So what did you learn this week?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by oil pan 4, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Knowing is half the battle.
    What did you put away for knowledge this week?
    You might run out of food or ammo but you will never run out of what you know, aside from dementia, TBI, ect.
  2. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Read and reread articles on hydroponics and gardening, trying to organize my greenhouse better for the coming year, trying to figure out how to order power tool parts for myself instead of letting the boss do it as at 80 it looks like I will be out of a job soon and need to be able to stand on my own two feet. Rereading a lot of the older SHTF fiction, each author has his own take on it, and I think it is instructive to ponder the different views.
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  3. Tempstar

    Tempstar Praeclarum Site Supporter+

    This week I learned two new knots, more features of my HF radio, and started making a huge capacitor from a trashcan. Oh, and that Honda car wiring is whacked!
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  4. snake6264

    snake6264 Combat flip flop douchebag

    How to melt paracord the Right way
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  5. smithcp2002

    smithcp2002 Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    Did a refresher course for CPR/AED/LUCAS. Everyone should try to make the time to stop by their local firehouse and ask about these. LUCAS is a automated compression unit, great big step for small fire/rescue companies.
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  6. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    Like Tempstar. New knots to try out. :D
  7. sdr

    sdr Monkey+

    I've learned enough this week. Time to let my brain rest.

    Huge capacitor? Like to know more about that. I've wondered if a lightning strike could somehow be used to charge a large capacitor. Top of my land is pretty high up. Kicking around the idea of sticking a 55 gallon barrel filled with sand and having a copper wire sticking up through the center. Might make some pretty glass sculptures.
  8. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    I learned that just because it rarely gets below 20 degrees in my area that the last 4 weeks of being at -4 to +15 SUCKS. Did not build or insulate the cabin for below 15 degrees :(
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  9. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    But, LUCAS can't assist me, the non-ems type, in an emergency, right? It's only for EMS personnel, correct or am I missing something? I definitely want an CPR/AED refresher this year, don't think our Fire Houses give them for free and either have to go to Tech College or they have a couple of private schools around here.
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  10. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Well, I have learned quite a lot over the past few weeks...

    The first was don't try to drink up the Christmas/New Year Holidays liquor cabinet in one or two nights, talk about a SHTF scenario, it was touch-and-go for a while...Whew!

    Second, it is looking like I will need 5 cords of wood instead of 4 to go from October to March as that lodge pole pine burns fast, 6 to be sure.

    Third, after a small power outage and the wife spending the entire outage reminding me how much I have spent on preps and even though we had 1500 gallons in the cistern we still didn't have a drop of water handy...well, you get the picture. I got nailed to the cross and it is now on the top of 'Do List' come Spring.
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  11. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I learned that the Hawaii Emergency Management Folks should NOT be trusted with access to the EBS System Codes that send out EBS Messages... They haven’t thought thru the process, or even implimented a TWO MAN Rule, and it should ONLY be implimented by the Governor.... Period.... Their Security just plain SUCKS...
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  12. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    I learned that a vacation in HI could get me killed as the place in completely unprepared for just about everything.
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  13. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    I learned WAY more than I wanted to know about gender fluid/confused robots. New 2018 resolution: drink coffee BEFORE willy nilly clicking "news" articles.
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  14. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Odd. I learned nothing new. However, there was some refinement to some previously known points --.
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  15. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++

    Been wanting to make a true Pemmican recipe of rendered suet, dehydrated red meat and store bought blueberries. Rendered the suet(organ fat) in a slow cooker on low without the lid(you want all water in the fat to evaporate out. Sliced up a nice sized chuck roast and placed in the dehydrator with a tray of blueberries.

    The key to make a Pemmican with the longest shelf-life possible is to remove all moisture from the three ingredients. The meat and blueberries took the longest to dehydrate. When I pulverized the meat and blueberries in my blender, you want a nice dry mixture that creates a lot of dust in the blender. I then remelted the suet and mix everything together and poured the mixture into a cup cake pan. After the Pemmican cakes hardened, I removed them and wrapped each on individually in some wax paper and stored them in a 50 cal ammo can. I have 16 Pemmican cakes in storage that I want to check on every few months to check for any spoilage and if none is found, will use in a field prepared hobo stew.
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  16. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

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  17. GOG

    GOG Grumpy ol' Munky Site Supporter

    I'm getting the smoker and smoking process dialed in. I've been using oak for heat and various chips for extra flavor.

    I ordered a new pistol for EDC (XDM .45ACP) and picked it up yesterday but it's too large for me to effectively conceal so now I have to turn around and sell it to get something smaller. I don't care for open carry, so...
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