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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: 3929

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: 2194

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: 356

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: 1967

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: 2872

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: 3929

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: 1049

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: 942

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: 5300

(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: 1049

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: 2043

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: 2043

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: 3081

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: 22858

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: 4230

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: 4230

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: 3081

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: 3081

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: 2273

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: 5300

(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...
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 5:47 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Waste Not Want Not - Storing Electricity
Replies: 19
Views: 1643

If you work in a hospital, computer center, or anyplace else with a number of UPSs, make friends with the maintenance guy. Usually, hospitals will change out the batteries every 2 years whether they need it or not. My business changes them when they fail the self-test which is more like every 5 year...
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 5:18 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Solar Space Heating
Replies: 4
Views: 504

This site is the gold mine, as you may already know: http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Projects.htm (It's run by the guy on the magazine cover, Gary Reysa.) This guy, Morris Dovey, really knows his stuff. He designs, builds, and sells solar air heaters (He also gives away a fair amount of knowled...
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 5:05 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Garage Doors
Replies: 53
Views: 4655

My garage door is older, made of wood instead of thin sheet metal. I have seen some of these newer houses with sheet metal doors so thin they remind me of soda cans. I would replace them with wood or heavy gauge steel for sure... wood doors are probably still available from an overhead door supplier...
by Apollo-11
Tue Dec 25, 2007 3:38 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: You can prepare for the PAW anywhere!
Replies: 10
Views: 1656

Re: You can prepare for the PAW anywhere!

Also, one booth was giving away all the free local topographic maps you wanted, made by the U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geologic Survey. I got them for about 20 miles in every direction. These maps, which were of the 7.5 minute series, are normally not cheap. I wonder if anyone has a web p...

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