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Title: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on July 06, 2013, 06:15:56 PM
This is a thread that you find on just about every prepping forum.  To be quite honest I never thought that it had much value even though I had contributed to the thread in a couple of forums.  Why little value? Well because prepping is a lifestyle, it is something that you live, so we are always prepping when we shop, when we visit the hardware store, if we browse a yard sale the list goes on. Therefore I thought it was a little redundant to say that I got great deal on canned carrots or Schneiderís wieners so I bought a couple of cases. 

In retrospect however there is value in making such statements no matter how meagre the purchase or effort. It allows everyone to see what others are doing. It may spark an idea or perhaps the realisation that whatever was posted may be something that they would be interesting in pursuing. Who knows you may inspire someone to do something positive. So now, with merit established, in my mind at least, I started this thread. It is not just a place to post what your latest scores were at Costco ( :)  my favourite store  :) ) but also a place to describe skills you have learnt, ideas that you are actively pursuing, places you have been and things you have done that have or might impact your lifestyle as a prepper.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on July 06, 2013, 07:25:24 PM
Prepping this week (past few months)
Assisting ICRCC and a few others setting up the Ontario Preppers Meeting in Huntsville Ontario
practising, calming techniques, conflict resolution, networking, organizational skills

Getting things ready for my presentation on Fire/Stoves/Shelters intro and advanced points to pass along.
Building portable and semi portable Rocket Stoves, as well as improvised stoves such as the L-can stove and Penny stoves.
working on building a solar cooler for food storage
Trying to get back into shape again, even while dealing with some major health issues.
Sorting business items into keep and sell piles/donate piles
Promoting this forum so it may become many peoples online home and database of Prepper/Self Reliance/Bushcraft/Homesteading skills site..
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on July 06, 2013, 08:15:08 PM
Firewood
started a huge green house
40 gallons of fuel
gravity fed watering for my livestock

Yeah juggling that and work, multi tasking summer is just too damn short.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Gravlore on July 06, 2013, 09:11:55 PM
Closing off and sheltering the second 1250 gallon cistern. Although this seems like what should be done anyhow for the house. No wait! I wouldnt do it if it werent for preparedness.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: M590a1 on July 07, 2013, 11:25:57 AM
Research on training horses.  Re-packed BOB.  Installed BUIS.   
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: JustABear on July 07, 2013, 03:01:38 PM
Uhhhhmmm... what is BUIS?
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on July 07, 2013, 03:27:31 PM
A back-up iron sight.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: JustABear on July 07, 2013, 06:11:23 PM
Ahhhh... I am enlightened... thank you Obi-Wan
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Dangphool on July 20, 2013, 10:01:26 PM
Over the past few weeks;
Went to the range for 5 days of camping on site.  Got to work with new shotgun, the semi-auto 7.62 I purchased earlier in the year and the missus got to work on handgun control.

We did a bunch of weeding in the undeveloped back-yard as it finally stopped raining and/or cooking us alive... needed a bushwacker and several hours with a rake.

Paid of some debt... definitely prepping for the most likely scenario (job interruption) imho

Glad to see this thread topic on this forum!
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on July 24, 2013, 12:30:30 PM
Over the last week my time has been consumed with the Ontario Provincial Meet. Along with fellow organizers Wilde-E and Che we all agreed that the event was well worth the effort. This week there is much follow up to be done. The meet was an example of what can be done when prepper/ survivalist groups work together for a common goal. The event was supported and attended by CanAmPreppers, the Ontario Prepper Survival Network and the United Survivalist Network of Ontario.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on July 24, 2013, 12:57:07 PM
Follow up to ICRCC's comments
2013 meeting http://canampreppers.net/forum/index.php?topic=130.0 (http://canampreppers.net/forum/index.php?topic=130.0)

2014 meeting planning stages http://canampreppers.net/forum/index.php?topic=130.0 (http://canampreppers.net/forum/index.php?topic=130.0)

OPSN http://www.meetup.com/Ontario-Prepper-Survival-Network/ (http://www.meetup.com/Ontario-Prepper-Survival-Network/)

2013 meeting info http://www.meetup.com/Ontario-Prepper-Survival-Network/events/125319832/comments/221618662/?itemTypeToken=COMMENT&a=li1_17&reply=1&_af_eid=125319832&_af=event (http://www.meetup.com/Ontario-Prepper-Survival-Network/events/125319832/comments/221618662/?itemTypeToken=COMMENT&a=li1_17&reply=1&_af_eid=125319832&_af=event)
USNO http://www.meetup.com/The-United-Survivalist-Network-Of-Ontario/ (http://www.meetup.com/The-United-Survivalist-Network-Of-Ontario/)
2013 meeting info http://www.meetup.com/The-United-Survivalist-Network-Of-Ontario/events/125536412/ (http://www.meetup.com/The-United-Survivalist-Network-Of-Ontario/events/125536412/)
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on July 25, 2013, 01:00:25 AM
Added new member
100 liters petroleum
60 liters diesel
22 #10 cans of freeze dried food
further standardization of groups gear
more construction of green house and aquaponics planning
purchase of 12 guage
more ammo...

Back to work again...
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: thecrownsown on July 25, 2013, 07:42:43 AM
Repackaged stored supplies more efficiently in cold storage.

Cycled stocked food items and replaced.

Purchased 6 - 5 Gal buckets in anticipation of storing food stuffs for long term storage.

Topped up 100L of fuel supply.



Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Jwild101 on July 27, 2013, 10:24:21 PM
Sorry Guys (or Gals) but I've read many posts under this heading and the stuff that is posted and I have to say this because I've meet you or know you through posts on other forums. The people here seem to be the cream of the crop but what keeps hitting my mind is ..... shopping list. Yes I know that we are all pretty anonymous on these forums but still there are ways of finding people. It took me 15 minutes for find my brother on the internet who was living in the US and hadn't heard from in 20 years.

The first time I meet Wild_E, the was a group of us chatting. I can't remember what exactly it was about but he used me as an example. The gist of it was if I needed something and you had it. I would take it by any means. I got thinking about his comment afterwards and yes he was right I would. It's human nature, the survival of the fittest and that self survival mode.

Yes there are days I have trust issues and days that my mind sways left or right of center. So on that note ... keep in mind what you post on your brag list because there is aways the possibility of the unscrupulous lurking.

Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on July 27, 2013, 10:55:26 PM
Ummmm
Jwild, was I using you as an example as someone there or poking the bear with a stick?
I have always believed you to be a person of integrity, so I must have been just using someone close as an example.
No offence was meant, I believe.


Now a little dork named Hopitrails, did exactly as you said, took trust and ripped people off.  Shame on me for trusting his/that kind of person.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Jwild101 on July 27, 2013, 10:59:52 PM
Wild_E never any offence taken. Just one of those comment that make me think.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on July 27, 2013, 11:06:01 PM
Good thank you.


I believe that is one of my flaws actually, I have a very visual mind and analytical at the same time. So to express myself I use my hands and incorporate objects and people near me to draw a mental image. Something I should reel in perhaps as some do not think outside the thought process that I have and would take offence to things I am trying to impart.


Thank you, for the life lesson and personality reminder. Hey.. that is a good prep for me, self evaluation is useful, Jwild, cheers.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Jwild101 on July 27, 2013, 11:29:04 PM
Wild_E... My comment was never meant to discredit you in any way. Unknowingly you pointed out a truth that I and many other people have. Self preservation. It was straight forward and honest, whether you knew it or not. Using your comment was the best way I could think about for getting my point across.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on July 27, 2013, 11:36:23 PM
Thanks, never took it that way but was wondering if I had insulted you, sometimes... I do that by accident.
It is that dry British sense of humour I was brought up with, plus the German non humour!
Cheers
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on July 27, 2013, 11:41:10 PM
The only reason that I post my preps is ,not to brag, but to help others with their own shopping list. As for people ripping me off I purchase with cash and face to face, nothing directly online.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on July 28, 2013, 12:44:54 AM
I purchased some oxygen absorbers last week at the Provincial Meet. Got them from the guys at ontariopreppers.com and the price was good.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Greenguy on July 31, 2013, 12:23:55 PM
Picked up this little Kabar knife last weekend.  I've got some brush to clear, and wanted to do it in style.
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Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on July 31, 2013, 12:31:54 PM
Once you have tried a Kukri you will never go back to a regular machete or hatchet!
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: rmactsc on July 31, 2013, 10:23:35 PM
I picked up 4 Israeli C4A1 gasmasks with NATO 40mm NBC filter cannisters.  I'd like to think they will never be needed but better to have them just in case the unthinkable ever happens.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: thecrownsown on August 05, 2013, 01:25:59 AM
rmac...where did you get these? was it approvedgasmasks.com?   I was thinking of purchasing from them....not sure what they're like.  Can't find anyone else really with the same variety though...can you comment on your purchase and give some info?

Thanks,
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on August 05, 2013, 10:55:24 AM
I picked up another two 10ft sections for my antenna tower. Now I have to install them. They should really help me to "reach out and touch someone" so to speak.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: JustABear on August 05, 2013, 01:48:18 PM
What manner of radio are you using ICRCC?
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on August 07, 2013, 11:28:01 AM
Lets just say I have the airwaves pretty well covered.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: JustABear on August 07, 2013, 11:47:50 AM
 :P
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Mountainman on August 07, 2013, 01:03:42 PM
Apricots. Yes we just finished prepping 40lbs. Jam. Syrop. Fruit Leather. Even dehydrated some apricot halves. Some for our pantry, others for X-mas baskets.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Dangphool on August 08, 2013, 10:31:17 PM
Had our first batch of home-grown potatoes with the steak this last weekend.  Also had a greek salad with our own cucumbers but the tomatoes, squash and carrots are still embarrassing!  Oh well, we keep trying and hoping for the sun to eventually emerge.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Ranger2012 on August 09, 2013, 02:51:37 PM
I just learned how to make a 45# bow with schedule 40 Pipe, The YouTube...  Backyardbowyer. This guy gives instruction on how to make over 4 types of bows using PVC pipe and a heat gun. Very, Very impressive. Also on how to make the bowstrings for them. My next free weekend, guess what I'll be trying to make. ;) :)
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: zeker on August 23, 2013, 09:46:52 PM
ranger.. I have watched them vids of the bow making. very impressive.. do they work?
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on August 24, 2013, 12:18:17 AM
Sometimes online is the prudent, sometimes the only way to go depending on where you live. I buy a lot of "heard to get" items online.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on August 24, 2013, 10:41:21 AM
I love yard sale day...so here is a list of what I scored for real good prices

recliner swivel rocking chair excellent condition 5.00

safety baby gate to keep new dog out of laundry room 2.50

12 quart canning jars with used lids( I sterilize these and use them for dehydrated foods) and rings for 2.00

wall hanging ornate mirror with 2 side candle holders 2.00( need this to blow dry my hair in my bedroom...yes vanity be they short hair that I have now)

2-quart canning jars and old melmanac plates(these are for under planters that hold herbs) .50 cents

chaulking gun(cause I buggered mine up) 1.00

vcr player and the two towers movie and jurassic park (yes old fashioned but my daughter bunnylove is collecting lord of the rings and everyone is selling of vcr movies real cheap..) for 7.00

oh and last but not least..bunnylove and I stopped at one of the used stores yesterday and she happened upon a new wheel for her hamster( bought as baby and it has grown in the last month she has had it)well she needed a stand for the new wheel...and can you believe it..I found one..cost me a hole 25 cents..I did'nt even dicker with the lady..lol...

Funny how Gog knows what we need and provides for us when we go out on blind faith...and for those of you who are not God people..I got chit arse lucky today...lol




Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on August 24, 2013, 07:11:37 PM
canning wild jams
maintaining sanity
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: JustABear on August 24, 2013, 07:38:44 PM
Too bad one couldn't can sanity.... oh well.....
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on August 24, 2013, 08:13:43 PM
Too bad one couldn't can sanity.... oh well.....

I have canned insanity ..I practice for my senior moments and store them in jar for when I want to drive my kids insane... :o

as for sanity never had any
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: JustABear on August 25, 2013, 01:08:35 PM
 
Too bad one couldn't can sanity.... oh well.....

I have canned insanity ..I practice for my senior moments and store them in jar for when I want to drive my kids insane... :o

as for sanity never had any

Hmmm... is it liquid or aerosol?   He He He
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: M590a1 on August 25, 2013, 04:28:49 PM
Have been living at a BOL for 5 weeks now so pretty much everything I do is preps but here is some of the juicier bits.

Shot a lot of paper the last couple weeks and found both my .22 iron sights were quite off... were good enough for tin cans and squirrels before but I'm very glad to have adjusted them now.  Fired a bunch of slugs and found the sweet spot... 5 shot 2" group @ 25 yds with 12g.  Also checked Remington #000 buck patterning at same distance (horrific) and am going to switch back to Hornady #00.  Made a bunch of wax slugs.

Picked wild raspberries for a whole day in known bear territory (saw 4 in the past week alone)... froze them (the berries ;D).

Scouted whitetail deer, I see them almost everyday but it's always interesting.  Walked to within 80 yds last night of neighbourhood doe w/2 fawns, sat down and glassed them then she started stomping and snorting.  I got up and started walking away, not only did she stand her ground but started following and warning me off for about the first 100 yds I retreated.  Gotta say I was concerned she was going to attack me lol.  This was the second deer to follow me this month.

Chopped and stacked lots of firewood, tried out new fishing spot (caught 12 rainbows between 3 of us and ate them all), mucked about with the greenhouse, continual training of horses, re-packed BOB, watching survival shows at night to get some new ideas.  Found an insulated pair of camo coveralls!

Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on August 25, 2013, 04:42:55 PM
There was no power here in town today, so instead of staying home..my daughter and I decided to go shopping

2 packs of thermal socks
and 3 pairs of work gloves

not much else for preps have abck to school stuff for kids to worry about
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on August 25, 2013, 09:48:21 PM
I always keep a good pair of leather work gloves in my BOB. I have had to use them more than once.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on August 25, 2013, 09:56:03 PM
I always keep a good pair of leather work gloves in my BOB. I have had to use them more than once.

Always fun to try and find a ladies good pair of work gloves..at a reasonable price..these are mens and large but in a pinch they will do
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on August 25, 2013, 10:43:10 PM
For womens work gloves you might have better luck with carpenters or mechanics gloves, similar but much more form fitting and useful.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Henry on September 01, 2013, 08:18:04 AM
I know you will not  get offended so I ask you : are your hands too soft to not wear gloves ? do not be sissy  HA HA.
henry
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on September 01, 2013, 09:03:41 AM
I know you will not  get offended so I ask you : are your hands too soft to not wear gloves ? do not be sissy  HA HA.
henry

Henry dear I would never get offended..but I do have a pretty pair of purple surgeons gloves and I could write your name on a pair of them...ummm this where the expression time to bend over and kiss your a@@ good bye...lol


and many time I do not wear gloves,but there sre just some jobs that really do require them like cutting the raspberry stocks...I have those little burra's that go into the fingers..yes female whoozy coming out in me
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on September 01, 2013, 09:13:14 AM
Kelee.. lmao...


raspberry bushes, blackberry bushes, handling hot pots on a fire (I use work gloves for this), clearing hornets nests
these are a few of my favourite things.... to use gloves for


O and the ever popular, leave no DNA behind reasons  :o
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Henry on September 01, 2013, 01:52:47 PM
Do not worry I know what it is not to wear proper thinks that why  long time ago the doctor had to reattached
 my fingers on my left hand.
Henry
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on September 01, 2013, 03:10:49 PM
Do not worry I know what it is not to wear proper thinks that why  long time ago the doctor had to reattached
 my fingers on my left hand.
Henry

Green dotted hugs coming your way.... :)
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on September 01, 2013, 04:18:42 PM
Canning fresh caught fish
Play with new bang stick
Making apple juice
Reading MM's book "The GOOD Plan" (Thanks btw)
Recruiting new members
Being a pain in the ass to everyone around me (That's the fun part)
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Dangphool on September 02, 2013, 10:21:28 PM
Went to the range this weekend with some people who haven't handled before.  We had some knowledgeable members willing and able to teach some proper stances and safety lessons. 

Pulled the potatoes out of the beds.

Paid off the student loan (in the form of a rotating line of credit) that over the years became a computer loan/car loan/ trip to vegas loan, etc...  The Dragon has been slayed though after only a few decades lol.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on September 02, 2013, 10:23:13 PM
Hey Dang,
nice to see you back here!
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Dangphool on September 02, 2013, 10:27:42 PM
My absence has been related to other prepping activities... a lot of landscaping and terracing in the backyard as everything is new, so we've been moving a lot of dirt, blocks, and rocks. 

I wish I could say that the absence was due to enjoying summer but alas, it has not been  :'(
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on September 03, 2013, 06:46:37 AM
yestderday

7 more jars of laundry soap
sprayed herbs with light mixture of sunlight dish soap and water
brought all herbs inside for the winter
made vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing
knitting a crazy quilt
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on September 13, 2013, 01:15:43 PM
dehydrated 2 dozen lemons
wrote out more recipes
cleaned out more of the gardens
made beef barley soup and chicken pot pies
finished fixing under the kitchen sink


today dehydrated more dandelion roots and leaves
stored away 2 dozen canning jars of flour
made 18 canned breads(and a dozen muffins)

bioled al my face clothes and wash clothes in one of my big canning pots and used some of the left over mixture from my first batch of laundry soap that did not work out(this was the older recipe I had not new one posted in here)

oh and normal household cleaning..mopped floors,vacuum...have to move freezer to my room etc


Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: M590a1 on September 14, 2013, 06:50:10 PM
Started reloading shotshells.  Testing improvised load effectiveness is my new hobby ;)
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Twenty3rdPsalm on September 14, 2013, 07:18:25 PM
Since I'm new to the site figured I'd give out a 30 day quick hit /// So in the last month:

- spent 2 weeks camping with the family, taught the kids 3 different ways of starting a fire & had them each prepare the camp fire on their own for 1 night each
- hand loaded out the 1st 200 rnds of .45-70 HP
- purchased a smelting pot & molds for casting my own bullet heads in .45-70 down the road
- got the 11 yr old shooting, does well enough - got to work on breathing though
- got the 9 & 7 yr olds cleaning, learning the parts & safe handling of the contents of the gun locker
- worked on water safety & canoeing with the family
- entered costing negotiations with a Krav Maga instructor for family lessons over the fall, winter & spring (we do a family education activity every year)
- acquired x3, 5 point safety harnesses through the barter system
- talked lovingly to our 1.5 yr old angus purchased back in May that's up for slaughter on Oct 7th (pretty steak, gorgeous rump roast, you look delicious baby....) & prepaid the butcher bill
- added 2 more fishing rods, reels & assorted tackle to the heap
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Henry on September 15, 2013, 02:23:51 PM
Wal-Mart has special on dog food so I bought 8 bags. TSC  store had finally enough  chicken food (grain and corn)so I purchased 12 begs .dug up about 200 lbs of potato's from my garden and wife just finished preserving another 50 jars of different stuff .
I think we will lock  the gate to our place till spring. HA HA.
Henry
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on September 15, 2013, 04:41:12 PM
Our TSC store had whole corn on for around $11 per bag. My ducks said thank you!
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on September 15, 2013, 05:29:47 PM
Twenty3rdPsalm
could repost most what you did to prep in the firearms section please.
Maybe start topic with training kids with firearms and add in some more info, it would be a great primer post for others starting with kids.
cheers
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on September 18, 2013, 08:45:20 AM
oh I am so sorry for lack of posting..

Its seems every day brings to it new projects and getting lots done

so here is what I have been doing last couple of days

2 more batches of laundry soap
30 cans of canned banana bread
dehydrated lemons and dandelion leaves and roots
made all meals for kids and from scratch including desserts(practice run for SHTF and gives me list of holes in preps)


Today I am dehydrating zuchinni from garden and last of tomatoes(hopefully I can get one more picking before the frost gets at them to bad)
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: hayseed on September 18, 2013, 10:45:48 AM
learned how to make mead
planted 23 fruit trees; 4 more to go
froze the latest crop of rhubarb; close to 20 lbs
made concorde grape jam
made/canned pectin from the crab apple tree for use in canning this winter
prepped for building new hives for next year (hoping the bees survive the winter)
worked on the endless infra structure task list
did my chores
started training the horses with a goal to pulling a buggy
hauled some hay
started winterizing the house

Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on September 20, 2013, 11:55:43 AM
Today I went out for regular groceries but over and above those I got

3 bags of oranges from the sale rack 99 cents for 6(these will hit the dehydrator tomorrow)

6 pieces of gyp rock 2x4 broken pieces to finish my wall in basement $9.04

6 cans of beans
3 bags brown sugar
4 bars zest soap clearance 99 cents for the 4 bars
4 bottles corn syrup clearance expires 2015 $1.49 each
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on September 22, 2013, 08:00:00 AM
Ammo (been using up too much)
Canning
Bought wood cookstove
Firewood
Work on green house

Keeping on the lookout for those Illuminati lizard zombie clowns...LMAO
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: kelee877 on September 23, 2013, 08:39:29 AM
Kids and I are all down with crud bug..tintures have been started..

I guess the high school has a bad case of strep throat going around..so far we are just head colds...temp change has been so weird up here..

anyways when I have a crud bug I won't touch the foods to prep them just on case and no umpp to put up walls right now or paint
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on September 27, 2013, 08:39:52 AM
Installed wood cook stove in kitchen( wood gasifier next, then I'll be off grid again)
a little more firewood
networked with a very nice and level headed prepper lady
bought a small wood heater for upstairs w/20' of insulated pipe, tees, and all the fixings for $500
discovered that I may be suffering from a concussion
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Dangphool on September 27, 2013, 11:28:40 PM
found a case of non-corrosive 7.62x39 in the city...

Since this is the most active thread, I'll ask here;

Why is there no button to bring a person to their "last read post" within each individual thread?
I find that I cannot remember what I last read and just go to the last page, thereby missing stuff that was posted in the meantime.

Is there no fix to this or am I overlooking a button?
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on September 29, 2013, 08:34:04 AM
One way is to just click on your name (handle) to view your profile and then click on "Show Posts" just below.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on November 19, 2013, 06:26:24 AM
Reloading kit
2 months food
tools
a cool drying rack for on top of the cook stove
tarps

NOTE: warned of a coming shortage of gun powders and bullets
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on November 19, 2013, 11:35:55 AM
Trying to buy 22LR around here has been like trying to find hens teeth. It started before hunting season opened and hasn't improved since. Places like Walmart and Canadian Tire are sold out as soon as they get a shipment (just a few boxes) in.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: zeker on November 20, 2013, 06:34:38 AM
I asked bro to bring me a brick of 22. he said whats a brick? I told him and he didnt know they came that way.. on the same note.. will ammo stay good buried in "forever dry" ground? in a glass jar
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on November 20, 2013, 07:09:59 AM
You are better off to vac seal it, any moisture will will condensate with the changing temp in the ground. Now that being said if you have a canning vac sealer (Walmart) then it would probably work.

Nobs
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: JustABear on November 20, 2013, 10:09:04 AM
A glass jar would be good for storing your ammo in small quantities. There would be a touch of humidity in it but I doubt enough to affect the ammunition. Over time the metal lid would corrode. Plastic vacuum sealing would be ok for the very short term but would be susceptible to transference of water vapor over time. The best method for ammunition storage over the long term that I am aware of is to vacuum seal it in a mylar bag with an oxygen absorber then place that along with a dessicant pac in a hard plastic tube sealed to protect the fragile bag. This should last "forever".
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on November 20, 2013, 11:22:16 AM
Hey guys how long are you planning to live?   :) :)
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on November 20, 2013, 12:03:12 PM
I use ammo boxes to store mine. Right now ToolTown has new 30 Caliber Army Metal Ammo Boxes on sale for $14.99.  If you do not live near a store you can buy them online at: http://www.tooltown.ca/ also usually orders over $100 are shipped free.

Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: JustABear on November 20, 2013, 12:12:38 PM
Hey guys how long are you planning to live?   :) :)

Forever...?!!!!!!   

Or... I can pass it on to my progeny.  :)
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on November 20, 2013, 12:17:01 PM
Well if you live that long you will definitely encounter at least one major SHTF event.  Better stock up!  :D :D
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: rmactsc on November 20, 2013, 10:41:23 PM
This week I've prepped more cans of Spaghettios.  Good comfort food and they last a long, long time.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Greenguy on November 21, 2013, 08:43:51 AM
Finally bought that Yamaha generator.  Merry Christmas to me!
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on August 30, 2014, 09:50:16 AM
Reviving this thread...


I started to make alcohol stoves to sell
have started to make some rocket stoves to use myself and send some to NoBshere aka Prepper Madness in youtube for evaluation and product demos.


Most important things are though....
- rebuilding my food stocks ... why... when I first got sick I had 1 year supply of food, some stuff yes, only 3-4 months of food as well, that was more the luxury items.


Dog food - got an amazing deal from a fellow going out of business, I bought dog food in the bag and now have 10-11 months of dog food for Zelda. (one more bag to go and a full years worth !!) Each bag was only $15 vs the normal $30 - $35 food that I get. So with the addition of her normal food of which I have 4 bags and will create a mix every month (regular food and discounted food combined) almost a year ... yippiee... takes a weight off of my shoulders.


This coming week -
Tuesday or Wednesday I will be going to Grain Process again to pick up some more yummies !!!!
that means food. They sell it in bulk there and the warehouse smells awesome !!!
At the 2014 Ontario Preparedness/Prepper meeting, about 65 - 70 people said they loved the prepper/preparedness food that I created for the fundraiser event for the Sunday lunch.

Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on August 30, 2014, 01:10:54 PM
 Packed up the trailer, added extra security features

Food-2 months
outdoor gear
tools- gardening, axes, saws,generation
clothing
propane-improv wood burning stove
tidy tank
extra deep cycle battery
mosquito/fly warfare items- netting,coils,repellants
Honda 110cc trail bike- to be mounted on back of trailer
Water pump/ filtration system 12v
Plus stuff WDTA

This has actually been ongoing since I purchased the trailer at the beginning of the month..,.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on August 30, 2014, 02:45:01 PM
Forgot to mention, also picked up 20 boxes of trail mix with 28 packages in each box for only $4 a box.
Just went to all.most perfect and grabbed every spelt rice cake package they had. So 12 packages for $1.25 each.
Since I am now also supposed to be wheat/gluten free, these help with the options to eat healthy safe and fast meals.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: WildernessTwin on September 01, 2014, 08:19:30 PM
Last week was prepping my fitness and my get home bag after the Bob talk at the meeting last month.  I decided to test it out and walk from  work in London to home in Woodstock, approximately 48km.  The bag worked out great, coming in at 10lbs but my feet gave out at 23km with huge blisters, even after I tried to fix the hot spots at the 10km mark. This just showed me the even though I was capable of walking the distance, my feet had not be hardened to complete this distance. The biggest point I learned was to test your preps. Is not good enough just to have the plan but put that plan I action before you need to do it for real.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on September 01, 2014, 08:41:21 PM
+ 1 Karma for the blistered feet walk !!!


Excellent feedback, by the way what were you walking in as well as what types of surfaces were you walking on?

A few tips I learned in the military for forced marches was the following as well as hiking on weekends for fun;
1. always wear two pairs of socks,
1b. preferably a moisture wicking sock first layer on skin

2nd for a few days before if you can the 2ndary work sock over the thinner sock should be worn a half a day or so. This allows it to be worked in a bit, flattened.
2b. When you put the work sock on the foot, turn it inside out. So the side your normally wear against you is now outwards.

3. Make sure your boots (I prefer boots military or high end hiking boots) are well fitted and broke in. If they are new, you will hurt.

4. If the boots are new, you need to wear them for at least two weeks before a march or..... ouchies...

5. Breaking in the boots or shoes is best done after a good soaking in hot water, then strap them onto your feet and walk and work in them all day.

6. It does help the feet to soak them in heavy mix of salt water for a few days before. The salt kinda dries up the skin and helps form caluses.

6b. Soak them in salt water the first night of the forced marching if you can.. see above  ////

7. Needle and thread for blisters. Push needle through and leave in the thread so it continues to drain.
..... Second Skin ..... awesome to put over blisters

8. forget walking,,,, ride a bike if you can __________  >:D
 
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: WildernessTwin on September 01, 2014, 09:03:19 PM
My walking shoes are Merrall with Vibram soles that I've used for over a year, even when I was working as an outdoors inductor and counselor at a youth custody establishment near South River. They are well broken in.

I'm not a huge lover of boots after forced marches in high leg boots in the military also. I was using alcohol to rub on my feet to dry out the soles.

I used moleskin on the hotspots which usually works but not this time.

Surface was hard roadway, Gore Road, which is 30km+ straight as an arrow.

I have thought about a folding bike and am looking at keeping it in car.

Will rest my feet for a while then try it again as I want to do this so badly.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: wild_E on September 01, 2014, 09:14:47 PM
folding bikes are very expensive !!! Why not get a good dual purpose, off road and road bike with shocks, then remove the front wheel with the quick disconect, take off the rear tire as well, same way. I am thinking that this is only slightly larger, stronger, more comfortable and O so much cheaper.. er um... for us... thrify...


Good luck and maybe Prepper Nurse can be your ground crew?
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: JustABear on September 01, 2014, 09:19:05 PM
My walking shoes are Merrall with Vibram soles that I've used for over a year, even when I was working as an outdoors inductor and counselor at a youth custody establishment near South River. They are well broken in.

I'm not a huge lover of boots after forced marches in high leg boots in the military also. I was using alcohol to rub on my feet to dry out the soles.

I used moleskin on the hotspots which usually works but not this time.

Surface was hard roadway, Gore Road, which is 30km+ straight as an arrow.

I have thought about a folding bike and am looking at keeping it in car.

Will rest my feet for a while then try it again as I want to do this so badly.

Curious what your time is for the 23k. Also curious what your age is?
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: WildernessTwin on September 01, 2014, 11:17:21 PM
I did the 23km in under 6 hours with a thirty minute lunch break to do a video for my channel and time to fix my feet so all in all about 5km per hour.

I am 49 this week and over weight at 260lbs so I as pleased at the time and pace.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Mountainman on September 12, 2014, 11:46:11 PM
Wilderness Twin,

Good for you!!!

I found a similar situation last year (2013). Had the gear, but hadn't taken it for a walk in a while. I did a road march from a nearby town to our Scouthall. 16Km's with a 38lbs pack. Good weather, Spring. Mix of asphalt roadways, gravel shoulders, even a bit of farm fields before getting to the sidewalks of town. I was 44 and 215lbs-ish. My boots were Bates lace-to-toe, and I was using a double sock system. I finished my 16km's in 3 hours. But, my feet were not as hard as they once were.

I learned/remembered the purpose of daily walks in my boots.....just like in the old days when we would take our rucks or webbing for a walk. It wasn't to air out our packs or webbing it was to keep our feet hardened. The things we let slip from our memory, as we start to live a softer life......

Although, moleskin and 2nd skin are the recommended short term fixes, I will throw my support behind duct-tape. It is not friendly, but you can tape - even raw feet, tight enough to finish a hike. So, if you have to make it to the end & stopping is not an option; keep a roll of duct tape in your get home bag/bugout bag.

Post-hike care. It may take a couple of weeks after a duct-tape treatment to get your feet back to normal. They will be tender. At the end of the hike, immediately soak your feet in ice water if you can. It will help reduce swelling and bring tissues back to their normal state. It will take your breathe away, but your feet will thank you.

But, I guess the moral of these stories is an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Keep you feet hard if you plan to depend on them.

Cheers,

Mountainman.


Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on November 30, 2014, 05:44:51 AM
Just purchased a 26' 5th wheel trailer

fully winterized with insulated tarp coverings
6 deep cycle batteries banked
F-250 with a 460 ci carburetor, points and coil (80 000 km|)
truck ir totally rebuilt bumper to bumper
air ride suspension
all comes with a 5000 watt genset (silent)
Camper has built in bay that fits 3 40lbs propane tanks

So far so good. As I"m posting this, it's -32C outside and 22C in here, and the furnace is not constantly running

Almost forgot, 6 months worth of dried goods from Dri Harvest. Price 800 bucks


Take care
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: icrcc on November 30, 2014, 12:21:31 PM
Sounds like the perfect outfit. I like the store capacity for your propane. Mine only has room for two 30 lb tanks. You can never have too much propane. The truck sounds like a gem. I had an old 8cly GMC with a carb etc. and no electronics. It only has 125,000KM on it. The fenders were rusted out so I replaced them but then the box needed work. I had not worked on it for a few years so I got rid of it. I have kicked myself ever since. I always thought I could pick up another one but haven't seen anything since.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: zeker on December 01, 2014, 06:53:24 AM
bot 10 lbs yukon gold spuds on thurs.. after last month's disaster drying spuds, I re-read my how-to,s..

last month i forgot to blanch them. and they turned black.
 
this month after peeling and shredding, (a food processor makes the job easy)    I cooked until change of color.. almost translucent.. then cooled and drained and put in the dehydrator.  6 hrs later, they were fully dried and took up the space of less than 2 1qt jars.
 
I love fried potatoes.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: Malark21 on December 01, 2014, 08:30:05 AM
This week grabbed another half dozen pckgs of heirloom pepper and tomato seeds. Brewed another 23 litres of Mead, ordered another resource book from amazon on natural plants, herbs, and their uses (with good color photos). Repacked all camping gear for winter instead of autumn.
Title: Re: What have you prepped this week?
Post by: NObshere on December 28, 2014, 09:43:01 AM
Other than the awesome gifts from my wife and son:

commercial grade dehydrator(80 L)
more cast iron cook ware
ammo
fishing gear
3 burner propane stove for out door canning
metal detector
Ruger Scout rifle in .308

Take care