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  1. Image link: https://www.google.com/search?q=dexter+russell+duo+glide&client=tablet-android-samsung&prmd=sinv&sxsrf=ACYBGNS1u2i8c-igPkKgHjCjzyLInMHVnQ:1568487311687&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwitt7DI_tDkAhXNup4KHURbA0MQ_AUoAnoECBMQAg&biw=1280&bih=800# The dexter Russell duoglide 8 inch chef's knife. If, like me, your hands are starting to get stiff from age or arthritis, this thing is a lifesaver. I use one every day at work, and ordered another one for the house. Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, as well as looking cool. It takes an hour or so to get used to it, but worth the effort. No longer need to wear a compression glove when I come home from work. About 40 bucks US, but worth it, IMHO.
  2. I had a look at blade hq site, as well. I can highly recommend the Cold Steel kitchen classics 3 inch paring knife as possibly the best fixed blade utility knife I ever used. You'll need to make a sheath, and avoid tungsten v-sharpeners, because of the flat grind, but hard to beat at $8.95, and won't be mistaken for a weapon, in most cases.
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    IFAK - My new Load out

    I like adding the penlight. For most everyday uses, I find them more useful than the more "tactical" looking alternatives, reasons including much lower price, and not getting swiped by coworkers, because they don't look "tacticool". Highly recommend the $9US Coast brand inspection light from Walmart, etc. It's no blinding laser cannon, but highly reliable, and cheap. AAA replaceable batteries, tough aluminum body, convenient shape, led lamp. I have 6 in various places, including EDC, and still spent less money than one "really cool" flashlight
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    IFAK - My new Load out

    Excellent call on the eye protection treating a traumatic injury is, by definition, going to get messy. A question, though, why latex vs. Nitrile gloves? The only reason I ask is because my ex wife had a severe (and undiagnosed ) allergy to latex that caused inflammation and anaphylaxis as the result of a routine gyn exam.
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    Winter Travel in your Car

    I agree with everything PappyHiker said, with 1 caveat. Know your shortcuts, and when to use them. Years ago, I used to drive about 60 miles each way to another state for work. I used a backroad shortcut in most weather, the big roads and interstates in snow. Until I got distracted one winter morning and took my shortcut, which went through an area of ultra rich folks and diplomats. There were plows and sand trucks every half mile, with engines running and lights flashing, every mile, waiting for snow, unlike the normal highway. I cruised through that little winding road in all weather for the next 3 years, even when Rt. 7 was a disaster area.
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    Winter Travel in your Car

    I agree with pretty much everything so far. My most useful winter thing so far has been a cheap plastic "kid size" snow shovel. Not as good as a full size one, but better than an e tool, and fits in a small space. Handy for cleaning off the vehicle, if nothing else.
  7. No idea if it would work where you are in Portugal, but there is an old system in use in the Azores, and,I think Sicily that could help, I don't know. From flawed memory, rather than raised beds, a series of round holes, about 10 ft in diameter, a few feet deep, surrounded by dry-laid fieldstone walls. The soil in the holes is built up with compost, etc. The rock walls funnel limited rain down, and limit wind-caused loss of transpired water vapor. Basically, a bunch of small garden microclimate areas. No clue if it would work where you are.
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    Cooler with no Electricity

    An article on building a pot in pot cooler https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot-in-pot_refrigerator
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    Cooler with no Electricity

    Pretty cool, no pun intended. There is an ancient, but heavier very cheap alternative from the middle east called a "zeer" in Arabic. Basically, an unglazed clay pot inside a larger container ( usually another unglazed clay pot ), with a layer of sand between the 2 vessels. The sand is wet with water, and a damp cloth is used as a covering. As the narrator stated, works best in hot, dry conditions. Humidity will make it less efficient, but a couple big clay flowerpots and a bag of playground sand from the DIY store set me back about $20 US, and kept the beer cold, while I did garden chores, even in humid Virginia
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    Hi yall

    Welcome back
  11. Silver is still used in some burn dressings (clearly labeled "external use only"). Traditional use of some substance does not mean that it is safe, or even works at all. Traditionally, lead arsenate was used as an insecticide, anhydrous ammonia was used as a fertilizer, and elemental mercury was used to treat STD's. Not good ideas, but traditional. Some old stuff still works, willow bark is where we got aspirin, but knowledge has come a long way. Take advantage of the fact that we now know a lot that our grandparents didn't. Superstitious reliance on the past can kill you.
  12. Awwwww. . You mean it wasn't built by grey aliens using harmonic convergence powered laser drills and antigravity crystals?? How disappointing. . The pyramids were impossible until someone noticed the round stone holes along the Nile, that are still used to this day to anchor simple wooden lever cranes to manually lift heavy weights.
  13. The house inside a greenhouse is probably a good idea for mostly cold climates. Here in virginia, usa, the interior of an older lexan glazed greenhouse that my company uses stays above 50f all winter, but even with ventilation and shade cloth, stays above 90f, and frequently above 100f, for 6 to 8 months a year. It would take a lot of careful engineering to make it liveable in summer.
  14. It's a bit strange, but the past week of slightly lower temps, constant overcast skies and a lot of light rain, ahead of the incoming hurricane, is making the tomatoes and peppers go absolutely nuts with vine growth and flowering. Nope, nope, not a strange growing season at all......
  15. The cucumbers at the facility did ok, basil did pretty well after a battle with Japanese beetles, squash and zucchini were coming along until human footprints stomped hell outta the plants. Guess someone hates squash. Sunflowers and marigolds and zinnias were about all that did well, in the flower section. At home, the freebie Hungarian wax peppers, cayenne and cherry tomatoes are going nuts after a hot weather lull.Most herbs are just ok, Cuban oregano not bad, not great, but you need <40 F Temps or a flamethrower to kill that stuff. Still a crappy year, in general