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#133085 - 05/16/08 09:36 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: LED]
Jackal Offline

Registered: 08/19/07
Posts: 115
Loc: cornwall UK
LED the supplier is uk based i found them on ebay dread to think what shipping would be


HEIGHT: 320mm.
WIDTH: 190mm.
DEPTH: 225mm.
WEIGHT: 550gm.
CAPACITY: 10LT ( 2.2 GAL Imp)

i already have 60 of them i chose the 10lt size for ease of carrying and stacking. i have them stacked 3 high without any problems, stacking 4 high causes the bottom one to bulge abit.

maybe this link will be more helpful

Edited by Jackal (05/16/08 09:39 PM)

#133100 - 05/17/08 12:30 AM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: Jackal]
el_diabl0 Offline

Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 301
Loc: NE Ohio
* just restocked water supplies today
* continue exercising - hiking/biking
* stock up on more dry goods
* beef up the FAK's with additional items
Improvise, adapt, and overcome

#133127 - 05/17/08 10:44 AM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: wildman800]
m9key Offline

Registered: 05/28/03
Posts: 143
Loc: florida
ahhhh..... good morning yes prep time is year round at least as far as i go.... hurricane season coming waters gettin warmer time to go thru supplies.... get the fak,bob,edc,and psk checkem out

#133196 - 05/18/08 02:46 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: NorCalDennis]
bacpacjac Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 05/05/07
Posts: 3601
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: NorCalDennis

One question I would add here is: What are you doing to reduce your energy consumption/costs? and general cost of living expenses?

That's my primary challenge right now, Dennis. I've just changed my primary vehicle from a newer mini-van to an older, and drastically smaller, honda civic. The reasons are many: no more monthly lease payment, lower insurance, better fuel efficiency, and cheaper, do-it-ourselves repairs. It's going to be much better for our bank account but it's quite a challenge to streamline and rethink what gear you store in your vehicle, not to mention where and how.

Other spring prep plans include:

*Planting the backyard veggie garden
*Tune-up family bicycles
*Buy more candles
*Increase water supplies
*First Aid/CPR Recertification for my husband and I
*Increase supply of meat in the freezer
*Buy a couple of window fans for the house

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#133205 - 05/18/08 06:49 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: Jackal]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Ah, okay. Thanks for the info.

#133268 - 05/19/08 02:42 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: NorCalDennis]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
Originally Posted By: NorCalDennis
With much still to do,

* We have added to our bulk supplies - wheat, rice, olive and canola oils, plus many other sundries.
* Spend large amounts of time in the garden getting the spring seeds and plantings on their way.
* Ran the portable generator to keep the battery fresh & rotated fuel.
* Been grinding our own wheat & spelt flour for the past two months (created a sourdough starter and bake two loaves of bread each weekend - not to mention making some amazing pancakes)

Even with our garden being pretty extensive, I feel compelled to add a case or two of canned veggies - any thoughts here?

One question I would add here is: What are you doing to reduce your energy consumption/costs? and general cost of living expenses?

Of course we are trying to limit our trips to town - make one trip of multiple stops instead of two or three trips in a day.

We have started line drying our clothes - with atleast 6 loads a week, we figure the propane ($3.07 gal.) savings should start adding up pretty quickly, not to mention the electrical savings.

In another simple cost cutting move we just made was to cut our Dish Satelite package from $65.00 a month to $27.00 a month - that will save us almost $500 a year to not have a bunch of channels we weren't watching anyway.

We are trying not to use our Air Conditioner this year as well. When the compressor kicks on the change in Kw per hour on our meter jumps by about 4.25KPH - that adds up real quick.

Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Any tips for someone wanting to get a garden going up here?

We are using 1 window AC unit and it will use < 50/month if ran 24/7 but running only 12hrs a day or less makes it even cheaper smile Keeps it tolerable in here (the office) during the 100+ days when the house is sitting at 88 or 90. We too are starting to line dry some clothes we use *gasp* electric dryer frown [For Now]

We are trying to do the biggest prep this year, buy a house with at least 1 acre.
Self Sufficient Home - Our journey to self sufficiency.

#133698 - 05/25/08 02:39 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: ]
EHCRain10 Offline

Registered: 03/11/08
Posts: 42
Loc: VA
I tried the indoor hydroponic growing a few years ago and it was such a large initial expense than I dont think the system is worth it. The specialized lights are very expensive and require alot of energy to run plus should be on for 12+ hours a day for optimal growth.

The prices should have come down since i tried it but they still are going to be expensive.
Sweat saves blood.
Erwin Rommel

#134925 - 06/06/08 03:09 AM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: wildman800]
cedfire Offline

Registered: 07/10/03
Posts: 659
Loc: Orygun
* Go through old/expired meds and check kits.
* Update kits and add new items.
* Get some long-term survival food (MREs, freeze dried).

#136673 - 06/18/08 10:26 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: wildman800]
wildman800 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2828
Loc: La-USA
I am now up to 30 gals of gas stored and I've added meat and tuna to the Emergency Stores, along with more beans, spaghetti sauce, and pasta.
The best luck is what you make yourself!

#137155 - 06/22/08 04:31 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: wildman800]
RobertRogers Offline

Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 198
Remember that gas has a shelf life so you need to rotate it.

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