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  1. Shelter In Place Kit with pictures!

    Nuke prep is a whole field of it's own. While I do have scintillometers and a personal dosimeter ( if you can find them, the old static discharge units are pen sized, can be read any time by just looking in the end, and very robust. Do need to find a charger too. ) I don't really put any effort into that one. Most of the bases are covered in the storm/flood/drought/systemic collapse/ visiting friends, preps. If we get a full out exchange, and I am still around, it will be a few days before the fallout hits and the loss of plants and animals for a few years will be much like an extended snowed in event, good time to have granarys full of wheat, oats and barley or at least be on good terms with a farmer. After that the lung cancer etc. takes on average 20 years to set in. Well past my personal best before date. Not the best pictures of a dosimeter but I just had my watch for a camera.
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  3. Power company

    What you are used to.... I've been allowed to drive through closed roads in New Mexico after the state troopers looked at the 20 inch snow tires on the bus I was driving and maybe caught the surprise in my voice at 15 cm finger snow drifts every quarter mile being considered a problem ( well I said "I just drove out of three feet of this stuff" ). It's also much like a power outage now being a life threatening problem where they "don't happen" , really can be critical with oxygen equipment, heat, air conditioning. If it goes out several times a week then you adapt and put systems in place to cover.
  4. Much easier if you can share with others. For instance it's the same amount of work to raise 25 chickens or 75 , but if three neighbors go in on 75 then the care taking can also be split. Any livestock is a commitment to be there. As small farmers we used to share some infrequently used equipment, only problematic issue with shared equipment is who is responsible for maintenance? Has to be everyone, and with a list of what to check after each use, preferably with a log book and manuals on the machine. Of course as a group expands it tends to prevent it's own functioning ( what is a city other then a large group after all ) and on technical issues democracy doesn't work all that well ( the people who understand how a process works and what it takes to maintain it are out voted by those who don't ). If people understand that competent people need to be allowed to make decisions in the area of their competence it can grow to a large organization, if it turns into a matter of immediate efficiency then you get interlocked, just in time, systems that work great until they don't. It takes stored resources to bootstrap any repairs, but they are "dead" assets as far as book keeping goes. Seen far too many examples of spare parts, manuals and log books thrown away because "Do we need these right now? No. Get rid of them, they are taking up space!" Then again I'm still getting parts from a collection of those from 40 years ago, boss said "this all goes to the trash." well I'm as trashy as they come. ( about 4 cubic feet of nuts, bolts, screws, washers, motors, brackets, DC plugs and sockets .... )
  5. Where do I start

    Well I have 21606 litres stored in a cement tank ( 5707 US Gallons, 4752 Imperial Gallons, 90 Hogsheads, pick your units ) with a pressure system and filled from rain gutters. Shared with a second house. Treating it with 30% H2O2 , about 4 litres whenever it stops out gassing, as my neighbor thinks chlorine is poison. ( she's right but that was the objective ) Filter that through carbon and ceramic filters. Boil it to be extra cautious and have about 20 litres stored in assorted glass bottles and plastic jugs wherever I sleep, sit, work and a few on the pantry shelves. The main tank is about a year supply for cooking, washing ( dishes, showers, laundry ) but don't use flush toilets. If you insist on using clean water to remove waste multiply the tank by 6 to 10 times, add a septic tank ( gray water can just be ejected into an acre of bush, the trees use it. ) and raise your taxes because you have "improved" your property. Old Ballantine's Scotch bottles are great ( brown glass ) rectangular so they pack well. ( be careful not to invite both Frasers and Campbells at the same time while emptying those ) The three litre Jack Daniels bottles are a good shape too, but clear. Of course if you buy new and spend some time emptying the bottles, you may not care about the shape. ( also not a great time to discuss the US civil war as it can lead to re-enactments ) Plastic jugs can be frozen as can reused coffee bags ( Timmy's, Ronny's ) and those are also light proof and in cardboard boxes already. Expect some leakage, the jugs get very brittle at -40 and shatter if bumped. A 208 litre food grade barrel on the third floor is also a great option, fill it from the filter ( use a "Ball Cock" shutoff, plumbers get to say that with a straight face ) and then plumb it to the kitchen sink as potable water, so you have several days supply for drinking and cooking without power, full speed flow rate to use and the filter can be used till nearly clogged between cleanings.
  6. Where do I start

    Well , shelter, water, food, sentries ( I'll take air as a given ) sounds like basics are covered. Maybe medical, Dthomasdigital has posted lots about that. Communications, light and power ... depends on what you can expect, storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, extreme heat, extreme cold, catastrophic politics. Also depends on resources, city or rural, desert or forest, lakes, streams, wind, sun, tides. Crops, gardens... Oh and greetings :-)
  7. Power company

    Yeah, what we are getting ( 50 cm of snow , -20c in places ) is nothing out of the ordinary range but a major issue when it's a rare event. I was thinking @Thomas and @Elise at least have been through it here so may have a different perspective on what needs to be done. I do recall a couple of years about 40 ago when England had extra cold winters, power loss, and the farmers couldn't run their diesel tractors because the ( summer grade ) fuel was congealing in the tanks. That followed by record high temperatures ( upper 30 C ) and the asphalt was melting and damaging highways. I wonder if anyone has stocked up additives to thin fuel so the farmers could be called on to help with road clearing, or if they are out of action too.
  8. Power company

    @Thomas Looks like you're seeing some mild Canadian weather right now. Any observations?
  9. Make it yourself [DIYs & Modifications]

    Yeah, the open document formats aren't allowed to post so changing the extension to .doc was a work around. I keep recovering files for people using Microsoft programs when they do an "upgrade" and the new version refuses to open their old work ( retrieving stuff from MS Works is a pain but I think Microsoft has finished killing it ) but as I've said before "It was Vista that convinced me to try Linux and I've never had the courtesy to thank Microsoft." Never tried to recover any Lotus files ( Hmm remember when PC cards were "LIM" standard , Intel and Microsoft are still around but no more L ). Well power is out so I'd best cut this off while I still can save.
  10. Make it yourself [DIYs & Modifications]

    For anyone thinking about wind power, I've got a spreadsheet to play with, but it needs to be renamed from .doc to .ods ( well Libre Office is actually smart enough to open it with Libre Calc even miss named ). The entered numbers are an example and based on an article I ran into. The nice thing about it being a spread sheet is you can punch in site numbers and get a good idea what to expect for outputs. Libre Office is free ( as in beer ) but if anyone wants I can probably turn this into a XL spreadsheet , I just can't test it in that format. windwork.doc
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  12. Solar Energy System

    I had to use an alternate browser to open it too ( this one is locked down ). Started out with the usual catch phrases along the lines of imagine how wonderful _________ would be, and has to be played from the start only ( no skipping ahead ) and no option to pause. So after a couple of very unlikely statements ( just need to open a small solar panel, no reference to what "small" is but for the implied amount of energy it would need to be 10 to 20 square meters ) my internal reaction was "F*** this" if they have to dance around any statements of fact there probably aren't any I want to see. I'm fine with anyone that gives hard numbers up front, preferably showing their work. It was either a way to keep someone on the site for advertising time. or an attempt to get people hooked by "well, I've already spent this much time, maybe a little more and I'll find out something ". My definition of a sales war dance.
  13. Solar Energy System

    Don't really have time for a sales war dance video right now.
  14. check those preps.

    I've had pretty good luck with these on my keychains https://www.amazon.ca/GranVela-UltraTac-Flashlight-Waterproof-Torch-Blue/dp/B01BS8OCBA not cheap at $32. CAD , but use a 10440 Li-Ion by design and have a "lock" function ( two fast clicks and it flashes once and then will not turn on until given two more fast clicks ) . And yes I carry a duplicate set of keys so own two. Just tested some ( about 20 ) 18650 cells that I charged two years ago, all fully charged. So far I haven't had any bagged flashlights fail no matter how long they have sat. I have had one AAA sized light out of ten fail but my own fault, they are rated for 3 volts and I'm pushing 4. Not changing my habits though, I just replaced the LED with a better rated one ( about $0.05 ) and have it clipped to my shirt right now. The larger "D" alkaline cells seem to hold up well ( have those in the scintillometers and a few refurbed old flashlights ) but I have lost count of how many AA and AAA alkaline cells I've had leak. Often in something ( Fenix lights, radios, notebook stylus ) even when quite new. I try to keep those batteries separately bagged and just install when needed. Bit of trivia, if you have old flashlights that you'd like to make useful again. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1pcs-P13-5S-PR2-0-5W-LED-For-Focus-Flashlight-Replacement-Bulb-Torches-Work-Light-Lamp/32818434538.html These are brighter then the original bulbs , draw 1/3 as much power, have a rated life of 50,000 hours use and are only about twice the price of an incandescent bulb. One other trick for lights in storage, a strip of blister pack plastic between the + and contact on the battery. So can't get turned on by accident but can hold a charged battery.
  15. Less than lethal, and the problems with it

    Canada again but I expect the UK will be similar. Saps are intended for fighting so fall into the same category as brass knuckles ( confiscation and charges ). Kevlar motorcycle gloves are meant to protect your hands from flying rocks and during crashes. For example https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Motorcycle-Gloves-Man-Carbon-Fiber-Knuckle-Protect-Breathable-Glove-Men-Racing-Moto-Cycling-Motocross-Motorbike-Guantes/32789819195.html so the primary intent isn't being in a fight ( helps if you can point at the '72 Triumph but even a pedal bicycle should do ) also much nicer thermal properties if you live around here. It's where the laws get very grey, if you have a legitimate reason to have a tool , your intent is probably tool use. Carry a 8" pipe wrench and plumbing parts, and it's reasonable to assume you are going to fix a leaking pipe. Carry the wrench alone, esp if several local houses have mysteriously had the tumblers in the door knob locks sheared off, and it's probably going into an evidence bag and you'll be needing to prove where you have been. You may well be just carrying it home, but it still would make you a suspect. Having a reason generally lets the authorities decide to pass. Example from travelling. I was going from a job back to Canada , and passing through airport security in Frankfurt. I had some spare instruments and batteries in my checked luggage ( so some small electronic devices that looked like hollywood timers, cylindrical objects and a tangle of wires ). The XRay operator, with somewhat wide eyes, pointed at the screen and said "Uhhhh?". I shrugged, pointed at myself and said "techie". He thought a few seconds and waved me through.