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Bug Out Bunker for Preppers

24 Jul

I don’t know why I waited so long to tell you about this structure, I drive by it every week during the summer.

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This is a solid concrete bunker house that a man (let’s call him John) built after the Arab Oil Embargo of 1979. John was so convinced that OPEC was going to strangle the US economy by cutting off the oil supply for years and years. He said the price of all fossil fuels would go through the roof. Consequently, the price of not only gasoline would skyrocket, but the cost of producing electricity would be so high most people would not be able to afford to run air conditioners in the summer or heat in the winter. That is when he had this concrete bunker house constructed. All of the walls, floors and ceilings are solid concrete, not only for the insulating factor, but also as a secure fortification from intruders. The front has too much area to be glassed in for either purpose in my opinion, but I guess that could be corrected if the need ever arose. Before he finished the house, the embargo was lifted and things got back to some semblance of normalcy and the bunker sits there unfinished. The locals mockingly refer to the structure as Crazy John’s Bunker, but if TSHTF somebody might just finish it and move in! How would you like to live in a bunker? Keep prepping everyone.

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Solar cell phone charger

1 Apr

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I was in Harbor Freight today shopping for some items on sale and this charger caught my eye. According to the directions you place this unit in the sun and it charges an internal battery. Then you can plug up many different devices for a recharge using the included adapters. Sounds like something really good to have around for an extended emergency situation or to use on a camping trip or some other out in the Boonies adventure. Well, after I returned home and read the reviews on the website I wish I had bought a better unit from Amazon, but I am going to give this one a try anyway. The weatherman is predicting cloudy weather for several days so it may be a while before I can try it out. Some of the reviews said you could plug this unit into a 6 volt wall charger (with the proper end) so I am going to look through my sack of old chargers (if I can ever put my hands on it) and see if I can find something that will work. After looking on Amazon I saw several units that might be better, they even had one of those wind-up crank chargers. I looked on the Radio Shack site and they have a couple of solar chargers that might be good. Have any of you used a solar cellphone charger that was good and if so, where did you get it? This unit from Harbor Freight cost $24 and the other units I saw on-line ran from $75 to $100 so the one I bought probably is just a piece of junk. But what else can you expect considering the source? Some things from HF are useful enough and some things are really just POCs. That’s why I like to go to the store and put my hands on the item before purchasing,  that way I at least have a little idea of the quality of the item before I buy it. I still like to buy Made In The USA when I can, but sometimes the deals are just too good to pass up. Be prepared!

Hipsters and Ecotards

11 Sep

 

I saw this cartoon and just had to post it, I’ve been saying this all along!

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HAHA! You Hipsters and Ecotards might as well be driving around in your overpriced electric toy cars with all this smog and pollution bellowing out of the exhaust pipe. Maybe if they see this cartoon, it will be simple enough to explain the actual truth to them. You are not helping the planet! You are a knucklehead being led around by the nose by a bunch of stupid old Hippies trying to save the planet who have no idea how the real world works.

Sunken Barge

14 Aug

Some of you may recall my post on March 26 regarding a partially sunken barge on the bank of the Mississippi River.

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The river is at near record lows, and someone finally came and salvaged the barge.

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They came in with torches and cut the barge up into smaller, more manageable pieces. Then they used this trackhoe with a grappling claw on the bucket to pick up the pieces and load them onto trucks to be hauled away for salvage. I knew with the prices of metal today the barge would not stay there to go to waste.

Firewood Racks

29 Mar

A few weeks ago, Sweet Thing came home from the grand opening of a new Big Lots Store. She had some metal Firewood Racks that were on sale for 1/2 price ($15) as a grand opening special. I thought to myself these things have got to be some real pieces of Made In China POCs. But after I put them together they actually were sturdier than I thought they would be.

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Now, do I expect to get years of service out of them? Certainly not! Maybe they will hold up until I can build some sturdy home-made racks. They came with a cheap plastic cover to put over the wood, but I don’t think I will use them. I am afraid the covers will just make the wood mold and mildew more than if I leave them uncovered. Has anyone had experience covering firewood with plastic? What do you think?

Crooked Tree

11 Feb

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Believe it or not this is a tree on our homestead. Something damaged it while it was young, and it struggled along and managed to survive. You really can’t tell from the picture, but the tree makes a big loop, almost a circle before continuing upwards. It is probably 20 feet tall. This is the kind of tree I will cut for firewood, and save the large healthy trees for the future generations. But Sweet Thing said this one is so unusual she wants to keep it and name it “Loopy.” How many of you have wives that name trees? My Sweet Thing is something special.

Propane

7 Jan

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Today I stopped in at one of our local big box stores to swap 2 bottles of propane. I went inside and paid at the register, and the young lady said someone would come outside to help me in just a minute. I went to my truck and got my empties and waited….and waited…and waited for 10 minutes! So I went back inside and showed her my ticket and asked for some help, and went outside and waited 5 more minutes, still no help! I went back inside and found someone who looked like they might be available and they came out and helped me. So all in all it took nearly 30 minutes to do an exchange, and this is the third time this has happened, so I learned my lesson. I’m going somewhere else next time! When we move to the homestead I’m going to have a larger tank near the barn for heat and I will be sure to keep it well stocked for emergency use. Maybe something in the 500 gallon range, similar to this.

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We had one of these outside of our house all during my childhood, and I remember the discussions about trying to save enough money to get it filled up before cold weather came. And then at the end of winter I remember some cold nights under a pile of blankets because the heat was shut off and the tank wouldn’t be refilled until next winter. Brrrr! Stay warm!