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by taipan821
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 11
Views: 382

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 $100...
by taipan821
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Flat pack bowl.
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Flat pack bowl.

Great, if what you're eating out of it is cold and light. I'm not too sure I'd trust it with hot soup. It says they're good for soup on their website. And the picture shows soup. It's meant to hold cold and hot meals and soup in. They are pretty incredible if a bowl is in your BO preps. No weight p...
by taipan821
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6662
Views: 315879

Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Bought a zippo along with spare flints and wicks, trying to reduce my reliance on disposable butane lighters
by taipan821
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV
Replies: 909
Views: 89117

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

Yesterday was a day of activity. - Replaced old fixed fiberglass UHF antenna with new, removable metal one - Installed Hella 1000 driving lights, flood and spot. - upgraded stock headlights with Phillips whitevision bulbs. - installed inverter with OEM style switch and relay. - upgraded interior lig...
by taipan821
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: For the Prepper who has everything
Replies: 17
Views: 1010

Re: For the Prepper who has everything

I don't need a fighter jet. I don't need a fighter jet. I don't need a fighter jet. I can't fly one, the local airport probably doesn't have a hangar I could use and the storage fees would be nuts. Although, I probably could offset some of the cost by renting the jet to the local PD or maybe one of...
by taipan821
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Home defence with an airgun? Countries with no fire arms allowed
Replies: 16
Views: 2089

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

Simple answer: if the locality in question uses the UK restriction of a 12 foot pound limitation on energy, the answer is no. Typical .22lr as a 40 grain bullet at standard velocity of 1000 fps is 90 foot pounds; a 29 grain .22 short at 750 fps is 35. A CB cap of 20 grains and 500 fps I think fits ...
by taipan821
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Unexploded ordanance
Replies: 13
Views: 1823

Re: Unexploded ordanance

Australian here. UXB is actually a bit of a concern here due to the number of ww2 bases around Northern Australia. finding abandoned munitions (grenades, bullets, artillery rounds, bombs) did happen for a while after the closure of the bases. You can still find the odd munition even today. I imagine...
by taipan821
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Child ID bracelets?
Replies: 17
Views: 4607

Re: Child ID bracelets?

saw this topic being brought up, thought I would share my 2 cents. The idea of ID bracelets for the kids is a wonderful one and more people should do it. However I do wish to remind everyone (not that anyone here needs reminding) but you shouldn't leave the kids unattended, zooming off following the...
by taipan821
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV
Replies: 909
Views: 89117

Re: What did you today for your BOV/how did you prepare your BOV

where to begin - cleaned the car and washed it - booked it into my friendly mechanic for a service - received new switches for install (to keep that OEM look) - upgraded the headlights to aftermarket halogens - purchased some halogen spotlights (upgrading to HID) - installed new UHF CB antenna. - re...
by taipan821
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Interesting video on prepper lockpicks
Replies: 1
Views: 625

Re: Interesting video on prepper lockpicks

Disclaimer: What I am about to talk about has been used for rescue and medical responses, nothing illicit. Often some lateral thinking is required when you go to a medical call to a locked house. the patient is normally unable to unlock the door, and they live alone. Some ways I've managed to get in...
by taipan821
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Questions about power inverters
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: Questions about power inverters

As NT2C and raptor said - Fuse it, if you are running one or two aftermarket electrical devices inline fuses are ok, any more and you would want to install an aftermarket fusebox, makes fault finding easier - Wire thickness. the thicker the wire the less voltage drop over distance, the thicker wire ...
by taipan821
Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: an Australian How to guide to prepping...thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

Re: an Australian How to guide to prepping...thoughts?

Mount Kosioscu is the tallest peak in Oz, I would do a google search of any deaths in the area to skiers, exposure, avalanches to see if it worth mentioning. My wife is a geophysicist and she confirmed that Australia has no fault activity so I would skip that or just put a link to New Zealand's EQC...
by taipan821
Thu May 30, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: an Australian How to guide to prepping...thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

Re: an Australian How to guide to prepping...thoughts?

Sounds like a cool project. If I remember right, ZS used to have a wiki; I don't recall it being heavily populated, though. I might initially lay your document out as an outline, for overall organizational purposes. E.g. just off the top of my head: 0. Definitions and overview 1. Threat Assessments...
by taipan821
Tue May 28, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: an Australian How to guide to prepping...thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 1099

an Australian How to guide to prepping...thoughts?

Hello All, placing this here because well, it's about planning and preparation. I've been reading through various articles on prepping and bugging out, and the overwhelming majority of the texts are aimed at an american audience. I've been slowly collecting various reference material on australian s...
by taipan821
Sat May 25, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: In home cash reserve
Replies: 14
Views: 1567

Re: In home cash reserve

I keep cash on hand for emergencies, work of advice, have a good mix of values, I go with 10 of each (10x $5, 10x$10 etc) really makes paying for things easier as the teller might not have change.
by taipan821
Tue May 14, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Hurricane Preps
Replies: 28
Views: 5215

Re: Hurricane Preps

raptor wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 5:49 pm
Do you have a link to an adaptor that will allow these to work in D cell applications?
A quick Ebay search reveals
https://www.ebay.com.au/b/D-AA-Battery- ... 7029526404
by taipan821
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: At Work/Things Go Bad (Bangkok Edition) - Version 1
Replies: 8
Views: 1528

Re: At Work/Things Go Bad (Bangkok Edition) - Version 1

Funny you should bring this up, just had major flooding where I live (2019 Australia) Shelter in Place is the best option, trying to walk through floodwater in an urban setting is really dangerous, hidden currents, popped manhole covers, rapid erosion, animals in water, power, damaged bridges the li...
by taipan821
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: New Zealand Mosque Shootings
Replies: 88
Views: 4437

Re: New Zealand Mosque Shootings

New Zealand is already looking at changing their firearm laws after this event, similar to what Australia did after Port Arthur. I hope that any new law minimizes disruptions to an excellent, friendly and courteous shooting community.
by taipan821
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Tunnel Rat Poll
Replies: 29
Views: 3685

Re: Tunnel Rat Poll

If my 6'8" frame is being pressed into tunnel rat duties size is not an issue.

but the ranges were so close a supressed .22 or .38 cal pistol would do wonders.

are you sure we an't use acetylene gas and a match?
by taipan821
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What's your favorite non-prep prep item?
Replies: 31
Views: 4013

Re: What's your favorite non-prep prep item?

premade pesto sauce

I can make fresh pesto using my garden and oil, but using the premade stuff is so easy for a quick meal.
by taipan821
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?
Replies: 15
Views: 2485

Re: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?

If you have the funding, I'd recommend making a trauma specific kit and a 'sick call' kit.

not many remember the wound care portion and how many dressings you actually need.
by taipan821
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Transmitting Power Over Distance
Replies: 16
Views: 2048

Re: Transmitting Power Over Distance

what about portable batteries? work charges the batteries via solar, then move the charged batteries to the machine requiring them.

could mount them in a small trailer with inverter and breakout for portable power around the place.

Just a crazy idea
by taipan821
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Eye Glasses & recomendations
Replies: 16
Views: 4248

Re: Eye Glasses & recomendations

If you work with a company that expects you to wear protective eye wear, see if they are willing to assist (or better yet pay) for a set of prescription safety glasses. I volunteer with my local rural fire brigade and they provided me with prescription goggles and lens inserts for my respirator. oth...
by taipan821
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: You're at work. Things go bad. What would you do?
Replies: 49
Views: 7235

Re: You're at work. Things go bad. What would you do?

This is a downside (among many) of working as a paramedic...business picks up when things go bad. policy is to shelter at station during severe weather events (cyclones) then continue to work until relieved. You will have paramedics doing 24 hour to 72 hour shifts depending on the location of the st...

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