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    Prepping, saving for rainy days and retirement, or paying off debt....its always easier to go for instant gratification, and all the shiny brand new gizmos that "everyone else" is getting. I don't need to blame the government, the "man", or anyone else. Some things just "are". My personal belief is that the SHTF that actually occurs will be something I never saw coming. Something from way out in left field, so to speak. If I can't see it coming, I sure can't expect anyone else to. (The stuff that is easy to see coming is easy to prepare for, isn't it?) So the preps go on in the hopes that sound principles of saving, giving, prepping, and being generally prudent will place me in a better position than if I had done less.
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    The reason prepping discourages me.

    TCC - would you do me a favor and check back in with us from time to time and tell us of your efforts?
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    The reason prepping discourages me.

    EXCOASTIE- You do us all proud!
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    Forge Store questions

    It does take an inordinate amount of time to hear back on anything from them. If you have enough time and patience they do eventually act. Eventually. After a long time.
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    The reason prepping discourages me.

    Prepping is a mind set, not an inventory list. The most valuable preps you can possibly come up with are the "how to" type of thing. Learn what you can now - Thats pretty much free. Plan what you can for later- Thats pretty much free. Figure out your priorities for what money does become available. How would you spend the first $100 that became available for prepping? Don't let financial circumstances dictate your prepping. Inventory what you have already. A sturdy boning knife from the kitchen drawer will work just fine until you someday get a KABAR or similar. Sandwich bags, coffee filters, needles, aspirins all kinds of preps can be had with no extra cash. Good luck and success!
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    Military Thread

    USMC Mostly aviation helicopters (CH53 CH46 UH1) maintenance, aircrew, and operations. Also did a small amount of time in Military Police. 1975-1992 active duty. 1992-present USMC Reserves...although why they keep a old fat man I can't fathom!
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    Hello, I'm Straydog

    Hello, and welcome!
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    Questions from a noob :-)

    Hello Jeanine, Rather than add to the flood of no doubt great advice you are already seeing here in the forum, let me just recommend that you consider the following: Prepping is about priorities. 1. What do you have right now? 2. What is the most likely risk to you, and what do you need to prepare for it? 3. Do what you know how to do and can afford right away. 4. Research (This forum is one good spot) and consider all opinions and recommendation as to how it does or does not apply to you. 5. Decide on the next best step for you and your situation, and work toward that goal. Always learning and always thinking. Good Luck and again welcome! We look forward to your thoughts and ideas just as much as you do ours.
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    Building a BUG IN

    There were. Two, 2" pipes: one thru the ceiling and on thru the wall, which were for intake and exhaust, using a hand operated bellows pump. I capped the one thru the wall, but both are there for whatever use can be dreamed up later. I will include pics of this when I do the next installment. PS I am glad many of you are enjoying this series, ask away with any questions, and hopefully I know the answer??? I plan on doing one final installment, with the pictures of all the completed details. Maybe later this week end.
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    Building a BUG IN

    In reading many of the posts in the forums, it is clear that a lot of us are planning to bug in for our first choice. (Me included) I would be interested in seeing some guidance and ideas on how best to support this choice. What would the life style changes be? How do you store the supplies and equipment you have set up? What are the special issues you see that will need to be overcome?
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    Building a BUG IN

    Next we assembled the free standing storage shelves we had bought previously. Made from extruded plastics, they assemble with only a rubber mallet. I lucked out and got the heavy duty ones on a really good sale. Each unit is 72 inches high and each of 5 shelves on the unit will hold 200 pounds, so each unit can have 1000 pounds. I bought 6 units, but only have assembled 5 of them. (I added a drop leaf work table in its place….great for putzing with the stuff!) I also have a freight pallet in the room which is where cardboard boxes of supplies or whatever can be stacked off the floor, just in case of a sump overflow or a leak in the walls.
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    Building a BUG IN

    Then I re-plumbed the sump pump, this time running it along the floor, instead of along the ceiling, just in case of a leak, it should help keep my “stuff” drier. (I am still tracking a small leak along this pipe. I get just a very small leak when it rains, running in alongside the pipe where it goes through the wall. One problem is that the hole was drilled at an up angle through the wall, so water likes to run down it from the outside. Then wired up the electricity, hung a four bulb fluorescent fixture, and added an incandescent light over the sump. Now its very light in there and its not a chore to do any work on my preps.
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    Building a BUG IN

    The spray foam guys showed up in fairly large trailer. Nothing much happened for the first hour. It turns out that the hose and the chemicals used need to be pre heated prior to applying to the walls, and it takes about an hour for their generator to heat things up. Then it was pretty much just point and shoot, with a big spray gun. My project was done freehand with no stud walls to use for guides, and I’m sure it turned out as well as it did due to the skill and experience of the applicator. Actual spraying took only an hour! The product I chose was a “green” product in that it is composed of 30% soybeans. There was no objectionable smell or off gassing that I could notice. It was dry to the touch almost immediately, with full curing in 24 hours. It has a hard texture kind of like Styrofoam, but does not have the little pellet texture like Styrofoam.
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    Building a BUG IN

    We had put quite a bit of thought in where the electric needed to be, as the conduits would be inaccessible under the foam once it was applied, and moving or adding electrical would be very difficult. We ran the new conduits and pulled through the necessary wiring, leaving a generous length when cutting, again because of the foam. We added two receptacles on the ceiling, figuring they could be used for almost anything on the planned shelving or on the floor, such as fans or heaters etc. I cut some rectangles out of 2”thick styrene the same size as the electrical boxes and taped them on the boxes. The idea was to keep the foam out of the electrical stuff, and then remove it when done, leaving a spray foam “hole” around the box. We also had the problem of adding a larger conduit to protect a circuit for the garage that ran through the shelter. It would also be under the foam. I core drilled a hole through the wall and installed a simple pass through pipe made of PVC, with a screw on cap both inside and outside. This would allow extension cords, garden hoses, or whatever to run between the outside and the inside, but still seal up when not in use. After taping up anything that we didn’t want to get foam on, we were ready for the contractor. (I did find some DIY kits for this foam, but they were more expensive than hiring the pros.)
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    Building a BUG IN

    Inside, we started demolition of what little was still there. Removed some rotted wood shelving, rusted electrical conduits and all the receptacles and switches, etc. We used a sturdy brush and some bleach on the block walls to kill and remove any mold remaining. We pulled out a double layer of furring strips and a layer of plastic sheeting that had been on the ceiling for a moisture barrier. Then we pulled out the sump pump and pipes, and the overhead light receptacle. Once we had bare walls and ceiling, every thing cleaned up and dry, the real fun (and the real work) began.
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    Building a BUG IN

    I am breaking this up into smaller pieces, to stay within the restrictions of attached pictures. There will be several installments. I hope you like it. When we were purchasing our current house (1994) the realtor made the statement “… and believe it or not, this house has a Bomb Shelter.” It surely did have an actual block wall and poured concrete shelter. They even still had the civil defense plans and instructions on how to do it. This realtor now had my full attention. As she showed us the hidden entrance, I knew I was going to buy this house. I always have been enamored with hidey holes and mysterious passages. How cool this was going to be! After we had purchased the house, the reality began to replace the dream. The shelter was cold and wet most of the time. It was moldy and dank, too. It had been built with fear in mind and had not been planned properly to handle drainage, temperature etc. So for the past 17 years, we had used it only as a tornado shelter, and for storing lawn furniture in the winter. Until now! This year I had had enough! There was over 160 square feet of space in there, and we were going to reclaim it. My prepping supplies, while not excessive (by my standards) were starting to take over the house. Our bomb shelter was going to become a hidden prepper’s store room! It had originally had concrete stairs poured as part of the construction, and the roof served as the back deck to the house. Several years ago, I cut off the concrete steps and replace them with steel “clamshell” cellar doors, to allow easy loading and unloading of the lawn furniture, and built cedar stairs and railing over the top to hide the doors. (The steps come off for access.) So for this project of creating useable storage space, we had three main issues to fix: Cold, Wet, and Mold. After considering the alternatives, I decide to go with a spray foam insulation, which treats all those symptoms with one step. We started with totally removing the steel clamshell doors, cleaning up the rusted surfaces and treating them inside and out with Permatex rust treatment, which bonds with any rust remaining and forms a supposedly impervious coating that prevents further rust. We’ll see. Then we reinstalled the doors, carefully applying a solid bed of silicone to seal out the elements where it married up with the concrete. Then I caulked the edges both inside and out, added a full coat of primer and painted the outside the same color as my foundation to help camouflage the doors.
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    Remember the fallen.

    In the words of General George Patton... "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." In the words of Christ ..... "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers." 1 John 3:16 NIV In my words .... I pray I be worthy of such a sacrifice as theirs.
  18. Awake - You're quite right about having their own lights. I keep an open bin on one of the shelves, kind of a "1st few minutes" thing, and it has chem lights for them to grab. My grands are 4 months,2,3, and 5 years old, and get scared in the dark, especially with storms going on, so I hope these "automatic on" lites will help them be calmer if the electricity is out.
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    Traffic,to stay away from.

    Here in my town, we have what I call the "rush minute". The other day I sat at the corner for almost 4 minutes waiting for a break in the traffic. If I had to move back to the L.A. area it would make me cry.
  20. Thank you , Shawn. I really am looking forward to showing the entire project in an article here on SC. (It evidently takes a very, very long time to do that, though.) Wait till you see the OTHER door!
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    Making Gun Power with Household Items.

    The knowledge and ability to manufacture an alternative powder seems to a good prep to have under your belt. When people ask "why bother?" tell them "So I am better prepared to survive." But do it safely!
  22. Procured some emergency lighting for the old bomb shelter turned prepper room. Last tornado had the grand kids diving in the storeroom and the power promptly went out. I wasn't home and Grandma was still on her way downstairs. Of course its DARK in there and the kids got pretty scared. So now I have some Energizer nightlight/flashlight/power outage lights. They stay plugged in and come on automatically if the power goes out. Supposed to last 45 minutes. They have high and low settings, and are LEDs. For those of you waiting, I have a draft article ready on the bomb shelter conversion, but Joel isn't answering my email. Anyone know when he's available?
  23. You guys scare me sometimes.
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    The ART of surviving

    Gentlemen: If an empty truck full of eggs ran over and killed a dead cat, how many dogs could you fit in a bathtub? (This is just as close to "on topic" as the stuff is getting to be in this thread.)