Say, here’s an odd prepping discussion that I don’t recall the in-city wannabes talking much about: What are you going to do for GLUE in the hereafter when TSHTF?
We’ve been out here on the ranch since 2003 and being as how we’re pretty-well stocked up on things, a minor repair on the old farm truck taught us a real serious lesson in how sometimes the modern conveniences we take for granted can come and bite us on the ass.
Take my super glue collection, just as a for-instance. I don’t use super glues often, but sometimes where is a job which nothing else will work well for.
The Farm Truck has plastic rain shields over the driver and passenger door.
They are one of those hundred-dollar options that people toss on their ride at the last minute. Auto dealers make a fortune on these things – which I’m sure must be up to $250 by now.
Here’s the problem: They were dealer installed with double-sided sticky tape. And when we zip down the country roads, these rain shields slap against the top of the door.
You think the engine’s going to take off or the world is ending.
Oh, wait. First one I reached for in the glue collection was NFG. (No freaking good!)
Hmmm…”Must have been a bad batch…”
Well, no, not a bad batch at all.
Turns out 7 tubes from four manufacturers around 2005-2008 were all dried up on the inside. Hard as a damn rock. Took the sailing knife and cut them open. Yessir…gobs of plastic, although in fairness, one was slight slightly flexible, but not worth using.
Even the ones with the metal foil on the ends were NFG…
Surprisingly, there was one class of glue that held up in storage (which around here runs from 20F in winter to 110F in summer) for lo these many years:
Yep, that’s it: Good old two-part 5-Minute Epoxy.
You can pick the stuff up at Amazon for a song depending on your singing skills. Versachem 43109 Clear 5-Minute Epoxy – 1 oz. is less than $5 bucks and seems like it would have a decent shelf life.
I decided to get half a dozen of the small packages because they might be more useful that way. I have no idea how well these current production runs will hold up over extremes of temp and time.
But we’re mighty impressed with the performance of the tubes we had from back who-knows-when.
I’m no fan of gluing things, don’t get me wrong. I would rather have genuine fasteners. It’s also why I am not all that thrilled with new-fangled composite aircraft parts. Oh sure, they work on Day One peachy-keen. But are they going to be 30-year throw-aways?
No getting away from the fact that super glues are grand for emergency surgery and wound closure.
But at the first sign of war breaking out, run to the store and get the freshest super glues you can. And pick up 50 pounds of sugar.
As one of my friends reminded me a while back: Soldiers in the American Revolution packed wounds with sugar to staunch bleeding and then switched to honey for its medicinal antibacterial properties.
We like having QuikClot and super glues around – and boxes of large shop-grade nitrile gloves, too.
But when worse comes to worse, sugar and honey can work for wound/injury treatments.
A shock to the modern prepper, perhaps, but you can’t stop bleeding with Stevia.
Ham Radio Corner – Great Podcasts!
Female, nearly 80, sailing the world? Got my attention… Buddy Jeff turned me onto http://www.qsotoday.com/
Daily podcast on topics radio’ish.
Reason he called me? This last week’s report was an interview with Susan Meckley, W7KFI. From the summary on the site:
?There is no time like the present to sail the South Pacific, solo, with amateur radio. This is exactly what Susan Meckley, W7KFI, did for almost twenty years until she retired from the open seas at almost eighty years of age. As a ham for almost seventy years, Susan developed a love for 20 meter CW and sailing. She combined them both in her journey that she shares with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today….
Thomas Witherspoon’s Ears To Our World Project is this week’s report – about bringing ham radio to places without…well….anything. Don’t see globalists doing this kind of people-bridging, do you?
Break: Remember our conversation about “pro sports” is for the couchers? Well this is a fine example of no-excuses kick-ass personal adventuring.
Some people dream of high adventures. Others just get off their butts and go for it. Get comms, get transport, and get out there!
Many hobbies can change the world. Our friend Chad took his Baby Beech out to the Bahamas on church supply missions for local schools in the out islands.
Bottom Line: Politicians don’t change jack. PEOPLE do and everyone has a free membership that club.
Write when you get rich,