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TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 10

Day 10. At this point we are just grinding out the remaining 4 days of our preparedness test. For the most part, we have water, food, power, cooking, and other major tasks down to what I call the “efficient essentials”.

In the last 4 blogs, while the test is still going on, I wanted to […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 9

Day 9. I wanted to cover Rain Water collection and usage, since that has been the main preparedness event over the past 24 – 48 hours

I first have to admit I was wrong. In my post on Day 7, I said I might get 10 gallons of water from my little 9’ x 7’ […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 7

Day 7. We are only a good night’s sleep and a wake-up from being on the off-grid emergency preparedness test for 1 week. Honestly the first week has gone by pretty fast. Food, water and even power have not been a problem. Power has been something we have to watch. We are running everything off […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 3

Day 3. I feel like I have caught up on retrieving and setting up gear and supplies so today I’m going to try to take it a little easier and even do a little yard work. Collecting gear and remembering where you stored all your preps is not as easy as it might seem. I’m […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 2

Day 2. The thing that has hit me the most is the realization of how much time, even simple tasks, now take to do. No more automated coffee maker where you can “set it and forget it”. To get coffee, I have to fire up a stove to use a percolator coffee maker that needs […]

OFF GRID EXPERIMENT

On April 19th, we are going to shut off our water and power and see what it will be like to live without public water and power for two weeks. During that two weeks, I will try to blog every day to let you know what went well and what little surprises popped up that […]

BEST UTILITY KNIFE UNDER $30 FOR ONLY $9

During an emergency, a great utility knife is worth its weight in gold. Whether you are looking for a fixed blade utility knife for your Bug Out Bag, Get Home Bag, or for your home emergency gear, a Mora Knife is a great knife to fill the bill.

Mora knives are made from high-quality Sandvik […]

LazerBrite MODULAR LIGHTING

I met Greg Kennedy the inventor of LazerBrite Modular Light System at the Outdoor Retailer in August. I was impressed by the modular nature of the system and how you could combine different modular pieces to fit a large range of lighting applications.

I have been playing with the system for the past couple of […]

A 1000 HOUR $5 LED FLASHLIGHT

I had an email in my inbox this morning directing me to an instructables.com post that takes a $5 Eveready flashlight and modifies it so that it runs for over 360 hours.

In brief, the poster (luxstar), modified an Eveready 5109LS LED flashlight by adding a 56-Ohm resistor. The flashlight before modification had a 25 […]

EMERGENCY POWER – PART 2

How Do I Get the Power?

There are two main sources for emergency power; generators and battery balks. Each has pros and cons. If you have a screw that needs to be screwed in, a screwdriver is the best tool to do the job. If you have a nail that needs to be driven in, […]