May 19, 2015 at 2:16 am #41151
I have a list of items that are things you NEED to have after a disruption, i am not talking about toilet paper and such but things that you will need and will be hard to find but cheap and easy right now. If you dont have now you probably want to buy more than a few 50lb bags or 5 gallon buckets. We all understand the basics, but what of things that are a bit beyond just the immediate problems.
slaked lime …. it can be used for multi things how ever most common will be for outhouses and disposing of animal corpses.
NaOH sodium hydroxide or LYE used for many things but making soap and bio diesel are top it is a strong base to get 50kg will take you years in potash pot to get an impure product.
Automotive stuff like oil, filters, wipers, transmission and brake fluid.
MeOH methanol… many uses but for cooking fuel, winter windshield wash, ect
NaHCO3 baking soda it has many uses and is cheap right now
diatomaceous earth for pest/parasite control at feed shop you can get it in 25 lb bags
salt lick with selenium if you live in a deficit area.
a strong acid like sulfuric or hydrogen chloride try to get the 20 molar stuff you can always dilute. plumbing back ups, car battery acid, strong cleaner.
please add to the listMay 19, 2015 at 2:32 am #41153
Good thread namlus. Yesterday I thinking everyone should have a grease gun and tubes of grease for lube.
Chlorine for sanitation, just be careful with storage and keep children away from it, liquid or dry.May 19, 2015 at 3:23 am #41155
White gas now called Coleman fuel. No lead.
Tea tree oil
Trying to think of the 100 things that will disappear first list. With so many adulterated products on the shelf it’s difficult to remember what’s used in a pure form anymore.May 19, 2015 at 7:59 am #41167
what about further down the line? everything is used up, trashed, broken and used. what do you do then? me I’m going for a rustic, basic lifestyle and learning to live with less rather than more.
British Survivalist.May 19, 2015 at 8:53 am #41169
CaffeineMay 19, 2015 at 3:54 pm #41174
what about further down the line? everything is used up, trashed, broken and used. what do you do then? me I’m going for a rustic, basic lifestyle and learning to live with less rather than more. – lone
Well, you have to know where to look.
Elemental sulphur is a key ingredient in drywall. And drywall is everywhere… all you need to know is how to get it out.
Want potassium nitrate? The short answer is “poo”. If you look in old animal stalls, sometimes you see whitish crystals forming on the walls and doors, down low. That’s potassium nitrate. Poo is chock full of it. It was so valuable in The Before Time that farmers used to be required to pay their taxes in part with animal poo…
Potassium chloride? Mix NoSalt and bleach. Low yield without electrolysis, but in a pinch, it will do.
The tough one to come up with is elemental nitrogen. Fixed nitrogen is required for soooooo many things today, that without it, we’ll be suckin’ diesel… if you can think of it, it’s a good bet that fixed nitrogen is involved somewhere…
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1May 19, 2015 at 7:43 pm #41176
I break them up into two categories – inorganic and organic. Coconut oil is big deal for us …stores well and uses from cooking to medicinal. My 19 year old son is currently using it in many ways during his through hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. 2,000 plus miles … he has benefited greatly from his upbringing in the outdoors and well honed survival skills he learned from his father.September 17, 2015 at 3:14 am #43858
I’m finally getting a bit of time to poke around further here, and also further back in time. One item above that I’d like to suggest an alternative for is WD-40. Find an Amsoil dealer and get MP (Metal Protector is the full name, but “MP” is what it’s known by). There is NO left over residue build up, and it protects far better than WD-40. Years ago (30+) shortly after I’d first been introduced to Amsoil, I decided to test out the MP product. I found an old wrench laying in the street, cleaned off all the rust, made a canning jar full of the most concentrated salt water solution I could make (until it wouldn’t dissolve any more), sprayed one end of the wrench with WD-40 and the other with MP, and dropped the wrench into the jar. A couple of weeks or so later I went back to check on it. The MP end had absolutely no rust on it. The WD-40 end had relatively small but visible rust spots starting to appear.
On top of that, my father-in-law was absolutely fanatical about how he took care of his guns. He had products he’d always used, and initially would not even consider trying MP on his guns. He eventually tried it on key locks (GREAT), garden tools, and a few other things, and for some reason I no longer remember, tried using it on one of his less expensive guns. By the end of his life, that was the only product he would use on his guns – both for final exterior protection, as well as for lube and even partially for cleaning. He loved the fact that once it dries, there’s absolutely no residue (not that he would use WD-40 on his guns anyway, though).
Finally, it will help break loose rusted nuts and bolts, etc., better than almost anything I’ve ever tried, and far better (and faster) than WD-40. I have not had a can of WD-40 in my home since first using MP.
After a few years, I dabbled with an Amsoil dealership because I was so impressed, but long ago stopped any selling, so I have no interest in the product other than personal use. Still, in our home/vehicles/equipment, if it can be lubed, it almost always has some product made from that company. But for this discussion, I’m focusing on an outstanding alternative to WD-40. MP is simply superior in every respect. It’s the best spray lube I’ve ever found. (Their 100:1 2-cycle oil is also outstanding. It doesn’t matter what your mix ratio is supposed to be – I’ve always used it, with full warranty protection by Amsoil, on an old chain saw that “required” a 16:1 mix. It’s protected my chain saws over the years without fail, and there’s almost no smoke. But that’s not the point of this post.)
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