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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Extreme Traffic Congestion And Other Horde Concerns

August 24, 2017 Fullmoon 0

It was the same scenario here in Oregon, never seen so much traffic on the I-5 before this eclipse. Several east – west highways are closed due to forest fires so this just forced more cars onto the 5. Now imagine if something really bad happened, the freeways would become a parking lot. I live in a very rural area with hardly any population. Most of these traveler’s had California license plates and they drove hundreds of miles to see the eclipse.

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 10, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Anytime you can wean yourself off the meds its to your advantage to do it. I take a shot glass of apple cider vinegar mixed with the juice of one lemon, topped off with ice cold water, a 12 ounce glass of this every day will eliminate gout pain in the foot. I don’t know if my glucose levels have changed from drinking this but wild swings in the numbers no longer happen. They seem to have stabilized. Most big pharma meds have side effects like “unexplained rapid weight gain” so it defies logic to take these meds as they benefit big pharma and not the patient. Weight gain just causes more problems like high blood pressure so they can sell you more meds which in turn cause more side effects and its a never ending cycle to sell more pills.

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Check In Here Oregon Preppers • Re: Cascadia Tusnami zone members?

July 28, 2017 Fullmoon 0

The Cascadia Fault Line shakes and quakes about 200 times per week, small, hardly perceptible mini quakes that might be releasing pressure and postponing that big one. The seismic energy lab at Humboldt State University monitors these quakes and you can look at their locations, depth and Richter scale levels on their web site. This department is run by Dr. Lori Dengler. If the big one happens you might be stuck where you are living due to the roads failing. For sure there will be no functioning cell phone’s so a CB radio would be a good back up communications system. Cheap and reliable. I have 2 solar panels and a small battery bank to power CB radio’s and AM/FM radio’s to receive information. I have fled the coast and now live on the western slope of the Cascade’s where there is less chance of being slammed by a large quake generated water event. Crescent City and Eureka both had damage caused by a quake/tsunami about 9 years ago and Crescent City got slammed in 1960 from the Good Friday quake that hit Anchorage Alaska.

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Check In Here Oregon Preppers • Re: Cascadia Tusnami zone members?

July 28, 2017 Fullmoon 0

The Cascadia Fault Line shakes and quakes about 200 times per week, small, hardly perceptible mini quakes that might be releasing pressure and postponing that big one. The seismic energy lab at Humboldt State University monitors these quakes and you can look at their locations, depth and Richter scale levels on their web site. This department is run by Dr. Lori Dengler. If the big one happens you might be stuck where you are living due to the roads failing. For sure there will be no functioning cell phone’s so a CB radio would be a good back up communications system. Cheap and reliable. I have 2 solar panels and a small battery bank to power CB radio’s and AM/FM radio’s to receive information. I have fled the coast and now live on the western slope of the Cascade’s where there is less chance of being slammed by a large quake generated water event. Crescent City and Eureka both had damage caused by a quake/tsunami about 9 years ago and Crescent City got slammed in 1960 from the Good Friday quake that hit Anchorage Alaska.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you are building the house yourself you will need 2 complete sets of prints, minimum, one for the job site and one to study at night. The job site prints will get faded from the sun and crinkled from exposure and rough use. After 3 months of hard use they will be pretty much shot. Are you in the U.P.? I built lots of structures in Michigan and minimum footing depth was 4′ below grade. Maybe they have changed the code? A monolithic slab is hard on the body and legs and will cost more for fuel to heat the house, even with insulation beneath the concrete. You can do a cost estimate to determine the price difference between excavating and building a basement as opposed to pouring the slab. Ever considered using insulated concrete forms? You can build walls with an R40 insulation rating instead of R21 in 2×6 stick framed walls, plus save on overall labor and time of construction. Just a thought.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you are building the house yourself you will need 2 complete sets of prints, minimum, one for the job site and one to study at night. The job site prints will get faded from the sun and crinkled from exposure and rough use. After 3 months of hard use they will be pretty much shot. Are you in the U.P.? I built lots of structures in Michigan and minimum footing depth was 4′ below grade. Maybe they have changed the code? A monolithic slab is hard on the body and legs and will cost more for fuel to heat the house, even with insulation beneath the concrete. You can do a cost estimate to determine the price difference between excavating and building a basement as opposed to pouring the slab. Ever considered using insulated concrete forms? You can build walls with an R40 insulation rating instead of R21 in 2×6 stick framed walls, plus save on overall labor and time of construction. Just a thought.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:46 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you are building the house yourself you will need 2 complete sets of prints, minimum, one for the job site and one to study at night. The job site prints will get faded from the sun and crinkled from exposure and rough use. After 3 months of hard use they will be pretty much shot. Are you in the U.P.? I built lots of structures in Michigan and minimum footing depth was 4′ below grade. Maybe they have changed the code? A monolithic slab is hard on the body and legs and will cost more for fuel to heat the house, even with insulation beneath the concrete. You can do a cost estimate to determine the price difference between excavating and building a basement as opposed to pouring the slab. Ever considered using insulated concrete forms? You can build walls with an R40 insulation rating instead of R21 in 2×6 stick framed walls, plus save on overall labor and time of construction. Just a thought.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:46 pm


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Guns • Re: AR Upgrades Question

July 20, 2017 Fullmoon 0

How accurate is your rifle? I have a Rock River M4 carbine and was disappointed with its accuracy. It has a 1 in 9″ twist. I shot 55 and 62 grain bullets with no difference in accuracy, it shot a one and a half inch group at 100 yards. I called Rock River and they said to try 69 grain bullets. I loaded a few for a test using some 30 year old IMR 3031 powder and it shot dime sized groups. Real happy with the change. Other than that I have attached a bipod mount ($5) to the underside of the fore stock and invested in a couple of scopes. Mine is a flat top so I got an Eotech 512 red dot holographic sight for close range and a Trijicon ACOG for long range shooting. Both scopes are real accurate and I am pleased with their performance. Have them attached with A.R.M.S. #22 throw lever quick mount rings so I can swap scopes in a hurry without losing the zero. Put a $3 surplus sling on it and that’s about all the upgrades I have done. If you demand pinpoint accuracy get an Armalite with the full length barrel with a 1 in 7″ twist. These are super accurate right out of the box and can fire the 77 grain ammunition.

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Guns • Re: AR Upgrades Question

July 20, 2017 Fullmoon 0

How accurate is your rifle? I have a Rock River M4 carbine and was disappointed with its accuracy. It has a 1 in 9″ twist. I shot 55 and 62 grain bullets with no difference in accuracy, it shot a one and a half inch group at 100 yards. I called Rock River and they said to try 69 grain bullets. I loaded a few for a test using some 30 year old IMR 3031 powder and it shot dime sized groups. Real happy with the change. Other than that I have attached a bipod mount ($5) to the underside of the fore stock and invested in a couple of scopes. Mine is a flat top so I got an Eotech 512 red dot holographic sight for close range and a Trijicon ACOG for long range shooting. Both scopes are real accurate and I am pleased with their performance. Have them attached with A.R.M.S. #22 throw lever quick mount rings so I can swap scopes in a hurry without losing the zero. Put a $3 surplus sling on it and that’s about all the upgrades I have done. If you demand pinpoint accuracy get an Armalite with the full length barrel with a 1 in 7″ twist. These are super accurate right out of the box and can fire the 77 grain ammunition.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 19, 2017 Fullmoon 0

We have propane and use it for the water heater, cook stove and to power an old Servel refrigerator when the power goes off. Yes, a refrigerator that burns propane and circulates ammonia instead of Freon. Was built in 1947 and works great. No cable TV lines, no natural gas, well water and roof rainwater for emergency’s with a septic tank/system. Our power goes off for days at a time but I have a couple of generator’s to run when this happens. We heat with wood and it takes about 5 cords a year. This year we had a fire going into late June due to unusually cool weather. We talk to the neighbors with a CB radio when the phone is out.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 19, 2017 Fullmoon 0

We have propane and use it for the water heater, cook stove and to power an old Servel refrigerator when the power goes off. Yes, a refrigerator that burns propane and circulates ammonia instead of Freon. Was built in 1947 and works great. No cable TV lines, no natural gas, well water and roof rainwater for emergency’s with a septic tank/system. Our power goes off for days at a time but I have a couple of generator’s to run when this happens. We heat with wood and it takes about 5 cords a year. This year we had a fire going into late June due to unusually cool weather. We talk to the neighbors with a CB radio when the phone is out.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 18, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you live in the sticks with the Hicks your out of luck. Any rural area receives less attention and upkeep from the phone company. My phone is on a 110 year old copper wire at the end of the dirt road. When it rains hard the phone quits and when it gets real hot during the summer months it may or may not work. Cell phones don’t work here due to the mountains blocking reception so we are limited to a land line. The phone company has removed all public phone booths in the area. They claim its from vandalism and non use so the public phone booth option is gone. They want to force everyone into the cell phone system and have openly admitted they are not going to upgrade our land lines. Computer takes forever to connect and download things.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 18, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you live in the sticks with the Hicks your out of luck. Any rural area receives less attention and upkeep from the phone company. My phone is on a 110 year old copper wire at the end of the dirt road. When it rains hard the phone quits and when it gets real hot during the summer months it may or may not work. Cell phones don’t work here due to the mountains blocking reception so we are limited to a land line. The phone company has removed all public phone booths in the area. They claim its from vandalism and non use so the public phone booth option is gone. They want to force everyone into the cell phone system and have openly admitted they are not going to upgrade our land lines. Computer takes forever to connect and download things.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:04 am


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 18, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you live in the sticks with the Hicks your out of luck. Any rural area receives less attention and upkeep from the phone company. My phone is on a 110 year old copper wire at the end of the dirt road. When it rains hard the phone quits and when it gets real hot during the summer months it may or may not work. Cell phones don’t work here due to the mountains blocking reception so we are limited to a land line. The phone company has removed all public phone booths in the area. They claim its from vandalism and non use so the public phone booth option is gone. They want to force everyone into the cell phone system and have openly admitted they are not going to upgrade our land lines. Computer takes forever to connect and download things.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Is it time to get rid of cash?

July 16, 2017 Fullmoon 0

By eliminating hand to hand cash transactions the government places itself in the position of the middle man, to monitor and tax all transactions. Isn’t that a sweetheart deal? What really slays me is how many people are in favor of going cashless. Visa has made it the hip chic trendy new way of conducting binith with all sorts of hand held electronic devices placed conveniently for you to use. The govt is intent on squeezing every penny they can get out of the population via techno taxation. The country of Uruguay attempted to eliminate cash a few years ago but the citizens rioted and burned down several large banks in Montevideo. Maybe they are smarter than Americans.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Is it time to get rid of cash?

July 16, 2017 Fullmoon 0

By eliminating hand to hand cash transactions the government places itself in the position of the middle man, to monitor and tax all transactions. Isn’t that a sweetheart deal? What really slays me is how many people are in favor of going cashless. Visa has made it the hip chic trendy new way of conducting binith with all sorts of hand held electronic devices placed conveniently for you to use. The govt is intent on squeezing every penny they can get out of the population via techno taxation. The country of Uruguay attempted to eliminate cash a few years ago but the citizens rioted and burned down several large banks in Montevideo. Maybe they are smarter than Americans.

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Water • Re: 55 gallon drum storage. What did I do wrong?

June 27, 2017 Fullmoon 0

There are water storage tanks on the market that are made from food grade plastic that prevent UV light from penetrating. I have 3 of them , 3000 gallon, and 2 1550 gallon sized tanks sitting up on the hill in direct sunlight with no bleach added to the water and have never had any problems. The water stored in these tanks remains pristine. These tanks come in different sizes and configurations to fit any situation. Might be a good thing to look on the web for a better storage vessel. Another prospect is rain catching storage tanks built to fit up against walls of the house.

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Water • Re: 55 gallon drum storage. What did I do wrong?

June 27, 2017 Fullmoon 0

There are water storage tanks on the market that are made from food grade plastic that prevent UV light from penetrating. I have 3 of them , 3000 gallon, and 2 1550 gallon sized tanks sitting up on the hill in direct sunlight with no bleach added to the water and have never had any problems. The water stored in these tanks remains pristine. These tanks come in different sizes and configurations to fit any situation. Might be a good thing to look on the web for a better storage vessel. Another prospect is rain catching storage tanks built to fit up against walls of the house.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 20, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Dolomite lime is not strong enough to work in the outhouse. The best, cheapest lime to use is construction lime used in mixing plaster and brick mortar, known as Flint Coat or Type F lime. Don’t know for sure but I think quick lime was placed on the hazardous materials list by the EPA people a number of years ago. Haven’t seen any for sale in many moons.

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Guns • Re: Curved verses Straight triggers for the AR Platform

June 9, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Straight triggers were the rage during the 1890s when H&H and Drilling Rifles became popular for African hunts. Straight triggers were easier and faster to make but straight or curved, when you touched off a 600 Nitro Express its going to hurt you. Then straight triggers were installed on smaller bore high end Mauser and Martini hunting rifles of the bolt action design. It was found that a rifle with a curved trigger shot tighter groups because more surface area of the trigger finger came in contact with the curved trigger. This caused improved hand to brain nerve signal transmission so since then most military rack grade and civilian hunting rifles have been made with curved triggers. The latest drop in equipment may be a sales gimmick, hurry up and get yours before they are gone and you are left standing in the dust, I don’t know. I have been plinking with the AR for a half century and am too old to change triggers and learn something new. Old time muscle memory pretty much controls what I do and how I shoot, I got used to curved triggers and like them so will keep them on my rifles.

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Gardening • Re: Curing potatoes?

May 30, 2017 Fullmoon 0

The above ground green shoots will die back and fall off on their own. I leave them lay there to decompose. Its good to rotate crops if possible to avoid potato scab. I have a huge garden with plenty of room to build another raised bed and fill it up with compost and used planting soil. This year I yanked the plants in the strawberry patch, added last fall’s maple leaves and soil, manure, granite dust, rock phosphate and a little green sand and planted last years seed potato’s. They are doing fine. I always think I have dug up all the potato’s till they start popping out where I planted them last year so I have volunteer’s growing amongst the goose berry’s and other crops. I used to yank them but have decided to leave them there, what can they hurt? That straw or leave mulch will break down and I turn that into the soil with a shovel every spring to add nutrients to the soil.

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Gardening • Re: Curing potatoes?

May 30, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I usually leave potato’s right in the ground and dig them up as needed. Cover with a 6″ layer of leaves or straw so they don’t freeze during December and January. Must have well drained soil to do this or they may rot. Have not had any insect problems and this will save time, labor and storage space.

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Guns • Re: Sig Sauer P320

May 27, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I had never heard of the Sig 320 before reading your post. Looked it up on the Sig site and was shocked to see its a new design with a striker and no hammer. That Romeo sight may have its advantages and improve accuracy but would be very impractical for carrying and drawing. Special holster required so this piece may be delegated to occupying a desk drawer at home or used at the range only. I have a P220 and love it, very accurate and reliable but anytime a manufacturer comes out with a new model I always wait and let someone else buy one and let them discover any potential flaws in the new design.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Sat May 27, 2017 10:44 am


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Guns • Re: Sig Sauer P320

May 27, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I had never heard of the Sig 320 before reading your post. Looked it up on the Sig site and was shocked to see its a new design with a striker and no hammer. That Romeo sight may have its advantages and improve accuracy but would be very impractical for carrying and drawing. Special holster required so this piece may be delegated to occupying a desk drawer at home or used at the range only. I have a P220 and love it, very accurate and reliable but anytime a manufacturer comes out with a new model I always wait and let someone else buy one and let them discover any potential flaws in the new design.

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Drying, Dehydrating, & Smoking • Re: Have you built your own solar dehydrator?

May 16, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Whatdayamean, they sell zink supplements in the health food stores for $45 per bottle. I get my zink for free. ;) Here where I live the summers are DRY, real low humidity like 6% so things dry out fast. Making grapes takes the longest amount of time, like 3 days for Thompson grapes. I set the box up on some concrete blocks inside the garden fence where it gets the most sun, this way I can pick fruit and its a short walk over to the dehydrator. Temperatures vary and are not constant but it works just the same.

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Drying, Dehydrating, & Smoking • Re: Have you built your own solar dehydrator?

May 16, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Whatdayamean, they sell zink supplements in the health food stores for $45 per bottle. I get my zink for free. ;) Here where I live the summers are DRY, real low humidity like 6% so things dry out fast. Making grapes takes the longest amount of time, like 3 days for Thompson grapes. I set the box up on some concrete blocks inside the garden fence where it gets the most sun, this way I can pick fruit and its a short walk over to the dehydrator. Temperatures vary and are not constant but it works just the same.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Mon May 15, 2017 10:31 pm


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Drying, Dehydrating, & Smoking • Re: Have you built your own solar dehydrator?

May 15, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I built a large food dryer to hang bunches of grapes in and make raisins. Keeps the flies off the fruit and stops the birds from stealing the harvest. I used wooden dowels to hang the grapes from. Remove the dowels and insert some galvanized metal lath to place other fruits on to de-hydrate. Works great. Built mine out of 2×2″ frame with a hinged top to allow access from the top and covered with screen door material.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Gardening

May 13, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Figure on growing enough food in your garden to allow for the losses caused by pests. Birds alone will steal most of your berry’s if the plants are not covered with bird netting. Its those big critters like black bears that destroy fruit trees and take the fruit and no fence will keep them out, they will jump over or pull down the stoutest of fences. I have had good luck with a solar powered electric fence along with a 6′ high “no climb” fence with steel “T” fence posts driven into the ground. The electric fence eliminated the bear problem. Deer walk up to the fence and eyeball all the goodies, lick their lips and walk away.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Gardening

May 13, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Figure on growing enough food in your garden to allow for the losses caused by pests. Birds alone will steal most of your berry’s if the plants are not covered with bird netting. Its those big critters like black bears that destroy fruit trees and take the fruit and no fence will keep them out, they will jump over or pull down the stoutest of fences. I have had good luck with a solar powered electric fence along with a 6′ high “no climb” fence with steel “T” fence posts driven into the ground. The electric fence eliminated the bear problem. Deer walk up to the fence and eyeball all the goodies, lick their lips and walk away.

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Water • Re: sump pump question

May 7, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Generally speaking, it takes 35 feet of mother earth to filter out the contaminants in ground water. This would depend on where you live, if green grass lawn fertilizers or weed & feed are being applied by the next door neighbor versus living in a rural area where the ground is not contaminated by such things.

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Guns • Re: Rusty AR barrel

April 17, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Were you shooting foreign made 22 ammo? If so there is no telling what they used for a primer material. All of the ammo I see lately is made in a foreign country and there have been many that don’t go bang. I had some Winchester made in Australia that had a 10% misfire rate, will never buy it again. Some companies still use mercury for primer material and it will destroy your bore if you don’t immediately clean it after firing.

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Guns • Re: Rusty AR barrel

April 17, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Were you shooting foreign made 22 ammo? If so there is no telling what they used for a primer material. All of the ammo I see lately is made in a foreign country and there have been many that don’t go bang. I had some Winchester made in Australia that had a 10% misfire rate, will never buy it again. Some companies still use mercury for primer material and it will destroy your bore if you don’t immediately clean it after firing.

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Guns • Re: .22 ammo

April 14, 2017 Fullmoon 0

During Tricky Dickie’s administration, in his second term, a brick of 500 rounds of 22 cost $5 at K-Mart. This was the Blue Light Special price and there was no limit on how many bricks you could buy. At that time in the early 70s you had to sign your name in a log book when making the purchase and it was Ronald Reagan who did away with that nonsense after he became president. I shot up at least one brick every Saturday afternoon for practice and giggles.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:14 am