June 27, 2014 at 12:28 am #17307
Bought a pop-rivet gun. Thinking about it for after SHTF I bought extra pop rivets.
This got me thinking about the everyday stuff I can really use later. Couple of items I came up with are Bondo and J-B Weld.
Bondo is used to fill dents in cars and then be painted over. My brother used it to repair embalming pumps. He also used J-B Weld to repair one man and two man gurneys.
How about empty soda cans hung in a tree and hooked to a trip wire to cause noise.
RobinJune 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm #17312
Wind up clocks and watches, if you can find them, for they are rare now. Most clocks now are battery or power driven. If you think you won’t need clocks when the sky has fallen, think again. An alarm clock can wake people to do various tasks, a wind up watch is important to those who are on patrol. If you can get spares, do so because wind up clocks don’t last forever and being able to get another one out of a box could be very useful.
Bugs Bunny: "I speak softly, but I carry a big stick."
Yosemite Sam: "Oh yeah? Well I speak LOUD! and I carry a BIGGER stick! and I use it, too!" BAM!June 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm #17316
I thought today about toothpaste. Some of the toothpaste has a pretty good expiry date so you can stock some and it might be very good for trading a few months after a collapse. Plus, prices for all regular items we need day to day rise anyway, so buying toothpaste in bulk is a good idea.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")June 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm #17326
Jay, great idea, I have been buying toothpaste in bulk now for year.
elijah, The Wind up clocks and watches is a great idea which I will look into. There are also self winding watches.
Robin the J-B Weld I have used and it is a great repair product.
I also buy in bulk soap which last forever. Selco once posted to buy toilet paper, paper plates, and paper towels.June 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm #17328
I started to save phone books and junk mail catalogs from suppliers for emergency TP. It stacks better then regular TP and uses way less space.June 27, 2014 at 7:37 pm #17332
Cheap/throwaway and/or durable stuff from Harbor Freight (or Wal-Mart, or Home Depot, or Praktiker, or what have you), that one can use today everyday already:
washable Wool blankets
Poly Rope (does not rot)
Nut and Bolt Gauge (for sorting out mixed stuff after field disassembly)
inexpensive/throwaway LED headlamps
Cheap safety goggles
cheap knee pads
http://www.harborfreight.com/black-cap-knee-pads-46698.htmlJune 28, 2014 at 12:11 am #17349
Timex still makes a plain old green wind-up patrol watch. Pretty simple. Used one for years. The hands/dial are not self-luminous (tritium) but they have that glow-in-the-dark paint on them that remains visible for a long time, especially if you have NOD’s/NVG’s on…
Mantle clocks. Good manufacturer was Seth Thomas. Made clocks for damn near ever. Some are more elaborate than others, but I’ve always liked the windup mantle clocks from the 20’s and 30’s. Some came that chimed on the hour. Some on the half hour and hour. Some chimed every 15 minutes. They’re all over FeeBay and one in good shape/restored is a couple hundred bucks. Modern windup mantle clocks are still made, but the good ones run almost a grand.
Or, you could always make your own. There’s loads of folks out there selling blueprints for wooden geared counterweight clocks you hang on the wall. An internet search will yield you several folks selling them.
Here… over 700 Seth Thomas clocks.. some more elaborate than others, but a plain old mantel clock should do ya fine..
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1June 28, 2014 at 3:27 pm #17367
Thanks for the above post, Malgus; it has info that I am glad to receive.
Bugs Bunny: "I speak softly, but I carry a big stick."
Yosemite Sam: "Oh yeah? Well I speak LOUD! and I carry a BIGGER stick! and I use it, too!" BAM!June 28, 2014 at 4:02 pm #17370
I would also add to the list , KEVLAR thread and cord . Kevlar is amazingly strong and does not burn . For repairs , its the way to go . I have a favorite 3 day pack in German Flecktarn , that has been abused for over 3 years of hard use , the seams were starting to split , I used kevlar thread to stitch it up , you can be confident that the thread will hold .June 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm #17372
Maglus , I bought a Soviet Army watch on ebay from Ukraine . Its a wind up also , I did it as a prank for my gf , she didnt react to the prank , but I ended up with a decent watch that actually keeps perfect time ( provided you remember to wind it ) .
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.June 29, 2014 at 1:17 am #17404
Thanks for the reminder on wind up watches. I had bought one a year or two ago but the quality wasn’t very good and I returned it. I should look again. The other thing that I am interested in buying is a sundial. I want something that can stand independently in a perennial flower bed,but I don’t want to spend a ton of money on it.June 29, 2014 at 3:14 am #17419
Mountain Biker, use rocks and a pole in the center.
RobinJune 29, 2014 at 7:17 pm #17454
Tolik, I own a Soviet Army Watch but my watch numbers are 1 though 24 military time.June 30, 2014 at 6:32 am #17471
The one I have was actually a SMERSH / KGB watch . says ” Death to Spies ” in Cyrillic .June 30, 2014 at 7:47 am #17473
lot of throw away gas lighter ( sometimes included small LED light on it )
cheap stuff from china… equal to 25 cent each in my country
suitable for daily use ( and maybe can last for decade ) and barter item
lot of candle
suitablefor daily use, last for decade, easy to use and for barter item
at least if we cannot go out from bug out ( to make our own oil lamp from animal / plant fat )
cheapo multitool ( its like leatherman, victorinox thing ) but capable of doing basic thing ( have plier,flashlight,saw,knife,bottle opener,screw driver in it )
but remember to buy a knife sharpener because little knife in it are not sharp enough
it only cost equal to $2 in my country
suitable for basic survival gear for each of our family member
also unique enough for barter item
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