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7 Unusual Multi-Purpose Items For Survival

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Motomom34, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    If anyone has read any of my threads, you know I love multi-purpose items.

    The seven items:
    Maxi Pads
    Clear Plastic Garbage Bags
    Aluminum Foil
    Steel Wool
    Fine Mesh Strainer

    Please follow the link to see the uses for the 7 items listed.
    7 Unusual Multi-Purpose Items For Survival | Survival skills, survival guns, survival guide

    Also- one of the comments said: " Keep pantyhose in your car to replace a broken fan belt or radiator hose." True or false????
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  2. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    EDIT 2 - I really am sick. It DOES say fan belt...I DID read it right. So, yes, pantyhose can be used as a temporary fan belt but I would not suggest trying to use it as a replacement serpentine belt.

    EDIT - For some reason I read that as fan belt...don't know how I got that from "Radiator Hose". @kellory is right, not gonna happen.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2015
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  3. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    No way pantyhose could replace a broken radiator hose, but could act as a temporary clamp or pressure dressing on a split hose. You could also use it for a pressure dressing on your own wounds.
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  4. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++ Site Supporter

    Sure, pantyhose can be used to replace a radiator hose, even a serpentine fan belt!

    Certainly not recommending this but you could stretch them over your head. Then when you go into the autoparts store to shop lift or steal a new belt or hose, the staff might not be able to identify you. You "used" them to replace the hose.

    Much like the story of how do you use a barometer to measure the height of a building.
    Phy Parable

    Hmmm... I wonder how many ways you could use a pair of pantyhose?

    Have fun.
  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I didn't think it was possible to use pantyhose to repair a radiator hose or fan belt but @Airtime proved you can. [LMAO]
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  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    A double like for the barometer parable.
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  7. reinkefj

    reinkefj REINKEFJ

    In the late 60's my wife had a Corvair which regularly broke fan belts. She learned how to replace them and carried spares. Along with a spanner and torque wrench. Several time when she ran out of spares, she'd use old panty hose with runs to make an emergency fix. Once, in the presence of an astonished NJ State trooper, she went in the car, took off the one she was wearing, and fixed the car. Her three girl friends in the car laughed hysterically every time they told the story because she really aggravated because they were brand new. I wouldn't have believed it except I saw her do it once. So it's possible with the correct tools.
  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I don't doubt the belt useage, (i have, in fact used surgical tubing for that use.) but use as a pipe is not possible with a material as porous as nylons.
  9. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Pantyhouse makes a fine mesh useful for some types of epoxy to cover small gaps, like fiberglass mat material. You lay it on, smear the epoxy in the first layer, let cure, additional layers as needed. How do I know this? I repaired a crack in a water tank this way! Tank sits under at least 40 PSI constant pressure. No leaks, no dribbles, no problems.
  10. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    Regarding the pantyhose- I still can't fathom that it would fix your fan belt because it stretches so much plus is slippery, but then I have never tried. Anyways- what I thought were interesting prepper uses is filtering water plus if you followed the link in the article it talked about using panty hose as a net or to catch bait. I do think a few pairs will be placed in the BOB. They take up little room, plus the article made mention that you could use them to hang food off the ground.
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  11. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    They are also indispensable for robbing banks. biglaff
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  12. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Moto, I have heard of them being used commercially on home catchment systems as a filter from the downspout as it enters the rain barrel. It strains pretty fine, and is both cheap, and very easy to replace.
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  13. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

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  14. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Oh, one other use I have used them for. ...I had a problem with raccoons in the hunting cabin making a god awful mess. So I researched natural/legal deterrents for coons. Seems they can't stand old style mothballs, so a box of them, split between a pair of nylons (tied of as bags) and lofted into the actic space, has meant no more coons. You can also use dried fox pee. ( if you can find it).
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  15. sarawolf

    sarawolf Monkey++

    Always good to know new ways to use things :)
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