Category Archives: equipment

Electric Panels and How to Turn Off the Power.

It seems that whenever I talk to a group of people, I find someone who does not know how to turn of the electric panel to their house.  This is something that everyone should know how to do, even your … Continue reading

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Desiccant Packs, What They are and Why You Need Them

I live in a fairly dry climate and have not had problems with preps rusting from the humidity.  However, I know that it is a big problem in parts of this country that are subject to high humidity, so I … Continue reading

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Block and Tackles, Something Every Prepper and Homesteader Needs

The other day when I was posting about ropes, I mentioned using a block and tackle to gain an advantage when lifting heavy objects.  A block and tackle is a system of two or more pulleys with a rope or cable threaded between them. The … Continue reading

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The Kobun Tanto Styled Boot Knife by Cold Steel

The other day I received a Cold Steel Kobun from Knife Hog (http://www.knifehog.com/).  First thing, I have never bought anything from them and have not had any business dealings with them.  However, I have not heard anything bad so deal … Continue reading

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Ponchos are an Excellent Multi Use Piece of Equipment

Today everyone is pretty familiar with a poncho.  You have seen them in the movies from the Clint Eastwood westerns to the WW2 movies. There are two main types of ponchos that we commonly encounter.  One is made from wool … Continue reading

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I love My New Reversible Griddle

I have used a griddle since I was 8 or so, helping my grandmother make tortillas, of course the griddle then was a disk of an old tractor, but it worked great.  After several years and with my grandmother getting … Continue reading

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Improvised Knife Sharpeners

I like knives and probably have too many and I like to keep a good working edge on them.  Now I believe that a sharp knife is safer than a dull one.  It requires less pressure to use and you … Continue reading

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What happens When Your Propane System Fails and How do You Prevent It?

My old friend Freezedryguy http://www.freezedryguy.com/, the well-known food supplier who deals in Mountain house and other products called me this morning.  He is visiting friends at an undisclosed location in one of our cold states.  The people that he is … Continue reading

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What you need to know to Help You Evaluate New Businesses and Gear

Lately I have been seeing a large amount of questionable information showing up on the web.  Due to the increasing interest in preparedness, many new businesses have entered the field.  As with anything, some are good and some bad.  When … Continue reading

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The Little Things can Get You.

After my little fall, (the doctor says nothing broken or seriously hurt), I decided to check a few things in my medical supplies.  I have crutches, canes and walkers.  But when I started to take a good look at some … Continue reading

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