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Wallet Survival Kit

You may have seen the last post about my friend that put together a Emergency Survival Starter Kit. Well this friend is at it again!  This time he has put together another 4 piece kit, but this one will fit in your pocket!  It will only be sold on Amazon, just like the first kit. Lets take a look at it……

 

This is the 4 pieces in the kit.

Starting with the top left we have a Credit Card Knife.

The blade is made of stainless steel, the handle is made of a strong plastic.   To use the knife you turn the blade lock, in the upper left corner, to the unlock position.  Next fold the blade out 180 degrees.  Then you fold the smaller flap over, bottom left with studs. And finally fold the large flap, top right with holes, over and snap the studs into the holes.  To put the knife back into the stored position simply reverse the above process.

 

Next in the top left is a 11-in-1 multi tool.

This tool comes with a card the explains what each of the 11 tools are.  I believe there are more uses for this card then 11, it comes in very handy in so many situations.  Some of the features are a small saw blade, knife blade, bottle opener, ruler, and can opener just to name a few. You can see in the picture that this card is also made of stainless steel so it wont rust.

 

Continuing clockwise to the bottom right is a Fresnel Lens.

  A Fresnel Lens is a type magnifying lens.  It can be used for reading small text like any other magnifying glass, but it was included in this kit because it is a great fire starter! If it is held above some dry materials so that the sun is focused into a small dot on the material it can heat it up until it begins to burn.  This lens is made from strong flexible plastic.

 

And the last component in the bottom right, a 22-in-1 survival card.

 There are a lot more than 22 uses for this card, but that is what it is called.  This card is also made of stainless steel.  To use these items you break them off the card.  The first thing that stands out is the arrow head.  If you are lost in the wild you may not be making a bow and arrow, but with this arrow head you can make a small spear.  Next to the  arrow head is another type of spear or arrow point for small game. Both of these spear/arrow points sit inside of another spear point, it is a trident spear point.  Connected to the small game point are 2 small needles.

There are an assortment of single and double fish hooks around the card.  The ovals on  the right half of the card can be used for fishing lures, they are also useful as snare locks.  The last items are the saw blades, course and fine tooth.

 

I hope that you find this kit useful, it would also make a great gift for others! I keep one in my wallet, and one in each of my cars.

You can follow the link above or you can use then link HERE.

Emergency Survival Starter Kit

Recently a friend of mine put together a survival bag starter kit.  This kit contains 4 items that are very valuable in a survival situation. It is only sold on Amazon HERE.

bundle

 

 

personal-water-filter-straw-outdoor-survival-gear-2

  1. Water filter straw.  This water filter straw is the same thing as a life straw, but with out the logo and price to go along with it.  This filter can be screwed onto a common bottle, such as a half litter, 1 litter, or 2 litter bottle that is commonly found at any convenience store. There is also a connection inside the threaded end that a hose can be attached to the filter.  This hose connection is made for connection of a water bladder and let gravity pull the water from the bladder through the filter.  In a survival situation clean water is the most valuable resource. There is an instruction sheet inside the package.  There is no shelf life for this filter because it does not contain any chemicals or activated carbon components.

magnesium-fire-starter

2. Magnesium fire starter.  This type of fire starter works in almost any conditions.  Using the scraper you shave off pieces of the magnesium bar into your kindling pile .  Then use the scraper to make sparks with the ferro rod that is on the side of the magnesium bar.  When the sparks land on the pile of magnesium shavings they begin to burn.  Depending on the conditions of the kindling being used this type of fire starter could start up to 100+ fires.  This fire starter is not damaged from water or temperature.  This fire starter does not require fuel, the magnesium it is made from is the fuel.

 

folding-pocket-knife

3. Folding pocket knife.  This knife comes with a belt clip, thumb stud,  and lanyard hole. It is easy to open and close with one hand.  A knife is a must have in any situation, especially a survival one.  Everything from cutting kindling to preparing food or getting yourself out of danger, a knife is needed.

 

mylar-blanket-in-use

4. Mylar blankets.  There are 2 mylar blankets in this kit.  My friend put 2 of these blankets in the kit because some times there may be 2 people and they could each have a blanket. Or if you are alone you can use one like in the above photo, and use the other can be used to make a shelter.  These could also be used to make a bag if you needed to carry something, such as clean water.  They are not only good at keeping body heat in to keep you warm, they can also be used to shield you from heat and sunlight if you were in a warm weather climate.

 

waiste-pack

5. Waist pack. The 4 previous items all fit easily into the waist pack that is included in the starter kit.  This pack has 5 pockets, one of them is made for a water bottle.  The belt is adjustable from 34″-48″ waist.  If your waist is smaller then 34″ remember that you will be wearing this over clothing so it might fit.  If it still is to big you will have to adjust it with some stitching or pins of some kind.  If you need it bigger then 48″ you will need to extend the belt by cutting and stitching in a piece of webbing like the belt is made of.  The belt is sewn onto the pack so you can not loose the pack or water bottle pocket.  There is plenty of room to add other items that you may want to carry along with the 4 provided items.

 

I greatly appreciate anyone that looks at, even purchases, my friends kit.  He wants to grow an outdoor/survival products line making the items that people need available.  He has asked me to let everyone know that this item is available, and if anyone has any questions to ask them on the Amazon product page so he can answer them.

 

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A Better Weed Killer

Over the last few years I have been working our family toward a better more healthy and organic way of living. I have learned a lot and been changing a lot of things we do and eat.  This season I am trying a different and hopefully better weed killer.

In the past I have always used a Roundup or Spectracide product to kill vegetation.  I have to admit that when it comes to mowing the yard I am lazy.  I do not own a push lawn mower  so I spray weed killer 8″-10″ around everything so I can do all the mowing on a riding lawn mower and not have to weed wack.

I always worried about when I sprayed.  Are the kids outside or going to be out side soon?  Was there very much wind at the time I was spraying?  What kind of residue would I have to worry about later on; on my clothes, on the dirt, on whatever surfaces people and animals touch?

I was tired of worrying, so this year I did something about it.  I found a recipe that I wanted to try.  It is made up of 3 ingredients,   VINEGAR, SALT, and DISH SOAP.

I used 5% acidity vinegar (like this kind).

I used table salt (like this kind).

And organic dish soap (like this kind).

To apply it I used a 4 gallon back pack sprayer (like this one).

I mixed the weed killer in a 5 gallon bucket (like this one).

I mixed the weed killer with a paint mixer (like this one).

I recommended using a strong drill to mix it (like one of these).

 

The recipe that I found used:

1 gallon of vinegar

1 cup of salt

1 table spoon of dish soap

 

I was mixing a double batch each time.  I put 2 cups of salt in the bucket. Added the 2 table spoons of dish soap, then poured in the 2 gallons of vinegar. Using a drill and the paint mixer I stirred the mixture until all the salt was dissolved. To my surprise the dish soap did not bubble up as much as it would have if mixed with water.  The reason for the dish soap, as several websites all said, was to make the mixture a little thicker and it will stick to the plants better.  This makes it work more effectively. I sure that if you poured dish soap alone on weeds it would probably work as a weed killer also, but that would be expensive.  After the weed killer is thoroughly mixed carefully pour it into your sprayer and your ready to go.  It took about 10 minuets to mix and pour into the sprayer.

I noticed that there was not a very strong smell when spraying.  You can smell the vinegar and dish soap, but as soon as it dried the smell was gone.  I have noticed in the past with weed killers like Roundup that even a few days later I could sometimes smell it.  I have also had trouble in the past of my skin breaking out after using Roundup.  I never want that to happen again, it seems everyday I see something new in the news about the effects that are believed to be connected to Roundup type of chemicals.

I hope that this home made weed killer works as well as I have read that it does.  It cost me less the half the cost of store bought sprays like Roundup, and I feel that it is a much MUCH safer and better weed killer to use.  If this works I will be using it from now on until I find somethings better.

 

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UPDATE——–UPDATE——–UPDATE——–UPDATE——–

 

The good new;

-This mixture worked on some forms of clover.

-The vegetation turned brown and crispy in 24-48 hours.

– It is easy to mix.

– The smell is gone as soon as it dries.

The bad news;

-It did not kill the roots of most plants.

– Regrowth was seen after the next time it rained.

-Reapply was needed.

 

I like this weed kill because it is much safer to spray around the family and pets, the problem is that it does not really kill most plants. it killed the tops of the plants, but not the roots of the plants.

I talked with several other people that have also used this formula and they all had the same results, it did not work well.  When this formula was sprayed heavy in shaded areas it did work longer, but eventually most of the weeds grew back.

If anyone readying this has a better formula please leave a comment to help us all out.

DIY SOLAR PANEL, PART 5

In this part 5 I show you the box I have built with the controls and battery storage in it.  If you have not seen the other 4 postings about how to get to this point please go back and look at them.

DIY Solar Panels

DIY Solar Panel, Part 2

DIY Solar Panel, Part 3.

DIY Solar Panel, Part 4

As I stated in the last post there are tools and materials that may be sharp, hot, cold, or anything.  Be careful when working with tools and materials.  I am in the process of updating all my instructables so please do not jump ahead and wait until I have posted it on here.

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Now here is the link to the instructable for Part 5.

http://www.instructables.com/id/My-NEW-Solar-Setupunder-construction/

 

DIY Solar Panel, Part 4

In this part 4 I show you how and why to connect solar panels to get the power you need.  If you have not seen the other 3 postings about how to get to this point please go back and look at them.

DIY Solar Panels

DIY Solar Panel, Part 2

DIY Solar Panel, Part 3.

 

As I stated in the last post there are tools and materials that may be sharp, hot, cold, or anything.  Be careful when working with tools and materials.  I am in the process of updating all my instructables so please do not jump ahead and wait until I have posted it on here.

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Now here is the link to the instructable for Part 4.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Connecting-Multiple-Solar-Panels/

 

DIY Solar Panel, Part 3.

In the first post I showed you how to solder the solar panels together.

DIY Solar Panels

In the second post I showed you how I sealed a panel with EVA film.

DIY Solar Panel, Part 2

Now in this third part I show you how to encase solar cells between 2 glass panes.  This is the method that I prefer because I believe that it is easier to do.

As I stated in the last post there are tools and materials that may be sharp, hot, cold, or anything.  Be careful when working with tools and materials.  I am in the process of updating all my instructables so please do not jump ahead and wait until I have posted it on here.

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Now here is the link to the instructable for Part 3.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-solar-panel-2-glass-panes-style/

 

DIY Solar Panel, Part 2

This is part 2 of my home DIY solar panels.  If you have not seen part 1 please look at that posting first.

DIY Solar Panels

 

In this part 2 I show you how I encapsulated the cells that are soldered together in the last post to make a working solar panel.  In this method I have used a material called EVA film.  This is the same film that manufactured panels are made with.

As I stated in the last post there are tools and materials that may be sharp, hot, cold, or anything.  Be careful when working with tools and materials.  I am in the process of updating all my instructables so please do not jump ahead and wait until i have posted it on here.

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Now here is the link to the instructable for Part 2.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-Solar-Panel-EVA-film-style/

 

DIY Solar Panels

A few years ago I started building my own solar panel and battery system.  I am in the Process of updating all the Instructables pages that I made showing the tools and process I used to build my setup.  The main point of this website is to have a common sense approach about anything that relates to being off the grid, or even on the grid. With that kind of thinking in mind i came up with my instructables for building a backup or off grid power system that I have used during power outages or when I am working in the garage.  I tried to make it as understandable as possible for everyone.

My disclaimer is, BE CAREFUL!! Tools and materials can be sharp, hot, cold, heavy, or any other form that can hurt your body.  If you are unsure about something, find some one that can help you.

This week I updated the first Instrubtable I made for building a solar panel.  This first one is how to solder solar cells together.  Later there are more Instructables for assembling the cells inside a panel, but please wait to check those out until I have updated them and posted them on here.

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Here is the link to the instructables page,

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Solder-Solar-Cells-Together/

 

CAD designer to outdoorsman

Recently a guy that I worked with quit and will be perusing an outdoors man lifestyle. I have known him for 2 years, but he put 5 years in at the company as a CAD designer.  He was telling me one day that he read the book The 4 Hour Work Week and that is when he decided to make a change.

His plan was to work for 5 years and save as much money as he could while also learning and practicing survival and camping skills.  After 5 years he did quit.  In the last 2 years that I knew him we talked about a lot of things.  He had been scouting areas that he wanted to test his skills in, places like camp grounds and state parks with lakes that were able to be fished.  He also was learning plants in the areas he planned to be in for what is edible and what is dangerous.   He even when as far as learning what bugs are edible for survival, that is a little to far for me.  Through the warm months he plans on living primarily in the outdoors.

He has made some videos for Youtube as practice, but has not made any survival videos at this time.  His goal is to make a weekly video with his experiences and post them. When he post new videos I will update it on this site to be sure all the followers of this site know about it.

I wish him the best of luck in his adventure.

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My EDC

I have had a lot of people ask me “what should i carry in an EDC?”.  That is not an easy question to answer because everyone’s situation is different.  Some people only need a pocket size EDC, while others need a 30 pound hiking backpack.

Each person needs to evaluate there situation and determine what it is they need to carry. What do you need around your home? What do you need for your job? What do you need when travelling?

There is a difference between an EDC and a Bug Out Bag or Get Home Bag.  An EDC is meant to be just what you use and it be on you everyday.  I can not give a list of every possible item that could be in an EDC.  I will just give you a list of what I carry and why, from my example I hope it will give you an idea of what you want to carry in your EDC.

These items are not in an order of importance, and not all of them are in my EDC pouch, but all these things listed are things I carry.

  1. Wallet.  I always have my ID and any cards that I need with me.  I’m married so I dont have any money in it.
  2. A survival card.  I have not used it, but its there “just in case”. i keep it in my wallet.
    survival card
  3. Small note pad. It is easier and faster sometimes than making a note in my phone.  There are times you may need to write something down and give it to someone.
    note pad
  4. Pens. There are always times you need to write down something. I always carry at least 2 pens.
  5. Keys. I cant stand being locked out. So I always have my house keys, work keys, and car keys, any others I need.
  6. Multi Tool. I prefer Gerber, in my experience they have held up the best to my abuse.  Mine is not exactly like the one below, I changed the tools in it with some of the tools from the tool I had before to customize it for my needs.  I did start with this model.
    gerber MP600
  7. Flash drive. I carry a 32GB flash drive with me all the time. I have copies of documents I may need.  I have Backup copies of files for my business, and I have backup copies of needed documents for my job.
    flash drive
  8. Coins. I always have a few dollars in coins.  I was always told to keep some coins for a pay phone, but now pay phones are almost non-existent.  So I keep some coins on me for the vending machines.
  9. Cell phone.  Need I say any more?
  10. Phone charger.  I have a large screen smart phone so I carry a charger.  The charger that came with my phone is one of the small cube USB types.  It easily fits in my EDC pouch.
  11. Ear phones.  These work with my phone so I can be hands free to talk, or listen to music or podcast when working.
    ear phones
  12. EDC pouch. I am able to fit all the items in this list into the pouch below after I made some modifications to it for my needs. The whole purpose of an EDC is that it is customized to your needs.
    EDC pouch
  13. Pocket knife. I use my pocket knife everyday.  For me it is my most used and valued tool. I prefer a partially serrated blade, spring assist open, ambidextrous thumb screw, liner locker, glass breaker, and seat belt cutter.
    pocket knife
  14. Knife sharpener.  I carry the Lansky Blade Medic.  I chose this sharpener because it can sharpen the serrated part of my blade.
    lansky blade medic
  15. Lighter.  I carry a small Peanut lighter because I dont use a lighter much, but “just in case”. My preferred lighter brand is Zippo, but i do not have a need to carry one with me all the time.  This peanut lighter is smaller and lighter and works for my seldom use.
    peanut lighter
  16. CPR mask.  I am CPR trained so I carry a disposable mask with me.
    cpr mask
  17. Band aids.  I keep a few kinds of band aids with my for minor injuries.
    bandaids
  18. First aid Cream.  When you use a band aid you will most likely need some first aid cream. I carry a few small packages with me.
    first aid cream
  19. Burn Cream. Some times I work around hot parts, so I carry some burn cream packets.
    burn cream
  20. Vinyl gloves.  I carry 2 pair of vinyl gloves in a little bag  because I am a first responder at work .  I use latex free vinyl gloves so I do not cause a reaction if someone has a latex allergy.
    vinyl gloves
  21. Tylenol. I carry about 10 Tylenol in a little bag with me for everyday pains.
    tylenol
  22. Tums. I carry about 10 Tums in a little bag with me.
    tums
  23. Flashlight. I carry a small flashlight all the time.  It is probably my most used tool.
    mag light
  24. Batteries.  I hate to have a dead flashlight when I need to use it. I carry 2 AA batteries in a little bag for my flashlight.
    AA batteries
  25. Hand sanitizer. I carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer for cleaning around a wound, or times I may not be able to wash my hands right away.
    Hand sanitizer
  26. Tweezers.  I carry tweezers because it is very common to get a sliver where I work. I carry these 2 point styles because sometimes one point style will not get the job done.
    tweezers
  27. Nail clippers.  I carry nail clippers because it is an annoyance to me when I have long or broken nails that catch on things.
    nail clippersThese are the things that I carry in my EDC.  It is up to you what you carry in yours.  The most dangerous tool I carry is a knife because I do not go into places that I believe I need to carry a tool such as a pistol.  For some of you this may be a tool that you feel you need to carry.  Or maybe you need to carry a canteen because of your area your area of work, I do not need to because most places I go have drinking fountains or I have water in my car.Evaluate your daily life and put together your EDC, never be afraid to customize what you carry and if your situations change then change the items in your EDC.

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