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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:33 am
by Andy F
Today? Merry Christmas!

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 6:27 pm
by Kink
Merry Christmas all! :D

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:20 pm
by Andy F
I did this ---->
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Talked to my grandkids for almost 3 hours on phone. Put me in a great mood.
The Kid thinks I'm nuts for believing in GSM. It pains me to not be able to get the Science of GSM through to him.
I'm thankful he's doing the Aquaponics on a reasonable level. He said they save money but it had a uphill learning curve and that raising Tilapia stinks.
Ha! What doesn't.....

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:39 pm
by Kink
That's sweet Andy, glad you got to talk to them for so long :). They'll come around to the GSM Idea once it becomes more noticeable in the weather anomalies.

Got the third wood crib built and stocked yesterday though, 4th is coming soon! Realized I have a bench grinder... and shined up the axe to practically brand new shape and it now has a razor sharp edge, going to hit it with a mil file and make it even sharper then polish her up later today. Have been trying to sell stuff so i can afford to build a Quantum Board, got the heatsinks already though :).

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:31 pm
by Andy F
Toad Day?

Thank you Kink. What is the 4th? (duh, I get it now)
Quantum Board? I've no clue. I am getting together a parts list for building up a Musical Reverse Warning tune for when backing up auto. I don't want to have to buy 525 Resistors, or 300 Diodes when I only need 2 or 3, but probably will have to. Same with caps & transistors. I miss RatShaks! LUCKY Lucky you! I wish I had a bench grinder again. Stuck with my steel files, works but it's slower.
Our talks and laughs are rewinding in my head since yesterday. Funny how that works, that little video/audio recorder in your mind. It is like watching a movie if you keep it tuned up by using it :D

I have a round stainless steel sink. I searched for over a year to find a round wood cutting board 3/4" thick that would fit perfect and be flush with the top of the countertop, and be dual purpose. I finally found & ordered it at 4am, but will have to drill a finger hole to lift it out of sink... YAY!!

Finishing up my list of planned orders today for end of December buying. Focus is on seeds, water only pancake mix, and dehydrating meals in sealed bags. Found a lot of good recipes in that new book, but I need to make a list then go to the Farm Stand. I'll try to post a few more recipes, soon. Mainly, I want the no-meat meal recipes in bags that only use water & tastes good.

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:11 pm
by Kink
Sounds great Andy, quantum boards are a new growing light technology, and currently the most efficient on the market. I made a thread in the Grow Grow Grow section on them, I have no doubt you would easily understand it from the brief chats we've already had together.

And right on yeah I love how fucking amazing life is, we are a combination of electricity and chemicals keeping us alive and producing memory, thoughts, etc on top of that a conscious that we can talk to ourselves while reading, and have the ability to think before we act, it's fascinating!

Sounds good on the sink, hope it's what you were looking for! Nice also on your shopping list, gives me ideas for mine.

For today I've been refreshing our water supply and cleaning up my hatchets/other axes. Looking into bigger water storage solutions like rain barrels, but instead of the grow light I think water is a higher priority so going to buy a R/O system instead if anyone knows any good ones/has suggestions? :D

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:28 pm
by Andy F
@Kink The main reason I didn't get R/O is this, which I found a while back:
"Commercial-grade high efficiency RO systems are up to 80% efficient (at least ours are). That means that for every 4 gallons they make, they waste just one. Small residential reverse osmosis systems are inexpensive and generally waste 3 gallons for every gallon made, but in the scheme of things, how much is that? I hear people say they don’t like to waste water while they run their dishwasher or washing machine or flush their toilet. All three of these devices waste 100% of the water they use, but they improve the quality of people’s lives and allow them freedom and convenience." ... ste-water/

You could build a large Berkey type filter system and be far better off. I had a R/O back when they first came out, it was good but it did waste water.

I had a thought yesterday, yeah I know, thinking again. Anyhow, in my readings of history, it told about during the USAs 1929 stock market crash and also Russia in ~1916-9, people owned a lot of things they thought they could sell, but they couldn't because people had no money & needed food & a bed. People didn't trust themselves or finances to buy even used items from other people. When someone did sell items, they had to sell at 100x or more, less than value. The people who had to move for jobs had to leave most of their possessions behind.

That brings me to decide that if you have things you want to sell then get on it & sell it now. Maybe by this time next year after GSM hits for the other people who're suddenly realizing it, food costs rising & colder weather etc, it would become harder and harder to sell anything. I told the Kid to sell things he could do without asap.

Quantum board, now I remember it for the LEDs :D On the mind, I can think about dinner menu & shopping while I play my instrument. The fingers know, so the mind can wander and it does. What is really fun is separating my mind while I play, and just listen as if it is someone else playing. I don't even control the hands and cannot feel them moving at all. The mind is powerful...more than people know. I hear & see, more than people realize. People have complained, but they've admitted I give more than I've taken.
I'm in the Library doing fun reading again!

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:16 pm
by Kink
The main reason I want R/O is due to the fact our water is absolutely not drinkable, got a letter the other day informing us that our water has not been tested in years and that there are a few cleaning chemical contaminants that shouldn't be there (on top of the salt corroding everything) So I buy bottled and that costs a good bit of money, despite bottled even being bad because of the Xenoestrogens, some companies recycling the water supply, etc. More or less looking for convenience that the R/O would bring, and also so I can start storing water and it not be tap, so wasting water may be the least of my worries atm.

I'm reading about gravity filters now, would that be on the right track for the berkey filters? So many variables like the faucet/piping containing lead, flouride, etc that I have a hard time believing this can filter but I need to look more into it.

Very good point about liquidating, that's exactly what I've been doing, it's hard to let go of a lot of what I have but it will be useless soon enough. On the flip side of the same coin though, some things are definitely worth holding onto and not selling right now, like old clothes that are a size too small/too big, these will come in handy for layers or making your own clothes. Another thing people don't consider is how useless currency or even gold/silver can become in a SHTF situation. The bosnian war is a good event to draw tips/guidance from. The money became useless and bullets/cigs became the new currency

glad to hear you're always in the library I love that :ugeek:

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:07 pm
by Andy F
I'm pretty sold, and very happy with the Berkey, for past 3 years, the filters last about 14-16 months at 2.5 gallons used daily.
Go here, read these particular Q&A's ... cles-video
The Black Berkey Red Food Coloring Test (Test your filters are working to design specs)
Berkey Water Filters Vs Reverse Osmosis
Berkey Water Filters Vs Distillation
Berkey Water Filters Do Not Contain BPA
Berkey Filters and TDS Readings

Berkey is not inconvenient at all, even filling manually is easy & fast. I hooked mine up to a 1.2 gallon per minute switched electric pump with water tubing to it and an LED water level indicator. Used a PEX elbow, took out the lid knob, elbow & tubing through the hole, did drill it out to 5/8" for the fitting. I love to figure out and then do mods.
If I can find the JPG I took of what all the Berkey filters out, I'll post it in PDF Zone. It does filter out 99.9% of just about everything. I have the black filters and the white ones for fluoride, they last about 6,000 gallons, or more depending on how dirty the water it is with sediment. I have not tried the white ceramic filters. I still have a full set of B/W in storage. Over in the Wiki requests, I did a post on DIY a home made Berkey, using 2 large SS stock pots. It is easy, I'd made one for a friend. A fella on Youtube made his out of two 5 gallon buckets.
Extremism on details took me to using shiny SS :lol:

Yep, I'd posted a link to the most brutally realistic SHTF prepper site; that one man who was in Bosnia in SHTF scenario. He had given a lot of real advice. LOL, the Library is only 1 tab over. I'm building up my Library for bartering entertainment, using 2 & 4 GB microSD cards. Picked up a gross of tiny players a while back. 1.5" x 1.5" in all colors. People will likely want those, someday.

You keep prepping. Got a huge midwest storm coming in, according to Accuweather.

Re: What did you do to prepare today?

Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:05 am
by Andy F
Hey Kink,
I headed over to YT. This guy has some better ideas than I had for the fill tank part. Check it out -