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by williaty
Tue May 17, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Should ensuring food security involve a tractor?
Replies: 13
Views: 1719

Should ensuring food security involve a tractor?

Looking at the news from various countries around the world where the economy has collapsed, a common theme is food scarcity and insecurity. Here in the USA, we rely on trucks and trains moving food from all over the continent to our local grocery stores in order to eat. While prepping by stockpilin...
by williaty
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4770
Views: 318078

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

raptor wrote:By my count there are only 2 US companies left with a AAA rating. Microsoft (MSFT) and Johnson & Johnson (jnj). These companies BTW still have credit that is superior to the US government.
Huh, why do companies like GOOG and AAPL that are more cash-positive than MSFT have a lower credit rating?
by williaty
Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: So My Wife Wants a Drop Leg Holster
Replies: 22
Views: 2632

Re: So My Wife Wants a Drop Leg Holster

ah, that is not low enough for what she wants to do. She's trying to get it low enough not to interfere with her fitted and VERY stiff winter work coat. She'll run it about halfway to her knee.
by williaty
Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: So My Wife Wants a Drop Leg Holster
Replies: 22
Views: 2632

Re: So My Wife Wants a Drop Leg Holster

What is a DOH? We managed to find a really, really beat up and sandy drop leg rig for her at the local surplus store. Best part is we also found a pouch that'll hold her EPI pens with MOLLE attachments on it. We still need to get her a kydex holster and way to fasten that to the MOLLE on her drop le...
by williaty
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Securing Sliding Glass Doors
Replies: 23
Views: 5297

Re: Securing Sliding Glass Doors

Jesus, 4 year thread necro!

Since asking this, we have in fact just fucking moved. Our new place has its own set of security (and other) problems but at least this place is ours so we're able to make changes as we can (very slowly) afford them.
by williaty
Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:56 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4770
Views: 318078

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

I'd say if you are not stocking up on fuel right now you should think about it. Problem with that is that fuel prices aren't actually coming down around here. 87 octane unleaded is down, yes. Diesel isn't. Kerosene isn't. 93 octane isn't, which is weird. 93 has stayed steady as 87 dropped, leading ...
by williaty
Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4770
Views: 318078

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

Remember that when you see an article touting the low unemployment rate. The headline unemployment is low but only because that definition says it is low. The interesting thing about the SGS chart is the increasing difference between the SGS-calculated figure and the gov't figures. I understand mos...
by williaty
Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:39 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Improving Cab Insulation
Replies: 22
Views: 3421

Re: Improving Cab Insulation

You'll have to go to home depot or wherever yourself and test it. They had a "display" where they had a little bit made into a mitten you stick your hand in and after a few seconds your hand starts to sweat. Thats how it works in the truck cab, it reflects back the heat you loose. I had a 30 minute...
by williaty
Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Improving Cab Insulation
Replies: 22
Views: 3421

Re: Improving Cab Insulation

Ok, for those saying "can't", I did it therefore if I can then anyone else should be able to as well. The reflective bubble wrap stuff is reflective on both sides and only 1/4" thick. The vehicle body is two layers. In spaces like the A pillar there is a big bap between, but in places such as aroun...
by williaty
Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Improving Cab Insulation
Replies: 22
Views: 3421

Re: Improving Cab Insulation

As for insulation being toxic if it burns. Who the hell is staying the truck if its on fire? Get out. And if you can't get out of a burning truck smoke is the least of your problems. You don't always get the choice to get out on your preferred timeline. The difference between giving the rescue crew...
by williaty
Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Improving Cab Insulation
Replies: 22
Views: 3421

Re: Improving Cab Insulation

1) Aluminized or other "shiny" insulation materials only work if the shiny side faces an air gap 3/8" of an inch thick or thicker. The shiny only impacts radiation of heat, not conduction or convection. If the surfaces touch or are closely coupled by a convective loop, you get zero insulation from t...
by williaty
Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:29 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Surefire 6p: P60 vs M61WL. Incandescent vs. LED hikes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1060

Re: Surefire 6p: P60 vs M61WL. Incandescent vs. LED hikes.

The light emitted from many LEDs often resembles an alien abduction. So blue and sterile. Take me to your leader..... Your LED lights look like that because you chose to buy lights that look like that . There's absolutely no reason that an LED flashlight has to look that way. There are several good...
by williaty
Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Home Security: Thermal Style
Replies: 10
Views: 1563

Re: Home Security: Thermal Style

I got another reply email today. The summary is "Yeah, we've been lying to you for weeks because we don't actually have any more cameras in the warehouse to give you as a replacement. But the boat from china arrives today so we'll totes send you your camera tonight. FOR REALZ!" Why am I not convinced?
by williaty
Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Home Security: Thermal Style
Replies: 10
Views: 1563

Re: Home Security: Thermal Style

Well, now my opinion has swung around to saying you shouldn't buy a FLIR product. For all the fact that I posted some useful work with it in the first post, I just have lost faith in the company. Supposedly I have a FLIR ONE thermal camera. I say "supposedly" because I bought it and waited 7 months ...
by williaty
Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Solar and LiFePO4 for Radio Gear
Replies: 23
Views: 4158

Re: Solar and LiFePO4 for Radio Gear

Finding a good battery charger for, well, any battery, is nearly impossible but doubly so for Li-chemistries. I want to do the same both for my ham radios and for my CPAP. The voltage regulator on the output side is easy in comparison because there's lots of commercially available options for that. ...
by williaty
Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Home Security: Thermal Style
Replies: 10
Views: 1563

Re: Home Security: Thermal Style

Interesting photos, thanks. May be going down the same road myself, we are looking at a house with walls of windows and as much as they look great, I cringe at the thermal loss. Lets put it this way, there is a separate heater and A/C unit just for the Solarium. :shock: Yeah, glass is a shitty wall...
by williaty
Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Home Security: Thermal Style
Replies: 10
Views: 1563

Re: Home Security: Thermal Style

What did the new FLIR camera cost??? $250, but we're hoping to use it multiple times as we improve things and also figure it'll get passed around the family for other people to do the same. OR... scrounge a bunch of bubble wrap, cut to size, spritz some soapy water on the window and slap the bubble...
by williaty
Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Saving money by uparmoring the house
Replies: 0
Views: 1334

Saving money by uparmoring the house

This is a big read, but hopefully you guys will slog through it until the pictures show up :lol: As we’ve slowly been trying to improve the energy loss out of this house, one of the things we’ve had to tackle is the 300 square feet of glass on the end of our Great Room. The lower 3 panels are actual...
by williaty
Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Home Security: Thermal Style
Replies: 10
Views: 1563

Home Security: Thermal Style

OK, that was a ZS-clickbait title. This post is about making it harder for heat to break out of your house. Why does this matter to ZS? Increasing energy retention makes it cheaper to run the house in short term which leaves more resources for prepping. It makes the house cheaper to heat during an e...
by williaty
Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: So My Wife Wants a Drop Leg Holster
Replies: 22
Views: 2632

Re: So My Wife Wants a Drop Leg Holster

That big plastic thing you posted is exactly what I'm trying to avoid. So far, MALICE clips from Tactical Tailor and PUPs from Bawidamann seem to be the flattest things out there. The MALICE clips would be flattest, but I worry that they'd bend out somewhat since the holster wouldn't have mating PAL...
by williaty
Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: So My Wife Wants a Drop Leg Holster
Replies: 22
Views: 2632

Re: So My Wife Wants a Drop Leg Holster

So my wife wants to try the cheap molle panel rig from ebay that someone showed a picture of early in the thread. She wants to use a KT Mech kydex OWB holster she already has, which has the standard line-o-rivets up each side. My question now is how to hook the KT Mech holster to a molle panel. KT M...
by williaty
Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:00 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Watches for long-term survival off the grid
Replies: 80
Views: 13864

Re: Watches for long-term survival off the grid

Thank you. Quartz will do, want something light weight, not a big fan of luminox, any other brands you can recommend? Traser, to start with. Then look at this list of companies using tritium tubes about 1/4 of the way down the page. I would only look at brands using tubes from MB Microtec given the...
by williaty
Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:14 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Watches for long-term survival off the grid
Replies: 80
Views: 13864

Re: Watches for long-term survival off the grid

Can any of you watch aficionados recommend tritium brands. I would like to have a watch that I don't have to press anything to see the time at night. I just want to be able to look at it and see the time. Would also like day date, though don't need to see that at night just by glancing. Those Seiko...
by williaty
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:03 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Do Hurricane rated windows/doors provide security?
Replies: 4
Views: 867

Re: Do Hurricane rated windows/doors provide security?

French doors are inherently weak. The design is difficult to strengthen.However they do make french doors that meet the Miami Dade County wind standard. However to meet this standard they have to be installed properly to a structure that is likewise sufficiently strong to meet this standard. Yeah, ...

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