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by ZMace
Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: So, what the heck do we do about Halloween?
Replies: 29
Views: 665

Re: So, what the heck do we do about Halloween?

My kids may or may not go out, if we hand out candy there will be masks and some social distancing measures in place. I love Halloween but you can't expect much in 2020.
by ZMace
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Central-Midwest Derecho - August 10th, 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 1035

Re: T-Storm, Des Moines, Iowa - August 10th, 2020

Still no power here. Lessons so far... Aparently my water heater (gas) does not need power to work, must have a mechanical thermostat, and while with no AC, I don't want a hot shower, a warm one is a morale boost. Likewise the gas stove, while needing to be manually lit, will provide me coffee combi...
by ZMace
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Central-Midwest Derecho - August 10th, 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 1035

Re: T-Storm, Des Moines, Iowa - August 10th, 2020

Ames, IA here. Still no power but they hope to get it on today for us.

It was an amazing storm with tons of tree and power line damage. Very little structural damage looking around our neighborhood, except where trees fell on houses. Wish I had a generator, very glad I have a chainsaw.
by ZMace
Mon May 04, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Anyone have a clever way to secure firearms cheaply?
Replies: 9
Views: 967

Re: Anyone have a clever way to secure firearms cheaply?

I've posted about it on here before. I never finished my project, but I was gonna build a hot water tank gun cabinet. Basically, hollow out a hot water tank, make a hidden lockable door. Put it in a closet with fake pipes. What criminal ever tried to bust open a hot water tank? Just make sure not t...
by ZMace
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Have you had to draw your concealed carry, and why?
Replies: 26
Views: 4636

Re: Have you had to draw your concealed carry, and why?

The only time I've had to even unholster my carry piece outside of practice is to put down a moose that I hit on the highway. Hopefully I never need it for even that again.
by ZMace
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Plague of Locusts Strikes Las Vegas
Replies: 10
Views: 2280

Re: Plague of Locusts Strikes Las Vegas

Just cook them thoroughly as grasshoppers can transmit tapeworms.
by ZMace
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: What firearm that you used to own are you really wishing you still had?
Replies: 18
Views: 3128

Re: What firearm that you used to own are you really wishing you still had?

I've never gotten rid of one yet, partially because it seems anyone who has ever gotten rid of one seems to regret it, partially because I am very picky and do a lot of research before I get one. Because of this I haven't regretted getting one either.
by ZMace
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Midwest farmland flooded - what will be the impact on food prices?
Replies: 9
Views: 2135

Re: Midwest farmland flooded - what will be the impact on food prices?

There are almost one billion acres of farmland active in the US. Flooding this time of year is expected and generally a non-issue as fields are not planted. It really sucks for those specific people who are affected, but it's not a problem for most.
by ZMace
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Halfapint's Getting Some Land
Replies: 250
Views: 40423

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

Chains would also help, my snow removal tractor doesn't leave the shop without them. I only run rear chains (2wd tractor) but I have heard of people running all four tires, even on two wheel drive tractors to improve turning ability. I can't tell from the pictures, but if you have independent breaks...
by ZMace
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Halfapint's Getting Some Land
Replies: 250
Views: 40423

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

If the tractor needs more weight, those fat tires will hold a lot of ballast. An ag dealer near you could put in something like rim guard, or if you feel like doing it yourself, cold temp windshield washer fluid could also work. Depending on the tire size, should be able to get 60 or more pounds per...
by ZMace
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Halfapint's Getting Some Land
Replies: 250
Views: 40423

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

I've been following this post since the beginning, but I don't comment much. I just wanted to reassure you that people do read what you put out here.

Great thread!
by ZMace
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Urban Skillz
Topic: living without electricity
Replies: 23
Views: 4690

Re: living without electricity

I carry a bic for brush piles, burn barrels and the wood stove, it stays in my pocket all the time, and I am on my second one since 2012. Assuming 3 years of use (my second one is still practically full) your 150 bics will only last 450 years, so you are right, it is a finite resource. If we haven't...
by ZMace
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Firearms Chat 3: #pewpewlife
Replies: 2572
Views: 140450

Re: Firearms Chat 3: #pewpewlife

If you reload, you can make lighter rounds for the 44 magnum. If you don't, 44 special can be bought.
by ZMace
Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: The DoomRunner is dead, all hail the DoomRunner XL!
Replies: 18
Views: 4364

Re: The DoomRunner is dead, all hail the DoomRunner XL!

I enjoyed following your original thread, looking forward to seeing the new one come to life.
by ZMace
Tue May 03, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Bushcraft
Topic: Grass and its Deadly Little Secret
Replies: 13
Views: 1691

Re: Grass and its Deadly Little Secret

Don't get your interest too piqued, ergotism also constricts blood vessels to the point of getting gangrene in the extremities.
by ZMace
Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: What's your effective range?
Replies: 74
Views: 6971

Re: What's your effective range?

Depends, deer on the run and I won't fire past 250ish yards. Deer standing still, my max has been a 430 yard shot, but you generally don't see them at that distance anyway. I know that I can't see a deer with the naked eye at 500 yards, even if I know where it is. I've only had one get away from me ...
by ZMace
Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: EDC torch + Multitool set with belt loop?
Replies: 11
Views: 2172

Re: EDC torch + Multitool set with belt loop?

The nylon sheath that comes standard with a leatherman wave has elastic loops on the side the perfect size for a single AA light, my fenix ld15 fits on one side, a cut down pen on the other and even has a small pocket in front for a paper money stash. After a few years the elastic begins to wear tho...
by ZMace
Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: The Dead at Destitute Mountain
Replies: 2286
Views: 333569

Re: The Dead at Destitute Mountain

Great update! Evan briefly turned into a Jordan though?

Minor nitpick, keep up the great work!
by ZMace
Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Newborn babies and prepping
Replies: 16
Views: 5797

Re: Newborn babies and prepping

Ear muffs work, I would not want to try ear plugs on an infant.
by ZMace
Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Newborn babies and prepping
Replies: 16
Views: 5797

Re: Newborn babies and prepping

Parent of an 8 month old here, recently went through this as well. One nice thing about it will be having a perfectly acceptable well stocked bug out bag everywhere you go without anybody batting an eye at you. Even places that want you to leave a bag at the register will not take away your diaper b...
by ZMace
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Idaho
Replies: 8
Views: 834

Re: Hi from Idaho

Welcome, also from Idaho!
by ZMace
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: If God Wills It
Replies: 185
Views: 23470

Re: If God Wills It

Unfortunately, Colton arriving was a dream sequence...

Great story, hopefully you can keep up the momentum!
by ZMace
Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Looking for a new commuter bike
Replies: 51
Views: 5016

Re: Looking for a new commuter bike

I really like road bikes myself, and have both a road bike and mountain bike. Each has their place.

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