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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: 17132

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: 4090

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: 2077

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: 17132

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...
by Apollo-11
Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:01 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Wanting to start a Self-Sufficient farm
Replies: 53
Views: 4090

Quick question, what's the egg production like for an average chicken? Say, how many eggs per x amount of days? Is their production significantly increased if the eggs are fertilized by a rooster? If the hens are normal and healthy, and "egg laying age" you can expect about 1 egg every day, or mayb...
by Apollo-11
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Alternative material for PAW truck plating?
Replies: 30
Views: 2260

Gauge wrote:We used to spray the insides of doors with tar and then lay a layer of kevlar and just keep repeating until it was as thick as we could get it. We used it for sound deadening but it made the cars almost impossible to dent.
Good God, what did that weigh? Could you roll down the windows?
by Apollo-11
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hola from the PNW
Replies: 8
Views: 419

Helloooooo Captain Obvious from Captain Oblivious. Welcome to the zoo.
We are down a little south towards P-Town. 8)
by Apollo-11
Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:14 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Field Jacket customization
Replies: 28
Views: 2045

Would be interesting to see if you could get some waterproof ink to print on Tyvek housewrap. Launder it a few times to get rid of the crinklyness of it, then open up the bottom of the jacket liner and sew it underneath the liner. Then when you need it, you can undo the stitching on the bottom edge ...
by Apollo-11
Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: How many on ZS have a ZS logo patch on their gear?
Replies: 32
Views: 3045

So far, I just have one ZS patch on a duffel so I can ID it on airport baggage claims. Between 65-75% of the luggage is entirely black, so you need to put some kind of identifying marker on it to spot it's yours. I got some bright orange nylon webbing and fastex buckes from REI. I can see my luggag...
by Apollo-11
Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:08 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Wanting to start a Self-Sufficient farm
Replies: 53
Views: 4090

A pond would be a great idea for some aquaculture. Tilapia (spelling??) or catfish would be tastey. Chinese raise carp. You looking at any off-grid power stuff?? I read somewhere that the fish can be raised in 55 gallon barrels. Take the stinky fish water, when it needs to be changed out, and use i...
by Apollo-11
Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:54 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Link to article about spray-on solar cells
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

From what I can tell, their actual cost to produce these is somewhere between 30 cents and 60 cents a watt... so that $1 a watt figure also puts in their profit at the wholesale level. Plus they are good for 25 years+. We could be looking at a major revolution here.
by Apollo-11
Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: First post... hello from SW Washington State
Replies: 27
Views: 1038

Geardo wrote:Welcome, don’t worry about the bridges. You’re in the same city as Beth you got bigger things threatening. :lol:
Maybe I can hide under the wreckage of a bridge. :lol:
by Apollo-11
Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:18 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 2008 plans
Replies: 73
Views: 5535

(1) I've already done (1)... but... get off anti anxiety meds... Check. That was hard [/b] but it was good for me. (2) Start moving, walking, exercising (3) Lose a little weight, but get into better shape is more important! (4) Finish our BIL in the basement (safe room / panic room) and finish beef...
by Apollo-11
Wed Dec 26, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Link to article about spray-on solar cells
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Yeah they are serious. Google invested in them. They just shipped the first panels at under $1 a watt. Now that's the *wholesale* price for buying in large quantity, but it still will beat the pants off of the $4 a watt that conventional panels cost at retail. I would expect that, in the quantities ...
by Apollo-11
Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:27 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Solar air convection heater - easy DIY for winter
Replies: 7
Views: 2130

Couldn't this be more productive and made on a much smaller scale it you used a solid black metal surface. I realize one that size would make tremendous heat. I just question why the use of screen. Is it to keep cost down? They say the Cansolair unit which is about 4' x 8' will really do a number o...
by Apollo-11
Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:15 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Solar air convection heater - easy DIY for winter
Replies: 7
Views: 2130

This has also been done with black strips of aluminum flashing, or soda cans painted with black high temp stove paint. Ideally, you want to paint the aluminum with something called Selective Coating (which is a fancy word for black paint that absorbs heat really well but doesn't radiate it back out....
by Apollo-11
Wed Dec 26, 2007 12:43 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Balaclavas...What exactly for?
Replies: 39
Views: 3153

That's a good woman you have there Apollo 11! Highly reccomended you keep her around. or do whatever you have to do to continue to have her keep you around. /jk. :lol: - You betcha! She even asked if I would teach her to shoot this year. I took a moment of silence to thank my Creator, then took and...
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:15 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: ***ZS Homework*** Build a Fire
Replies: 56
Views: 23098

mu ha ha ha behold my celebrations tin of doom Very nice! I made something like this out of a small tuna can, cardboard, and wax many years ago. They work pretty well for light cooking, heating water, and emergency heat/light. Of course they are waterproof. But mine were merely flammable... :shock:...
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 7:30 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Christmas- Top 5 things you want
Replies: 68
Views: 4344

BethDeath wrote:1- A gun
2- A gun
3- A gun
4- A gun
5- A gun

...you get the idea. :D
... what exactly are you saying Beth? I didn't quite understand. :D

Seriously, if you don't have ANYTHING let me know. We can get you something, which is better than nothing. Barely.
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 7:28 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Christmas- Top 5 things you want
Replies: 68
Views: 4344

herbalpagan wrote: 5. composter or rainbarrels
Good answer! I just started a worm bin. The little buggers are cute!
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:35 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Balaclavas...What exactly for?
Replies: 39
Views: 3153

Balaclava's are great for cold, windy conditions. :) Bicycling in the winter for instance. I read with interest that thread of yours where you rode and camped in the Missouri winter, Jamoni. This might have come in mighty handy as an upgrade to the gear you had as they are made of pure merino micro...
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:32 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Balaclavas...What exactly for?
Replies: 39
Views: 3153

My wife made me a balaclava out of fleece scraps that I can wear under my hardhat at work. The face, neck, and head (especially if you are clean-shaven) are the primary source of heat loss and a big cause of hypothermia if you are working out in the weather. So the balaclava keeps the head warm and ...
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:20 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Mag-Lite.
Replies: 33
Views: 2374

I just bought a new 3D maglite with the 3W LED bulb. I am not easily impressed but this thing is very bright, and of course, durable. I would really love it if a 5W became available. I have not used it enough yet to determine how long the batteries will last. I have an Innova 5 and the maglite puts ...
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:00 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 2008 plans
Replies: 73
Views: 5535

(1) I've already done (1)... but... get off anti anxiety meds... Check. That was hard [/b] but it was good for me. (2) Start moving, walking, exercising (3) Lose a little weight, but get into better shape is more important! (4) Finish our BIL in the basement (safe room / panic room) and finish beefi...

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