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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Its a mistake….

September 29, 2017 Pedro wyoming 0
Cast Iron wrote:
Idahobeef, first and foremost I have to inform you, your thread title immediately brought the Australian 80s rock band Men At Work and their song “It’s a Mistake” to mind.

I am singing it now in my head.
Damn you.

I started suffering the same flashback as i was opening the thread. :shock:

idahobeef wrote:
Muwhahaha! I was listening to that very song when this subject occurred to me :)

Thanks ID Beef :cursing:

To the OP…..

idahobeef wrote:
Instead of moving (which we have pondered), I WAS thinking of moving it all into a storage unit. Ours has brick walls, steel bars, and barbed wire at the top, so it’d be a great place to bug out too, haha. Plus they are very well insulated and air conditioned (we live in a desert), and have low access routes. I honestly dont think anyone will be looking for FOOD at a storage unit place. Well its cheapert than moving and I can rent a HUGE one for just $80, hehe. Thoughts? Comments?

I have worked with a few previously misguided folks (felons) on a few jobs over the years. A couple of them made a living from B&E on untended, open access storage lockers. Their success caused me to give pause to my practices doing such. Furthermore, a couple of years ago, a storage locker i rented suffered weather damage from high wind wherein the entire sheet metal building was ripped off the concrete foundation exposing everything i ,and others, had stored there. The goods were largely intact but exposed for all to see who had what for several hours. If yours is that well protected, it probably has video surveillance as well. That means the owner and his employees know what you have stored there.

I would suggest a remote location with a shipping container very well concealed. It need not be buried, rather looking like something it is not.

Also, you might want to read what FerFal wrote about the scavenging practices undertaken by the hungry masses when Argentina has it’s economic crisis a couple of decades ago. In summary, he wrote that no road, street, or cattle trail was unventured. No house, shed or lot was left unsearched.


Statistics: Posted by Pedro wyoming — Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:58 am

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Gardening • Re: How to best take advantage of forest fire damage

March 26, 2017 Pedro wyoming 0

Calcium sulphate/gypsum is a slightly alkaline mineral and has a fairly high solubility rate. It’s primary use in soil is a flocculant that softens clay rich soils. It is also an amphoteric compound that is a buffer. This means that the effect on pH of soil depends on what the starting pH is. A highly alkaline soil will display a lower pH with gyp and will raise the pH of acidic soils. Some of the criteria that should be considered when using gypsum are, calcium:magnesium ratio (should be about 8:1) and total alkalinity (includes carbonate and bicarbonate content). If the calcium content is sufficiently high before application, then the soil will tend to a higher alkaline state inhibiting growth. If the acidity of the soil is due to a high bicarb content, then the gypsum will tend to form calcium carbonate which has very poor bioavailability. In either case, calcium phosphate is usually a better choice both as a buffer and a calcium donor. It also has the additional benefit of providing phosphorus which is a very necessary element for virtually all plant growth. Furthermore, calcium phosphate breaks down slowly so it is difficult to over treat soils to toxicity. Gypsum will tend to form alkali pools where water puddles occur.

I use gyp in water based drilling fluid for some of the reasons listed above and am very familiar with it’s chemical characteristics. If you need more details, PM me.


Statistics: Posted by Pedro wyoming — Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:29 pm

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Looking for information on chemicals

February 12, 2017 Pedro wyoming 0

Greetings Murby and welcome to APN. First off, A big hat tip to Illini Warrior to his links. I will be down loading these PDFs for days!

Murby did not provide a definition of common chemicals in his OP. As a chemist in the oilfield, my list of common and yours may differ…YUK YUK YUK!

The links you provided are purty good shortform references with a few errors. I have slow download through 6 inches of snow on my satellite antenna ATM so i have only reviewed the first PDF that you linked. A glaring error that i saw was that dextrose was confused with glucose. Both are useful sugars but ARE NOT THE SAME! Particularly if mixing IV solutions. Another caution that i will add is that OTS “chemicals” are not likely to be the same formulation as the same branded products from the 70s or 80s due to proliferation of use in the illicit drug trade, restriction by a fedgov agency for no good reason or too many accidents by stupid people.

I do not know your experience or education but strongly suggest acquiring, at very least, an introductory education in chemistry at the local trade school or Jr college. Knowledge is a powerful thing but a little knowledge is a dangerous tool and a fearful master.

One more thing…just inquiring about about availability of some very useful chemicals can flag you as a ner do well…no matter whether you are preventing a fungus in horse hooves or cooking methamphetamine…same compound…vastly dissipate uses.


Statistics: Posted by Pedro wyoming — Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:25 am

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Medical Experts • Re: SHTF Pain Killers?

January 31, 2017 Pedro wyoming 0
Major French wrote:
For emergency surgery, you could use starting fluid to put somebody order. It has ether. You could use it for things like dental extraction.

No. starting fluid is MOSTLY ether but also has light aromatic hydrocarbons (VOCs) that are very hazardous to ones health. They target the liver and central nervous system primarily but also cause other problems.
It can be easily manufactured using a variety of methods. The simplest is alcohol condensation. I checked as i was writing this and there are youtube videos on this very subject. The one i watched is simple, safe and straightforward…boil ethyl alcohol and pass the vapour through a hot sulphuric acid bath and then through a reflux condenser. Google reflux condenser, vigreux (sp?) column or packed column. this is the only specialised piece of equipment that is needed. One can easily make this as well once the design is understood.

The only caveat is that ALL heat sources MUST be oil bath electrical. Any spark or flame or even electric coil glowing any shade of red will likely result in disasterous conflagration.


Statistics: Posted by Pedro wyoming — Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:07 pm