Where to find dishwasher detergent.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Where to find dishwasher detergent.
Monday, November 29, 2010
The door had a combination lock key holder, like the realtors use, and he gave me the combination. Once inside the instructions were to look for the notebook on the kitchen counter. It was an amazing notebook and I've tried to emulate it in my house. Every time someone comes here to the house it seems I realize I need to add an additional chapter. It will make a good playbook for visitors at our home.
The book is divided into chapters. The chapters consist of general house items, then is broken down into living areas and sleeping areas.
Table of Contents:
HOW TO START UP THE HOUSE
How to turn on the heater.
How to turn on the air conditioner.
How to turn on the water heater.
HOW TO USE THE KITCHEN
How to run the dishwasher.
Where to find dishwasher detergent.
Where are the dishes, glasses, silverware, pots and pans.
Where is the food (of course this is immediate need, not the long term stuff)
How to use the oven.
How to use the icemaker/water dispenser.
How to use the coffee pot.
Where is the coffee, filters, and condiments?
How to use the microwave.
Which lights should you use?
HOW TO USE THE LAUNDRY ROOM
How to run the washing machine.
Where to find laundry soap.
How to run the drier.
Where to find drier sheets.
Where to locate towels for the shower and sink.
Where to locate towels for the kitchen.
Where to find bedsheets, blankets, and pillows.
And the list goes on and on and on.
I have a couple of copies of this playbook. I also have an extra chapter at the end that my sister has at her house.
List of weapons.
Location of weapons.
Location of ammunition.
List of money.
Location of money.
And this list goes on.
The secret chapter list does not list my address, phone number or anything else that would associate it with me.
List of secret codes and pin numbers:
So if my code is 1432 I would not write January, April, March, February. That would be too easy. I use birthdays. You can use family or famous names, it's your choice. For example, January is Paul Revere's birthday, February is Hank Aaron's birthday, March is Pete Rozelle's birthday, April is Steven Seagal's birthday. Therefore, my code would be Paul Steven Pete Hank. I don't use these names but I use family names for the months. There's only one Chad in the family so he stands for the number 8 because of his August birthday. Beck also stands for 8 because of an August birthday. I can even write the pin number on a debit card. If someone stole the card they wouldn't have a clue as to the code yet for me, it's as plain as the nose on my face.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
This is a good test of adding additional people who are self sufficient but need to follow house rules. By being in the military they understand chain of command. This will make things easier but presently there aren't any written rules. I know that it's the best way to go to make sure that none of the major items are overlooked or not observed. The list needs to include items required by everyone in the household and another list of age appropriate requirements.
For example, I expect the grandchildren to do their homework without me having to harp on them about this. We do have rules for the grandchildren. There are separate rules for the school year and for summer.
Both kids up by 6:00. Girl: make bed, sweep kitchen and hall, brush hair. Eat breakfast. Get dressed. Out the door at 7:20. After school: homework, pick fruit, set table, help with dinner if it's not ready, dinner. Shower. Bed. On weekends same chores in morning, clean room: dust, change linens, sweep floor, wash floor, take out trash. Even Saturday, clean bathroom. Plus two additional assigned chores. These are all to be done prior to playing, watching tv, calling friends, etc.
Boy is pretty similar. In the morning he showers, put bedding into laundry, unloads dishwasher. In the evening he feeds the dog, picks vegetables, and serves the plates. Saturday chores are same as girl with the exception of odd Saturdays he cleans the bathroom.
There's no running in the house, no leaving toys on the floor, and other basic rules, although only the chore chart is actually written.
What about the adults? There are glasses left all over the house. What about our unwritten rule of no eating anywhere except the kitchen, dining room or outside? What about shoes left everywhere? How about shoes in the mudroom in the cubbies and boots in the garage? The baby is great but the house doesn't need to have the baby things on every surface. You can't see the bathroom counter because makeup and hair stuff is everywhere. No PG 13 or R rated movies on with children under 13 around, in fact, no tv on during the day.
I said that I appreciated them doing the dishes but to please hang the wet towels on the hooks rather than leaving them on the wood counter tops. Same goes with the laundry. You can use the dining room table to fold laundry but you can't just pile the laundry on the dining room table and leave it there. That doesn't mean pile the laundry on a sofa instead. You don't leave the doors open when it's 35 degrees out because you will be back in in just a minute. If people don't know the rules they will continuously break them albeit unintentionally.
Written rules seem stupid if you just have your immediate family in the house. Everyone knows the rules as they grow up with them. If you have new people coming into the house continuously you will either be giving orders all the time (do it this way, do it that way) or you will keep your mouth shut and let if fester until you explode. Neither of those ways are good. How are they supposed to know? After I write this I will put a set of written rules together.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
After having 21 people here for Thanksgiving, and having 14 for dinner last night, the kitchen supplies have been put to the test. For an emergency situation I have 1000 paper plates in the garage. That would be ok for three or four people but now I know that I would need so many more. We didn't use paper, we used dishes. I have regular dishes with 10 in the set, old dishes with 8 in the set, and good dishes. My good dishes are a set of 25 Homer Laughlin pottery so they aren't china or anything fragile. We also have plastic plates. There's a set of 8 in the trailer, 8 more in the kitchen, and just before Halloween I bought 32 plastic plates - 16 orange and 16 black. I also have 16 plastic bowls. With as many people as we had we went through over 100 plates or bowls and about 80 glasses each day. This would mean my 1000 plates in the garage would last a week and a half. Not good.
I have several sets of silverware, probably enough for fifty people at one meal. I am probably ok there. I have plastic silverware also but maybe only 200 of each.
If people all showed up here if TSHTF they may bring food, clothes, and tools, but dishes probably aren't high on the list. We put the dishes in the dishwasher and also washed dishes by hand. There was complete kitchen clean up after each meal. But would the dishes last? Grandson was unloading the dishwasher and broke one container. How many would get dropped and broken? What about the glasses? Would we be using plastic only? I don't have any metal camping plates. Do I need to invest in that? Can I buy any that aren't made in China?
Our trip up the hill... Sister and three little ones went with me to see the bug-out place. Brother-in-law was still working on the gate opener (by himself). Sister liked the pretty drive and was very impressed when we got stuck behind a cattle drive down the middle of the road. We were stopped for about 5 minutes while the cattle moved a quarter mile and from one side of the road to the other. She didn't think that would be legal in San Diego!
She didn't like the property though. It was too far out of town. It would take an hour and 15 minutes to get to Home Depot. From my house it only takes 30. From her house to a Home Depot is about 5. Anyway, she liked the trees and grass. The buildings were not impressive, but then I have said I wouldn't care if a forest fire burned them all down. I'd like to put something else up if I was living their permanently. What she didn't care for was that the place wasn't built up. There were no fruit trees. The garden is about 10x10. There is no lawn. Just a house in the middle of the oak woodland. I explained that my house has 13 years of improvements to the property. This one only has renters who have just started clearing the brush. I was impressed by the amount of brush that has been cleared.
I forgot to bring up my chain saws so renter is stuck for a while because his electric chain saw can only go as far as the extension cord. The well has power but it's 220. Oh well. Next time I'm out there I'll bring the saws. He's got plenty of firewood so I don't think I could talk him into cutting the branches and brush by hand.
Friday, November 26, 2010
I must confess that I did go out shopping on Black Friday. Mom, Sister, nephew and I went to Tractor Supply Hardware. We got there at 4:30 in the afternoon. So much for rushing to the stores. The four year old nephew got to see tractor implements. He was thrilled. Mom bought some toy trucks and tractors for her neighbor boys. Why did I have to rush out on Friday? TSH had American made t-posts on sale for $3.99. I bought the rest...35. Gee, if I had come earlier they would have had more in stock.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Once there, we will take a tour of the place. She will get to see the out buildings and also listen to the future plans I have for it. I'm hoping she will give me some suggestions. I'll visit my friends who are presently living in the house. The male renter has been doing lots of clean up including cutting up brush and downed trees and putting up a good supply of fire wood. They are heating the place with wood. I think they are mainly using the downed wood on the property but it almost backs up to the National Forest (500 feet away going through a property that the owner shows up to about once a decade) and would be easy to collect fire wood there.
Sister made a comment that she's trying to talk her husband into moving closer this way but she doesn't think it will happen. They just spent a lot of money adding to their house and yard. It's a beautiful home, if you don't mind being in the middle of a million people or two. I will let her know that if things ever get really bad down in Southern California that they are more than welcome to head this way. They can stay either at the farm or "up the hill" as we like to call the bug-out place.
Sister did take a step toward prepping. On Wednesday, she decided to check out Winco. It's a great grocery store where I do half of my food shopping. The rest is done at Costco and Walmart. I was showing her some of my spaghetti sauce cans. I said that I bought these (a group of 36 cans) for 79 cents each. I bought more when they went up to 88. I have about 75 cans of spaghetti sauce. They are now going for 94 cents. I remarked that I was glad that I bought them when I did. She was excited to hear they were 94 cents because where she lives the sale price is a dollar. I also told her the olives were 88 cents a can. Costco has been selling them for over a dollar a can for the same size cans and the same brand. She spent $162 dollars and bought 151 items.
I also had her help me make the rolls for Thanksgiving dinner. She said that she tried it before but it didn't turn out right. She thinks it was because the yeast was old. Did it make bubbles? She couldn't remember. Anyway, she saw what the batter should look like, how to kneed the flour into the batter, and how to shape and bake the rolls. She is going to try it again. She was trying to figure out the cost savings and didn't think it was worth the price to make bread. At Winco you can buy a one pound loaf of bread for 79 cents. To make the bread it will cost 30 cents for a pound of flour, but you will use less than a pound of flour because the water adds weight to the flour, as does any other ingredients that are included. So let's say it costs her 25 cents for the flour, another nickle for the yeast, and a couple cents for the salt. It's still just over 30 cents a loaf rather than 80. She said that her time is worth more than the 50 cents she would save. On the other hand, if she wanted raisin bread, which costs almost $3.00 a loaf, then it would be worth making. OK, she's semi-converted. At least she is learning the skills.
With all the people running around the house, I didn't think it was safe to run the wood stove. The way the dining room is set up people would be getting too close to it and nobody that was coming for dinner, or the week, have any experience with being around a wood stove. Instead we are running the propane heaters. I've become this automated voice...every time the back door opens I call out "close the door". I can hear the propane being slurped out of the 500 gallon tank and into the central heating system. The kids aren't so bad. They are trained to come in and out of the mudroom. From that room they come into the laundry room. Each room has a door that gets closed so there's two small rooms before they get into the main part of the house. The outside air doesn't get very far in when they come in. The adults on the other hand use the door off the dining room. They will stand there with the door open, or worse yet, open the door and walk out and leave the door open since they are coming back in in just a minute. Fine, you fill my propane tank!
We ended up with 21 people for dinner. Everything went well. The babies were all happy. The children were all well behaved. We even had an extra dog so six dogs had a great time playing. None of the trees had damaging effects from the freeze on Wednesday night and I'm hoping that all will be well after tonight's freeze.
Can't wait for the morning to head up the hill.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The kumquat trees (would remind you of a small sour orange) can take weather into the mid twenties and they are about four or five feet tall now, so I'm not worried about them. They will make it through the weather alright. The fruit may not all make it, but that's ok too. The trees are so loaded with kumquats that we won't be able to eat them all and there's only so much kumquat marmalade that we will eat each year.
The two tangerine trees still need to be babied. They are a couple of years old but around here it seems to take six or seven years for the citrus trees to come out of their shock and start producing. At this time they are much more tolerant to the colder temperatures. The outer branches may die back but the trees won't die. I this the two new tangerines wouldn't make it if they weren't completely protected. Right now they just have plastic covering them. Last year I rigged up a different kind of cover. I was able to secure old fire shelters (fire departments changed out from the old shelter to the new shelter). These old shelters have a heavy duty shiny aluminum which I had facing toward the inside of the tree on the west side of the tree and I had the plastic on the east side of the tree. That way, in the morning when the sun came up over the hill it would shine through the plastic to the aluminum and helped warm up the little tree shelter. It worked well enough that I didn't lose any of the trees last year. They came through winter really healthy. I'm sure I'm going to do that again this year, but it won't be before the first frost tonight. Each time I wait I ask myself why I didn't get the plastic on a week before the expected frost? I always seem to have other things come up.
I do have my avocado tree which I am pampering. This is the third one I've planted over the past 13 years. This one has been in the ground for three years now and I expect it to take off next spring. It came through this summer really healthy looking and put on quite a bit of growth (it's only 3 feet tall, but it's thick and lush). It's extremely well covered in plastic and shouldn't have any damage.
The Thanksgiving company started arriving yesterday. As of today we have four extra kids, three extra adults, and two extra dogs. It was very noisy having six kids under 10 running around. Then the four year old wanted some entertainment. Please get out your music box. This meant the accordion. Are you sure you don't want me to play the piano. No, the one that I hold in my lap. Why not? The house is already chaotic, what's more noise going to hurt? As I was playing Back in the Saddle Again, everyone was talking about how families used to keep themselves entertained by talking, playing games, and playing music. While the house was loud, the tv and radio were never turned on. I'm sure that will change because tomorrow there will be some die hard football fans here who wouldn't dream of missing a game to instead sit around and be entertained by an accordion.
One of the house guests is allergic to cats. This isn't good considering we have four of them running in and out of the house. That family asked if they could sleep in the trailer. They have a motor home that they share with other family members and it wasn't their week for it so they didn't bring it here. It's fine with me. I just removed some of the personal items that I didn't want them coming across by accident.
I'm trying to type this with a one year old grandson on my lap. He couldn't sleep and before he woke up the rest of the house with his crying I picked him up and put him on my lap. He's sleeping sitting up but at least he's quiet. It's peaceful here as the rest of the house is asleep. The chores are done and the bread dough is rising on the counter. Nothing else is prepared for tomorrow. We'll that's what the morning is for.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It does get to me thinking that if TSHTF I expect all these people to want to move in here with us. What qualities do they bring? Some bring a lot of useful skills, mainly mechanical, some can cook, others have no skills at all. If I think about the amount of food that I will go through in the three or four days that we will be feeding everyone, I realize that we go through the same amount of food in three weeks to a month. Our food supply wouldn't last at all.
My sister and brother-in-law are high on my list of people I would want to stay with us. I am convincing my sister to do a better job of buying food in bulk. We were out in the garage tonight and I pointed out the two cases of green beans I picked up six months ago. I told her they were 50 cents a can. Now they are 58. To her that was still a better price than she can get where she lives, but I pointed out that it was a 16% increase in price in just six months. Things are not going to be getting any better.
She did say that she wants me to help her with making bread. She tried my recipe and got it wrong. This I don't understand. I've never had a bad loaf. Yes, I'll teach her several different ways to make bread while she is here. Perhaps I'll put her in charge of making the rolls for Thanksgiving.
A couple of months ago we had the wrought iron fence put in across the driveway. This week brother-in-law is going to install the automatic gate opener, the solar panel to power it, and the code box to open it from the outside. We are going to have two automatic gate openers, like garage door openers, which will be kept in each truck. Today I purchased the required Knox Box which can be opened by our local fire department. When they open the box the gate automatically opens. I am going to have my brother-in-law rig a kill switch on that so they don't have access when I don't want them to have access.
Sister asked if I could do some target shooting in the backyard while they are here because her four year old has seen guns but never been around them when they were being shot. I asked her if she and her husband wanted to do some shooting as well. She said yes. Yes, they are high on my list to convert to my way of thinking.
If I don't post again until after Thanksgiving, please have a very happy Thanksgiving, and remember to thank God for all our bounties.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sometimes vehicles will have placards with pictures or numbers. They may also be different colors. You may have a placard that says 2.1. That's flammable gases. Others may just be numbered. Let take 33/1203 or even 1203. Most people recognize 1203 by the type of truck it's in. This is listed as gasoline/ petrol/ motor spirit. 33 is a European and South American code, but trucks in the US sometimes carry it as well. 3 is flammability of liquids (vapors) or gases or self-heating liquid. The number 33 means double the problem. If it was just a 3 then a 0 would be put after it, 30.
Substance 1203 lists code 128 as the proper response. Listed are the potential hazards including explosion, vapors, runoff, etc. It also lists potential health hazards. Next is public safety. How far away should people be evacuated. Even if you aren't on scene to help, at least you will quickly know how far away to get yourself and your family!
Next comes the emergency response. If there is a fire the book tells you what to use to put it out. Remember some substances will get worse if you put water on them. Fortunately, for gasoline, this is not the case. For a small fire you can use dry chemical CO2, water spray, or foam. If there is a spill or leak the first thing you do is eliminate all ignition sources. Ground any equipment you are using. Don't walk through the leak. Try to plug it if possible. Don't let it run into creeks, sewers, or other water sources. There is also a section on first aid. You need to get this right because what's good to aid for one chemical may be deadly for another. In this case, move the person upwind to fresh air. Remove and isolate any contaminated clothing and shoes.
All this sounds like common sense, but gasoline is something that we are around a lot and know about. Start looking at the trucks that go by, or at the placards near buildings. Do you recognize those? Learn what they are and what the safety measures are. If you are in the city and something goes wrong, this may be another tool in your tool kit for where it's safe and where it isn't.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
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Friday, November 19, 2010
I pulled in all the irrigation hoses. Around here we get very little rain during the summer, usually less than a tenth of an inch all summer. The garden has to be irrigated. None of the vegetables will do well without watering, no matter how much I put mulch or any kind of ground cover around the plants. The hoses didn't get rolled up, just pulled into the barn. I wanted to get as much done as I could before dark so I figured that rolling them would be a good project for another day.
The trees in the back garden still need irrigation because they are younger trees, all under 10 years old. The middle group of trees has been in the ground a longer time. I wouldn't have to irrigate and the trees wouldn't die, they just wouldn't produce a good crop of fruit. I don't have to irrigate them as much as the younger trees though. The front trees have to be watered a lot. They have only been in the ground for a year or two and still need to be pampered. The way I figure it is the tree is in shock the first year it's in, the second year it's just getting settled, and the third year it's ready to grow. It takes several years after that for them to become sturdy and strong. I didn't pull up their hoses and I don't plan to move them.
I don't know if I like the way the garden is set up. I am planting in long rows. This works well for the corn but I think I am going to come up with something else. Planting the way I do, I have to fight the weeds continuously. I am thinking about going back to raised beds. I had raised beds in my backyard in the city. It was more to make it look nice, as I was already considered odd because we kept chickens in a backyard coop. 25 years ago, this was definitely not normal! I found out the city I lived in allowed four hens in your yard as long as they were at least 10 feet away from any house. Not a problem. I could keep four hens. I told the neighbors the city said i could keep six, then I kept 8. Nobody complained because I sold them eggs for a dollar a dozen. That was on the expensive side but everyone was intrigued by the odd eggs...they were brown!
When I first moved to this place I had four raised beds. I didn't like them. I didn't like the wood they were made out of. I didn't like the location they were placed in. I didn't have good soil, I just dug some up from another spot in the yard. Needless to say, I took them out a couple years later and started planting in rows in the large garden area.
I'm thinking about putting in 16 foot long by 4 foot wide raised beds. I could probably put in twelve of these and still have room for corn. I could plant these more intensively and also would be able to plant the permanent beds and not have to worry about them. Right now I have asparagus growing in the garden. When I disc the garden with the tractor I have to swerve around these plants. I also have some artichokes and I have to do the same thing. I wouldn't need to disc the garden if I put in the raised beds.
It would also be easier to irrigate. Each bed could have plants that needed similar amounts of water. It would work out well.
I need to do a bit of planning this winter and do it right in the spring. If I can figure out where the new beds are going to go, when the chicken coop and barn stalls get cleaned out, instead of the spoils being spread throughout the garden, I'll have it placed in the location of each of the new beds.
I also have a few areas of the garden that self seed each year. This year I had squash growing everywhere. If I have two or three beds of squash, then the self seeding will be where I want it and not growing into the walkways as they did this year.
Next year I'm going to rig up a timer and figure out about how much water I am using in the garden. I'll need to measure how many gallons per minute I'm using, then time how long the water is on. I wonder if there's a water meter that I can run off the hose bib? I haven't seen one but it sure would be nice to have. I want to know if my garden is sustainable if I save the rain water in a large water tank. I figure I can capture 12,000 gallons of water off the barn runoff. Do I want a holding tank that big? That will cost a lot. Do I use that much water? Only next summer will tell...
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Edible landscape is one of the new trends. You can pack a lot into a 1/4 acre yard. There are several websites of families doing just this. If you plant a tree, make is a fruit or nut tree. If you put in flowers, make them edible. Shrubs can be herbs, fruit, or vegetables. I have only planted one type of plant on my property in 13 years that isn't useful for eating or drinking or using it for medicinal purposes. That was a butterfly plant. It spreads, has purple flowers, and attracts butterflies and bees. Everything else is edible. Even when I lived in the city over 20 years ago, I only planted edible landscaping (other than a lawn play area for the kids).
I write a lot about my son and his family. They have a little patio but no plants. They have indoor plants, but none are edible. Why not? Because they get their food for free from the government so why put out the effort. Did you know that with food stamps you can purchase vegetable seeds and plants at the grocery store? It's true. Kind of like the story...teach a man to fish and he will be able to provide for his family.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Looking at it from a survivalist perspective, it looks pretty good. It's about as isolated as can be. You can't drive there, although there is an airport. It's a four hour boat ride on the ferry from Juneau, which is another place you can't drive to. It faces the Pacific Ocean so I'm sure the wind blows. The temperature surprised me. During the summer it was cooler than Colorado but during the winter it was about 10 degrees warmer. It usually doesn't go much below freezing during the winter, instead staying in the mid to high 30s at night and in the 40s during the day. During the summer it gets into the 40s at night but into the 60s during the day. That's too cold for me for summer as it's my ideal winter! There are plenty of forests around so I'm sure there wouldn't be a firewood issue for heating the house.
I was thinking about gardening. With a greenhouse you could garden year round. You'd have to get cool weather varieties but you could grow just about everything. This is really good from a survival standpoint.
There wouldn't be a water issue. They get around 80 inches of rain per year. That's much more than the 12 he gets at his home in Colorado. If he had several rain barrels to catch water for home use he'd not have to be on a well or city water at all. Remember the formula for figuring out how much water you can harvest...1000 square feet of roof will provide 600 gallons for every inch of rain. The driest month in Sitka averages 4 inches of rain. That's 75 gallons per day to use if he captured it all that month. And that's the minimum he'd have available all year. Most months he'd have 200 gallons available each day.
He hunts and fishes. One of the main sources of income in Sitka is fishing, so from a self sufficiency standpoint that looks good.
Is there a downside? Prior to his Colorado move he lived in Idaho. That was a really good area, although he was on a major highway going between Idaho Falls and Wyoming. He could easily make a trip into Idaho Falls to do whatever kind of shopping he wanted to do. We even went to the orchestra once. Hunting, fishing, skiing and hiking were all just outside his back door. Now he's at the edge of a city and has all the city amenities. He fishes close by but goes to Montana and Alaska each year for hunting and fishing. Since my opinion is slightly taken into consideration, would I talk him out of moving or tell him to pack his bags today? I really can't stand where he's living in Colorado. But I said that Sitka was not the place for him.
Some people think they'd like living away from the city. They have this wild dream of being in a secluded area and living like Jeremiah Johnson. But get back to reality. Many people do live far from large cities. That's what we talk about when we think bug-out place. I know lots of people who have to drive and hour or two for their shopping. If you are used to being near a populated area, is that really the type of life you can live in a "normal" world? I understand wanting to get away when TSHTF but that's really not now for most of us. So why did I try to talk my friend out of moving to Sitka? There wasn't a Costco, Starbucks, or Barnes and Noble, three of his favorite places to be. He's at Starbucks almost every day, Barnes and Noble twice a week, and Costco once or twice a month.
If you are going to relocate you need to seriously consider your life now. I would love to move to my bug-out place that I bought at the beginning of the year. The downside is it takes an hour and a half to get into town from that property and now that grandkids live here permanently, it's not something that I want to do for the next ten years. If TEOTWAWKI happens and we couldn't stay where we are at, then living an hour and a half from the city would be good. We wouldn't be coming in to town a couple times a week in that situation anyway. But it's not TEOTWAWKI. I don't think my friend would make it in Sitka more than a year.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
1: Shop Manual
2: Timing Light
3: Tach/Dwell Meter
4: Compression Tester
5: Tire Pressure Gauge
7: Circuit Tester
8: Feeler Gauges
9: Spark Plug Gauge
10: Combination Wrench Set
11: 10" or 12" Crescent Wrench
12: 6" Crescent Wrench
14: Socket Wrench Set (3/8 or 1/2)
15: Socket Extensions
16: Socket U- joint
17: Socket Wrench Step down/up
18: Breaker Bar for S.W.
19: Spark Plug Socket for S.W.
20: Impact Wrench Drive
21: Hex Wrench Set
22: Oil Filter Wrench
23: Adjustable Pliers
24: Vise-Grip Pliers
25: Needle-Nose Pliers
26: Wire/Sheet Metal Cutter
27: Large (12") Phillips Screwdriver
28: Large (12") Slot Screwdriver
29: Small to Medium Slot Screwdrivers
30: Small to Medium Phillips
31: Metal Chisel
32: Metal Punch
33: Ball-Peen Hammer
34: Putty Knife
35: Flat, Round, Triangular Files
36: Sand Paper
37: Easy-Out (Extracter) Set
38: Metal Drills/Drill
39: Gear Puller
40: Valve Spring Depresser
42: Siphon Tube/Brake Bleed Tube
43: Oil Filler Spout
44: White Paint (Liquid Paper)
47: Fire Extinguishers
48: Lug (X-bar) Wrench
49: Hydraulic Jack
50: Sheepherder's Jack
51: Tire Pump
53: Wheel Chocks/Jack Blocks
56: Rip Saw
59: Length of Carpet
60: Towing Chain
61: Towing Rope
62: All Hoses
63: All Belts
64: All Gaskets
65: All Fuses
66: All Filters (x 20" more)
67: 2 Sets Spark Plugs
68: 2 Sets Points, Rotor, condenser
69: Distributor Cap
70: Plug Wires
71: 2 Mounted Tires
72: 2 Inner Tubes
73: Water Pump
74: Oil Pump
75: Gas Pump
76: Carb Rebuilt Kit
77: Timing Chain
79: Oil (enough for change)
80: Rear-end/Trans. Oil
81: Wheel Bearing Grease
82: Engine Oil Flush
83: WD-40 or Liquid Wrench Spray
84 : 3-in-1 Oil
85: Carburetor Cleaner Spray
86: Quick-Start Spray
87: 1 Quart Brake Fluid
88: Radiator Flush
89: Radiator Stop-Leak
90: Gasket Paper
91: Gasket Sealer
92: Heavy Duty (Ignition) Wire
93: Light Duty (Accessories) Wire
94: Assorted Electrical Connectors (clip, spade, bolt-on, etc.)
95: Electrician's Tape
96: Tube Patch Kit
97: Assorted nuts, bolts, screws, washers, cotter pins, etc.
98: Epoxy or Super Glue
99: Duct Tape
100: Hand Cleaner/Rags
I figured that this is an excellent list for someone who expects to have a vehicle and isn't sure what they should carry. With everything listed I'm not sure there is room for any other survival supplies, but it's a good start for what should be in my garage, if not in my vehicle. I don't think I would really need to carry all of this all the time, especially if I was going between my bug-out place and home but I definitely rethought my ideas of what I should have on hand.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Many people have home security systems. I am one of them. I recently changed my system and I thought I'd share my reason why. Home security systems can monitor burglary, fire, and carbon monoxide. Your system can be set up to make noise until the system is reset. They don't send a signal anywhere, they just make noise. You can purchase systems like this at your local hardware store. You can also use a professional monitoring system in this way if you do not keep your contract in force. The second type of system is the type that most people have. These systems are monitored by a 24-hour monitoring center. After the alarm goes off they contact either you or the local authorities, or both, depending on how you have the information set up. It's this type of system that I'm going to discuss today.
I have a system run by ADT. I do not know anybody at all who works for the company other than the few people that have come out to set up the system. I had the initial system put in about ten years ago. Since then I expanded the house and updated the system. I let the contract elapse for many years since I couldn't see spending the $20-30 a month.
I was getting a discount on my homeowners insurance for having the system. About a year ago I realized that if a fire or burglary did occur and my insurance company found out that I didn't even have the system working that they would probably be reluctant to pay any claim since I had in my insurance agreement that I had the system in working order. Therefore I reinstated my security system and figured that after getting the discount, the system was costing less than $10 a month. OK, I could go for that.
The Pac Bell phone service in my area is lousy. At least once a month the landline goes down for anywhere from several hours to several days. The power to the lines is so bad that I can't even get low speed Net Zero internet here at the house. Forget any high speed anything. I rarely use the house phone and had a separate cell phone that I also rarely used. (work pays for a wireless internet card) I decided to cancel the house phone.
My dilemma was over the security system. How would that work if I didn't have a house phone? I contacted ADT and they had someone come out to explain it to me. It was really interesting. I'll explain the system as connected to the landline. When you have phone service the security system can work. If your phone line is down you don't have security service. Sure the system will make noise if something goes wrong but it will not send the signal to the monitoring service. If you have a landline, take a look at the wires coming into your house, or onto your property.
There is a main phone box at the end of my road, about a mile and a half from the house. There is another small phone box within 500 feet of the property. From that, the line goes underground to my house. Once it gets to the house the cord goes up the outside of the house to the connector box. For those of you that don't pay for inside wiring, this is the spot where the phone company ends their responsibility - I digress, sorry. Your vulnerable area is between where the line comes up out of the ground and goes up the outside house wall until it actually goes through your wall to the inside of the house. If the "bad guy" cuts your phone line with a wire cutter, scissors, a knife, clippers, or whatever, your phone system is dead, which means your security system is dead. Bottom line, for all those people who put monitoring stickers around the property and on their windows, why don't you just put up a sign that says cut my phone line and you are in?
There is more to the story. Let's say that the burglar forgets this simple technique of getting around your slick monitoring system (yes I know it will still make noise, but if you aren't home do your neighbors really care, or can they hear it) or better yet, you don't have any outside phone wires because they are all underground and comes up in some secret location that the burglar can't get to. What if the burglar gets into your house, opens up your closets quickly to find where the panel box is in the house? They can unhook the phone wire at that location and stop the phone call to the monitoring company. Less likely scenario than cutting the wires from the outside of the house but it can happen.
Even if nobody trips the alarm a notice is sent to the monitoring company every time the system is was activated or deactivated. For example, you set the alarm and leave. The alarm company gets a notification through your phone line. You come home and turn off the alarm. Another notification gets sent that you turned off the alarm. They know your every move. Very intrusive, but you hope that they aren't working against you (or the government isn't using their records to figure out when you are home and when you aren't). When you get back home and you go to turn off the alarm system you usually get around 30 seconds to turn it off. After the thirty seconds if you successfully shut off the system, the alarm won't sound but you the system will still send a notification to the company that the system was turned off. If you don't turn off the system then the alarm will go off and the notification sent is that the system wasn't shut off properly and there is possibly a break in. Depending on how slow the phone system is, the alarm company may not get the phone call for almost one minute from the time the burglar actually breaks into your house. I've heard of places where the burglars are in and out within a minute after knowing where to look for valuables by either looking through windows or by having a floor plan of your house (either it's a tract home or courtesy of the county planning department's public files).
ADT offers another option which costs about $100 to install, although I was able to talk them into a $25 install, and it adds $7 a month to the bill. (Added $7 but I no longer have a $35 lousy Pac Bell landline) I put the alarm system on a cellular connection rather than using a landline. I don't have it attached to a cell phone; they actually install a transmitter into the inside panel box. This system is far superior to a landline system. First, there are no outside wires to cut. Second, and most important, the length of time that it takes to notify the alarm company is significantly shorter.
Let's go back to the almost impossible scenario of the burglar breaking into the house and finding the alarm box and pulling the phone wires from there. They have 30 seconds from the time they get into the house and then up to 30 more seconds to find the box and disable it – a full minute to disable the system before the company is notified. When it's on the transmitter system, the transmission takes place between two and three seconds after the door or window is opened. Yes, I said seconds. So, even if someone opened up your front door and the panel was in the closet right next to the door, the transmission would be sent before it could be disabled. They've gotten the transmission that the alarm has been tripped. Once you enter your code into the key pad another transmission will be sent letting them know that you've turned it off.
To quickly summarize, if you have an alarm system and it's attached to a landline to contact the monitoring service the bad guys can shut down your system before they ever step foot into your house. It's fast and it's easy, so you may as well not pay for the burglary monitoring. If you have the transmitter system they can't shut you down unless they take out the cell towers.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I need to buy more t-posts for the front fruit trees.