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Vanity (hey, it's not a blog!) | 9/29/2012 | Outofsalt

Posted on 09/29/2012 5:08:42 PM PDT by outofsalt

I have been pondering emergency preparations for some time and enjoy the prepper threads from which I've learned a lot and have applied much. I was trying to find some good articles on essential tools for "a really bad day" scenario or, TEOTWAWKI. Many articles include things like cash and shelter and first aid. Even post it notes and looms have made some lists. I am looking for ideas for hand operated essentials and have my own list...Please help flesh out these ideas.


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1. Cutting tools;
Knives, hatchets axes, and saws. Several assorted with sharpening capabilities.
2. Cooking and eating tools;
Pots, pans utensils and storage, and at least two types of stove. (ie, rocket and solar)
3. Digging tools;
Spades, shovels, pick and digging bar, hoes
4. Carrying tools;
Buckets and jugs, baskets,bikes and carts.
5. Sanitation tools;
Sponges, steel wool, toothbrushes, brooms & mops, laundry tumbler.
6. Defensive tools;
Guns and ammo (of course) but also binoculars, a compass, several printed maps, walkie talkies.
7. Building tools;
Hammers, hand drills, fasteners (nails, screws, and glues), drivers such as wrenches and screwdrivers and a pry-bar.
8. Fishing & trapping;
A good assortment of poles, lines, lures, traps and cages. Hunting as well as rearing (ie chickens, rabbits) tools.
9. Clothing tools;
Supplies for mending sewing fabrics.
10. Lighting tools;
Candles, lanterns, matches, LED's with batteries, chargers and inverters.
Please ADD or EXPAND on these ideas?
1 posted on 09/29/2012 5:08:55 PM PDT by outofsalt
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To: Kartographer

What have I missed?


2 posted on 09/29/2012 5:11:00 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

Freeper don’t have a problem with blogs if they post articles in their entirety.
................

Good list for basic survival


3 posted on 09/29/2012 5:11:32 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: outofsalt

James Rawles has a list of lists on his Survivalblog site.

http://www.survivalblog.com/listoflists.xls

He goes into more detail but I’ve found it useful.


4 posted on 09/29/2012 5:17:04 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: GeronL

Many bark at vanities...
Hey, I need a dog!
I love hand tools. My multitool is always close. I’m looking for ideas.


5 posted on 09/29/2012 5:18:30 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

Digging tools should include a backhoe for the shoot and shovel bunch.


6 posted on 09/29/2012 5:20:34 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: driftdiver

Rope and wire are on his list! Duh!
I’m thinking essential tools for this tread..?
Hand pumps just dawned on me!


7 posted on 09/29/2012 5:22:10 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

Your list is a great start.


8 posted on 09/29/2012 5:24:31 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: outofsalt

In a real TEOTWAWKI you must survive three things: 1. The event if immediately hazardous, 2. The anarchy, looting murdering starving raping etc. 3. The long term where you must grow your own food.

1 & 2 can be accomplished with a fully serviced (air, water, sewer, heat, stored food and fuel) basement below a fireproof house or a shelter. In any case it must not be discoverable by starving gangs out to take whatever they can find. This could be from 3 mo to a year.

3 is where you need the tools. Read how people lived 100 years ago without electricity. They made their own tools. They were wizards at making things work, it is what made this country great. Plan now for the land you need to grow what you need. Add the soil amendments now so the soil is right when you need it. Plant, harvest and then save seeds from NON-HYBRID plants. If you wait until TEOTWAWKI to do all of this you and your family will not make it.

Good luck.


9 posted on 09/29/2012 5:25:59 PM PDT by Any Fate But Submission
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To: outofsalt

Something else I would add is the materials to maintain the tools. Lubricants, cleaning materials, sharpeners for the edged tools.


10 posted on 09/29/2012 5:26:29 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Thank you.
I need to back up my power tools with good old style tried and true. An old hand mower might be good to find.


11 posted on 09/29/2012 5:27:40 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

Knowledge tools? Books, Small computers like Ipad, Galaxy Tab or a Nexus filled with DIY books and videos and of course a means to charged them.


12 posted on 09/29/2012 5:28:18 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


13 posted on 09/29/2012 5:29:37 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: driftdiver

Lubricants! Sharpeners were obvious, lubricants I’d missed.


14 posted on 09/29/2012 5:31:41 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

Since you are just getting started, you might have a relatively short timeline in which to get prepared. You need to prioritize your purchases based on the immediacy of your needs. First, and perhaps equals, are food and armament. Without these, you are toast anyway. Think of your existence in blocks of days or weeks. Within days you’ll need water. Within weeks you need food and armaments, as the zombies may not get to you until a week or so after the event, depending on where you live. The medical, communications, come next. So you can make this priortized list according to where you live and your budget. If in a city, the zombies may be at your door in 2-3 days; if in the country, it may be weeks. If in the country, your water needs may already be met by a well, so your existence for 3 days is covered and perhaps your need for guns, as well, since the zombies will ravage the cities first. And so on.


15 posted on 09/29/2012 5:31:54 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Any Fate But Submission

1 & 2 can be accomplished with a fully serviced (air, water, sewer, heat, stored food and fuel) basement below a fireproof house or a shelter. In any case it must not be discoverable by starving gangs out to take whatever they can find. This could be from 3 mo to a year.

________________________

How will any shelter not be discoverable. There are drones and eyes in the skies. There is no place to hide.


16 posted on 09/29/2012 5:33:35 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: outofsalt

bttt


17 posted on 09/29/2012 5:35:12 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: outofsalt
An old hand mower might be good to find.

To hell with that. If the city wasn't a jerk about it, mine wouldn't get mowed now. If it's SHTF time, I'd consider goats to keep the grass down.

/johnny

18 posted on 09/29/2012 5:35:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: outofsalt
With your fishing gear, I'd recommend a trotline. You can set it in the morning, check it at noon, and then again in the evening. Make sure it is firmly secured and it can provide you with a steady supply of catfish and turtles.

Just be careful using it in anything other than a TEOTWAWKI situation, as trotlines are illegal in many states.

19 posted on 09/29/2012 5:37:16 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: SgtHooper

Thanks Sgt but I’m not a newby. I’ve done the primary needs and wanted to consider self sustainance by rounding out with some non power tools.

Any newbies please start at the begining! Water, food shelter. Knowledge is something you always need to add.


20 posted on 09/29/2012 5:39:25 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

21 posted on 09/29/2012 5:39:44 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: JRandomFreeper

A friend got a goat to clear his land. He figgured he would eat it at some point then, his girlfriend named it...
He tied it to the barn but it knocked the barn over.
He broke up with the girl.


22 posted on 09/29/2012 5:43:04 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

A hand pump sure. But what if you do not have one. Learn how to make a skinny water bucket from pvc pipe and inner tube material. Or a one way valve and a pvc pipe and a bicycle.

The thing is you cannot remember everything so research all you can now, print it out, get reference books from 1900 so that you can improvise when there is no Lowes.

Going to grow food after TEOTWAWKI? How much water do you need and where are you going to get it. Really, a trickle system might use 1/2 inch a week. Times an acre is almost 60,000 gallons a month less rain that arrives at the right time. Surface watering would be about 120,000 gallons per month, more in sandy soils. How do you get that water to where you need it without electricity or fuel?

These things need to be figured out now, before TEOTWAWKI.


23 posted on 09/29/2012 5:43:25 PM PDT by Any Fate But Submission
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To: outofsalt

People who live in rural areas probably already have the tools they will need.

Something from a bygone era is lighterd stumps. I can remember when everyone had one and would just go out in the yard and chop a few splinters of “fat lighterd” to start a fire. I think some people say the proper name is “light wood” but I have never heard anyone say that.

It works better than any commercial fire starter I have seen.


24 posted on 09/29/2012 5:43:52 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: outofsalt

bkmk


25 posted on 09/29/2012 5:45:56 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Hugin

I got an old Gerber multi-tool. It doesn’t have the locks on the tools in the handle. I sent it into Gerber to see if they could retrofit it with the locks. They sent me a brand new one along with my old one back. Will never buy anything but a Gerber from now on.


26 posted on 09/29/2012 5:47:09 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: outofsalt
What have I missed?

Explosives?

27 posted on 09/29/2012 5:51:20 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1348 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: outofsalt
BioLite Camp Stove. Uses wood as it's fuel and can recharge electronic devices.

http://biolitestove.com/campstove/camp-overview/features/


28 posted on 09/29/2012 5:51:38 PM PDT by Republican Extremist
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To: outofsalt
I had a couple of thoughts. For OpSec you may want to consider a couple of quiet ways to split wood. One of the cheaper options is the Quality Craft Foot-Operated Log Splitter — 1.5-Ton, Model# LSF-001:



I have this one and it works reasonable well. I also use a hand splitter which is a bit loud. For larger pieces of wood or for some knotty stuff you can use the Wel-Bilt Horizontal Manual Hydraulic Log Splitter — 10-Ton:

The Wel-Bilt splitter is heavy and you may want to keep it stationary somewhere. It does work very well.

Finally, in a grid down situation electricity (electric splitter) or fuel may not be available. These tools provide a non-fuel powered option and are quiet.
29 posted on 09/29/2012 5:52:20 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Any Fate But Submission

Improvisation is essential AFBS but having some things readily at hand will get one started. Given some basics I could fashion a plow. Pipe stock would be great to have on hand or hoses at least. Even McGyver needed some hand toolsto work his magic.


30 posted on 09/29/2012 5:53:19 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: PA Engineer

I like it! I want one!


31 posted on 09/29/2012 5:55:34 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

Hammer, anvil, forge, bellows, various chisels.


32 posted on 09/29/2012 5:55:57 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1348 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: outofsalt
Flojak hand operated deep water well pump:

http://flojak.com/content-items/flojak-videos

33 posted on 09/29/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT by Republican Extremist
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To: outofsalt
looks like a great list....

I'm putting extra "tin foil" away.....and wax paper and lots of zip lock bags, especially the larger ones....

34 posted on 09/29/2012 6:03:04 PM PDT by cherry
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To: outofsalt
You may like this one too. I have one, but it is loud.



No joke, I had spinal surgery and am using the Wel-Bilt for rehab.
35 posted on 09/29/2012 6:05:59 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: cherry
Good containers all! Here is one of my favorite hand tools in the kitchen,

36 posted on 09/29/2012 6:07:24 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Chickensoup

I once read about a family who lived in a house for two years without knowing there was a basement. The previous owner had a water problem and cemented off the basement stairs and outside well windows. I thought that if these people could not discover the basement in 2 years what chance would marauders have of discovering it in 15 minutes.

As a builder I design and sell homes that are poured concrete in insulated foam (ICF). With secret access, a well in the basement, combination air and secondary exit. We use buried propane tanks for cooking fuel and a buried oil tank for heating. Wood stove later. There is no evidence anywhere that the basement exists. The upstairs is also 8” concrete and 100% fireproof floors, furniture, metal cabinets, etc. We use completely separate systems for the basement and the house above.

Anyone approaching the house sees some broken windows (stored in basement) and debri. A desolate house and a bottle of skunk scent on a toy stuffed animal in the corner of the pantry will make invaders stay very short.

Until law and order of some type returns, the occupants live very comfortably and only come out at night if they wish. Crops and evidence of occupancy won’t appear until law and order does. Most have a three to five year food supply for them and relatives. The homes are planned in a central location of relatives who will be invited and not more than 50 miles away from the primary occupants residence to allow for having to walk or ride a bike.

There are far more “Undiscoverable” retreats around than you know. All of my trades people are from way out of town and the buyers are thoroughly schooled on secrecy. One viewing the the Twilight Zone “The Shelter” is all it takes.

Good luck.


37 posted on 09/29/2012 6:07:30 PM PDT by Any Fate But Submission
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To: Any Fate But Submission

WAY Cool! So many things out of my price range...
DIY kit?


38 posted on 09/29/2012 6:10:55 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

I have these tools - got them at Amazon:

Columbia River Knife And Tool’s Eat N Tool 9100Kc Black Oxide Multi Tool $5.25

G.I. Type P-51 Can Opener - 10 Pack
Sold by Survivalist USA $4.82

Swiss+Tech UKCSB-1 Utili-Key 6-in-1
Keychain Multi-Tool $8.26


39 posted on 09/29/2012 6:31:57 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: outofsalt

Also have this one:

Gerber 22-01769 Shard Keychain Tool
Tools & Home Improvement; $7.83


40 posted on 09/29/2012 6:41:50 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: outofsalt

Old farmers were never without baling wire and barbed wire.

Duct tape.


41 posted on 09/29/2012 6:51:36 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Any Fate But Submission

There’s a learning curve with gardening. Some plant varieties will grow in your climate and soil, others won’t.


42 posted on 09/29/2012 6:55:16 PM PDT by bgill
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To: outofsalt

Pressure cooker, and pressure canner, and canning materials.

Rechargeable batteries and a solar charger, all lighting based on AA and AAA batteries and all led.

Multimeter that uses AA battery, wheel barrow, plenty of bic lighters, pulleys and muscle multipliers, a hand held loudspeaker, solar powered motion sensing lights (AA powered), a solar charger for you car battery that will keep it healthy when there isn’t gas, or to power your car horn alarm.

Walkie talkies


43 posted on 09/29/2012 6:55:54 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: outofsalt

We’ve been using one of these the past few weeks. It had belonged to dh’s grandparents. Took us a try, or two, to figure it out. Coffee tastes great from this type of pot.


44 posted on 09/29/2012 6:56:22 PM PDT by madison10
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To: JRandomFreeper
If it's SHTF time, I'd consider goats to keep the grass down.

Or sheep, or geese. Come to think of it, geese are supposed to make better "guard dogs" than dogs do......
45 posted on 09/29/2012 6:58:11 PM PDT by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I read today that crab grass seeds can be harvested and used as flour. Have they seen those itty bitty microscopic seeds? That aside, letting the yard go to weeds will bring in edible weeds and will hide your garden that isn’t planted in straight neat rows.


46 posted on 09/29/2012 7:00:26 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Chickensoup

You can build your bunker entrance and do the excavation from inside an existing structure/barn/outbuilding. This is what I did.

Doing this makes in undectectable from prying eyes from above since I do not believe the FERAL government has Xray vision YET....


47 posted on 09/29/2012 7:03:32 PM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That’s what I am talking about....make ‘em milking goats.....meat, milk, cheese and mowing rolled up on four legs.

Can’t beat that with a stick.


48 posted on 09/29/2012 7:06:15 PM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: bgill

Also, some plants that look really good in the seed catalog, turn out to need babied to produce anything, while others can be neglected and in poor soil and still turn out a respectable harvest. It’s better to find out which is which now.

I know a lot can be done with just improving the soil, but I’m of the opinion that, in order to be considered for the survival garden, a plant has got to be willing to meet me halfway!


49 posted on 09/29/2012 7:09:23 PM PDT by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: JRandomFreeper
If it's SHTF time, I'd consider goats to keep the grass down.

Goats are good for getting rid of all types of nasty things. Poison Ivy is candy to them.
50 posted on 09/29/2012 7:10:37 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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