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by Maast
Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:21 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Extreme cold in USA
Replies: 33
Views: 3502

Re: Extreme cold in USA

Speaking as somebody who (when I lived in Anchorage AK) used to routinely go out and hunt small game on snowshoes I can tell you that you're not going to make 25 miles in anything less than 3 days, if you're lucky. Yes they enable you to stay above the snow, and yes they're better than just boots. B...
by Maast
Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Turning an UPS into an inverter
Replies: 8
Views: 1143

Turning an UPS into an inverter

Ref my earlier post on turning an UPS into a inverter: https://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=109171 I've recently discovered that APCs line of SURTA UPSs are full online double conversion machines, which means that it has two sections in it; a battery charger and a inverter. The in...
by Maast
Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:21 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 100,000 hour light bulbs; induction lights. (pics)
Replies: 4
Views: 1152

Re: 100,000 hour light bulbs; induction lights. (pics)

CRI index is 80s to low 90s, which is better than incandescent lights. And these lights have been out commercially for a decade or more. They're just not common, mainly due to price and because they're usually so big and bright they're used for high bay lights. The self-ballasted screw-in incandesce...
by Maast
Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:03 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 100,000 hour light bulbs; induction lights. (pics)
Replies: 4
Views: 1152

100,000 hour light bulbs; induction lights. (pics)

This might be old news to many, but it was new to me. Induction lamps are fluorescents that use an external coil to excite the mercury vapor, which avoids the use of the part that fails; the electrodes. The ones with an external ballast last an average of 100 thousand hours (11.4 years of continuous...
by Maast
Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:14 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: "Server" choice.
Replies: 15
Views: 1543

Re: "Server" choice.

If you're going to make a server, make a server - one than can run for a couple decades without hardware maintenance other than the occasional dust bunny removal. Especially if it's for long term storage and playback of critical data. Anything less will just fail within a year or 4. In a long term S...
by Maast
Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:52 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Walkie Talkies
Replies: 14
Views: 1879

Re: Walkie Talkies

If you want communications beyond shouting distance you're going to have to use radio. However if you don't want anybody to be able to listen in or even know that you're transmitting you will need a radio that uses something called "spread spectrum". Spread spectrum is where the transmission is spre...
by Maast
Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:09 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: I made a 20'x40' soil-cement parking slab (pics)
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

Re: I made a 20'x40' soil-cement slab to park the boat on (p

It's a classic tale of a great idea being misapplied. I read about it a several years ago and always thought it'd be cool to do. Well it is cool, just not what I should have used. Don't get me wrong, its an absolutely functional pad that's probably way stronger than I needed. But it's not pretty, an...
by Maast
Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: I made a 20'x40' soil-cement parking slab (pics)
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

I made a 20'x40' soil-cement parking slab (pics)

Most of this summer I've been busy making a 20' x 40' parking pad along the side of the house to park the boat on. To save some dough and experiment with the technique I used soil cement for the top slab over all the gravel I used to level it out. Soil-cement is dirt thats been mixed in-place with p...
by Maast
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: I'm admitting my food storage problem
Replies: 21
Views: 2489

Re: I'm admitting my food storage problem

Ill point you here: http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=104306 I HIGHLY reccomend you look at Calorie content, and pick up some B&M bread in a can (1000 calories per can, full of win). After your post I got curious and looked at the canned bread, its true it has a lot of calories...
by Maast
Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Chemicals and food storage?
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: Chemicals and food storage?

Unless you're storing things in metal, metal-lined (like mylar bags) or glass, oxygen water vapor and other small molecules (including ones that carry taste/smell) will seep right through almost any plastic. PET is the best but even that seeps. For an experiment, place a mothball in any plastic cont...
by Maast
Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Considering adding Amaranth to my edible landscaping
Replies: 12
Views: 1274

Re: Considering adding Amaranth to my edible landscaping

Is there a chance you can post a picture of what a stealth garden look like? Does it look like a proper English garden, the typical American backyard or wilderness? Thanks! Typical American back, side and front yard landscaping. It's just that the plants in them are edible in one way or another. Th...
by Maast
Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Considering adding Amaranth to my edible landscaping
Replies: 12
Views: 1274

Re: Considering adding Amaranth to my edible landscaping

Oh well, in spite of the lack of response I bought some from a health food store and cooked it up. It was pretty good, kind of nutty-sweet. Made a great breakfast porridge. I'm going to add it to the edible landscaping. The sheer numbers of seeds one flower puts out would let me drastically increase...
by Maast
Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Considering adding Amaranth to my edible landscaping
Replies: 12
Views: 1274

Considering adding Amaranth to my edible landscaping

I'm considering adding the Amaranth variety called Amaranthus Cruentus (aka Mexican grain) to my stealth garden (a garden that doesn't look like a garden) as a wheat substitute/supplement. It's supposed to be tasty, high calorie, high protein, very nutritious and the leaves are edible as well. It's ...
by Maast
Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Just tried my first MRE (pic heavy)
Replies: 28
Views: 3180

Re: Just tried my first MRE (pic heavy)

Actually I like most of the MREs, there are a couple I don't care for but I'd eat them if it was the last one in the box and I was hungry enough. For that matter I've lived off them for 8 months starting in the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, we convoyed north from Kuwait and set up shop at BI...
by Maast
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Built a 1080AH battery bank w/ a modded APC Smart UPS (pics)
Replies: 28
Views: 19652

Re: Built a 1080AH battery bank w/ a modded APC Smart UPS (p

Dear Sir, I have a APC UPS SUA 2200 / 3000 tower type (probable manufactured in 1999), now that the UPS is not working that is to say that despite the battery changes, the UPS shuts down, all line voltage and battery is fine... Can someone help me with the schematic diagram of the same... for which...
by Maast
Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: I'm admitting my food storage problem
Replies: 21
Views: 2489

Re: I'm admitting my food storage problem

Heh, you could always go with my favorite calorie-dense canned good: Roast beef hash. 780 calories in a can in roughly 1/3rd each of fat/protein/carbos and in a pinch you can eat it right out of the can without heating.

At 2000 calories a day for 8 months thats only 616 standard cans! :-)
by Maast
Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: So someone is rattling my doors on a regular basis.
Replies: 85
Views: 8080

Re: So someone is rattling my doors on a regular basis.

Sounds like you need a day/night IR Digital Video Recorder (DVR) system so you can playback to when you hear something. Found this 4 camera system for $199 with a quick Google, reviews seem to like it. http://www.lorextechnology.com/Surveillance-dvr-system-with-4-night-vision-cameras/1976.p?gclid=CO...
by Maast
Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: I'm admitting my food storage problem
Replies: 21
Views: 2489

Re: I'm admitting my food storage problem

Regarding your space problem; you've got a couple places that'll hold a ton of food that you probably don't realize - under your bed and inside your sofa. If you load up on #10 cans of long-term (freeze dried, dehydrated or other stable) storables with an eye to calorie density you could build up se...
by Maast
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.
Replies: 60
Views: 5724

Re: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.

I'm surprised that nobody has disagreed with any of the projected events or added ones of their own that I missed. I tried to think of all the major ones that would have a impact on a prepper.
by Maast
Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.
Replies: 60
Views: 5724

Re: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.

I'm drafting another thread to ask opinions on what a prepper can do to facilitate the eventual rebuilding and get the nation back on our feet a bit quicker.

I've had this thread in draft for months while I did my research, the "Raider" thread prompted me to finish it and post.
by Maast
Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.
Replies: 60
Views: 5724

Re: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.

IMO the number,duration and timing of any and all phases will be wholly dependent upon the event, the timing of the event and the duration of the event that causes the STHTF. An extinction event like an asteroid hit will play out quite differently from say a nuclear attack. Absolutely the timing is...
by Maast
Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.
Replies: 60
Views: 5724

Phases of a national or worldwide SHTF.

I think there'll be roughly 6 phases to a national or worldwide SHTF; North America is lucky as it's relatively sparsely settled, Europe and Asia will be even worse off. I dont know enough to speculate on South America or Africa but I dont imagine it'll be any better. There are just too many people ...
by Maast
Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: But Seriously, What *Would* A Raider Do?
Replies: 89
Views: 6427

Re: But Seriously, What *Would* A Raider Do?

Thinking like a raider when checking out an area/home in rough order of importance: I'm going to evaluate cost/benefit; "Can I take this place, how well is it guarded, is what's in there worth the risk." Then I'm going to examine how secure their perimeter is and how easy it is to get through quietl...
by Maast
Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Fire Arm Storage In a Business Environment
Replies: 37
Views: 3545

Re: Fire Arm Storage In a Business Environment

Rather than a single safe unit, how about several mounted along a metal countertop that's securely fastened to the wall. Using this picture only as an example (crappy harbor freight safe) http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/160x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m...

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