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#100280 - 07/20/07 05:34 AM 99 cent store finds
Themalemutekid Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 11/17/06
Posts: 351
Loc: New Jersey
Just a quick post to let you guys know about some useful things I picked up at a 99 cent store today.

  • 3 pcs of Thread Seal Tape - used for threads of my flashlights
  • 1 small Hacksaw w/ extra blade - Blades to be used with Mag block
  • 10 trick birthday candles - used in fire making kit
  • 4 pack of bic lighters - used in fire making kit
  • 2 boxes of kitchen matches - used in fire making kit



Sure it's not top quality stuff but if I damage or misplace any of it, it doesn't matter it only cost one greenback. I'm sure a few here will do like I used to do & turn up your noses, but if you go into one just once, you'll wonder how you managed to live with out them before grin .
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#100286 - 07/20/07 09:34 AM Re: 99 cent store finds [Re: Themalemutekid]
wildman800 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2818
Loc: La-USA
I totally agree!!
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#100321 - 07/20/07 05:49 PM Re: 99 cent store finds [Re: Themalemutekid]
paramedicpete Offline
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Registered: 04/09/02
Posts: 1920
Loc: Frederick, Maryland
Quote:
3 pcs of Thread Seal Tape - used for threads of my flashlights


Have you used thread tape on flashlights before? Just curious

Some flashlights rely upon the continuity of the treads to make a complete circuit and it is possible the thread tape would prevent contact. In fact many flashlights benefit from using a grease/lubricant on the threads that conducts electricity.

Pete

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#100323 - 07/20/07 06:00 PM Re: 99 cent store finds [Re: paramedicpete]
Themalemutekid Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 11/17/06
Posts: 351
Loc: New Jersey
Yeah I've used it on an old right angle flashlight, as well as on my Inova x5.It makes the x5 way easier to open & close being that the thread and cap are both metal.My guess is that the tape is protecting the thread from becoming bare as well as adding a little bit extra waterproofing...but I may be wrong. Any how they both work, no continuity problems.
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#100376 - 07/21/07 05:10 AM Re: 99 cent store finds [Re: NightHiker]
SwampDonkey Offline
Veteran

Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 1268
Loc: Northeastern Ontario, Canada
Nighthiker,

You are right about the Dollar Store material being inexpensive, available, and some of decent quailty. Over the past 6 months I have produced 90 Personal Survival Kits for training Youth Groups, about 1/2 of the items were from Dollar Stores (e.g. LED lights, waterproof containers, zip-lock bags, fire-starter packets, duct tape, pencils, signal mirrors, needles/pins .....)

Mike

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#100393 - 07/21/07 07:58 PM Re: 99 cent store finds [Re: SwampDonkey]
hamilton Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 04/10/07
Posts: 81
I'd never thought of using thread tape on flashlights before. I imagine it would depend on the flashlight, but how effective is it at getting a seal? Do you have difficulty getting the cap on and off with the tape intact? Or do you have to reseal the flashlight every time you change the batteries?

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#100394 - 07/21/07 08:13 PM Re: 99 cent store finds [Re: hamilton]
Themalemutekid Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 11/17/06
Posts: 351
Loc: New Jersey
The thread tape on the flashligts, works well. I have no problem getting the cap on & off. The tape adheres pretty well, no need to reseal after battery changes.
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#100427 - 07/22/07 09:57 AM Re: 99 cent store finds [Re: Themalemutekid]
hamilton Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 04/10/07
Posts: 81
I think I'll pick some up at work and give it a try

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