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Dr. Acula and Friends: Emergency Winter Prep Tips!!! (411)

 
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(This OP has been updated several times and will continue to be updated as info comes in... Figured I would just add several tips to the OP to have it all in one spot...)

Alright so winter is here in the Northern Hemisphere.
its smart practice to have some form of prep!

I dont have a lot of money! But i always always try to prep to the best of my abilities

So this is a list of somethings you can do to stay warm and comfortable on any budget!!

A winter storm for me means no power... doesnt matter if its 6 inches of snow or a foot... my power goes... so keep in mind I wrote this from a perspective of no power...
and anyone of us can lose power at anytime... even if we are off the grid...

First off tips for those without heat... or if you dont have back up heat during a power outage, or live in a home that gets cold easy... etc, etc


*Use cheap clear shower curtains over the windows that receive sun light. This will keep the cold air out, and the warmth from the sun will heat your house without cold air coming in. You could also cover your windows with clear plastic sheets and make it airtight.

*Close off any unused rooms

*Use the smallest room in your home as the living quarters


*Put down a rug or carpet. Rugs and carpets help prevent heat loss through the floor. They are generally warmer to the touch than wood or stone, and so offer a warmer surface to walk on.


*Light some candles. A few cheap candles can add warmth to the room... put them in a safe spot and never go to sleep with them burning.

*Cook and/or bake it will make the room warmer

*Sleep with lots of cover

*Dress in many layers! Not Cotton! Cotton traps moisture an can freeze! Not good! Try wool and/or fleece! :)

*Stay moving and active to raise body temp, even jogging in place if need be.

*Hot Hands Hand warmer, you can get some good deals on them and they work wonders... put em in your shoes, in your gloves. i've never been burnt... but take caution... lol you may be the very one who does

*Learn a trick from the homeless! wrap/stuff ur pants and shirts with newspapers for added insulation if you have to! better than freezing to death!

*Leave water trickling from your faucets if the temp is below freezing! Busted pipes freezing is not good!

*Check on your neighbors especially the elderly

For back up heat I personally use Kerosene heaters
[link to www.google.com (secure)]

I'm not linking to any certain brand...just a google search

So if you go this route... make sure you have the heater before you need it... and make sure you have the Kerosene

One tank burns about 9 hours on my heater... i cant remember how much Kerosene that is? But I always have at least 10 gallons of kerosene on hand... thats enough to weather almost any storm...
Use caution when operating one... its designed for indoor use... but dont knock it over and get yourself burned alive... make sure your room is ventilated properly as well
Also dont let it run out of Kerosene... that will burn up the wick and destroy it... you would have to buy a replacement wick...


word of caution from a member:
Be very very careful with kerosene heaters. Always make sure they are burning properly.

I got carbon monoxide poisoning very bad from using a kerosene heater in my garage/workshop. Not sure if the unit was faulty or I adjusted the flame incorrectly,

Be careful
 Quoting: Morpheus




Next check your supplies. if your area gets hit with a blizzard store shelves will go bare... those who wait last minute to prep will hit the stores hard... leaving little to nothing... also supply lines may be hindered... and deliveries may be delayed... so right now while you still can stock up!
Also the people in my area are crazy... Even if an inch of snow is coming this way... they act like its the end of the world... run to the store and hoard up bread, milk, eggs... "we need a case of each! surely we will starve!" lol lol are they like that near you? Beat em to the punch and prepare before!


I live 20 miles from the nearest traffic light... my drive to the nearest town is a very dangerous trek during snowy, icy conditions... small road, curvy, up hils, down hills... windy, snakey roads... not worth risking your life traveling it and plunging over a 400 foot cliff if not need be...

don't play around with icy conditions... get ur preps now... not later... for example
Thread: JUST- IN: 5 killed in Oregon tour bus crash on icy I-84
(i dont live in Oregon... but it was posted shortly after I made this thread)
verysad

Every winter I buy a handful of "just in case" supplies... don't touch em, dont use em until the situation you planed for is at hand... This isnt a doomsday prepper list... but a winter 'im snowed in, possibly without power' list

*Toilet Paper
*Paper towels
*Batteries AAA's AA's D's C's whatever you need
*Double check your flashlight to see if they work, buy new ones if necessary
*Candles
*Canned foods that require no cooking -Beenie Weenies, Spam, Potted Meat, Vienna Sausage... if you dont like that sorta food... get creative!!
*Beef jerky is a great food to keep back
*Cliff Bars - provide excellent protein and energy
*Salt for melting ice
*Sand for traction on ice

*Outdoor solar lights... those cheapish ones at wal-mart etc... They work really well in your house at night! Let em charge outside during the day and bring em in at dark!

*Dont buy food you wont eat! If buy stuff you hate... then its gonna make weathering the winter storm that much more miserable plus if you dont get a winter storm... you are stuck with food you don't like... if nothing happens... you got it... if it happens you got it...

My next tip can kill you if you use it indoors... be warned Carbon Monoxide poisoning is not something to mess with!
So use outside!!


*Small Camping Propane bottles
*Burner for above bottles
*Make sure you have a small pan or pot that will fit it!

You can boil water, for tea, coffee, cocoa... which will keep you warm and add a level of creature comfort to your life. You can also cook with it... boil water for 'cup noodles' or Ramen Noodles... warm up canned soups... etc etc

So make sure you have a stash of the above items if you wanna do that!

I have the above and use it every winter...

Also if you have a BBQ grill buy propane or charcoal so you can grill out... yeah so what if its freezing... your power is out and you need to eat right? dress up like a eskimo and grill! never use your grill indoors unless you wanna die... carbon monoxide poising.. fires...

Generators... make sure its in a ventilated area... Carbon Monoxide from the motor will kill... Make sure you got enough gas for it... before the storm...


If you are a person who enjoys tobaccos... make sure you have a reserve before the storm hits... I smoke... nothing sucks worse than being snowed in, power out and no tobacco to smoke
gaah

Water... keep plenty around! You use it more than you think! You will die without it! When my power goes out... that means no water...
You can either go out and buy water... or if you want a cheap way...

Reuse bottles and jugs... clean out milk, juice, pop, refill old water bottles... etc etc... if the container was for food/beverage use... its good for water storage... wash em and rinse extra extra good! Fill from the sink... you got water... too much is never enough friends!

power outages here are sudden and without warning... If I have a heads up on the storm I do this and those who do Hurricane Preps...do this... wash and clean your bathtub... really good and fill it full of water!

WitchHazel has shared this with us! Its 29.95 and holds 100 Gallons and you keep it in ur tub

This is a nice product as well... little pricey but has a pump on it and keeps water clean (like if the dog started drinking water out of the tub...

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




But you need it to drink, clean, hygiene... pets... you will go through several gallons in a single day! so stock up!

Also in the worst of situations you do know that your hot water heater... depending on size has 30 or more gallons of drinkable water stored in it


Here is an excellent thread about water for survival situations

Thread: You can only survive 3 days without it , Start storing water, NOW!!!

coffee4

Find a hand crank emergency radio that suits your budget... many of them can be charged via solar panels, or the crank... find one with a radio, a light and a weather band...

I had a one listed... but its no longer available... so google


If I had the 129 I would totally buy this camp stove... it cooks stuff on little fuel (wood) and fast... and it charges ur USB electronics from the heat!
[link to biolitestove.com]

*Books, Cards, Paper, Pencils... if you dont have a fancy phone or mp3 player to keep you from getting bored... you gonna need some time wasters! Just whatever you think you would enjoy.

Some neat advice on how to keep your feet and hands warm from member CalmShock

Cayenne in your socks and gloves will keep you warm.

[link to www.ehow.com]

Looking for a link to prove cayenne works, I found this... Apparently it has more then a few uses. Interesting stuff.

[link to www.bellaonline.com]
 Quoting: CalmShock



Some damn good Generator advice from another thread... good info... why not quote em and credit em? from user Lemon
Don't leave it on 24x7. 4 hours on & 4 hours off will keep the fridge cold & save gas.

Check the oil frequently.

It stays OUTSIDE!! Not in the garage. NOT in the Bathroom with the window open. Carbon Monoxide may kill more than Sandy Did.

If you are worried about generator theft, chain it up. Guard It. Turn it off for 4 hours to sleep.

A generator, in an attached Garage will kill you in your sleep.

 Quoting: Lemon

Thread: Generator Use - Please don't Die tonight.


lightchild_uk reminded me of these GREAT tips!

If the power goes off, switch everything off.
Sometimes their are surges when the power comes back on.

If you have you own grid tied power generation, disconnect it so you don't shock a linesman!


Make sure your pipes are well insulated, you don't want a leak on top of everything else.

If you have forgotten something in your preps, write it down and get it asap, so you don't suffer next time.

Keep the kettle full at all times, and keep up with dish and clothes washing.
 Quoting: lightchild_uk


Another great bit of advice from AC558

Baby wipes are SUPER cheap and will help you save water in a power outage. You can use them for fast wash-ups and clean-ups and a bunch of other ways. You can buy a huge pack of them for about $3 and change at most Walmarts.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17888588


Awesome Advice from AKObserver
If your using kerosene heaters in your house make sure it's not air tight and there is ventilation 100's of people die from asphyxiation/carbon monoxide poisoning every winter also only use K-1 grade kerosene. NEVER...fill or refill a hot or running heater. Here's a good source for safety info [link to nasdonline.org]

Keep your water dripping kitchen sink, bathroom sink,tub it will keep the line from freezing also open up all the cabinets under sinks just that little bit of heat will keep pipes along outside walls from freezing. If your water does freeze make sure all the faucets are off if you leave. Friend came home to 5 inches of water in house last week when water thawed at 22 above. Keep batteries in your pockets and also any medication you have that cannot be frozen or that is in glass containers. Good Luck to you all. hf
 Quoting: AKObserver



Follow this advice from AC961
Keep a couple old thermos bottles around. This saves on gas/butane/kerosene use. Use one to keep coffee or tea hot. Use another to cook rice. Fill 1/2 with rice, cover with boiling water, close, and the rice will cook for you. Works with brown rice noodles, too. Saves 15-20 minutes cooking fuel.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 31178961

You can also cook beans and or oatmeal in this fashion... Beans take 8 hours or so... but if you let em sit over night... you got a nice hot breakfast! :)

ClydeX Shared this with us.

These are very brief articles, though not specific for winter, the protocol applies year-round, and should be factored in when preparing for winter as well.

Each are in .pdf format, so anyone can open read, and save them for future reference.

"Prepping the Prepper"
[link to mtnx.info]

"Enduring Vs. Prospering"
[link to mtnx.info]

"The Urban Dilemma"
[link to mtnx.info]
 Quoting: ClydeX



Some really good tips from
Ralph--a house dog

A carbon monoxide detector is always a good idea. Cost is comparable to a good smoke detector.

When you have no heat, setting up a tent either a real one or one made with blankets in a room will give a bit more warmth. It's fun for the kids, too.

Water storage using all types of food-safe containers is fine short term, but if you are doing prepper type storage, fruit juices leave behind bacteria that permeates the plastic they come in and bacteria grows after a while. Milk containers split and leak after a few months--mine started leaking at around the 6 month mark. 2 litre soda pop bottles are good as well as household bleach bottles.

I keep many bleach bottles filled with water in the bathroom cabinets for flushing toilets if those pipes start to freeze. Also, sometimes hurricanes & blizzards knock out the water processing plants power or your own well pump.

Pipes freeze first at the elbows so if you don't have a lot of insulation you should concentrate at those areas. If you don't know whether or not your roof might cave in from accumulated snow, start asking around to see if you'll need to preposition a ladder and have a long handled push broom on hand. This NOT anything you want to learn the hard way.

Plan ahead for your dogs' toilet needs. If they aren't paper trained and are accustomed to going outside they might refuse to go in a raging blizzard or hurricane so have a big stack of newspapers handy to put down on plastic in a corner. Tape plastic on the wall, too. While they can still go outside, catch some urine on a few pieces of newspaper and put the papers in a garbage bag for use later in coaching them to use the newspaper lined area. Or you can buy stuff at the pet store to spray on the papers or just get pre-scented pads at the pet store.

Take frequent breaks when shoveling snow; you could strain your back without realizing it until later. Heart attacks have occurred when shoveling snow, sometimes to those who had no previous cardiac issues especially if they were not accustomed to strenuous exercise.

The Mormon prep guide covers just about every contingency in greater than expected depth--that's their thing and they are good at it. Said to be the most comprehensive prepping guide on the market, you can download it free at:

[link to www.ldsavow.com]

Scroll thru table of contents and find out what you need to know. Paper copies are available for sale online.
 Quoting: Ralph--a house dog



45 day emergency candle - Can of Crisco and a string! click to jump to it
Thread: 45 day emergency candle - Can of Crisco and a string!


Here is a link on how to make a vegetable oil lantern:
[link to www.judyofthewoods.net]



Anyways some thoughts on how to prep... add your own below if you got any others... Maybe this will help someone out? I'll add the tips i think are the best to the OP
hf

-All the best my friends
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Nice! I think you covered it pretty well!

I like the tip about the solar lights, that's a new one to me - great idea!
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Nice! I think you covered it pretty well!

I like the tip about the solar lights, that's a new one to me - great idea!
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Thanks!

a few years ago my power went out for several days and on day two I was sitting outside at night and looked at all the lights we had along our walk way and flower beds etc...

Needless to say the walk way was pretty dark for the remainder of the outage but my house wasnt :)

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Thanks Dr. Acukla! I saw some good tips in there that I'm going to put to use right away. It doesn't get super cold where I'm at but I always like saving money and energy.
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Lots of good ideas! I live in a fairly large apartment building so if the heat goes my options are limited. The shower curtain idea was pretty good.

I am on a very limited budget but try to keep stuff on hand. I use empty containers for water, as you've mentioned..very important.

I don't have a lot of food items but I always have a big bag of rice and dry beans, cheap and have a long shelf life.

I do a whole lot of walking and do dress in layers, after the first few miles I don't feel the cold that much LOL. I don't always have a metro card so I have to walk to my appts. at least it helps to keep me in shape which I think is really important.

I don't want to be unable to walk a distance or have zero endurance if for any reason I have to get up and go.
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Thanks Dr. Acukla! I saw some good tips in there that I'm going to put to use right away. It doesn't get super cold where I'm at but I always like saving money and energy.
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If I lived in cold country i'd have a wood burning stove and at least a 5 year supply of wood ready to go at all times....
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Lots of good ideas! I live in a fairly large apartment building so if the heat goes my options are limited. The shower curtain idea was pretty good.

I am on a very limited budget but try to keep stuff on hand. I use empty containers for water, as you've mentioned..very important.

I don't have a lot of food items but I always have a big bag of rice and dry beans, cheap and have a long shelf life.

I do a whole lot of walking and do dress in layers, after the first few miles I don't feel the cold that much LOL. I don't always have a metro card so I have to walk to my appts. at least it helps to keep me in shape which I think is really important.

I don't want to be unable to walk a distance or have zero endurance if for any reason I have to get up and go.
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yeah my budget is very very low and I actually spend the year preparing for winter... Last winter was non existent for the most part here... so my preps from last year are mostly intact... so that helped out a whole lot! :)

if you do one thing to prep, etc it ups your chances of survival/comfort

:)

Walking is good, I try to walk at least a mile a day... but aim for 5 when i can :)

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Good post. Always something someone will forget. Especially if they are not used to having winter storms :)
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Good post. Always something someone will forget. Especially if they are not used to having winter storms :)
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thank ye

There hasnt been an epic winter storm here since 1993 we got 3 feet at my place...

We was out of power a month!

We had a Ice storm in 08 that messed the area up... literally looked like tornado damage to the trees... what the wind didn't do in... the weight of the ice did!

power was out about a week... but still wasnt anything like the 93 storm...

so the newer generation around here doesnt really know the extent of what could happen... and the ones who do... are doubting... lol last winter was hardly a winter... but damn its been cold this year and already had more snow here... than we did all last winter.
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don't play around with icy conditions... get ur preps now... not later

example verysad
Thread: JUST- IN: 5 killed in Oregon tour bus crash on icy I-84
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If I lived in cold country i'd have a wood burning stove and at least a 5 year supply of wood ready to go at all times....
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5 years is quite a bit of wood!

One easy fire starter is a brillow pad and a 9 volt battery and toilet paper.

Obviously you need some sticks and wood gathered before hand. But its as easy as having a lighter.
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My master bedroom/bath receives very little heat from our wood burning heat-a-lator fireplace in the living room. I decided to use one of my crockpots...filled it with river rocks and topped with a pyrex bowl of water...turned on low, it makes our end of the house PERFECT during the cold nights! The water adds just the right ammount of moisture, too!
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Exceptional thread as usual very helpful!!! hfhugs

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thanks! I hope someone out there can benefit from it and have a easier winter :)
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This is my first winter in Michigan from the south. I'm relying on a gas fireplace for heat if the electricity goes out. Is that ok? Forgive me if it is a dumb question. I just don't foresee an event in this little town that would take out the gas.

Thanks OP this is a great thread. It reminds me of the "safe use of a generator" thread around the time of Sandy.

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If I lived in cold country i'd have a wood burning stove and at least a 5 year supply of wood ready to go at all times....
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for about 4 years that was my only method of heat... and i loved it! its a LOT of work... but i kept a lot of wood ready to go. and it gives you a toasty feeling!
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If the power goes off, switch everything off.
Sometimes their are surges when the power comes back on.

If you have you own grid tied power generation, disconnect it so you don't shock a linesman!

Make sure your pipes are well insulated, you don't want a leak on top of everything else.

If you have forgotten something in your preps, write it down and get it asap, so you don't suffer next time.

Keep the kettle full at all times, and keep up with dish and clothes washing.
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Exceptional thread as usual very helpful!!! hfhugs

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thanks! I hope someone out there can benefit from it and have a easier winter :)
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These are the best threads! The ones with obvious good intent for everyone. Your time & effort you invest is obvious through the quality of your threads :-)
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This is my first winter in Michigan from the south. I'm relying on a gas fireplace for heat if the electricity goes out. Is that ok? Forgive me if it is a dumb question. I just don't foresee an event in this little town that would take out the gas.

Thanks OP this is a great thread. It reminds me of the "safe use of a generator" thread around the time of Sandy.

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Michigan.... i spent some time there... gets kinda cold lol
Im from the south too... Kentucky... hotter than hell and colder than hell

I'm a its never enough type of guy... back ups upon back ups lol

But you would be better off than most. I got an family member who didnt have any back up heat at all until a few years ago... and their back up is a gas fireplace... that person said it was a godsend! no more cold winters during power outages.

if you followed some of the tips here and used ur fireplace with caution... you should come out just fine :)
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If I lived in cold country i'd have a wood burning stove and at least a 5 year supply of wood ready to go at all times....
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5 years is quite a bit of wood!

One easy fire starter is a brillow pad and a 9 volt battery and toilet paper.

Obviously you need some sticks and wood gathered before hand. But its as easy as having a lighter.
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Dryer lint is good tinder for fires too :)
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If the power goes off, switch everything off.
Sometimes their are surges when the power comes back on.

If you have you own grid tied power generation, disconnect it so you don't shock a linesman!

Make sure your pipes are well insulated, you don't want a leak on top of everything else.

If you have forgotten something in your preps, write it down and get it asap, so you don't suffer next time.

Keep the kettle full at all times, and keep up with dish and clothes washing.
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awesome advice!
totally forgot to add that!
i'll add it to the op if you dont mind and credit ur post
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If I lived in cold country i'd have a wood burning stove and at least a 5 year supply of wood ready to go at all times....
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for about 4 years that was my only method of heat... and i loved it! its a LOT of work... but i kept a lot of wood ready to go. and it gives you a toasty feeling!
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Grew up with wood heat. Only been the last few years that I haven't had it. I'm looking to purchase a small house in a mountain town and it comes with 3 wood stoves and a shed full of cut and stacked logs.

I love every part of wood head. Cutting wood, splitting wood, stacking wood...great exercise. And nothing better than that feeling of radiant heat.

A buddy of mine cooked his Thanksgiving turkey on the wood stove...came out bon apetit!
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If I lived in cold country i'd have a wood burning stove and at least a 5 year supply of wood ready to go at all times....
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for about 4 years that was my only method of heat... and i loved it! its a LOT of work... but i kept a lot of wood ready to go. and it gives you a toasty feeling!
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Yeah, it's a lot of work but in an emergency, when the power goes out they are really nice to have. I have friends in northern Idaho that have about 3 wood burning stoves in their home. They have a real big one you can cook on also.
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If the power goes off, switch everything off.
Sometimes their are surges when the power comes back on.

If you have you own grid tied power generation, disconnect it so you don't shock a linesman!

Make sure your pipes are well insulated, you don't want a leak on top of everything else.

If you have forgotten something in your preps, write it down and get it asap, so you don't suffer next time.

Keep the kettle full at all times, and keep up with dish and clothes washing.
 Quoting: lightchild_uk


awesome advice!
totally forgot to add that!
i'll add it to the op if you dont mind and credit ur post
 Quoting: Dr. Acula


Of course you can.
Thank you for this great thread.

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