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About EngineerStew

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  • Birthday 12/30/1988


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  1. solar panels are cool and all but I wouldn't use em to power my whole house. I would probably use one for a refrigeration unit, to charge batteries, maybe a radio. I don't like the idea of using one for an HVAC system, but thats just me That being said my Dads got a fresh water well on his ranch (also my planned Bug out spot) thats powered by its own solar panel, and I think thats pretty sweet. similar to solar panels I have seen roof mounted solar water heaters, don't know how much they are but seems like a pretty good idea to me. (Hot Showers in TEOTWAWKI FTW) Lastly, In TEOTWAWKI, if I didn't have solar panels for power, I would consider making a Boiler/Steam Engine Generator setup. A few years ago classmates of mine converted a regular internal combustion engine into a Steam Piston Engine as part of a Senior college project. Attach that to a generator and a boiler and I could be swimming in power. (Day and night) Cool thing is you can burn damn near anything to power it with the right boiler setup. But thats probably not something most people would be able to pull off without it blowing up in their faces lol
  2. Just an observation, when you block/destroy your bridge, wouldn't you also be blocking/destroying your escape route too? just saying what ever you do be sure you won't regret it later
  3. I have this one engineering professor down here in Galveston, he's got an over designed concrete bunker of a house, when Ike rolled through his house was one of the few left standing in his area. meanwhile when I heard Ike was rolling through I got the hell outta dodge lol.
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    Skill VS Gear

    In my opinion, gear and skills go hand in hand, to do a particular job I need the know how and skills to perform the job but I also need the right tools for the job (for every job a tool, for every tool a job) For example last weekend I was replacing a pistol grip on my AR, problem was the bolt holding on the stock part was an Allen key bolt and I didn't have a long enough Allen wrench to reach it. But my brother showed me a trick I hadn't seen before, he used a flat head screwdriver that fit the hex hole in the bolt, and that was enough to get it out. when it comes to survival I say have the gear/tools you need and know how to use em, but when you don't have the gear know how to replace it, thats pretty much "two is one, one is none" in its most basic form.
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    Survival Psychology: What Would You Miss?

    video games, tv, interwebs, batteries, good whiskey P.S. I don't know about y'all but come TEOTWAWKI, hot showers, power, sewage are the top things on my list to acquire
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    Sons Of Guns new AR

    my brother just got the ruger AR-15, while it was the first AR I have ever shot I liked it. He loves it, and the only complaint about it I have is that the fore end is heavy (I think like 10 lbs or so) thats because its got a nice thick barrel. but I have no other AR experience to compare it to so I don't know how much heavier it is than normal.
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    Sons Of Guns new AR

    forgot to mention that from my research ALL piston driven systems on the AR-15 platform cause some degree of buffer tube wear. I have read from multiple sources that ruger's early version ARs (one from above post) caused a good amount of wear but versions since caused minimal wear in the first hundred or so rounds and then further wear is not present. I haven't done any research on red jacket's piston driven AR so I don't know how much buffer tube wear theirs has.
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    Sons Of Guns new AR

    before commenting I would like to note that my "AR expertise" is pretty low. That being said from what I can tell its an AR made of high quality steel with a piston impingement system instead of gas, and a chrome lined barrel for $2,300 about. hmmm I have seen this before..... now where was that, Oh Yeah I remember Meet the Ruger SR556 chrome plated 2 stage Piston Impingement system with a 4 position regulator Hammer forged chrome lined Mil-spec barrel chrome plated one piece bolt carrier and extractor it comes with 3 magpul P mags, and troy industries flip up sights all for $2000 MSRP and if thats too expensive try the SR556E same gun but comes with no sights and one magpul P mag all for $1300 MSRP I may be a bit of a ruger-nut but I trust ruger's gun-smithing skills/reputation a lot more then red jacket's (especially now since they just lost their only actual gunsmith)
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    Antibiotics, antiseptics, etc.

    I am allergic to Penicillin, ever since I was young I was always told if I took some my throat would swell up and I would suffocate (not a very pleasant idea I know). Furthermore a few years back I was given an antibiotic called cephalosporin and that went well for a few days but then I developed hives (that sucked) that went away once I stopped taking the drug. So basically I am concerned about using random antibiotic medicines. And since penicillin is made from certain molds I am also curious as to how wise it would be for me to try different homeopathic methods in TEOTWAWKI
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    Welding basics

    welding is of course a process that joins 2 separate pieces of metal. Modern welding machines come in a few different flavors. SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding a.k.a. stick welding) consists of a welding machine with a grounding clamp cable, an electrode holder cable and a steady supply of electrodes (foot long metal sticks that are coated in what is called flux). This is a very common type of welder and your gonna pretty much going to find one any where metal work is being done.(this type is also very common on farms) A few notes about this type -you can run these machines of generators (in fact i think some models come with generators attached) -welds produced are pretty strong but not very pretty lol -electrodes that this machine NEEDS to weld do have a shelf life, but that depends if they are stored properly or not. GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding a.k.a. MIG) like stick you have a ground clamp cable but instead of a electrode holder you have a wire feeding welding gun. This setup also requires a tank of inert gas to shield the electrode wire while welding. This set up is also very common but your only gonna find this in larger metal shops. A few notes about this type -Technically you can run this type of a portable generator but I have never seen one set up like that. -welds produced are typically not as strong as stick but look way nicer -unlike stick I am pretty sure the filler wire coils or inert gas used don't have a shelf life but unless you stock pile the gas (extremely unlikely) MIG's gonna be useless after you run out. GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding a.k.a. TIG) This one is a bit more like soldering, like the MIG you have an inert gas shielding the weld but unlike MIG the TIG welding gun does not feed the filler wire you instead hold the wire in your other hand (kinda like soldering) A few notes -like MIG once you run out of inert gas your done -used mainly for welding Aluminum, Copper, and thin pieces of metal If you are looking to getting into welding my suggestion is to get a Stick welder you can go to a metal supply shop or farm coop store and get everything you need in one go. Safety Always make sure you use a proper welding helmet preferably with #11 shades and safety glasses, leather gloves (i prefer HEAVY welding gloves),some sort of cap made of cotton, a leather welding apron or a starched cotton shirt, Jeans and CLOSED TOE SHOES!! Instruction Before you begin I would highly suggest getting formal instruction, you can probably find some classes at a welding supply shop. If you have a friend who is a professional welder have them show you the ropes (I learned at my Dads fab shop when I was 15 or so). Welding classes aren't too terribly intense, I have personally found welding easy in it's understanding and technique but difficult to master (i.e. its all about practice).
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    Depends on what your using em for. for general purpose work gloves, mechanix hands down for brush clearing i would go for some nice leather gloves for warmth well that kinda depends on how cold it gets in your area and personal preference i would think. I myself just started using a pair of mechanic gloves but before that I used a similar pair of a different brand. I got some nice thick leather gloves for welding and hot metal work, and a pair of kitted wool gloves for the cold.
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    Sleeping Bags

    I have only ever used 2 different sleeping bags, a light weight fleece bag and a "zero degree" sleeping bag (not a mummy bag). I preferred the fleece one in pretty much all conditions except when the temp dropped down near freezing. On a side note I was always told that mummy bags are great at low temps but it would soak up water like a sponge, for that reason i kinda steered clear of em.
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    What's your poison?

    thanks Capt Bart, I think I will grab a bottle of johnny walker next time I am out
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    DHS watchlist

    look on the bright side, at least you will be among friends right? also maybe we should start a pot luck dinner for this Party. Dibs on the potatoes.
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    What's your poison?

    I love me some whiskey, usually Jim Bean or Jack Daniels, but lately I have been drinking Makers Mark. That being said the salty sea dog in me likes the taste of rum, preferably Sailor Jerry's. Furthermore I would like to try scotch if anyone out there could point me in the right direction.