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Medical Experts • Re: POTASSIUM IODIDE TABLETS

January 18, 2018 NJMike 0

To add to the storage points, I forgot to mention in my previous posts I’d read some time ago that the tablets last longer stored in cold vs. heat (like many medications and tablets). I keep my home supply in the freezer to extend the shelf life.Also,…

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Co-op Farming

January 13, 2018 NJMike 0

In NJ, the CSA model seems to be more common for farms, and often around the areas where affluent suburbanites can pay into a farming operation for a share of the harvest. This has been picking up popularity in recent years with more and more people i…

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Co-op Farming

January 13, 2018 NJMike 0

In NJ, the CSA model seems to be more common for farms, and often around the areas where affluent suburbanites can pay into a farming operation for a share of the harvest. This has been picking up popularity in recent years with more and more people i…

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DIY and How-To • Re-Purposing Small Containers

January 13, 2018 NJMike 0

I happen to save my Mentos gum and Altoids containers. I’d actually developed a short term Altoids habit after seeing how the containers could be used, but I’ve gotten a bit better. I was consolidating my unused containers today, and was curious to …

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DIY and How-To • Re-Purposing Small Containers

January 13, 2018 NJMike 0

I happen to save my Mentos gum and Altoids containers. I’d actually developed a short term Altoids habit after seeing how the containers could be used, but I’ve gotten a bit better. I was consolidating my unused containers today, and was curious to …

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Ice storm

January 8, 2018 NJMike 0

oldasrocks wrote:NJMike wrote:@Woodchipper- Water increases approximately 9% in volume as it expands when frozen, so to play it safe you may want to remove 5 gallons from each full barrel, as a 50 gallon volume with a 10% increase in frozen expanded v…

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Ice storm

January 4, 2018 NJMike 0

18" plus near the shore, tapering off to a lot less inland. I’m about a half an hour from the coast and probably have 10-12" now. So far it’s just like any other snow storm. I watched a stray cat get under one of my patio tarps (winter cover…

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Guns • Re: Gun control advocates move from guns to ammo.

January 3, 2018 NJMike 0

In NJ, we already have to present an ID card to purchase ammo, and if it’s handgun ammo it’s logged who and what was purchased. Some stores log rifle and shotgun ammo too (Dick’s Sporting Goods does this).See alsohttp://lawcenter.giffords.org/ammuniti…

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Ice storm

January 3, 2018 NJMike 0

@Woodchipper- Water increases approximately 9% in volume as it expands when frozen, so to play it safe you may want to remove 5 gallons from each full barrel, as a 50 gallon volume with a 10% increase in frozen expanded volume gets one to 55 gallons. …

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A.N.T.S. • Re: More About Amateur Radio and Licensing

January 3, 2018 NJMike 0

I don’t dispute your points from a .gov view.However, a counterpoint concern with HAM licensing is that your name and address is searchable by the general public, fellow preppers, anyone in the world, including your neighbor down the street. That goes…

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Being A Good Neighbor in a SHTF Event

December 18, 2017 NJMike 0

I see signs as situational needs. If I need a sign, I’ll be making one up on an as-needed basis rather than keep a supply of signs. YMMV if you have a place to store pre-made signs.For making signs, I have spray paints on hand in different colors.Tape…

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Hello from South Jersey

December 18, 2017 NJMike 0

Welcome bchilds24!I’m in Central NJ (bottom of Middlesex County), but often find myself in Ocean county, and sometimes further south. Feel free to send a pm.MikeStatistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:42 am

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Your Two Most Important Skills or Abilities

December 14, 2017 NJMike 0

I’m of the mind that what’s important to know depends on what’s happened, happening, and likely to happen.If SHTF and you’re in the midst of a lot of people, then People Skills and Situational Awareness are going to potentially be in the top running f…

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Survival Gear • Re: Ammo can info!

December 14, 2017 NJMike 0

Yeah, I had to chuckle seeing that the field test used real ammo vs. rocks. Glad he shared his results, but one could have guessed the results if the gaskets were inspected first.Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:24 am

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A.N.T.S. • Re: One Second After

December 14, 2017 NJMike 0

For #1, today and right now, I’d be happy with one item outside of clothing, a bicycle. I’d be home in an hour and a half, allowing an extra 15 minutes for any needed detouring or caution. That’s better than a 4-5 hour walk w/my backpack of stuff. For…

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General Energy Discussion • Re: Electricity

November 29, 2017 NJMike 0

Good topic. Some of my quick thoughts.Understanding basic electricity (not home wiring basics, but the concepts), cable gauges and components, and having some basic tools and test equipment would be important.Alternators and DC motors could be invalua…

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Guns Verses Bows

November 28, 2017 NJMike 0

@Photon Guy, you might be thinking of Clout shooting. It’s been awhile since I’ve practiced my archery, but I do have recurve bows, a compound bow, and crossbow. I actually prefer the recurve, because it’s easier to pull and doesn’t require aluminum o…

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Georgia A.N.T.S. • Re: SALT and SUGAR

November 17, 2017 NJMike 0

I’ve got plenty of salt, sugar, and honey stored. Aside from preserving I would be reluctant to use these as general flavoring in a SHTF situation. A lot of food has sufficient salt content and sugar is an unhealthy luxury.For longer term I also keep …

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Pandemic Preparedness • Re: Pneumonic Plague

November 17, 2017 NJMike 0

It’s still not high up on my immediate threat radar, but I have begun researching the proper antibiotics to keep my fish healthy.This website details some ABs for treatment of Yersinia Pestis:https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/ … medicationThey …

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A.N.T.S. • Re: How Will You Cope In a Long Term SHTF

October 31, 2017 NJMike 0

Options on cutting up tires are:1) Use an angle grinder with a cutoff disc.2) Use just the side wall of a larger tire (no steel in the side wall)3) Avoid the newer kind with the reinforcing steel cables and use really old tires that haven’t already be…

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A.N.T.S. • Re: How Will You Cope In a Long Term SHTF

October 30, 2017 NJMike 0

I have plenty of clothes, including extra in my vehicle. I also store one size down, assuming I’d be dropping some weight in a SHTF situation. Leather repair? I’ve done some leather working in the past. I’ve got a large rolled up piece of 12oz leather…

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Suggestions • Re: Where to develop medical skills?

October 29, 2017 NJMike 0

Something I’d wished I’d done when I was younger (and had more time) was join a local volunteer EMT/First Aid squad or even gone to medical school. It would have provided real life experience, with more training and familiarization in using medical s…

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Soap

October 29, 2017 NJMike 0

Excellent topic to revisit and take a clean look at. I’d add Zote or Fels Naptha laundry soaps, borax, and washing soda for those making their own laundry detergent. Lice shampoo.When traveling I do grab up the complimentary travel size soaps and sh…