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by EBuff75
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Post COVID, Poor Maintenance and Cumulative Disrepair
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Post COVID, Poor Maintenance and Cumulative Disrepair

Last month I was working in the yard and started finding pieces of what appeared to be wire insulation. I looked up at the power lines and realized that they (along with some of the cable/phone/etc.) lines looked really ratty. Once I started looking around, I discovered that there was a ton of this ...
by EBuff75
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 569

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

That is good advice ^^^. One alternative to a battery bank is a simple lead acid 12 volt battery. This battery is $20 and provides 70,000 mah (7 amps). It is a lead battery that is designed for a batter back up. https://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Max-Battery-Replaces-SH1228W/dp/B00DGZL0X2/ref=pd_bp_sim_...
by EBuff75
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 569

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

So even though the USB chargers I got will work they probably won't be good for the batteries long-term if I'm using them with a janky power source like the dynamo on a radio or a tiny solar panel? I'm still happy to be able to do it in an emergency, but I guess this means I should still figure out...
by EBuff75
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 569

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

From the tiny bit of reading I've done 18650 is becoming a really common new standard, but the actual power output of different 18650s can vary, right? The 18650 is quite common (it is frequently used in power packs, battery hand tools, etc. I have probably a dozen flashlights that use them, so I h...
by EBuff75
Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 569

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

I might do that, since I use my headlamps and flashlights all the time now and consider them to be one of the most important parts of my preps, but on the other hand I really don't need a new hobby at the moment. :lol: Yeah, it's a DEEP rabbit hole to fall into! I've loved flashlights my whole life...
by EBuff75
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 569

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

Forgot that I also have the Vinninge Battery Charger from Ikea, but that appears to be discontinued here in the US (the link is for Canada). If you have an Ikea store locally, or you want to order online, their Ladda AA and AAA batteries are supposedly rebranded Eneloops. I have a number of those wh...
by EBuff75
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 569

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

You mean like one of these: Olight UC Universal USB Magnetic Charger LiitoKala Smart Battery Charger Klarus K1 Single Cell Smart Battery Charger I have all three and they all work just fine. The Olight is the newest, I've only had that about a month. Haven't used it much, it was mainly just to try o...
by EBuff75
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: The State of Oregon is on Fire
Replies: 19
Views: 737

Re: The State of Oregon is on Fire

Wranglerstar on YouTube has been posting videos this evening. He has self-deployed (he doesn't work as a wildland firefighter anymore, but he used to) to help protect a home in Oregon. He's got some portable fire fighting equipment that can fit into a truck or UTV and he's there with a few other pe...
by EBuff75
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Water treatment options
Replies: 13
Views: 1888

Re: Water treatment options

by EBuff75
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Best Rite in the Rain pen?
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: Best Rite in the Rain pen?

It might be worth splitting the process up:
1) Find a pen body that you like
2) Find a pen cartridge which works for the pen body
by EBuff75
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon
Replies: 36
Views: 1453

Re: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon

If you go to Google earth and look at the site you will notice that the crescent shaped cove at bottom of your photo was not there before the explosion. That is the crater left over from the warehouse that ceased to exist as result of the explosion. 33°54'06.00" N 35°31'07.35" E CNN has an article ...
by EBuff75
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon
Replies: 36
Views: 1453

Re: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon

I'm not sure what was stored in this structure (maybe materials for concrete?), but it looks as though it may have helped to deflect some of the blast away from the downtown area: https://dynaimage.cdn.cnn.com/cnn/digital-images/org/71070b22-1cb7-4e46-bd48-3c607601fe7a.jpg That's one tough structur...
by EBuff75
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon
Replies: 36
Views: 1453

Re: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon

I'm not sure what was stored in this structure (maybe materials for concrete?), but it looks as though it may have helped to deflect some of the blast away from the downtown area: https://dynaimage.cdn.cnn.com/cnn/digital-images/org/71070b22-1cb7-4e46-bd48-3c607601fe7a.jpg That's one tough structure...
by EBuff75
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: An Increase in Violent Street Crime
Replies: 25
Views: 1682

Re: An Increase in Violent Street Crime

Crime in my area has dropped off significantly. Our local PD does a weekly broadcast where they talk about things which are going on (a friend of mine is the one who does it) and other than a large increase in domestic issues, everything else has fallen well off. Property crimes are down, probably b...
by EBuff75
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: The Boys
Replies: 16
Views: 2735

Re: The Boys

Really looking forward to this!
by EBuff75
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Alternatives to Dogs for Herding Livestock
Replies: 11
Views: 1255

Re: Alternatives to Dogs for Herding Livestock

Donkeys and llamas are also used to guard livestock. Just watch out for the spitting and general orneriness!

https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story ... 048380001/
by EBuff75
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Safelite Flexible Rifle Armor
Replies: 9
Views: 735

Re: Safelite Flexible Rifle Armor

I've been curious about this company ever since I saw Edwin Sarkissian test one of their ceramic plate and vest combos on YouTube (yes, I know that his channel is just firearms/explosives entertainment, not serious testing). He shot it with a .50 BMG and it stopped the bullet, but there was so much...
by EBuff75
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Safelite Flexible Rifle Armor
Replies: 9
Views: 735

Re: Safelite Flexible Rifle Armor

I've been curious about this company ever since I saw Edwin Sarkissian test one of their ceramic plate and vest combos on YouTube (yes, I know that his channel is just firearms/explosives entertainment, not serious testing). He shot it with a .50 BMG and it stopped the bullet, but there was so much ...
by EBuff75
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Annnddd... we're back
Replies: 26
Views: 2168

Re: Annnddd... we're back

NT2C, that sounds like a good reason to stick with them! Good customer service trumps best price every time! I've now got a core of repair companies that I use personally for that exact reason, but it's taken me some years (and a few missteps) to find them. Also glad to hear that there are steps bei...
by EBuff75
Wed May 20, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: MI flooding - May 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 455

Re: MI flooding - May 2020

I grew up in Midland and remember the 1986 flood. This is significantly worse. The Tittabawassee River is already above 34ft and expected to hit 38ft. The record which was set in 1986 was just under 34ft. About a quarter of the town is under an evacuation order. The water and sewer system is expecte...
by EBuff75
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: Is COVID-19 Leading to More Gardening?
Replies: 36
Views: 3758

Re: Is COVID-19 Leading to More Gardening?

Just one question; this is a low res map, but I see quite a few islands that are inhabited but without road access. How is anyone to move about without a boat? Swim? The larger islands which have people living on them generally have some type of commercial ferry service. For smaller islands which a...
by EBuff75
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: Is COVID-19 Leading to More Gardening?
Replies: 36
Views: 3758

Re: Is COVID-19 Leading to More Gardening?

Is anyone out there from Michigan? Can anyone confirm or deny this? https://www.rt.com/usa/485572-michigan- ... ronavirus/ https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/ar ... ery-stores https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2 ... seeds-and/ Yes, shutting down gardening, paint, and furniture sales areas of ...
by EBuff75
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 1042
Views: 49961

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Detroit area suburb Had to drop by CVS today for a prescription and I waited until early afternoon at the slowest time (per Google) to go. There were probably 6-8 customers there at the time and more than half of them were wearing masks and/or gloves. The line for prescriptions had tape on the floor...
by EBuff75
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Halfapint's Getting Some Land
Replies: 250
Views: 40359

Re: Halfapint's Getting Some Land

I’ve been collecting 18650 batteries and plan on making a huge power bank and running a bunch of small 800-1500w wind turbines, and one larger 3+kw turbine. You might look into old battery packs out of hybrid cars to use for your solar project. You can check around on the web to find info about doi...

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