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Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.

 
anti-agenda21

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Just something to keep in the back of your mind as we enter these uncertain times (talking long term here).

Might think about going to harbor freight and getting a flint/magnesium fire starter. Or watch some youtube videos on how to start a fire from natural items.
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steel wool and a 9volt battery

1221
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how so, just put them together?
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Weirdos. USE THE TAP, DUUUUUH!
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aye, when the SHTF, there will be no tap water!!
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The world will be fine, as long as Obama remains in power. He keeps us all safe, FFS.
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Just something to keep in the back of your mind as we enter these uncertain times (talking long term here).

Might think about going to harbor freight and getting a flint/magnesium fire starter. Or watch some youtube videos on how to start a fire from natural items.
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steel wool and a 9volt battery

1221
hf
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how so, just put them together?
 Quoting: anti-agenda21


You have to put that wool in your bottom and the battery on your tongue.
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
I'm giving out magnesium fire starters as Christmas gifts this year. My family already knows I'm a doomer, and the firestarters were cheap.
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So actually you're saying that your family already knows that you're a doomer but now they also know that you're cheap?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1379518


They all make more then me, they can afford their own toys.

Besides, it will be part of a gift pack with some homemade stuff like jam, nuts, homemade jerky, and stuff like that.
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Sounds like a very good gift to me!
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11/17/2012 05:13 PM
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Just something to keep in the back of your mind as we enter these uncertain times (talking long term here).

Might think about going to harbor freight and getting a flint/magnesium fire starter. Or watch some youtube videos on how to start a fire from natural items.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1375041


steel wool and a 9volt battery

1221
hf
 Quoting: 1221 26319764


how so, just put them together?
 Quoting: anti-agenda21




Not just any battery. I'd only do this if I had no other way in a disaster as batteries are helpful short-term and impossible to find since everyone needs them.
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11/17/2012 05:14 PM
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Just something to keep in the back of your mind as we enter these uncertain times (talking long term here).

Might think about going to harbor freight and getting a flint/magnesium fire starter. Or watch some youtube videos on how to start a fire from natural items.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1375041


steel wool and a 9volt battery

1221
hf
 Quoting: 1221 26319764


how so, just put them together?
 Quoting: anti-agenda21


yes- it really works!

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11/17/2012 05:15 PM
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Just something to keep in the back of your mind as we enter these uncertain times (talking long term here).

Might think about going to harbor freight and getting a flint/magnesium fire starter. Or watch some youtube videos on how to start a fire from natural items.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1375041


steel wool and a 9volt battery

1221
hf
 Quoting: 1221 26319764


how so, just put them together?
 Quoting: anti-agenda21




Not just any battery. I'd only do this if I had no other way in a disaster as batteries are helpful short-term and impossible to find since everyone needs them.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1110734


Why not just use a lighter? Isn't that easier?
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11/17/2012 05:16 PM
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Just something to keep in the back of your mind as we enter these uncertain times (talking long term here).

Might think about going to harbor freight and getting a flint/magnesium fire starter. Or watch some youtube videos on how to start a fire from natural items.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1375041


steel wool and a 9volt battery

1221
hf
 Quoting: 1221 26319764


how so, just put them together?
 Quoting: anti-agenda21




Not just any battery. I'd only do this if I had no other way in a disaster as batteries are helpful short-term and impossible to find since everyone needs them.
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That video was debunked yards ago.
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11/17/2012 05:19 PM
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Just ordered myself a bunch of portable water filters in case I need to be on the move as well. They do 25 gallons a filter.

they have em cheap at friendsofwater.com pretty cheap.
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11/17/2012 05:19 PM
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
I am on a well with a 500 gallon holding tank
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steel wool and a 9volt battery

1221
hf
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how so, just put them together?
 Quoting: anti-agenda21




Not just any battery. I'd only do this if I had no other way in a disaster as batteries are helpful short-term and impossible to find since everyone needs them.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1110734


That video was debunked yards ago.

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1379518


I didn't believe it either, however, I have personally tried this and it works.
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11/17/2012 05:21 PM
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
There is also drinkable water in your toilet tank. (not in the bowl though!)
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yes there is. Might want to take out any bleach tablets right now though
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11/17/2012 05:22 PM
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Did I ever luck out yesterday. Was in the local backpacking shop and bot the last Katadyne Exstream XS bottle/ filter on sale for $20. Now I've got 4 water filters. Also bot a blowtorch type lighter on sale for $16.
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Not only is the water heater a option but the "water closet" the holding tank for your toilet has 10 gallons in it of fresch clean water.....Keep in mind.
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you must of a massive toilet..most hold about 2.5 gallons in the tank
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Just ordered myself a bunch of portable water filters in case I need to be on the move as well. They do 25 gallons a filter.

they have em cheap at friendsofwater.com pretty cheap.
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You really can tell that you are a friend of friendsofwater.com.
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11/17/2012 05:27 PM
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Entertaining thread. Steel wool and batteries. Water in your toilet tank and hot water heater. Chit chat for urbanites that play at prepping and think survival stuff is trendy.

The masses in urbania are so screwed if and when we have a major SHTF event. If major doom happens this winter from the events that are unfolding there won't be many that make it very far out of the big urban centres with their BOBs where I live. We already have 16 inches of snow and the cold weather is almost here.

If the doom happens over the next few months there will be a serious drop in the population in many parts of the northern hemisphere.
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11/17/2012 05:28 PM
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I just ordered a katadyn pocket water filter. 20 year warranty.
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11/17/2012 05:37 PM
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
There is also drinkable water in your toilet tank. (not in the bowl though!)
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You guys have weird habits. We normally drink water from the tap.
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are you retar.ded? .... you must be ... haha just think what happens when there is no water, you can use the tank upon the toilet you itio.t..
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11/17/2012 05:38 PM
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Don't forget to open the drain valve and flush the "crap" out every once and awhile. Better to do it now then when you need water and find out the valve is clogged or broken.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1164412


Err....some thoughts on all of that:

Many people have no idea about their hot water system. Is it gas or electric? Is it actually a tank or is it tankless and using a heat exchanger? GO LOOK NOW.

When if ever have you drained it? Most people haven't. GO LOOK NOW and try draining a little when not in operation. Many have lots of corrosion from rust and sediment from soldering agents in piping plus grit. Better to know now, then when you are thinking, "Oh I'm covered on water supply."

Don't drink water from toilet tanks. They most often have very high staph content and you may just have dosed your family with contaminated water. Not wise.

Filling up your bath tub means not being able to have a dedicated place to clean from. It's true that short term you could rapidly fill it with water for flushing. I would never drink water from a tub without a lot of treatment. The dirtiest places in your home are places with sinks. It's a guaranteed way to vastly introduce bacteria into your body.

It's possible to purchase a water bob and therefore create a source of water to drink short-term.

Long term you can't flush or drain the tub since sewer systems may not be able to cope or operate. See Hurricane Sandy especially high rise apartments.

I encourage you to research everything I say for veracity.

Many of these issues are specifically and carefully dealt with 600+ postings in:
Thread: Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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I have drained a lot of hot water tanks, it is gross and not that easy. I tell everyone, never cook or drink from the hot water tap. And yes go look in the toilet tank more gross. Do drain and flush the water tank often, amazing how much junk keeps comming out even after it is drained when fresh water added. Not just junk but slime. You need an air compressor to blow it out good. Pour a gallon of beach in there before connecting back up, let set for 24 hr and flush lines. With a lot of effort and some bleach it will be beter than nothing.
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Bump for potable water sources.
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Not if your Water Heater holds 30 gallons! Just yanking your chain, 5 stars for not calling it a Hot Water Heater, lol!

People in rural area's that have well water, like myself, are in a better situation. If you're in the suburbs, buy a hand pump, 3 - 10'x 1 1/4" galvanized pipe, 3 - 1 1/4" couplings, 1-1 1/4" well tip, and a fitting to attach to pump (see pump for what is required) and a fence post driver. All this can be bought for under $150.00. In most areas you will be able to pound your own temp well. Here in my area, we can hit water at about 18 - 30 feet. Check your local area and adjust your material list.

Note, before you start you'll need to dig a well pit, 4' x 4' x 5' deep. This is for pounding the pipe in, easier than standing on a 14' ladder, and from freezing in the winter. You'll also need to build a lid and ladder for the pit.

Keep this stored for future use, only when you need it. I don't think your local Nazi's would approve of you having one full time, lol!

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Also if there is something that has happened or coming, storm etc you can fill the bathtub.
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Just make sure that the bathtub will actually hold it. Most of them don't have a very good seal and the water will very slowly leak out over a period of hours.
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that's why everybody needs the 'WaterBob'...

holds 100 gallons.

two bathtubs, 200 gallons.

check it out.

[link to www.waterbob.com]

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When the northeast black out of 2003 hit Cleveland’s 1.5 million people lost water pressure within hours.


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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Also if there is something that has happened or coming, storm etc you can fill the bathtub.
 Quoting: GaryMule


Just make sure that the bathtub will actually hold it. Most of them don't have a very good seal and the water will very slowly leak out over a period of hours.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17478519


that's why everybody needs the 'WaterBob'...

holds 100 gallons.

two bathtubs, 200 gallons.

check it out.

[link to www.waterbob.com]
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You must be working for tell sell
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True that ^

Someone said to me, "how many people, I'd venture, do not even know where their hot water tank is?"
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Awesome post would of never thought of the water heater! Thanks.
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Besides, it will be part of a gift pack with some homemade stuff like jam, nuts, homemade jerky, and stuff like that.
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Gee, can I be on your Christmas list, too?
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11/17/2012 06:31 PM
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Also a good idea to have life straw or a filter like MSR's microfilter.
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There is also drinkable water in your toilet tank. (not in the bowl though!)
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You can drink just about any kind of fresh water if you run it through a coffee filter then add 16 drops of unscented, liquid bleach per gallon to it and let sit for 12 hours.

As soon as you smell a slight chlorine smell, it's safe for drinking. Water purification is a waste of money. Empty s hotel shampoo bottle, visine bottle, small plastic liquor bottle and pour in bleach.
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I purchased a WaterBOB a couple of years ago. It's still in its box near the bathtub and can hold 100 gallons. IIRC I only paid $20.

[link to www.waterbob.com]
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Re: Remember a water heater has average of 50 gal drinkable water.
Also if there is something that has happened or coming, storm etc you can fill the bathtub.
 Quoting: GaryMule


Just make sure that the bathtub will actually hold it. Most of them don't have a very good seal and the water will very slowly leak out over a period of hours.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17478519


that's why everybody needs the 'WaterBob'...

holds 100 gallons.

two bathtubs, 200 gallons.

check it out.

[link to www.waterbob.com]
 Quoting: thetrickybigguy


Condoms and tampons can save your life.

If you are mobile and have no place to store water...a condom can be a lifesaver. If you put the condom into a sleeve or the leg of a panty hose, you can fill it with 2 gallons of water. Then tie a knot in the condom, and sleeve and hang from your back or shoulder.

You can also filter water through a tampon much like a straw....to drink out of mud puddles, ditches, etc...

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