ShopTalk Sunday: Saved [by] My ASS(ortments)

Weekend, markets closed.  Summertime in the shop.

But how does “Prepping”  (a category we helped ‘invent’ back in 1997) and being a tool-slut go hand-in-hand?

Let’s Big Picture This

Let’s pretend you are – oh – 72 years old (like me).  You know (by genetics and stressors of Life) the odds of making it to 92 are about 50-50.  This sounds morbid, but follow along, here.

Means I might have 20-years of life left.  Which sounds like quite a while if you’re holding your breath.  But. when you punch out “the numbers” that’s only 7,300 days.

Worse, only one-day out of seven (for me) really offer “boy time” in the shop. , Works out to 1,042 days.  Let’s face it, that pencils down pretty quickly when – as a practical matter, 4-undisturbed hours per day can be had.

That’s why I work so hard on shop organization (now) and on shop comfort (like 10-tons of a/c in  the shop).  I want as many of those 4,000 hours to be and productive and  useful as possible. 

Time matters.  The older we get, the less we have to spend.  Anything with a payoff in time and/or enjoyment is money well-spent.  Making more money?  (Other than lunch-money trades)  Hardly worth it.

Because, as we discuss in extreme detail in the new book (Packing to Die:  The suitcase between your ears) the money, rates of return, annual gains rates…none of that matters.

In fact it ALL pales compared to the eyes of your lover over a lingering dinner, watching a waterfall, duking it out with heavy weather offshore, or… well – got the idea?  “Head things” are transportable…much more in the book.  Which is (shameless plug here) being serialized on Peoplenomics.  (Back to point…)

Society’s Thin Veneer

To use those x-thousand hours to best ends, we need tools and equipment that work.  Repairs – when needed – should be nearly instant.

Prepping may not seem to have much to do with this, except that if there were to be an overwhelming attack on Amazon and Wal-Mart (all at the same time) and the internet goes down….and let’s toss in martial law, no travel due to lambda variant (or whatever). Then where’s the closest hardware store to get a 3/4-inch long 8-32,  1/2″ bolt, Phillips with a star-type lockwasher?

(The correct answer out here in the dingleberries MIGHT be Tractor Supply, but how are you going to pay if the web (and banking) is down, too?  If you don’t have enough gasoline in the pickup truck to get home?  Or, if the power’s off at TSC and you can’t see over in the hardware aisle to find the part you need?  [OK, wise guy, did you bring an LED flashlight?  Ounce or two of silver rounds?  Think worst of worst here…]

Live Fire: Rock Tumbler Down

One morning this week, I came out to my shop realizing that the familiar noise of the rock tumbler had been replaced by a simple whirring noise.  Bad as Mr. 20/35 is, didn’t take too much study to see the damn cylinders weren’t turning.

This happened on a morning when internet (meaning Amazon, Wally World, Lowes, TSC, and the burger joint in town) were all operating normally.

The fix was expected to be “not too hard” since there was no smell of smoke, so setting up a motor-winding jig wouldn’t be called-for…this time.  Instead, that silver vent plate in the picture above was quickly removed to expose the culprit.  Missing screw!

Fix?  Install a similar set screw:

Within 6-minutes, the tumbler was tumbling and I was back to the next item on my list:  An article to write…

What We Glossed-Over?

I’ll tell you here and now why this was a 6-minute problem (tops) from observation to repaired and running:  Ure has a “secret weapon.

In fact, if you “live remote” there are two Articles of Faith never to be questioned.

  1. If something breaks, you won’t have the part.
  2. If you don’t have the part, maybe a neighbor does.

Storytime:  Neighbor came over a couple of years ago and said “Hey, George, you wouldn’t by chance have a connector big enough to get 3 Number 12 wires and a Number 6 all tied together?  I was going into town and thought I’d ask on the way…”

After a jaw-dropping tour of our 3X#12 plus 1X#6 options  department, he smiled and said “By-God, George, you really do have everything!”  He left happier than a “pig with two dinks.  And a suitable Kearney (split) bolt, extra electrical tape and some 3-M goo to finish it all off with.

Assortments Save Your Ass!

Here’s just a piece of Ure’s “assortment of assortments.”

I told you about having a “tool kart” so the workbench has ample room on bigger projects?  A basic assortment of metric, SAE and wood screws lives there:

(Tip:  The X’s on the ends of screwdrivers means Phillips…plain is slotted.)

And shoot these are just in the “assorted assortments” area of the workshop.  There are specialties like slip washers (assorted) in the plumbing area  and twist-locks (*assorted) in the electrical area.  Spare switches…and on it rolls…

Even before we go into the office which is where the electronics department is sited:

Electronics is a hell of a lot more complicated on a parts-on-hand basis.  Because you have “devices” and resistors, and capacitors, and inductors, and transformers, and connectors (as for antennas and such).

And then each of these are further typed according not only to value, but also tolerance (like 5% – which means the value should be within 5% of whatever the color bands claim).  Power handling like these resistors. And then voltage…because a 500 Volt capacitor in a 3,0oo circuit does make a really loud bang and let’s the smoke out.

Back on Point

You may think I’ve got the world’s worst case of Hoarding disease.  But I’d point to the little adventure this week with the rock tumbler and pose the question:  Where does “prepared” and “well-stocked” cross over into Hoarding?

For me – and this is only a personal matter – I like to be “deep” on things which hold my interest and that I work on or use on a regular basis.

Which means a good set of spares for?

  • Basics (oil, filter, fuses) for the car and pickup.  Battery charger….
  • Basic to intermediate for the Tractor (oil, filters (fuel, lube, and hydraulic) plus emergency hydraulic repairs, hoses, and metric and SAE sockets (including “deeps” up to 2″.
  • Which means air tools, which have their own spares: joins, tape, tape dope, compressor oil, tool oil, air caps…
  • Shop>General:  Who hasn’t needed a second set of sockets and open-ends?  Show of hands?
  • Wood Shop:  Central and shop vacs (3 of ’em) which means they eat bags and hoses, and a few implements you can never have too many of.  Like the ShopVac round bristled dust brushes…  Spare clamps, jigs, the “fastener cart” and a finishing cart (or shelves of paint, primers…).  And that’s like a minimum.
  • 3D Printer and CNC lanes:  Tools especially a reasonable set of ball-end Allen wrenches…these are so much better than plain-Jane Allen’s it’s not funny.  Then you have spares for Bowden tubes, extruders, #4 nozzles, flush cutters (never have figured where they all go, but they do…)  plus racks and racks of filament.  And supplies and clamping gear for CNC…
  • Metal Shop:  Consumable spares for all the machines:  Cut-off wheels (14″), grinder cut-offs and flappers (4-1/2″), assorted rod, assorted wire welding options (I try to keep to 0.35 but thin material means more spares and consumables…0.30, 0.25).
  • Outdoor power equipment:  Spare carb kits for everything, spare plugs, spare chains for the saws, sharpeners and so on…

As you can see, this matter of “well-stocked” is location dependent.

If you are living in a city, and the most complex handyman project this year was hanging a picture?  You don’t need spares.  (You need a life, but this is your deal…)

Even something simple (3D printer – even a small one like an Ender3) means spare thermistors, spare power supply,  some specialized tools, maybe a spare extruder, hot-end, Bowden tube, nozzles, heat socks, plus a second set of go-no-go feeler gauges because believe it, or not, using paper to guess 3-thousandth’s ain’t good enough.

I like spares.  I even feel noticeably better if I have a dozen, or two, straight hand-picked full 96″  2-by-4’s in the wood stacks.  Fresh pots of PVC primer and glue get ordered with the first frost…that kind of thing.

Fine line it is between Hoarding and Prepping – grant you that.

But only so long as the power’s on.  After that?  If you haven’t seen what’s coming, you might want to get a checkup.

Write when you get rich,

96 thoughts on “ShopTalk Sunday: Saved [by] My ASS(ortments)”

  1. george you dont need all that gear you have got if we are all gunna be checking out to that big jungle in the sky . sell some on ebay . get ready

  2. morning George

    so many useful things, reminds me of an old style spares emporium of the sort that is disappearing these days……

    need to add a selection of carbon brushes to my stocks,
    I’m getting the urge to make a tesla switch or two in various sizes to see what happens…..

    been playing with pond foggers and browns gas, having thoughts on burner variations with that mix, ( main aim, get a wok hot enough for a nice crispy stir fry )….

    found a working link to the book I dip into for inspiration / distracting the mind

    every device I have has a copy downloaded and has done for many years
    many interesting things


    • If by chance your Brown gas is HHO then you might want to check out the new Split Cell designs that have been developed.
      It is now possible to get separate hydrogen and oxygen streams instead of the old style mixed gas stream. This is much safer to use.
      The split cells have their plates rearranged as to how they are electrically energized. Instead of one output hose there is now two hoses. One for hydrogen and one for oxygen.
      Don’t forget to have a safety device like a bubbler on your output hoses. That prevents flash backs!
      Also be aware that hydrogen burns hotter than propane so be careful with using it for heating.

      • “want to check out the new Split Cell designs that have been developed.”

        Lol check out the Hoffman cell..its not new..
        The first patented one was a hundred years ago..
        What is missing is the magnetics and resonance frequencies..

      • I like bubblers and flame traps, my last car had a small reactor in the glove box perking the performance and terrifying passengers… ;)

        and early testing established that HHO doesn’t go bang….. it goes pop,….. a very loud pop and the lid of the last trap takes ages to come back down….. ;)

        got a frequency gen thingy to add into the next generation unit to see if harmonics drop the amperage required fo gassing

        I’m onto the water vapour as fuel HHO as catalyst level of pottering here,
        though the current reactor looks like the mutant offspring of a flux capacitor and a pipe bomb….
        going for the very cheap to build (so far) design

        will need a better power supply for the next stage of pottering….
        the old battery charger is getting unhappy at me maxing the output so much


      • Yes, the Hofmann cell. An initial attempt to produce hydrogen and oxygen by electrolysis. It required a platinum electrode and some sulfuric acid. Compared to today’s HHO generators it is very inefficient. Modern generators use a low concentration of lye in solution with pure water and an electronic frequency generator to crack the water molecules. Production rates can be very good usually in the liters per minute without excessive power drain. The technique is good enough to run a gasoline engine without any gasoline being consumed. The early experimenters in gasoline powered carriages were laughed at. This technology is at that stage of development! Laugh if you want but have you done any research into this fledgling technology?

      • “I’m onto the water vapour as fuel HHO as catalyst”

        Look at what the germans did during ww2 Mark V ..they were masters of water alcohol injection using hydrogen as fuel..
        Whatsvfunny is the systems were firs manufactured in the USA ..theres patents on it by almost every auto manufacturer.. you can buy the water injection system at almost any race car auyomotive supply store. Along with hydrogen or nitrous injectors..

    • “early testing established that HHO doesn’t go bang….. it goes pop,…..”

      Be careful Mark-V…HHO is quite explosive.. separate the gasses..
      A watch of the zeppelin going down will give you an idea of how fast hydrogen will burn.. if they hadn’t used the paint they did it would have burned much slower.. ( I had a grease fire on an old grill for the same reason…it was a fire from hell because of the aluminum iron mix.. nasty scary..but it wasn’t explosive)
      Separate the gas then mix it.. such as a recirculating Hoffman cell..use directed magnetics and opposite ultrasonic frequencies… pulsing the positive and negative poles using a pulse wave.
      Most hydrogen cells their forcing the cell to split with brute force. by using frequencies your lulling it apart.

  3. George,
    I’m reminded that in supplying airplanes, tanks, etc. to governments, the big money is in the spares needed to keep the weapons battle-ready. Sell a dictator an airplane, and you’ve got a long-term customer.

  4. It probably wouldn’t surprise you to know I like my shop to be highly organized, too. At my last place it was also a hangout area with ceiling mounted tv and surround sound.

    I got a kit with assorted nails and screws years and years ago as a gift. I’ve still got it and I still use it. I also add to it here and there. It’s been very useful. Last year, I discovered the ‘spares kits’ on Amazon and let me you what, friends and neighbors, George is right…those things are great. I’ve bought several of them and they’re completely worth it.

  5. “the odds of making it to 92 are about 50-50.”

    I have visited with many centurion’s through my years of healthcare work.. When visiting with them the biggest thing I learned was.. DON’T STRESS… DRINK A GLASS OF WINE A DAY… and GO FOR A WALK smell the flowers laugh a little and love..(or be friendly)…
    that was the one thing that all of them had in common..

    • LOOB u are stressed!
      1. Don’t stress.
      2. Drink a glass of wine
      3. Go for a walk smell the flowers
      4. Laugh a little
      5. and Love

      The data mind reeled at “that was the one thing”… (heart palps and sweats will pass, but I may be light-headed and in zen mode all day,now…

  6. “4-undisturbed hours per day can be had”

    Phew when can you get four hours.. LOL.. my kids and wife have this idea that I have forty eight hours in a day.. little honey do projects.. I really want a printer now.. dam what I could make with it.. do you need a three dimensional scanner to.. for that rare part that you have that is broken.. at one point in time I had a wood cookstove.. but a few parts were broken.. so I had to make the spare part out of cardboard and clay then send it off to be cast.. there is a great place that still does little things.. perfectly made to.. a printer would have been wonderful .. and a lot less work..

    • Don’t laugh but 3d scanner is also in the inventory here. Just a turntable and a stereocamera.
      And this photogrammetry software called Zephyr…

      Free version will give you the idea. That’s why we invested in an 8″ (not 6) digital caliper.

      Thing is, with Zephyr you can model the shape. Then in a cad program dimension it right. Then cast it in aluminum and finish on the lathe and mill. And a drawerful of files and Dremel heads.

      Won’t be fast, but 30 panels, a handful of inverters and decent battery bank…that could be the basis of Civilization 2.0’s first fab shop between Dallas and Houston.

      Everyone already has the Civilization 2.0 disk from, right?

      • “Everyone already has the Civilization 2.0 disk from, right?”

        Dam.. I didn’t have that.. thanks for sharing… I did a sample search and seen air well LOL LOL.. It had almost all of it from history.. the really old air wells weren’t covered but heck.. a good start and one to spur the thoughts LOL

      • Wow! Some of the best info is in the comments!

        Thanks for the info on Zephyr. I don’t have a 3D printer yet but my daughter has two(always in use). This and the proper lashup might make for at least a surface 3D scanner. Then it’s off to the races.

        I believe that the difference between a hoarder and a prepper is that the prepper knows what and why he has something. I bought a hoarder house once(good deal), and everything from Hungry Man dinner boxes and collectable coins were heaped together in piles everywhere. It was sad, and the former owner was deceased with no known relatives. I did my best to respect this man who had such a trashy treasure trove. I still feel an appreciation for who he was and hope that he’s in a better place.

        A real question is that prior to leaving the physical dimension, how can we pass on our life’s work and property in a way that the next generation can build on it, rather than simply selling it all off in desperation. Each generation seems to have largely divergent aspirations. How to adapt such aspirations and our physical things for maximum forward utility is certainly part of “Packing for Death”.

      • NM Mike – the answer to the “how” question is to get them involved in the prep work and help them understand in their context what it’s all for. I keep telling my kids that selling the ranch is the height of idiocy in this World as it is going and they keep nodding their heads like yo-yos when I say it but their lives speak of different aspirations. Thinking for yourself often means diverging from the accepted social norms and conventional wisdom but if it works then it’s the right path.

      • My gosh…

        I thought I was the only weirdo on the planet who hit sites like RR! It’s probably been 10 years since I was last there. Thanks for the memory-jog…

      • Just download the Rex website (warning though, lots of errors there though as files are missing from some of their links-it appears they haven’t updated/cleaned up the site in a while). This is the best program for that, but it can take time to trawl though an entire site, especially if your inet connection is slow. Also make sure you tell the program to store it on a hard drive with ample space.

      • For those using httrack on any site, set a reasonable interval between file requests. Running it flat out may lock up their site and possibly trigger an IP ban. Besides that, it’s impolite. Set reasonable bounds on the queries or you may end up trying to download the entire internet.

    • “LOOB, download HTTrack.”

      Thanks Ray.. downloaded it.. cant wait for the info downloaded.. what a useful site

      • Yeah…
        I’ve got at least a half-dozen such sites in my Opera 7 bookmarks, which are on a computer that’s been buried in my back room for 10 years. I REALLY need to find a good bookmark manager that’ll run on Windows 7 (and up) so I can migrate things and create a unified links database. ‘Not very high on the job list, though…

      • “Yeah…
        I’ve got at least a half-dozen such sites in my Opera 7 bookmarks,”

        Please share them Ray.. I finally got the civilization reboot downloaded.. my god almost ten gigs of memory..I was going to print them out.. but I don’t know it would take a lot of paper to do that.. if a thousand page book is just a few kb of memory and if the water fowl protection act will fill several truck loads of paper.. heck there is a whole library there…. I can only imagine how many pages there are.. a good couple of weeks of reading for sure..

  7. Food riots/shortages are starting to be seen worldwide. But them may blow over.

    I mentioned my local Wally-world being out of bread regularly.

    How are you posters storing your ‘off the shelf’ bags of Jasmine, sugar and flour?

    My thought is a vacuum sealer w/food-grade vacuum bags. Fill up five gallon buckets with vacuum sealed food packs. But I don’t know how long rice will last this way. Or if this is even the right strategy.

    5lb bags of sugar or flour could be placed into a vacuum bag and sealed whole/unopened.

    And what about vacuum sealing loaves of bread? Bread will compress and can then be stacked. How long will vacuum sealed bread last?

    • Flour stores well in the freezer
      but flour can also be bought in a number 10 can. Some people like canned brown bread and stockpile that.

    • I find that excluding rodents(mice more than rats) is a real challenge if away from cities. This is even more important than excluding air. Vacuum sealing seems to be a good idea, and freezing in a freezer for a few days will tend to kill off anything that got into the products. Then they can go into plastic buckets or barrels. Ideally, you’d date things and add O2 absorbers too.

      I’m no expert at this. I keep bread in the freezer until I’m about to eat it. I’m sure that others are far better at storing food than I am. I really have no idea what to do with flour and sugar, so I don’t (yet) keep it around.

    • “Food riots/shortages are starting to be seen worldwide. But them may blow over.”

      It depends on the crops…many products are having issues because of the lack of containers. I buy aluminum cans..for my homemade beer and for water..theres a shortage because of shipping issues
      ..they are also made in china..

    • Sugar doesn’t go bad. It only gets hard. It would be a waste to vacuum pack it. Store it in food grade buckets from Lowes or Atwoods if you have mice, or in metal tins (like the old potato chip ones) if you have rats. Baking power and baking soda can’t be stored well. You can buy some smaller cans from companies that specialize in long term storage.
      Be careful if Bisquick and pancake mixes. There are stories of grandmothers killing their grandkids with pancakes made from expired mixes.

      • “Be careful if Bisquick and pancake mixes. ”

        So true..the story of moses and the first born.. the mold in the grain.. you can tell if its rancid..
        Bisquick mix recipe
        1 cup all-purpose flour
        1?½ teaspoons baking powder
        ¼ teaspoon salt
        1 tablespoon butter
        Store the grain.. they found five thousand year old grain still good.. I sprouted seeds found by an archaeologist.
        I grind my own flour in times of need.. sometimes just because.. I have a couple of flour mills.. same with oil presses ..and butter churns..

    • Pickle buckets.

      All the fastfood places used to get dill slices or chips in 5gal sealdown buckets. The last time I went foraging for them, only Burger King still did. BUT, every mom & pop hamburger or ice cream joint still gets their dill chips in them.

      Half-cup bleach (or quarter cup pool shock) and fill to the top, let steep for a couple hours (lid on, NOT SEALED), drain into next bucket and let that one air out in sunlight. Repeat. After two complete cycles, all pickle and vinegar smell will be gone.

      Amazon and a bazillion places sell Mylar food storage bags.

      Now, you have a 6-gallon bag and a 5-gallon bucket.

      Quick & dirty:

      Buy a bunch of Styrofoam picnic plates and a few pounds of dry ice.
      Put bag in bucket, put food in bag,
      Put plate on top of food.
      Place a half-pound of dry ice on the plate.
      Give the bag a half-twist (a full twist will shatter the bag.)
      Put the lid on loosely.
      Immediately after dry ice has sublimated and bag is warm enough to handle, twist, tie, and shut that lid down.

      CO2 is heavier than air and will displace all atmosphere in the bag, creating an environment in which things can neither spoil, nor be attacked. If the bucket has a good seal, its contents should be good for at least 9 years and probably 12 or more.

      Not so quick or dirty:

      Every paintball supplier sells nitrogen tanks. You can buy them from 12cc to at least #4. Acquire nitrogen, use it to flood LTS bags (see above), buckets should be good for 20+ years. Additionally, you can nitrogen-flood Seal-a-Meal bags and nitrogen vacuum-pack meals or entrées, which will keep for several years in your freezer…

      Note: I bought my (pretty little, stainless) nitrogen tank several years ago from Amazon. It was a b!tch, finding a local who’d fill it, until I got to know the folks at the “make your own beer & wine” store…

      • Welding gas will sell or rent nitrogen tanks, and fill them if they sold them. They’re used for purging tanks and refrigeration lines. Be careful with large quantities of nitrogen. It will displace O2 AND CO2, so you’ll never be gasping for air – you’ll just pass out silently and die. N2 is still ideal for food storage and airing up tires too. Just be careful.

      • “Half-cup bleach (or quarter cup pool shock) ”

        Make sure the pool shock is sodium hypochlorite..

    • “How are you posters storing your ‘off the shelf’ bags of Jasmine, sugar and flour?”

      Good Question Steve….
      I have a minipack vacuum sealer..
      I buy 5 lbs bags. Toss in an oxygen absorber ( basically a salt and iron filing tea bag as the iron oxide corrodes it burns oxygen) thenvacuum seal them. Then into a five gallon pale with an oxygen absorber in it..
      For freeze dried hamburger.. I cook the lean hamburger then pour boiling water over it drain the fat off.. place it on trays put it in my harvest right freeze dryer..then after its freeze dried spice it and bag it in one cup vacuum sealed bags with an oxygen absorber..
      For retort chicken hamburger steak vegitables etc. Place the sized servings in the appropriate retort pouch freeze it vacuum pack it. Then Place vertical in pressure canner. Make sure you pack plenty tight.. as it cans the bags expand if theres to much room the sides can split. Can it for the appropriate time. If you use pasta reduce the sauce..I do a third. Then you can have a quick heat and eat..
      Pickles.. cut both ends off place in vacuum bag like one quarter cup or less..( it boils at room temp and you dont want to damage your vacuum pump)
      For jars.. cut both ends off your cucumbers sterilize the jars. Place your dill and grape leaf or alum and salt at the bottom pack with cucumbers sprig of dill on top fill with boiling brine put your top on hit with your vacuum pump screw cap ring on . They stay nice and crisp.. no hot water bath.. I do half as much more vinegar for my brine..
      I ferment to..

  8. I figure when I check out my son will inherit my collection. You may not be able to get ‘things’ in the near future. We are already having building supply shortages in Maine.

    • The best time to have a discussion on this is now! Sadly, my kids’ mom died unexpectedly and we all did the best we could to imagine her wishes and fulfill them. If your son has no idea what to do with your collection, it may just get sold to the first bidders.

  9. First you dazzle with restrained monetary knowlege/info then you blow us away with shop storage/possessions, not to mention WOO WOO. Life under 10,000. What the heck is next G?

    • G
      You edited my name to William. Been promoting you since 2007?
      Are you the new or always have been FB-Twitt-Zucker suck?

      • Although I put up a Ure/Urban site on FB and a Twit handle – that was done so that someone wouldn’t spoof me and cause shit to roll back on me.
        Social media is a crooked deal and so are the (turns out) government extension censors who run ’em.

  10. The progressive momentum is fading as new administration’s thunder always does. How will the progressives get everyone’s attention and insure the gravy train expands for the cousins and in-laws benefit? Why, Lockdown 2 sounds like the answer. Put workers back on the street where they can be exploited. Don’t get this confused with medical necessity; this is a political spin & control issue.

  11. Puny Human –

    When are you going to explain what happens to that suitcase between the ears ?

    Where does it go/what happens to it, after physical death?

    Unclaimed Baggage ? Lost & Found ? Overboard ? Missing persons dept ?

    Obviously we are empty handed/headed, when we are born/arrived/sentenced to – here on planet Earth.

    ELECTROMAGNETIC NRG applied at unimaginable levels of power – wipes away all the contents of the aforementioned suitcase.

    We have No memory of past lives – Why ?

    Says here – memory does not work like that. All data from previous lives/experiences always exists and can be Viewed/Accessed at any time.

    “Viewing” can be accomplished several different ways – all involving meditation and practice.
    Can also be done via QHHT with a qualified practitioner (level2 or higher)..quantum hypnosis healing technique will access Ure higher self.
    You are in control..
    You bring list of questions – practitioner drops you down Deep, and asks the Questions -Ure higher self Answers – All video recorded – takes around 5-7 hrs ..deep.

    You can UnPack Ure SOUL/Life Spirit Now – and ask about Ureself about those “deathtraps” = warm inviting light, “spirits” suggesting some more “work” needs developed, not Ure time yet – Of course they seem kind & loving and the Light feels good…..Zzzzzaped by one of the many Amnesia Machines networked across the heavens.

    pyramids, wheels in the sky -flying chariots – but dont have advanced tech to Zap You=Soul ??? think again. A-dam = sumerian Sheep..kept us in pens..

    If you recapture Ure ability to “View”, which already have, Ure new book would need a whole new edition (s) – and who has got the time for that ?

    We all do – We Eternal – U just cant remember..hahahahahahhaha or is that bababababa

      • Sumerian cuneiform texts – from clay tablets dated c 2800 BC –

        WTF do you think “they” are still doing in Iraq/Syria all this time, protecting U & Ures from terrorists??

        “the kachinas can move quickly, as I utter these words, they can travellong distances.They only need a few seconds: their vessels fly thanks to a magnetic force, even when they go around the world…
        When you cut a calabash in half, you get a shape that looks like a cup or a saucer: when you put these two shapes together you obtain the shape of the vessel that was used long ago..
        The hopis know that some of our own ancestors made use of these vessels, and that they were used in other countries.” White Bear, traditions of the Hopi Indians of Arizona.
        The group behind World Control network – you LOOK at Akhenaten anf his Daughters, you will see they all wore large headdresses to hide their elongated skulls. They are Hominoids, but not Human. They are very clever , not creative, but certainly mathematical. We live in a wold of secret societies and secrets.

  12. During a short stint living in town just after getting married 40+ years ago, I found a small hardware store down the street from our little house on a corner. It was actually shaped like a piece of pie not much bigger than a 2 bedroom house. It was owned and ran by Mr. Pappenfus, not certain of the spelling. He bore an uncanny resemblance to Floyd the barber and even sounded like him.

    Inside was a wonderous assortment of anything you could ever imagine. I would find any excuse I could to go there. You could spend hours happily just sorting through the bins but if you had a specific need just ask Mr. P. and he would go straight to it and tell you some of the best stories and tales.

    Every time I go through my hardware supplies I think about him and my dad. Thankful for the items they gave me packed away in “the suitcase between my ears”.

    • When I was 12 years old, I got a summer job in a hardware store like you describe. It was owned by Mr. Helmkay (sic). I learned more about nuts and bolts, screws, washers and doodads than I ever thought possible.

      One of my fondest memories in the suitcase between my ears.

    • I am fortunate to live 20+ miles down the hill from just such a place. Placerville Hardware is the oldest continuously operating hardware store west of the Mississippi. This store was established during the gold rush days when the town was named Hangtown. The same family still owns and operates it.
      Inside, the walls are lined with bins that soar to the high ceiling. Access to their contents is via several ladders suspended on rails from the ceiling.
      I lived closer when I discovered the store in 84. One morning, I stepped in thinking I would take a quick look around, and continue on to the barber shop.
      I never got a haircut that day. I was mesmerized by what I found walking around the wooden floors of that place. Although their stock included some tourist items, and some modern electronics, like handheld radios and metal detectors, some of the bins on the walls had stuff from the gold rush days.
      I might still be there, but my wife’s call broke the spell.
      If you’re ever in the area, plan a visit. It’s just off highway 50, half way between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.

  13. A skinny guy was seen in my backyard by my lawn guy. He was checking out if my garage was locked. He got in through my 5 foot fence gate that was chained and locked.

    Any suggestions to keep human rats out ? Do you think a second chain and lock at the bottom of the gate will work?

    • He squeezed through? He must have been a hungry cuss.

      Care to say what part of the country your in? If it’s close to a high pop area you’re best to brace yourself for more to come.

      Either turn your place into Ft. Knox, get an amorous German Sheppard (I luuuuv G.S.s) or Rot if you can afford the food, Zeroscape with lots of UN-friendly cacti (they have incredible blooms) in strategic boundary areas with short fence work to keep kids out of and generally make your place say “breaking in here will cost you dearly”. It doesn’t work well for grandkids, though. Balls and other toys fly into and stick to protective greenery but these are choices to be made.

      The people across the street complained in the past that they were always being broken into when they first moved here. We’ve lived in our house for over 40 years, my wife’s a “native” and have never had to seriously pay attention to security. I can’t count the number of times I found that I’d left my truck unlocked on the street with all my tools in it and no one touched it. The difference between what happens on one side of our street and the other? People know us and the ones across the street are newbies that have generally made themselves known to be A-h0les that look down on the original people in our town. (Yeah, yeah, yet another rant on that subject). I hope you know the people in your neighborhood well because that’s you first line of defense. Unfortunately for us the DMZ in our neighborhood runs down the middle of the street. If things really fall apart around here I’ll securely wire a sign on the front gates across the street that says “Let them eat cake”.

    • If you have an alarm system, make sure you alarm the garage doors and windows.
      Padlocking the garage overhead door on the inside slows the thieves down.
      Entrance doors need deadbolts. Replace short hinge screws with long ones. Reinforce the strike plate.
      Cover external windows with something. I tape on bubble wrap.
      Motion detector lights, dogs, cameras all help.
      No municipality or HOA will allow you to put in a fence that will stop a thief from climbing over.
      Booby traps are illegal. Engineered mudholes and thorny flora are not.

    • “Any suggestions to keep human rats out ?”

      You can’t.

      Don’t try.

      Instead, channel your thoughts toward making it uncomfortable, difficult, or painful for someone to breach your castle space.

      A guy with a hundred dollar chainsaw, with a two hundred dollar carbide chain, can walk through your wood, wire, steel, or plastic fence like it doesn’t exist, and can do the same to the wall of your house or outbuildings. You can only, not worry about this guy, when you make it so your neighbor’s houses are more-attractive to him than yours. You do this by getting into a thief’s head, figuring out what he wants, then making it difficult or dangerous for him to acquire it.

      Tops on the list is a security cam system. Wired systems are relatively cheap & very easy to set up. There should be at least two obvious cameras and two that are somewhat difficult (but not impossible) to spot. A video surveillance system is the single best deterrent, unless you live in a no-incarceration zone like New York City or parts of the urban left coast. Having a cam a thief can see, then having one he has to hunt for, will deter the hell out of all but the most-desperate pilferers. You effectively use his own imagination against him. If/when you get one, don’t put up the tacky yard signs or door stickers. A sneak-thief WILL spot the cameras. All the sign does is tell the professional thief whether you have an alarm, whether it has an autodialer or cell backup, and how to defeat your camera system.

      Second, DO put up a sign. Make it appropriate for your area or neighborhood. (If you live in rural Texas, a 6-shooter shaped sign which reads “I DON’T call 911” is perfectly appropriate. If you live in a 6th floor walkup in SanFran, that sign is likely to trigger everyone who sees it into extra sessions with their therapist or snowflake support group, and may get you arrested for possession of something that looks like a firearm…

      Third, follow Bill’s advise. If you can’t grow cactus, there are lots of “brambly” thorn bushes you can. Raspberries are a handy fruit to have around. They’re fast-growing and hardy nearly to the Arctic Circle. Roses are good also. Both plants produce nutrient-dense edibles and flesh-tearing thorns. If your fence-line is farther out, locust trees become viable. Locust grows quickly and its wood doesn’t rot. Black locust has ¾” thorns, honey locust, 2″ thorns, and the thorns from both are really sharp…

      • Blackthorn, Prunus spinsoa, has had a pound of my flesh on more than one occasion in the autumn.’

        We have motion sensor lights , camera’s and a monitored security system.. mostly in case there is a fire.and a dog.. but if you want a hedge.. then get blackthorn.. It isn’t common in the USA but in the UK they are all over. A friend sends me blackthorn sloes all the time so I can make sloe gin. When I worked at the shop they had the nastiest little plum that you didn’t want to go near..

    • Eleanor. I like the German Shepherd approach. If you can afford the food, this is a really good solution. Burglars really don’t like mean dogs.

      I had a friend years ago that had big German Shepherds. When he could no longer afford the food, he got a recording of his big German Shepherd Max barking, hooked it up to a trip wire around the house. He also got large picture of the dog for the front window beside a sign that said “Protected by Max.” Only got tripped once and he heard the guy screaming off the property.

      Good luck

    • Is there anything that will prevent someone from climbing over the gate? Motion sensor with a flood light ?

      • Shotgun…

        Seriously, short of shooting invaders, there is no way to absolutely and for certain, prevent a home invasion. Until and unless the law breaks down into total anarchy, this isn’t really a viable option…

        Understand, I don’t “think,” or “believe” this stuff — I KNOW.

        I was in the business of theft and invasion deterrence for several years. I did everything from efficiency apartments to supermarkets. When I say “You CAN’T prevent it,” that’s exactly what I mean.

        The best you can do is make your home or business the least-attractive place in the neighborhood from which to steal.

        Doing so requires finesse — Overdoing it is nearly as bad as having no system of deterrence.

        Putting up concertina wire is guaranteed to keep the 10yo kids out, but older and more-desperate thieves will wonder what you have that’s so valuable, and without additional measures, will eventually breach the wire, simply to see what’s on the other side. Rich folk used to erect walls, then scatter broken glass all along the top of the wall. It deters, but not until someone climbs the wall and gets cut. This is why I favor cameras so much. The potential invader can see the camera, looks around and can spot others.

        The camera does nothing to prevent a home invasion.

        What it does is make it possible to positively-identify the thief.

        Sneak thieves and burglars, muggers and rapists, all depend on anonymity. The camera may make that anonymity go away. It may not. They don’t know, and unless they’re desperate beyond reason (as in a junkie who’s 3-days out from his or her last fix) they won’t take the chance on being identified. This is also why when you purchase that 8-channel Swann cam system, you install either 5 or 7 cameras. All prepackaged (homeowner/small business) camera systems are sold in sets of 4, 8, or 16 cameras. If the wannabee thief can only find five cameras, he knows there are three more somewhere and his imagination will drive him, quickly and permanently, from your midst…

        This is what I meant when I commented to Eleanor that you have to get into a thief’s head. I didn’t just mean “think like a thief,” I also meant “use the thief’s own imagination, fear, and paranoia against him…”

        FWIW Swann also makes a dandy little $30 gate alarm. It is a proximity switch hooked to a transmitter, with a remote receiver for inside. It is a “dumb alarm,” meaning it triggers when your gate opens. I don’t know its range. I have a couple, but they are on gates inside my inner perimeter, so they’re within 100 feet of my receiver. I also have infrared perimeter “lasers” similar to this one: (only somewhat more powerful.) These are both options which will let you know when you have uninvited visitors. The gate alarm deters, but only if you leave the gate unlocked. Mine are specifically to let me know if my “dog yard” is secure so the pups can go potty. The laser doesn’t deter, because it’s invisible (and it’s a PITA to set up unless you have a night vision device.)

        If you have cubic money to spend, there are professional systems or components you can use. Bosch makes this awesome PTZ night-vision security cam that’ll read a license plate from 2-miles away — been lusting after it for several years. At $86,000 each (used, refurbished) I’ll be lusting a while longer. Honeywell makes a couple really good gate alarms. They’re around $200 and $380 each IIRC, and you have to buy one of their security and communications centers, which are kinda spendy, to integrate it into, ’cause it’s all proprietary…

      • “Part of the head game. If a light went off…what else has been tripped?”

        As long as society holds, it is that head game, which is your best friend, in dealing with unexpected or unwanted guests.

      • Taller gates help, especially if they have spikes on top(decorative if possible). Outward projecting spikes may be OK if they don’t violate the local community standards.

        I like the idea of noise. Deafening inside the house and loud enough to wake the neighbors outside. In both cases wire the devices only to truly reliable detection devices such as door switches. Less extreme alarms can we wired to motion detectors, etc., so that you can be ready for a home invader. Make sure whatever you use is loud enough to wake you from a sound sleep or a captivating dream!

        Nobody should be able to smash and grab. Getting into a house without the proper keys, codes, and cards should be time consuming, obvious, and LOUD! Limit the number of possible entrances and exits – especially if you’re not home. Outward opening security grate doors on entrances make sense. If you’re absent for any reason, there should only be one way in or out. If you’re home, you can unlock emergency exits, but there should be none at all if you’re not home. The odds of a burglary are higher than those of a fire – act accordingly.

        If you can catch and successfully prosecute a burglar, you’ll dramatically decrease the chances of being bothered again. Word gets around. Know the laws well before you consider this.

      • Those people across the street all have the little signs that say “Protected by …” and some stern sounding alarm company (Oh My!). Ours … nuttin’. Their yards – well manicured as anyone does that wants to keep their real estate values up. Ours – pasture grass and weeds look just as good mowed as many other domesticated grasses do. Still trying to revived the lone rose bush in the front yard after February’s cold snap. Their visible assets on the outside – RVs, new cars, status symbols deluxe. Ours – Old cars that are almost eligible for antique status and the surrounding yard looks like before an estate sale on a farm or ranch before it happens – but no “We don’t dial 911” signs or anything like that. The latter is implied and well understood. Yes, we’re in the minds of potential home invaders. All bets are off when the invading hoards from down South come through, though.

      • @ Bill

        Those people across the street all have the little signs that say “Protected by …”

        Yeah, I do not like those little signs. Honestly, whether they say “ADT” or “Night Owl” or Honeywell” or whatever, all they really say is “Go to the _______ website and you can see the alarm system I have.” Then you can boot mIRC or Xchat, drop in on a security channel, and in a few minutes you’ll know exactly what I have, what it does, and how to defeat it.

        FWIW I don’t like “Neighborhood Crime Watch” type signs either, because they say to me “We put up these scary signs so we don’t have to keep an eye on our (and our neighbors’) property or children, so come on in and do your bad stuff.

        You don’t need a sign.

        The only “security” signs I like are the ones which say: “Do bad stuff here and you will die.” Now obviously, in today’s world nobody can create or post a sign in an urban or suburban area which explicitly says this, but they can couch the message in soft & fuzzies and still get it across. Driving through the country though, I’ve seen my share of: “No Trespassing – Violators Will be Shot On Sight” signs. They’re mostly 50-80 years old, and they get people’s attention instantly…

      • Lol. Yeah. Once you get past 60 hand-to-hand is pretty much out of the question unless you practice it all the time. That’s why the old folks that fend off thieves and attackers just shoot them. The paper work afterward is awful but word gets around unless you’re in the metro areas where the PO-lice don’t like that and the gangs will come for revenge. Then it’s best to move … somewhere, anywhere.

  14. George
    Go over to ZeroHedge page 2 and read the article about Dr. Robert Malone the inventor of mRNA.
    He is very concerned about a surge of Covid cases in countries with very high vaccination rates.
    Why is that happening?
    It should not be happening!

    • I guess the virus makers got it a little too right this time. Man-made viruses, from what I understand, never lasted very long in the wild up until now.

    • High vaccination rates increase selective pressure on the virus so that variants that escape the vaccine will propagate(due to reduced competition from the current variants)! There are videos by various MD/researchers on youtube and bitchute, but you can also look this up in any serious resource on public health and epidemiology.

      • Sounds like why the yearly flu shot is basically ineffective in ridding us all of that bug.

  15. When we moved to the NETX boonies 42 years ago, the local hardware store was owned by a WWII vet who knew the value of surplus goods. He made the rounds of the surplus sales at Red River Army Depot on a regular basis and piled the resulting materials in his hardware store along with the usual lines of homeowner hardware. The place was a cornucopia. I loved going in there, because I could always find what I wanted, or something that I could make work for what I wanted. Since he died, his son has done away with all of the surplus stuff and gone through the True Value and Ace transformations. Now when I walk in and someone asks if they can help, I usually say, “I’m just looking for something you don’t have.”

    • Out here in the weeds the best source for hardware are farm auctions and sales. Those buckets and boxes of leftovers are full of stuff a maker needs. My neighbor Stevie, like his dad used to do, hits these salses and hauls off the leftovers to his place. Several acres and 3 old barns are full. If I need something I take the pickup 2 miles down the road and Ill probably find it. If I tell the Mrs Im going to Stevies she knows Ill be gone for a while.

  16. I have noticed that every week things get a little worse…the screws are turning Time for the bunker coming soon. G. A. STEWART The age of Desolation is a great read to understand where we are in this time frame.

    • A household bunker won’t be any good.. a nice thought but really if the lid comes off it won’t make a difference.. was it turkey or iraq.. the vast majority had bunkers when Hussein tossed chemicals those in a bunker were the first to go.
      If its radiation or fallout .. I can guarantee you don’t have enough … if it’s an EMP..then it’s best to know how to do things..grow,can,make fuel energy etc..

      • For a solar micronova how deep do you have to dig a bunker before it doesn’t fry you? Always wondered about tunneling under one of the mesas on my place but the cost was prohibitive anyway.

      • “For a solar micronova how deep do you have to dig”

        Bill, not sure what you mean by “micronova” but… It all depends on the ejecta. If it is a fireball from a CME (Danes’ killshot), 20 feet is probably fine, as long as you can make your own air. If it is a gamma ray burst, there is no such thing as deep enough because the gamma rays will go through Earth like daylight through our atmosphere, and cook all planetary life forms instantly on their way through. Other forms of potential Solar ELE lay on the number-line between these two extremes. The gamma burst is one of the amusements I find on “prepper forums” occasionally. If you had a shield, made from all the lead in the world, it would not protect you, yet somewhere there’s a doomporner who’s willing to sell you “guaranteed” protection against it.

        In any case, the world you find when you resurface may make you wish you had perished. (Then again, the first time I saw an episode or six of “The Walking Dead” my first thought was “training film…”)

      • LOL. Pretty much what I figured but I’m talking about what Suspicious 0bservers have been talking about for a couple of years. Gamma Ray inundation is a game ender for sure but as Ben and others have said “We’re all descendants of survivors”. And those explosive Sun spots that just released what would have been a Kill Shot on the other side of the Sun are turning our way in a day or so.

      • There is no way to stop a bunker from being breached, and there is no way to install one without every wannabe warlord within 50 miles knowing about it. Secret police will be at the head of the line, followed close behind by their Party bosses. Excavations for those things are so large that pilots flying over take note.
        Longevity in a home bunker will be just long enough for every scumbag who knows about it to load up their pickup with breaching tools, flammables, and asphyxiants and drop by to visit. Your only possible saving factor will be in-fighting at the front gate, when the line of barbarians reaching a half mile down the road turn on each other competitively. Maybe a sign posted at the gate would help:
        “Very limited space…only room for three total…y’all work it out and let me know who that one remaining slot goes to”.

      • Oh, absolutely! I don’t have the excavation equipment to dig under our hills so it would take a mining contractor to do it which means no secrecy at all. One person long ago made an underground house in our area and had all the contractors sign a NDA not to divulge anything about it. We all know it’s there and if you knew who to ask about it you could find out all you’d want to know. I think the original owners have moved out, though, so the question of secrecy is now moot.

        When I first started dreaming about digging a bunker out, though, I had the idea that at least one wall would be made of plexiglass so we could see the rattlers that came through the cracks and spent the winter on that hill. It’s been known as a snake magnet for generations.

      • @ n______

        “There is no way to stop a bunker from being breached”

        True. If a group is sufficiently motivated and calorically-supplied, and has the time to do so, even a military DUMB can be breached…

        “and there is no way to install one without every wannabe warlord within 50 miles knowing about it. ”

        Now this depends upon how far out in the boonies one is excavating, and how sneaky they are. For instance, if one builds a pole barn or building shell, then excavates under the roof and has a waste pile elsewhere, where the excavated soil can be surreptitiously dumped, I should think it very likely that an undetected bunker could be built.

        Then the questions become: How does one keep a hidden bunker, hidden. The presence of Man evokes (and emits) certain “smells of civilization,” like heating fires and cooking aromas. Unless one has lived in the wild, they have no concept regarding how far smells carry.

        Oh yeah, other questions: Are you content with your bunker being your tomb? If not, then you MUST have an escape tunnel and it must lead to somewhere from which you can flee, or some place where your MadMaxMobile is stored and can not be found. If your hidey-hole is discovered, you must be able to either slip away or outrun any possible pursuit — so, whereyagonnago?

        Good luck with this. There are places where tunnels or caves lead to rivers, even places where the tunnels emerge underwater or behind waterfalls. Somebody already owns them…

        If it looks like I have spent considerable time on this scenario, there may be a reason. I don’t see myself building a bunker, but I can picture myself living in an underground house, simply because I hate spending money on energy. Common sense dictates that an underground house has to have an escape route or two. It also dictates that the escape routes permit escape from things worse than a fire or a mustard fart…

  17. I bought a scroll saw once.. I love it for small detail cuts on thin wood.when iwas sheldon it the big box store had a gent cutting little animal figures and tossing them th o kids . but one of the most useful for detailed cuts for me is a micro detail jigsaw.. the blades are basically the same size as scroll saw. The trick is cut a hand saw never force the cut let the blade do the cut..
    Well I needed blades for my cardboard project.. they are harder to find but I got them.. I need to cut F holes.. my favorite jigsaw is one igot for 50 cents from a pawn shop.. the owner was a friend.. needless to say I got some good deals..

  18. “But, when you punch out “the numbers” that’s only 7,300 days.”

    This statement certainly gave new meaning to my life ;-) though I don’t punch out numbers. It’s over on his plane after I stop breathing.

    And to think, that at one time in the past, you’d
    considered moving?! How we have changed.

    Yes, I still enjoy reading your “free” prose!

  19. Hey George,

    Love how you have everything organized. I try but…..well you know. LOL My wife just bought something called the Battery Daddy. Pretty cool you can see it here:

    The tester that come with it is junk but most of us tool sluts have a good tester anyway!

  20. I’m not as big a tool slut as George, but I will admit to being a parts slut. In my career as a TV engineer, my first task at a new station was always to organize the junked-up maintenance shop. Lots of parts bins were installed.
    When you are off the air and you need something 30 seconds ago, it was nice to know you had spares and where they were.
    So it’s no surprise my home electronics shop is well stocked. Yeah, assortments are great. Also trays and drawers of well organized small hardware. I have critical semiconductors for all of my important electronics, and electronic assortments of resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers, etc. Some rainy days when there is nothing else to do and the ham bands are dead I will sort and organize parts. Thanks to Ure ideas, the Dremel now has it’s own Flambeau tackle box, as well as all the coax connectors and adapters. Now all I need is…. more space!

  21. I remember the old Ballard and Gambles hardware stores with their rolling ladders. That was back when real hardware stores existed, and they carried stuff which was actually useful.

    Brazil, Indiana. On US-40 between Indianapolis and Terre Haute.

    I was only there once, nearly 50 years ago, passing through. There was a hardware store. The owner was (I believe) a WW-II vet. He had a farm. On the farm were several knock-down barracks — altogether 22 surplus buildings, each between 40 & 60 feet wide and ~100 feet long — probably 200,000 square feet or more under roof. Every single one was filled with hardware. ‘Mostly 4ft aisles and very little of the hardware was modern or junk. It had to have been the world’s largest pure hardware store, and I dunno if anyone besides the locals ever knew it existed.

  22. I have a 12 gauge with Buckshot loads and a Backhoe with 40 acers to burry their asses in.

    • Considering the fact that there’s probably thousands of former humans under your feet all the time anyway a few more won’t matter. There’s two major Indian campgrounds on our place so, given 12,000 years since the last major prolonged cold snap we ought to dig up people bones every time we scratch the surface or have a frog drowner. So far the only thing I’ve heard of was a jaw bone that came up when the previous generation was setting posts for the corrales. They put it right back and cemented it in with the post.

      I think, if we become surrounded by idiots – and it’s looking more and more like it every day – digging about a half dozen 2x6x6 foot holes next to the North and South gates and mark them as “Tiny Homes for multiple occupancy” ought to send the proper message to any interlopers.

  23. Close to a guy I know theres a communication bunker.. designed and stocked to house a small city..complete with medical facilities etc..really nice.. well when th er y went 5g the facility became obsolete.. he stopped by a few weeks ago and said the government had it up for sale.. like a million dollars lol.. my problem is I don’t have a million dollars lol.. then.. in a bunker hiding would you get would be better having an earth sheltered or bermed home maybe a with an attached greenhouse and well..

    • A million is much too much. You can buy obsolete missile silos for 1/20 of that…

      “you would be better having an earth sheltered or bermed home maybe a with an attached greenhouse and well..”

      Ding ding ding, we have a winner…!

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