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General Energy Discussion • Re: Electricity

January 4, 2018 Halmic73 0

For all the small loads just get some amorphous solar panels to charge and store them in a tin can. You can roll them up and bring them with if you need to relocate. Any food you cook will have odors escape unless you filter your home through a carbon…

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General Energy Discussion • Re: Electricity

January 3, 2018 Halmic73 0

What is the electricity used for after SHTF? You could accomplish much of the work that electricity performs with wind and hydro but you are at the mercy of the source. Electricity is convenient and is available on demand and at great distances from i…

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 18, 2017 Halmic73 0

Might be just “ok” to keep for communication but one of the benefits of a landline is that you can suck some power from the lines in an emergency, if you know how. The phone company powers the landlines with Generators and HUGE rooms of batteries. If they are switching to fiber then the power benefit is eliminated. No use in keeping it.

P.S. I have an internet based phone jic.

Statistics: Posted by Halmic73 — Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:06 pm


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 18, 2017 Halmic73 0

Might be just “ok” to keep for communication but one of the benefits of a landline is that you can suck some power from the lines in an emergency, if you know how. The phone company powers the landlines with Generators and HUGE rooms of batteries. If they are switching to fiber then the power benefit is eliminated. No use in keeping it.

P.S. I have an internet based phone jic.

Statistics: Posted by Halmic73 — Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:06 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: Iron doors?

May 28, 2017 Halmic73 0

This is a good question but you might want to reconsider the bug-in. I think a situation that requires you to bug-in and also requires the secured perimeter you are asking about won’t work because 1) as mentioned above it is fairly easy to enter through the wall adjacent to the door/window, 2) having the secured perimeter will attract more attention, and 3) you can’t stay inside forever and when you eventually left if you survived someone would or should be watching the place.

It would be better to have a written set of events that would occur that triggered you to bug-out. You are less likely to stay in a hazardous situation if you have it written out before craziness hits.

For general security you can order perimeter doors that are steel with a solid core. If the wooden core is not suitable order a hollow one and fill it with Concrete or sand yourself. Keep sheets of plywood and nails/screws with a Solar chargeable screen on hand to board up windows.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: EMP strikes

April 27, 2017 Halmic73 0

I’ve read the report. It doesn’t say anything different.

DC does impact the A.C. system, but only the distribution that can’t use it. That was my point.

Lightning destroys transformers by shorting out the coils. Lightning also has more current than an EMP.

I can dig out my research and send it to you if you PM me. The files and the number of them are too large to attach and APN probably wouldn’t allow it. I dont even know where much of it was downloaded from. I found the amd saved them in pdf form of I could.

Statistics: Posted by Halmic73 — Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:16 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: EMP strikes

April 27, 2017 Halmic73 0

I’ve read the report. It doesn’t say anything different.

DC does impact the A.C. system, but only the distribution that can’t use it. That was my point.

Lightning destroys transformers by shorting out the coils. Lightning also has more current than an EMP.

I can dig out my research and send it to you if you PM me. The files and the number of them are too large to attach and APN probably wouldn’t allow it. I dont even know where much of it was downloaded from. I found the amd saved them in pdf form of I could.

Statistics: Posted by Halmic73 — Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:16 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: EMP strikes

April 27, 2017 Halmic73 0

There are some common misconceptions about Solar Flares and EMPs. They have VERY Different affects and damage electrical devices / equipment in VERY different ways.

Solar Flares
A Solar Flares is when the sun ejects plasma from its surface. The plasma affects the “Magnetosphere” of the earth. The speed of the solar wind and the magnetic polarity determines the extent in which the earth is affected. The main concern for this discussion is how the solar flare affects the magnetosphere. There are other components that affect satellites, GPS, and weather on earth but they are not pertinent to this discussion.

When the plasma strikes the sun it causes the magnetosphere to move and sometimes causes the flux lines to break (if the flare is strong enough). As the magnetosphere moves back and forth (like a blade of grass in the wind) it creates a Direct Current voltage across long lengths of conductors on earth. It is very similar to passing a magnet across a conductor (wire) in that it creates electricity. Our electrical theory and power generation systems are based on this principle with one BIG difference. Our electrical systems create Alternating Current (think Nicola Tesla). The alternating current allows us to transmit electricity long distances (thousands of miles) because we use the alternating electricity to operate transformers. The transformers adjust the voltage of the electricity to a usable value. The voltage on the high tension lines exceed 100,000 volts and your house is powered by 240 volts, most of which is tapped at 120 volts.

The Solar Flare “creates” (induces) electricity onto the power lines but it is NOT ALTERNATING Current–it “creates” (induces) DIRECT current. The transformers CANNOT use the DIRECT current. The transformers become overloaded and burn up, sometimes literally catching on fire.

EMPs
An EMP is created when a large number of electrons are ejected from a device at a VERY fast speed. MOST EMPs are created by the use of nuclear bombs but some countries (including ours) have EMP weapons with detonating a nuke. There are at least three “pulses” generated from an EMP bomb; E1, E2, and E3. The E2 and E3 do not pose enough risk to be of concern (unless you are afraid of lightning). The E1 pulse is what most people are referring to when discussing an EMP.

The E1 pulse from an EMP generates a VERY high voltage that dissipates in milliseconds. if you have seen the flash of an EMP it is already too late to put your electronics into a hardened container. This VERY high voltage will break down the sensitive “pn junction” of our silicon based electronics (many other components too). The electronics may not look damaged but they will never work the same again if at all.

A SOLAR FLARE will damage the electrical generating and distribution system but not your phone, TV, car, refrigerator, toaster, or computer. You will not have a system to power these items unless you have a generator, windmill, solar panels, etc. and all the necessary items to operate them; such as, gasoline/ diesel, DC inverter, etc.

An EMP will damage all electronics that are not SHIELDED. Shielding can be done in many ways. You can google it and search military type sites. The government used to have ALOT of videos available for how they tested aircraft, vehicles, and other equipment. There is a report from one of Russia’s tests (in Uzbekistan/Ukraine?) where the effects of an EMP on a generator is reported. I think some on this forum will be interested in that report.

TAKE AWAY
I do NOT believe that this country or our way of life will be destroyed by an EMP or a Solar Flare. if one of these events occur in our lifetime many people will lose their life because they are not prepared. I think that the destruction of our way of life will be due to a Societal Collapse. Most people will fend for themselves ONLY and either kill or turn away people in need. The nerdy guy who was not prepared and that you turn away might be the guy who knows how to generate electricity for a community.

I am not into arguing. I want to inform our community to make informed choices. If you have any questions or want to discuss more PM me.

Semper Fi
Mike

Statistics: Posted by Halmic73 — Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:29 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: EMP strikes

April 27, 2017 Halmic73 0

There are some common misconceptions about Solar Flares and EMPs. They have VERY Different affects and damage electrical devices / equipment in VERY different ways.

Solar Flares
A Solar Flares is when the sun ejects plasma from its surface. The plasma affects the “Magnetosphere” of the earth. The speed of the solar wind and the magnetic polarity determines the extent in which the earth is affected. The main concern for this discussion is how the solar flare affects the magnetosphere. There are other components that affect satellites, GPS, and weather on earth but they are not pertinent to this discussion.

When the plasma strikes the sun it causes the magnetosphere to move and sometimes causes the flux lines to break (if the flare is strong enough). As the magnetosphere moves back and forth (like a blade of grass in the wind) it creates a Direct Current voltage across long lengths of conductors on earth. It is very similar to passing a magnet across a conductor (wire) in that it creates electricity. Our electrical theory and power generation systems are based on this principle with one BIG difference. Our electrical systems create Alternating Current (think Nicola Tesla). The alternating current allows us to transmit electricity long distances (thousands of miles) because we use the alternating electricity to operate transformers. The transformers adjust the voltage of the electricity to a usable value. The voltage on the high tension lines exceed 100,000 volts and your house is powered by 240 volts, most of which is tapped at 120 volts.

The Solar Flare “creates” (induces) electricity onto the power lines but it is NOT ALTERNATING Current–it “creates” (induces) DIRECT current. The transformers CANNOT use the DIRECT current. The transformers become overloaded and burn up, sometimes literally catching on fire.

EMPs
An EMP is created when a large number of electrons are ejected from a device at a VERY fast speed. MOST EMPs are created by the use of nuclear bombs but some countries (including ours) have EMP weapons with detonating a nuke. There are at least three “pulses” generated from an EMP bomb; E1, E2, and E3. The E2 and E3 do not pose enough risk to be of concern (unless you are afraid of lightning). The E1 pulse is what most people are referring to when discussing an EMP.

The E1 pulse from an EMP generates a VERY high voltage that dissipates in milliseconds. if you have seen the flash of an EMP it is already too late to put your electronics into a hardened container. This VERY high voltage will break down the sensitive “pn junction” of our silicon based electronics (many other components too). The electronics may not look damaged but they will never work the same again if at all.

A SOLAR FLARE will damage the electrical generating and distribution system but not your phone, TV, car, refrigerator, toaster, or computer. You will not have a system to power these items unless you have a generator, windmill, solar panels, etc. and all the necessary items to operate them; such as, gasoline/ diesel, DC inverter, etc.

An EMP will damage all electronics that are not SHIELDED. Shielding can be done in many ways. You can google it and search military type sites. The government used to have ALOT of videos available for how they tested aircraft, vehicles, and other equipment. There is a report from one of Russia’s tests (in Uzbekistan/Ukraine?) where the effects of an EMP on a generator is reported. I think some on this forum will be interested in that report.

TAKE AWAY
I do NOT believe that this country or our way of life will be destroyed by an EMP or a Solar Flare. if one of these events occur in our lifetime many people will lose their life because they are not prepared. I think that the destruction of our way of life will be due to a Societal Collapse. Most people will fend for themselves ONLY and either kill or turn away people in need. The nerdy guy who was not prepared and that you turn away might be the guy who knows how to generate electricity for a community.

I am not into arguing. I want to inform our community to make informed choices. If you have any questions or want to discuss more PM me.

Semper Fi
Mike

Statistics: Posted by Halmic73 — Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:29 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: EMP strikes

April 26, 2017 Halmic73 0

An EMP will damage electronics while a Solar Flare will damage the electrical distribution system (Hi th tension power lines/transformers). Either way there are enough people scattered with enough knowledge to generate localized power out of the scraps they can find.

I think the danger lies in a societal collapse whereas everything that is produced by electricity in mass becomes scarce; i.e. commercial farming, commercial water supply, gasoline powered equipment, etc.

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: What is the first thing a beginning needs to do ?

February 11, 2017 Halmic73 0

I plan for everything in general but I always say no matter what happens you need to know the basics. I consider the basics as the “3” “W’s”
This is sometimes called the Law of the 3’s but I call them the 3 Ws because they have the denominator or 3 and I made them all begin with a W.

The Ws are Warmth, Water, and Wheat and it goes like this:

WARTH; 3 hours with a reduce body temperature = death by hypothermia
WATER; 3 days without hydration = death by dehydration
WHEAT; 3 weeks without food = death by starvation

Granted that with today’s modern medical miracles someone could be brought back from the brink of death after exceeding one of these 3s but the idea is that in a crisis you don’t have access to it.

This list helps in many situations. Consider being stranded in a car or lost out in the wilderness. You will likely get hungry and thirsty but hypothermia will kill you before either of those.

Example: a few weeks ago the local water department shut off the water. I immediately had my family begin filling the bathtub, sinks, and containers with water. Then I called and found out how long the water would be off. It was only a couple hours. Sure I have reserves l, but I won’t use them if I can use other resources.

After this I recommend education surrounding the 3 Ws. How to make a fire, stay warm, conserve heat and how to purify / distill water. The 3 Ws also help to prioritize what to put the most effort into learning.

You could add a 3th W for Weapons but a weapon doesn’t help keep you alive–it helps stop someone /something (bear, wolf) from living.

Statistics: Posted by Halmic73 — Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:22 pm


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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: What is the first thing a beginning needs to do ?

February 11, 2017 Halmic73 0

I plan for everything in general but I always say no matter what happens you need to know the basics. I consider the basics as the “3” “W’s”
This is sometimes called the Law of the 3’s but I call them the 3 Ws because they have the denominator or 3 and I made them all begin with a W.

The Ws are Warmth, Water, and Wheat and it goes like this:

WARTH; 3 hours with a reduce body temperature = death by hypothermia
WATER; 3 days without hydration = death by dehydration
WHEAT; 3 weeks without food = death by starvation

Granted that with today’s modern medical miracles someone could be brought back from the brink of death after exceeding one of these 3s but the idea is that in a crisis you don’t have access to it.

This list helps in many situations. Consider being stranded in a car or lost out in the wilderness. You will likely get hungry and thirsty but hypothermia will kill you before either of those.

Example: a few weeks ago the local water department shut off the water. I immediately had my family begin filling the bathtub, sinks, and containers with water. Then I called and found out how long the water would be off. It was only a couple hours. Sure I have reserves l, but I won’t use them if I can use other resources.

After this I recommend education surrounding the 3 Ws. How to make a fire, stay warm, conserve heat and how to purify / distill water. The 3 Ws also help to prioritize what to put the most effort into learning.

You could add a 3th W for Weapons but a weapon doesn’t help keep you alive–it helps stop someone /something (bear, wolf) from living.

Statistics: Posted by Halmic73 — Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:22 pm


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Financial Issues • Re: Are We Being Stupid????

February 11, 2017 Halmic73 0

I think that you need to pay off the credit cards and then see if you can get a job somewhere else doing something you enjoy for reasonable compensation.

The odds are that if you cash in the retirement the penalties for early withdrawal will exceed the benefit of paying off the cards.
Also, if you don’t gain experience living within your income you are likely to end up back where you started. It is very hard and disciplined work but it is achievable and worth it.

Statistics: Posted by Halmic73 — Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:51 pm


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Economic Disasters • Re: Interesting article on the next few years!

February 8, 2017 Halmic73 0

I keep in mind that the beginning of money was to transport wealth efficiently. If you don’t plan on moving around rice, beans, and other commodities will be your reserve. If you think you might be mobile gold and silver are your friend along with the skills and knowledge to live off of the land. IMO

Statistics: Posted by Halmic73 — Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:44 pm