hancockcounty wrote:Concerning what John Galt said you all should look into the Dakota Alert IR systems. The are a heat sensing driveway alarm that sends an alert to a handheld radio. They have 4 different locations that you can use. I have several…
Drove the Cassiar once in May. Desolate country, especially from Bell2 to the Alaskan Highway. Did the Alcan in February twice, once with a trucker friend of mine. Lots of white knuckle driving for sure! Went off the road in a white out in Valley View…
Dry dog and cat foods tend to start going rancid after a couple of months, because of the oils.
I’ve quit using commercial dog foods, since they make one of my dogs VERY sick–she gets pancreatitis. Now, I make my own dog food once a week (I keep it in the refrigerator), so all I need to store is rice (50 pound bag at Costco is just a bit over $14, and it lasts for months) beef kidney, canned pumpkin, and mixed vegetables (all things I store anyway, except for the kidneys). The eggs I put in the dog food I get from my own chickens, so always have a good supply.
The dogs LOVE it, there are no unpronounceable ingredients, artificial colors, preservatives, etc., and best of all, the dogs haven’t been sick ONCE since I’ve been making their fool. Not only that, but it costs less that the commercial dog food.
We also had a black lab that was prone to pancreatitis. Most of the time when she was fine we fed her a good American made brand of dog food with no grain like Taste of the Wild but when it would flare up we would boil very lean hamburger and mix it with the white rice and that worked well for her and she loved it. Another thing she really liked and it was very good for her was boiled small chunks of sweet potatoes. In a pinch she would also eat then out of the can from the grocery store after we drained off the liquid.
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:39 pm
We used to get Taste of the Wild dry dog food and I once contacted the company here in the US and asked them about storage life of their food and basically they claim a year from the date on the back if it is kept in a cool dry place (no special packing). I don’t think you will get much beyond that, at least as far as I have been able to find. Like you said, the oil in the food would be the limiting factor. It would probably go rancid and I don’t think short of freezing it you won’t get much longer then that. I would love to hear if anyone here has a good recipe for storing dog food myself.
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:42 pm
Personally I would rather stay away from all the electronic BS, I think that is part of the reason that society has gotten to the point we are in today. As Swamp has said we will have enough just to keep us alive. Taking care of the garden, repairs, security, hunting, fishing, fire wood and canning to name a few. But if we get to the point where we need some other form of entertainment we have board games, cards, a library of books and if we need more then that we have a collection of DVD’s .
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:44 pm
Every vehicle I have owned the first thing I do is buy a rim and full size spare tire to fit that vehicle. We do a lot of gravel road driving and those cheap donuts they give with the vehicle are worthless. Another valuable tool is a good flashlight that stays in the vehicle 24/7, nothing sucks more then have to change a flat in the dark without light.
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:39 pm
Call me a conspiracy theorist, I think all of us preppers have a little of that in us, but I feel this could be the next big thing. The world is getting over crowded and the “powers that be” know this. We are using up all the natural resources of this planet and the “pretty people” need a way to stop this from happening. Wars destroy property and infrastructure, poisons land and water and could potentially lead to nuclear war or melt downs of power plants. The powers that be certainly do not want this. EMP’s could accomplish huge population declines but also could destroy property by riots and power plant meltdowns. But a planned pandemic could keep much of the planets resources intact. Strategic people could be put in place to power down nuclear plants as the pandemic wanes and the people in power have a vaccination to keep the “right” people safe. Most likely riots would be to a minimum because people will not venture outside for fear of getting the flu, and if they did they would avoid large crowds. They’d make a half hearted effort to appear to be doing something but the cure would never happen until populations plummeted. They wouldn’t let everyone die because you would need the servants to work for their new world masters. I don’t know maybe this way of thinking is off the deep end but I wouldn’t be surprised if this scenario came to fruition. You can call me nuts but we just bombed a man who poisoned his own people, humans in power over the length of history have shown the propensity to eliminate undesirable people. Resources on this planet are slowly running out and there will be lots and lots of unnecessary undesirable people using up those valuable resources. Food for thought.
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:24 pm
Okay I’ve been wondering this, if I get a ton of battery banks and put them all in a room in an underground bunker, I then power them all with solar panels, will I be able to just store the energy indefinitely? This may seem like a dumb question but I’m serious, I just saw a video on the Tesla Powerwall and I am just imagining a room full of Tesla Powerwalls powered by water wheel generators and solar panels. I guess my question is would this work? Bugging in a bunker with solar panels and battery banks and water wheels.
I do not consider myself an expert but I have installed two complete systems in off the grid applications so I do have a good working knowledge of battery banks. Like some other here have mentioned I also have L-16 6 volt batteries. I used eight in both set ups but rather then a 12 volt system I have a 24 volt system. The key to battery life is to run them shallow, what I mean by that is not running them down till the battery is dead and recharging them back up. That shortens battery life. I have two different invertors but on both invertors I have it set that if my battery power drops to a certain point, in my case 23 volts, the power shuts down and the batteries need to be charged. With a lot of sun you shouldn’t have to worry about that but if you get numerous cloudy rainy days you may have to power up the generator. Also, as someone suggested do not store your batteries in a confined area, make sure you have the batteries vented or it could end badly. Other mistakes people new to battery banks make are not checking your water levels regularly, this will also shorten your battery life considerably. Also, make sure your battery terminals are cleaned at least on a yearly basis (more if necessary). If they build up corrosion you will not charge properly and it could eventually eat through your terminal ends and begin arcing and destroy your battery. There are products you can buy at auto stores that are terminal cleaners and also keep terminal from building up corrosion. The preventive one is good to spray on when you are hooking your system up initially. Not sure where you live but if you live in a northern climate with very cold winters you may want to build a Styrofoam box to house your batteries in. I have one built out of 4 inch thick blue foam for the bottom, sides and top of the box. I leave a 4 inch slot in the top front and back of the box to allow ventilation. One bit of advice I was given back before I put my first system together was buy the best inverter/charger you can afford. You can go cheap on batteries and solar panels but get a good invertor and get bigger then you need because nothing is worse then finding out down the road you want to add more power and your invertor will not put in out. I just had to purchase a larger solar controller because I wanted to add more panels to my set up. Hope I help you out some.
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:52 pm
After hearing the dreaded “I will just come to your place” a few times I no longer talk about prepping to anyone. My wife, mother, brother and a couple select friends know and that will be as far as it goes. I never talk about it in public to the people who know I prep because I have no intentions to save the world, just my close friends and family (and even that has it’s limits). That might sound cold and heartless but I am not Bill Gates and I cannot afford to take care of everyone else’s short comings. Convincing my brother to start prepping was my single greatest achievement. I am not sure what finally convinced him, maybe the news stories I would share with him, but even he still needs work. Just this past weekend he broke his eye glasses. Now he is in a tizzy over not having a spare pair. Are you kidding me? Something as important as eye glasses? He still needs work but at least he sees the light (at least when he gets his new eye glasses he will, lol). It would be nice to work with people and get them on the right path but at what risk to yourself? That was my intentions at the beginning but like I said at the beginning of this post after hearing how many people said they just planned on sharing my place (you have to contribute to share last time I looked). That ended my attempts at conversion. Fortunately those that said they would come to my place will be in for a rude awakening because I won’t be there. My BOL location is only known by three people from my inner circle. Good luck to anyone still trying to turn the sheeple because I am done. I imagine there are plenty of snowflakes out there now that have begun to looking into prepping as the sky is falling down around them but again, I have no pity. Just my two cents.
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:50 pm
Reading another article, the drug praziquantel which is used for intestinal infections and worms I found is available from Vet Suppliers. Google the drug name and there are all kinds of articles about it’s uses and side effects. But since it is available from Vet suppliers without a prescription it might be a good thing to add to your preps.
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:47 pm
I went to a lecture on parasites once, and it was mentioned that in third world countries they will have their kids squat over a tub of milk twice a year to expel parasites. I did a search and saw this:
Additionally, a parasite diet would help. That means, no dairy, no sugar, no raw vegetables and few fruits (I believe blueberries are okay.) No raw lettuce. Cooked spinach/kale, etc is okay. I think the reason for no raw vegetables and fruits is to keep from re-infecting yourself, but I’m not sure. I imagine there are other things I’ve forgotten. The basic idea is to minimize the sugars/carbs you eat (dairy is actually a lot of carbs)
I’ve done it. It’s no fun, but it did work. It takes a minimum of 3 weeks, but it can take a year or more, depending on how strictly you adhere to the diet. It helps to take various herbal remedies at the same time, but I don’t know what they are offhand.
The diet would be a way to treat yourself if you had no access to medication.
Interesting remedy, hope I never have to try it but it is good to know. I wonder if it would work with powdered milk, LOL. Especially since we have no cows or goats to milk. The not eating raw vegetables and fruit would be hard as that is the only vegetables I eat. Thank you for the info, I never thought of this aspect of surviving a collapse until we were watching the show and my wife said what would we do if put in a situation like these people were in after a collapse? I’ll have to order more powdered milk and put away more sugar (just in case).
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:08 pm
When I worked at the base veterinary clinic overseas, the medication of choice for Giardia was metronidazole. As far as I know, it’s the same for humans. Metronidazole is also used as a treatment for flukes in aquarium fish.
Thank you IceFire, I did a search and found an article about using metronidazole on humans for giardia. They also said if treating empirically for inflammatory diarrhea (bloody diarrhea), it would be advisable to also give ciprofloxacin to treat for any type of pathogenic e-coli strains or salmonella.
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:54 pm
Watching an episode of Monsters Inside Me on TV and got to thinking about treating parasites in a collapse type situation. I did a search here for anti-parasitic remedies and giardia and nothing came up. I was wondering if I missed it somewhere on here. Thinking about a total collapse what would/could a person do who contracted say giardia from drinking water. Anybody have any cures/ suggestions?
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:39 pm
I’ve been reading this thread and I thought I would add my 2 cents for what it is worth. While I have no desire to make any anesthesia (heck I can hardly spell it). I have to say that if we are in a total collapse/grid down situation with out hospitals and doctors a phone call away I do not see a problem with people trying to find a way to put someone under. If everyone took the approach of it is to dangerous or you could do more harm then good we would not have any anesthesia at all today. The people/doctors who worked at this from the civil war to modern times I am sure did not know much more then what we as civilians know today but they looked for a better way to help people, rather then bite down hard on this. Basically they experimented with people, and I am sure many died. But as I said at the start of this post if everything has gone to hell you have to start somewhere again. Me personally, I do not drink (much) so we have purchase several bottles strong whisky for this purpose. I am sure two or three shots would probably knock me out. I figure that and a good stick in the mouth would be our solution. Anyway, that is my opinion.
Statistics: Posted by MoosePath — Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:52 pm