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by Apollo-11
Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Expiration and Storage information on foodstuffs
Replies: 19
Views: 2677

Well, I gotta disagree with the "whole grain" part. They say a couple of months to a year... I say forever, or pretty close to it. Wheat grains were found inside the pyramids (4,000 years old) that were still viable. Just keep them cool and dry.
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: The ultimate PAW meal? And some homework.
Replies: 28
Views: 2339

Baked potato, loaded with chili. You can bake a potato in a campfire if you are careful. That's a good camp food. Of course it takes a can of chili... If you have vegetables and meat and you are tired of soups and stews, skewer them and make kebobs. Mmmmm. A little labor intensive, but "hunger is th...
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:35 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: How to learn ham theory
Replies: 21
Views: 1993

http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/fee.html Okay, found some really good stuff. Go to this URL. On the right side of the page, under Licensing and Testing, click on Search for Classes. Then enter your zip code. It turns out that an LDS church near me offers free classes! You sign up for 4 classes, then yo...
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:16 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: How to learn ham theory
Replies: 21
Views: 1993

It ought to be one fee for the entire session, no matter how many tests are taken: http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/fee.html There are a number of other organizations in addition to ARRL who are Volunteer Examiner Coordinators. So it's possible that they interpret things differently. And it's also possi...
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 35gal plastic tanks
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Where I work, we go through a lot of chemicals and most of them are in 55 or 35 gallon plastic drums. Given that most of them have held some nasty stuff, I would be worried about using them to store drinking water. I've been thinking about using a few of them to store stuff like kerosene, for examp...
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:40 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: safe rabbits
Replies: 83
Views: 10194

Very spiffy! You are using hardware cloth for the floor of the pen; what is the framing material? Aluminum?

Around here, the only varmints I'd worry about would really be raccoons. This looks relatively raccoon-resistant. Please continue to post pics as you finish up! Great material!
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: PAW is coming - Last places to buy large quantities of food
Replies: 30
Views: 2248

Awesome, thanks for the advice on long term grain storage Apollo. That is very informative. I'm glad to pass along some personal knowledge. I had stored some wheat in plain buckets, with no mylar bag, back in the mid 90s. I think some of them were nitrogen packed by a local preparedness store, but ...
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: PAW is coming - Last places to buy large quantities of food
Replies: 30
Views: 2248

Granny's old milk to cheese advice was good too. I bet you could rotate that NIDO, once the opened can starts to go, would make some really awesome white cheese. And you could take your tasty deer corn and pound it into fancy tortilla chips, and make nachos. How awesome would that be to have nachos...
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:55 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: One weapon/tool
Replies: 134
Views: 18749

Cold Steel makes a shovel that is modeled from the Spetznaz "fighting shovel". It's the official "Boy Scout" shovel. They won't let those Boy Scouts have a fixed blade knife, but they will let them have a Spetznaz fighting shovel. LOL
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Truck keeps cutting off.
Replies: 24
Views: 1673

Intermittent problems are a b*tch to find and diagnose. I have had problems like this in the past and they are usually electrical. The car is one big computer, with sensors all over the place. If a wire is chafed, or you have an intermittent bad contact somewhere, the computer will lose contact with...
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: SHTF, Barter stock piles
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Way back in the mists of time, when trade ships had to go around the Horn, spices were very desirable and extremely expensive. It made bland food palatable. I understand that black pepper was traded, ounce for ounce with gold, for centuries. This might be a little stupid given that we have huge ware...
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Pain killers and the like.
Replies: 59
Views: 4478

The other day while I was over at my mom's, I was in such pain that she laid me down in bed and stuck an aspirin on the infected root. After about an hour I actually fell asleep because it stopped hurting. Yeah, it's good to have a couple of extra vicodin floating around from old dental procedures....
by Apollo-11
Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:40 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: PAW is coming - Last places to buy large quantities of food
Replies: 30
Views: 2248

One quick thing to add on the subject of grain storage. Another reliable method for removing the oxygen from your containers is dry ice. Place a piece of dry ice in the bottom of the container, fill with your grains, etc., then place the lid on loosely to allow the expanding CO2 gas to escape. When...
by Apollo-11
Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: bug out with one book
Replies: 209
Views: 20035

Something with Conrad Stargard. The Crosstime Engineer series were all excellent books, so I would have a hard time picking just one. I am going to cheat and say one of the 4-in-1 volumes. I could read those over and over. Since Leo Frankowski lost his publisher after he moved to Russia, I have been...
by Apollo-11
Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:02 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 35gal plastic tanks
Replies: 7
Views: 758

alterego wrote:I say build an awesome raft.
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about! Build a houseboat!
by Apollo-11
Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:30 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6682
Views: 332967

I worked on building a winter tent. I was going to make a bivy, but decided I wanted more room. I used some old bendy poles from an old tent, and about 8 yards of OD ripstop nylon. I got the hoop supports sewn in, and the three main panels sewn together. I need to finish those seams, then attach so...
by Apollo-11
Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:28 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6682
Views: 332967

I took my own advice and rotated stock on cyalume lightsticks. I found a stash of the good ones at dollar tree and cleaned them out. I probably didn't need a dozen but the price was right. I exercised my ability to drive in ice. Avoided a couple of really dangerous situations where I could have gott...
by Apollo-11
Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:09 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Portland, Maine
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Hello from the "other" Portland. The one on the left coast.
by Apollo-11
Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Garage Doors
Replies: 53
Views: 4657

Funny, I've just been working on the garage door today. I've had two thoughts on the subject. The first is a matter of energy... Thin steel or aluminium doors are going to be radiators. If you're living in your house and the power's out then it might well being getting cold at night (assuming you d...
by Apollo-11
Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: How to learn ham theory
Replies: 21
Views: 1993

Yeah, since I posted I found a local club I intend to join assuming I pass. And yes, I also received an email from the test administrator, who said that the fee is for the testing, not the test. So I'm going to shoot for the General too, if I pass the Tech. Why not - same fee. Thanks for your advic...
by Apollo-11
Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:19 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: BOB Essentials Series: Paracord Lightstick Wrap (Many Pics)
Replies: 49
Views: 16725

I put a popsicle stick along mine with a bit of duct tape. Not 18", just a bit. That way, being jostled in my bag wont snap them and make them light prematurely, but I can snap the light and the stick when I need them. Good idea. I also double up twice as many as I think I need. If you need a minim...
by Apollo-11
Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Wanting to start a Self-Sufficient farm
Replies: 53
Views: 3930

Eating Snails? Wild chickens don't lay eggs half as much as modern breeds do, thats why we need to supplement their feeds. Yeah, Oyster or mussle shell in our feed, along with some grit. +1 on that, Ad'lan. I used to breed Zebra finches. These little tiny birds will breed themselves until they die ...
by Apollo-11
Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:48 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: How to learn ham theory
Replies: 21
Views: 1993

The ARRL Handbook seems like a very steep hill to climb at first. It's about 500 pages thick and can get extremely technical. Probably not a beginner's tome but it is there if you want it. They publish a new one every year, so if you hit the used book store you should be able to get one from a few y...
by Apollo-11
Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:25 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: BOB Essentials Series: Paracord Lightstick Wrap (Many Pics)
Replies: 49
Views: 16725

Well done, Gunny. I have used paracord a million times... I have used cyalume a million times... I have hung cyalume with a bit of paracord half a million times... but I would have never thought of swinging it around like that for signaling aircraft, in a million years. Good post! FYI, the expiratio...

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