a well built weapon, a guy at the range had one and it was a accurate rifle. if your gonna bug out heres a good choice.
[url]http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?fid=022B&cid=021&tid=001&bg=x#center[/url] ([url]http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?fid=022B&cid=021&tid=001&bg=x#center[/url])
yea yea its expensive but the henry is also.
the browning is a takedown model so you can put it in a pack


quit shoving that shit browning in our face
it has no practicl use in  the prepper world
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on February 07, 2012, 04:57:09 PM
yea the henry is a well built weapon, a guy at the range had one and it was a accurate rifle. if your gonna bug out heres a good choice.
[url]http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?fid=022B&cid=021&tid=001&bg=x#center[/url] ([url]http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?fid=022B&cid=021&tid=001&bg=x#center[/url])
yea yea its expensive but the henry is also.
the browning is a takedown model so you can put it in a pack


quit shoving that shit browning in our face
it has no practicl use in  the prepper world


mountain you have no idea how great browning weapons are, my grandpa growing up in the swamp always relied on his browning a-5, it always went bang everytime he pulled the trigger. there not only nice weapons but perform as good as they look, i dont know about you but if you want a gun that your grandkids can continue using that 22 is it.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on February 07, 2012, 05:02:22 PM
@ Reaver and Mountain- When you guys say prone to jamming are you talking about the ATI mp5 clones or the actual HK .22's. Because I could be mistaken, but I thought the HK .22 MP5's were new to the market. I've not kept up like I used to.  :-[ But I know the ATI models were prone to frequent jams.

P.S. If I get a frickin' Browning lever action it'll be in 30-06 (eventually). I'm not crazy about the looks of the Henry .22, but for the price I could tolerate to redo it.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 07, 2012, 08:02:00 PM
Im talkin about the GSG5
What ever one that junk is.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on February 07, 2012, 08:17:54 PM
Seriously BWB stop it with the Browning crap already. You are wrong, so fucking wrong it isn't funny.

I shot out a 10/22. It never failed to fire. NEVER.

I have my grandfathers Sears and Robuck Ranger 101 .22 and guess what? It has never failed to fire.

Both of them are tack drivers one cost $180 in the 90s the other cost $15 in the 40s. No one needs to spend AR money on a fucking .22 no matter how much your goose stepping grandfather loves it. Fuck if its such a good rifle why does anyone bother with any of the other dozen or so makes?

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on February 07, 2012, 08:42:37 PM
Im talkin about the GSG5
What ever one that junk is.
K, that's what I was kind of figuring. I'll do a range report one it when/ if I get it. At least that I can take to my local know it all gun asshat gun range. Well, as long as I count two seconds between each shot.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on February 08, 2012, 01:32:43 AM
yea the henry is a well built weapon, a guy at the range had one and it was a accurate rifle. if your gonna bug out heres a good choice.
[url]http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?fid=022B&cid=021&tid=001&bg=x#center[/url] ([url]http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?fid=022B&cid=021&tid=001&bg=x#center[/url])
yea yea its expensive but the henry is also.
the browning is a takedown model so you can put it in a pack


quit shoving that shit browning in our face
it has no practicl use in  the prepper world


mountain you have no idea how great browning weapons are, my grandpa growing up in the swamp always relied on his browning a-5, it always went bang everytime he pulled the trigger. there not only nice weapons but perform as good as they look, i dont know about you but if you want a gun that your grandkids can continue using that 22 is it.


i'm using my grandpa's 22, its so fucking used the wood has no stain left on the stock where your hands go
it has more fucking rounds through it than i could even guess
to this day it works perfect and shoots straight as shit

and there are 10/22's with more fucking rounds through them than you will ever shoot

both rifles will only cost you about $200 or less

you got alot to learn boy

is it a nice gun? sure
but if you count the price its a damn poor excuse for a 22lr rifle


Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 09, 2012, 01:40:34 PM
Lol, you guys trolled BWB about .22s to prep for today... and yesterday.. and the day before! lmao. They are still talking about this for a reason man. 

go buy a used .22lr from your local gunshop for $180.00 and spend the other $520.00 on ammo for the thing. you wont ever run outta ammo for the rest of your life.

I say this only if you just HAVE to spend 700 dollars on .22 thats my .02
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on February 09, 2012, 06:20:20 PM
I'm gonna break it down like this. First hit on Google sets the price.

1 Browning $699.00 MSRP

-or-

1 10/22 Ruger $221.00
10 10/22 Magazines (30rds) $160
9,975 rounds of Federal Blammo $304
Hoppes U22 Cleaning kit $8

And that leaves you with enough to buy lunch at Taco Bell.

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on February 09, 2012, 06:20:59 PM
I spent some time at the forge making tools to make railroad spike tomahawks.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: leadpersuasion on February 09, 2012, 07:10:16 PM
1. Got me some new Hornady Zombie 9mm pills with my $25 NRA Gift Card.
2. Learned how to fully strip my G19 from the HossUSMC. Thanks Hoss!
3. Sprayed Cyanide on my canned bacon. (In case dsarti decides to come over...)   (http://www.smileyvault.co[/s)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 09, 2012, 08:56:08 PM
Got some food preps.
Started P90X yesterday.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 21, 2012, 02:19:31 PM
Went to physical therapy for my back and shoulder.
Also picked up a little sumthin sumthin for my 870 WM Magnum.

Anyone guess what it is?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: sledge on February 21, 2012, 02:26:29 PM
recoil pad?    :)


That P90X must be tougher than Army basic.  LOL!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 21, 2012, 10:02:05 PM
Bought yet another box of bulk 22LRHP. $16.50 @ Dicks for 525 rounds.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on February 21, 2012, 10:15:14 PM
I picked up my HK MP5SD .22lr and last week I sold my Savage 111 for a Savage Model 10. Pics to come when I find my damn camera cord.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: hjmoosejaw on February 21, 2012, 10:49:13 PM
After being a member of this forum for a little while, I have a renewed love and respect for the 22 cal. After realizing all of the purpose it would have in a prepping world, it's easy to see that it's not just your Grandfather's squirrel gun anymore.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: sledge on February 21, 2012, 11:32:11 PM
After being a member of this forum for a little while, I have a renewed love and respect for the 22 cal. After realizing all of the purpose it would have in a prepping world, it's easy to see that it's not just your Grandfather's squirrel gun anymore.

I agree.  I really like that little round.  It has a lot of uses and the price is right.  (As long as you're not buying a $600 Browning.  LOL!)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 22, 2012, 08:03:53 AM
P90X sucks and I hate it....but it works & I must keep to it.  :-\


No, sledge no recoil pad for me. Though 7 rounds of 12 gauge does hurt quite a bit.

I picked up a box of thunderbolt ( 500 ) for 12 bux at a flea market the other day.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Love that little stinger.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on February 22, 2012, 10:48:46 AM
yall need to work on your shotgun skills, if your complaining about recoil from 7 rounds

if you cant run 100rds of 00 through it without getting hurt something is wrong
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 22, 2012, 01:21:17 PM
yall need to work on your shotgun skills, if your complaining about recoil from 7 rounds

if you cant run 100rds of 00 through it without getting hurt something is wrong


You missed the point redneck.

I went from 5 rounds total to 7 rounds total.  Meaning I got a mag tube extension.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on February 22, 2012, 01:29:44 PM
yall need to work on your shotgun skills, if your complaining about recoil from 7 rounds

if you cant run 100rds of 00 through it without getting hurt something is wrong


You missed the point redneck.

I went from 5 rounds total to 7 rounds total.  Meaning I got a mag tube extension.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at


i got alot of shit going on right now,  i'm missing most jokes these days  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: sledge on February 22, 2012, 03:13:04 PM
yall need to work on your shotgun skills, if your complaining about recoil from 7 rounds

if you cant run 100rds of 00 through it without getting hurt something is wrong

Frig that!  The frigging thing would beat me to death.  If you ever visit Florida I'll let you borrow mine and see how many rounds of 00 you want to put through it.  It's light so it will always be with me.  But you really have to want to kill something to talk yourself into pulling the trigger the 2nd time.  I'm big on shooting from the hip, close in with that thing.  I've been thinking about changing it over to a pistol grip.

 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Colombo on February 22, 2012, 03:58:11 PM
Picked up a model 37 Ithaca for 97 bucks, buggered bolt stop lever (some dork took a file to it).
Might break out the duracoat for this one, 50% finish left.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on February 22, 2012, 06:25:57 PM
yall need to work on your shotgun skills, if your complaining about recoil from 7 rounds

if you cant run 100rds of 00 through it without getting hurt something is wrong

Frig that!  The frigging thing would beat me to death.  If you ever visit Florida I'll let you borrow mine and see how many rounds of 00 you want to put through it.  It's light so it will always be with me.  But you really have to want to kill something to talk yourself into pulling the trigger the 2nd time.  I'm big on shooting from the hip, close in with that thing.  I've been thinking about changing it over to a pistol grip.

you buy the rounds
and i'll shoot that fucker till your kids college fund goes dry  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: sledge on February 22, 2012, 06:43:55 PM
yall need to work on your shotgun skills, if your complaining about recoil from 7 rounds

if you cant run 100rds of 00 through it without getting hurt something is wrong

Frig that!  The frigging thing would beat me to death.  If you ever visit Florida I'll let you borrow mine and see how many rounds of 00 you want to put through it.  It's light so it will always be with me.  But you really have to want to kill something to talk yourself into pulling the trigger the 2nd time.  I'm big on shooting from the hip, close in with that thing.  I've been thinking about changing it over to a pistol grip.

you buy the rounds
and i'll shoot that fucker till your kids college fund goes dry  ;D

LOL!  Trust me.  You'd lose your arm long before that happened.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on February 22, 2012, 07:45:20 PM
yall need to work on your shotgun skills, if your complaining about recoil from 7 rounds

if you cant run 100rds of 00 through it without getting hurt something is wrong

Frig that!  The frigging thing would beat me to death.  If you ever visit Florida I'll let you borrow mine and see how many rounds of 00 you want to put through it.  It's light so it will always be with me.  But you really have to want to kill something to talk yourself into pulling the trigger the 2nd time.  I'm big on shooting from the hip, close in with that thing.  I've been thinking about changing it over to a pistol grip.

you buy the rounds
and i'll shoot that fucker till your kids college fund goes dry  ;D

LOL!  Trust me.  You'd lose your arm long before that happened.

nah i could burn up $40 in ammo long before that
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: EJR914 on February 23, 2012, 11:22:31 AM
Went for a run today.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on February 23, 2012, 12:06:00 PM
Put some more water away last night.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 23, 2012, 01:12:37 PM
 [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at

I have about 15 empty two liter bottles that I have been postponing filling for some reason.  :-\

Roger that... this is what I am going to do today.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: EJR914 on February 23, 2012, 02:01:43 PM
Trying to find a job so that I can prep again.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on February 23, 2012, 06:58:00 PM
Even if they are empty, water bottles are a great asset. http://www.sodis.ch/index_EN (http://www.sodis.ch/index_EN)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 23, 2012, 08:07:23 PM
Trying to find a job so that I can prep again.
Roger that. But ive thrown together a nice little flak cheat rig from scraps of extra shit I got laying around.


Its still in the building phase ill get to painting and dying it soon gotta pick up some stuff to make it a little more versatile in the adjustability department.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: sledge on February 23, 2012, 08:17:06 PM
Trying to find a job so that I can prep again.
Roger that. But ive thrown together a nice little flak cheat rig from scraps of extra shit I got laying around.


Its still in the building phase ill get to painting and dying it soon gotta pick up some stuff to make it a little more versatile in the adjustability department.

Hey, put up some pics when you get it finished Crow.  I'd like to see it.  Maybe get some ideas.   :)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Currahee on February 23, 2012, 08:57:22 PM
packing my ruck for a hike & camp tomorrow
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 23, 2012, 09:02:21 PM
Got a thing to the YMCA
did two miles on the Elliptical and two on the treadmil 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: sledge on February 23, 2012, 09:05:19 PM
packing my ruck for a hike & camp tomorrow

How long of a hike are you planning?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on February 23, 2012, 09:55:12 PM
Trying to find a job so that I can prep again.
Roger that. But ive thrown together a nice little flak cheat rig from scraps of extra shit I got laying around.


Its still in the building phase ill get to painting and dying it soon gotta pick up some stuff to make it a little more versatile in the adjustability department.
whats the seat belt for and where'd you get the insert?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 23, 2012, 10:45:36 PM
Trying to find a job so that I can prep again.
Roger that. But ive thrown together a nice little flak cheat rig from scraps of extra shit I got laying around.


Its still in the building phase ill get to painting and dying it soon gotta pick up some stuff to make it a little more versatile in the adjustability department.
whats the seat belt for and where'd you get the insert?

Lol actually I'm glad you asked it is from a baby car seat that I've salvaged the shoulder straps will velcro in place but the buckle will beat a quick release to remove the jacket in case it is necessary I don't think you can tell from the picture but it has molle all over it. when I finish it I will make a video of me tearing it down and putting it back 2 gether I will also explain the components of the vest.

lastly I want to point out that I do not talk like this I am using the speech to text program on my phone because I hate the on screen keyboard.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on February 23, 2012, 11:24:17 PM
quick question

I'm ordering bdus and i see short regular and long sizes.
I know what they mean but i'm a little confused.
I have a woodland bdu top that is a long but i'm not sure if the sizing is right as it is made by a low end company.

I'm looking a propper bdu's brand bdu coat and i'm not sure if i should get the regular or long. I do like my sleeves a little longer but i don't know if they will be too long or not.
Any suggestions?
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Post by: Currahee on February 23, 2012, 11:34:36 PM
packing my ruck for a hike & camp tomorrow

How long of a hike are you planning?

Five miles tomorrow will arrive at the RON after dark, do a HAM check from the woods, sleep then wake up and do some 1st aid training then we will hike a seven mile loop back.
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Post by: sledge on February 24, 2012, 12:30:15 AM
BDU Coat Sizes
Size   Chest   Height   Sleeve
XSR   29-32   67-71   24 1/4
SS   33-36   63-67   23 3/4
SR   33-36   67-71   24 3/4
SL   33-36   71-75   25 3/4
MS   37-40   63-67   24 1/4
MR   37-40   67-71   25 1/4
ML   37-40   71-75   26 1/4
LS   41-44   63-67   24 3/4
LR   41-44   67-71   25 3/4
LL   41-44   71-75   26 3/4
XLR   45-48   67-71   26 1/4
XLL   45-48   71-75   27 1/4
XXLR   49-52   67-71   26 3/4
XXLL   49-52   71-75   27 3/4
3XLR   53-56   67-71   27 1/4
3XLL   53-56   71-75   28 1/4
4XLR   57-60   67-71   27 3/4

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on February 24, 2012, 04:19:58 AM
Thats why I love you sledge.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co

Keep it up brother.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 24, 2012, 08:20:16 AM
Thats why I love you sledge. 

No shit man.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co (http://www.smileyvault.co

Keep it up brother.
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Post by: Outonowhere on February 24, 2012, 11:41:13 AM
Filled a bunch more 2-litre bottles and 1-litre bottles as well for patrols.  One thing to remember is to was the bottles out before you fill them again.  There was an actual study done that shows that the bottles are bacteria free as long as you was them out prior.  Heard it on the radio lol. 

Put away more ammo and another can and moving to a more suitable/sustainable location.

That SODIS thing is awesome.

And every time I think of diarrhea I think of that robot chicken episode with Montezuma's ghost saying "REVENGE..."  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on February 24, 2012, 12:36:21 PM
heading to my mom's house later. to get the flak jacket sewn in place is it needs it and to get velcro sewn on to other places as well I will be taking pictures to put up in the gear section later maybe a video as well. kind of organized and inventory my tactica gear also doing a little map researcof a creek that pretty much runs all the way across cemtral florida





I hate my phone

:( didn't get to go to my moms

I did go get some machine oil for the sewing machine so yay
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 02, 2012, 12:41:33 AM
I just cleaned my 10/22.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: 1000meterstare on March 02, 2012, 07:33:52 AM
Got me heirloom seeds!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 02, 2012, 08:07:30 AM
What kind 1000M and from whom?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 02, 2012, 05:05:32 PM
(http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/1MOARifle.jpg)


Range day.
100 Yard three shot group.

Also, cleaned almost every weapon I own within the last two days. Also added 40 gallons of water to my stock.  :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: sledge on March 02, 2012, 05:12:52 PM
([url]http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/1MOARifle.jpg[/url])


Range day.
100 Yard three shot group.

Also, cleaned almost every weapon I own within the last two days. Also added 40 gallons of water to my stock.  :))


Good shooting Reaver!  What was all of that stuff low and to the left?  I'll bet you were chasing a fly that was crawling across the target huh?  LOL!  Good job!
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Post by: Reaver on March 02, 2012, 05:19:42 PM
Yeah roger that sledge.
Actually, the first group was in there somewhere, then I cranked my site like three notches and it didn't move. Lol, I figured it out though.

The elevation jump was pure luck first time go. I cranked it like 9 or 10 vertical and it fell into the bull.
Brohams that trigger is the shit. I mean the shit shit like badass the SHIT

If I have a choice I will never use another trigger. That thing is wicked awesome.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on March 02, 2012, 07:58:06 PM
Nice group bro, this http://straightprep.com/forum/index.php?topic=2026.0 (http://straightprep.com/forum/index.php?topic=2026.0)
Is what I did as you can see from the pictures it was a class for the  younglings aswell
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: 1000meterstare on March 02, 2012, 08:31:11 PM
Survivalseeds.net.  Cabbage, Kale, Spinach, carrots, corn, eggplant, spuash, asparagus (yum), etc.  Stuff that is awesomely nutritious and will keep you well-tuned unlike most of the MRE-eating SHTF zombies out there.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 02, 2012, 11:07:00 PM
([url]http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt331/juba811/1MOARifle.jpg[/url])


Range day.
100 Yard three shot group.

Also, cleaned almost every weapon I own within the last two days. Also added 40 gallons of water to my stock.  :))

Nice groups man. What gives though? Sights need adjusted or need some eye dominance training?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on March 03, 2012, 01:14:44 AM
bought 6 cans of vienna sausage, a 12 pack of ramen noodles, 2 bars a soap and put away more TP.  :)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 03, 2012, 01:47:49 AM
/Unless you're putting them away for the short term Romen is no good. They go rancid, bummer huh?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: backwoodsboy on March 03, 2012, 02:03:47 AM
dammit  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at i had no idea
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 03, 2012, 02:09:47 AM
Now you know and knowing is half the battle.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 03, 2012, 10:00:48 AM
What trigger are you using for your AR RvR?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 03, 2012, 01:04:44 PM
What trigger are you using for your AR RvR?


Whitewolf; The sites did need adjusted the entire point of me bringing the rifle was because it was brand new and needed to be zero'd.

JM; I'm using a  http://geissele.com/supersemi-automaticssatrigger.aspx  (http://geissele.com/supersemi-automaticssatrigger.aspx)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 03, 2012, 09:05:29 PM
Not cheap RvR. Is it easy to drop in?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: 1000meterstare on March 03, 2012, 11:40:56 PM
Went to Aldi to enhance my food stash.  I pay attention to the expiration dates...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 04, 2012, 12:19:54 PM
Not cheap RvR. Is it easy to drop in?

I didn't put it in lol, but from what I have read yeah it's relatively easy. Just as easy as a standard AR trigger.

So smooth though man, and worth every penny.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on March 04, 2012, 10:03:37 PM
Put more water away this weekend.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiskeyJack on March 04, 2012, 10:14:48 PM
1 case of red beans
2 canisters of salt
25 lb of flour
thats this week.
Need to start working on my corn meal supply soon.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 05, 2012, 12:21:30 AM
Three cans of Chef Boyardee
2 Cans of spam
Another 2 gallons of water.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: 1000meterstare on March 05, 2012, 07:27:30 PM
Chef Homeboyardee rocks!!! O0
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 05, 2012, 08:00:00 PM
Chef Homeboyardee rocks!!! O0

I agree  :-\

Make that two cans.  :-[
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 05, 2012, 08:51:53 PM
You guys are getting me all fired up!

Putting away a can or two (or a sack or two ;) ) a week sure adds up gents. Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 05, 2012, 09:00:16 PM
#1 Put up a 2ft wire fence around my garden to keep the rabbits out this year. Weeded 95% of while I was at it. Windy as hell out today.
#2 Got a new Condor single point sling in ATACS for my .22lr. Good sling, but not switching out my Blackhawk's for it. The ATACS fabric is layered over the sling and bungee and is pretty noisy by comparison to my others. I'm going to wash it to see if it helps any.
#3 Got a new watch. Originally $64; got it for $25 on uscav.com. Really just for work and exercise.
#4 Getting my grape seeds ready to plant.  :)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 05, 2012, 09:11:18 PM
Hey WhiteWolf, I have heard that rabbits don't like the smell of marigolds. Might want to look into that.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 05, 2012, 09:14:16 PM
Hey WhiteWolf, I have heard that rabbits don't like the smell of marigolds. Might want to look into that.

Yeah, I've heard a few things that'll work. Problem being my wife likes the little bastards. When I mention even jokingly having them for dinner if we ran out of food she gets pissed.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at  Appreciate though.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 05, 2012, 09:17:07 PM
The wife will love the flowers and you will love the lack or rabbits.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 05, 2012, 09:20:04 PM
The wife will love the flowers and you will love the lack or rabbits.
Unless I want to eat them eventually  :P
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on March 05, 2012, 09:46:21 PM
get a live trap and cut a hole in the fence, that way the only way they think they can get in they run right into your trap

then nom nom nom
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 05, 2012, 09:47:41 PM
get a live trap and cut a hole in the fence, that way the only way they think they can get in they run right into your trap

then nom nom nom
??? Then I just got to convince my wife it's chicken.....lol
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on March 05, 2012, 09:54:59 PM
just cut it up into small peices and make stir fry, she'll want that "chicken" more than the chicken she's been eating fromthe store  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
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Post by: Fuel Hogg on March 05, 2012, 10:13:35 PM


That's what I did with my wife and deer meat... Worked out great (http://www.smileyvault.coe
just cut it up into small peices and make stir fry, she'll want that "chicken" more than the chicken she's been eating fromthe store  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: EJR914 on March 06, 2012, 07:46:53 AM
And venison looks nothing like chicken... LOL hilarious.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 06, 2012, 09:23:43 AM
Off subject but applies:

My wife isn't a fan of venison; she will eat it but when I say, "we are having venison tonight" she doesn't jump for joy.

Well unbeknownst to her I will cut a venison steak against the grain about 1/8" thick. Then I make Beef Venison strogenoff. McCormick's makes a great mix. She is never the wiser.  :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Fuel Hogg on March 06, 2012, 09:53:13 AM
I worked it with a pork roast, I had it in the slow cooker all day. Smelling up the house somethong good. She asked where i got the roast, my reply was " I got this roast at the local shop" . After she asked for seconds. I told her she was eattong bambi... She looked at the plate . Shrugged and continued to eat..
JM: Don't tell her. I only tell my wife what the meal is not what I'm useing in it. It works for me everytime.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 06, 2012, 09:56:37 AM
 [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Fuel Hogg!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 06, 2012, 03:23:38 PM
Another Gallon

My nanner trees also started to take as well. Another 18 months and I should have my own bananas
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on March 06, 2012, 09:32:46 PM
Put the base coat of paint on my ar it's gonna look sick picks in spraypaint thread when it dries.

I'm planning on really starting prepping and when i get some money i'm buying 4 huge plastic totes i'm going to fill up.
One will be for water which i will have water purifcation too. the next will have food. The third will have basic toiletrys and such (soap contact solution tp, etc..). I'm not sure about the forth yet it will probably be more food and med supplies.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 06, 2012, 10:53:50 PM
You should do meds.


Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on March 06, 2012, 11:02:11 PM
I'm doing meds, i worded the post kinda weird i'm a little sleep deprived. I'm not taking my emt soon for nothing.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Crow on March 07, 2012, 07:56:37 PM
Did the little things, chilled with the wiffleball(the wife) watching my name is earl eating pizza. On I think next to last episode now. Have fun dudes.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CrookedSights on March 08, 2012, 06:08:29 PM
150rds of 7.62, 12 cans of pineapple, two cans of salt and some twine.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CrookedSights on March 08, 2012, 06:09:47 PM
And a cheap scope for my .22
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 08, 2012, 07:40:14 PM
Another Gallon of water.

2 Mile Wind Sprints
10 Sets of 5   135lbs ( only problem is my back is fucking killing me from that run )   :-\


Oh, and got my rear site. Check prepping success stories.
http://straightprep.com/forum/index.php?topic=1795.0 (http://straightprep.com/forum/index.php?topic=1795.0)

Post 43  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kentactic on March 10, 2012, 09:09:15 PM
went to the gunshow today..got a few things for the 870, 500 rounds of .40 S&W, 2200 rnds of 22lr, bore brushes, couple ammo cans etc...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 10, 2012, 09:37:09 PM
Sweetness
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 10, 2012, 10:04:37 PM
40 rounds of Federal match grade 168 gr. for a damn good price at that.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 10, 2012, 10:18:57 PM
40 rounds of Federal match grade 168 gr. for a damn good price at that.


Did you modify your original post?

What was wrong with the other one? It is good to be the sunshine star of someones day  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kentactic on March 11, 2012, 11:44:38 AM
40 rounds of Federal match grade 168 gr. for a damn good price at that.

was this at a garage sale or online? if online im curious of the price you paid.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 11, 2012, 02:45:55 PM
40 rounds of Federal match grade 168 gr. for a damn good price at that.


was this at a garage sale or online? if online im curious of the price you paid.


In store at a Dick's Sporting Goods. $24.99 per box - a $20 off coupon, a $10 off purchase of $50, and two "score points" coupons they let me use all at once so I walked out only paying $20  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co I don't like them as much as REI for some stuff, but the coupons can't be beat.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: EJR914 on March 11, 2012, 07:54:32 PM
10 lbs of salt

10 lbs of flour.

An assortment of spices.  Damn spices has gotten crazy expensive. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kentactic on March 11, 2012, 08:15:56 PM
@ WW- Oh nice thats a good deal for in store and the way to go for small amounts purchased for sure. the shipping kills the online deal unless you buy enough but heres where i buy mine. if i remember correctly for every 500 rounds its $12 shipping. and that means even one box will cost you $12 shipping but it saves you money when you buy in bulk.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ammunition/rifle-ammunition/308-7-62/federal-gold-medal-match-308-168gr-sierra-matchking-bthp-20rd.html (http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ammunition/rifle-ammunition/308-7-62/federal-gold-medal-match-308-168gr-sierra-matchking-bthp-20rd.html)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 11, 2012, 11:22:57 PM
@ WW- Oh nice thats a good deal for in store and the way to go for small amounts purchased for sure. the shipping kills the online deal unless you buy enough but heres where i buy mine. if i remember correctly for every 500 rounds its $12 shipping. and that means even one box will cost you $12 shipping but it saves you money when you buy in bulk.

[url]http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ammunition/rifle-ammunition/308-7-62/federal-gold-medal-match-308-168gr-sierra-matchking-bthp-20rd.html[/url] ([url]http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ammunition/rifle-ammunition/308-7-62/federal-gold-medal-match-308-168gr-sierra-matchking-bthp-20rd.html[/url])



That ain't half bad. I'm trying to figure out now how much I want to stock up on. Since my primary is 5.56 I've got sufficient amounts of that and everything else. I was thinking about 200 of .308. That's a little probably for some, but I'm figuring on eventually getting a SASS in 7.62x51 so that's where I'd prefer to put my money when the time comes.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 12, 2012, 07:03:08 AM
I started teaching myself the language of my Fatherland......

I'm going to try to stick to it. So far its a pain in the ass  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at I have hard enough time with English grammar.

Hell if the spellcheck wasn't there you guys would hate me... you probably already do for my sentence structure lol
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on March 12, 2012, 03:01:37 PM
you probably already do for my sentence structure lol

whats that?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on March 12, 2012, 03:04:06 PM
2lb - H322
1K - small rifle primers
RCBS bullet puller
new ammo can
(if only those motherfuckers carried bullets.... IDONTGETIT)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 12, 2012, 04:12:14 PM
I started teaching myself the language of my Fatherland......

I'm going to try to stick to it. So far its a pain in the ass  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at I have hard enough time with English grammar.

Hell if the spellcheck wasn't there you guys would hate me... you probably already do for my sentence structure lol

Your fatherland  ??? What language are trying to learn?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on March 12, 2012, 06:07:47 PM
I started teaching myself the language of my Fatherland......

I'm going to try to stick to it. So far its a pain in the ass  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at I have hard enough time with English grammar.

Hell if the spellcheck wasn't there you guys would hate me... you probably already do for my sentence structure lol

Your fatherland  ??? What language are trying to learn?


chinese
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 12, 2012, 09:06:21 PM
Well, my family is Primarily from Germany.
On my dads side they came over just before WWI and everyone that my family met came from Germany from that point on until me, the wife and I haven't traced her lineage yet.

My mom side is 100% German, my mom actually left German in 79 and came to the states marrying my dad.

Those of you that got me on FB look at my last name and wiki it. 

I never learned when I was a kid.   [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at Really regret it now, but I'm working on changing it.


Two more gallons of water BTW  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 12, 2012, 09:50:30 PM
Well, my family is Primarily from Germany.
On my dads side they came over just before WWI and everyone that my family met came from Germany from that point on until me, the wife and I haven't traced her lineage yet.

My mom side is 100% German, my mom actually left German in 79 and came to the states marrying my dad.

Those of you that got me on FB look at my last name and wiki it. 

I never learned when I was a kid.   [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at Really regret it now, but I'm working on changing it.


Two more gallons of water BTW 

Not to sound funny about it, but if it's in your blood it's not as hard to learn. I took it in high school and my teacher who was from Germany said I actually carried an accent similar to the region my family was from. Not sure how that happens, but it's not a hard language to learn. My family history on both sides come from Hesse Germany. Exiles from Scotland after that sob Robert the Bruce ousted us. If only I had a time machine and a few hundred AR's and a shit load of ammo.  [img]http://www.smileydesign.n J/K  (http://www.smileyvault.co
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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 12, 2012, 09:57:38 PM
Yeah, I have already noticed in the classes that, some of the dialects are different. Like from what I do know, it doesn't sound right when I say it he way they want me too. And I can actually say it the way I know it and it means the same thing just comes out different.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on March 12, 2012, 11:39:01 PM
worked out. which is a very important prep.

I just curled 50 pounds with one hand today  :P that got me going pretty hard.

I get 3 to 5 days in a week.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 13, 2012, 08:51:04 PM
Another Gallon.

And in the process of downloading Resseta stone ( German ) Now I can really learn this shit.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 13, 2012, 08:59:54 PM
Got some Vibram hiking toe shoes.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at Don't hate, they're comfortable. Also got a new edc fixed blade knife I can conceal a little better. Never been much for a folder, but I'll still carry it for work.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on March 13, 2012, 09:16:07 PM
Got some Vibram hiking toe shoes.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at Don't hate, they're comfortable. Also got a new edc fixed blade knife I can conceal a little better. Never been much for a folder, but I'll still carry it for work.


no shame in a folder bro. of course you sacrifice something for convenience, but folders have their place. and also, while i think the "toe shoes" are fucking ridiculous looking, hey man, if you like 'em then rock 'em. no shame. i can't speak from experience but i know they actually serve a legitimate purpose and are superior to normal shoes for certain applications. my little sister's boyfriend  does that "freestyle running" or "flipping" stuff. where those crazy bastards jump from building to building and run and fly off of balconies and whatnot. he swears by those weird shoes.

one question though... does that mean you have to wear those cute little toe-socks?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 13, 2012, 09:32:27 PM
Got some Vibram hiking toe shoes.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at Don't hate, they're comfortable. Also got a new edc fixed blade knife I can conceal a little better. Never been much for a folder, but I'll still carry it for work.


no shame in a folder bro. of course you sacrifice something for convenience, but folders have their place. and also, while i think the "toe shoes" are fucking ridiculous looking, hey man, if you like 'em then rock 'em. no shame. i can't speak from experience but i know they actually serve a legitimate purpose and are superior to normal shoes for certain applications. my little sister's boyfriend  does that "freestyle running" or "flipping" stuff. where those crazy bastards jump from building to building and run and fly off of balconies and whatnot. he swears by those weird shoes.

one question though... does that mean you have to wear those cute little toe-socks?


No they're optional, but I did buy some  :-[ I just don't think I can go cold turkey on the socks. Might be a deal breaker. And yes they are supposed to actually be really good for your back, ab muscles, legs, and feet. I wore them for a little bit and then put my shoes back on and could tell a huge difference. They feel very natural.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kobalt on March 14, 2012, 06:29:08 PM
Picked up a civvie but pack today.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 14, 2012, 10:02:22 PM
+1 Gallon
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on March 14, 2012, 11:45:49 PM
i got 2 more 7 gallon containers and filled em up

and i practiced bugging out
unbroken will get that one  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 15, 2012, 09:47:28 AM
Had a pair of Filson hunting boots re-soled
Planted my eary vegatable seedling's. Two to three weeks late for me but they are done.
Ordered my heirloom seeds. Went with Baker Creek Heirloom seeds this year.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 15, 2012, 09:05:22 PM
Tilled my garden. Loaded in a fresh batch of organic soil and fertilizer. Started my tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, greens beans, cabbage, and peppers.

Next up? Rent a larger tiller for cleaning up a 30'x30' lot for corn and maybe some other goodies. Also starting my grapes (muscadine).
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on March 15, 2012, 10:43:46 PM
i got 15 boxes of m855
i got some strawberry plants that i need to plant now
and i got a guy to deliver brand new food grade 55gallon drums in the plastic for 20 each
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Fuel Hogg on March 16, 2012, 12:35:46 PM
Just put my fourm 4 in today. Hopefully I can have my suppressior for my sbr when i come back.  [url=http://www.freesmileys.or

Also 4 gallons of water.                                                                                                 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 16, 2012, 04:55:52 PM
2 Gallons of water, and I get  to play army this weekend.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Xydaco on March 18, 2012, 06:16:46 AM
Bought an AWD gas saver (cash). Rented a large home for my self, friends and family. Storing seeds and buying silver. Shit........ Im broke now.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolf on March 18, 2012, 08:52:03 PM
Bought an AWD gas saver (cash). Rented a large home for my self, friends and family. Storing seeds and buying silver. Shit........ Im broke now.

Your doing the right thing so who cares if your broke; not like you could take any of it with you if you were dead.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CrookedSights on March 19, 2012, 09:49:24 PM
Decompressed on the lake, it was an out-fucking-standing day  8) Probably do the same tomorrow and Wednesday. Bought a sleeping bag, thank you redneck for the recommendation   [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co And bought a beat to hell table saw for fifteen bucks.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: special-k on March 19, 2012, 10:22:17 PM
Discovered three .50 cal. ammo cans :) in a cluttered garage that I inherited.  Cleaned them inside and out then left out to dry.  Need to get a can of Rust-o-leum for some minor touch up.

Did springtime bicycle maintenance:  Rinsed & wiped down; topped off tires; oiled chain & sprockets with "White Lightening [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co"; replaced broken rear red flasher light with a new one; and due to moving to a new state, I had to install a white front headlight and a rear red reflector to make it "street legal" for night time riding.  I'd rather not become "tazer bait"....got to love the nanny state.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CrookedSights on March 19, 2012, 10:52:57 PM
What kinda commie BS is this? Street legal bicycles?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on March 19, 2012, 10:54:07 PM
What kinda commie BS is this? Street legal bicycles?

seriously... lol
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: special-k on March 19, 2012, 11:31:53 PM
What kinda commie BS is this? Street legal bicycles?

seriously... lol
The People's Socialist Republic of Ohio.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CrookedSights on March 19, 2012, 11:35:30 PM
God help you brother, I pray for your soul.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: special-k on March 19, 2012, 11:45:44 PM
God help you brother, I pray for your soul.
Hey, but at least we got concealed carry....along with a litany of conditions.  Also, possession of a firearm with a magazine capacity above 30 rounds (except for .22lr) can get Ohioans a state "machine gun" conviction.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mountainredneck2051 on March 19, 2012, 11:47:27 PM
Decompressed on the lake, it was an out-fucking-standing day  8) Probably do the same tomorrow and Wednesday. Bought a sleeping bag, thank you redneck for the recommendation.   And bought a beat to hell table saw for fifteen bucks.

pretty good bag aint it?
i took mine out and had a night in the woods last week
it kept me warm and cozy
not bad for march in the rockies at 9,000ft elevation
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CrookedSights on March 19, 2012, 11:51:16 PM
I just ordered it, I didn't get it yet.

Special-K, at least it's not Canada.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiskeyJack on March 24, 2012, 09:47:38 AM
3 cases of canned goods
400 assorted Rnds
Assorted medical and hygiene supplies
Cast aluminum table mounted meat grinder
Another 36 canning jars and extra lids
Saved $240 from scrap metal to purchase A PTR 91. Still haven't decided if that's what I'm getting but its on the list.
I want to save up about $900 for gun buying.

I did however loose my job last week so that's gonna change my pattern of prepping for a lil while.
the company i worked for closed its doors for good and about 25 skilled tradesmen are out of work.
The worst part is we didn't close due to the economy. One of the owners embezzled a shit ton of money and destroyed the companies credit rating. The remaining owners tried to keep the place afloat for the last 8 months, butt we folded anyway.
Just another case of one guy destroying multiple lives for sport and profit.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 24, 2012, 02:43:25 PM
Sorry to hear about your job man- That SUCKS! If you have a CDL (Commercial Driving License) the gas companies are hiring in NE PA. $20- an hour plus 100% menidcal coverage for you and your family. You will be driving water trucks for fracking.

On another note: I don't know if you know it or not but PTR 91 is in CT. down near Hartford. They are a great group of guys and if you set it up in advance they will give you a tour of the plant.

As I am sure you know, PTR got a bad wrap a few years ago due to some ammo not cycling well in their rifles. Apparently the chambering was so exact you couldn't use cheap Russian ammo or in some cases sloppy reloads. Rather then change their tooling they came out with a new version (The model # escapes me at the moment) who's chambering is...lets say...looser.

I have two friends who swear by theirs.

On another note: If you have your heart bent on having an "ugly black rifle" in .308 you can build your own for about half the price. GAPATRIOT shared this compnay with me: http://www.tacticalmachining.com/receivers.html (http://www.tacticalmachining.com/receivers.html)

I also found this company who is milling 80% lowers:
http://www.colfaxtactical.com/ (http://www.colfaxtactical.com/)

If you need anything please drop me a line.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiskeyJack on March 25, 2012, 08:07:44 AM
TY JMc. Thanks for thinking of me.  [url=http://www.freesmileys.or
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on March 27, 2012, 03:34:22 PM
planted 6 pecans and 40 purple-hull peas. (in my signature seed-starting containers  :))) the pecans have been in my family for about 60 years and the purple-hulls have been in the family for about 150 years. we'll see how this goes... (i don't know wtf I'm doing.. lol)

(http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h473/NOLA556/002.jpg)

in-laws also brought us about a dozen strawberry plants

(http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h473/NOLA556/003.jpg)

tomorrow I'll get started on my pumpkin squash, and okra.

I'm only using about 25% of my total supply of heirlooms from my BOL (even though I can get more at any time by just driving a couple hours) just in case this season is a total disaster.. I'll still have plenty left over for next season.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 27, 2012, 04:36:48 PM
Right on NOLA!

My inside planting's are you starting to come up. You are way ahead of me.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on March 29, 2012, 07:33:33 PM
finally got off my lazy butt and went and got my old Crossman air rifle back from my parents today.  [url=http://www.freesmileys.or

pigeons beware... I don't appreciate your little "gifts" on my porch...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on March 29, 2012, 11:14:05 PM
I got 4 milk crates i'm filling up with preps. I have one for each area water and purification, food, med supplies, and other things that don't fall into those categories.
I figure a milk crate is a good unit of each category to stockpile. when i fill up one group of 4 crates i'll start on another 4.
Another plus is that they are easy to get in a hurry and bug out with.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 30, 2012, 09:35:14 AM
v0dka,
where do you get your milk crates from? I have seen them for sale but I am to cheap to spend $8- a piece for them.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on March 31, 2012, 12:50:36 AM
I got them for free from my firehall
The food service we use just leaves them there.
Sorry to hear you aren't having good luck finding them for cheap. I've gotten them whipped across the room at me they want to get rid of them so bad :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Xydaco on March 31, 2012, 07:22:00 AM
Bought a Big Berkey water system. Exercised chest and biceps. Trasnfered 2000 rounds to ammo cans.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kobalt on April 01, 2012, 12:18:31 AM
I got my dad's old time expedition, I needed a watch.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 01, 2012, 03:14:53 PM
hell yea. these are moving along quickly.

(http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h473/NOLA556/005.jpg)

(http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h473/NOLA556/004.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 05, 2012, 10:39:41 AM
dug out a spot for a new 8x4 raised bed. I'll most likely have to dig another one to accommodate all the stuff I've planted (and other stuff that I'm still waiting to plant)

(http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h473/NOLA556/001-1.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: special-k on April 05, 2012, 11:21:11 AM
What have I done to prep today? 

Well, I survived getting electrocuted....while pressure washing!  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at 

I still don't know exactly how it happened.  No, I wasn't spraying the power meter, but I was standing near it.  Either somehow water made it into the basement and dripped behind the fuse box OR it had something to do with the wire that goes to the water meter, which I was spraying near at the time.....Does anyone know if that wire carries significant voltage?

Luckily it popped me in mid-swing of the wand....A sudden bite followed by hair raising tingling as I swung away to open the circuit.  It entered at my left middle finger (hurt like a m-f'er)and exited at my right foot (flip-flops in a puddle.) 

So I guess I can say I survived to prep another day.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on April 05, 2012, 11:22:34 AM
Does your meter have an FCC number?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: special-k on April 05, 2012, 11:46:07 AM
Does your meter have an FCC number?
It doesn't say "FCC" on it but could "G65N" be a FCC number?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 05, 2012, 11:51:50 AM
What have I done to prep today? 

Well, I survived getting electrocuted....while pressure washing!  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at 

I still don't know exactly how it happened.  No, I wasn't spraying the power meter, but I was standing near it.  Either somehow water made it into the basement and dripped behind the fuse box OR it had something to do with the wire that goes to the water meter, which I was spraying near at the time.....Does anyone know if that wire carries significant voltage?

Luckily it popped me in mid-swing of the wand....A sudden bite followed by hair raising tingling as I swung away to open the circuit.  It entered at my left middle finger (hurt like a m-f'er)and exited at my right foot (flip-flops in a puddle.) 

So I guess I can say I survived to prep another day.


lol. all the electricity in your house is 120V. large appliances like your dryer run on 240V. you got caught up in 120.

it'll startle you the first few times you get hit but after a while 120V is just a tickle. now... 277/480 is a motherfucker, but you'll only find that in commercial buildings and maybe a rich guy's mansion. never have felt 480 but I can tell you that 277V will physically put you on your ass, dazed and confused, tasting copper in your mouth, 3rd degree burns. two times i got caught up in 277V and both times felt identical. it literally feels like 10,000 midgets on fast-forward are beating you with crowbars. i get shivers just thinking about it. it sucks bro.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: special-k on April 05, 2012, 11:59:07 AM
Yeah, I'm used to working with electronics (radio engineering, house wiring, etc.)  I've been known to check a leg by brushing the back of my hand across it (learned from my dad,)....but I have to say this had a little more burn than the usual 110.....maybe because I was standing in water.....It could have been 220 if the circuit was closed by water dripping in to fuse box,  220 is present there.

It made my arm hair stand up, I don't recall 110 ever doing that.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 05, 2012, 12:01:39 PM
Yeah, I'm used to working with electronics (radio engineering, house wiring, etc.)  I've been know to check a leg by brushing the back of my hand across it (learned from my dad,)....but I have to say this had a little more burn than the usual 110.....maybe because I was standing in water.....It could have been 220 if the circuit was closed by water dripping in to fuse box,  220 is present there.

LOL! bro don't touch live wires on purpose! i mean... ive done it before... but it's not good practice. that's how the old timers used to do it before volt meters were more common.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: special-k on April 05, 2012, 12:06:22 PM
LOL! bro don't touch live wires on purpose! i mean... ive done it before... but it's not good practice. that's how the old timers used to do it before volt meters were more common.
It runs in the family.    I knew a guy that would stick his tongue to 110 for $20, and then do it again for another $20......Some people are just built like that.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on April 05, 2012, 01:14:24 PM
You probably got a taste of that 220v, I took some across the hand once and it was much more intense than 110v.

I could have also been that you were in a worse case scenario being wet and practically bearfooted.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: special-k on April 05, 2012, 01:23:46 PM
You probably got a taste of that 220v, I took some across the hand once and it was much more intense than 110v.

I could have also been that you were in a worse case scenario being wet and practically bearfooted.

The wet clothes were a double edged sword, it probably got me popped in the first place BUT it allowed some of the juice to conduct on the outside of my body instead of through it....I felt it on the surface of my skin as well as go through me.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Xydaco on April 06, 2012, 03:48:24 AM
Set up Burkey water filter. Can drink water from any source now. Sweet mother. slept and worked in the ER gaining more assessment skills.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Alex1992 on April 07, 2012, 01:05:30 PM
Bought a 20 inch machete made by BONO at a Cal Ranch for $17.00 not bad for a nice looking machete but the sheath is a little short though, but it gives me an excuse to a buy a sheath though  :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on April 07, 2012, 05:12:55 PM
Just dropped some Miracle grow on my banana trees/ elephant ears.

Planted a desert rose. ( Not really a prep but the yard looks nice )  ^-^

Planted two Aloe Vera Plants as well.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 08, 2012, 03:15:01 PM
Just dropped some Miracle grow on my banana trees/ elephant ears.

Planted a desert rose. ( Not really a prep but the yard looks nice )  ^-^

Planted two Aloe Vera Plants as well.

pay attention to those aloe plants when they get mature, they'll start sprouting babies and you can separate them. we have a huge aloe plant that's been around for a couple years and just a few weeks ago I separated 4 new plants. 3 survived the transplant, one died.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on April 08, 2012, 06:20:52 PM
I too have been working in the garden. Almost got the seals in the old tractor replaced.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on April 08, 2012, 10:46:19 PM
Roger Nola thanks.


You think I should separate the two. I put them within a few feet of each other. Am I going to come to regret that decision?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 09, 2012, 02:50:15 AM
Roger Nola thanks.


You think I should separate the two. I put them within a few feet of each other. Am I going to come to regret that decision?


no you'll be fine. it takes at least a year or so before they start off-shooting like that. you'll see it when they start doing it. just make sure they're planted in a spot that gets sun, but not too much direct sun all day. they're kind of odd plants. they're desert plants, so you'd think they'd love direct sunlight all day, but too much sunlight will make them weak and soft and brown. find a spot that's sunny for most of the day but also get's a little shade at times. either way, they're pretty easy to care for. they survive transplants like a champ, so if you need to dig them up and move them, they might get "sad" (as my wife likes to say) for a while, but they'll bounce back. our one mature aloe plant has survived THREE different apartments, and our current house. each time it was dug-up and re-planted. these things are troopers.

here's some more info on harvesting. this video drags on and on and on and on and on and on..... lol... but the guy seems to know what he's doing. I actually learned a few very valuable things from this video a while back.

Survival Medicine: Aloe Vera (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PhKfvxJb2A#ws)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on April 09, 2012, 03:05:53 AM
Hey thanks bro.

I got it under a queen palm, but out of the morning sun. It should get about 6-8 hours a day in that spot.

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 09, 2012, 05:49:44 PM
craigslist pulls through yet again...

got a free truckbed full of rich black soil and there's plenty more where it came from. I see more raised beds than I anticipated in my future.  :))

I also planted a whole hell of alot more purple-hulls than I originally showed you guys. 84 total. the original ones are still kicking ass, and the new ones just started popping up this morning. also, the lady surprised me a couple days ago with a baby fig tree, and two small blueberry bushes. of course it'll be a long time before those things start producing, but they're good permanent fixtures. things I don't need to replace every season.

still waiting on my pecans to germinate (I have no idea if I planted them correctly or not, lol)
still waiting on the okra as well.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on April 09, 2012, 05:52:10 PM
Over the last week, I've added a new (to me) addition to the collection, a Yugoslavian m57 pistol and a bag full of ammo (7.62x25). Great piece, solid, and the workmanship is first class. I call it my pocket AK. Also added some nice Yugoslavian 7.62x54r rifle ammo to the stockpile.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 11, 2012, 08:32:23 PM
BAAHAAHAHAA! i'm an idiot... ok so, update.

pecans won't germinate because i'm an idiot and didn't read up on how to do it. i just threw them in some dirt. apparently there's a whole process behind mimicking the natural winter conditions that the nuts endure before they finally germinate in the spring... well, good thing I've got plenty pecans... back to the drawing board.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Currahee on April 11, 2012, 11:23:05 PM
Wish I could get in to gardening, but there isn't much "prepping" to it for me.   If it got to the point where I needed to have a garden I need to have my food stores paced and be gone.

This summer I intend to help with the gardening at my BO location, but I know next to nothing about it.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 12, 2012, 12:00:52 AM
Wish I could get in to gardening, but there isn't much "prepping" to it for me.   If it got to the point where I needed to have a garden I need to have my food stores paced and be gone.

This summer I intend to help with the gardening at my BO location, but I know next to nothing about it.

well put it this way. my plan is to bug OUT. therefore all my backyard gardening is bullshit. my reason for it is A:, if I get stuck here, at least I'll have SOMETHING. and B:, it's just for the experience. I didn't know much of anything about it before, but now I'm learning. so at the very least, I have the knowledge and experience to do it later if it becomes necessary.

bottom line, i know that my backyard garden isn't going to be enough to sustain me through an extended period of hard times, but like I said before, it gives me the experience and the knowledge that I didn't have before.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on April 12, 2012, 02:57:28 PM
I haven't been doing this that much sorry guys.

I got some canned good that dates very but they are in the 15's
One is something like Feb 2016 ( hint- Coconut milk apparently that shit last a long time )


I have kept up with my little bit of gardening. 2/4 of my banana trees have failed me so I hacked them up and I am going to start from scratch with them. ( left the root cut most of the top off )

The other two are doing awesome.  Already produced leaves big enough for me to wrap up a venison steak and cook underground just in case I can't have a fire.

My aloe is doing great as well.

( sort of a prep ) Next pay check I'm going to get two Jasmin veins and plant them on the left and right of my
( Stupid/Ugly ) boxer plants and let them take over. This will give the neighborhood an excellent smell and give my home better concealment from the road.

I also picked up a huge stack of oak. Someone just threw that shit out. So I turned an average day into a great day. Now I got heat for the winter and its only April.  :))



Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: EJR914 on April 17, 2012, 05:22:51 PM
Did P90X two days in a row.  I got in really good shape doing it before, and I plan to try to get there again.

Needless to say, its kicking my butt so far, but I'm convicted to not be a pussy.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on April 17, 2012, 08:15:23 PM
Excellent EJR


I built what I call my " Smoke Box " its an ammo can with a bunch of holes in it. I can use it to create a LOT of smoke on very little fuels.

Quite a little bug fogger. I like it.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: EJR914 on April 17, 2012, 11:41:34 PM
Sounds cool RVR, post a pic when u get done, if u get the chance.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 18, 2012, 08:59:48 AM
Put in a larger then normal order of ammo.  >:D

Ordered a few things from Opticplannet to complete a combat belt- Don't tell my wife!

Food for though: I read somewhere (Sorry I forget where) that it takes a vegatable garden of between 800 - 1200 sf to support one person. That's about 25'X30' to 30'x40'. Work out the math for 2, 4, ? people.   

Still looking for a Brinly single bottom plow with a 3 way hitch. Found one Monday but the guy wanted $350- for it! The going price is between $150- $250- and he wouldn't come down a penny! I guess I will keep looking.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CrookedSights on April 18, 2012, 11:00:13 PM
JohnyMac I heard it was an acre for one man for one year.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kobalt on April 18, 2012, 11:31:11 PM
Bout to secure a deal on a slr 107f.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 18, 2012, 11:41:55 PM
Maybe Crookedsights but an acre is around 40,000 sf.

Also remember, what it takes to support a man is different from NM to lets say VA. Water, sun and furtile soil all plays a part. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: EJR914 on April 19, 2012, 04:32:02 AM
More P90X, man I'm sore.   [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 19, 2012, 09:34:24 AM
LOA EJR! You are a better man then I am.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on April 19, 2012, 08:54:29 PM
Back & Bi's
2 Mile Slow Jog
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CrookedSights on April 19, 2012, 11:32:45 PM
Picked up an 18 speed for the cost of a case of beer... Well half a case. Now I just need to find a seat that doesn't feel like it's giving me a vasectomy.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on April 21, 2012, 03:03:12 AM
Chest, Tries, & abs I'll do cardio tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rail Driver on April 21, 2012, 12:41:37 PM
This past week, I've doubled my fresh drinking water storage and begun a workout program. I'm still trying to quit smoking, but it's difficult. The weather doesn't seem to be cooperating today, so digging my garden will have to wait until the ground dries out again.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 21, 2012, 12:55:23 PM
my great gandpa died about a month ago and yesterday my aunt called me and told me to get whatever I wanted from his shed.

I grabbed a few sentimental things, but I also got

-20oz can of turpentine
-5 wire tomato trellis's
-1 cabbage plant
-3 wild onions
-10hp electric motor
-6' ladder
-50 yards of clothesline
-lots of miscellaneous gardening tools
-8 mason jars w/lids and rings
and some other random stuff

some of the things aren't exactly prepping related but I view all the gardening stuff as useful preps.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NOLA556 on April 28, 2012, 10:13:18 AM
volunteering for the Ron Paul campaign today at the La. caucus site. they were passing these out.

(http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h473/NOLA556/479433_257093297721979_100002639315957_475337_444578809_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 28, 2012, 06:27:47 PM
1) Bought a 1947, 8N Ford Tractor
(http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k487/John_McEwing/DIY%20stuff/the_karen_elizabeth.jpg)

Sorry for the blurry Pic. My wife isn't the best picture taker.  :))

2) Buried my underground electric and telephone conduit at the BOL.

3) Pulled the telephone cable through the underground conduit. I will pull the cable in the cabin tomorrow so the
    telephone tech can hook up next week. . We will finally have DSL at the BOL! Don't know when I will have the electric cable
    pulled from the pole to the cabin though. I kind of like our solar set-up.     
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Post by: Reaver on April 28, 2012, 07:10:07 PM
Nice looking forestry. Looks like my area.


I can't wait to get back there. Soon as I get my truck I'm going on a little LRRP

Excellent JM Keep it up.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
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Post by: thatGuy on April 28, 2012, 09:00:04 PM
YEAH JMAC!!!

One bit of advice I was saving for when you owned the machine is to never pull anything "heavy" from the drawbar. Notice the spot for a hitch on the from bumper? Thats where you really pull from.

No point flipping it over!

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Post by: JohnyMac on April 28, 2012, 10:15:36 PM
Thx RvR & TG. Funny story.

The farmer (One of us) across the way and I picked her up. The plan was to put her on his dbl axil trailer. I fired up the tractor and went to put her on the trailer and he stopped me.

He requested that I back her onto the trailer so that the heavy part of the tractor was over the axils. His logic was that the front was light and there was a chance I might flip it, head over stern going up the ramp and the trailer would ride better with the weight over both axils.

Kind of to your point TG pulling from the front.

We also found a small lever on the starbord side underneath the seat. We couldn't figure out what that was; however my buddy thinks it is to: a) put both tires into gear or maybe b) to put all gears into LOW. Who knows it wasn't on his Ferguson. We will figure it out tomorrow.

She is sweet.
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Post by: thatGuy on April 29, 2012, 12:04:30 AM
That lever engages the pto buddy! Unless it's directly under the seat then that is the Draft control. 8Ns are awesome!
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Post by: Crow on May 11, 2012, 11:10:20 PM
Well, I know it's been quite I while since I've been on...

I've been trudging through the beginning of the end of my marriage. I'm moved out. And have A lot less responsibilities... Working damn near all the time leaves me time for little else. Regardless of my situation I'm still a prepper.
In a way this is better. Anyways.

Got my winchester .22lr MODEL:190 back from my grampa.

Got a job so:CASH FLOW

Beginning a bit of cross-fit.

I've completely minimalized my entire life style now that I'm able so other than being single and... acting as such, my time will be well spent prepping aswell.

So if there were anyone wondering if I was dead or something. No.  [url=http://yoursmiles.org/p-m   

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Post by: Treaded on May 12, 2012, 01:16:08 AM
I picked up four of those surplus German Kevlars for a pint of whiskey and a pack of smokes. 

JohhnyMac - can those fords handle a front end loader?
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Post by: JohnyMac on May 12, 2012, 10:44:22 AM
Crow: Welcome back. Hang in there man and focus on what you have control over not what you don't.

Treaded: I have seen front loaders on 8N's. I looked at one about a year ago however the price was high and then I had the issue of getting 300+ miles to the BOL. I also saw one with a big ass spike on the front to spear those big round bales of hay.
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Post by: Treaded on May 12, 2012, 06:59:10 PM
JM - I've got an old JD that's ready to give up the ghost and I see those 8Ns for sale all the time around here.  I'm going to have to go and start looking at some of them. 

Prepwise:  Wrote another blog entry and reloaded 200 rounds of 5.56. 
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Post by: NOLA556 on May 12, 2012, 08:07:15 PM
JM - I've got an old JD that's ready to give up the ghost and I see those 8Ns for sale all the time around here.  I'm going to have to go and start looking at some of them. 

Prepwise:  Wrote another blog entry and reloaded 200 rounds of 5.56.

treaded, you must be a busy man..
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Post by: Treaded on May 12, 2012, 08:17:00 PM
It's been raining today so other than feeding the cows and chickens not much work to be done around here.  That and having a nasty battle rhythm gives me time to get tons of shit done.
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Post by: NOLA556 on May 12, 2012, 08:24:29 PM
 [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
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Post by: Treaded on May 12, 2012, 08:45:25 PM
It's all about productivity amigo.  See while you were typing that I got my PSA kit prepped to go see Mr. Norrell and get some OD flat Molycoat shot on it ;)

 
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Post by: Crow on May 12, 2012, 08:51:28 PM
It's all about productivity amigo.  See while you were typing that I got my PSA kit prepped to go see Mr. Norrell and get some OD flat Molycoat shot on it ;)

 


I like it. Dont gay it up! :)
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Post by: Treaded on May 12, 2012, 09:22:24 PM
ROFL - I got another pile of parts so maybe I'll make one of those "my little pony" rifles I keep seeing  :o
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Post by: Crow on May 13, 2012, 02:23:17 AM
classic hello kitty, be different though make it gold.
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Post by: Crow on June 14, 2012, 11:11:58 PM
Few days ago my mom texted me saying she needed help on an upholstery job.. Had to go pick up an old barbers chair from a parcel of land that was being foreclosed upon. Anyways we got the chair but the shed had all kindsa goodies in it... Picked up a 10lb sledge with the wedged backside a 3 1/2' CROWbar 4 reels 2 rod'n'reels a nice short handled shovel 2 (3 man) tents and a slew of other misc goods... also caught a scorpion! Named him Mjolnir.

I know when you click on the pic the quality is horrible my phone takes crap pics inside the house :(

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Post by: thatGuy on June 15, 2012, 09:09:09 AM
Those 8Ns did have an available front end loader made by Dearborn.

They came in all kinds of crazy configurations.

(http://www.mytractorforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=145291&d=1298651144)

(http://www.mytractorforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=145310&d=1298669674)

(http://www.compactequip.com/pix/blog/08-15-11/HCEA7.jpg)

(http://www.ntractorclub.com/registry/images/JohnK_19488N.jpg)
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Post by: Crow on July 07, 2012, 11:10:24 PM
made soap... and started this lil weird knife... was at work the other day and started to draw a chick. Naturally started with the torso and hips then thought of how that'd make a cool blade.
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Post by: Colombo on August 03, 2012, 11:51:03 PM
This thread needs to keep rolling
Some "junk" I picked up this past week and a cute little 66 as well. none of the junk went over 25 bucks. Looking forward to rebuilding the old Colt and maybe the spanish copy of a Smith (might be too lose to bother) the papoose is only missing its mag and a lot of pretty. Anyone recognize those sweet barrels :)
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Post by: thatGuy on August 04, 2012, 12:29:05 AM
That ol' Hickory knive is FANTASTIC!!

If you want to mod it please give me a chance to buy it first.. please, all I need is that big old butcher knife any my set will be complete.
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Post by: Colombo on August 04, 2012, 11:27:21 AM
That ol' Hickory knive is FANTASTIC!!

If you want to mod it please give me a chance to buy it first.. please, all I need is that big old butcher knife any my set will be complete.


Wouldn't dream of butchering that $10 beauty,
 It also isn't leaving my working collection.

Kinda shifting gears in my thinking on my preps and probably gonna jump back into repairing junk guns and building some more homemade boom sticks for future trade material as well as stocking up on more hardware, consumables and vehicle parts as I'm pretty comfortable with the other areas now, gonna hit the flea market on the way home today see if there's any deals. I was thinking of stashing some more silver but I suspect a few more .38s and .22s would be just as good or better when things go south. I'm actually thinking the handguns may be very desirable and hard to come by, not to mention they are incredibly easy to cashe with ammo off site now and retrieve later.
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Post by: thatGuy on August 04, 2012, 11:40:13 AM
Just remember that you can't eat silver. Unless there is a real serious reason for wanting to be able to buy things in the last days before the coming darkness I would advise you to avoid precious metals.

Now a single shot .22 and a box or two of ammo.. that is a fine trade idem!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Colombo on August 04, 2012, 12:18:05 PM
The silver is for paying off the balance of the mortgage when the monetary system blows up as I suspect it will exchange favorably for paper if things hold somewhat together. I trust it more than having a little cash on hand for emergencies.
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Post by: mountainredneck2051 on August 04, 2012, 01:13:08 PM
The silver is for paying off the balance of the mortgage when the monetary system blows up as I suspect it will exchange favorably for paper if things hold somewhat together. I trust it more than having a little cash on hand for emergencies.

cash implies you have money
dont you mean federal reserve notes?  :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Colombo on August 04, 2012, 01:43:20 PM
Actually I prefer to have my little bit of reserve cash in old U.S. mint coins, fast and easy not to mention they seem to keep well ahead of actual inflation.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on August 04, 2012, 06:06:31 PM
What have I done to prep lately? I bought a house. Small rural townof about 2000 people. Old victorian with a nice deep full basement. The old cistern wall was broke out into a crude doorway. Thick-ass stone foundation. Once we get it sorted from moving, will make a very nice shelter and storage. Also we have a old carriage house (small barn, really) that has alot of potential, but also won't be cheap, nor easy to make it into something usable. All of this on just under an acre of land. The neighbors all have huge gardens, and that will spur me into starting one also. Lots of work to do, but it's a labor of love really.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on August 04, 2012, 11:55:41 PM
We usually do all our canning up at my Mom's house but for some damned reason I bought a bushel box of peaches today and said "Fuck it, we'll do it live."

Turns out I don't own a pot big enough to cover the jars with water!

So today I bought two cheap Wal-Mart stock pots that are deep enough to fit 1qt. jars.
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Post by: JohnyMac on August 05, 2012, 11:10:54 AM
Mmmmmm. Good idea TG. I need to start canning again. It's peach and blue berry season here. See great Blue Berry recept below... :))

Hey Crudos, congrats on the house purchase. It sounds great.

Last weekend I:

> Put up insulation in the walls seperating the down stair b-rooms.
> Brought up from the celler and then pre cut the tounge & groove for the B-room walls. I then stacked the T&G with broken up
    cedar shingles in between each board in my b-room to bring the T&G up to the same moistier content as the room (s). 
> Planted turnips

This weekend I:

> Harvested my garlic. By the way you can keep the garlic flower I think its called a bulbils, and plant the individual seeds from the
    bulbils too
> Planted carrots in the garlics place in the garden
> Planted more lettuce
> Now that the living & dinning room and hallway hard wood floor is down I sorted the cherry boards we have put away to be
   layed in the two down stair b-rooms.

Last, I planted a late crop of sweet corn the first week of July. It is now about 4' high and doing well. I am hoping for sweet corn around the first week of September just in time for Labor Day weekend.

Recipe for JohnyMac's Blue Berry Mystery cake: >>>  http://straightprep.com/forum/index.php?topic=1234.msg30399#msg30399 (http://straightprep.com/forum/index.php?topic=1234.msg30399#msg30399)   <<<
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Post by: EJR914 on August 05, 2012, 01:02:04 PM
We usually do all our canning up at my Mom's house but for some damned reason I bought a bushel box of peaches today and said "Fuck it, we'll do it live."

Turns out I don't own a pot big enough to cover the jars with water!

So today I bought two cheap Wal-Mart stock pots that are deep enough to fit 1qt. jars.


Hell yeah, dude!  "Fuck it, we'll do it live!"

Bill O'Reilly freaking out! (ORIGINAL VIDEO) : classic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy-Y3HJNU_s#)

EPIC!
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Post by: EJR914 on August 05, 2012, 01:03:03 PM
What have I done to prep lately? I bought a house. Small rural townof about 2000 people. Old victorian with a nice deep full basement. The old cistern wall was broke out into a crude doorway. Thick-ass stone foundation. Once we get it sorted from moving, will make a very nice shelter and storage. Also we have a old carriage house (small barn, really) that has alot of potential, but also won't be cheap, nor easy to make it into something usable. All of this on just under an acre of land. The neighbors all have huge gardens, and that will spur me into starting one also. Lots of work to do, but it's a labor of love really.


Awesome man!  That's a huge step in the right direction if you used to be in a urban area.  You're going to be happy you did.   [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on August 05, 2012, 05:19:35 PM
What have I done to prep lately? I bought a house. Small rural townof about 2000 people. Old victorian with a nice deep full basement. The old cistern wall was broke out into a crude doorway. Thick-ass stone foundation. Once we get it sorted from moving, will make a very nice shelter and storage. Also we have a old carriage house (small barn, really) that has alot of potential, but also won't be cheap, nor easy to make it into something usable. All of this on just under an acre of land. The neighbors all have huge gardens, and that will spur me into starting one also. Lots of work to do, but it's a labor of love really.

Awesome man!  That's a huge step in the right direction if you used to be in a urban area.  You're going to be happy you did.   
We've been out of the large city urban environment for about 4+ years now, and don't miss it at all. Rural 'Merica, fuck yeah!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on October 18, 2012, 03:34:51 AM
Saved up some cash, got my paycheck, n a lil pre bday cash. Bought a stripped palmetto state armory receiver. After commiefornia fees n taxes, I paid about $140. Next I plan to legally purchase standard capacity mags this weekend. Cant decide if it should be 10 or 25 because of the election. But gotta stretch out my cash because I gotta fend credit card debit and dont know how long my job will last. Will update next week.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on October 18, 2012, 08:45:42 AM
Cut and split 3 cords of wood. Not stacked yet!

Each morning this week, when I have gotten up, my lower back is getting worst and worst.  :) I guess I am not lifting properly  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at

Keep back straight and lift with your legs...Lift with your legs...Lift with your legs...
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Post by: mountainredneck2051 on October 18, 2012, 10:43:15 AM
even if you lift with your legs if your back aint used to the work it will still get stressed and sore
that and chopping wood is just a bitch no matter how to do it  >:(
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on October 18, 2012, 01:14:28 PM
even if you lift with your legs if your back aint used to the work it will still get stressed and sore
that and chopping wood is just a bitch no matter how to do it  >:(


 [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at When did good ole boys become such....commies.


Dude's and dudets. enroute home from work I got a call that the water heater hose had a hole and has been leaking water all over all night. While I was at work. ( Midnight to Eight ) So I go home, climb into my neighbors garden  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at ---- [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at ---- to find the water main valve to MY house because it is for some  [url=http://yoursmiles.org/p-m reason in their yard. Anyway. After fudging with that for your god knows how long I got it fixed. On the way home from lowes I see a yard sale. Ok, cool I got a couple bucks. Dude has a fiber glass canoe 18 footer. Looks pretty much broke in but not torn to shreds. So he wanted 425 for it. I said no way I don't have that kind of coin.

Then I offered him my duplicate R870. He excepted not knowing much about guns. I gave him a quick low down. We exchanged some info. And I went on my way with my new family member.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co That is what I have done to prep today. Fixed my 40 gallons of stored water. And brought home a canoe at the cost of a duplicate shotty. I think I win today.  :)) 
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Post by: Reaver on October 20, 2012, 10:21:38 PM
DUDE'S  its a katrina life saver.... oh wait I don't live in a soup bowl......



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Post by: Reaver on October 21, 2012, 08:31:15 PM
Took some more photo's for you haters.  ::)
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Post by: v0dka on October 21, 2012, 10:18:36 PM
lawl.... whats with the gas can or did i miss something?

Lets see some pictures of it in the water.
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 22, 2012, 08:42:42 AM
I bought 4#'s of honey ($2.50 a LB)

My wife bought 150 #'s of potatoes ( 50 LB Yukon Gold $10-, 50 LB white all purpose $10- and 50 LBs red $15-). We are going to split the potato haul with the farmer across the road up at the cabin.

Going out today to buy apples. Due to a warm March then a hard frost in April, most of the apple crop in the area of the cabin was destroyed. Back home here in RI; they didn't have that issue. Looking for $25- a bushel...
 
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Post by: Reaver on October 22, 2012, 10:34:26 AM
Vodka; I used the gas can to help show how wide she is. & I'm taking her out tomorrow.

JM;  Hell yeah bro.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
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Post by: backwoodsboy on October 22, 2012, 09:11:49 PM
hmmm i uhh......didnt do anything [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
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Post by: mountainredneck2051 on October 22, 2012, 11:17:09 PM
i took inventory of all my weapons ammo and mags
gotta make sure i'm square before elections  :))

and i made me some money selling shit which makes room for preps and gives me the money to buy them
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on October 22, 2012, 11:19:23 PM
i took inventory of all my weapons ammo and mags
gotta make sure i'm square before elections  :))

and i made me some money selling shit which makes room for preps and gives me the money to buy them

That's a good idea dude... I gotta do something with my huge pile of crap.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on October 23, 2012, 09:02:37 AM
You know Mntn & RvR bring up good points. When was the last time you took inventory of your preps?

I just did a 3 week stint up at the cabin catching up on some projects. After I made coffee one morning I realized I for got to get milk at the store and I was too lazy to walk up the road to the farmer for some. So I went down to our preps to steal a can of 'bulls milk.' Well there was one can [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at and two empty cardboard pallets (Purchased at the big box str where there is 12 cans per package) and the shrink wrapping keeping the cans on the pallet.

What happened to all of the bulls milk? Well I think that over time, just like I did, the family has been hitting the preps due to convenience.

I told my brother the story one night and we both agreed we need to inventory what we have. I recommend we all take the time between now and November 6th to take stock of what we have in preps and replacing any items that we or your spruce, or your brothers family may have used. 

Thanks guys for the suggestion.
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Post by: Reaver on October 23, 2012, 05:34:58 PM
I'm going to make that happen right now.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
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Post by: thatGuy on December 14, 2012, 01:07:46 AM
Gonna blow the dust off this thread,

I bought some Colt magazines at the gunshow this weekend. I took them apart and got them all scrubbed up and put in the rotation as training mags.

I like to take all magazines to the range to make sure they work before I load them up and put them away. So 6 into the training pile and 6 into the locker.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 14, 2012, 09:15:10 AM
Earlier in the week I planted garlic. 18 garlic toes and another 18 garlic seeds from the bulbous part of the plant.

I used the tractor to get my nephews deer and noticed it was running rough. So I am in the process in fixing the problem. Bought new spark plugs and a fuel filter yesterday. Bought double of what I needed so I would have spares.

Going to cut then split another cord of wood. Brrrrrr it's cold here.

To your point TG; we need to keep this subject moving forward.

 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 14, 2012, 11:01:17 AM
Fuel filter on an 8n?
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Post by: crudos on December 14, 2012, 11:36:17 AM
Over the last month... Since moving, been slowly re-stocking my water storage. Bought some extra mags for my Tok (fun gun to shoot!). I have a 700 sq. ft. basement that just oozes 'prep-me!'. And now that winter/cold has descended, need to devote more time to getting it straighten out and stocked up.
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Post by: Reaver on December 14, 2012, 05:13:41 PM
I got my Time of Request approved for the 21st of Dec.


Just in Case  :)) [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 14, 2012, 07:14:41 PM
Yup TG, I have a in-line fuel filter.  :))

I am use to those as it is very common for outboard engines to have them. I actually have two for my lobster boat. One for partials and one for water. :-))

After pulling all plugs and checking all wires I found the problem. The wire that runs from the #4 piston spark plug to the distributor cap was fried at the cap. It looks like I need a new wire and distributor cap.

There is nothing like running a tractor on 3 of the four cylinders.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 14, 2012, 09:43:38 PM
JM, I just run the fuel bell and call it good. It helps that I run straight gasoline in it so I don't have to worry about the ethanol pulling water out of the air. 

I wonder what caused the wire to fry?
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Post by: JohnyMac on December 14, 2012, 10:36:10 PM
I hear ya' TG. I am a pro when it comes to diesel ensigns but not so much with gas.

Diesel is easy...If it won't start it is due to fuel flow or a bad injector. With gas it can be a whole host of things.  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at

One of the things I noticed was the hose line leaving the fuel filter going into the carb was cracked. I suspect she was sucking in some water in the form of humid air which didn't help the situation.

Regardless; my dist. cap and #4 cylinder wire is crap now. No worries...we are only talking about $10-.

My wife asked me this evening, "Why don't you get pissed off at these set-backs?" (House in RI, the tractor not working at 100%, not being able to find X, etc). I told her it's like getting a Master Degree in life...And at a fraction of the cost then what  Harvard would have cost.   

If you do...You will learn.



 
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Post by: thatGuy on December 14, 2012, 10:49:30 PM
I hear ya, getting pissed at old iron doesn't pay off :))

Do you own a tube flaring tool? I was always having problems with the old fuel line because it ran too close to the motor and would get hot in the summer.

A little 1/4" soft copper tube for an AC filled with sand and bent around a pipe and she was fixed up!
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Post by: JohnyMac on December 15, 2012, 08:35:26 AM
No I don't own one. What a great tool to add to the tool chest though.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co

Long story that I do not want to go into now; however I installed a diesel heater on the boat when we lived in Seattle one year. I used my buddy pipe flaring tool during that project on the fuel lines. 

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Post by: thatGuy on December 15, 2012, 12:12:25 PM
(http://www.alliedboltinc.com/productimages/Slotted%20Flat%20Head%20Machine%20Screw.jpg)

I am sure you know but for the guys who come along later, you can also use a flathead screw that just fits the pipe ;)

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 15, 2012, 01:11:54 PM
Great idea!  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co

I never thought about it...What a great idea!!!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 15, 2012, 02:33:07 PM
I am a strange bird JM, instead of reading novels I prefer shop manuals! Some of my faves are the old Popular Mechanics Shop Notes and Boys Machanics Series.

At the turn of the century folks were exposed to a world of mechanization that their Grandfathers could only dream of but because it was all so new there wasn't piles of tools and scrap metal laying around like there is today. Those folks had to rely on their ingenuity to carry them further than their tool box could.

I don't know where you can find the old Shop Notes besides thrift stores and used book stores but 4 volumes of the Boy Mechanic (http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=32453&cat=1,46096,46100,32453) is still available at Lee Valley Tools. They have discontinued the series so get them while they last!

Now you would think that because of the title the information included would be elementary... you would be wrong. The series contains all sorts of advanced projects from rifle making to home build planes.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 15, 2012, 03:36:25 PM
Awesome tip TG.

When my grandfather died he had cartons upon cartons of Popular Mechanics in the basement all next to his work bench. My father and uncle started to go through them with thoughts of putting them out for trash when low and behold there was money stuck in between pages of many of the magazines.

My grandfather was a watch maker by trade. When WWII started he closed down his shop and went to work as a bomb sight maker for bombers. He continued to work at the plant until he retired at age 65.

Well during that time his second job (Everybody in those days had their main job plus a part time one) was fixing and making watches and clocks. One time as a lark he took a Chock-full of nutz coffee can and made a kitchen clock from scratch using left over parts and ones that he made.

Thanks...  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGirl on March 10, 2013, 09:24:45 PM
TG and I planted 10 fruit trees and 3 raspberry bushes today.  Tomorrow we start some veggies and get the raised beds turned over.  Spring's comin' boys, time to plant your seeds ;D

Tag, your it...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on March 10, 2013, 09:41:54 PM
Cleared my garden over the weekend to plant this week. Got 6 tons of soil coming this week and a split rail fence to put up with chicken wire. Also got a couple tiered beds for our kale, onions, potatoes, lettuce, radishes, etc. Got another apple tree too, but the real fun will start when I start growing my tea.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 10, 2013, 10:29:58 PM
Tea???? Please elaborate.

What is top soil going for you in your neck of the woods WW? The local guy here is charging $120- a truckload delivered for 9 yards - I need 27-30 yards to complete my raised beds.

I also designed my main garden around massive product and keep ability this year.

> Only using high yield tomato plants
> Beans for freezing and beans for drying
> Turnips
> Potatoes,
> Cabbage,
> Carrots,
> Sweet potatoes,
> Winter squash,
> Cheese pumpkin,
> etcetera.

Items that can either stay in the garden into the winter or easily stores in a root cellar. My neighbor is going to try to grow hard spring wheat this year. She has figured that 6-10#'s of seed will gain her 50#'s of wheat in a 20' x 50' space. I have absolutely no idea how she came up with that formula; however she is a better farmer than I am.

The farmers wife and I decided we were not going to plant corn this year. Instead we were going to buy or trade locally. Corn seems to be a challenge here as the soil is very rocky and is lacking in nitrogen. Two years ago they planted sweet corn a little to early and the rains came and the seed rotted. Last year they planted their corn and crows came and pulled out the sprouting seeds. They replanted but the harvest was not worth the effort.

Anyway, we are planting with an eye to things may go south by fall and we will have food.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on March 10, 2013, 10:59:24 PM
Ah, the tea is going to be interesting the first year, but I'm buying seeds and plants. When we move to the mountains I'll be in a better region for it. I'm afraid the heat here will fry them come July/August. There are a number of vendors you can buy them from though. Just start out with your basic camellia sinensis and not camellia japonica. If you use a camellia japonica for tea you'll end up poisoning yourself. You'd ought to be able to grow them fairly well where your at though. Just keep them out of direct sunlight and  watch your pruning. Depending on when you pick you'll either have white, green, or black tea. I'm surprised how many people don't realize it's the same plant.

As far as soil. Pricey as heck. As I've been told by the local guys the cost of fuel has ripped them a new one along with increased product cost. That being said I walked out of two offices when I got their quotes while laughing... and found another place that supplies Lowe's down here. I'm getting 4 cubic yards at $21 a ton, but $75 for delivery  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at Beats killing my back though and god only knows how many trips with my truck.

Look in to that companion gardening. I may make a post on that after I've got everything growing. And if you plant corn go organic 100% Spain has been trying to ban the GMO corn products because test revealed a 100% cancer rate in tested animals. Apparently they carry some sort of corrupt genetic code that carries down the generations. Damn Monsanto. Also, plant kale and lettuce. We had a pretty good winter with a couple good snows and the kale and lettuce held up great.  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 11, 2013, 10:50:23 AM
WW, Your average long bed holds 2-2.5 yards of soil provided you don't go over the weight so your talking about shoveling out your truck twice for $75 plus mileage.. probably not a good call to DIY that one with a bad back!

If you've got poor rocky soil JMac start thinking about 5-10 year from now and plant those areas you would like to 'grow into' with bush beans, rye grass, clover or vetch. I don't know if they do the leaf pick up in your town but if they do rent a U-haul and beat the city to all that free compost fixins same with Christmas trees, tree branches or whole trees. Whether compost, Hugelkultur (http://www.appropedia.org/Hugelkultur) or imported soil you've always going to have a hard time working with those rocks unless you get above them. I've never seen it but I've heard of how the fields of 'New England' will grow a bumper crop of stones.

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 11, 2013, 11:47:01 AM
If I could sell stones I would be a rich man  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at

My soil is good it's just the damn rocks & stones. I want the extra top soil for a raised bed that is about 30' x 30' I built. We can plant several weeks earlier here with a raised bed. It is at one end of the field we are going to plant.

The farmer from across the way wants to take his dozer and cant the blade to break up the ground Then he wants me to take his PTO driven rototiller hooked up to my tractor to finish things up. Then get the family together for a weekend to walk the field and pick up rocks and stones.

Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions.
 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on March 11, 2013, 02:12:36 PM
JM, not sure what size stones your pulling out of the ground, but they could certainly make useful additions to one's property.....

(http://www.haydenhillsgrovestonemasonry.com/.library/Stonewalls-fieldstone-09-03.U4accdb8d697af.jpeg)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 11, 2013, 05:25:18 PM
Good thought Crudos. I live in Rhode Island so I am very aware of stone walls. Stone walls freaken every where.  :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 11, 2013, 06:30:26 PM
Don't hook a pto tiller to your tractor... not without a slip clutch, you'll break shit I promise.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 12, 2013, 08:55:54 AM
Bought a clutch at Tractor Supply last summer. The farmer wouldn't let me use his brush hog unless I had one.

Thanks for giving me a heads up though.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 12, 2013, 11:18:02 AM
Hey, whoow... an "override' clutch isn't what I am talking about. It simply prevents the flow of power from the deck to the tractor.

I am talking about a real honest to goodness slip clutch. There may well be one in the tiller but I can't say. The point is that when you hit a stone the whole machine wants to stop for a fraction of a second, in that second all the parts that turn get loaded up and break.

So they use a slip clutch that allows the PTO to keep turning even if the machine is bound. Without one you will break shit.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 12, 2013, 11:20:01 AM
Take the tiller and hook it up to the tractor and then throw a piece of fire wood into it. If it stalls you 8N rather than sending friction disk smoke to God its a bad deal.

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 12, 2013, 12:35:13 PM
Thanks TG...You were right I was getting clutches mixed up  [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on March 12, 2013, 12:55:49 PM
Tractor Talk with thatGuy!
(http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu163/Romantic_08/smileys/tractor.gif)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 12, 2013, 01:58:49 PM
Johny and I own the same tractor and I've broken mine too many times to let him fall into the same traps I have..

Last time it was one of these,

(http://www.ytmag.com/store/parts/pics/wm_9N70038A.jpg)

Cost $92.20+ shipping. http://www.ytmag.com/9N700-38_PTO-Shaft-Conversion-Assembly_11811.htm (http://www.ytmag.com/9N700-38_PTO-Shaft-Conversion-Assembly_11811.htm)

Might want to call and see if this will do the trick?

http://www.ytmag.com/B9164_PTO-Safety-Clutch-40-HP_25965.htm (http://www.ytmag.com/B9164_PTO-Safety-Clutch-40-HP_25965.htm)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 12, 2013, 02:09:49 PM
x1 Spam can of Tula 5.56x45
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on March 12, 2013, 06:53:02 PM
Got a new job [url=http://yoursmiles.org/p-m
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 12, 2013, 07:41:13 PM
Thx TG!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 12, 2013, 07:59:05 PM
Got a new job

Never underestimate the power of spending money!

Good for you buddy.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on March 12, 2013, 08:17:52 PM
Got a new job


Congrats man   (http://www.smileyvault.co [/color)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on March 13, 2013, 03:34:47 PM
Thnx im learning shtf skills everyday too.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on March 13, 2013, 05:32:24 PM
Congrats on the job v0dka.

Preps: Working on my CC application getting all the necessary copies made, etc.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on March 16, 2013, 05:02:04 PM
Put up a new 4ft steel wire fence around the smaller garden. Transplanted some cabbage; planted tomatoes, broccoli, hot peppers, sweet peppers, basil, jalapenos, and sugar peas. Next week I got to plant the main garden.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on March 25, 2013, 01:22:24 AM
*Doing security at an event and one of the guys I talked to 2 or 3 times before started chatting about the military. He mentioned how he joined the Navy and had applied to BUD/S but didnt re-enlist over personal life problems. I mentioned he could still try out for SF through California National Guard. Told me he expects the U.S. to be in a civil war by the time he could finish training. Turned out he has a similar mindset as us and I also learned right now he owns a handgun and 10 acres somewhere between Flagstaff and Prescott AZ. Traded contact info and wrote down some blogs and youtube channels to check out.
Also re-connected with an old friend that has combat experience in Iraq and is a gun owner (bought 2 Colt uppers just before Newtown). Not really a prepper but he'll go down guns ablazing before he hands them over.

So I have at least 2 gunners that I can work on for now.

*Also just got my EMT-B textbook and waiting for April 16th to roll around so I can start my EMT training and be out in the field before summer [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiskeyJack on March 25, 2013, 11:18:25 AM
Well I'm 6 months into my new job. So at least my personal finance situation is improving. Having said that, I should be picking my FAL with 5 mags up by the end of next month. Need to start laying in the 308. I put up 3 5gal buckets this month with oats, black beans and pintos. Almost done with another of white rice. Picked up another 15 heirloom seed packs. Gonna vacuum seal them and throw em in the ol seed vault. I also added about 30 more fish hooks for the fishing kit. I am, like everyone else having trouble finding ammo. So I'm kinda pessimaling it on that front. And I have discovered that my workplace has a very large number of active preppers working there. And the skill sets are excellent. Ive been meeting combat Mareins, AF security forces, Medics, Engineers and just a huge group of skill sets. I was recently invited to a meeting with some of my new coworkers, so I'm pretty stoked about that. One of the things Ive been feeling pretty exposed  about was a lack of tribe. so I'm hoping I can improve that situation in the near future. Ive been maintaining my preps during the last 2 years of bad work environment. But I'm looking forward to playing some prep catch up. But Ive been in good spirits of late because my overall situation has been improving. Damn I love having a real job.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 25, 2013, 11:23:53 AM
Great update Whiskeyjack! I am glad that work is working out!  [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiskeyJack on March 25, 2013, 12:29:58 PM
ty bro  :))
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 25, 2013, 09:20:11 PM
I would like to second what JM said, it is great to hear that you are in a better way Whiskey!

Reach out man and network. You never know who, how or why you bump into people that will have an effect on your whole out look.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on March 25, 2013, 09:24:52 PM
I spent 5 dollars on some rope. 10 dollars on a huge ammo can. Biggest ammo can I've ever seen. Its like double the size of a belted 40mm grenade can. Other than that. I spent some time with the family at Websters Flea market.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 06, 2013, 12:20:17 PM
Ordered 100#'s of hard wheat seed!

This has been a two week project as I kept ending up at dead ends. The farmer across from the cabin and I have been wanting to try our hand at planting hard wheat seed to be mainly used for bread.

First off, finding a local place to buy wheat seed was tough as nobody carried it nor wanted to order any for us. Then I ran across a great guy via the internet who lived about 20 miles from the cabin that sold non GMO seed but didn't nor could he get hard wheat seed. He suggested that I contact someone in the Penn State Agriculture department.

Well that in it's self was tough as nobody would return my phone calls and one email I sent got a Professors feathers all ruffled because I addressed the email Mr. rather than Dr. Gee wiz! Well being persistent payed off (The squeaky wheel gets the grease) as I finally got to speak to a PROFESSOR who explained to me that good quality hard wheat was grown out west not in NE PA. I poked him a little by saying the colonists grew hard wheat and made bread with it so what's the problem. He told me he would get back to me.

Well he emailed me with a lead and suggested I try "Glenn Hard Red Spring Wheat". He also asked that I contact a local Organic Growers and Information Sharing co-op which I did to find who sells it and get pointers on growing and harvesting. 

Well the President of the co-op got back to me and told me she was picking up 500#'s on Sunday and did I want any. I ordered the above mentioned amount. The price was $25- for 50# bag.

I will keep you periodically informed about our 1/2 acre planting experiment.

Now I have to research how to plant it before I talk wheat growing with Mrs President.  [url=http://www.freesmileys.or

 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: v0dka on April 06, 2013, 09:41:05 PM
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*Also just got my EMT-B textbook and waiting for April 16th to roll around so I can start my EMT training and be out in the field before summer
 ([url]http://www.smileyvault.co[/url]
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Nice, I'm going to be starting paramedic class this fall. Focus on the practical skills, As long as you pay attention in class you can wing it on the written tests.

I just bought a dirt bike, Not too prepping related except for a last ditch scenario.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: hjmoosejaw on April 07, 2013, 12:15:48 AM
Ordered 100#'s of hard wheat seed!

This has been a two week project as I kept ending up at dead ends. The farmer across from the cabin and I have been wanting to try our hand at planting hard wheat seed to be mainly used for bread.

First off, finding a local place to buy wheat seed was tough as nobody carried it nor wanted to order any for us. Then I ran across a great guy via the internet who lived about 20 miles from the cabin that sold non GMO seed but didn't nor could he get hard wheat seed. He suggested that I contact someone in the Penn State Agriculture department.

Well that in it's self was tough as nobody would return my phone calls and one email I sent got a Professors feathers all ruffled because I addressed the email Mr. rather than Dr. Gee wiz! Well being persistent payed off (The squeaky wheel gets the grease) as I finally got to speak to a PROFESSOR who explained to me that good quality hard wheat was grown out west not in NE PA. I poked him a little by saying the colonists grew hard wheat and made bread with it so what's the problem. He told me he would get back to me.

Well he emailed me with a lead and suggested I try "Glenn Hard Red Spring Wheat". He also asked that I contact a local Organic Growers and Information Sharing co-op which I did to find who sells it and get pointers on growing and harvesting. 

Well the President of the co-op got back to me and told me she was picking up 500#'s on Sunday and did I want any. I ordered the above mentioned amount. The price was $25- for 50# bag.

I will keep you periodically informed about our 1/2 acre planting experiment.

Now I have to research how to plant it before I talk wheat growing with Mrs President. 

Wildwood flower grew wild on the farm, we didn't know what it was called. Some said it was a flower, some said it was a weed. I didn't give it much thought. Oh wait, you said WHEAT!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 07, 2013, 08:29:35 AM
hj,
you could always send a sample to Penn State Ag. department to figure out what the variety is. I have sent them water to analyze as well as soil samples. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: hjmoosejaw on April 07, 2013, 08:45:10 AM
hj,
you could always send a sample to Penn State Ag. department to figure out what the variety is. I have sent them water to analyze as well as soil samples.

So that's what you kids are calling it these days, ANALYZING ? Back in my day, we called it EXPERIMENTING.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on April 07, 2013, 10:00:52 AM
hj,
you could always send a sample to Penn State Ag. department to figure out what the variety is. I have sent them water to analyze as well as soil samples.

So that's what you kids are calling it these days, ANALYZING ? Back in my day, we called it EXPERIMENTING.
ROFL  :D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: hjmoosejaw on April 07, 2013, 10:53:33 AM
Blast from the past. In case any of you younger ones never heard this. This was a song on the pop stations for a while.

http://youtu.be/UyY-6oh0Ow8 (http://youtu.be/UyY-6oh0Ow8)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on April 08, 2013, 11:20:31 PM
Planted another apple tree, six raspberry bushes, jalapenos, and started a new 30'x30' lot for more veggies. Tomorrow it's transplanting some scuppernong grapes, starting some rootlings, planting six blackberry bushes, and another five blueberry bushes. Then.......icing my back and taking a muscle relaxer.  :-[
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 09, 2013, 08:33:13 AM
WW, you are so far ahead of me this season! Take care of your back man!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on April 09, 2013, 11:06:03 AM
WW, good work.

I still have a pile of snow on top of my future garden plot, but the wife has started out various herbs in the kitchen. Got a $30 gift card for Jungs, so going to go seed shopping soon.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on April 09, 2013, 12:54:34 PM
Money's a little tight, but when I get a chance I need to put together a few raised boxes. I'll take some pictures for you guys and write up a how to. I'll be putting a hinged lid on them with a framed acrylic sheet. This would be a great investment for those of you up north.  Believer it or not you can still grow certain veggies all winter long. I think I've mentioned in the past I plant usually three times a year. Spring, mid summer, and early fall.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: special-k on April 11, 2013, 05:11:05 PM
I replaced the pull-start rope on a lawnmower with 550 paracord, and bypassed the broken safety-shut-off cable with a zip-tie.

I know it doesn't have much to do with prepping... but if it weren't for prepping, I probably wouldn't have a spool of 550 and an assortment of zip-ties on hand.    O0-engineering with prep supplies is awesome.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on April 16, 2013, 01:22:50 PM
Planted more grape vines, rhubarb, melons, and another apple tree. This project is turning in to a mini farm  :))

Oh, and lesson learned the right way. When gardening wear gloves. I was filling up a couple raised beds yesterday and looked down next to my hand to see I had an audience. A large brown recluse spider. Luckily I was wearing gloves. Otherwise I think I'd be needing a trip to the doc's.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 16, 2013, 02:46:12 PM
YIKES!

I think I wrote at some point on this forum that my sister in-law was bit on the leg by a spider. She ended up in the hospital for a couple of days with some very serous swelling.

On the other note: Drove back to RI from Philly today and stopped by the local mom & pop gun store on the west side of the state as I passed through to get to the eastern side of the state.

I bought a box of 300 Savage and .35 Rem Leverevolution ammo. I tried to get two cans of 3F BP but he "claimed" not to have any. Based on his body language I think he was BSing me thx to what happened in Boston yesterday. He never asked me what size granules I was looking for just, "Nope don't have any" followed with, "I don't know when I will get any in the future." I guess I will have to buy some on the internet. 

The deer ammo I purchased was $29.95 and $33.95 respectively which is what I spent about a year ago BUT, his hot ammo like, 9MM, 45 ACP, .223, etc was way OVER THE TOP. 9mm was $29.95 for a box of 50 and the other two were basically selling for $1- a round.

He also had two end caps each packed with 30 rnd 5.56 mags. One end cap was PMAG and the other was aluminum mags with teflon followers. His price was $49.95 a piece!

I hope the bottom falls out of the market and he gets stuck!

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on April 28, 2013, 03:12:11 PM
Planted 6 rhubarb plants, fertilized the apple trees, planted another blueberry bush, more lettuce, onions, garlic, carrots, radishes,  and watermelons. Fertilized the crops and now to sit back and enjoy the next week of rain.  8) All the transplants I did this year are looking great. Not a thing went back in to dormancy.

Also been doing inventory and organizing myself. Basically spring cleaning, but it always helps. I need more tp, but I'm sure you can never have enough.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on April 28, 2013, 08:13:33 PM
I got the gardening bug too now that we are past our last frost but I've been stuck in a hole getting a dripsystem put together.  [img]http://www.smileydesign.n
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 28, 2013, 09:42:53 PM
The farmer across the way from the BOL showed me his new (to him) New Holland 95 HP tractor, 3 bottom plow, disck-er, hay rake and sickle bar.

May not mean much to the group however we are on our WAY! 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on April 29, 2013, 01:26:57 AM
The farmer across the way from the BOL showed me his new (to him) New Holland 95 HP tractor, 3 bottom plow, disck-er, hay rake and sickle bar.

May not mean much to the group however we are on our WAY!

Pretty nice man. I'd love to get a tractor. My cousin has my grandfather's up at the farm, but I could probably put it to better use here than he does there. He only uses it for mowing. Wait, did I say uses it? I mean he knows he can use it  for mowing. Sorry, slightly disappointed with the state of the farm currently. My Pap never ceased to amaze me. How a man his age did it all  :o and AWE. How a 33 year old can't do half?  :-[
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on April 29, 2013, 01:43:23 PM
No joke WW, I am wonder when those old boys slept!

Sickle bar and a hay rake? Sounds like some one is gonna get really friendly with a pitch fork. JM I am looking at you!

Haystack Building using Pitchforks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTUH2wIsPZw#)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: APX808 on April 29, 2013, 03:15:48 PM
Yesterday I went running and today I enlisted in a land navigation class.
My running sucks, I need to go out more often.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on May 05, 2013, 07:57:04 PM
Wife found a brand new campfire coffee pot for $5. The giant ball of dirt/ice finally melted in my garden plot, so I started to prep that for tilling and fencing. Have a bunch of stuff already seeded and growing in our sun room. Built a large compost bin.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on May 05, 2013, 09:04:45 PM
Anyone figure out what I have been working on?  Circuitry is a pretty fun hobby, so far.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on May 05, 2013, 09:30:47 PM
Got a bunch of transplants for some guys to start their gardens. The weather is really screwing up the growing season though. In the 16 years I've lived here it's never been this cool this far in. To top it off it's been just warm enough to get the inch worms out and the are terrorizing the poor trees which have barely made it out of dormancy.

Putting up some split rails this week and putting in a few 30' rows. My back is finally starting to get better. FINALLY!!! So hopefully I can catch up on some much needed prepping. Also planted a ton of marigolds, zinnias, and cosmos. That whole companion gardening deal  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on May 05, 2013, 10:06:26 PM
solar led???
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on May 05, 2013, 10:36:29 PM


solar ied???
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on May 05, 2013, 11:26:31 PM


solar ied???


 [img]http://www.arrse.co.uk/at
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on May 06, 2013, 12:44:36 AM
BTW, I'm with you WhiteWolf. This weekend we bought a cubic yard of manure that ended up being more like 3 yards!

You wanna talk about hurt backs? Moving all that out of the back of the truck almost got me and I doubt I will ever get the smell washed out.

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Colombo on May 06, 2013, 12:46:47 AM
Anyone figure out what I have been working on?  Circuitry is a pretty fun hobby, so far.

Speed controller and disco lights for your disturbingly large rotisserie?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on May 26, 2013, 10:24:02 PM
Finished my secondary garden and bought an electric tiller for small jobs. Also got a burn barrel. More importantly, took a small vacation to the beach for the wife and kid.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 27, 2013, 08:51:35 AM
WW, what beach? Lake or Ocean?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: WhiteWolfReloaded on May 27, 2013, 01:44:32 PM
WW, what beach? Lake or Ocean?

Hilton Head, SC. Not my favorite, but the stay was free. I'd much rather go to Charleston, SC. The folks in Hilton Head can't drive for shit. Dodged a car wreck while I was there.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 27, 2013, 10:10:07 PM
LOL! When my wife and I were cruising down the ICW in '96 we stayed in Hilton Head over Thanksgiving. We found a turkey in a grocery store that would fit in our Force 10 propane stove and invited way to many people over to Mad Max.

What I do remember is there was a lot of golf courses.

Glad you got out!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on May 28, 2013, 09:09:57 AM
and that makes a +1 for Reaver.


 [URL=http://www.smileyvault.co thanks bud.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: APX808 on June 08, 2013, 07:47:41 PM
Today I went trekking to an abandoned clay mine.

Besides doing some walking with my pack, I was able to do some movement in extremely low light conditions and it was a very fun experience  :dancingBanana:
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Post by: thatGuy on June 08, 2013, 10:31:31 PM
Super important stuff there APX.

Everyone should be getting out at least once a month for a long walk.. fuck training do it for your soul! Getting some training too isn't bad..
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Post by: crudos on June 08, 2013, 11:33:27 PM
Right on TG about long walks as part of training. Go into the woods, mountains and just silently take the wonders of nature in.

No walks for me today, unless you count walking to a from a brush pile to fire pit. Started in earnest cleaning up the messes left by previous owners of my house and property. Did some gardening too.
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Post by: Colombo on June 08, 2013, 11:55:50 PM
Visited this fancy new site after doing 850 arm reps.
250 9mm reps.  300 10mm reps. and 300 45acp reps.
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Post by: JohnyMac on June 09, 2013, 12:23:27 PM
Whats on the menu for dinner...BEEF!

The farmer from across the dirt road form the cabin uses our meadow below our cabin for his Highlanders in the summer. Having them there serve multiple purposes:

1) Fertilization,
2) We put up temporary electric fence around our yard so they can keep the weeds down, and
3) Now a maternity area for cows to give birth.

So Tess gave birth to a strappen male Highlander at 6:00AM on May 30, 2013. Here are two pics.
(http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k487/John_McEwing/HighlanderCalf5_30_2013_zpsc917fb12.jpg) (http://s1112.photobucket.com/user/John_McEwing/media/HighlanderCalf5_30_2013_zpsc917fb12.jpg.html)
(http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k487/John_McEwing/NewCalf_zpse4e09200.jpg) (http://s1112.photobucket.com/user/John_McEwing/media/NewCalf_zpse4e09200.jpg.html)
I am sorry I could not get a closer shot but Tess was rather protective of her new baby and was making charging challenges while I was taking pics.

Ben the bull, was going to be heading to become hamburger this fall as he had not impregnated any of the cows as yet. Well he proved to us he had it in 'em.  :bravo: I guess we will keep him another year if he keeps up on his end of the bargain.  :thumbsUp:
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Post by: APX808 on August 24, 2013, 06:26:35 PM
Since 2 weeks ago I started the course to get my HAM radio license.
Today we went to mount a campaign radio station with the local Boy Scout group.

Is interesting, I wouldn't dare to say "funny", you need a shit load of really expensive equipment.

I think I'll never buy HAM radios, I'll just operate in 2 meters, In SHTF I'll know some guys with real HAM radios to do the calling for me LOL
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Post by: JohnyMac on August 24, 2013, 06:49:58 PM
I hear ya' man!  :fuckYeah:

That craps pricy!
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Post by: thatGuy on August 26, 2013, 08:26:05 AM
I don't know how it is down there but up here you can join a ham club and after years of climbing the tower, hauling around batteries and other general shit work those guys will start burying you under the weight of their 'hand me down' equipment... all while providing you with a working education on the topic.

Not the best way to go but certainty a way to go. 
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Post by: JohnyMac on August 26, 2013, 09:26:36 AM
Yupper TG you are 100% correct on that one.

The ham club meeting I went to this past winter; when they saw me...A potential new member, they were licking their lips like a wolf looking at the sheep herd. I was the youngest member there!
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Post by: APX808 on August 26, 2013, 09:35:11 AM
The radio club here has some equipment from the 80's then there is some newer stuff also but nothing newer than the 90's
the resell price of those oldies is extremely high, just because the price of new equipment is fucking science fiction for our economy LOL

I don't think they'll give me anything, besides I don't think I'll stand being a HAM for years.
Is really expensive and really boring LOL
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Post by: Well-Prepared Witch on August 26, 2013, 02:49:53 PM
My Dad's a HAM (so's my Mom, but she really just does it to spend time with my Dad), and much as I love him I keep thinking that HAM isn't going to be as useful in SHTF as, say, CB or short wave.  More people have CB and short wave, so you can monitor what other people are doing and reach out (if the situation warrants) and possibly reach people.

And, to honor the title of the original post, my prepping today is to start reading "Gardening When It Counts".  So far, all two pages, I'm enjoying it.
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Post by: crudos on August 26, 2013, 03:22:11 PM
The wife picked up a copy of the Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening for cheap at a garage sale. Will be very helpful I suspect as I re-learn about gardening.
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 05, 2013, 09:53:24 AM
This is really a prepping site with news & politics thrown in for some spice. So to kind of get things back on the road this is what I/we have been up to prepping for the fall/winter.

> Bought 100#'s of potatoes
> Had 1 cord of wood delivered and one more will be delivered next week
> Cleaned out 4 carboy's to be filled with apple cider. It will then be turned into hard cider over the winter
> Got invited to pick apples on a neighbors property that Sdoon's husband is haying. Picked 5, 5 gallon buckets
    and 2 milk crates.

This is how how we get the apples at the top of the tree (s) - Scary as I am the one at the controls in the tractors cab!  ::)

What have you done?
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Post by: APX808 on October 05, 2013, 10:13:42 AM
I just bought a plant pot to plant my Basil plants.
Sadly living in an apartment I can't have many plants, but with my Basil plants I can do "Pesto noddles"
Some chopped nuts, garlic and basil mixed with oil, and you use that as gravy for the noddles, that's a great recipe from my Italian ancestors :D
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 05, 2013, 10:15:57 AM
 :thumbsUp: I love pesto! :fuckYeah:

EDIT: Added space between the Up: and the rest, so we can see the smiley. John, remember to add the space :P - APX808
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Post by: special-k on October 05, 2013, 02:33:30 PM
Today, while cycling through mid-term food preps (canned food),  I opened a case (sealed at the factory) labeled as "chicken."  It ended up being an entire case of the shitty, inferior and cheaper "ground beef."  There's nothing I can do about it now being that I ordered it back in 2011.  I did open the rest of the cases I had ordered from that company and they were all labeled properly... but they cheated me out of that one.   
:enraged:
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Post by: mariecurtishomes on October 05, 2013, 03:54:29 PM
use the cores and peels from the apples to make wine. When you make the cider, the mash will also make great wine...or give to the animals...the wine is great..I'll show you how.
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 05, 2013, 07:42:50 PM
Thx Marie! Going to the Cider festival Sunday. Hope to see ya' there  ;)

SK, still contact the company. The worst they will say is, "Get lost." maybe they will do something in the middle for you. If you don't ask they can't offer... ;)
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Post by: Reaver on October 06, 2013, 12:30:54 AM
In the process of organizing my stuffs.....again. Just getting it revamping it with new & or better equipment. Updating and organizing.
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Post by: Currahee on October 06, 2013, 08:42:13 AM
I got my first raised bed built and started robbing dirt from the city easement behind my house, then it started raiing and probably will all day.

Got it done and planted today.  Something I've been lacking on and I feel I have taken a big step forward.  In a world where the government can try to deny access to the ocean and arrests people for catching rain water, arable soil could easily become more valuable than gold overnight.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/currahee/raisedbed_zpsed42103e.jpg)
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Post by: APX808 on October 06, 2013, 04:55:25 PM
I just came back from the practice of the land navigation course I did.
It was really cool, there were 3 teams that had to reach 15 checkpoints, and put a stamp in the control card in each of them.
Climate was awesome, although I got a bit sun burned, I was running in the hills for 3 and a half hours.

In a few hours I'll do lesson 2 of the Morse Code course for my HAM license, CW sucks.

(http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/2963/pq1l.jpg)

(http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/3290/3buf.jpg)
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 06, 2013, 09:00:13 PM
Currahee, too cooool! Thanks for posting your pics. What ya' growing there?

APX, great pic's! Your AO seems to be kind of similar to New Mexico here in the states. Great pic's!!
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Post by: Deathstyle on October 06, 2013, 09:28:41 PM
Is New Mexico that green?  :o
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Post by: thatGuy on October 06, 2013, 10:25:56 PM
Depends on where you're at. We go from Chihuahuan Desert,

(http://peripateticbone.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/mtn-clouds-1.jpg)

(http://images.summitpost.org/original/294448.jpg)

To rich Conifer stands,

(http://4cornersphoto.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/brazos.jpg)

(http://deyoungoutdoorphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/MichaelDeYoung-20081011_VMN_HB-2.jpg)

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Post by: APX808 on October 06, 2013, 10:29:20 PM
Wow, great pictures TG.
Around here we don't have real mountains, just hills, max height is 502 meters.
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Post by: thatGuy on October 06, 2013, 10:38:08 PM
That's 1647 feet in America...

My house is at 4,600 feet or 1,402 meters and I live in the shadow of the Manzano Mountains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manzano_Mountains) with peaks ranging from 9,450 feet or 2,880 meters to 10,098 feet or 3,078 meters.

Sorry to hear about your hills  :P
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Post by: special-k on October 06, 2013, 10:41:38 PM
Instead of thinking "what a beautiful landscape"... all I can think while looking at those pics is high powered optics?  Is that bad??
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Post by: sledge on October 06, 2013, 10:44:42 PM
That is beautiful country out there.  It really is. 

Florida is so flat, oh and swampy, oh and mosquito infested.

One of these days I'll make the jump to Arkansas.  But then it's ticks and chiggers.

At least out there where you are all you have to contend with is grizzly bears, mountain lions, and wolves.
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Post by: thatGuy on October 06, 2013, 10:47:57 PM
Why do you think I'm always putting down the AK??

No grizz Pilgrim but we do have Brown and Black Bears, Mountain Lions, Wolves, Coyotes, Badgers, Bobcats, Mosquitos, Ticks, Sand Fleas and crippling poverty. 
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Post by: Currahee on October 13, 2013, 08:13:02 PM
Had a mylar filling party for a friend

Survival Short #7 Food Prep Party (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyKGQ78Y8rQ#ws)
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 13, 2013, 10:32:17 PM
Great short Currahee!

I would like to take a quick minute to state that I appreciate you being on this forum. I am not blowing smoke up your kilt when I write that you regularly contribute to this forum what you are doing and why. Thank you for doing that!

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Post by: crudos on October 13, 2013, 10:49:17 PM
Great short Currahee!

I would like to take a quick minute to state that I appreciate you being on this forum. I am not blowing smoke up your kilt when I write that you regularly contribute to this forum what you are doing and why. Thank you for doing that!
I echo JM's thoughts on your regular contributions to the forum. Thanks for all you do.

This weekend I started the process of getting the house and property ready for winter while the weather is still decent. Love autumn in Wisconsin.
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 13, 2013, 10:57:23 PM
FINALLY, the XXXHill Irregulars met this weekend to do a whole host of things like:

1) Brainstorm on what as a group we need to do to become closer to prepping nirvana. The next 5 things we are working towards are;
    > H20 Reserve
    > Fuel and appropriate lubricants
       Petrol
       Diesel
       Transmission fluid
       Hydraulic fluid
       Kerosene
       Etc
    > Basic First aid/ Procedures/ Meds
    > Defense / Offense systems
       Weapon systems and support for the systems
       Communication       
       LP/OP
       NVG's
       Ammo
       Etc
    > Spare parts for existing system and tools to make repairs or for upkeep.
       Chain saw
       Tractors
       Fire arms
       Toilets
       Starting batteries
       Filters
       Etc
2) A day off shooting. Not just the guys but the young ones and women from the Mntn.
3) Comradery amongst prep driven folks (Not necessarily the same political mind-set by the way  ;)) that climaxed with a big dinner that everybody
    contributed too this evening.

These next five things from the group may not be YOUR top five however we have already reached a level of preparedness to move to the next five as listed above.

Slowly but surly we move to preparedness nirvana with the help of our neighbors. 
   
   
 
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Post by: Kentactic on October 14, 2013, 01:13:19 AM
Today I purchased water, food, and some 9mm HPs. I converted my "grab n go" ammo cans pistol caliber to 9MM from 40 S&W.



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Post by: JohnyMac on October 14, 2013, 09:17:22 AM
Ken, nothing wrong or right just curious...Why did you change from 40 S&W to 9MM? Thanks
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Post by: Currahee on October 14, 2013, 10:22:03 AM
Great short Currahee!

I would like to take a quick minute to state that I appreciate you being on this forum. I am not blowing smoke up your kilt when I write that you regularly contribute to this forum what you are doing and why. Thank you for doing that!
I echo JM's thoughts on your regular contributions to the forum. Thanks for all you do.


Thanks' for the thoughts- I don't do much besides posting what I'm working on. With my you tube account etc it's really in my best interest.  I get plenty of good ideas from this forum.
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Post by: Kentactic on October 14, 2013, 12:51:38 PM
Ken, nothing wrong or right just curious...Why did you change from 40 S&W to 9MM? Thanks

Well I bought a 9MM Glock and have put maybe 1000 rounds through it so far and plain and simple I'm a more affective shooter. The greatly reduced recoil gets me shots on target much quicker. Putting that one accurate shot out hasn't changed of course. I'm no more accurate with any caliber then the other. But I'm able to just dump mags into targets with 9MM. When your so scared your jerking that trigger everywhere the last thing you need is heavy recoil aswell. And 40 VS 9mm in todays world has nearly zero ballistic advantages. Its just not worth the recoil.

Some may say its a training issue if you can't shoot 40 fast. Its a fact that the time spent in recoil is longer. With a 9mm there is just a slight flip of the muzzle in your grip. With 40 its easily double the recoil.

Plus I had to sell my G23 to survive lol..
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on October 14, 2013, 08:17:07 PM
Thank you Ken for responding.

Personally I would take the 9MM over the 40 too. The 40 for me was tooooo SAPPY and I had a hard time coming back on target quickly - Most likely me.  :facepalm: With that said, the .45ACP was easy to come back on target for me hence I am a 45 or 9MM guy.

   
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Post by: Kentactic on October 14, 2013, 11:35:47 PM
Thank you Ken for responding.

Personally I would take the 9MM over the 40 too. The 40 for me was tooooo SAPPY and I had a hard time coming back on target quickly - Most likely me.  :facepalm: With that said, the .45ACP was easy to come back on target for me hence I am a 45 or 9MM guy.

 

Ya I can't say there's anything wrong with 45 either. It does recoil more then 9mm in my experience but they are both low pressure rounds as apposed to high pressure 40.
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Post by: thatGuy on October 15, 2013, 03:19:35 AM
Yeah the wonder 40 isn't all it's cracked up to be for sure. Thinking about stepping down a couple of millimeters myself.
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 23, 2013, 10:02:59 AM
Garden duties:

> Picked the last of the cucumbers. They will be used for dill pickles.
> Hand turned the garden with a spade, working compost into the soil.
> Planted garlic. A few weeks late but it has been warm of late.

I am going to do a little research on 'winter carrots.' If it makes sense, I will plant some and see what happens.

NOAA is calling for snow this evening.  :thumbsUp: Winter is coming... Eat your heart out you FL. folks  ;)


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Post by: Currahee on October 23, 2013, 10:31:13 AM
Yesterday I finished my first batch of dehydrated potatoes (in the morning) Last night I cooked up a meal -potato cabbage soup (with onions and carrots) entirely from dehydrated food.

I am firmly of the opinion that, after getting canned good rotation going and some stuff put away in mylar, dehydration is the next best "bang for buck" food stroage method that any prepper should explore.

And Carrots came up in my first raised bed.
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Post by: sdoon1 on October 23, 2013, 12:30:33 PM
I agree that dehydrating is a great way to preserve food. I have done blueberries this year, (they turn out like raisins), tomato slices, beef jerky, summer squash, apple slices (great treat for my son), about to do onions, and with 100lbs + potaoes would like to dehydrate some of them.  Currahee, did you have to blanch the potato slices before dehydrating them? I had read that they could turn blackish if you don't blanch first. Also, using a vacuum sealer after dehydrating is the next step in keeping food safe to store long term. At least that's is what I do.
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Post by: Currahee on October 23, 2013, 03:36:08 PM
sdoon, I dehydrated frozen hash browns- really easy sprinkle them on the tray and go.

If/when I have a large amount of potatoes I would cut them in small chunks and blanch.

But here is a vido that makes me think...
Dehydrated Potatoes. Blanched vs non blanched (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGDw1F1cotI#ws)
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 23, 2013, 08:25:10 PM
Canned 8 jars of cuc's. Used a dill pickle recipe found here:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Dill-Pickles/Detail.aspx (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Dill-Pickles/Detail.aspx)
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 25, 2013, 08:13:48 PM
Well my hard cider is working in the basement of the cabin. Below is a picture.

'A' Carboy I used Chardonnay yeast
'B' Carboy I used English Cider yeast from England
'C' Carboy I used a lager yeast, and
'D' Carboy I used a lager yeast but the recipe is different from 'C'.

Once fermentation stops I will add raisins to Carboy 'B' & 'D'. About 2 weeks before I bottle carboy 'A' I will add french oak chips for flavor.

All told you are looking at 9 - 9 1/2 cases of 12 oz bottles of pure nectar next fall.  ;D

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Post by: crudos on October 25, 2013, 08:46:52 PM
Well my hard cider is working in the basement of the cabin. Below is a picture.

'A' Carboy I used Chardonnay yeast
'B' Carboy I used English Cider yeast from England
'C' Carboy I used a lager yeast, and
'D' Carboy I used a lager yeast but the recipe is different from 'C'.

Once fermentation stops I will add raisins to Carboy 'B' & 'D'. About 2 weeks before I bottle carboy 'A' I will add french oak chips for flavor.

All told you are looking at 9 - 9 1/2 cases of 12 oz bottles of pure nectar next fall.  ;D
Damn JM, your making my thirsty. Unchained Cinder sounds good to me.  :cheers:
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Post by: thatGuy on October 25, 2013, 09:56:15 PM
Unchained cider!!
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 26, 2013, 09:19:18 AM
UNCHAINED CIDER....I LOVE IT!!!

I always label my hard cider. My last label was... Suggestions???
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Post by: crudos on October 26, 2013, 07:07:42 PM
Unchained Cider
Sassy, but always prepared


I will forgo my usual marketing royalties for a bottle of Unchained Cider.  :cheers: ;D ;)
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 26, 2013, 08:04:57 PM
Cool Crudos!
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Post by: APX808 on November 17, 2013, 09:44:23 AM
Today I approved the exam to get my HAM Radio license.  :dancingGrenade:
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Post by: crudos on November 17, 2013, 11:12:51 AM
Congrats APX!  :bravo:
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Post by: JohnyMac on November 17, 2013, 11:33:13 AM
RIGHT ON APX!!! Was it hard?

I HAM guy gave me a CD to use to be self taught. Maybe I should get off my ass and get to work on it. :whip:
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Post by: APX808 on November 17, 2013, 01:55:07 PM
Thanks guys

To be honest wasn't that hard, maybe because I knew some stuff because of having learned some electronics before.
Anyway, I don't feel like I know much more now than when I started, I guess this is just a process, and this was the first step.

I dunno how the exam is in the US, but here is just the basics about the regulations and radio basics with 5wpm Morse.
Morse code is a pain in the ass to learn.

If you want to learn interesting radio stuff and get some motivation check Signal Corps Blog (http://sparks31.wordpress.com/)
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Post by: JohnyMac on November 17, 2013, 04:18:43 PM
Cool beans APX  :thumbsUp: I will check it out.
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Post by: Deathstyle on November 17, 2013, 11:45:06 PM
Got a gig at a urgent care clinic nearby. Its a security gig w/ 20hrs a week but is easy money. Should hold me over until my school notifies National Registry that I completed EMT training which was months ago!!! :pissed:

But at least Ill be able to buy some goodies instead of just reading and learning as much as I can.

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Post by: JohnyMac on November 18, 2013, 08:28:52 AM
Cool beans DS!  :thumbsUp:
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Post by: JohnyMac on November 21, 2013, 06:08:10 PM
MrsMac and I are up at the BOL. One of the chores on the "punch list" this trip was gathering up the turkey's, rogue roasters and ducks to take to the poultry processors at our neighbors farm - Well we did that today.

We took...

> Four Bourbon Red turkey's,
> Five Rouen male ducks, and 
> Seven Rogue roasters

... in my neighbors horse trailer to the poultry processor. 

The fee for the processing is, $7- per turkey, $6- per duck and $3- per chicken.

All sixteen critters were "free range" raised and I will let you know how they taste over time.

My farmer neighbor and I were going to handle the process our-self but we really didn't have the machinery, time and patience to do 15+ birds in one day. The processor has all of the equipment to have the birds ready for pick-up tomorrow by Noon.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving! The best turkey that we have ever had was a Bourbon Red that cost $90- last year. Yummmmmm!
 
 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kentactic on January 10, 2014, 05:05:23 PM
This morning I got up early and FINALLY did some training in the dark with my pistol. I was using a handheld light. It was good training after I explained to my buddy he cant light me up with his light while watching...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on January 13, 2014, 12:06:16 PM
You using the FBI hold there Ken?

JMac, whats the status of the Unchained Cider?
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Post by: JohnyMac on January 13, 2014, 12:46:28 PM
On December 10th, my brother and I added 1 cup of raisins to carboy "B & D." This started the fermentation right up again in those two containers.

I have used raisins before and I like the under-tone they add. This was a traditional thing done in the 1700's to tavern owners hard cider offering's.

Currently all four carboys are exhaling a burp about every 5 - 10 minutes or so. The cellar is a toasty 45F which is A-OK as the yeasts I picked were for cold fermentation (40-50F).

The plan is:
1) Figure out when the first Red Sox home game opener is. Then subtract back 3 weeks.
2) Three weeks before the home opener, I will siphon off the cider into clean and serialized
    carboys leaving the dead/inactive yeast behind. I do this once to try and get a clearer product.
3) At this time I will add a heaping cup of French Oak wood chips to carboy "A" and another one to
    "B,C or D" - I haven't decided which of the three yet. The chips will add a bit of a bite and vanilla
    flavoring (A must need for carboy "A" as I used a chardonnay yeast for that one) to the final
    product.
4) The week before the Red Sox home opener, I will clean and sterilize the bottles.
5) Will finalize the Unchained Cider bottle label and print.
6) The day of the Red Sox home opener I will:
    > Set up a table on the porch,
    > Sanitize bottle caps, and siphon hose,
    > Bring up the carboys and set them up to put in the bottles,
    > Turn the radio station to the Red Sox game, and
    > Start bottling.

    Half of each carboy will be bottled as still (No carbonation) and the other half I will add 1/2 tsp
    of sugar too which creates carbonation.
7) I will then store in a cool place (Cellar) for the golden nectar to mature, until the first Pats home
    opener. I will then open one of each to "try" and critique. Usually when this happens my brother
    appears like magic out of no-where.  :facepalm: 
8) Send an eight-pack sampler to friends around the country in hopes of receiving some constructive
    criticism in return.  :cheers:

Anyhow, that is the plan and how it usually goes. I will keep you in the loop as things proceed complete with pictures.
       
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kentactic on January 13, 2014, 01:26:50 PM
You using the FBI hold there Ken?

JMac, whats the status of the Unchained Cider?

Harries hold. Light hand under gun hand, wrists together.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: APX808 on February 03, 2014, 05:13:42 PM
I started Crossfit again after a month of not going, the first 15 days because I was on vacations and the other 15 because I was absolutely broke. (http://media.hotrussianbrides.com/emoticon/2013/05/23/18/449d9dd9-c3d9-11e2-a366-0010185ce842/001_MUSCLE_GUY.gif)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 03, 2014, 06:52:53 PM
I am not doing Crossfit but I am walking a lot lately.  :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 20, 2014, 07:29:05 PM
O-Kay, the bottling of my hard cider is about to take place and I am working up labels for the bottles.

There will be 8 different bottling's and they are:

> Chardonnay Yeast
    - Still and
    - Sparkling (1/2 tsp of sugar is put in the bottle before the hard cider is added and capped)
> English Cider Yeast
    - Still and
    - Sparkling
      .... This carboy will be aged in French oak for 2-3 weeks
> Brewers Yeast
    - Still and
    - Sparking
> Brewers Yeast (Aged with raisins)
   - Still and
    - Sparkling
      .... This carboy will be aged in French oak for 2-3 weeks

Attached is one label I worked on.

Another label I am working on is Unchained Hard Cider. Any suggestions for labels? Gotz two more batches to represent.

 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 29, 2014, 04:05:07 PM
Cleaned 5 cases (24 bottles a case) of 12 oz. bottles today. My hands are red and they smell like bleach! I hope to bottle two of the carboys of hard cider the next Red Sox tomorrow evening during the Red Sox/Rays game.

I will clean and sterilize those carboys then "rack off" the other two carboys into the newly cleaned carboys. Add French Oak chips, top off those carboys with apple cider and reapply the O2 locks. Those carboys will sit for 2-3 weeks to pick up the flavor of the French Oak. Fancy huh?

I don't know if I posted this earlier or not but I checked the alcohol content of the two carboys I am going to bottle tomorrow. One was 9.5% and the other was 10% alcohol by volume - OUCH! A bit higher in alcohol then I had planned. I was shooting for around 8% by volume. Oh well..........

Pictures and an DIY article to follow...  :dance:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on April 29, 2014, 04:24:16 PM
The life of a home brewer. Just recently, we only found our counter tops again from the 3 carboys, and a multitude of bottles. Wife made some honey mead, with alcohol of around 11-12%. Was a bit higher than what she wanted, but we'll see how it tastes after a few weeks bottled. Definitely more winey, than meady.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 29, 2014, 04:42:49 PM
 :fuckYeah: a man!!!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on April 30, 2014, 11:48:47 AM
I scored a Coleman 2 burner, 502 1 burner, lantern, 2 sets of Bushnell binos, 3 gunsmithing books, 1g of kerosene and one gallon of white gas for less than donuts and lunch last weekend.. I love estate sales!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: APX808 on July 08, 2014, 01:43:03 PM
I just bought food for my girlfriend and me that will last for a year at least in a wholesale shop, and I got it for a 30% cheaper than in a retailer.

Storing food in high inflation economies is one of the best investments, we are having an inflation of at least 35% around here.

I got:

6 kg of noodles
12 kg of spaghetti
12 cans of tuna
15 kg flour
10 kg of sugar
5 kg of lentils

And a shitload of toilet paper and toiletries among some other stuff in smaller amounts.

Good thing about having so much inflation is that you can tell your girlfriend you're storing the food as an investment instead of telling her is for TEOTWAWKI  :lmfao:

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 08, 2014, 05:10:03 PM
RIGHT ON APX!

I am assuming that what you purchased will augment what you can buy during that year.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: brat on July 08, 2014, 09:47:05 PM
Good deal APX  :thumbsup:

I spent all day Saturday and Sunday canning. Put up 19 quarts of cabbage. 10 quarts of zuchinni. Prepped and froze three gallons of blackberries and canned 7 quarts of green beans. Trouble is, it starts all over again this weekend. Whew..... Can't wait for the corn,  :sarcasm:

Also scored two 275 gallon water containers, food grade and once used. $75 each was ok by me. Got a neat little metal cage around them. Got the well fired up and one is now filled. Made up a working solution of sodium hypochlorite and treated.  Shoulda used some type of filter, but I was a little anxious about getting one filled. After checking today, all the sediment has made it to the bottom and everything is clear. I'll just have to filter it on the back side now. So, now I'm gonna finish cleaning out the second one and rig up some type of filter before filling. I feel like I can take my time with this one since one is full, in case something happens  :tinfoil:

I'll just make that first one my backup...lol. If I have to go thru the first 250 gallons, having the last 250 gallons a little dingy will be the least of my worries.  :zombie:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rowdy1 on July 09, 2014, 12:20:00 AM
Yesterday I bought arrows and strings and a pocket press adapter for my bow. Very expensive but it should be well worth it! Silent hunting is my favorite way to hunt!
Today I'm talking to a guy on another forum getting tips to knap my own obsidian points!


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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 09, 2014, 09:39:31 AM
brat,
not criticizing just fishing for knowledge...

I tend to can in pint jars (16 oz) vs. qt (32 oz). The reason is 1 pint feeds both my wife and I with a tad left over. Why are you canning in 1 qt sizes.

Thanks
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on July 09, 2014, 10:50:14 AM
Great question John, I even can some stuff like red Chile in half pints because I've had bad weeks where the chile went bad in the fridge.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on July 09, 2014, 11:12:21 AM
This may be controversial, but here goes. I count it as a plus, overall. My wife has agreed to go armed when traveling to her new job in ATL. (Yay!) Convinced her that she needs to be able to last for 2-3 days without help if something bad like the recent ice storm happens. Because we don't have the extra dough, I'm selling my shotgun and shells to my father-in-law for $400, which should get me most of the way to a compact or subcompact pistol for her.

I'm also selling a lot of Xbox 360 stuff collected over the years, several hundred dollars worth, for $300 or so. Or several like new paintball markers, with gear, for $200 or split product/price.

Not that I think anyone here is interested in the latter. :-D

My rationale is I wasn't going to be carrying two long guns and ammo types if something happens. Wife won't use shotgun, can't handle recoil. So it likely won't be used...so I don't need it. I WILL use a subcompact pistol, though.

Thinking about a S&W Shield.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 09, 2014, 12:01:29 PM
You have a plan and you are executing on it! Right on!!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on July 09, 2014, 12:59:53 PM
rah, check out the Taurus Millennium G2 in 9mm for a subcompact option. Prices have been dropping rather nicely on them. Awesome carry piece and it's 12+1.

http://unchainedpreppers.com/forum/gear-review/taurus-pt111-millenium-g2/ (http://unchainedpreppers.com/forum/gear-review/taurus-pt111-millenium-g2/)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on July 09, 2014, 01:16:30 PM
Yep, I am on the fence about it. I have seen your review thus far, and have been weighing it against the negative reports of jamming, etc. on the internet. Not discounting your opinion, and not trusting random people on the net. Just trying to make a good decision. What I really need to do is find a place that carries both the Millennium and the Shield, and get my wife to hold them and see what she thinks.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on July 09, 2014, 01:18:01 PM
She says the Glock 26 her uncle has is too thick for her, as is my Sig SP2022 (though to be honest my hand barely goes around it and I need to find a thinner backstrap/grip).
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Burt Gummer on July 09, 2014, 01:21:16 PM
I recently picked up a Taurus TCP in 380auto and it's a smooth shooter.
the weaker 380 makes for a comfortable and controllable sub compact pistol.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on July 09, 2014, 01:38:02 PM
I had a Ruger LCP, but traded it. I need 9 mm across the board. ;-)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 09, 2014, 01:39:24 PM
Rah, also check out a charter arms or Ruger sp-101 wheel gun. My wife loves hers. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on July 09, 2014, 01:59:30 PM
Yep, I am on the fence about it. I have seen your review thus far, and have been weighing it against the negative reports of jamming, etc. on the internet. Not discounting your opinion, and not trusting random people on the net. Just trying to make a good decision. What I really need to do is find a place that carries both the Millennium and the Shield, and get my wife to hold them and see what she thinks.

For more opinions on the G2…

http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/millennium-pro-pistols/ (http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/millennium-pro-pistols/)

Personally, I haven't heard of jams or malfunctions more so than any other similar firearm brand. Taurus really did their homework on this one. Great idea to actually see them in-person. You both might be pleasantly surprised by the new Taurus. Good luck!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on July 09, 2014, 02:02:15 PM
Thanks! Also, thanks for your review in the other thread. It's the only reason I'm considering this model.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: brat on July 09, 2014, 02:42:30 PM
Quote
brat,
not criticizing just fishing for knowledge...

I tend to can in pint jars (16 oz) vs. qt (32 oz). The reason is 1 pint feeds both my wife and I with a tad left over. Why are you canning in 1 qt sizes.

Thanks

JMAC... The quarts, when pressure canning my cabbage, are only about three or so 2" wedges, plus leaving the 1" headspace. Since I raw pack it, you just don't get as much as you'd think in there. It cooks during the canning process and all you do is just heat and eat.  I don't spend the time to hot pack nor cube it to smaller sizes. It's about a meal for me and the wife with other stuff. Works out just right for cabbage soup during the colder months.

Now the beans, these were quarts for meals with parents, kids, outlaws and such. Pints for green beans, like you, is about right for two. I had quarts coming out the a....uh, dishwasher, and that's what I used this time cause they were there and so were the beans.  The zuchinni is shredded and also a raw pack and we use that for zuchinni bread. Recipe calls for three cups. It's also about right.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 09, 2014, 08:36:13 PM
Cool brat...Thx.

Now the only place I can find canning jars reasonably priced was Target. About $9- for a case of 12 in pint and $11- for quart jars.

My neighbor up at the cabin has been buying his jars from local garage/yard sales for pennies on the dollars for the past several years. He has quite a collection of jars.  :drool:

I want to try making kimchi and sauerkraut this year with our cabbage.

Last, we have not seen any veggies from the garden as yet. A lot farther north brat then you. August/September will be OUTRAGEOUS though!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on July 27, 2014, 04:57:03 AM
Downloaded a few more tutorials and handbooks and did some other work on my barter items. Started working on my solar grow box, focusing on using as much repurposed material as possible to make it an easy to acquire and construct project. I'm going to keep a build log so if it works as it should I'll give you guys a DIY post for those who are interested.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: HH on August 05, 2014, 01:33:40 PM
Filled some water jugs.

Checked connections and supplies for the still

Sharpened  a knife

Worked on some plans for moble dwelling
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on August 05, 2014, 10:11:21 PM
Did a touch of inventory.  Dayum I am alot better off than I thought.  Original estimates of some ammo was about 1/3 of stock.  I guess I need to write stuff down rather than try to remember.

Showed wife what foodstuff were there and she was amazed.  When I mentioned it before she was always just interested in finishing up today .  Advised her we could lock the doors and not leave for a while of days and dinner would be monotonous some but still there.  She asked where the water jugs were and I showed her the pool chemicals and ponds.

Amazingly she was alot more interested than I anticpated.

Sometimes the wife just surprises ya.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Burt Gummer on August 06, 2014, 01:37:59 AM
I would still suggest getting a filter calcium hypochlorite doesn't kill all nasties.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on August 06, 2014, 10:01:54 AM
To second what Burt said but from a different angle, water quality is greatly improved with a ceramic filter. The interwebz are lousy with how to articles that show you how you can make family sized setups in the cheap.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on August 06, 2014, 05:18:33 PM
Being able to acquire fresh clean water is the single most important requirement for survival and precious few actually know how to do it properly (I'm sure myself included).

I also want to comment on what Nemo said about his mrs. I think it's important to have your spouse/life partner/whatever actively involved in your preps (unless you plan to eat them first). mrsninja and I have been on the same page since day one, as a matter of fact on our first date we walked past a camping shop having a sale and left with a few items for our BoBs.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Burt Gummer on August 07, 2014, 02:19:01 AM
mrsninja and I have been on the same page since day one, as a matter of fact on our first date we walked past a camping shop having a sale and left with a few items for our BoBs.
:'(
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 07, 2014, 09:18:15 AM
 :lmfao: Burt, you are a hoot!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on August 07, 2014, 11:21:28 AM
Serves me right for trying to make a serious point  :-[
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 07, 2014, 01:38:09 PM
Don't listen to us thedigininja! Most of us are a bunch of goofs  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Burt Gummer on August 07, 2014, 01:47:14 PM
what Jmac said...
I'm just a sad lonely guy who's still waiting for "the one"...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on August 07, 2014, 05:38:58 PM
what Jmac said...
I'm just a sad lonely guy who's still waiting for "the one"...

You will be waiting a long time.  "the one" is gone-- I got her.

Nemo

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 07, 2014, 09:01:07 PM
 :facepalm: OMG, this is deteriorating quickly.  ;)

When I read Burt's words, "I'm just a sad lonely guy who's still waiting for 'the one'..." I immediatly thought of Hawkey in Last of the Mohicans in the Cameron Cabin scene when he was joking about moving to Key-tuck-ee finding a squaw and saying "you are the one."

Crap! I haven't watched that movie in years. I love that movie but my wife doesn't. She thinks that the first 100 times I made her watch it was fine but she has seen it now enough to last the rest of her life.
 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on August 10, 2014, 12:00:46 PM
Started growing some micro greens today. Got a few different types to play with and see what works. It seems like a great way to build towards a sustainable lifestyle if you're pressed for space. Also upgraded my BoB a bit by getting a decent camo hiking pack, ordered a few items to make life a lil more comfortable if I'm forced to bug out and found some headlamps for a great price so I grabbed a few.
Also started (very slowly) working out and training again, focusing on getting my back back to full strength again.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: HH on August 12, 2014, 08:41:24 PM
Consolidated Several small/partially used first aid kits and some other medical items into a large trauma kit.
Double checked supply/exp date of doxycycline (general antibiotic good for most things) 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on August 13, 2014, 09:18:26 AM
Doing some serious food preps. Built a small "greenhouse" on the balcony. Got a dehydrator (using it for some biltong first but then I'll start storing fruit and veg). Doing some pickling, fermenting and canning. Being a chef by trade I can't wait to start experimenting with some prepper cuisine once everything is ready.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 14, 2014, 10:41:27 AM
> Bush beans coming in and canned a bunch last night.
> Working on cutting up a 30" wide ash tree that blew down several years ago. The bummer is it
    is on a 45 degree angle so it will need to be cut in 8-10' logs and pulled to the road with a
    "skidder".
> Planting our winter veggies.
 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on August 14, 2014, 06:58:01 PM
Do you dry any of your bush beans for long term storage?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 14, 2014, 08:43:30 PM
Nope thedigininja I cann them.

When the sweet corn comes in I will par boil for 1 minute or so, put the cobs in ice water then cut off the kernels and freeze. Yum!

MrsMac and I canned 7 qts. of pickles earlier today. Five more need to be done tomorrow.

Sunday we will cann peaches. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 15, 2014, 08:32:19 PM
I am beat!

Well I have this 30" x ?' Ash tree that was blown over in a storm several years ago on our property. It is just off a state road. I have been working on cutting it into 8' and 10' lengths. The challenge is it is on an embankment that has a nice 45' angle from the road to the bottom of the gully.

An acquaintance who is working my brother and my blue stone quarry volunteered to help by pulling up the now logs onto the road with something called a "skider" into 22" stove length. To me a skider is just a small very maneuverable fork-lift that is 4 x 4 and all of the wheels turn when you turn the steering wheel so you can make tight turns in the woods.

Well... we were able to pull up from the gully about 1/3 of the tree (In 8-10' lengths). We cut it up in 22" lengths and pushed/rolled the logs into the front bucket of my neighbors New Holland tractor. Then I hauled them back (About a mile) to the cabin - Dumped the load and headed back to the pull/cut zone to pick up another load. Each cut-up piece was 22" x 30" (L x W) and took two guys to roll them onto my neighbors bucket.

Tomorrow we are going to pick up the rest of the afore mentioned logs I cut. We are down to 14-18" diameters so we will load the logs onto a trailer and haul them back to the cabin to be cut and split at my leisure. It was figured that the 30" x 8-10' logs were going to be just too much for the trailer hence we cut them up on the state road and loaded them into the bucket of the New Holland.
 
By noon I was sucking down my friends super cold Miller Lite. He lectured me on the amount of work being done for "F%^&*k'en stove wood! Yeah...yeah...yeah. But man O' man it is aged Ash which will burn hot and long this winter.  :dancingBanana:

As we were sucking down that Miller, a Conservation Officer came by and stopped. My skider buddy walked up to him and said, "Hey Officer XXX what the phuck you doing on our mountain? Hunting season hasn't started yet." The officers response was, "Are you keeping out of trouble YYY? Hunting season is about to start?" My buddy broke into a laugh and offered the officer a beer and a opportunity to help us. The officer just shook his head and smiled then said, "Make sure you get a license this year YYY. The poached deer I took from you last year tasted SWEET!" Then he drove away.

I am going to give my skider friend a "Grant" when we are done. He doesn't want any money but heck when we are all done he will have put in 3-4 hours plus fuel.

By the way...The state road doesn't look to bad where we dragged the logs onto the road to be cut.  ;)
 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 23, 2014, 07:48:12 AM
Planted my winter veggies - Cabbage and Turnips.

Cleared a spot in the garden that my earlier planting didn't take. Spent a LONG TIME clearing the 4'x14' spot. Took out all rocks no matter what size and worked into the area rabbit manure and vegetable food waste. Then planted my seed.

We will see what happens.  ;)

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on August 23, 2014, 11:19:21 AM
Bunny poop is a handy thing to have around. Fertiliser, mixed up with some saw dust or tinder it's a great fire starter and I've even heard rumours of guys using it for bio fuel but I don't know how many of the little bastards you need for that to be viable. Anyone seen the video of the nut who used it for a flamethrower?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: special-k on August 23, 2014, 11:38:49 AM
Because......I've been looking for an excuse...

Show content
:forReaver:
*Don't click it Reaver (http://unchainedpreppers.com/forum/trench-humor/this-one%27s-for-reaver-sweet-dreams!/msg10997/#msg10997)!!!*
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on August 23, 2014, 11:12:56 PM
You know, I expected - even hoped for - out of the box thinking.  You guys are not disappointing me in the least.  I can't get the image of the bunny from Monty Python's Holy Grail movie out of my head now ROFL.  :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Burt Gummer on August 24, 2014, 01:04:25 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/Fxi49xw.jpg)

This weeks haul.
Not pictured:
1000 rounds of 5.56 and this amazing head webbing for my M40 mask. (sooooo much more comfortable.)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rowdy1 on September 08, 2014, 12:13:16 PM
Buying a 5th wheel, had the well cleaned out and my buddy brought down a bobcat. We built a pad for the trailer and my plan is to make the trailer self sufficient. I've got a solar trickle charger for the trailer and a generator to run the well when the water tank needs to be refilled. Now I've just gotta put in a septic system.


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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: TrailingSpouse on September 14, 2014, 05:46:02 AM
Its 10am - had breakfast and logged on here :) The wife and little one are back home in the UK now so :dancingGrenade:

Yesterday we were on a soft lock down.  No big deal but a good reminder...  There were street protests about the proposed changes to the constitution that would give Kabila an extra term as president - looks like we are headed for dictatorship.  This country is cursed by its wealth.

So…
Carried an extra 50l of water up into the safe room. 
Tested the radio and left it on - nothing but radio checks all day.  Also tuned into a local station Radio Okapi - nowt but hot air.
Checked the grab bag was in place (the airplane-friendly hand-luggage sized one).
Sharpened my kukri - best form of meditation there is IMO :p
Chatted with the security guards for a while - in a group and on their own - "What's the score?" type questions.  Phoned some friends who might not be in the loop.
Scouted the back gate and a bit of the area beyond (an open sewer leading to the river) which I only recently found out existed. 
Split some seasoned giant bamboo and ran it through the planer-thicknesser (laminated bow project Mk5) I'll post on this one day.
Read up on shielding stuff from EMP (bit of a tangent - but the recent solar flare got me wondering about that stuff) and its not much more complicated than creating a metal box basically????? :tinfoil:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 14, 2014, 07:12:58 AM
Man TS, you have some serious crap on your plate.  :hiding:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on September 14, 2014, 10:14:29 AM
Double checked supply/exp date of doxycycline (general antibiotic good for most things)


Something good to know if in case you are unaware of it.  Any and all prescriptions I get have a one year expiration date.  I am confident they are good long past that.

Nemo

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx%3Fid=44979 (http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx%3Fid=44979)

Quote
DoD News
Program Extends Drug Shelf-Life

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2000 – Military health officials have saved American taxpayers millions through a testing program that extends the shelf life of drugs.

All services participate in shelf life extension program, said DoD officials. The drugs are mostly those that are militarily significant items, said Army Maj. Marc Caouette, a pharmacy consultant assigned at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency at Fort Detrick, Md.

Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said the testing applies only to stockpiles of drugs and not all of the $1.2 billion in prescription and over-the-counter drugs DoD buys each year. Bacon said March 28 that the war reserve stock of drugs encompasses about $87 million in drugs.

The program grew out of a 1985 Air Force initiative. The Air Force went to the Food and Drug Administration and asked if the FDA could check the expiration date of some of the drugs in the stockpile, Bacon said. The Air Force wanted “… to find out if the drugs were safe and potent beyond the expiration date set by the manufacturers.

“The FDA did this and found basically that the expiration dates tended to be very conservative, and as a result, many of these drugs could have a much longer shelf life than the manufacturers said.”

Caouette said an example of one of the drugs with an extended shelf life is ciprofloxacin. “It’s a broad spectrum antibiotic that’s used to treat many different bacterial infections, and also happens to be a medicine that can be used to combat biological warfare.”

The military has large quantities of this drug. So much so, in fact, that the manufacturer will not agree to take back the drug for credit when it expires, as they do for civilian users. “So rather than wasting it, we’ve put that product into our shelf-life extension program and have the FDA conduct the testing to see how long we can use that material past the labeled expiration date,” he said.

In the case of ciprofloxacin, the original expiration date was 1993. With the testing the shelf life has been extended to 2001 and further testing may extend it further.

Other drugs include the atropine automatic injectors DoD developed to combat chemical weapons pralidoxime chloride, diazepam (also called valium) to combat seizures brought on by nerve agents, and chloroquine anti-malaria tablets.

The products don’t get the full amount of shelf life following testing, Caouette said. The FDA measures the potency of the drugs and assigns another expiration date.

The FDA does all the testing. “They have all the laboratory facilities and they have all the product release specifications because they were the ones who approved the product in the first place,” Caouette said. “The drugs are tested to the same specifications as new medications just coming off the line.”

In fiscal 1997, DoD avoided spending $23 million to replace these drugs. “The testing cost $172,000,” Caouette said. “This means $135 saved for every dollar spent.”

In fiscal 1998, DoD saved $40 million with $260,000 spent on testing for a ratio of about 154 to 1. The fiscal 1999 figures to date indicate $33 million saved on $240,000 spent on testing. “Not all the tests are back from the fiscal 1999 tests, so we expect the 137 to 1 ratio to be even better,” Caouette said.

He stressed the military stores the drugs under optimal conditions. “Either a controlled room temperature warehouse where we monitor conditions. If the drugs have to be refrigerated we have purchased the appropriate refrigeration devices.”

Caouette said service members should not believe drugs in their medicine cabinets that are past expiration dates are safe and effective. “Probably the worst place in the world to store drugs is in your bathroom medicine cabinet,” Caouette said. “The worst possible place you can keep any medications is in a wet, hot environment. It’s the worst area to maintain stability. A cool, dry place is best to store drugs.”

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on September 17, 2014, 06:38:28 AM
Finally got a pretty serious looking water filter with 6 stage filtration and silver pellet purification. Now to try it out and test with the old ppm meter.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 17, 2014, 08:26:10 AM
Cool beans thedigininja!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 23, 2014, 09:21:12 AM
Yesterday MrsMac and I bought:

> Four feeder pigs (Bacon Seed)
> 100 lb's potatoes (50 Red/50 Yukon)
> 10 lb's Spanish onions
> 8 qts green beans
> 4 qts carrots
> Assorted winter squash and end of summer vegetables.

We hope to get permission to pick another neighbors apples close-by. Free apples taste sweeter like free wood is warmer when the snow flies.  ;)
 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Burt Gummer on September 23, 2014, 01:02:29 PM
Free apples taste sweeter like free wood is warmer when the snow flies.  ;)
That is beautiful Jmac...  :'(

What have I been up to?
Slapped a sling on my SU16C.
I've put night sights on my mossberg 500.
Night sights on my full size and compact SR9 pistols.
Also replaced my hand guard on the FAL with one half the weight.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 23, 2014, 03:03:21 PM
Burt, I have a sensitive side too  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on September 26, 2014, 07:55:06 AM
Got 2 more 5kg canisters of lp gas.
Started putting together a few much smaller first aid kits for the car and get home bags.
Discussed the possibility of setting up a few raised aquaponic gardens on some friends properties and sharing the harvests.
Doing some much needed maintenance on my cars.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CrystalHunter1989 on September 26, 2014, 10:41:50 AM
Finally got enough money for a plate carrier!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on September 26, 2014, 12:18:32 PM
Every time that I've thought I could get one something came up. But I want one of the concealable compression vest carriers, even though they're not as effective I find that they fit my style of operating better.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Burt Gummer on September 26, 2014, 01:02:11 PM
Finally got enough money for a plate carrier!
well which one are you going to get!?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: brat on September 26, 2014, 09:52:40 PM
CH, if you don't know what you want exactly, BDS will make you a custom one....

http://www.bdstacticalgear.com/cat-plate-carriers.cfm (http://www.bdstacticalgear.com/cat-plate-carriers.cfm)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: APX808 on November 14, 2014, 04:05:43 PM
I got an small 12v air compressor using my bank account gift points... I dunno, could be useful sometime. I like to get 12v appliances.
Also today is Friday and I plan to drink a few beers, cheerz  :beer:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on November 14, 2014, 07:10:29 PM
Cool APX!

I picked up 20 gallons of unpasteurized apple cider today. Tried a new supplier as my usual orchard closed down earlier than normal due to a 50% less apple yield this year. The owner...Jayne, recommended this other place to go to about 60 miles south of the cabin.

So I tried Jayne's suggestion and dropped off my 4, 5 gallon carboys several weeks ago. I always ask for the last pressing of the year because of the higher sugar content in the apples. Sugar = alcohol  ;)

Got a phone call last week telling me the carboys were ready to pick up and the cost would be $110- ($5 a gallon). My response was to the young lady..."For 20 gallons of unpasteurized cider you are going to charge me market price? You are smoken something and it ain't apple leaves. You and your father need to sharpen your pencil or I will pay the $110- and dump all 20 gallons in front of your retail operations front door and watch it freeze."

MrsMac and I picked up the aforementioned cider today. When I asked for the price, Mr. Father said, "$4.25- a gallon or $85- for you Obama voters. I explained to him that I have NEVER PAID more then $3- a gallon on a bulk purchase of unpasteurized cider. He then said, "OK...OK...$4- a gallon."  :facepalm:

I told him OK but I would let Jayne know that his prices were terrible.

Mr. Father then asked me if I was going to pour the cider out in his drive-way and watch it freeze? I broke out laughing and told him "no". Payed him his $80 phuken dollars: Loaded up and headed back to the cabin.

On the way home I got an unexpected lecture from MrsMac concerning my bullying people on price. Her lecture centered around inflation - It is real and happening and I shouldn't bully small business men and women on price.  :facepalm:

During the lecture, she also referenced a neighbor who I purchased my last chunk of wood from for the wood stove. He told me he would sell me 160 cf (Cubic feet) of seasoned wood in the 20-22" length no larger than 6" diameter for $150-. He delivered and once it was stacked, it was ~130 cf and there was about 10 cf of scrap.

Called him up and explained to him he was short 40 cf (Man O' man it sounded like a drug deal gone bad. I will not go into detail but that always ends badly for the seller when I'm involved) and asked what his plan was to make up the difference. He apologized for the miss-calc and dropped off the stove wood while we were picking up the cider today. Good deal.

During the never ending lecture from MrsMac today, I said over and over the old JohnyMac Mantra... "Yes dear you are right...It will never happen again...  Yes dear you are right...It will never happen again..."  ;)

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on November 22, 2014, 07:00:40 PM
Recently purchased a decent paintball pistol with extra co2 and a few dozen rounds consisting of pepper and solid nylon ''riot control" balls. Taken it out to the range a few times and I have to say that seeing that nylon rip up the targets makes me really not want to be on the business end of this thing.

Also we're ankle deep in the shit here in the asshole of the world so I've seen some of my preps come in handy and I've also gotten to see where I'm lacking in a few departments. The last couple of months have been sort of a trial run for a real SHTF scenario.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on November 22, 2014, 10:01:53 PM
When you get a free moment thedigininja, please lets us know ehat kind of stuff has been coming your way.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on November 23, 2014, 01:45:17 PM
Nothing monumental has happened, it's just business as usual here in the deep south but that's the problem.  As I've mentioned in the past we never operate at full capacity here, we always have a system that is down but lately it's all been coming together in a perfect shit storm. As I post this from my phone we are in the dark. The country's power has been intermittent for years but the frequency of down time is increasing. Many areas have been without water for days at a time, some even weeks. We currently have a serious lp gas shortage. Our postal service is gone. Public transport barely exists. Funding for government hospitals has been cut. And on top of this I predict an attempted coup is on it's way. About a year ago the more aggressive militant members of the ruling party broke away. These are the people who encourage their followers to murder our farmers so that they can take the land by force and are calling for the nationalisation of all assets. Lately they have been physically attacking members of parliament and calling for the removal of the president and I feel that before long they will attempt to get rid of him themselves. :tinfoil:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on November 23, 2014, 02:09:11 PM
I got myself an early XMas present - a bianchi holster for my 9mm - a military hip style with a flap.  nice and functional.  I realized with winter here I needed a way to open the flap with gloves on - a pull down D ring - so I put a paracord sinnet with a lanyard knot at the end.  It is going on my LBE  :boltAction:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Burt Gummer on November 23, 2014, 03:15:12 PM
Got one and love it, Keep in mind though that 100% of your retention depends on the elastic band inside of the flap that you release with that D-ring/hook. It will wear out over time and can be replaced without to much effort. (if you have the banding)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on November 23, 2014, 04:53:42 PM
Thanks for the tip Burt! :)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on December 15, 2014, 04:27:01 PM
Got 2 obsolete 600va/360w UPS that were headed to the bin at work. Repaired the one with minor replacements, the other is in slightly worse shape but the inverter is still good so I'm going to Frankenstein it into a solar charger. Got a load of ammo and co² for the TiPX. Put away some more water.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 15, 2014, 06:21:42 PM
Great thinking digi! You've got the gears grinding in my old brain!

What's the output on the battery charger part of that unit?

I'm thinking that a guy could rig up a car battery or two and have a cheap home brew mobile power pack..
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on December 16, 2014, 10:17:07 AM

What's the output on the battery charger part of that unit?

I'm thinking that a guy could rig up a car battery or two and have a cheap home brew mobile power pack..

I still have to test it (even though Google would probably be quicker) but I have the same idea and theoretically it should work with any 12V battery AS A CHARGER. My biggest concern is running it as a power supply with a larger battery, seeing as most residential UPS are designed to run for short periods of time and it may overheat (possibly catastrophically).
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 16, 2014, 06:00:00 PM
Do it and then feel if it gets hot.. heat sink and fans.. done!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: APX808 on December 16, 2014, 07:11:02 PM
I'm working on finishing my portable solar powered battery power pack. Mine will only provide 12v, 5v USB and charge AA and AAA batteries, with that I can run a lot of shit GPSs, radios, lights, tablets, hair trimmers etc.

I have seen on the web bigger rigs with inverters, but you lose portability.

I'll make a nice DIY post as soon as I finish getting the components.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 16, 2014, 07:41:30 PM
APX, looking forward to a pic or two and maybe a schematic.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?/Dexter Cow
Post by: JohnyMac on December 16, 2014, 07:54:07 PM
I helped my neighbors pick up their Dexter cow today (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexter_cattle) today.

I will write-up an article on it tomorrow once I get some pics.

Trixie (The cows name) is a sweetie. She is 3 years old and has already had a calf. She is pregnant now and is expected to drop a calf in January. I have dealt with cows and bulls off & on during my time on this earth. With that said -She is VERY people friendly and seems not at all to be afraid of two legged critters.

She likes me as I gave her some "cow crack" to help her move into her new digs today. Cow crack = A mixture of cracked corn, wheat & oats and a tad bit of molasses. I don't see the appeal but what ever works  ;)

More to come...


 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on December 16, 2014, 08:54:03 PM
Get another cow and a bull.  We got an excellent price on some Jersey bulls about 18 months ago.  Cheap to let eat in the back field and spend a month in a smaller field eating a bale of hay day.  Local bakery sells stale stuff cheap and they love it.  Got 515 pound of excellent beef into the freezer for 65 cents a pound and a great hide to play with and try to tan and cure and stitch up into stuff.

Side note, the rear half of the hide has been cut into a piece I plan on making a vest from.  It also still has the tail attached and should work out just where it should be, if I were permitted to keep the one I was born with.  So when you see me here posting as Nemo the Bull, you will know it worked out great.  :dance:

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 17, 2014, 10:01:46 AM
AWESOME Nemo  :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on December 17, 2014, 11:32:00 AM
Oh dear I need to get of my rear and work a bit more on our preps.

We need to go through everything we have. (Lots of stuff)

The thing is........ with the UK being in the EU......... I keep running into such good deals on ex-soviet block kit.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 17, 2014, 11:34:20 AM
Some of that Commie kit is really good too.. I bought a Russian e-tool and it's built like a tank!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on December 17, 2014, 11:54:43 AM
I wouldn't turn my nose up at some cheap Russian gear either. We haven't made anything decent here since the 80s and that stuff is hard to find.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on December 17, 2014, 01:12:58 PM
Been thinking of asking everyone here if they might be interested in any of the stuff I can get ahold of.

I buy in bulk so the prices are pretty darn cheap.

If anyone is interested I can post some links to some of the wholesalers I buy from.

I will however post now one of the deals that I jumped all over.

Genuine Army / Military Bandages Single Packs.

Come In Boxes of 80.

Each Pack Is a Complete Set With Safety Pin, Dressing, Bandages.

In Brand New / Un-Issued Condition.

 £18.50 / 80 piece(s)
Price excluding VAT plus shipping

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 17, 2014, 01:24:08 PM
More info Gadget.. more info
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on December 17, 2014, 01:56:05 PM
More info Gadget.. more info

OK... good input there.

I have access to a huge amount of stuff over here. That includes military surplus vehicles.

I REALLY need to figure out how to open up this market to you all.

I will look into it and get back to you.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 17, 2014, 02:11:03 PM
I'm interested in those bandages. Are they anti-hemorage, contain a clotting agent or????
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on December 17, 2014, 09:03:18 PM
I would be interested in a couple good pack kits.  I have a couple good backpacks that would be good for a week or 3 in the woods but I am hunting a good Alice pack type thing. 

The bandage thing you noted would be good but I would only want maybe 10 of the pack.  80 is more than I would realistically need of that type thing.

A couple good ponchos and such also.  I will be keeping a close eye on this.  And thanks in advance!

Nemo

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on December 18, 2014, 12:02:06 AM
I'm with Nemo, I might go for 10 of those bandages and am also looking for ponchos.. light weight ponchos.

Nemo, USGI backpacks are the worst.. literally the worst.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on December 18, 2014, 12:46:35 AM
Thats what I have heard.  I am looking more for something along that line and more of a pack than a ruck.

Nemo

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on December 18, 2014, 07:50:56 AM
I'm interested in those bandages. Are they anti-hemorage, contain a clotting agent or????


Hiya,

No these are ex soviet block field bandages. Much like the old US Field bandage.

An item of note though is that this bandage has two pads. One fixed and the other slides down the bandage wrap. The design allows for this bandage to c
cover both entry and exit holes.

I hope that made sense.

After Christmas I may buy a case or two extra to see if I can do some deals for the members here.

On the subject of Backpacks - I personally use my ALICE Pack I kept from my Army time. The ex-british Army on is pretty darn good though.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-DPM-Camo-Bergen-120-ltr-Patrol-Military-Army-Rucksack-SAS-Bergan-/161162016187?pt=UK_Collectables_Militaria_LE&hash=item25860135bb (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-DPM-Camo-Bergen-120-ltr-Patrol-Military-Army-Rucksack-SAS-Bergan-/161162016187?pt=UK_Collectables_Militaria_LE&hash=item25860135bb)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on December 18, 2014, 11:13:12 AM
Hi all,

I started a separate thread to discuss the stuff I can get my hands on.

http://unchainedpreppers.com/forum/general-discussion/gadgets-eu-surplus-discussion/msg58255/#msg58255 (http://unchainedpreppers.com/forum/general-discussion/gadgets-eu-surplus-discussion/msg58255/#msg58255)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 21, 2015, 02:16:36 PM
Well prepping season has officially started up at the redoubt.

> My tomato seedling's are coming up,
> My TSP (True seed potato) are just staring to sprout.
> Planted Broccoli, peppers and egg plant, and
> Just got back from the local maple sugar house with a gallon of Dark Amber Grade A. I smell like sugary wood smoke.  :gasMask:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on March 22, 2015, 03:12:11 PM
Today i went and got a quality siphon to put in the car, a 12V airpump and a tire fix kit for the car. :)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on March 22, 2015, 03:58:48 PM
Today i went and got a quality siphon to put in the car, a 12V airpump and a tire fix kit for the car. :)

You say this the day after I realized that I misplaced my spare tire during my recent move to our new house.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 22, 2015, 04:42:39 PM
Erick, Rah and all...It's a good day when we can add to our preps.  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on March 22, 2015, 08:30:36 PM
Well here is my prepping for today.

I painted my 1998 Vauxhall Frontera flat black.

I communicated to me Real Estate Agent in NY about some interest in my 56 Acres of homesteading land we are selling.

Even better I have been following a Russian BTR-60 Armored vehicle for sale here in the UK.

Oh GOD, forget the dream of a classic Trans Am.

I  REALY want a BTR-60
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on March 30, 2015, 09:55:03 PM
Took $500.00 out of the bank and told my wife to hide it for an emergancy (SHTF type).
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 31, 2015, 09:57:11 AM
RIGHT ON Jojo!  :thumbsUp:

Everybody should have one months worth of cash hidden. If you can't afford one month in one chuck; put aside $20- a week till you reach your goal.

Went to the Post Office the other day to buy stamps. I pulled out my Debit card and the teller told me that the line was down and she could not accept a card. I asked, "surly you have back-up procedures for when this happens."

She looked at me like I had two heads.

I went on to say, "I have managed retail stores and we always had a plan "B" for when this happens. Are you telling me that you don't?"

She went on to explain to me that they will still take cash and that the post office was part of the government and NO they had no procedures for this type of a malfunction.  :facepalm:

I left, went across the street to a cash machine. Walked back across the street to the post office and bought my book of stamps.

What can we all learn from my little experience?

PS: The Post Office hasn't been part of the government for 20 or so years. Doesn't she know who her bosses are? 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: DMCakhunter on March 31, 2015, 10:55:55 AM
What can we learn??? JM should carry enough cash in his wallet to cover his daily planned purchases in case the card reader is down.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on March 31, 2015, 11:55:23 AM
Thats why I carry Franklin folded up tight and in a very dark spot in my wallet.  He is my emergency.  I used to keep a Grant, 2 Jacksons and a Hamilton but they did not really stay in that dark spot easy and kept creeping out for things overbudget.  Franklin likes to hide there though.  Alot harder to get him out.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on March 31, 2015, 05:58:46 PM
Mrsninja is an awesome prepping partner but she can't comprehend my obsession with keeping a few grand in small notes stashed all over the place but I like to have a safety net that can be easily broken up.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 31, 2015, 06:55:05 PM
Quote
DMC Wrote:
What can we learn??? JM should carry enough cash in his wallet to cover his daily planned purchases in case the card reader is down.
:lmfao:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on April 09, 2015, 05:26:21 PM
I installed the Volquartsen auto bolt release and the extended magazine release in my Ruger 10/22. Simple modifacations and I didn't even take the scope off.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on April 12, 2015, 10:02:43 AM
Nice weekend here, going to get the garden cleaned up from the debris of fall and winter. Because the weather is so variable in the early spring here, hard to know when it's okay to get stuff in the ground.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 13, 2015, 09:27:10 AM
Yup nice Sunday here too. Got to 70 degrees.

Charged the dozer battery and put chains on our Frankenstein tractor.  :tractor:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 14, 2015, 09:02:16 AM
Fired up the dozer yesterday. Greased the tracts, topped off the oil and "de-greased" the radiator. She is ready for scraping up some topsoil today.

If I can get that accomplished today, I can start to plant my raised beds with beans and other cold weather veggies tomorrow.

Temps in the morning have been between 28 & 36 degrees F and get up to the high 60's by mid afternoon. It is 44 degrees as I type. YAHOO...Spring may really be here  :dancingBanana:  :dance: Snow is about 95% gone and the season of mud has begun.

On another note: Turkey season starts on the 25th. There were 20+ in our lower meadow Sunday. Would be nice to put one in the freezer to be deep fried Memorial Day weekend. My brother does the BEST deep fried turkey.  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on April 14, 2015, 12:40:19 PM
Slow going here.  Cash is strapped so we're prepping more mentally. Put away a little more water but running out of space. Also getting involved with the community watch, hoping to get to know my neighbors a bit better to see what I have to work with.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 14, 2015, 06:45:54 PM
thedigininja, getting to really know your neighbors is 80% of the equation.  :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 04, 2015, 04:33:38 PM
Dumped ~9 yards of two year old goat & sheep manure on our garden. Then spread it with a rake followed up with plowing today. I will disc it Thursday or Friday.

Looking forward to planting my seedling's however it is just too early even if the Farmers Almanac says it is OK to do so.

A friend warned me to wait for the first oak leaves to become visible before planting hearty seedlings. Then plant the not so hearty seedling's the second week of June or after the last cold snap which ever comes first. We always get one last visit from winter around Memorial Day weekend.

I have planted lettuce, arugula, Swiss chard, carrots, radishes and peas in one of the raised beds 2 weeks ago. It is all starting to come up. Next week I will start on the next raised bed with different peas, mesculin lettuce, a different kind of carrots and cabbage seedlings.

My corn is going in this Friday or Saturday. Just growing popcorn this year as EVERYBODY has sweet corn for sale...Cheap!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on May 06, 2015, 11:59:37 AM
 :-X Beware what you say, where and about whom. I got a phone call today, on my private line, with regards to some of my posts on this forum. I take my hat off to the lady who tracked me down. I was in an area with limited reception so I missed your name but I look forward to speaking to you again and with your tracking skills I think you're going to become one of my new best friends. Hahaha.  :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: APX808 on May 06, 2015, 12:02:39 PM
Have you given your real name or something to help her identify you? I would get my panties in a bunch if something like that happened to me
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on May 06, 2015, 03:57:12 PM
Nope. I've always been very careful not to give out any information like that, but it's the world we live in today. It's like hunting. Every time that you're online you leave a foot print that an experienced tracker can use to find you.  That was my initial reaction, APX. But it's kind of like being the victim of a pick pocket. At first you're pissed, then you start thinking about how it happened and then you start to admire the artistry of it.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 07, 2015, 01:55:01 PM
Then you start the serious part.  Determining how to cut that trail off at the waterfall and prevent it from happening in the future.   Then finding who that was and making sure they are on your side and not the guv being sneaky on you.

Nemo

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on May 09, 2015, 04:02:11 AM
So it turns out that, as I suspected, I recycled a username one too many times and one of the incarnations wasn't quite as clean as this one.
I never expected to stick with UP because I assumed that it was going to be yet another empty shell of a forum with just the occasional halfwit hack running around, so I didn't bother with a clean handle but it turns out that at least half of you guys aren't completely retarded and occasionally post something useful or entertaining.  :))  so I stuck around.
So you guys can chill, there wasn't a hole on the UP side, it was my error. And thanks to admin for jumping around trying to determine where the breach was.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 09, 2015, 07:31:19 AM
Thank you thedigininja for your kind words.

It is forum members like yourself that make this forum a fun and knowledgeable place to visit at times.  :cheers:

 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on May 09, 2015, 08:42:54 AM
I know I haven't been around much lately but some of you guys know about the trouble that have with my back.  Well I've been trying to sort that. Decided that surgery wasn't an option so I've been working with a few specialists to find the best ways to reduce the rate of deterioration and part of that was changing my career so learning a whole new profession has been taking up pretty much all of my time. Once I'm settled I'll be back  :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 09, 2015, 10:28:52 AM
JM, I just took a look at your garden pics.  You might wanna try to cut down a couple trees around it.  Might let some sunshine in on them.  Full blasts rather than that filtered stuff from between the trees.  Might let you grow more that 3 tates a vine.

Nemo

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: crudos on May 09, 2015, 08:57:54 PM
Cleaned up the garden space, getting it well-prepped for the seeds started inside. Seemed like the garden was extra full of fall/winter debris than usual. Oh well, all those leaves can go nicely in the compost.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 10, 2015, 07:20:13 AM
Thx Nemo, I did end up cutting four down.

It's amazing Crudos what accumulated in a yard over the winter. ;-)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 10, 2015, 11:08:43 AM
As far as what done today, wife and I went and did our monthly grocery shopping yesterday.  Stopped here and there on the way and back.

Got a couple extra things that will go in the back of the cabinet in rotation and some other things things on the list that will go in the green cans and a couple will go in holes in the ground.  Before the next monthly trip I will review the list to see what is necessary to enhance and what bigger boxes for containing stuff are necessary.  And whats necessary to do with the bigger box.  Hate partially full boxes.

Nemo

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on May 11, 2015, 10:16:59 PM
My wife and I moved two nucs to their deeps - maybe we'll get honey this year.  planning on splits next year.  started filling three raised beds with compost and dirt.  I'm experimenting with hay bale raised beds and a potato cage this year too.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on June 01, 2015, 06:44:57 AM
I made a complete impulse buy today (something that I very rarely do, with so much on my priority list I never really get the chance). I saw glow sticks for a damned good price so I grabbed a handful. No idea what I intend to use them for but they're in my BOB now.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on June 01, 2015, 09:41:24 AM
Besides the light benefit, pop a light stick (Pick color) instead of smoke coming back from a patrol.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on June 02, 2015, 03:27:01 PM
Haven't posted here for a while, since I don't do what I consider traditional "prepping" activities very often, but here goes.

- Halfway done with my degree in Respiratory Therapy. Supposedly, last semester (the Hell semester) is the toughest I'll have. One more year, and I'll be employable, should be making $20/hr starting off, with benefits. Woohoo! Financial independence is on the horizon.

- Still working on our house. Was a redneck-ified, falling - apart shack (essentially) about a year ago. Father in law, a carpenter, took care of the renovation for us (looks amazing). About 80% finished, moved in February. Been working on the yard, which is a bitch. There are probably 30 distinct species of flora on this property, and we're killing and digging them up. Every. Last. One. Ultimate goal is to have a barren yard so we can plant ONE species of grass. So in another year, should look really nice.

- We're still homeschooling my daughter.  She's very smart and can be hardheaded, but I consider those really good signs. At least she won't have 8 year old boys trying to make her their girlfriend anymore, or friends from school, girls, who try to sit in her lap and make out with her on sleepover nights. :-/ (Seriously, what is wrong with those kids!?)

- Been going to a gym to work out. Gotta lose some weight and tone up so I can compete against TG in the Highlander games.

- Preparing for our third child, another boy. It's my duty to prevent the collapse of Western civilization.

Anyway, it's a hell of a lot of work, but the more we accomplish, the stronger we become, and the better I feel.

So, yeah, actively prepping to be financially independent, more healthy and confident, and helping prevent the extinction of the white race.

Carry on. :-D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on June 02, 2015, 05:09:47 PM
You'll not prevent the collapse of Western Civilization.  But you may be getting started to repopulate it.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on June 02, 2015, 07:29:36 PM
Sounds like your schedule is pretty full. With that written I hope you are still putting a way a few prep$ when you are able.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on June 04, 2015, 08:48:06 PM
Sounds like your schedule is pretty full. With that written I hope you are still putting a way a few prep$ when you are able.

We've put away some canned goods, got some more yard tools, things like that. Small stuff. It will pick up a little when there's a dual income. Got a lot left to do with what we already have.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on June 05, 2015, 05:41:04 AM
Sounds like your schedule is pretty full. With that written I hope you are still putting a way a few prep$ when you are able.

We've put away some canned goods, got some more yard tools, things like that. Small stuff. It will pick up a little when there's a dual income. Got a lot left to do with what we already have.

I feel your pain rah. The market is slow at the moment, sellers aren't selling and buyers aren't getting bonds so things are tight here too. At least we are experimenting with different growing techniques to see how we can get the best yield out of the least amount of space. I think I'm going to be sticking with aquaponics. Fish and plants and it basically takes care of itself once you have it going. Fresh 'matoes, rocket and green beans growing in winter!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on June 06, 2015, 09:08:38 AM
I've looked into aquaponics, as it interested me a lot because of the reasons you mentioned. My father in law, who is an excellent gardener, thinks the system won't work, partially because that many fish needed for fertilization of the two rows of plants won't survive in such a cramped space.

I'm very interested to hear your results, though. My environment in Georgia is very humid year round, hot summers, usually mild winters except for a month or two, usually sunny year round, and fair amount of rainfall.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on June 10, 2015, 04:00:58 PM
Being in a flat I'm a little limited to in terms of scale so mine is purely experimental but my cousin finally has his system up and running and it is working a charm.

In a pond of 2m×1.5m×1.5m with about 30 Tilapia (they're going to have to start eating them because they're growing quite rapidly) they have almost 50 plants (of different maturity and types) growing from that water. At this point he is still using store bought feed but we are looking at ways to fix that.

It sounds like your climate is rather similar to ours.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on August 15, 2015, 08:33:19 PM
Cleaned my base of fire weapon system.

She'd been sitting in an evidence room for the last five or so years after being fired. If I had to judge by the cosmoline still on it. I'd say only about a magazine was fired through it.
That being said the magazine that had been fired through it when not cleaned for that long of time left some pretty sad marks internally. Took me about an hour to get the gas piston out. The gas block felt like it was welded shut. Eventually I got it out and cleaned. Now she's soaking in CLP and bore butter all over. She's nice looking now. Ready for a test fire and another cleaning.

#FNlife
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 16, 2015, 07:28:35 AM
Right on RvR!

Canned 7 qt's of PA., Freestone peaches. Enough to make 7 German peach pies (Tortes). Nothing better than a Kurz Peach Pie in the middle of the winter when the snow is flying side wise. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on August 16, 2015, 11:39:33 AM
in the middle of the winter when the snow is flying side wise.



Be ready for that this winter.  According to the Old Farmers Almanac.

Nemo


http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/08/16/old-farmer-almanac-forecast-freezing-temperatures-more-snow-next-year (http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/08/16/old-farmer-almanac-forecast-freezing-temperatures-more-snow-next-year)

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Old Farmer's Almanac predicts freezing temperatures, more snow
Published August 16, 2015, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. –  Just when you thought you had gotten over last winter, be warned: The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts it will be super cold with a slew of snow for much of the country, even in places that don't usually see too much of it, like the Pacific Northwest.

If you don't want to read about those four-letter words, there's plenty more to peruse in the folksy, annual book of household tips, trends, recipes and articles, such as animal jealousy, the history of shoes and anticipation for the biggest Supermoon in decades in November 2016.

Otherwise, look for above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of New England; icy conditions in parts of the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest. The snowiest periods in the Pacific Northwest will be in mid-December, early to mid-January and mid- to late February, the almanac predicts.

"Just about everybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas in one capacity or another," editor Janice Stillman said from Dublin, New Hampshire, where the almanac is compiled. It's due out in the coming week.

The almanac says there will be above normal-rainfall in the first half of the winter in California, but then that will dry up and the drought is expected to continue. "We don't expect a whole lot of relief," Stillman said.

The weather predictions are based on a secret formula that founder Robert B. Thomas designed using solar cycles, climatology and meteorology. Forecasts emphasize how much temperature and precipitation will deviate from 30-year averages compiled by government agencies.

No one's perfect, and some meteorologists generally pooh-pooh the Almanac's forecasts as too unscientific to be worth much. The almanac, which defends its accuracy for its predictions overall, says its greatest errors were in underestimating how far above normal California temperatures and Boston-area snowfall would be, although it did predict both would be above normal.

The record-breaking winter in Boston dumped more than 110 inches of snow on the city. The almanac doesn't call for as much this year.

The 224-year-old almanac, believed to be the oldest continually published periodical in North America, is 26 years older than its closest competitor, "The Farmers' Almanac," published in Maine and due out later in August.

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Reaver on August 16, 2015, 03:07:47 PM
Today I decided to reorganize all my prepping gear and food stocks.....tomorrow  :suicide:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 18, 2015, 03:10:19 PM
Canned 8 pints of squash/zucchini mix.

I am shooting for 24-36 pints each of:

> Green/wax beans
> Carrots
> Turnips...

By the time my garden gets done.

I have split a cord and a half of ash. Have 2 1/2 cords to split in store for me.

Then I will cut up and split an oak tree that came down last fall on the border of my property.

Anybody interested in helping Johnymac stack ~7 cords of wood for the winter?  :violin:
 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 19, 2015, 11:27:04 AM
Picked ~5 bushels of apples. I kept the best ~1 1/2 bushels, neighbor took out another ~1 1/2 bushels and the rest will go to the bacon seed. There is another tree we will hit then I am done picking apples till next year.

Reduced 40 #'s of tomatoes down for pasta sauce. This came out to only 12 pints of pasta sauce.  I like thick sauce.

Have canned 24 pints of summer squash and froze a pecks worth of green beans separated in 6 oz bags. I par boiled them for 3 minutes and then put them into an ice bath to shock before I bagged and froze. I need to do one more peck.

I split 5 cords of ash that was dropped off from from a local logger. Just stacking it now.

Have most of my 2016 seeds drying.

Next month I will drop off my 4, 5 gallon Charboys to a local cider mill to start my hard cider for next year. 

My half a steer should be coming in the next couple of weeks so I have made room in the freezer for it. I have two pig heads in the freezer so I need to make scrapple (Amish sausage made with corn meal) in the next several weeks before that shows up.

MrsMac and I have been busy here at the redoubt.  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: brat on September 20, 2015, 09:13:32 AM
Doing the wood thing as well....

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 21, 2015, 09:09:18 AM
What kind of tractor are you using brat? Do you like it? :tractor:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: brat on September 21, 2015, 04:40:11 PM
Jmac, it's a McCormick 4x4, sync shuttle 12x12 with 38hp and 31hp on the pto. It took me almost two years to drive to all the dealers and test them, and I drove them all, except a Deutz-Fahr, hard to find down here. Also spec'd them all. The deciding factors for me was it came with dual remotes, rear work light, foot shields as standard equipment. Plus it had the highest pounds of 3pt lift and front end loader lift of the comps and most importantly it has the Mitsubishi 4 cylinder motor. Really sips fuel for the torque output. On my field, I can run an 8 foot single spindle bush hog. Oh yeah, they also had the free quick attach front end loader deal going on when I bought it. Has a standard quick attach 5' bucket on a Bobcat plate as well. So yeah, I'm real happy with it. Especially now since it's paid for as of July 2015.

Close, and I mean real close, was Kioti, but a little higher price and no loader deal, but they had the longest warranty. Dealer was also 30 miles further back then. They have a neat little rear remote for the 3pt so you ain't gotta do the reach around when changing out and hooking up. Should be standard on em all if you ask me.

I don't reckon I'll ever get another tractor, although those a/c cabs are tempting when in the hay at my age. But if I was a tradin today, I'd look real hard at McCormick again, Kioti, LS and Yanmar and personally wouldn't look any further. Of those, I'd say LS may be the most bang for the buck, but which ever of those has the best deal and dealer, doubt you could go wrong. And I'd make 'em throw in a pair of Pat's quick hitches so I don't have to go buy another set. That's another thing that should be standard. Handier than a shirt pocket.

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 22, 2015, 05:43:40 PM
Awesome report brat...THx  :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: APX808 on October 03, 2015, 09:06:52 PM
Today I started training Krav Maga again :D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on October 04, 2015, 12:49:48 PM
Good luck APX!  :thumbsUp:

Before I went to RI, I plowed my garden and sowed it with winter rye.

With 3 cords of wood stacked, 3 more to go. YUCK!

Had to start a fire last night in the wood stove because it was 61 degrees F when I got home to the cabin @ 1800 hrs yesterday. I asked MrsMac how long has the cabin been this cold? She told me, "Since you were gone." She went on to explain that it was just too much bother to light and keep it going so I wore some extra layers of clothes.  :facepalm: 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on October 04, 2015, 08:56:27 PM
I made calls to get officially with a range to get a CMP 1911.  :dancingBanana: :pedobear: :chicken: :cat: :hippie: Note another post from me a bit ago.

Nemo  :dance: :pedobear: :chicken:

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on October 09, 2015, 05:43:15 PM
Hey!  So I know been dark for a while but I've been insanely busy!  Preps aren't looking great but I have still been actively working on the issues I had with the aquaponic system.  mrsninja insisted that we have to go bigger so now I need to build a whole damn structure on my balcony but today I finished the design and started searching for the materials so, hopefully, by December we should be able to grow a large chunk of our greens on a 1x3m balcony with a vertical column system and we'll be running the pumps with solar power.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on October 10, 2015, 08:20:32 AM
Good to see you are still around thedigininja. Always good to do what Mrs/Insertnamehere whan asked  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on October 10, 2015, 09:03:14 AM
 :thumbsUp:  Indeed Jmac, I can think what I like but I know, at the end of the day, she's actually the one in charge around here.

APX, good move on the Krava maga.  I've actually found an instructor near me again and think that I should get back to it too. Due to my back I know that I can't step back in a ring again and even Taijutsu causes severe strain if I train frequently. Even though the actual training sessions for Krav Maga can be strenuous I have even seen old women in not the best shape use it's techniques effectively and I did enjoy the limited training I had some time ago.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on November 10, 2015, 08:09:25 AM
Took a rather important step in making my obsessions an income today. Still a few procedures to go through before we know for sure but it looks promising. If all goes well, by early 2016 I will be the authorized vendor in my area of a number of alternative energy products as well as a number of defence and security products ranging from less lethal weaponry to plate carriers to telemetry based automation which can be used for access, security, agriculture (guess what's going to run our pumps on the farm).
This will be huge for our preps because not only will it insure a more sustainable income it also gives me access to discounted goods, contacts in various fields of training, firearms and sustainable development, to name a few.

On the negative side my Bug out vehicles transmission is toast but I'm taking it as a blessing in disguise because I have been considering something with a bit more off road capability so maybe I'll fence it and start looking for a compact off road vehicle. Or maybe even work on the solar buggy a bit  ;D (unlikely).
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on November 10, 2015, 09:32:17 AM
Good luck on your coming ventures thediginnja!  :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on November 10, 2015, 05:11:47 PM
Cheers jmac! Really excited for this! I'll let you guys know if it goes through and post some pics of my new toys  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on November 11, 2015, 08:39:35 AM
Bottled the last 4 cases of 2014 hard cider.

Cleaned the carboys and they are ready for 2015's cider. I am going to use "English Cider Yeast" this year.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: jimLE on February 08, 2016, 12:35:07 PM
only real thing i've done so far today,that can be considered as a prep.if at all.i ordered another 100 gallons of propane while in town this morning..and they have diff items there for sale,as well as space gas heaters.one item is cast iron skillets in 4 or 5 diff sizes..i'll go there and have a look at them when i have the money..
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on February 08, 2016, 02:14:54 PM
I might have a 5 gallon bucket of brown rice on my kitchen table..
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on February 08, 2016, 02:17:56 PM
Nowhere near as busy as JimLe :)
I started 2 ginger pots and will start 4 potato pots tomorrow.
i'm going to see if i can grow them indoors from planting to harvest.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: jimLE on February 13, 2016, 06:06:55 PM
i've put up some shelves in my bedroom.thrown away some trash.and started rearranging everything.to taking account to what i have in preps to everyday stuff..and i've put away some food preps in totes as well..now im thinking along the lines of getting the correct size mirrors to put on the walls behind my oil lamps for more light during a power outage.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on February 13, 2016, 06:50:43 PM
Put away an extra 50L of water, stocked up on a few medical supplies and put my second car in the market.
What I make from the car will go towards my firearm, replenishing my lpg reserve which is almost used up, several Jerry cans of gasoline and the rest will be going into bitcoins. With the value of the ZAR circling the drain I need a financial reserve that I can use globally, electronically and keep off the radar of the powers that be.

Also fighting to get my UK citizenship, things are heating up here and I want to be ready if I need to bolt.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on February 13, 2016, 10:00:41 PM
Bitcoin?  Is that worthwhile?  I really do not think much would be required to break the internet.  That happens and you are screwed. 

What about the idea of cash, gold, silver, diamonds or such there and once UK, wire some to one of the big ones there?

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on February 14, 2016, 05:00:00 AM
To be completely honest with you Nemo, I'm scared shirtless by the idea of bitcoins but at the moment I'm more concerned about what's happening in my own country than I am about the idea of a global event. if the internet goes down, I have bigger things to worry about than what happened to my funds whereas of I decide to leave the country I don't plan on taking much with me and I'll need the funds available wherever I end up. taking resources out of the country comes with heavy taxation, I have friends who recently emigrated who were taxed almost 40%  which means they left here with almost half of what they saved up and then ended up in a country where the exchange rate is 18:1 ie they had nothing. if I put my funds into physical resources I WILL loose it, by going with bitcoins I MAY loose it and at this point those are the odds that I find preferable.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on February 14, 2016, 09:33:15 AM
I have seen some movies where people swallow diamonds prior to going through security and well you know-- to retrieve them.  Not at all fun but do-able.  Is something like that an option.  Not questioning your as to your plans, just interested in your situation.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on February 14, 2016, 11:15:35 AM
bearer bonds?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on February 28, 2016, 09:28:21 AM
Well ...... I have gotten to the end of a year or so procurement cycle and took the time to take a look at all the stuff we bought in preperation for sorting, rigging and packing it all as it needs to be for use.


Holy heck...... I think I have went a bit overboard.

We have everything needed for the family BIG time.

It looks like I have enough to outfit a squad of people with the essentials.

Plus enough for an AID station.

You know?  I am REALLY happy. We stuck to the budget and by buying smart we overachieved.

Thinking about putting a care package together to send to JM to use as prizes to the UP community now.

Cheers
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 28, 2016, 11:14:49 AM
Always looking for give a ways Gadget.  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on February 28, 2016, 12:11:38 PM
I scored a free cord of very nicely seasoned and split stove wood for my girl, she loves that little wood stove!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 28, 2016, 02:13:05 PM
Free is GOOD! I like your new girl already  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on February 28, 2016, 03:30:49 PM
I was in Walmart today and noticed Winchester 5.56 was $7.54, down from $10.74 so I bought the last two boxes. Friday I ordered a 3 point sling for my AR and Monday a friend who I workout with is bringing in two  chance tickets for an AR15 for me to buy.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on February 29, 2016, 09:43:17 AM
I like that deal Jojo, better than $10!!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on March 03, 2016, 11:52:18 AM
2 weeks in physical training with a spinal injury specialist. down 3% body fat, 4 cm around the gut and feeling a lot more energetic.

Assisted in a police night op this morning with a few other locals. Was a good tryout and useful to get used to the outlying terrain in the dark.

Went to the range to test the CZ P07, fell in love. And with the price difference compared to the G19 that means more ammo and probably a couple extra CLIPS  ;) (yes, that was deliberate)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: jimLE on March 03, 2016, 05:29:58 PM
had to go into town this morning,so i got  this flashlight ..it use's 9 AA batteries.2 light settings.and to me it don't weigh to much..only thing about it,im not sure about..is the power switch is on the back end of it.but that's only because im not use to that..

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thatGuy on March 03, 2016, 09:30:24 PM
TheDig,you should hit up RS762 he is our resident CZ guy.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on March 04, 2016, 02:44:16 AM
Jim, I actually searched long and hard for a GOOD flashlight with a back switch that didn't cost the earth. Once you get used to it you'll find that it's actually very handy.

Thanks, TG!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: jimLE on April 16, 2016, 03:59:36 PM
so true on the flashlight.and for right now,it's my primary back up flashlight..i have plans on fixing up our hall closet just in case there's a tornado.in which that flashlight can go there if i decide to go that route with it.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on April 16, 2016, 10:19:07 PM
Started to harden the house. I put extra long screws in the outer doors striker plates and next is to replace the bolt locks so there is a key needed both inside or outside to unlock them.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 18, 2016, 09:52:58 AM
1) Saturday, bottled 2 carboys of hard cider - Two carboys yet to bottle.
2) Started to harvest other veggies than lettuce, snap peas and radishes. Now harvesting spring rutabagas and summer squash. Lot of
    green tomatoes. Corn didn't do well this year. Only about half of the corn I planted germinated.
3) Ordered a tri-axle of logs for the wood stove. Once cutup I should get between 7-8 cords. We only need 5 cords as I have 2 left over
     from last year. I may sell the extra firewood to recoup some of my expenses.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on July 18, 2016, 03:36:25 PM
Getting ready to make a still here. The wife has taken over the responsibility for getting the barter goods inventory up and going. She wants us able to distill what I can Brew for her trade Locker.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on July 18, 2016, 03:38:35 PM
1) Saturday, bottled 2 carboys of hard cider - Two carboys yet to bottle.
2) Started to harvest other veggies than lettuce, snap peas and radishes. Now harvesting spring rutabagas and summer squash. Lot of
    green tomatoes. Corn didn't do well this year. Only about half of the corn I planted germinated.
3) Ordered a tri-axle of logs for the wood stove. Once cutup I should get between 7-8 cords. We only need 5 cords as I have 2 left over
     from last year. I may sell the extra firewood to recoup some of my expenses.
Gonna be picking blackberries again this year and making my trademark wine again. The last time I did that I made about 70 bottles of wine.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 18, 2016, 05:20:11 PM
Maybe we can make a trade?  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on July 18, 2016, 07:37:21 PM
I gave myself a good prep test today.

Had a doc appt this afternoon.  Va does not let firearms in hospitals.  His office it not in a hosp but I figured I oughta go without which is wife's preference for doc appt anyway.  Then over to her cousins house for a couple hours afterwards.

So, I went without edc sidearm.  All the rest of edc was standard.

I gotta say I ain't never felt so NAKED in all my life.  I chose to not take it and leave it in the car or any such, just to see if I missed it.  Missed it about 1/2 mile from the house.

I ain't never felt so strip stark buck naked in well-- ever.  Even when I was just like that.  Now I know and unarmed  will never happen again.  If I go somewhere I will have a firearm on my person or close at hand.  If I cannot carry I will not go to that venue.

FYI for the past 6 years if I had pants on, I had a sidearm.  I guess I got used to it.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Well-Prepared Witch on July 20, 2016, 08:35:56 PM
I went through my get home bag over the weekend and tossed things that were expired or had gotten icky from the heat and the cold of living in the car.  I got rid of the bulky and heavy MREs and replaced them with eight long-lasting, 400-calorie bars that take up less than half the room of one MRE.  I also combined two bags - with the MREs gone I had the room to put my extra pair of sneakers into the get home bag (I often wear shoes that are fine for bebopping around doing errands, but would be almost as bad as bare feet for walking for a couple days to get home).  I still need to decide what medications, if any, I want to carry in the bag.  I never used any of the Benadryl/Tylenol/etc. and I don't expect to need antibiotics/antibiotic cream in the time it'd take to walk home from most of the places I go on a regular basis (two days tops), though I do have antiseptic wipes and plenty of bandaids/bandages.  It was definitely time to go through it all and it's nice knowing everything's been refreshed.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 21, 2016, 09:50:25 AM
Wellie  :bravo:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on July 23, 2016, 08:28:24 PM
Wellie, I love "bag time". I have 4 from EDC to INCH and then 2 for Mrsninja so I'm frequently rotating and replacing goods. I've recently replaced all my freeze drieds with meal shake which also greatly reduced weight and space consumed.

One of our last resort bug out routes would take us over a mountain on foot and the shortest paths require going directly vertical at some spots so we've taken up rock climbing. So far just doing sport climbing until we're conditioned enough to do some free climbing and bouldering. Apparently my hands have become SOFT! Feels like I took 80 grit sand paper to them.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Well-Prepared Witch on July 24, 2016, 03:38:31 PM
Very cool!  I am definitely focusing on roads as my way of getting home.  In my get home bag I have maps of the area, so if I can't follow main highways I should still be able to find back roads home.  I've been working on walking and running so I'll be able to get home if I need to.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on July 24, 2016, 06:45:02 PM
Welli, Like you I have local maps, my state map and maps of the surrounding states in my car. The local maps are Realtor maps that show every street, state forest and ponds in the area.
 The past week I've been cutting down trees that made hiding places. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on July 24, 2016, 07:35:28 PM
I do the maps thing too.  Wife has a GPS but I prefer paper.  Besides, I have a fused ankle and replaced hip so no running here.  I have to subscribe to the French Foreign Legion motto-- March or Die.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on August 20, 2016, 09:59:08 PM
Made some Hard Tack today. Came out hard as a rock just like it's supposed to. I also spent an hour at the range shooting off hand only missed once at fifty yards. Last week at 100 yards missed three.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 01, 2016, 08:44:18 AM
Winter wood supply was delivered yesterday.

The tri axle you see in the Pic delivered 19-20 Ton of logs cut last February. That will give us between 8-10 cords.

We only need 5 cords this year as we have 2 left over from last years mild winter. The plan is to sell the rest at $120- if a customer picks up. I will deliver for $150- a cord.

My brother is coming up for the weekend. I haven't told him yet that he will be put to work this weekend.  >:D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on November 12, 2016, 06:19:41 PM
Our Tri axle of wood arrived late in the season but I am finally done putting wood in for the winter.

Cut 5 cords of 22" long logs (had 2 cords left over from last years mild winter so only needed 5). Then split those 22" sections. Then negotiated with my 13 year old neighbor (Has a Technicians license and going for his General this coming Wednesday) to stack the split wood. He needs the money to buy a HF radio and I guess I am his rice bowl. I am paying him $7- a cord to stack the wood and all off the orange soda he can drink. The soda is costing us more than the dang price per cord.

Part of the negotiations with my neighbor was for me to move the 5 cords of split fire wood in bulk close to the area it will be stacked. Completed that job today using his Dad's New Holland tractor complete with front bucket!  :dancingBanana:

With only processing 5 cords of the 10 I received, I have a head-start on next years project.

This cost me in total:

> $650- for the tri axle ~10 cords,
> Had all of my chain saw chains sharpened once during the cutting period , $6- each chain X 6 chains = $36-,
> Used 5 gallons of gas total. I use non ethanol gas @ $2.65 a gallon x 5 gallons $13.25,
> Used 2 of those little bottles of 50:1 oil, $2- x 2 = $4., and
> Payed $7- per cord to stack, so $7- x 5 = $35-

Lets see... 10 cords cost us: $650 but only needed 5 cords this year so divide by 2 = $325- + $36- + $13.25 + $4- + $35- = $413.25 / 5 cords = $82.65 a cord. Not bad as a cord of wood back in RI costs $250-, split and delivered with me stacking it.

Yes I have a smashed finger but it is almost healed, my right hip and elbow are killing me; However, I have all winter to recoup.  :dancingBanana:

I AM DONE!!!

PS: Everybody talked me out of selling the left over wood as planned. I finally agreed to have a jump on next season wood/heat.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Well-Prepared Witch on November 12, 2016, 08:18:19 PM
You got a lot done!  Hope your finger feels better soon.

Today I stocked up on canned goods.  I had some good coupons and decided to lay in some more veggies.  I also picked up a couple jars of instant coffee.  I'm told it doesn't taste as good as ground coffee, but it lasts just about forever. This way we'll have a month or two of daily coffee for Mr. WPW should we need it.  Long enough for him to wean himself off of it if we couldn't get any more for some reason.  Because trust me - I do NOT want to deal with him in a grumpy mood, especially when things are already tough enough due to SHTF.  >:D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on November 13, 2016, 01:33:55 AM
So you got all that wood dealt with from delivery 31 Aug to 12 Nov.  Lets see, 5 cord, about 10 weeks makes that half cord a week.  Half cord a week means lotsa work a week.  Lotsa work a week means soreness, sweat and blisters.  Throw in a smashed finger and cold weather.

Sounds like lotsa fun-- NOT!

But enough to keep you busy and more than old guys like us me want to.  But less than we really should be.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on November 13, 2016, 07:56:50 AM
@ Wellie, I hear ya' about the coffee thing. Our second favorite coffee is on sale today at the local market so I am buying 5 bags. That will bring up our stash to 9 weeks worth of the evil brew. I like the instant coffee idea as a back up. MrsMac drinks some Vietnamese instant coffee sometimes called 3 in 1. In a pinch it would be Ok but I do not like the taste.
 
@ Nemo,Yeah seems like a long time however if it was delivered in July like it was supposed to be the chore would have been done by Sept 1.

This years cutting and splitting had to be done during a period where a shit-ton (accounting term) of other fall chores had to be done. Plus my neighbor and I share the same log splitter so there were weeks I did not have access to it.

This spring, if the world is still intact, we have to buy our own log splitter. Two is one and one is none  ;)

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on November 13, 2016, 08:26:06 PM
This years cutting and splitting had to be done during a period where a shit-ton (accounting term)



I knew that.  Where do ya think I came up with the legal term crap ton.  Judges don't so much like alot of the other in a courtroom so I had to tone it down a bit.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on December 11, 2016, 07:05:44 PM
This week I bought a Sawyer water filter a folding knife and two cans of roast beef for my get home bag. The bag now has a 72hr food pack, axe 2 flashlights strike anywhere matches, flint and steel , 1/2 roll of TP, compass, straight blade knife and some Meds. I have to get a canteen and a few other items.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on December 11, 2016, 07:11:27 PM
I added a kelly kettle to my get home gear.
i would have to walk several days to get home if stranded at work.  I figure a hot meal and heat source couldn't hurt having at hand during the winter.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on December 12, 2016, 11:24:59 AM
Done a bit of walking around the neighborhood and planning more.  I am not far from the Appalachian Trail and plan on dong parts of it come warm weather again.  If I can get in shape sufficient I just might try to do all.  It would take a year or 3 going parts at a time.  I sure ain't doing 2100 miles in one summer.

But anyway, I tried a one shoulder sling bag and for more than a half mile its not so good.  So I found an old Alice belt, suspenders and such in an old box. Got is all adjusted and ready to go.

Figure smaller modern waist carry pouch at butt, canteen or 2 (1 each side) next, good knife and Alice mag pouch carrying phone and snacks on the left and Sneaky Pete type holster one the right with a Springfield compact 1911, 2 extra mags and a compass and IFAK on the suspenders.  Butt pouch will have extra socks, jacket, rain sheet, fire stuff, mylar blanket or 3 and that type stuff.  Full weight about 12 pounds.

Now I gotta load up and do the neighborhood mile and live through that.  Should not be issue on my street because all the neighbors know I always carry, 99% open.  But the street over or 2?

I figure with load that I am good for a day or worst case one night.  Area I am in I cannot get more lost than that.  Just uphill till I find the Blue Ridge Parkway or down until I get to it or some other road and I am good.  I would probably always go downhill.

Hope the fan is not turned on until I am down 25 or so pounds.

Hurry back warm weather for reasons above and I Hate Cold!

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on December 13, 2016, 08:19:59 PM
Like what you wrote Nemo. Just remember old Bill, "One day at a time."
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on January 08, 2017, 06:12:08 AM
Been out of touch for several weeks so first I want to say Happy New Year to all UPers. I hope that your holidays were safe and uneventful.

Busy with Aquaponics 3.0
I need to keep expanding the setup because just with the 3 comets I have left they are producing far more nutrients than expected. I am also introducing a worm farm for more balanced nutrition. Made a rather large screw up. I built the frame off site and although I though I took all aspects into account I messed up on the gradient of it's final resting place so I need to make a few alterations. Going to be a pain in the ass because I don't have the necessary tools on site but it shouldn't be a big job.

Our drought still hasn't broken, food prices are soaring and at current estimate we are likely to run out of water within 6 weeks (while we are about 12 weeks away from the end of the dry season). Our storage space is severely limited but we have at least increased our personal water reserve to a 3 week supply.

Finally done saving for a side arm and begin the process of acquiring it next week.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on January 08, 2017, 12:36:15 PM
Sounds like you have been very busy thedigininja. Thx for filling us in. Good luck on the water. :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on January 10, 2017, 06:52:02 PM
 Repacked 32lbs of rice in a bucket with a Gamma Seal lid that I got at Lowes. Put up 3lbs of beans in Mylar bags bought 2 more cans of beef and 2 cans of carrots.
The can food I buy are the small cans sold at a regular food stores because there is just two of us and I feel if I bought large cans a good portion would go to waste because when SHTF there will not be any way to keep it from going bad.
 I saw food grade buckets at Walmart for $2.95 in the paint section.  I should have gone there first.
I'm short on breakfast foods so that will be my next purchase. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on January 10, 2017, 07:12:23 PM
@JoJo, great minds :)
i just got a few buckets, gamma seal lids, mylar bags and desiccant packs.  the Mrs and I are adding some more stuffs to our preps and improving our security a bit.  I'll fill the buckets over the next couple of months.
-
for the buckets, i try Lowes and Home Depot (local hardware stores).  I also check Tractor Supply Store.
I had to replace one Lowes bucket a few weeks ago, it was cracked.

I think from here on, i'll try and stick with the 90 mil buckets instead of the 70 mil like Home Depot and Lowes sell.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on January 10, 2017, 08:16:58 PM
My latest is an order for heirloom seeds. I also ordered an electric cigarette rolling machine and 1000 filtered tubes. We just got back from town where I bought a pound of preschredded tobacco. Yep, we both smoke and ready rolls are good trading materials.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on January 11, 2017, 04:53:49 AM
pkveazey, how is the quality of the tobacco you bought in comparison to top shelf smokes like Marlboro, Camels, Larks, etc. ?

MrsMac and I are no longer smokers but might be worth investing on a bartering prep.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on January 11, 2017, 05:19:15 AM
My wife smokes Tahoe Cigarettes so I bought a 1 pound resealable plastic bag of Tahoe tobacco. It cost about $19 a bag but there are brands that start at about $13 a bag. They go up from there. I'm a newbie to rolling my own with a machine and filtered paper tubes, so I can give you more info after it arrives this weekend and I've tried it out. I smoke Pyramids and they come in flip open boxes. I've started saving my empty boxes for the ones that I roll. My friend who has been doing it for awhile said that a carton cost him about $8. My wife has to pay $38 a carton for her factory rolled Tahoes. So far, I have invested a total of $64 in the machine, paper tubes, and tobacco. That's the price of about 2 cartons of factory rolled.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on January 11, 2017, 12:05:50 PM
Side note.  I did the cigarette thing for near 40 years.  LOVED IT.  Heart attack helped me decide to quit.  Get rid of the health issues and I would restart right now.

But if you really want to get the thrill of them-- run out and go all day without a smoke. 

Like the everlasting question-- which would you give up, smoking or sex?

Not my answer but something to think about-- you can have a cigarette 20, 30, 40 times a day.

Back to regular subject now.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on January 12, 2017, 03:22:22 PM
Rolling your own can actually be quite therapeutic, because if you don't switch off your brain while you're doing large quantities you might go insane, and obviously considerably cheaper.

When I was still in school I bought a manual rolling kit, not with the tubes but loose paper and filters. Had an Egyptian contact that would organise me some rather interesting blends and then another spot where we could get flavoured tobaccos. When the rest of the delinquents got wind of this they all wanted to buy my rollies instead of the branded stuff so I had to start manufacturing in bulk. Started off a bit clumsy but in the end I was rolling about 200 in an hour.

Thanks for reminding me, I've actually wanted to add some to my barter goods for some time. I used to have a few cartons of Peter Stuyvesant stashed but they take up way too much space, vacuum sealed tobacco is much easier to store.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on January 14, 2017, 06:56:56 PM
OK... I already had bought the tobacco, the rolling machine arrived yesterday, and today the filtered paper tubes showed up. I plugged the wall wart into the wall and tried rolling smokes. It worked quite well. I found that the machine doesn't really hold the cigarette very well while its packing the tobacco into the tube. I put my thumb on the filter end and waited for the cigarette to push against it. Then when it started to feed it out, I pinched the cigarette with just enough resistance to get a tight pack. Its a pretty simple principle. You slide an empty paper tube onto a metal tube. Inside the metal tube, there is a metal auger(pretty much just a spring) that turns and feeds the tobacco through the metal tube and into the paper tube. As the auger feeds, the cigarette gets pushed off the metal tube. The instant the cigarette gets pushed to the end of the metal tube, you let go of the push button and the auger stops turning. I did about 128 smokes in less than an hour. I smoked one and it was a bit strong so I put a pin hole on each side of the filter to slightly slow down the draw and it made it just like an Ultralight smoke.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on January 16, 2017, 04:35:18 PM
  I acquired a solar oven today.  The manufacturer had a scratch and dent sale, so I bought one because the price is reasonable.  I've used them before, and I've had good luck with them.  Did some inventory of food and equipment too, just in case things go south on inauguration day.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on January 17, 2017, 10:08:27 AM
Cool. I never used one. Please let us know how it works out.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on February 07, 2017, 06:08:53 PM
 Not just today but this past week and 1/2. Wind storm blew down a neighbors 75ft tree into my yard and crushed my boat trailer, I took the boat off of it for the winter or it would be trash by now.
  Hired a contractor to remove it and five other trees that were to close to the house. The smallest being 50ft tall. Now I don't have to worry about fire and wind storms. Had my Ruger Mark II repaired and bought some gun cleaning supplies.   
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on February 08, 2017, 05:46:05 PM
Not sure this counts, but I traded my Sig SP2022 in towards a M&P9c with Trijicon HD night sights. Essentially, I switched a bulky full-size pistol, that was very difficult for me to conceal in warm conditions without looking conspicuous, for a small, compact pistol that can be easily concealed at the waist, or even on my ankle. Won't be sacrificing capacity, either. Standard mag is 12-rd, which is 3 rounds fewer than the Sig's 15 rd capacity, but the full size magazine (which also fits into the compact) holds 17 rds. So about even when carrying, and 2 extra rounds at home.

Next kicker will be to get enough range time to be comfortable with it. I've done enough dry firing to be pretty sure I'm getting an upgraded trigger/spring kit from ATEi.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 09, 2017, 12:19:41 PM
Bummer JoJo. Hopefully your trailer was covered with insurance.

Rah, cooool!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CJS06 on February 09, 2017, 01:28:23 PM
Not sure this counts, but I traded my Sig SP2022 in towards a M&P9c with Trijicon HD night sights. Essentially, I switched a bulky full-size pistol, that was very difficult for me to conceal in warm conditions without looking conspicuous, for a small, compact pistol that can be easily concealed at the waist, or even on my ankle. Won't be sacrificing capacity, either. Standard mag is 12-rd, which is 3 rounds fewer than the Sig's 15 rd capacity, but the full size magazine (which also fits into the compact) holds 17 rds. So about even when carrying, and 2 extra rounds at home.

Next kicker will be to get enough range time to be comfortable with it. I've done enough dry firing to be pretty sure I'm getting an upgraded trigger/spring kit from ATEi.

Rah not sure what you are getting from ATEi. I have a number of M&Ps including full ATEi packages. For a trigger for that blaster go the Apex route. You will be super happy with the results.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on February 09, 2017, 01:35:35 PM
Not sure this counts, but I traded my Sig SP2022 in towards a M&P9c with Trijicon HD night sights. Essentially, I switched a bulky full-size pistol, that was very difficult for me to conceal in warm conditions without looking conspicuous, for a small, compact pistol that can be easily concealed at the waist, or even on my ankle. Won't be sacrificing capacity, either. Standard mag is 12-rd, which is 3 rounds fewer than the Sig's 15 rd capacity, but the full size magazine (which also fits into the compact) holds 17 rds. So about even when carrying, and 2 extra rounds at home.

Next kicker will be to get enough range time to be comfortable with it. I've done enough dry firing to be pretty sure I'm getting an upgraded trigger/spring kit from ATEi.

Rah not sure what you are getting from ATEi. I have a number of M&Ps including full ATEi packages. For a trigger for that blaster go the Apex route. You will be super happy with the results.
You are 100% correct. I meant an Apex LEO/Duty complete trigger replacement.

I was thinking of having ATEi do some slide work, which is probably why I was confused.

They don't do NP3 coating though, so I don't know if I'm going to use them. Nickel Boron coating isn't as reliable long term, from what I'm reading.

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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CJS06 on February 09, 2017, 04:13:02 PM
Rah
Makes sense.  I like ATEi's work. Also take a look at Wetwerks and Jaegerwerks, they both do nice work on M&Ps. If yo want a really durable finish also look at Black Nitride/ DLC coating. It holds up really well. I generally just stick with cerakote as I am tough on my guns and re-coating is easy enough. For general holster wear and EDC it holds up fine. For send, dirt, hard wear I like DLC.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on February 09, 2017, 04:45:03 PM
Bummer JoJo. Hopefully your trailer was covered with insurance.

Rah, cooool!

The insurance company said I was covered but didn't say if the tree removal was. I'll keep you informed.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: rah45 on February 10, 2017, 05:13:31 PM
Rah
Makes sense.  I like ATEi's work. Also take a look at Wetwerks and Jaegerwerks, they both do nice work on M&Ps. If yo want a really durable finish also look at Black Nitride/ DLC coating. It holds up really well. I generally just stick with cerakote as I am tough on my guns and re-coating is easy enough. For general holster wear and EDC it holds up fine. For send, dirt, hard wear I like DLC.
Thanks, I'll have to look into DLC.

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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on March 20, 2017, 02:38:00 PM
Finally took the plunge and started doing Krav Maga. I forgot how intense it is. After the first session I had to pull over and throw up on the side of the road, my system just wasn't used to the shock. Day 2 and 3 I had to arrive early and sit in the truck psyching myself up because every fibre of my being was telling me to quit but 2 weeks in and it's starting to go better. It feels really good to be reminded that I'm not made out of glass.

Added an extra week worth of water. Our dams are now down to approximately 15% usable water (about 13% down from last month). If we don't get rain soon we're in trouble. Farms and factories have already begun letting people go since they've been forced to reduce production and it's just getting hotter and dryer, even though it's technically Autumn. I don't do well in the heat, not quite sure how much more I can handle.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 20, 2017, 04:29:28 PM
FYI -Karv Maga (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krav_Maga)  :thumbsUp:

I will pray for rain in your neck of the woods.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on March 20, 2017, 05:03:38 PM
jmac, there's an image on that link with the TRUEKRAV banner in the back. the guy on the right is Etienne, one of my trainers. I see there's a tab that says "play media" underneath but it won't open on my mobile.

thanks, we need all the prayer we can get.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on March 20, 2017, 08:12:38 PM
stay cool, keep it up and lets hope for rain!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on March 20, 2017, 09:31:32 PM
 I received a check from my insurance company for the fallen tree that landed on my boat trailer. It paid for the tree removal and totaled my trailer.
Everything worked out fine.
 I've been sharpening my knives today and now I can shave with them. My father taught me how to shave with a straight razor when I was sixteen but I'll leave the knives alone and use a safety razor, yeah I'm scared.     
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on March 20, 2017, 09:35:59 PM
got a ton of straw cheap - put 100 bales in the loft and am getting ready for more sheep in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on March 20, 2017, 09:52:11 PM
.   .   .  , yeah I'm scared.   

scared, scarred or some of both?

You know what they say-- when you use a straight razor you gotta hold a gun on yourself to make you go through with shaving with it

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on April 23, 2017, 04:05:13 PM
 Bought 20 rolls of TP, large box of contractors plastic bags and add one more DAK canned ham to my supply. Also picked up another 72hr emergency food  package. Now my BO bag for my wife and I is complete. 

OOPS forgot last week I picked up some fish meds. Amoxicillin, Penicillin and Ampicillin   
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 24, 2017, 09:28:19 AM
Cool JoJo  :bravo:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on April 24, 2017, 06:27:55 PM
Went to a gun show Saturday.  A big un for sure.  Wife has been talking about a new wheelgun 38 and or 357 for her her first one to call her own and getting CWP.  We made sure pennies were squeezed to get one.   We had been to a couple stores and she really liked the Ruger SP101 as far as size, weight, grip size and style and all that.  I had a line on a used purchase of one reportedly clean as new with the 3" barrel.  Price would have been right about $500 in my door

However at the show we came upon a clean as new and easily mistakable as new Charter Arms Pug 357 with the 2.2 barrel.  Stainless and sweet, basically NIB clean and with all box, docs and everything.  It fit her hand better than the 101 and she really like it, but still wants a set of wood grips.  IMD price was $260.

Went to the store this afternoon and had to take a Pug out for a walk. I really like that rascal.  Ain't a thing wrong with a 5 round 357.  Matches the Charter Arms Undercover 38 I bought my mom 35 years ago and repossessed when she went on to her great reward.

Nemo  <---- Happy Puppy  :baconDance:


(http://i.imgur.com/1TzArV7.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on April 24, 2017, 07:53:39 PM
 DROOL :drool: :drool:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on April 25, 2017, 12:33:32 AM
Follow up note.


WHEEL GUNS RULE                     :baconDance:



back to your regular entertainment now.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 25, 2017, 09:23:52 AM
Many moons ago MrsMac was looking for her EDC. After trying out hundreds (No lie) she settled on the Ruger SP101 hammerless wheel gun in .357 Mag.

She loads it with .38 Spl. rounds not the .357 Mag rounds though. She is deadly at 20' or less.

(http://www.ruger.com/products/sp101/images/5720.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on April 25, 2017, 07:52:55 PM
That Ruger is what we were seriously looking for/at when she ran across the Charter Arms.

And yes, I am going to have to work her up to hot 38 loads.  She has never fired anything more that a 22mag.  She did not realize it was mag because I had sneaked the cylinder change in the Ruger Single Six on her. 

She did fire a 380 Taurus 738 one time (and only once) because she really did not like the recoil and muzzle blast. 

This one will be interesting to get used to.  Starting her with 3.2 grains of Titegroup pushing a hand cast 125gr RNFP lit by Winchester Small Pistol primers.

She will finish with Gold Dot 38sp 135gr JHP for SB wheelguns and that will be EDC round.  Then we can get her shooting some big boy rounds.  5.9gr of the Titegroup pushing 158JHP or hard SWC.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on April 30, 2017, 09:33:51 PM
learning a second skill, harness making - i made several lead ropes for our own use.  making some custom sized halters.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on May 03, 2017, 09:42:42 PM
 Had a SureFire 3P-Eliminator-5.56 flash suppressor installed on my AR. Bagged up 8lbs pasta and a large canister of granulated garlic.
I have to try out the suppressor this week.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on May 04, 2017, 08:13:36 AM
Exercised.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 04, 2017, 03:28:57 PM
Bought a new Kubota 52Hp 4 wheel drive tractor with front bucket.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 05, 2017, 08:51:43 PM
I you get a backhoe to go on it, and need a hole dug let me know.  I love playing with things like that.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 06, 2017, 10:52:00 AM
No Nemo, they wanted $9k for the backhoe. I need to find one cheap at an auction or private sale.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on May 06, 2017, 01:28:09 PM
 Having worked on many Kobota's at work I learned one thing. No matter how will you grease the pins they wear out fast. So when buying used check for pin wear. Not hard to replace but it could get expensive.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 06, 2017, 02:35:17 PM
 :thumbsUp: JoJo.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 06, 2017, 10:06:35 PM
Meant to say IF above.  Thought I hit the "modify" button but that disappeared and this one won't.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on May 07, 2017, 09:18:48 PM
Today: ( well yesterday really...) : Spent all day shooting Carbine.

mostly more advanced stuff, multiple target updrills w/o shotclock and single target updrills with shotclock.
Used approx 500 rds
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on May 20, 2017, 07:31:23 PM
 Bought a 10 gallon Behrens  locking galvanized pail from ACE Hardware and started to line it with cardboard. On line it sells for $149.94 :o but in the store it was $24.99. Go figure ???
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: grizz on May 20, 2017, 09:03:31 PM
I increased my knowledge by hanging out on this site for a few hours today  :cowboy:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on May 21, 2017, 08:17:04 AM
I think maybe the title should be "this week" since that's often a better indicator of readiness efforts.

So here is my week:
I had a great week for readiness so I will put it down (I think a week is a better indicator than "a day")
3 Ruck marches and 1 very long and hard pistol class where I got really challenged.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 25, 2017, 10:09:25 PM
Picked up a butchered 1/2 a steer today I ordered last November. Smallish size, with it being 200 #'s hanging weight.

So we have 1 1/2 butchered pigs and half a steer in the freezers right now. Plus an assortment of other protein like chicken, turkey, veal, and lamb.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on May 26, 2017, 11:21:18 AM
This week:
2 Ruckmarches. 1 run (in a thunderstorm)
Still likely to come :
1 range visit.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 28, 2017, 08:57:12 AM
You rock Erick! PT is half the battle.  :pirateThumbUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on May 28, 2017, 02:59:36 PM
 My wife is getting scared of all that's happening and asked to go to the gun club.  So I took her and had her shoot my 10/22, she has natural trigger squeeze and a good eye. She wants to shoot pistol but must start at the bottom and work up to it.
 

 
 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on June 14, 2017, 08:35:38 PM
Exercised.

Also I been surging my firearms training recently.

Have almost Weekly quality training event.
Either Professional shooting school or on my own at a very good combat (not plinking!) oriented prepper range.
 :dance:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on June 23, 2017, 06:00:51 PM
pulled out my get home / car kit checked everything and replaced the food & cyalume sticks.  Added a spool of nylon twine and replaced a used roll of D-Tape.  I made sure the wheels on the fold down hand truck still worked.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on June 24, 2017, 01:01:39 AM
Watched my wife get her CCW in the mail today and tuck it in her purse, along with Tillie.  I made her name her EDC.  Remember that Charter Arms Mag Pug I noted here about 6 weeks ago?

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on June 24, 2017, 03:51:37 AM
Some great stuff gents  :thumbsUp:

Me, I didn't put on any winter weight this year and as of last Friday I am 10 pounds from my goal weight wise. Did it through walking and keeping my carbs between 100 - 150 a day. Averaging ~125.

Now with summer here, the other 10 pounds will melt off with all of the crap I have to do to get ready for the winter months like:

> Gardening,
> Cutting, splitting and then stacking wood,
> House and yard maintenance,
> Building a couple of elevated deer blinds and a chicken house,
> and.........
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on June 24, 2017, 06:14:33 AM
I bought a blow up boat. The wife was griping until she saw that it could carry 400 lbs, had oars, a double action air pump, repair kit, and was almost 7 feet long. Then she said that I have to go back and buy a second one because she wants her own boat. I guess she has a point because if we both get in the same boat, then where are we going to put our BOB and other supplies? Its not a toy but its also not a bulletproof Kevlar boat either.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on June 24, 2017, 07:56:35 AM
That is tooooo cooool pkveazey!

Don't forget PFD's. (Personal Flotation Devise). Here (https://www.westmarine.com/buy/stearns--manual-inflatable-life-jacket-belt--15725591?recordNum=7) is the one I like as you just wear it like a belt and if you need it you pull the rip cord and the vest fills with co2 from a small canister in the belt.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on June 24, 2017, 10:35:03 AM
I bought a blow up boat. The wife was griping until she saw that it could carry 400 lbs, had oars, a double action air pump, repair kit, and was almost 7 feet long. Then she said that I have to go back and buy a second one because she wants her own boat. I guess she has a point because if we both get in the same boat, then where are we going to put our BOB and other supplies? Its not a toy but its also not a bulletproof Kevlar boat either.

Paddle upriver.  I could use another rifle at the farm.  Relatives 450 acres with about 100 head of angus.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on June 27, 2017, 03:28:16 PM
My wife is getting scared of all that's happening and asked to go to the gun club.  So I took her and had her shoot my 10/22, she has natural trigger squeeze and a good eye. She wants to shoot pistol but must start at the bottom and work up to it.
Great job!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on June 27, 2017, 03:29:30 PM
Today I took a day off from work to go on a Ruckmarch and go shoot.  :dance:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 26, 2017, 07:57:27 AM
MrsMac and I bought 40 lbs of bone-in chicken thighs.

Washed them, cut off excess fat, and placed 3 to a pack in freezer bags. Threw in the freezer when done. Ended up with 29 bags (dinners) of chicken thighs.

It came out to 83¢ a pound. Not the cheapest chicken thighs but we don't have to worry about purchasing this for the next year or so. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on July 26, 2017, 09:13:54 AM
 Ordered a generator interlock kit. Bought some canned sausage, corned beef and yeast. Slowly stocking up. Put my dingy up for sale and with that money I'll be able to buy a duel fuel generator. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 26, 2017, 10:17:28 AM
 :thumbsUp: JoJo.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 20, 2017, 07:49:54 AM
I just got done cutting up the logs left over from last years tri-axel load. Ended up with 3 1/2 cords from that.

If you add what is left over from last year, 1 1/2 cords, I still need two more cords for my 2017/18 winter heating needs. I easily have that in trees that have come down during this spring/summer season of endless rain and thunder within tractor drive from the redoubt*.  I am sore as hell from the cutting of logs this week.

* Based on the recent current events, I have moved from use the term "the cabin" to "the redoubt."  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on August 20, 2017, 04:49:48 PM
Don't you need a second log wall with 18 inches of packed mud between the 2 for it qualify?

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on September 05, 2017, 04:21:22 PM
 Started installing the outside receptacle for my generator hook up to my circuit panel, called my propane company and asked them to fill me up this week. Bought two more 5 gallon gas cans and filled them up.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 05, 2017, 07:45:18 PM
Good idea JoJo. The excrement is really going to hit the fan this weekend.  :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on September 12, 2017, 06:31:01 PM
 Completed the generator interlock system. Now all I have to do is plug the generator in and I can can run everything off of my circuit panel except the A/C. Much better than a transfer switch and a lot cheaper.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on September 12, 2017, 08:24:45 PM
Ordered some more freeze dried edibles!  Picked and stored potatoes from the garden.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 12, 2017, 08:46:40 PM
Good stuff JoJo and Jackalope.

I/we ...

> Ordered my chimney guy to come out to inspect and clean the chimney,
> Picked 8 pints of green beans. Ready to can in the next couple of days,
> Picked 10 lbs of tomatoes. Cored and froze waiting for the last tomatoes to ripen or freeze on the vine,
> Had 9 yards of 2B stone delivered to -
   - Update the parking lot/location, and
   - Do a few small projects around the redoubt,
> Froze a couple of gallon ziplock bags of sweet peppers,
> Saved the seeds from the sweet peppers, and
> Changed the water in the saved tomato seeds containers. I will strain and then clean each seed in a week or less.

I am beat! 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on September 13, 2017, 08:47:19 AM
Quote
I am beat! 

Not as beat as you will be when you move those stones.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on September 13, 2017, 12:53:48 PM
Quote
I am beat! 

Not as beat as you will be when you move those stones.

Yeps, by the time he's done he will feel like he covered 8 front yards and a big back yard.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 13, 2017, 04:36:17 PM
LOL. Thats why we have a new Kubota 55 Hp tractor with all kinds of attachments  :dancingBanana:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on September 13, 2017, 04:42:07 PM
 That's cheating! :lmfao:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on September 13, 2017, 07:46:38 PM
That's cheating! :lmfao:

But fun.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on September 14, 2017, 03:08:34 PM
Yesterday, I took a defensive shotgun course.  The course was pretty basic, but it was nice to get some range time, and try out different types of ammunition, and see the results.  Since it was a defensive shotgun course, I decided to pick up a Keltec KSG bullpup shotgun, which is a great example of a defensive shotgun.  This one had come from the distributor heavily modded, so it has a front vertical grip, folding iron sights, a crimson trace mounted flashlight, breaching muzzle, single point tactical sling, etc.  It's comforting to know that if something goes bump in the night, that I'll have a firearm capable of carrying 12-16 shells, depending upon the load.

     I learned that a typical buckshot shot is approximately the size of a 9mm bullet, and each buckshot shotgun shell has 8 or 9 of these spherical pellets.  Ouch!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 14, 2017, 08:52:08 PM
WOW! Sounds pretty cool jackalope. Next time you take a class let me know and maybe I could join ya'.

Stupid Question: Can you load the Keltec shot gut with more than 10 rounds in NY and be legal?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on September 15, 2017, 06:38:34 PM
  Yes, because it's a pump action.  If it was a semi-auto like a SPAS-12, then the answer would be no.  I ordered a bunch of ammo for it today.  My son is coming to visit next weekend, so we'll have to give the Keltec a work out.

      There is a tactical shotgun class that is being offered near Utica, NY, on October 7th.  Maybe we could coordinate for that one, though that one is relatively soon.  Here's the link: http://www.mdtstraining.com/training/schedule/practical-shotgun-skills-1-17/ (http://www.mdtstraining.com/training/schedule/practical-shotgun-skills-1-17/)

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 16, 2017, 06:55:33 AM
Cool. Let me check with my brother to see when he is coming up to the cabin for archery season. Thx
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on September 26, 2017, 04:06:27 AM
Purchased a new copy of A FAILURE OF CIVILITY from one of the authors on EBAY. Can't wait for it to arrive.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on September 27, 2017, 05:29:36 PM
  Last weekend I really lucked out by attending a local farm auction, which was sparsely attended because of some beautiful weather.  I managed to fill some holes in my preparations.  I picked up a John Deere 4 wheel drive diesel tractor with some implements, a Coleman 5kw generator, another Husqvarna chainsaw(I already have one), a small meat slicer, and assorted pots and pans.  The prices were surprisingly low, for instance the tractor with a bush hog and a plow were priced at less than half of what just the tractors are selling for on farm equipment websites.  I know the seller, so I conferred with him before bidding.  All in all, it was an amazing day, because we stumbled upon the auction just before it started, and didn't even know it was scheduled.

   A couple of days prior to the auction, I noticed some free solar equipment posted on Craigslist, and it had been posted just 10 minutes before I saw the ad.  I immediately contacted the seller, and made arrangements to pick the stuff up.  I ended up with a 100 watt panel, a Trace 40 amp charge controller, a DC circuit breaker panel, and mounting frames for two solar panels.  It'll be a nice addition to my current system.  The fellow had a remote cabin, which he ultimately connected to the grid, so he didn't need it any more.

   I don't know why I've been so blessed, but I am thankful.  My wife says it's good karma. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on September 27, 2017, 06:02:08 PM
 @Jackalope

 Good on you. I love to hear stories of people hitting the jackpot, or is it the Jackalope. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on September 27, 2017, 07:46:03 PM
yep, good get.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 29, 2017, 06:43:56 AM
Holy crap Jackalope, send some of that karma my way  :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on October 01, 2017, 05:29:31 PM
   Today was productive.  I got part of one of my gardens rototilled, and garlic planted for next year.  My wife did some harvesting of some kohlrabi, kale, and some onions.  Supposedly she's going to dehydrate the onions.  We've dehydrated kale before, and it just ends up as crispy leaves.  We still have some potatoes and carrots to harvest, which will probably happen next weekend.

   I also transferred some ammo from the original shipping boxes to ammo cans, mostly 9mm and .50 BMG.  I'm thinking we're in pretty good shape ammo wise.

    I still have all the winter preps to do, I have to get those done before the end of October because we typically have snow by then.
 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on October 02, 2017, 03:11:00 AM
Bought 100rds of 9mm and 50 shells of 00buck to add to a "natural disaster" stockpile. Not really meant to fight off the NWO but a gang of looters during a regional disaster where relief is days or weeks away.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on October 05, 2017, 05:12:29 PM
  I rototilled another garden today.  Did some winter prep work on one of the tractors.  Did some other chores, so it was another productive day!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on October 05, 2017, 06:48:19 PM
Cool Jackalope. May I be so bold to suggest keeping it PERSEC?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on October 05, 2017, 08:34:53 PM
   Yup, no problem.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on October 10, 2017, 12:02:30 AM
Got a second job. Plan to invest in preps, skills, improving my quality of life.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on October 11, 2017, 12:02:24 AM
Does replacing a 22 year old heat pump count as prepping? I did that today and it was really expensive.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on October 14, 2017, 05:12:39 PM
  Moved the chicken tractor into place for the winter.  Cleaned out the chicken coop.  Shoveled literally a ton of chicken manure, and spread it over our gardens.  Hopefully I'll be able to rototill it into the garden in the next day few days so it can break down over the winter.  I definitely got my work out today!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on October 14, 2017, 05:34:43 PM
It's hot, it's dry and it's getting brutal.
Almost a year into this drought now and it's catching up to us.  Started getting reports of boreholes and well points running dry.

My red wrigglers actually cooked inside their home, none of our outdoor plants made it and a large number of my clients have been forced to shut their doors due to water restrictions and general economic decline.  Steep rise in good prices due to the lack of local supply.

Forced us to take a look at a number of factors.
Done away with the fish and worms and switched over to hydroponics.  I have set up a trial system (about a quarter of what we had) indoors.  Greatly increased our water stockpiles.  All of this to the dismay of MrsNinja because we are running out of space to move in this tiny apartment but at the end of the day, if it comes to it, I'm willing turn the entire spare room into a garden.  I'm not made for heat like this, it's starting to cook my brain, dreaming of a summer job in Alaska.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on October 14, 2017, 06:59:49 PM
good to hear from you the digininja!
i hope that drought breaks soon!  maybe spring will bring some rain.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: thedigininja on October 14, 2017, 08:29:40 PM
Been limiting my online time due to data prices being so high in S.A.  U.P. Is one of my online vices that I miss the most.

Generally we're in a winter rainfall region with about 70% of our annual rain in winter which has just ended (although winter was about 2 weeks long this year) but we're still holding out hope.  After the most severe el nino event in my memory in 1998 our seasons essentially reversed during the following 2 years so that's what we're currently praying for.  The weather is incredibly erratic at the moment, apparently our meteorologists are pulling their hair out because nothing is going as they expect.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on October 14, 2017, 08:59:42 PM
 Went to the range to practice offhand shooting, did poorly. I haven't exercised in a month and it showed. Ordered oxygen absorbers and mylar bags.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on October 15, 2017, 06:13:09 AM
I too am glad to hear from ya' thedigininja  :cheers:

Jackalope, I was planning on building a chix coup for next spring. I am looking at all of my options and a moveable coup sounds interesting. Our goal is to only have 3-6 chickens. Maybe you could write about your coup.

JoJo, any firearm practice is better than none.  ;)

MrsMac and I have been very busy with the last of the canning, splitting wood, stacking wood, and basically getting ready for our winter.

Installed tile in our first floor head (Bathroom for all of you Hillary supporters) and it looks good even if I have to say so myself.

Bought a 2 meter linear power amp. Basically turns 5 watts into 85 watts. Going to try my hand at SSB 2 meter broadcasting. It is becoming popular with some underground hams. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on October 15, 2017, 09:32:24 AM
@JoJo good for you practicing off hand, its something i've been neglecting. 
-
JM the wife and i have had luck with movable coops - tried a couple designs.  the cattlepanel hoop coop would be way to large for under 20 chickens.  a PVC design is light and you can customize the size.
we got started by reading a book by Joel Salatin - i found this a good read Pastured Poultry Profit$ what fascinated me was not the business stuff.  it was the chicken tractor (the movable coop).  Grass fed tastes better IMHO.

https://www.amazon.com/Pastured-Poultry-Profit-Joel-Salatin/dp/0963810901/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1508072821&sr=8-5&keywords=salatin (https://www.amazon.com/Pastured-Poultry-Profit-Joel-Salatin/dp/0963810901/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1508072821&sr=8-5&keywords=salatin)
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threadloom/search (https://www.backyardchickens.com/threadloom/search) (type 'chicken tractor' in the search window.

i know you have probably heard about 'backyard chickens'.  I have found it useful for small flock chicken advice.  On the coop one thing i found was to use 2 2x4's as sled runners (gives you an attachment point for the PVC & feeder & water & pulling ropes & no wheels needed) and it is easier to move.  one or 2 cross 2x4's to make it more stable than the PVC only types.  my favorite current design is PVC with 45 deg elbows made into hoops like a conestoga wagon.  use cattle panel or hardware cloth around the bottom 2' and chicken wire around the rest (i added hardware cloth 'skirts' front and back after a weasel incident) - make a door to get food and water in. - i put the food and water on a platform so it slides with the sled.  A top tarp for shade if needed.  we skip roosts with meat birds - so you can make it lower (easier reach over).  move it to a new patch when they have eaten the grass under their feet - about once a day early on and twice a day later.  Even if you don't have alot of grass, it keeps the soil load of manure down.  :)  i have a freezer full of  tasty roasters.  one other idea - you probably don't want to overload your freezer - just do chickens like your carrots or lettuce - in successive batches.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on October 15, 2017, 04:31:57 PM
Cool stuff Kbop...Thanks  :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on October 22, 2017, 07:08:06 PM
Well we harvested all of our potatoes and mustard greens.  The mustard greens are being dehydrated to be used in soups and salads this winter.  All of the gardens were rototilled, so at least the gardens are ready for winter.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rogue-Metalsmith on October 23, 2017, 02:59:58 AM
We practised extreme 4x4 on a nearby mountain trail this weekend.
Have backache to  boot for it (added some remedies meds to the list for BOB and to stock up for Medic bag), drove through some intense ditches and deep water, yes my lady brain also took part, i took the sticks and drove on.

Well besides a busted oil filter and posible new detterent for vehicles chasing you (spill oil on rocks) making it impossible for any vehicle to follow. Was alot to take in for a weekend of learning.

We took inventory of food and made a list of what we need, then i started drying out strawberry seeds to plant in a few weeks.

All in all not a bad weekend.
 :zombitron:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on October 24, 2017, 05:46:40 PM
I got a tetanus shot yesterday, not because I wanted it....  anyways this is a reminder to keep your vaccinations up to date.  Tetanus vaccination is good for 10 years.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on October 24, 2017, 08:23:51 PM
Scheduled to take a Healthcare provider BLS CPR course Thursday morning.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on October 25, 2017, 09:20:04 AM
At my mom's for the week with MrsMac. Threw up my QRP antenna (reply #9) (http://unchainedpreppers.com/forum/radio/qrp-antenna's/) into a tree about 30' high and configured it into a inverted "V".

Been making contacts as far away as Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, Arkansas on 5 watts. I have heard folks farther like the UK, and the Caribbean but have not been able to get through the "pile-ups" to make the contact.   
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on December 24, 2017, 07:03:08 PM
Examined my new 4 pack of 20L Jerry cans.
On close examination these from Poland
https://deutscheoptik.com/20-liter-jerry-can-set-of-four.html (https://deutscheoptik.com/20-liter-jerry-can-set-of-four.html)

While better than the cheaper than Dirt ones ,are not the equal of these (the ones I previously stocked) made in Latvia:
http://lexingtoncontainercompanysonlinestore.mybigcommerce.com/jerry-can-20l-green-epa-carb-dot-osha/ (http://lexingtoncontainercompanysonlinestore.mybigcommerce.com/jerry-can-20l-green-epa-carb-dot-osha/)

I was hoping they would be but they werent.
I will test them to see if they are good enough.
They ARE half price compared to the ones from Lexington ( yet more than the chinese ones from CTD)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on December 26, 2017, 12:05:17 AM
Been stocking up on cold weather gear when it comes on sale. Got an OD green primaloft jacket and a grey North Face Elevation coat in clearance. Begin Pharmacy Tech training mid january, hopefully by June I'll have a new $20-$30hr job. 8)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on December 26, 2017, 08:32:30 AM
my project for the day;
go through the first aid kits for the car, barn  and house.  replace any expired, missing or unsealed items - I'm adding Israeli Bandages to my IFAKs.  - My Boxing Day tradition.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on December 26, 2017, 08:52:35 AM
Been stocking up on cold weather gear when it comes on sale. Got an OD green primaloft jacket and a grey North Face Elevation coat in clearance. Begin Pharmacy Tech training mid january, hopefully by June I'll have a new $20-$30hr job. 8)

Good luck. Here's hoping you get the $30.00hr job.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on January 01, 2018, 08:06:06 PM
 Ordered "Cipro" for my medical kit. I now have all of the most popular antibiotics. I need more triple anti-bio tic ointment.   
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on January 02, 2018, 09:05:20 AM
JoJo, where do you buy your antibiotics?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on January 02, 2018, 10:16:28 AM
 JM I get them from Camping Survival, I found they are the cheapest around. For 500mg Cipro you have you have to type in their search engine
Cipro. They are also the cheapest for Red Feather canned butter.   

 https://www.campingsurvival.com/ (https://www.campingsurvival.com/)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on January 02, 2018, 08:11:22 PM
Thx,  :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rogue-Metalsmith on January 08, 2018, 09:04:32 AM
Wow what a holiday.
Good to be back
Happy new year to all the preppers!

I did some small scale prepping, restocked my emergency (pocket size) sewing kit, and rearanged my new small waterproof carry on box(fits in my hand bag). I always carry these with me wherever i go.
I even managed to fit in a small mirror(lipstick box size mirror)-great for looking around corners without putting your head in danger. i fit quite a number of things into it.
*mirror
*floss (4m)
*earbuds (8)
*waterproof fire starter
*compass
*2 sewing needles
*celestimine tablets (4)
*material pencil (white)
*prestik (15grams)
*2 hairclips
*10ml vaseline
*tea tree oil (15ml)
*eno's sachets (2)
*small compass

And tested out some of my new compact camping gear.
Found and tested a few recipes on an open fire.

All around not a bad way to enter a new year.
I hate christmas time of the year and must say, this was the most fun i have had in a long time over the holiday period.

 :zombitron:

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on January 08, 2018, 01:23:16 PM
Come on over out of the heat.  Bring spare noogies. Whatever those things are, but you will freeze them off  here.  Its doing some serious cold getting.

Also, celestimine-- what does it do?

and prestik-- is that an anti-depressive medication or putty stickum compound?

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on January 08, 2018, 02:25:07 PM
Cool R-M!

If you can, post a few pics of your "small waterproof carry on box(fits in my hand bag)."

Thx and great report!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on January 08, 2018, 04:14:26 PM
R-M - cool additions.  Are the earbuds for your phone or something else?

Nemo -  with apologies to R-M;
i've traveled a bit :)
celestamine -  think allergy tabs.
prestik is the same as loctite funtack.  it is a temporary adhesive like silly putty.
eno's  - think alka seltzer or bromo fizz - good for a sour stomach. 

Noogies - I have no clue.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on January 08, 2018, 04:42:28 PM
Quote
Noogies - I have no clue.

What us old guys Mom's called LONG JOHNS.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on January 08, 2018, 06:03:48 PM
True Jojo, I remember my Mom telling us we would freeze our noogies off!   I guess I'm an old guy :-(
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on January 08, 2018, 07:12:29 PM
Noogies are (to me anyway) whatever you would lose to being out too long in weather too cold to be out in and lose to the freezing.

Ergo-- freeze your noogies off.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on January 08, 2018, 07:18:26 PM
explains why i had no clue - my wife has mine.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on January 08, 2018, 11:20:34 PM
Kbop- OUCH!  :lmfao:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on January 09, 2018, 12:05:50 AM
 :facepalm:

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rogue-Metalsmith on January 10, 2018, 02:06:19 AM
Come on over out of the heat.  Bring spare noogies. Whatever those things are, but you will freeze them off  here.  Its doing some serious cold getting.

Also, celestimine-- what does it do?

and prestik-- is that an anti-depressive medication or putty stickum compound?

Nemo

 :lmfao: Hey Nemo. hehe thank you for asking i was wondering if everything might be understood. hehe translation coming up.

Well * Celestamine® is an international brand name for betamethasone/dexchlorpheniramine, a corticosteroid that is prepared for systemic as well as topical use for inflammatory conditions of the skin including seborrheic or atopic dermatitis, neurodermatitis, and psoriasis.*
It helps with bee stings and any allergy related issues like swelling, itching, coarse patches of inflamed skin due to allergy breaking out, it is very helpfull for extreme allergic reactions. commonly used here by us.

And as for Prestik. white re-usable putty-like adhesive, which is clean, safe and easy to use.
Handy stuff-you can stick anything to any surface and re-use the material, can be used as ear buds even. It has so many uses it is unbelievable. here is a link for the curious.
https://www.bostik.com/southafrica/Bostik-Products/original_reusable_sticky_putty (https://www.bostik.com/southafrica/Bostik-Products/original_reusable_sticky_putty)

Spares will be braught, seems i may yet get my chance to come over within the next 2-3 years even. :fuckYeah:

Hope i didn't miss anything.
 :zombitron:

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rogue-Metalsmith on January 10, 2018, 02:20:52 AM
Wow what a holiday.
Good to be back
Happy new year to all the preppers!

I did some small scale prepping, restocked my emergency (pocket size) sewing kit, and rearanged my new small waterproof carry on box(fits in my hand bag). I always carry these with me wherever i go.
I even managed to fit in a small mirror(lipstick box size mirror)-great for looking around corners without putting your head in danger. i fit quite a number of things into it.
*mirror
*floss (4m)
*earbuds (8)
*waterproof fire starter
*compass
*2 sewing needles
*celestimine tablets (4)
*material pencil (white)
*prestik (15grams)
*2 hairclips
*10ml vaseline
*tea tree oil (15ml)
*eno's sachets (2)
*small compass

And tested out some of my new compact camping gear.
Found and tested a few recipes on an open fire.

All around not a bad way to enter a new year.
I hate christmas time of the year and must say, this was the most fun i have had in a long time over the holiday period.

 :zombitron:

pictures attached...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rogue-Metalsmith on January 10, 2018, 02:26:56 AM

 :zombitron:

pictures attached... not sure if the second pic attached the first time.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on January 10, 2018, 10:25:23 AM
Since I am a bit behind the times in this topic I will share recent things we have done.

Being in the UK as part of the EU we can get some interesting things here legally.

1. We restocked our over the counter pain management items. Ibuprofen and codeine.
2. Bought in another 300 Grams of pure powdered Lidocaine. (Love eastern european markets)
3. Salvaged a small 12ft boat from next-door that we are going to convert to electric drive.
4. We have bought alot of gill and throw nets

Will fill everyone in more soon.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on January 10, 2018, 01:52:52 PM
 I prep on a budget a small budget but I bought a one pound brick of coffee, large bottle of Soy Sauce, a box of powdered milk and two cans of corn.
 Also my ciproflaxin and my "Peoples Republic" book came in. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on January 10, 2018, 06:47:46 PM
i updated a few items in my first aid kit and replaced some of the food in my car GHB.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on January 11, 2018, 09:33:39 PM
Awesome R-M! Thx for taking the time to post those pic's.  :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on January 22, 2018, 04:24:58 PM
Today we have begun to inventory our gear.

Needless to say the fact that I tend to buy more than is needed has come to light.

I presented my soon to be son in law a 175lb crossbow that he had no idea we had.

I have discovered that we have 10 extra sets of level 3a soft plates that can go into any of the 20 different vests that we have.

I have hard plates for all three of the males in the house.

This is the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to equipment I do not think we have missed anything.

Oh dear.

We have decided to pear down a bit and sell the major excess and trade it on ebay to fill the minor holes in our preps.

The boat is about to have a transplanted engine into it.

Just need to build the trailer for it.

Speaking of trailers. We will be picking up one I bought from a friend this week. A minivan body converted to a trailer.

Will post pics of the projects as the come.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rogue-Metalsmith on January 23, 2018, 02:51:23 AM
I have been drawing up a south african translation to the american one year prep list.

It has been proving abit of a challenge as not only our products differ but retailers and prices aswell.
May take me some time to factor in locations to purchase aswell.

Aside from the list making, i have been looking at around the house maintenance that is due and how to spruce it up in a prep kind of way.
Simple example-rain gutters.
And installing a rain gathering system and possibly adding on to that a seperate tank for watering my vegetable garden which has now changed aswell.

I then looked at our man made dam(very small) and making it deeper without making it unnatural.
I found examples of what is called natural swimming pools(human made)

see link below.
http://www.naturalswimmingpools.co.za/home.shtml (http://www.naturalswimmingpools.co.za/home.shtml)
SO these are 2 relatively good things to start up whilst doing maintenance. Would work excelently in my corner of the valley.

As for my BOB i am waiting for payday to finally order my first (official) set of bags.
Cannot wait. :trolling:
 :zombitron:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on January 23, 2018, 04:07:12 PM
@ R-M, awesome job on tackling the rewrite/translation.
@ gadget, please give the forum first rights.  :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on January 23, 2018, 10:06:06 PM
@ R-M, awesome job on tackling the rewrite/translation.

Dayum, thats a challenge worthy of acclaim and huzzahs.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on January 24, 2018, 02:59:05 AM
@ R-M, awesome job on tackling the rewrite/translation.
@ gadget, please give the forum first rights.  :cheers:
Will do JM.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on January 26, 2018, 02:38:51 PM
OK All....

I have a massive amount of kit here that I we have decided to move on after our inventory.

As JM has requested. We wish to provide those here with first dibs on the stuff.

Some of this is stuff you cannot get over there.

My problem is that I need to come up with an economical way to get it over to you all from the UK.

Looking for input and options.

Cheers all.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on February 04, 2018, 01:13:23 AM
OK All....

I have a massive amount of kit here that I we have decided to move on after our inventory.

As JM has requested. We wish to provide those here with first dibs on the stuff.

Some of this is stuff you cannot get over there.

My problem is that I need to come up with an economical way to get it over to you all from the UK.

Looking for input and options.

Cheers all.


What kind of kit are we talking about Gadget?

*I recently scored a tactical tailor MALICE pack V2 new with tags from a surplus site for a steal. Turned out to be a V3 with Alice frame, hip belt, and Molle ii shoulder straps. I'll prolly use it V2 mode.
*Also got a sage green camelbak bfm from same site unused.
*Got a Blackhawk LRAK rifleman kit from another site.
*Purchased 2 books: Country Wisdom know how..., and Natural Health and Healing know how...

Also have 2 of these on the way via mail
https://www.rhodesianarms.com/collections/bush-caps/products/modern-bush-cap (https://www.rhodesianarms.com/collections/bush-caps/products/modern-bush-cap)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 04, 2018, 07:06:30 AM
May I be so bold to suggest you chose two or three methods of shipping that are convenient for you and your family, like:

> Normal Snail Mail,
> Fed Ex, and
> DHL.

or

> UPS,
> Snail mail, and
> Carrier pigeon.

Then let the folks who make offers on your stuff figure out which method of shipping is best for them.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on February 04, 2018, 09:35:35 AM
I expect there would be more than a few things in that pile I would be interested in.  But keep in mind his kit is across the pond.  Its a combo of Dollars, Pounds and a Euro thrown in for getting it here.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on February 05, 2018, 03:25:48 PM
Hi All,

What I am going to do is, as we inventory. I will do some research.

If what I have can be found cheaper over there. I will post links to where you can get it.

If the item is scarce or unique I will find a way to quote a cost shipped over there that is competitive.

We are slowly getting things sorted out here and I will be able to get lists out.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on February 05, 2018, 07:55:04 PM
 :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 05, 2018, 10:08:28 PM
 :thumbsUp: :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on February 06, 2018, 12:41:42 AM
  :thumbsUp: :thumbsUp:  :thumbsUp:

and a

:baconDance:


Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on February 07, 2018, 03:15:09 PM
Bought a couple old school Camelbak Hawgs that are on clearance sale at LAPoliceGear.

https://www.lapolicegear.com/camelbak.html (https://www.lapolicegear.com/camelbak.html)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 07, 2018, 06:42:24 PM
Some great prices Deathstyle. Thx for sharing  :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on February 08, 2018, 09:22:57 PM
https://m.jcpenney.com/p/levis-midweight-work-jacket/ppr5007267835?pTmplType=regular&amp;rrec=true&rrplacementtype=search2_rr

I bought one of these Realtree Xtra jackets pictured in the link. Reg. Price is $180, it is currently on clearance for $50 at the my local store while online it says $60. I bought in person so I don't know if online sale will send you something else. If a JCPennys is near you, it is worth checking out.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on February 15, 2018, 07:02:46 PM
 I've been busy printing out survival recipe’s and putting them in a three ring binder. I'm always on the lookout for simple recipe's that take few ingredients. I try to find ones that don't take butter that is until I can make a bunch of Ghee.  :stir:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on March 10, 2018, 04:32:34 PM
*Just got my steel rifle plates today. Paid $89 from CATI armor + free shipping. I'll use these for PT/training and fighting til over time I can upgrade. I threw them in an Eagle industries Universal Plate carrier (Ranger Green) I bought from Natchezs for like $20 but awhile back. The PC is not adjustable at the shoulders or neck (V neck) but it'll toughen me up. Can't wait to take this thing on hikes with my camelbak gear.

*Also got "Tracking: Signs of Man, Signs of Hope" by David Diaz as recommended by John Mosby. Flipping through it, it looks promising and will provide more activities to perform in kit.

*Also tracked down some Magpul tactical carbine dvds and received my copy of "The Last Hundred Yards". TLHYs is also a very informative book and I'm very grateful to be able to learn from it.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on March 10, 2018, 07:41:22 PM
 Practiced with my AR-15 bought ammo to replace what I used. I also ordered a duel set of Baofeng UV-5R radios from a company here in the states, New Jersey.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 11, 2018, 02:26:45 PM
Some great accomplishments folks.

Lets see...Of course I took Brushbeater's RTO class, packaged up some basic on the road rations for my BOB, ordered two books that were recommended on this site (The Last 100 Yards & Survival & Austere Medicine: An Introduction ), and monitored my maple sap collection.

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on March 21, 2018, 09:14:46 PM
Went to local bookstore to pick up a Thomas Glover pocket reference they ordered for me.

*Turns out Chelsea Clinton was there for a book signing event.  :suicide:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on March 21, 2018, 11:57:19 PM
I've been slowly getting prepping odds and ends and they started to pile up. Yesterday, I dumped all that crap into a big plastic storage container and put it with the others. I also just received two more Biohazard suits and put them with the other two suits that I already had. I ordered 5 handcuff keys. For those that don't know, all normal handcuffs use the same key. I plan to give one to the wife to carry and one for myself to carry. The rest will go into my prepper gear. HINT: Keep your handcuff key where you can still get to it if you are in handcuffs.

OH, Wait!!!! I have big news..... My generator gas tank was leaking at the petcock and I won't go into all the trouble I had fixing it, but I finally got it fixed so that crappy friction fit is now a Threaded metal tube with hose clamps.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 22, 2018, 08:26:14 AM
My buddy's dog is named Chelsea, I did know she wrote a book. Mmmmmm?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on March 23, 2018, 01:43:13 AM
I bought a little more Silver today. I'm seeing a lot of things that really concern me about the Dollar crashing. It could be 2018 or possibly 2019, but its being reported by financial experts as not IF but WHEN. Until it happens, I have to keep Dollars available for Taxes and Insurance and household Bills but I don't want to be caught holding a bunch of cash when the Dollar is worth zero. Uh Oh.... Here I go peeing on the Bitcoin Parade. If you have a million dollars worth of Bitcoin and the dollar becomes worth zero, then how much is a Bitcoin going to be worth? I would have bought some Bitcoin but I just can't bring myself to value something that I can't hold in my hand. If you can't access the internet, how do you retrieve it, spend it, or sell it? Does it just float around in the ether forever? I know I'm pushing my point a bit hard but, to me, its like paying for real food in the pantry or paying for fake food in the pantry. I think real food is better. :deadHorse:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on March 23, 2018, 05:32:16 AM
  I agree with your assessment Pk, there's nothing like hard, tangible assets.  During times like these, it's better to have access to usable items rather than money in the bank that may not be worth anything, if you can actually withdraw it. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: zeerf on March 23, 2018, 05:55:29 AM
Uh Oh.... Here I go peeing on the Bitcoin Parade. If you have a million dollars worth of Bitcoin and the dollar becomes worth zero, then how much is a Bitcoin going to be worth?

agreed and will search to see if you all already have posts related/focused to bitcoin (I am no expert but will share what I have seen also).
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 23, 2018, 07:38:09 AM
Hey Gadget, I am looking for a 5 piece military sleeping bag system at a reasonable price. Would you have one in your inventory willing to send state-wide? 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: zeerf on March 23, 2018, 08:11:21 AM
Hey Gadget, I am looking for a 5 piece military sleeping bag system at a reasonable price. Would you have one in your inventory willing to send state-wide?

+1 on this :)
was eyeing these but had not pulled trigger yet: https://store.glennsarmysurplus.com/mod-iii-bdu-sleep-system-p279.aspx?Thread=True
and these only 4
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 23, 2018, 09:33:00 AM
Good find zeerf. A bit pricing for a 4 part by $30-$40- but nice to get from someone not Ebay.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on March 26, 2018, 06:44:11 PM
  I did some aerobic conditioning by going for a walk on snowshoes, and while out and about did some shooting too.  I'm trying to get more proficient with my EDC, a H&K VP9.  It was a beautiful Spring day, lots of blue sky, though the temperature was only at 40 degrees.   The H&K shoots well, and accepts whatever ammo I put through it.  All in all, a great day in the woods.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 27, 2018, 09:05:14 AM
The H&K PV9 is a fine weapon. No need for an after market trigger on that handgun.

When H&K comes out with a .45 ACP version of the PV, I will buy one in a NY minute.

While at the Shot Show I asked a rep from H&K about the new PV45 and he told me that there were a couple in prototype but about 2-years away from making it to the streets. I asked "why", and he said, "Its all about marketing and gun sales. Once the PV9 sales start to decline then it will be time to introduce the PV45."

I like honesty.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: zeerf on March 27, 2018, 09:29:00 AM
Seeing others chat about H&K VP9 makes me happy. I am not anti anything as long as it works reliable for you.
I love the grip and stock trigger on my VP9. I am looking at getting the VP9SK as an alternative lower profile EDC option but for now the VP9 works great in most cases :)

Got to do some great training this past weekend with my VP9 and AR. Will look at posting a formal review someplace but for now if you have not trained down in Fayetteville, North Carolina (I know this is far for lots of folks) I would highly recommend Recondo Operations Group (ROG) https://recondooperationsgroup.com/
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 27, 2018, 09:59:57 AM
Looking forward to your AAR zeerf!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CJS06 on March 27, 2018, 10:12:04 AM
Got some training in this weekend.  I went out to Utah for some fundamental defensive carbine work and to get some time in with the team I am going out with in a couple of weeks. Training was run by Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics. We are heading to the Capitol Reef area of Utah for some Recce/Patrol/Small Unit training with Buck Doyle of Follow Through Consulting. 

It was a little bit of everything this weekend from nice low 60's on Friday to mid 20's and snow with big wind on Sunday.  It made for some solid work.  We only had 4 of our normal group of 6 that we will be going out with in a couple of weeks mixed in with a solid group of mostly LEO and a couple of other civilians. We were lucky enough to have a SOCOM in town at the same time so got in a nice 4 hr block of medical in that was not initial planned. He is a close friend and did this for our group, not the entire class. 

I'll try to do a AAR of both this and the Recce class mid next month....once I get back and get caught up on the work front.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on March 27, 2018, 05:07:42 PM
 I hope you young guys who train a lot also take training on how to train civilians after SHTF. How to use the very young and the very old.
When it comes to battle don't let our age be used to decide our uselessness but our usefulness. Our desire to be free and live is as great and maybe even greater than most.           
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on March 27, 2018, 07:52:09 PM
   I don't think I'd go for a VP45, as I already have a USP 45.  The USP 45 handles very well, and it has minimal recoil for a .45.  The only reason the USP 45 isn't my EDC gun is the weight, and I have a light attached too, which makes it difficult to conceal.  The VP9 is very controllable recoil wise, compared to say a Kel-Tec PF9. 

     And Jojo, I'm just a civilian who is trying to survive whatever comes my way.   I do train occasionally with my wife and our sons.   If the weather is decent this weekend, maybe we'll celebrate the holiday weekend practicing a bit, but my wife doesn't tolerate cold weather very well.  She's definitely a warm weather shooter.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on March 27, 2018, 08:32:03 PM
 @jackalope . You, JohnyMac and some of the others are lucky in that your wife and family can see the problems that exist, my wife suffers from "Terminal Normalcy Bias". She doesn't know that I have food, medicine and toiletries stored. You ask how is that, well when we got married we promised each other not to invade the others space. Promises kept.       
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 28, 2018, 09:32:03 AM
Great CJS! Looking forward to that AAR.

The weather looked nasty for sure however what a great way to test ALL of your equipment.  :thumbsUp:

A bit off the topic of this Subject Line however, if you find yourself on the older side of 40, don't have a solid team to train with, or know that when the day comes your family will finally understand what you are prepping for - You can always be part of the auxiliary. Check out this (https://forwardobserver.com/2015/04/laying-foundations-building-an-auxiliary-cell/) article by John Mosby.

Peace!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on March 30, 2018, 06:01:30 PM
 I made two small raised beds and planted onions, radish, two types of carrots and beets. My garlic is 3" already and my previously planted onions are starting to come up.
 My wife loves beets, I don't but I have never tried fresh grown ones before. Time will tell. 
   
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 31, 2018, 09:53:29 AM
You rock JoJo!

I wonder how many folks on this site have their cellars or garage full of prepping supplies, beans, band-aides and bullets but never practice with those goods. Time for a article on this subject I am afraid.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on March 31, 2018, 10:41:18 AM
My wife loves beets, I don't but I have never tried fresh grown ones before.


Eat one bite too much beets and you will pee purple.

That cannot be good for you.  I won't eat 'em.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on March 31, 2018, 01:16:22 PM
My wife loves beets, I don't but I have never tried fresh grown ones before.


Eat one bite too much beets and you will pee purple.

That cannot be good for you.  I won't eat 'em.

Nemo

 I had to wait until I stopped laughing to post. :lmfao: :lmfao:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on March 31, 2018, 02:10:38 PM
   Beets are discussed often here at our homestead.  I HATE beets, it goes back to an unfortunate incident in my childhood.  However, my wife loves them and so do the chickens.  So, we grow a couple of rows of beets in the garden every year.  The beets that my wife doesn't harvest are left for the chickens, and we've found that they make a good bridge food in the Fall before the ground freezes solid.  A bridge food is used between the time the chickens free range and when it's necessary to turn to store bought feeds and grains.  For those that are raising poultry, mangel beets can be grown too specifically for chickens feed.  Mangel beets are harvested, dried and then ground up for a natural chicken feed, and they last a long time when they're dried.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on March 31, 2018, 06:18:46 PM
*- i love beets!

got the seeds started and will move them outside soon to harden off.
got the potatoes chitting.
the indoor greens are almost eaten (mesclun mix)
i got a bag of pasture mix seed, a bag of barley to mix with it and am ready to flatten and patch a couple of ragged places in the pasture.  the roto-tiller, bush hog and tractor are lubed for the season.  we already have lambs and are expecting more.
the brooder is full with a batch of broilers and a batch of layers.

spring has arrived.
 :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on March 31, 2018, 06:59:00 PM
    We're still waiting for Spring up here, as we're suppose to get some snow tonight, and temperatures are forecasted to be in the teens at night all next week.  I spent part of the day pruning apple trees.  I also had the opportunity to see how a livestock guard dog operates.  One of the neighbors had visitors who have a pitbull that got loose.  The dog ran around their yard for a bit and then it noticed our poultry and ran for our fenced enclosure.  Just as it approached the fence our Great Pyrenees placed herself between the pitbull and poultry.  She didn't bark or anything, just stood at ready, and apparently she's intimidating enough to make the pitbull hesitate, which allowed the dog's owner to corral her.  I was impressed on how professional the the Great Pyr was.  However, she later lost a few points when she grabbed some broccoli from the chickens, thinking she could get a snack.  She chomped on the broccoli for a bit and finally let the chickens feast on their treat.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on March 31, 2018, 07:01:06 PM
My wife loves beets, I don't but I have never tried fresh grown ones before.


Eat one bite too much beets and you will pee purple.

That cannot be good for you.  I won't eat 'em.

Nemo

 I had to wait until I stopped laughing to post. :lmfao: :lmfao:

You do realize that my statement is 100% accurate.

My wife loves them and just advised me that the other human exit material will turn purple too if you eat too much beets.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on March 31, 2018, 09:01:28 PM
Not sure if this falls under prepping.. maybe more resilience or readiness..

But today I did my 5th exercise for the week (Iron Pump optimized to support/improve tactical movements and weapons handling) and right afterwards I went shooting while still exhausted from the work out.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on March 31, 2018, 09:47:42 PM
I got a new carbine and went shooting. Damn!!! Brand new rifle and I had a bunch of Failed To Feeds. I came home and did a bit of work on the magazines. I'll know how that worked out when I go shooting again. I tried to take the mechanism apart to polish the ramp. Well, that didn't work for me. I'll do a little research on how to access the feed ramp without looking through the ejection port. :boltAction:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on March 31, 2018, 09:50:19 PM
@Erick - a good workout and then shooting under physical stress for my 2¢ that counts  :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 01, 2018, 08:36:08 AM
@ Erick, you are truly an inspiration to us all with all of the PT and training you do. Thanks for keeping us in the loop and encouraging our own.

@ Beets, I can take 'em or leave 'em BUT MrsMac HATES beets not unlike you Jackalope. Just the mention of the word "BEETS" gets a strong ugg from her.

@ PK, what kind of a carbine?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on April 01, 2018, 10:10:25 AM
Thanx for the kind works John and Kpop.. I hope as many members as possible get to exercising.
I am now firmly in middle age and it took a year but I bounced back from a low point in my physical shape in the past year.

And as you surmised correctly I dont do this to brag... but to exert set an example on the group to do more.
Fitness will be important for SHTF either to enable manual labor or to enable you that extra wind you need to maneuver to close with and destroy those who threaten you and yours.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on April 01, 2018, 10:11:36 AM
Got some training in this weekend.  I went out to Utah for some fundamental defensive carbine work and to get some time in with the team I am going out with in a couple of weeks. Training was run by Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics. We are heading to the Capitol Reef area of Utah for some Recce/Patrol/Small Unit training with Buck Doyle of Follow Through Consulting. 

It was a little bit of everything this weekend from nice low 60's on Friday to mid 20's and snow with big wind on Sunday.  It made for some solid work.  We only had 4 of our normal group of 6 that we will be going out with in a couple of weeks mixed in with a solid group of mostly LEO and a couple of other civilians. We were lucky enough to have a SOCOM in town at the same time so got in a nice 4 hr block of medical in that was not initial planned. He is a close friend and did this for our group, not the entire class. 

I'll try to do a AAR of both this and the Recce class mid next month....once I get back and get caught up on the work front.

CJ: rock on!

Looking forward to your AAR!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on April 01, 2018, 10:18:37 AM
Hey Gadget, I am looking for a 5 piece military sleeping bag system at a reasonable price. Would you have one in your inventory willing to send state-wide?

+1 on this :)
was eyeing these but had not pulled trigger yet: https://store.glennsarmysurplus.com/mod-iii-bdu-sleep-system-p279.aspx?Thread=True
and these only 4

I been looking at those for a while also.. I have one but a spare is always better right?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: zanedclark on April 01, 2018, 02:41:57 PM
What have I done today?  Came back to Unchained

Z
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on April 01, 2018, 02:52:06 PM
What have I done today?  Came back to Unchained

Z

 :thumbsUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on April 01, 2018, 07:55:49 PM
I bought some more ammo today and if they hold the AMRON Prepper net tonight, I'm going to check in.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: zanedclark on April 02, 2018, 01:15:26 PM
I had forgotten about AmRRON https://amrron.com/ (https://amrron.com/).

I have a lot of memory to rememory.

z
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rogue-Metalsmith on April 23, 2018, 04:27:39 AM
What a productive weekend.
Made some RTCM-ready to cook meal packs.
And practiced my patience skill set to the limit with the fam.
The meal packs were made up of measured amounts of either rice or pasta and then added beef/chicken stock cube as well as a sauce packet and then either a topper was added (soy meat replacement) or if available regular meat can be used with the ingredients. Just add canned mix veg (if you have stock) and presto. Full meal for my entire family (expected to be housing at that point).

Had a lot of things added to my list to make.
Need to look into more of these packs. especially adding stuff like dried fruits and veg.
Need to also look at getting a vacuum sealer of my own, currently borrowing our neighbors :cheers:
I suppose one needs to make these things work one way or another.

RM
 :zombitron:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on April 23, 2018, 08:28:45 AM
Great job RM!

I did similar a couple of months ago and added the meals to the bag I leave in the truck.

My favorite B.O.B. recipe is:

1 Cup Jasmin rice
1/2 Cup dried veggie (carrots, broccoli, etc),
1 bullion cube, and
4 oz beef or pork jerky.

Vacuum seal the mess.

To eat, boil 3 cups of water pour in the mix and simmer for 20 or so minutes. Some times with 5 min. or so left to cook I add in some up to 1/2 cup more water.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rogue-Metalsmith on April 24, 2018, 07:28:03 AM
That is a great recipe, i have been looking at different kinds of cereal bars aswell.

You guys have beef jerky, we have biltong. I guess its similar? i have no idea, never tasted beef jerky before.
Biltng is however really getting too expensive to add to that list unless i can hunt and dry some myself.

I am looking into using something like oats bars? adding some nuts and dried fruits and so on, need to go get ingredients for that however.

I noticed that the vacuum sealer bags can be microwaved and boiled. it made me think of what we call sosaties. If you chop up meat into bite sized cubes and stick them on a long stick, vacuum seal them  freeze to store and then cook the whole bag they should be good to go, so if i have a portable freezer i can chuck them in there and off we go.

RM
 :zombitron:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on May 10, 2018, 08:17:05 PM
Exercised twice.. a run at lunchtime and an iron pump after work.. the iron pump was mostly designed around muscle groups that aid in weapons handling and stability.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on May 10, 2018, 10:21:35 PM
lets see
sheep sheared.
i'm up to 5KM rowing per day + 10K steps per day. 
I'm looking into freeze drying, making pemmican and pressure canning meat - so i can pick one to experiment with.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 10, 2018, 11:13:21 PM
Purchased 400 rounds Winchester military 9mm ammo.  Worked out about $8.96 a box of 50.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 11, 2018, 08:02:55 AM
Kbop,
what are you being charged to have your sheep sheared? My neighbor charges...

> $65- just for the Shearer to show up and then,
> $15- per sheep.

I am glad to see that some folks are still buying ammo. Hopefully to replenish your cashes because you are practicing.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 11, 2018, 08:13:58 AM
Forgot to mention, that purchase was made at the Palmetto State Armory retail store near Hilton Head NC.

Yeah, I got my toes in the water, a** in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today, life is good today

Nemo   8) (Jimmy Buffet shades)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 11, 2018, 08:14:35 AM
oops, wrong button
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CJS06 on May 11, 2018, 08:56:05 AM
This is over the last 3 weeks. Rotated out dated canned goods.  Put up another 60 days worth (3 ppl) of food stores.  Added another 10 gal of fresh water.  Bulk purchased ammo to replenish training stores (10k 5.56 , 8k 9mm).  Actually started in on my AARL technicians license manual. Took a local defensive carbine class.

Now that Spring has hit the marine industry that I primarily work in is really starting to go off. That was probably my last activity for the next 3 months.....other than working on the Technicians Manual when I get free time and can keep myself awake.

 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 11, 2018, 12:19:25 PM
Now that Spring has hit the marine industry that I primarily work in is really starting to go off.


Yeps, boats.  Break Out Another Thousand. 

You should make a fortune or 2.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: CJS06 on May 11, 2018, 03:41:29 PM
Now that Spring has hit the marine industry that I primarily work in is really starting to go off.

You should make a fortune or 2.

Nemo

Hah, You must not have ever heard of how to get a million $$ in the marine industry.  Start with $2mil, lose the first $1mil and bingo you have $1mil. 

Of course I would like to have that first Mil to lose to start with  :o . For how expensive the products are the margins to the manufacturers and dealers is very weak compared to many industries.

Chris
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on May 11, 2018, 06:16:46 PM
 This week i bought two #10 cans of freeze dried peppers three cans of vegetables a bottle of 500 aspirin and some triple antibiotic. Slowly getting there.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on May 11, 2018, 07:53:50 PM
   Today was productive.  I took my guard dog to the vet for some much needed shaving and toe nail work.  This afternoon, all of my gardens were rototilled for the first time this year.  Hopefully, I'll get some potatoes planted tomorrow.  Also today, the garlic plants were weeded, and they are coming up nicely.

     Last weekend, I visited a Cabelas up near Portland, Maine and bought some bulk 5.56.  I also got some .50 BMG projectiles and some powder for reloading the big .50 BMG, while visiting a gun show.  We also got some range time in and had a chance to try out a Windham Weaponry 5.56 AR-15 set up for three round bursts.  I've got to get one of those with tons of ammo.  It'll take some practice to get accustomed to three round bursts.  My son and I also practiced with a Keltec KSG set up with a silencer-awesome firearm!  I also got some time in with my EDC pistol.  I'll definitely be returning for some classes with Windham Weaponry.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on May 11, 2018, 09:41:36 PM
Kbop,
what are you being charged to have your sheep sheared? My neighbor charges...

> $65- just for the Shearer to show up and then,
> $15- per sheep.

I am glad to see that some folks are still buying ammo. Hopefully to replenish your cashes because you are practicing.

the going rate seems to be 15-20 per sheep - ours charges 20 plus we donated to an animal rescue they run - plus we have multiple types of critter needing shearing - sheep, alpaca, llama - my wife likes to work with the fiber.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: bennington.camper on May 11, 2018, 10:05:09 PM
I ordered a bucket of freeze dried Wise meals from an ad I received from Midway.
Removed alot of outdated dried foods from storage for recycling.
Labeled my ammo cans with the caliber ammo contained within.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 12, 2018, 09:22:53 PM
I also got some .50 BMG projectiles and some powder for reloading the big .50 BMG, while visiting a gun show.

With 7000 grains in a pound you get what, 50 to 80 rounds per pound of powder?

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 13, 2018, 09:09:22 AM
Thx Kbop! Looks like my neighbor is paying a good rate.

I am so glad to see everybody still working on their 3 B's.  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on May 13, 2018, 02:00:14 PM
yesterday did a lot of shooting approx 400-450 rds. all week exercised a LOT.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 13, 2018, 09:43:50 PM
Thx Kbop! Looks like my neighbor is paying a good rate.

I am so glad to see everybody still working on their 3 B's.  ;)

Need to keep in mind the plus 2 part of it.  The bullion and barter.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on May 14, 2018, 05:54:15 AM
@Nemo - and Baa - fleece and leg-o-mutton.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 14, 2018, 11:46:07 AM
HHMMMM?  Beans, Bullets, Bandages and Bullion, Barter and Baaa? 

Sound good gents?  or is the Baaa covered in the first part?

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on May 14, 2018, 03:23:23 PM
i don't know about you Nemo, but i don't like eating sheep beans.

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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on May 15, 2018, 01:29:23 AM
Those are smart pills. I told a fellow that those were smart pills and the more of them he ate, the smarter he would become. He ate one and said, "These taste like Sheep turds". I said, Well, there you go. You're getting smarter already."
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on May 15, 2018, 08:17:35 PM
Could not have been me to learn that.  I don't know what sheep turds taste like.  But really, I don't know what any turds taste like.  I guess I ain't very smart.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on May 15, 2018, 09:37:20 PM
I don't do prepping everyday but today I bought a few more ounces of Silver. The Price Manipulators don't realize that by holding the price down, it allows poor folks like me to actually buy some. When they can't hold the price down any longer, its going to go up like a rocket. I'm sympathetic to other preppers and not so much to non-preppers, because while they may be smart, they are aren't very wise. Several of my relatives are prepping, so I gave them a couple of ounces to put in their Bug Out bag, just in case.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on May 16, 2018, 10:20:28 AM
 PK what premium per ounce do they charge you and do you buy locally? When you say silver is it coins or bars?
 I don't have any silver preferring other essentials first but might start to look at silver.   
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on May 16, 2018, 01:30:08 PM
JoJo, I will just state what I do.

I buy coins .999 pure silver Liberty 1 oz rounds. Cost is about 3% over spot price.
I also buy pre 1964 silver USA coins. Depending on the coin the content varies again I pay ~3% over spot because when I buy I buy A LOT!

Example: A USA Quarter is 90% silver and the weight is a tad under 1/5th of an oz. so the melt value is about $2.94. Add the 3% and it comes out to be about $3.03 BUT to get that 3% over spot price you have to buy a lot. If you just buy a couple like $100- face value, you are looking at about a 6% fee or that quarter will cost you $3.12 a piece.

I hope that helps.

Now just a side note: You buy silver for day to day purchases post a TEOTWAWKI event. Gold is for large purchases, e.g. land, house, horse, cow, etc.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on May 16, 2018, 01:34:37 PM
 I have the cow covered just need bread and milk.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on May 16, 2018, 06:13:14 PM
PK what premium per ounce do they charge you and do you buy locally? When you say silver is it coins or bars?
 I don't have any silver preferring other essentials first but might start to look at silver.

You should definitely get into some Silver. The reason I chose it is because no matter what happens, Silver will never be worth zero. I pay a stiff premium of $2 per ounce but I only buy from one local Coin/Precious Metals shop because I have checked every Round and Bar that I have bought from him and haven't found a fake one yet. He also has a policy of me holding the receipt and if I sell any of it back to him, there is no premium on the back end. If I don't keep the receipt, he charges a premium to buy it back. My thought is that the high premium will become moot if the price of what I already have goes to $40 or $50 or higher in the future. I only buy one ounce pieces because they will be easier to spend and making change will be less of a problem. I have found a few pieces of pre-1965 coins and put them aside also. I keep telling myself that I have stacked enough and that I'm not going to buy any more but I still keep stacking if I have any extra spending money. I bought some Neodimium magnets and a very accurate scale for checking my silver.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on May 16, 2018, 06:46:55 PM
 Thanks PK. You answered everyone of the questions I had.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on July 02, 2018, 06:39:00 PM
got tired of hauling water for the stock last winter - put in a hand pump in the same well as my solar pump.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on July 02, 2018, 08:52:05 PM
*Got an MSR XGK USMC stove for my BOB.

*Upgraded my plate carrier to a Warrior Assault Systems DCS plate carrier I found on clearance.

* Just received a copy of "6 Ways In, 12 Ways Out" to practice out in the field.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on July 06, 2018, 02:32:22 PM
Hey Gadget, I am looking for a 5 piece military sleeping bag system at a reasonable price. Would you have one in your inventory willing to send state-wide?
Oops.....

I cannot believe I missed this JM.

Are you still looking for a sleeping solution?

Best they have over here that can fill a need like this. Is something like the following.

1. A Goretex Bivi Bag to keep the weather out.
2. A tropical sleeping bag. This is like the poncho liner yet in a sleeping bag form.
3. A three season sleeping bag or arctic sleeping bag.

In warmer weather you can use the bivi alone or with the tropical bag inside.

As things get colder you use the three season or arctic bag in the bivi.

For when it is colder that a witches you know what. You use all three.

Hope this helps.

I did happen to get my hands on some Soviet bloc soldiers bed rolls that while a bit heavy. Are the bees knees for sleeping in during cold weather. They are composed of a impregnated ripstop outer cover. Then a wool blanket and for the inside a massively thick cotton sheet. It is all set up to fold over and button together into a rectangle shaped sleeping bag like affair.

We have these in the home as backup and in the vehicles for when out and about.

Here is a supplier over there that carries them. (To show you what they look like)

https://www.majorsurplus.com/czech-bed-roll.html
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 06, 2018, 02:48:44 PM
LOL gadget. I finally found one in my price range. Good sleeping bag system. :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rogue-Metalsmith on July 10, 2018, 03:09:22 AM

I am looking into using something like oats bars? adding some nuts and dried fruits and so on, need to go get ingredients for that however.

RM
 :zombitron:


Cool beans update time.

I have been rather productive.
I put together two oats bar recipes and made a fantastic oats bar that is filling and easy to store.
No mess no fuss, you do need to bake the mess and then your set.
Sharing is caring. i still have the link for the original recipe.
i have two other links i will; be adding aswell that i am itching to try.

You can swap out ingredients to your liking.
i use the following:
2 cups of oats (normal/rolled/mixed)
*1 cup of mixed ingredient (nuts, dried berries, raisins, chopped toasted walnuts, almonds &
pecans, dried cherries & chocolate chips (mini or regular) pretty much anything you want in an oats bar goes here-i found dates do not work well in this part of the recipe)
*2 Tablespoons sugar (brown/white)
*i also added syrup- 4tablespoons-helps bind everything (honey can also be used-i made both variants turned out the same)
*1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut (optional-i replaced this with peanut butter-way more filling bars!)
*1 cup of “extras” - I like chopped toasted walnuts, almonds &
pecans, dried cherries & chocolate chips (mini or regular)

*1/3 cup vegetable oil
*1/3 cup honey *i also tried this with syrup-helps bind everything (i made both variants turned out the syrup binds better- you can go half and half here)
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The rest of the instructions are on the site aswell i will just paste them here for easy reference.
I stopped using  parchment paper i put them straight in my pan, they turned out even better.

1.Preheat oven to 325° F.
2.Line a 9” x 9” square pan with 2 criss-cross sheets of parchment paper (not foil) leaving extra overhang on all sides. Click to see how.
3.Combine oats, brown sugar, coconut and extras in a large bowl.
4.Combine honey, oil, and vanilla in a measuring cup.
5.Add honey mixture to oat mixture and combine well.
6.Spread in baking pan, pressing down very firmly, taking about a minute. Try pressing down with the back of a spatula.
7.Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. (mine takes an hour to cool on a cooling rack)
8.Remove from pan (using parchment handles) to cutting board. Remove paper and cut into bars.

http://www.jennycancook.com/recipes/granola-bars/ (http://www.jennycancook.com/recipes/granola-bars/) also on youtube https://youtu.be/DadiLIIWtSA (https://youtu.be/DadiLIIWtSA)
https://youtu.be/BXSgTQiAjq0 (https://youtu.be/BXSgTQiAjq0) - 3 ingredient peanut butter brownies!!
https://youtu.be/XaSSpCy3OAE (https://youtu.be/XaSSpCy3OAE) - 3 ingredient energy bars.

Well for now that is it.
Will post other stuff later.

Regards
RM
 :zombitron:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on July 10, 2018, 07:41:35 AM
Awesome R-M. Thx for sharing your recipe.  :pirateThumbUp:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on July 26, 2018, 10:28:51 PM
    Received more ammo today  :gunner:   And I received a new battery for the Ural motorcycle.  I went to start it last weekend, so I could take the dog for a ride, but the battery was completely dead.  I had left a battery maintainer on the battery, but it was dead just the same.  So, that teaches me to check my batteries more often.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on August 19, 2018, 06:32:16 PM
 Scope came lose on my rifle so a trip to the range to zero it, also bought a box of nitrile gloves for my medical kit plus another 200 rounds of 5.56.
 I was looking at a 1,000 watt power inverter at Walmart yesterday and when I went back it was gone. It was miss-priced at $29.95. I didn't know that was the wrong price but I thought at that price I'll get it.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on August 19, 2018, 10:49:02 PM
Visited a gun show down the road a bit.  Came home with a 420 round can of Federal .56 ($160)and a 1000 round box ($190) of 9s. 

The 5.56 is in cardboard sleeves of 3 stripper clips of 10 rounds each.  Easy to stuff a mag quick.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on August 20, 2018, 05:39:28 AM
Visited a gun show down the road a bit.  Came home with a 420 round can of Federal .56 ($160)and a 1000 round box ($190) of 9s. 

The 5.56 is in cardboard sleeves of 3 stripper clips of 10 rounds each.  Easy to stuff a mag quick.

Nemo

Sounds like a nice score :)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Rogue-Metalsmith on August 23, 2018, 06:23:37 AM
My list is huge...
added it is not just from today but the last two weeks.

I have added to my list of learned skills-Sproutlings
Great nutritious value easy seedlings that sprout in a glass bottle and then you can eat them.
CLean and easy on the move system.

I have been stocking up on seeds.
Sunflower
wild rice(still not found)
pumpkin seeds
sesame seeds
quinoa,hemp and flack seeds aswell.
https://www.onhealth.com/content/1/seeds_nutrition_benefits (https://www.onhealth.com/content/1/seeds_nutrition_benefits)

most important part of this process is rinsing! remember to rinse them!
https://snapguide.com/guides/make-edible-sprouts/ (https://snapguide.com/guides/make-edible-sprouts/)

Then i also have been working hard on my vegetable garden expanding and modifyng where needed.
All of this whilst busy with a Hydro-ponics setup.

Next on my list is fish breeding-learning how to hands on.

Mapping has been an important part of my last few weeks-planning out different bug out routes, keeping track of roads being closed and where riots are happening all over the country.

Vehicle modifications are also next on my list/defencive and offencive.
Yes it sounds and looks MAD-MAX-ish.

The single most important items are the bug out bags- carry on and in home ready to go.
I have started putting them together but the bags i have laying around the house seem to be inefficient and not enough to handle the tasks at hand- so yet another item added to need to get list.

I feel like evry day i am prepping in some way or manner by now.
It has become part of my routine.

List seems endless.

RM out
 :zombitron:

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 23, 2018, 08:44:59 AM
Some great stuff RM!  :bravo:

I am not up on wild rice as it has to be grown in a rather watery soil. Much of the wild rice grown here is grown up along lakes around the Great Lakes region.

NOT A PRIORITY, however if you get the nod from the owners of the "Mad-Max-ish" vehicles shoot us a pic or two. We could all learn something from those pics.

Praying for you and your family...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on August 23, 2018, 08:52:17 AM
RM:

yes sending the very best wishes and prayers your way! :hiding:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 23, 2018, 09:24:03 AM
My wife sold her Mini CooperS last year as it wasn't a good car to have up here at the redoubt. This past fall she bought a used Subaru Forester which did a very good job this past winter up here.

I am not a big fan of long trips in it as it isn't as comfortable as our F150. With that written I have taken it down to my Mom's about 3-hours south when she needed to go to the doctor or what ever. It is a lot easier to get in and out of than the truck.

When using the Forester, I usually bring a 5 watt BaoFeng handheld along to stay connected with the local and repeaters along the route to Philly. Adequate yes, perfect no. So after much deliberation and procrastination, I installed a 65 watt VHF/UHF radio in the Subaru this week.

The radio was an old Icom 208H with a removable face plate. The actual radio body lives under the passenger seat and the remote head plate lives on the dash board. I did hook up a remote speaker too as the broadcast is rather muted being under the seat.

I mounted the antenna on the rear hatch after buying a Laser antenna mount. Also bought a Laser 5/8 wave antenna to top off the mount. After going to YouTube and searching for "Subaru panel removal"  to find out how I could fish the coax I carefully removed the panels along the starboard side of the car and ran the wire to the passenger seat where the radio is. The coax is completely hidden and out of the way.

Last I did something I never do when setting up a radio in a vehicle. Right next to the passenger seat is an additional cigarette lighter port. Rather than running the power line through the fire wall to the battery I went to the lighter port. I read somewhere that there was no generator noise if you do this in a Subaru vs. some other car makers. So far signal reports have come back "full quiteing" so we will see what the future holds.

I am happy with the job and now just have to keep MrsMac from screwing with the face plate on the dash.  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on August 23, 2018, 03:02:34 PM
My wife sold her Mini CooperS last year as it wasn't a good car to have up here at the redoubt. This past fall she bought a used Subaru Forester which did a very good job this past winter up here.

I am not a big fan of long trips in it as it isn't as comfortable as our F150. With that written I have taken it down to my Mom's about 3-hours south when she needed to go to the doctor or what ever. It is a lot easier to get in and out of than the truck.

When using the Forester, I usually bring a 5 watt BaoFeng handheld along to stay connected with the local and repeaters along the route to Philly. Adequate yes, perfect no. So after much deliberation and procrastination, I installed a 65 watt VHF/UHF radio in the Subaru this week.

The radio was an old Icom 208H with a removable face plate. The actual radio body lives under the passenger seat and the remote head plate lives on the dash board. I did hook up a remote speaker too as the broadcast is rather muted being under the seat.

I mounted the antenna on the rear hatch after buying a Laser antenna mount. Also bought a Laser 5/8 wave antenna to top off the mount. After going to YouTube and searching for "Subaru panel removal"  to find out how I could fish the coax I carefully removed the panels along the starboard side of the car and ran the wire to the passenger seat where the radio is. The coax is completely hidden and out of the way.

Last I did something I never do when setting up a radio in a vehicle. Right next to the passenger seat is an additional cigarette lighter port. Rather than running the power line through the fire wall to the battery I went to the lighter port. I read somewhere that there was no generator noise if you do this in a Subaru vs. some other car makers. So far signal reports have come back "full quiteing" so we will see what the future holds.

I am happy with the job and now just have to keep MrsMac from screwing with the face plate on the dash.  ;)

It sounds like you did quite well on you radio installation. The Cigarette lighter thing could bite you in the butt. Most of those in the past have used a 5 amp fuse but the newer vehicles are starting to use a 10 amp fuse because of all the crap that people are plugging into them these days. If yours has a 10 amp fuse, and and you get long winded on transmit you might pop a fuse. If you are really lucky, they will have put a 15 amp fuse in it and you'll be good to go. Most 65 watt radios draw 9 to 11 amps on transmit and that would put you right in the margin of fuse popping.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on August 24, 2018, 08:20:52 AM
Thx PK. The radio calls for a 15 amp fuse which is what I put into the cigarette lighter attachment. I tend to broadcast on medium power which on the 208 is 35 watts. However, you are correct, if the radio fails it will probably be the power connection.

73 folks...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on September 21, 2018, 03:49:41 PM
Trying to save money but came across a deal I couldn't pass up.

Got a brand new North American Rescue WALK Kit. S&H pushed the price just over $200.


Plan to keep it in a vehicle when I go camping and will definitely be a much appreciated tool when I finally ditch the city to live in the country.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on October 07, 2018, 12:32:32 PM
   Yesterday, I participated in a practical shotgun class, which was essentially a defensive shotgun class for a home owner.  I'm learning how to efficiently operate a Keltec KSG, and shot over 200 rounds.  I definitely feel more confident using the KSG for defensive purposes.  I also realized that I cannot efficiently use a Mossberg 500 due to physical limitations.  Now I need to purchase some more ammo!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on October 07, 2018, 01:31:57 PM
Visited a gun show down the road a bit.  Came home with a 420 round can of Federal .56 ($160)and a 1000 round box ($190) of 9s. 

The 5.56 is in cardboard sleeves of 3 stripper clips of 10 rounds each.  Easy to stuff a mag quick.

Nemo

Sounds like a nice score :)

Show will be back in Salem next weekend.  I'd bet the same prices will be around and about there.  Come on over.  Fair warning, I will be recruiting for VCDL and put the hard sell on you if you come by.  I be there about all day Sunday.

I think its Roanoke next weekend.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mechmedic on November 16, 2018, 01:51:56 AM
Trying to save money but came across a deal I couldn't pass up.

Got a brand new North American Rescue WALK Kit. S&H pushed the price just over $200.


Plan to keep it in a vehicle when I go camping and will definitely be a much appreciated tool when I finally ditch the city to live in the country.


That is a steal! I’m insanely jealous. I have been wanting to add a walk kit to my stash for a while now. I need to go to Bragg and check out the surplus stores.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on November 16, 2018, 01:17:42 PM
My wife thought that I lost my mind. I saw one of those blood sugar testing machines on Amazon and bought it for my Medical kit. The wife said I was nuts because we don't have diabetes. I told her that for  for $20, it was a bargain and it would come in real handy in collapse situation. There is a ton of stuff in my med kit that I won't need but somebody else might need.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: patriotman on November 16, 2018, 02:26:19 PM
Picked up some more .22Lr - 1600 rounds for $39.99 after $20 rebate + free shipping from Brownells.

https://www.ammoland.com/2018/11/426442/ (https://www.ammoland.com/2018/11/426442/)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on November 16, 2018, 09:01:42 PM
Trying to save money but came across a deal I couldn't pass up.

Got a brand new North American Rescue WALK Kit. S&H pushed the price just over $200.


Plan to keep it in a vehicle when I go camping and will definitely be a much appreciated tool when I finally ditch the city to live in the country.


That is a steal! I’m insanely jealous. I have been wanting to add a walk kit to my stash for a while now. I need to go to Bragg and check out the surplus stores.

https://store.glennsarmysurplus.com/mobile/close-out-nar-warrior-aid-and-litter-kit-walk-p854.aspx

Here is another deal online
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Currahee on November 17, 2018, 10:56:37 AM
Dehydrating some veggies, gonna make a mylar bagging vid this weekend.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on March 24, 2019, 11:04:51 AM
 Finished my Faraday cage for my generator. Its big enough for the cable and battery charger.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 24, 2019, 02:13:35 PM
Great JoJo!

Me I started planting my 2019 seeds. Tomatoes and green peppers.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on March 24, 2019, 04:51:13 PM
     I spent a good part of the afternoon cleaning and oiling some firearms, using Breakfree Collector, which is a long term storage lubricant and preservative.  Unfortunately, I jammed up a revolver, where the hammer wouldn't go forward or backward.  I called my local arms dealer and he said bring it on over.  He had it working in 30 seconds.  Apparently while cleaning, the cylinder was some how misaligned.  So it was an easy fix.  And while I was there I made arrangements for the delivery of some .308, since most, but not all, ammunition retailers will only deliver to a FFL in New Yorkistan.  Did some reading too!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: patriotman on March 24, 2019, 07:48:28 PM
I went for a short ruck with plate carrier (under a jacket) + bag. Total weight was about 45lbs.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mechmedic on March 25, 2019, 05:57:53 PM
If you’re in NC check out Red Horse Surplus. I got a WALK with the litter for 55 bucks. I got a ACH with multicam cover and the new strap set up for 110. I’m going to stop by there again next month and look for anything else. I’m going to be picking things up for the TCCC class too. Haha. I do need some wet weather gear and they have a lot. Including the old school woodland stuff.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: patriotman on March 25, 2019, 08:32:18 PM
If you’re in NC check out Red Horse Surplus. I got a WALK with the litter for 55 bucks. I got a ACH with multicam cover and the new strap set up for 110. I’m going to stop by there again next month and look for anything else. I’m going to be picking things up for the TCCC class too. Haha. I do need some wet weather gear and they have a lot. Including the old school woodland stuff.

Damn that is a great deal!
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Kbop on September 04, 2019, 07:54:27 AM
putting in a hay shed - 20x30 - 20x20 hay storage with a 10x20 run in.
i have the base and frame up, working on the barn tin roof now.
its taking a bit working on it after work and weekends.

Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on September 04, 2019, 08:20:44 AM
   Good project Kbop!  I've been working on a chicken coop and a safe area for my girls.  Today I'll run a couple more strands of electric fence.  My four legged companion inadvertently tested the electric fence yesterday, so I know it works!  I'm using a solar powered electric fence controller and apparently it works well.  The coop has an automatic closing door, which will hopefully provide another level of safety.  I have to work early in the day before it gets too hot.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on September 04, 2019, 08:32:47 AM
I have been canning this week. Currently working on Italian Gravy.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: 11C1P on September 04, 2019, 05:38:40 PM
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Ordered a crap load of comms along with a few spare batts & antennas.  Still organizing & setting up my new expanded reloading room (amazing how much room you get when a couple kids have left the nest) as well as organizing all the builds I'm gathering parts for.  Wife hit the farmers market & we'll probably be doing some canning especially over the weekend.

.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: TrumpSA on October 04, 2019, 04:30:32 AM
Hi

Haven't been on for a while. What have I done. Ordered a radio with mic and ear peace. But what is the more important question-What haven't I done to prep today? And that is the Crux of the matter. As a South African we counting down the days till the collapse. Its a given nobody can deny it. Our Government is incompetent and hanging on by the skin of their teeth. But I feel I am running out of time and feel no where closer to finishing.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on February 24, 2020, 01:38:34 PM
Home Depot's been having the Plano Sportsman trunks 56qt (black) and 108qt (od green ) on sale. So I've bought a few to help organize gear.

2 of the green ones are already stuffed full w chest rigs. (I think I have a problem . . . nope never enough rigs.) I have 1 black one to fill w rifle mags and another one empty for pouches n miscellaneous gear. About to go buy a 3rd to fill w food for bugout/minuteman/ general outdoor readiness.

. . .probably buy another green one while Im there even though a 3rd one is empty at my house lol. But to be honest thats about to be filled also. Helps to be organized.


Also ordered 2 SADF m83 chest rigs from a dealer online and 5 Blackhawk coyote "rhodesians" from eBay for $30 a piece. Why? Because Dems are going to select a fucken commie as there Presidential nominee thats why. Will he win? No. Will there eventually be blood? Abso-freakin-lutely.
. . 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Romeo Foxtrot on February 26, 2020, 08:31:02 AM
Hit the LDS website for additional food preps, bought 72 # 10 cans of various items at 8.00 per can...

picked more n95/100 masks, and two more boxes of 9mil mechanics gloves....

also recently acquired an alinco dx-j11 DJ-X11 wideband receiver to round out my comms kit...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 26, 2020, 10:20:26 AM
Awesome Romeo Foxtrot!  :cheers:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NCislander on February 29, 2020, 09:56:50 AM
As with many others out here, Working to replenish the Medical supplies. Everyday Over-The-Counter items. Tylenol, Flu/Cough medicines, AntiAcid, Sudafed, Allergy meds, First Aid Bandages various sizes.
Thoughts are if the supply deliveries begin drying up, Have yours well stocked. I work to keep a 6 month supply on most items.
My mindset is Bug-In, hold-the homestead. Defending until Over-My-Dead-Body...

Also paid a visit to local hardware. Keeping tools and consumables stocked. Glue, 100mph Tape, 550 Cord, Liquid Nails, etc.

Homestead is very self-contained. Wood Stove heat for 2000sq/ft home, 2500 gallon Gravity feed water system (3 Mountain Springs on Property), Propane cooking. Working on the Solar, so when THEY pull the plug on us, we have some electrical available think Refrigerator/Freezer... 

Comms, an ongoing prep.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on February 29, 2020, 11:40:50 AM
Good stuff NCislander.

Interesting story...I was at the local very small CVS in our little town yesterday picking up a Rx. While I was there I thought I would get some extra supplies; excedrin, cough medicine, allergy meds, MucinexDM, etc. I was blown away with the empty holes I saw on shelves.

A clerk was in the aisle putting away some merchandise and I said to her, "looks like your truck is late" motioning to the empty shelves. She said, "no. It is that Chinese virus thing. People are stocking up." 

Again, depending on what stats you look at, the USofA receives 80-90% of their meds from China/India and 97% of our antibiotic comes from China.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: NCislander on February 29, 2020, 01:20:50 PM
Exactly my point.
We all look many times for items to "Prep" for. The everyday consumables we use sometime get taken for granted.  Stock up while shelves in your part of the country are plentiful. Our small town local stores so far, are well stocked. May not always be that way.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on March 09, 2020, 08:27:09 PM
 Inventoried my medical supplies. Surprisingly had more than I thought. Bought some more can goods and maybe tomorrow I will inventory my food supplies. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on March 19, 2020, 01:48:03 AM
Finally broke down and bought a Berkey water filter. Was gonna buy some military 5 gal water cans at $24 a piece but ended up buying a 10pk of 3.5 gal water bricks for $50.


Water is way more important than anything else here in the southwest.


Edit: Glad to hear my Berkey shipped as it seems most of the Berkeys have sold out online.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on March 19, 2020, 06:22:51 PM
Regarding TP and Corona--

Nemo



https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-digestive-symptoms-diarrhea-almost-half-of-patients/ (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-digestive-symptoms-diarrhea-almost-half-of-patients/)


Quote
Almost half of coronavirus patients have digestive symptoms, study finds
By Robert Preidt
March 19, 2020 / 4:40 PM / HealthDay

Diarrhea and other digestive symptoms are the main complaint in nearly half of coronavirus patients, Chinese researchers report. Most patients with the coronavirus have respiratory symptoms, but these findings from the early stages of the outbreak show that digestive problems are prevalent in many patients with COVID-19.

"Clinicians must bear in mind that digestive symptoms, such as diarrhea, may be a presenting feature of COVID-19, and that the index of suspicion may need to be raised earlier in these cases rather than waiting for respiratory symptoms to emerge," wrote the investigators from the Wuhan Medical Treatment Expert Group for COVID-19.

The researchers analyzed data from 204 COVID-19 patients, average age nearly 55, who were admitted to three hospitals in the Hubei province between Jan. 18 and Feb. 28, 2020. The average time from symptom onset to hospital admission was 8.1 days.

.   .   .

Patients with digestive symptoms had a variety of problems, including loss of appetite (nearly 84%), diarrhea (29%), vomiting (0.8%) and abdominal pain (0.4%).

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continued



Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on March 26, 2020, 07:06:11 PM
    We planted 6 fruit trees, and 5 dwarf citrus trees, and a couple of banana trees today.  The citrus trees and the bananas were planted in large pots, so they'll be residing in our home during the colder months.  I cleaned out the chicken coop and poultry yard, all the old bedding material and manure was spread out in the garden.  I then rototilled the main garden.  The garden will be rototilled at least once more before we start planting.  I also installed another raised bed in our greenhouse.  My spouse planted 6 head of lettuce in that raised bed.  The greenhouse is getting full.  We noticed one of our cherry tomatoes is already bearing a couple of tomatoes.  I had to pollinate the tomatoes by hand, using a small brush.  It's good to get some fresh vegetables, since we haven't been to a store in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Mustang0268 on March 27, 2020, 12:10:15 PM
Coffee √
Comm's up √
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JohnyMac on March 28, 2020, 09:36:27 AM
Good job (s) gentlemen.  :cheers:

MrsMac hates going into our basement. So she always takes our dirty cloths to wash at a local suds & duds. I spent the week hooking up the washer and dryer that we have had in our basement just sitting there collecting dust for over a year.  :facepalm:

MrsMac isn't happy about this leap forward so I told her that I would do the wash if she will fold. She agreed. This compromise will keep her out of the basement and away from the suds & duds and all the little petri dishes running around.  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: patriotman on March 28, 2020, 09:50:10 AM
Good job (s) gentlemen.  :cheers:

MrsMac hates going into our basement. So she always takes our dirty cloths to wash at a local suds & duds. I spent the week hooking up the washer and dryer that we have had in our basement just sitting there collecting dust for over a year.  :facepalm:

MrsMac isn't happy about this leap forward so I told her that I would do the wash if she will fold. She agreed. This compromise will keep her out of the basement and away from the suds & duds and all the little petri dishes running around.  ;)

Isn't it amazing how this pandemic has us doing all of the things off our checklist that have been there for a long time?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Deathstyle on April 05, 2020, 03:36:17 PM
Olight Baldr RL weaponlight arrived today and I already have it on my P226 w red dot zeroed. Plan to leave the pistol w mom loaded w hollowpoints, along w a taclight, while I'm out working NOC shift.


Plan to set up my old work duty belt for my USP45 and plan to get rail adapter and light for that.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: DMCakhunter on April 05, 2020, 04:10:30 PM
Realized that we do not have many hard copy books and magazines at our cabin. Have plenty of digital versions, kindle, audible and I pad. So all off grid and american survival magazines are heading to the cabin. Also old paperback novels, couple of books on firearm disassembly and whatever else strikes an interest.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: mechmedic on April 05, 2020, 05:02:54 PM
Good job (s) gentlemen.  :cheers:

MrsMac hates going into our basement. So she always takes our dirty cloths to wash at a local suds & duds. I spent the week hooking up the washer and dryer that we have had in our basement just sitting there collecting dust for over a year.  :facepalm:

MrsMac isn't happy about this leap forward so I told her that I would do the wash if she will fold. She agreed. This compromise will keep her out of the basement and away from the suds & duds and all the little petri dishes running around.  ;)

Isn't it amazing how this pandemic has us doing all of the things off our checklist that have been there for a long time?

I painted the living room, put together a compost bin, and fixed the mail box all in a week. We have been knocking stuff out with whatever we have at the house for the time being, and finding things to do once we can justify going to Lowe's/local lumber yard. It's been nice spending time together outside as a family. On my days off we eat all three meals together at the dining room table. It has definitely refocused us as a family.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: grizz on April 05, 2020, 05:06:58 PM
Counted rolls of toiletpaper, good to go  :fuckYeah:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Romeo Foxtrot on April 07, 2020, 12:15:41 PM
I pulled the trigger on some more  j-pole antennas, for HT's and base stations from https://n9taxlabs.com/  and various connectors, can't have enough of them.

His 2m j pole is the bomb, keep one in my suv trunk box, string up in tree, connect to mobile in vehicle, get crazy range.

Also, spinning up mag team with uv-82hp ht's pre loaded with various freqs frs/gmrs/murs/marine and the like so they have local comms/scanning and can hear me when i go into net control mode from my commo toc...

I bought a 10 pack and extra batteries last year, coming in handy now...

I'll give a few out to like minded neighbors too when the time is right, and the comms soi/sop info too...
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on April 07, 2020, 01:44:55 PM
Not today but last week.
Bought a good amount of Silver.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: gadget99 on April 07, 2020, 07:06:31 PM
We have continued the process of breaking our the preps this week.

1. Cleared and getting the garden ready to plant.
2. Vacuum sealing all of the bulk items we purchased as a top up.
2. Filled all the fuel containers for a reserve. 100L of Diesel and 40L of gasoline.
3. Sorting and arranging the medical supplies.
4. Visited the boat and got it ready for us after the winter lay up.

Still have a large list of things do do though.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on April 07, 2020, 09:50:07 PM
    I finally got around to installing a bidet in our bathroom.  A bidet has been at the top of the spousal unit's list for a looooong time, but I hate plumbing.  It was suppose to be a 10-15 minute job, but it ended up taking about 2 hours.... damn leaks, but it's working great according to my wife.

     I built and installed protective fence enclosures for our recently planted fruit trees.  Last night I noticed some rabbits in the yard, so the enclosures became a high priority.  And among other things, I finally capped our recently tapped spring.  I covered it with a heavy plastic, and then a layer of top soil, and then seeded it with grass.  The weather was ideal with temps in the low 70's and low humidity, couldn't ask for better working conditions.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on April 08, 2020, 07:53:05 AM
Warm water nozzle no doubt?

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on April 08, 2020, 09:11:09 AM
No, just ambient water temperature.  It makes the old sphincter pucker, but she's happy....so far.   :dancingGrenade:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on April 08, 2020, 10:49:36 AM
No, just ambient water temperature.  It makes the old sphincter pucker, but she's happy....so far.   :dancingGrenade:

Your a hoot.  :lmfao: :lmfao: :lmfao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on April 08, 2020, 08:22:34 PM
Front?

She happy?

You Happy?

Nemo   :-[   >:D
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on April 08, 2020, 09:12:06 PM
Does getting the mower out and cutting the onions count? I'll tell you one thing. I won't have to plant a garden. My whole two acres is all onions, poke berrys, dandylions, and a little bit of wild lettuce to boot. Oh, and I forgot about the Blackberry bushes and the wild grapes in my woods.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Jackalope on April 08, 2020, 10:02:28 PM
Front?

She happy?

You Happy?


     Somehow she makes the front work, I must have missed the class that day, because I don't see how it works for her.  She's soooo happy that she wants me to install another one in our guest bathroom.

      I'm always happy  :dance:
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on April 09, 2020, 06:44:50 PM
 I sent an ALERT email to my family and friends who by the way aren't preppers about the coming food shortages. My daughter and her family do not watch the news at all they have absolutely no idea what is happening. A total of nine people were alerted. My oldest is a hardened prepper.




 https://modernsurvivalblog.com/pandemic/people-will-revolt-when-food-levels-drop/
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on April 09, 2020, 08:17:45 PM
Details on one of the comments to the article cited above.

Nemo

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/offbeat/smithfield-foods-closes-us-pork-plant-due-to-new-coronavirus/ar-BB12odHj (https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/offbeat/smithfield-foods-closes-us-pork-plant-due-to-new-coronavirus/ar-BB12odHj)

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National Post
Smithfield Foods closes U.S. pork plant due to new coronavirus
Reuters
8 hrs ago

CHICAGO — Smithfield Foods Inc, the world’s biggest pork processor, said on Thursday it is temporarily closing a plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, because of the new coronavirus, the latest disruption to the U.S. food supply chain from the outbreak.

The company will suspend operations in a large section of the pork plant on April 11 and completely shutter it on April 12 and April 13, after employees tested positive for the virus, according to a statement.

The plant has a total of 3,700 workers, Smithfield said. It supplies nearly 130 million servings of food per week, or about 18 million servings per day, in the United States, according to the company, which is owned by China’s WH Group Ltd.

Tyson Foods Inc said on Monday it closed a pork plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, after more than 24 cases of COVID-19 involving employees at the facility. U.S. beef plants run by JBS USA and National Beef Packing Company have also shut.

(Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on April 10, 2020, 05:52:40 AM
It may not seem like prepping but I went to the Bank today and took out some more cash to add to my cash stash. If you don't have a Physical Silver and Cash stash, you might find that its something that can come in really handy when the SHTF. Having plenty of food and ammo is important but things are going to break or need repairing and that's when your stash is going to come in handy.
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Post by: DMCakhunter on April 14, 2020, 09:39:11 PM
Vacuum packed 25 pounds of pork loin chops for the freezers
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Post by: JohnyMac on April 15, 2020, 02:36:04 PM
I was listening to South Dakota Governor today and she reported that their will be beef and pork shortages at the end of April going into May due to slaughter houses being shutdown thx to the virus. She is relaxing her stay at home order to allow businesses like slaughter houses to reopen.
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Post by: DMCakhunter on April 15, 2020, 03:37:46 PM
JM,
You are correct. That Smithfield plant does 4-5% of the nations pork processing.
There are other Iowa processors that are getting hit with large clusters of Covid-19 infections within the last few days. Tyson in Columbus Junction closed yesterday and Iowa Premium Beef closed this week as well. Both plan to reopen as soon as they can. Discussion is now swirling with what to do with potentially contaminated products. With the plant closures, the system backs up, but only for so long.
Chickens are also suffering with entire hatches being destroyed due to not enough workers to maintain them. Dairy farmers are dumping milk because they cannot sell enough of it and you just can't turn a cow off.
Crazy times for sure - the consequences of stay at home orders.
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Post by: JoJo on May 04, 2020, 02:53:20 PM
 I went to the range for the first time in five months today. I went to the fifty yard range, even though my rifle is sighted in for one hundred yards to make sure it was on paper. 3/4 inch group 2 1/2 inches low. Then I went to the hundred yard range and was I surprised, 1 1/2 inch group left in the right side of the nine ring. Two clicks and X ring. 
 After that I went to the gun shop to replace what I used up. Here in Delaware you need an appointment to go to a gun store. I didn't have one but they let me buy ammo. Now the bad part. $12.00 a box of 20 for federal red box. I only had enough for money for five boxes. But I had a great time! :thumbsUp:
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Post by: pkveazey on May 04, 2020, 09:18:24 PM
I went to the range for the first time in five months today. I went to the fifty yard range, even though my rifle is sighted in for one hundred yards to make sure it was on paper. 3/4 inch group 2 1/2 inches low. Then I went to the hundred yard range and was I surprised, 1 1/2 inch group left in the right side of the nine ring. Two clicks and X ring. 
 After that I went to the gun shop to replace what I used up. Here in Delaware you need an appointment to go to a gun store. I didn't have one but they let me buy ammo. Now the bad part. $12.00 a box of 20 for federal red box. I only had enough for money for five boxes. But I had a great time! :thumbsUp:

I've done a little maintenance on a couple of mine and need to check them out but I just can't seem to get off my butt and go shooting. As for AMMO, that was one of my first priorities when I started prepping. I loaded up on everything I could possibly use and hopefully I won't ever need to buy any more.
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Post by: Kbop on May 05, 2020, 09:39:06 AM
Since we cant use all of our eggs and one of our sale sources can't take them all - we've been donating to a local food bank. - keeping one barter item topped off :)
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Post by: mechmedic on May 08, 2020, 06:31:15 PM
Installed the mobile radio into the family car today. Hits some local repeaters. I’m more than impressed with the comet antenna and antenna mount. The antenna it self is only 12 inches long (with a coil in the length to make sure it’s correct for the band). The longest part was routing the coax line. Right now I just have to cigarette plug it came with for power. But I’ll wire it in once I get a fuse jumper to make it clean.
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Post by: pkveazey on May 09, 2020, 05:47:20 PM
Installed the mobile radio into the family car today. Hits some local repeaters. I’m more than impressed with the comet antenna and antenna mount. The antenna it self is only 12 inches long (with a coil in the length to make sure it’s correct for the band). The longest part was routing the coax line. Right now I just have to cigarette plug it came with for power. But I’ll wire it in once I get a fuse jumper to make it clean.

Great. The plug they use is pretty typical . I used a wire from another radio on one of mine and it was almost a perfect fit. You might need to file the edges a slight amount to make it snap together easier. Don't expect too much out of the 440 band. The 440 is usually about half the power of the 2 meter band. My Tri-Bander is 25 watts on 2 Meters, 25 watts on 220, and about 12 watts on 440.
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Post by: Erick on August 16, 2020, 06:19:25 AM
Well "Today" is probably not the right term for my preps.. (I am still abroad) but just before silver exploded earlier this year.. I bought a whole bunch... like a lot..

It would have been more if i had not been told my contract is ending early.. so i wanted to preserver liquidity.. but I was ready to put my entire savings into it because it was obvious it would go up..
This way i only put a fraction of my savings into it but still made a tidy profit.

Also late last year, long before ammo price shot up, I bought a significant amount of 9mm and 556/223 to be delivered to a Buds house..even though i couldnt use any of it at my current location..
Just to build up the stash..
And this was not the only ammo purchase I made in this manner while abroad..

So while it was hard to be away from the community it was well worth it... when I come back to the US in 4 months or more,my college loans will be paid off, my truck is paid off, my pockets will be full of money + my ammo stash will be stacked to overflow.
I am likely also bringing back a bride.
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Post by: Jackalope on August 16, 2020, 11:47:44 AM
Congratulations Erick!  We've been dehydrating Tomatoes, peppers, okra, etc.  We're in the peak of harvest season here.Today, we moved our baby chicks into larger quarters.  I'm always amazed how quickly chicks grow.
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Post by: JoJo on August 16, 2020, 12:50:36 PM
 
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I am likely also bringing back a bride.

Congratulations Let us know when the big day is? What's her name? Come on guy give us some more information!

Good Luck to the both of you. :cheers:
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Post by: Kbop on August 16, 2020, 02:37:41 PM
Congrats - i hope everything works out and your bride comes home with you!
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Post by: ninanitnat on August 19, 2020, 10:00:43 AM
stocked up on deodorant  :))

Up next... VODKA!
 
Totally agree, new here and lacking abit in survival knowledge (http://yoursmiles.org/p-m
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Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on September 17, 2020, 08:40:22 PM
 I replaced the band aids that I used up and also bought Blood Clot which I also used up.
 I found a five gallon water bottle off the side of the road so I traded it in for a full one which cost less than five dollars. Need to get more canned meat and fruit plus hard candy.
 Anyone know the shelf life of Red Feather Butter? I have some that is about 5yrs old.
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Post by: special-k on September 18, 2020, 07:16:29 PM
...Anyone know the shelf life of Red Feather Butter? I have some that is about 5yrs old.

Good question.  I have a can of their butter and a can of their processed cheese that came free with a large order of dehydrated food back in 2007.  I completely forgot about those cans until your comment.  I don't eat dairy so they got pushed to the back and forgot about, figuring to use them for trade at some point. 

I just dug them out.  Both cans have a little surface rust.  Guess I can open them now to see how they faired.  I'll do it at someone elses house who can eat dairy... see if they'll be a guinea pig and try them if they still seem edible.     
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Post by: JoJo on September 19, 2020, 02:22:42 PM
 
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I'll do it at someone elses house who can eat dairy... see if they'll be a guinea pig and try them if they still seem edible.     



Does crazy Nancy live close by?
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: JoJo on October 24, 2020, 01:16:55 PM
 I've been ramping up my preps. I bought a vacuum sealer and have been buying meat that is on sale, will keep buying meat until I run out of money.
 Everyone in our community is very nervous, it's getting to me. 
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: pkveazey on October 24, 2020, 09:10:46 PM
Sometimes I think that I'm an idiot. I've got tons of prepping stuff but there is always that nagging thought in the back of my brain that says, "You need more Brown Rice and Dried Beans." Then when I go to the Grocery Store, I don't buy more Brown Rice and Dried Beans. :troutSlap:
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Post by: JohnyMac on October 27, 2020, 09:42:39 AM
Why brown rice? More nutritious?
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Post by: Deathstyle on October 27, 2020, 05:54:14 PM
Why brown rice? More nutritious?

More nutrition but lousy shelf life. JWR recommends white rice for long term storage n brown for short term.


*Bought a brand new British army Desert DPM ammo grab  bag in plastic for $20 at local surplus store. Gonna go back and buy others that are in good conditon later. Can use them for static positons, working outta vehicles, or to run around with. Great items to passout to friends who need extra kit or have no kit. Can also just toss them the bag if they run out of ammo.
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Post by: pkveazey on October 27, 2020, 06:32:52 PM
Why brown rice? More nutritious?

Growing up, I had to eat White rice and while it was healthy, it tasted like I was eating nothing. Many years later I found out about Wild Rice and Brown Rice and tried them. Damn!!!! It actually tasted like FOOD. I must have about 40 lbs. of White Rice but now I buy small Sealed Plastic bags of Brown Rice. I don't need it to last 20 years because I'm 75 and I'll be dead before the Rice goes bad. I put a Dash of Salt, a Dash of Black Pepper, and a Cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar in with the Brown Rice when I simmer it. MMMMMMMM, Good. My wife is a big Rice eater and when I fix it she thinks I'm the worlds greatest chef.
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Post by: gadget99 on October 31, 2020, 06:35:13 AM
We have been buying in more bulk food. Still have some storage space so will do so until full up. The homemade MRE's are coming along. Next step is pouch Canning the main meals.

We are in all reality pretty well set. All we did was break out our gear and ready it for immediate use as opposed to stored for later need. If things calm down we can always reduce our alert level.

With everything being so fluid. We are continuing to fill gaps in general so we are ready for all eventualities. Unpredictable times indeed.

With firearms being off the table here in the UK with the associated costs saved. It makes the rest of prepping surprisingly affordable.

A Soldier for life

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Post by: pkveazey on October 31, 2020, 07:47:09 PM
I've mentioned this before but I'll mention it again. I have saved a few hundred Pennies(the new Copper plated Zinc ones). I'm waiting to see how the election turns out and what happens afterward. If things get funky, I might have to bury a few things on my property and I plan to camo my bury spots by throwing several hundred Pennies all over my property. If somebody tries to find my bury spots, they'll have to dig at least a couple of hundred spots to find anything. Then again, I might just fool them by throwing the pennies in a wide area that isn't where I bury stuff. Also, a good bury site is to bury something and then Camo it by placing a gravestone over it that says, "RIP ROVER" or whatever other Dog Name you want.
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Post by: Jackalope on October 31, 2020, 08:55:43 PM
Today, our mutual assistance group had a training exercise, which consisted of using map skills, hiking, and practicing communications skills.  It was a beautiful day to be in the woods, and learning.  Earlier this week we topped off our bulk supplies at some of our local Mennonite stores.  At this point we're topping off anything that has rechargeable batteries, i.e., radios weapon lights, flashlights, etc.  I don't foresee the immediate area becoming spicy; I'm basically preparing for events that are outside my AO, but could impact us, like extended power outages, lockdowns due to the Chinese virus, or supply interruptions.  We're making sure we have an adequate supply of medications and livestock feed.  Overall, we're in good shape, though Mr. Murphy may beg to differ.
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Post by: pkveazey on November 01, 2020, 05:24:06 AM
Good for you. As far as the Communication skills go, the biggest problem I've run into is getting people to not be chatterboxes. They just don't seem to understand short messages that are on point are critical. I've heard really stupid stuff like,"I just passed the big tree and now I'm climbing over a big log." :chuky:
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Post by: Jackalope on November 01, 2020, 11:07:34 AM
Good for you. As far as the Communication skills go, the biggest problem I've run into is getting people to not be chatterboxes. They just don't seem to understand short messages that are on point are critical. I've heard really stupid stuff like,"I just passed the big tree and now I'm climbing over a big log." :chuky:
    Transmission brevity was actually part of the exercise.  I emphasize thinking about what you're going to say, before transmitting.  We also use multiple frequencies, i.e. a team tactical channel, and a command channel which is used to speak with the command center.  That keeps idle chatter off of the command frequency.
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Post by: Deathstyle on November 02, 2020, 04:12:56 PM
Went to Dollar Tree and spent about $40 to fill a Plano Sportsman trunk w rolled gauze and ace wraps (elastic bandages).
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Erick on November 03, 2020, 10:22:24 AM
Today, our mutual assistance group had a training exercise, which consisted of using map skills, hiking, and practicing communications skills.  It was a beautiful day to be in the woods, and learning.  Earlier this week we topped off our bulk supplies at some of our local Mennonite stores.  At this point we're topping off anything that has rechargeable batteries, i.e., radios weapon lights, flashlights, etc.  I don't foresee the immediate area becoming spicy; I'm basically preparing for events that are outside my AO, but could impact us, like extended power outages, lockdowns due to the Chinese virus, or supply interruptions.  We're making sure we have an adequate supply of medications and livestock feed.  Overall, we're in good shape, though Mr. Murphy may beg to differ.

Good Stuff!
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Post by: DMCakhunter on February 20, 2021, 12:01:34 PM
Added one more 5 gal sure can of kerosene and upgraded two 5 gal gas cans to sure cans.
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Post by: grizz on February 20, 2021, 01:30:23 PM
whats a sure can?

Never mind, I just looked it up.

Somebody makes one that will auto shutoff when the tank is full so you dont waste any fuel, I have two of those
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Post by: RB in GA on February 20, 2021, 05:38:03 PM
Bought 12 bottles of iso/butane for the pack stove, a collapsible fishing rod and a few hooks, sinkers, swivels and lures to add to the supplies.  Also a couple of the deep ammo boxes from MTM.  Supposedly, fedex has my new IWB holster out for delivery today- its been on order since October, so I wont be suprised if Murphy intervenes again and it doesn't show.  That's what I get for not being Glock-ified I guess.
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Nemo on February 20, 2021, 05:41:27 PM
Exactly.  glockification is the root of all evil.  They do everything they can to draw you into the web of plastic.

Nemo
Title: Re: What have you done to prep today?
Post by: Felix on February 20, 2021, 06:41:18 PM
Looked for solar install quote (sufficient to amortize its cost by selling power back to the grid, yet independent enough with storage to run the well and refrigerators), cleaning a .22 bolt ejector spring and lubed all, trained dogs.
Will run a corn/malt wash tomorrow or the next day, weather/time permitting.