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What did you do to Prep today?

 
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I bought a new copy of the SAS book of survival, I had a copy many years ago when I was a lad I used it when I camped.

the book is full of tips on how to make tools hunt setup camp cook and make use of what around you when the shtf!

worth a look imo
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I preped my
Wiffle ball bat, Crisco, Spam & Spork
uh er I don't Know
"and somewhere, a perfectly good woodchipper is going unused..."
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I bought a new copy of the SAS book of survival, I had a copy many years ago when I was a lad I used it when I camped.

the book is full of tips on how to make tools hunt setup camp cook and make use of what around you when the shtf!

worth a look imo
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What is SAS?
You can educate the ignorant, but you can't fix stupid!
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I preped my
Wiffle ball bat, Crisco, Spam & Spork
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If I didn't remember the skit with Farly I wouldn't be able to handle that Avatar......
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made a list of all my neighbors that prep.
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That could be taken either way.......

Some of us you don't want to try to take from.
Especially if I've told you for years to do this or buy that, instead you bought the new big screen....

You will either end up compost, concubine or garden slave.

I'm not sure what you meant by that implicating statement since you didn't clarify.
While it is good to know who else is prepared, if you come to take what isn't yours,

See above. I'm not sure which category you fall into.
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i was just joking.... i wouldnt expect anyone else to sustain me if i hadnt prepared.
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Dehydrated 10 pounds of Roma tomatoes. Cut in half or quarter the big ones, core out seeds with a teaspoon, sprinkle with a little oregano, basil and salt. Dehydrate for about 15 hours, vacuum sealed in a freezer bag with my other homegrown veggies.

Side note, went ot Harris Teeter and they want $2.50 per red bell pepper. Got about 40 green ones in the back yard. Easy to grow and dehydrate well in my Excaliber.

Thinking about retilling the garden and replanting another batch of crooked neck squash, broccoli and some butternut squash, should be ready around September. No frost here until well into October (VA-Chesapeake).
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What is SAS?
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Its stands for Special Air Service, the guy who wrote the book served 26 years in the special forces - its non biased and really worth a look.

link to book
[link to www.amazon.co.uk]

link to wiki about sas
[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Today bought a used Glock 22 .40 cal. to go with the 500 rounds of ammo I bought last week.
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I bought a new copy of the SAS book of survival, I had a copy many years ago when I was a lad I used it when I camped.

the book is full of tips on how to make tools hunt setup camp cook and make use of what around you when the shtf!

worth a look imo
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What is SAS?
 Quoting: HnryBwmn


It's the british special forces.

Special Air Services.

They are badasses for sure!
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If you are stashing candles, get some gel candle wax. Stick a wick inside a thick glass jar (use a hot glue gun to stick the metal wick tab to the bottom of the jar), melt the gel and pour inside the container. Wrap the wick around a pencil and lay across the rim of the jar to keep the wick straight. An oz. of this gel wax will burn for around 15 hours. So for 10 oz. of gel you will have about 150 hours of burn time.
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Those of us that aren't sheep and are aware of how this civilization is in decline, whether end of the age or solar doom....
We work towards trying to ensure our survival. It may be buying an extra dozen canned goods each trip to the store.
Could be your garden.
I have a gardening thread. There have been alot of good contributions for that.
Here's a link:

Thread: Gardening, take another look before winter

What I would like most here is advice, links to water filters, gear, things you've found that will help you weather the storm that is quickly building.

Methods you've developed to enhance your actions. Like the paper mulch suggested for gardening. Or how putting out a bird feeder and watering bird bath attracts the birds that will eat the bugs around your garden.
I've done those things and the bugs have vanished...

If you're armed, how about gear tips, or ammo deals or....

Myself, I'm busting my butt in a big garden. Some days up at 2 am or earlier, woking with lights at night because the sun is killing us during the day.

Last year I learned rebuilding chainsaws. This year I'm learning ATV's. Bought an old quad cheap, fixed all the problems and about to start on a 3 wheeler I bought for $94..

As far as weapons, yeah I like guns. I'm a pretty fair gunsmith. I reload. I shoot high power rifle.
I have however downsized alot. I'm down to one pistol right now. It and one rifle is all I can carry if I bug out....
And a big pack of course.

Keep it civil. Be polite. Thank you ahead of time.


Any posts that are not constructive and contribute in some beneficial way will be removed.

(Except my wasted posts, of coursetounge)

Any posters that are disruptive will be blocked.

(Except the biggest AZZhole of all, mecool2).

Enjoy!!!
 Quoting: HnryBwmn


$67.83 for dried, canned and all sorts of lasting food. All for preps. Today is Ammo day and I have about $110+ for that
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I researched drip irrigation today. I'm exploring the possibility of drip irrigating about 2,000 row feet of crops. Drip irrigation is very efficient with the water.

Otherwise we will drain our pond if we try to just flood the crops with a gas powered pump. As it is the harvests are heavily dependent on rain. There are several wells on the property from pumps require electricity and heavy maintenance when you start pumping thousands of gallons a day. And wells dry up.

Come Sept. 1st I'll have $3,000 to spend on prepping. Atleast a grand will be to restock my depleted food stuffs (last year was rough for my household and we decimated an honest 3 month supply of stored up food). The rest can go any direction I want it to. I'll be buying some ammo, some fence wire, some tools, non-food supplies, etc. I'm very concerned that this will be the last time I get to spend a large sum on prepping. I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't make it until tax return season.
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What is SAS?
 Quoting: HnryBwmn

Its stands for Special Air Service, the guy who wrote the book served 26 years in the special forces - its non biased and really worth a look.

link to book
[link to www.amazon.co.uk]

link to wiki about sas
[link to en.wikipedia.org]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19741299


Thank you.
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If you are stashing candles, get some gel candle wax. Stick a wick inside a thick glass jar (use a hot glue gun to stick the metal wick tab to the bottom of the jar), melt the gel and pour inside the container. Wrap the wick around a pencil and lay across the rim of the jar to keep the wick straight. An oz. of this gel wax will burn for around 15 hours. So for 10 oz. of gel you will have about 150 hours of burn time.
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Where do you get the gel? Good tip, thanks.
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Dehydrated 10 pounds of Roma tomatoes. Cut in half or quarter the big ones, core out seeds with a teaspoon, sprinkle with a little oregano, basil and salt. Dehydrate for about 15 hours, vacuum sealed in a freezer bag with my other homegrown veggies.

Side note, went ot Harris Teeter and they want $2.50 per red bell pepper. Got about 40 green ones in the back yard. Easy to grow and dehydrate well in my Excaliber.

Thinking about retilling the garden and replanting another batch of crooked neck squash, broccoli and some butternut squash, should be ready around September. No frost here until well into October (VA-Chesapeake).
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19045823


I'm going to give tomatoes a shot for the first time. thanks for the how to tips.
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I researched drip irrigation today. I'm exploring the possibility of drip irrigating about 2,000 row feet of crops. Drip irrigation is very efficient with the water.

Otherwise we will drain our pond if we try to just flood the crops with a gas powered pump. As it is the harvests are heavily dependent on rain. There are several wells on the property from pumps require electricity and heavy maintenance when you start pumping thousands of gallons a day. And wells dry up.

Come Sept. 1st I'll have $3,000 to spend on prepping. Atleast a grand will be to restock my depleted food stuffs (last year was rough for my household and we decimated an honest 3 month supply of stored up food). The rest can go any direction I want it to. I'll be buying some ammo, some fence wire, some tools, non-food supplies, etc. I'm very concerned that this will be the last time I get to spend a large sum on prepping. I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't make it until tax return season.
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I'm wanting to try that. I helped disassemble 3 75' greenhouses 2 1/2 years ago. worked my butt off for 4 days, 95 degree hot sunny days. Humped about 300 cinder block for an addition...(that the Mayor didn't want till after I had them loaded)....tore down a drip system that nobody wanted. Dug up 30' of 1/2" copper tubing to a propane tank nobody wanted to dig....then it was "I paid for it"
Old bastage.
3 more days work put into a greenhouse making parts for others' greenhouses....still don't have one.

He'd prefer to argue about whether he promised me a whole one or if he promised to supply plastic and wiggle wire or not.....What is left is sitting in a pile and the drip system and a big ball of shading material (that nobody wanted) is rotting in the sun......shit.
I finally got 30-40 % of one, spent 2 days assembling pieces, got ready to put it up and he came up behind me and started yelling at me like I'm a retarded child.
(well, maybe I am?). So I disassembled it and put it back into a pile. Fukk him.

Old fool. Still no greenhouse.

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Dehydrated 10 pounds of Roma tomatoes. Cut in half or quarter the big ones, core out seeds with a teaspoon, sprinkle with a little oregano, basil and salt. Dehydrate for about 15 hours, vacuum sealed in a freezer bag with my other homegrown veggies.

Side note, went ot Harris Teeter and they want $2.50 per red bell pepper. Got about 40 green ones in the back yard. Easy to grow and dehydrate well in my Excaliber.

Thinking about retilling the garden and replanting another batch of crooked neck squash, broccoli and some butternut squash, should be ready around September. No frost here until well into October (VA-Chesapeake).
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19045823


I'm going to give tomatoes a shot for the first time. thanks for the how to tips.
 Quoting: HnryBwmn


Here are some good sites for tomato growing.

[link to www.organicgardening.com] (even has video for you!)

[link to www.rtdarch.com]
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My pantry has run down in just a couple of areas, mostly fats and oils, it's a priority to build that back up, got a liter of olive oil today and will keep buying olive oil and coconut oil and some butter to freeze til I have it back where it was this time last year.

Spotted a good deal on canned beans today and going to go back when I can carry more, canned beans are about my most favorite thing to stock up on right now.

Just this week got a large order of vitamins, glad someone mentioned vitamins. Supplements and herbs and natural medicines are super good to have around regardless of any doom scenario.
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My pantry has run down in just a couple of areas, mostly fats and oils, it's a priority to build that back up, got a liter of olive oil today and will keep buying olive oil and coconut oil and some butter to freeze til I have it back where it was this time last year.

Spotted a good deal on canned beans today and going to go back when I can carry more, canned beans are about my most favorite thing to stock up on right now.

Just this week got a large order of vitamins, glad someone mentioned vitamins. Supplements and herbs and natural medicines are super good to have around regardless of any doom scenario.
 Quoting: Vision Thing


That's why our RULERS are in the process of outlawing them worldwide.
They want us sick. They want us to die.

Fukk the NWO.
You can educate the ignorant, but you can't fix stupid!
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I refuse to list any preps I may or have not made on this site as it's apparent various govt agencies monitor this site and the government has demonstrated on more than one occasion it's position against individuals who prep to any degree.

Be careful what you post.
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My pantry has run down in just a couple of areas, mostly fats and oils, it's a priority to build that back up, got a liter of olive oil today and will keep buying olive oil and coconut oil and some butter to freeze til I have it back where it was this time last year.

Spotted a good deal on canned beans today and going to go back when I can carry more, canned beans are about my most favorite thing to stock up on right now.

Just this week got a large order of vitamins, glad someone mentioned vitamins. Supplements and herbs and natural medicines are super good to have around regardless of any doom scenario.
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frozen oil? i thought oil would keep as long as it isnt opened.
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I refuse to cow down in fear of my government. Keeping some food and extra ammo is my right and I keep them. I am not plotting anything but survival.

I will not change because of tyrants. I will not hide my face. I have food. I have ammo. Tough. So do millions of others. Every true country home has weeks or more of food....and ammo.

If you have explosives stacked up alongside your green beans then you might want to keep hush hush about all that. But I do not, so I do not fear that my typing the word "explosives" online is going to get me sent to a FEMA camp.
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My pantry has run down in just a couple of areas, mostly fats and oils, it's a priority to build that back up, got a liter of olive oil today and will keep buying olive oil and coconut oil and some butter to freeze til I have it back where it was this time last year.

Spotted a good deal on canned beans today and going to go back when I can carry more, canned beans are about my most favorite thing to stock up on right now.

Just this week got a large order of vitamins, glad someone mentioned vitamins. Supplements and herbs and natural medicines are super good to have around regardless of any doom scenario.
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frozen oil? i thought oil would keep as long as it isnt opened.
 Quoting: Anubis


About a year. And once exposed to air not as long. Oil will actually go rancid w/o any indication (until it gets really bad). Rancid oil is several times more harmful to your arteries than fresh oil.

Hydrogenated oils keep longest. Crisco. It all lasts longer in the fridge. I've never heard of freezing it, but the colder the better I guess, so long as it doesn't make the oil fall apart or something.
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I am done!

Prepared for anything!

Hope it was just a hobby to keep me busy!
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Howdy Henry,

Here is a video which explains how to simply make copper arrowheads from copper pipe with minimal tools. I think it's the easiest way to do this versus flintknapping from stone. When I was very young and wanting to learn primitive skills, then I was taught to use the bottoms of discarded glass bottles and a tool (a bit of copper pushed into a handle) and to chip away to form a sharp edge with it by flaking it off. It makes something much like an obsidian arrowhead.


Of course this means access to copper pipe, files, a vise, etc. Almost everyone could make the glass arrowheads.
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Re removing oil from food grade plastic barrels

My barrels have a removable lid with a metal clamp to ensure integrity. I don't know about yours. In mine, I entered into them and scrubbed them out with some dawn dish liquid and a scrubby and rinsed them numerous times, then used a mild bleach solution, then rinse them an insane amount of times to remove that too. Then I clamped them off to keep them pristine and ready for use.

It might be that you can't use them for water. I hope you can.
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One of the very best ways you can prep is to watch a documentary called Frontier House. It was made many years ago for public broadasting and can be found in public libraries or purchased.
[link to www.pbs.org]

In that reality experiment, they took non-preppers with few agrarian skills, and put them in Montana for a period to see if they could make it. They had various tools that a pioneer family might have as they arrived, or that they could purchase from local suppliers.

It really would be far more difficult in reality, but watching the episodes shows you what you could reasonably expect to have to do day-to-day. It also shows the stress of living under those circumstances, and the issues of sanitation, malnutrition, boredom, lack of sex, lack of romance, muscle soreness, harvesting from animals, lack of abundance, etc that would occur. We would be blessed to have as many tools and supplies as those folks in the series.

There also was a great series on living in the Yukon and trapping and moving from primitive shelter to shelter and occasionally foraging from the land. Can't remember the name, but I think it was this one.
[link to dsc.discovery.com]

Seems like there was a female tough old bird that went along too.

People think about bugging out and living off the land, a very unrealistic impossible long term solution. These videos will help you contemplate about the difficulties you are up against in making it. Only a third of people who trekked out West managed to stay. Many died of various causes, or lost it all simply because they couldn't handle it.

There was an enormous abundance of resources and species and skills in those days by comparison, and far lower population density, so you have to consider all of that
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The Alaskan series was Out of the Wild:
[link to dsc.discovery.com]
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I refuse to list any preps I may or have not made on this site as it's apparent various govt agencies monitor this site and the government has demonstrated on more than one occasion it's position against individuals who prep to any degree.

Be careful what you post.
 Quoting: Floobarb the Argnorf


I'm not hiding. Everything we say on phone, around a phone, everything we write on computer, every web site we look at....is all archived in massive NSA computer data bases.

You have already been profiled and are already considered "Red list".

When they come for me I hope they bring lots of help and equipment. I want the new gear.

Fukk the NWO.
You can educate the ignorant, but you can't fix stupid!
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My pantry has run down in just a couple of areas, mostly fats and oils, it's a priority to build that back up, got a liter of olive oil today and will keep buying olive oil and coconut oil and some butter to freeze til I have it back where it was this time last year.

Spotted a good deal on canned beans today and going to go back when I can carry more, canned beans are about my most favorite thing to stock up on right now.

Just this week got a large order of vitamins, glad someone mentioned vitamins. Supplements and herbs and natural medicines are super good to have around regardless of any doom scenario.
 Quoting: Vision Thing


frozen oil? i thought oil would keep as long as it isnt opened.
 Quoting: Anubis


No, he's referring to freezing butter. Lots of people do that, it keeps well.
I sometimes freeze USED cooking oil. Like if I use 2-3 cups of peanut oil for frying squash. It keeps pretty good for a couple days but will get nasty. I can freeze it and use the same oil a few times for that.
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