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by JayceSlayn
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Busted electronics, what's in your repair kit?
Replies: 11
Views: 2421

Re: Busted electronics, what's in your repair kit?

For some thread drift.... What books/manuals would you suggest one have on hand? In particular, suppose someone (me) was deciding to learn electrical repair right now, what resources would you suggest? Or how would you suggest going about learning this skill? I expect "practice" would be part of th...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: Repair Wins

This is a really small thing, but I'll post it anyway. In my semi-conscious, pre-coffee state this morning, I managed to get maple syrup not only all over the barrel and clip, but inside the click mechanism of my Zebra F-701 pen. After coffee and contemplation, I used alcohol wipes to clean up the ...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: Repair Wins

This could be a beneficial and motivating idea. I'll add a repair win of my own. My mother had an electrical issue with her trailer and was going to take it to a shop to repair it. I went around, troubleshooted the issue, replaced the faulty plug and tidied up the wiring, $12.50 part instead of $10...
by JayceSlayn
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Repair Wins

I couldn't recall or find a recent topic for this, but if someone else knows a better thread to merge it into, please let me know. This thread is dedicated to all the little things which we've been able to repair rather than simply trash and replace. I think it is sadly a dying skill set (and even m...
by JayceSlayn
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Conception fire & sinking
Replies: 7
Views: 902

Re: Conception fire & sinking

Not a final investigation result yet, but some more details: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-19/the-conception-wasnt-built-to-power-the-personal-electronics-revolution-could-this-have-caused-fire . It sounds like their primary suspicions right now surround onboard electric grid over...
by JayceSlayn
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Buying emergency water from Amazon
Replies: 28
Views: 1800

Re: Buying emergency water from Amazon

I'll second third (NT2C beat my reply) that some basic training including a little bit of disaster psychology, logistics, and skills is a good place to start. It looks like Canada might have an affiliated Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) organization, like in the US, or I bet at least someth...
by JayceSlayn
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Everyday is Cybersecurity Awareness Day
Replies: 74
Views: 10816

Re: Everyday is Cybersecurity Awareness Day

I'd like to make a few comments on browser extensions, and maybe a plug for one or few relating to cybersecurity. Most modern browsers already include a baseline of decent security against common kinds of attacks or security risks by default. You obviously still have to do your part to not visit unk...
by JayceSlayn
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Jobs
Replies: 956
Views: 65871

Re: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Jobs

I AM DYING INSIDE!!! From DefenseOne: Beyond Big Dog: The US Army Searches for an Infantry Squadbot From DefenseOne: US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot One of the things I always thought looked funny and somewhat out-of-place in an otherwise very serious and heavy-duty, milita...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How to Build an Inexpensive Air Filter for your Bunker
Replies: 4
Views: 654

Re: How to Build an Inexpensive Air Filter for your Bunker

I'd say that the build in the video seems pretty janky, although some of which I'd forgive if it was just being in a hurry to demonstrate the concept. The build quality could be a lot better, especially if you're worried about air leaks around components (important for this kind of thing), but somew...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?
Replies: 14
Views: 1353

Re: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?

I have a couple of the 6L MSR Domedary bags which I like a lot. Not the place to sing their other praises here, but in reference to whether they have a plastic taste or not: They did have a slight plastic taste for the first few fillings, even though I washed them out after first purchasing them, b...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?
Replies: 14
Views: 1353

Re: Best bags for a Sawyer Squeeze gravity system?

I have a couple of the 6L MSR Domedary bags which I like a lot. Not the place to sing their other praises here, but in reference to whether they have a plastic taste or not: They did have a slight plastic taste for the first few fillings, even though I washed them out after first purchasing them, bu...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: How did Venezuela end up this way?
Replies: 327
Views: 41363

Re: How did Venezuela end up this way?

Isn't it a little weird that we never heard back from that guy in Venezuela? lol. The Dentist? IDK what he was. The guy living in Venezuela that was commenting in this thread. There were a few Venezuela posters in this thread, but they have all eventually "gone dark". While the situation in Venezue...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 10 bay AA Nimh battery charger going bad?
Replies: 7
Views: 1110

Re: 10 bay AA Nimh battery charger going bad?

Well after charging for an entire day. I only lost 4 of the about 15 that I had. Thanks for the advice guys. I won't be leaving anything on the charger from here on out. How long can they be stored before they need a new charge? Good quality Ni-MH batteries should retain 80-90% of a full charge for...
by JayceSlayn
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 10 bay AA Nimh battery charger going bad?
Replies: 7
Views: 1110

Re: 10 bay AA Nimh battery charger going bad?

Charging Ni-MH batteries is a bit more finicky than other chemistries like Li-Ion and Pb. They cannot be trickle charged, because the "signal" which tells the charger when the battery is full is a slight voltage drop at the end of charging, and the charging current must be high enough to make that v...
by JayceSlayn
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Home defence with an airgun? Countries with no fire arms allowed
Replies: 16
Views: 2471

Re: Home defence with an airgun? Countries with no fire arms allowed

Use of any force (deadly or less-lethal) has to be carefully considered before you get into the situation, because your split-second reasoning may not always be the most advised. It is a good sign that you are considering your options now, of course. I am not familiar with the kinds of laws restrict...
by JayceSlayn
Sat May 25, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: In home cash reserve
Replies: 14
Views: 1900

Re: In home cash reserve

Consensus here seems to be that keeping some money/barter completely under your control is a good trade-off vs. interest opportunity cost, for times when you might need it and not be able to otherwise access your conventional accounts. I remember hearing a nice adage that went something like: "If yo...
by JayceSlayn
Tue May 21, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Everyday is Cybersecurity Awareness Day
Replies: 74
Views: 10816

Re: Everyday is Cybersecurity Awareness Day

From NPR: Ransomware Cyberattacks On Baltimore Put City Services Offline Ransomware attacks continue to work because the amount of the ransom is often insignificant compared to the operational value that the encrypted data embodies. This is particularly the case for municipalities and businesses, a...
by JayceSlayn
Mon May 06, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Renewable Power Options/Battery Banks
Replies: 10
Views: 1290

Re: Renewable Power Options/Battery Banks

My notes on overall efficiency: Running a higher voltage system for the same design power will allow you to use smaller gauge conductors for equivalent efficiency. Consult the NEC chart posted by NT2C, or also consider using the ampacity guidelines from the USCG for reference (Google for a table, or...
by JayceSlayn
Fri May 03, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Gas Masks
Replies: 44
Views: 3556

Re: Gas Masks

Arise, ARISE, thread long dead. I summon you to do my bidding once again! I didn’t want to start another thread on these and this is closest to my needs. I’m going to be getting a gas mask for myself and the GF. It’s not really for empergency preparedness but it could be of course. We are getting i...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Asteroid Prep
Replies: 21
Views: 2269

Re: Asteroid Prep

Using the Impact Earth calculator: https://impact.ese.ic.ac.uk/ImpactEarth , here's my plan for the medium-sized asteroid NASA is war gaming...taking the top-end of their size estimate (~300 m = ~1000 ft.) and assuming a dense, rocky asteroid, entering at 25 km/s at an angle of 45 degrees over land ...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Asteroid Prep
Replies: 21
Views: 2269

Re: Asteroid Prep

Host an asteroid viewing party: Gather on a nice hilltop (or a nice yacht if at sea) overlooking estimated impact area and procure best drinks and food money can buy Enjoy the countdown and the ~1-2 seconds you can see the incandescent death sphere entering the atmosphere at 25 km/s Bask in the warm...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: New York denies request to allow 44 unvaccinated students back in class
Replies: 20
Views: 1907

Re: New York denies request to allow 44 unvaccinated students back in class

Regarding the decisions on vaccination: I"m not real excited about governments or others telling me what to do. I think the ranks of homeschoolers will be glad to welcome them. Homeschoolers tend to be a counter-cultural crowd anyway. but the government isn't telling them what to do, it is just set...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Aftermath (2014 Film)
Replies: 6
Views: 984

Re: Aftermath (2014 Film)

I decided to give this a watch based on your review. I agree that the cinematography and acting were much better than I expected for such a poorly-acclaimed movie - both actually quite decent. I think the script feels a little forced early on and at the end, but the middle, when it was primarily foc...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Paris is burning
Replies: 8
Views: 1247

Re: Paris is burning

This is terrible. :cry: An irreplaceable world cultural treasure. They are saying that many of the art works were out or evacuated due to the construction but still... This is some sad news indeed. It does sound like a number of artifacts were already removed prior to renovation work, but many stil...

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