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Lightbulb Tinctures, salves, infusions and other medicianal remedies
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 05:27 PM - Forum: First Aid - Replies (4)

Article: Herbal Antibiotics: An Effective Defense Against Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’

Article: Homemade Healing Salve


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Video DIY paracord bracelet, rope and sling
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 05:05 PM - Forum: DIY - Replies (4)

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Video How to Store Food in 5 Gallon Buckets
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:56 PM - Forum: Food - Replies (1)

DIY $20 Survival Food Bucket

[url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006T5ES9O?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00][/url]Started with rice and oatmeal.  Plan to do various types of beans as well.   Smile

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Video Survival Water Purification Sip Well
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:48 PM - Forum: Water - No Replies

For when you don't have a proper container to boil water in....

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Question Bic or Zippo?
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:42 PM - Forum: Fire - Replies (41)

What to you find you EDC the most, and why?

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Video Think You're a Prepper? Go Primitive Camping!
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:35 PM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (6)

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Lightbulb Review Thread
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:30 PM - Forum: Resources and reviews - Replies (14)

Please feel free to review anything from products to services etc. It would be helpful to include pics, links, videos, specs and to be as detailed as possible.

Gerber LMF II Survival Knife - Coyote Brown - Review

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I reviewed this knife on Amazon, Youtube, discussion boards and other websites prior to purchasing. After evaluating these reviews and opinions I was expecting an excellent knife and I was not disappointed. Shipping was very quick to begin with. Secondly, this is a substantial knife that will give one years of service.

Starting with the knife itself, it has weight to it. Some don't like that aspect whereas I was hoping for it to have some heft. I don't want to give the impression that it is a brick, rather that when you hold it you KNOW you are holding a knife with enough steel to chop, baton or break something with the pommel end. In otherwords, this isn't a cheap flea market special. The blade came 'scary' sharp. The finish on the blade was excellent as was the fit of the handle. It felt well balanced in the hand for normal bush craft duties.

The sheath is well made. The only way to lose the knife out of the sheath is if you lose the sheath as well. The knife 'clicks' into the sheath like the Bear Grylls knive do and it also has two straps that fasten with a snap. The nylon part of the sheath can be completely removed from the ballistic nylon part if you wish (this is the part with the belt loops). The nylon part houses the sharper and this type of sharpener in this location is brilliant on the part of Gerber. Better than a sharpening stone with requires a bit more skill as well as more refined motor skills to accomplish. The type of sharpener on this sheath is simple and efficient i.e. simply insert blade, provide a bit of downward pressure and pull. Additionally, if you look closely at the sheath you'll notice cut out holes and slots on the outside of the sheath where 550 paracord or velcro straps can be attached. This provides the the ability to 'pimp' out the sheath with added items if desired such as a ferro rod, whistle, mag bar or whistle. I'm not talking adding the kitchen sink to the sheath, but the ability to secure something as simple as a ferro rod can go a long way in a pinch.

This sheath can be worn horizontal, vertical or attached to any pack with ease.

The thigh bands are high quality and heavy duty. This feature was a selling point for my on this knife. My last trip to the woods I had a quality knife on my hip, but no bands to secure it to my thigh. Not a big deal really when your walking/hiking. But sitting down in a chair or log tends to have the longer sheaths get in the way or snagged as they stick out a bit when your bending/leaning over.

The seat belt tool and sheath was icing on the cake and has now found a home in my glove box. I've responded to auto accidents and this is a very useful tool to have. It is one of those tools that if you don't have it but need it you're going to wish you did.

I recommend this knife highly and expect it will provide years of service. It is worth more than the asking price imo.

As a note: If anyone has a link or video of a pimped out sheath let me know. I'd like to see ideas for adding things to the sheath without being silly.

BTW the YT reviewer is a different 'David'.  Good video Smile

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  Composting tea & worm tea
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 04:23 PM - Forum: Gardening & Homesteading - No Replies

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Thumbs Up Features of the new board
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 03:55 PM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (7)

I will endeavor to make this an exhaustive list of the new features.

User CP

In the upper left of the main page you'll see a tab marked 'User CP'.  This is your Command Post.

Click into it and you'll be brought to your own area.  You'll see the following areas:

  • Manage your private messages.
  • Edit your profile.  Click on the 'Edit Profile' link and you can customize your profile with as much information as you'd like.
  • You can edit things such as your username, password, signature and avatar.  You'll find this a LOT easier than the last board.
Note:  When posting an avatar you can upload a pic or link to something on the web.  


Of course you have the ability to start a thread, or reply to someone else's thread.  When posting a new thread you'll see lots of options (many of which are also available when you are making a reply to another person's thread)
  • Post Icon.  This allows you to put a small icon in front of your post. 
  • Posting abilities.  You'll see above your message window a ton of icons.  You can make a word bold, underlined etc.  You can post a link.  You can post a video (select which media such as youtube etc).  Just put your mouse over the icon and it will tell you what it is. 

At the top of the main page, on the right, you'll see the Calendar tab.  This allows you to post a public event for others to see. 


Also at the top of the main page, the portal will take you to a page that shows all the current threads and stats. 


You will see this option on other member's posts.  You have the ability to give them positive, negative or neutral reputation.  Basically if the post was interesting to you this is a way to say 'thank you'.  You'll have the option to explain why you gave (or took) reputation.  This is a way for new members to immediately see who on the forum has really contributed solid content.

Rate the thread

When your in a thread (someone's post) you will see just above the OP (original post) a 'Thread Rating' with a bunch of stars.  If you find the thread is particularly interesting you can rate it by clicking on the amount of stars you think it's worth. 

More as a think of it.  If you have any questions, feel free to post them here or shoot me a PM.

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Video DIY Firestarter Wafer
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 03:04 PM - Forum: DIY - Replies (3)

I've made them and they work amazing! Water proof and they have a hot burn time of 5+ minutes. Only difference from the video is that I dip each one instead of every other one. I think it works better personally. I got the cotton rounds at Dollar Tree for $1 and the candles to melt for $1 so each wafer is only pennies to make. And it was easy. This is now my standard tinder instead of cotton balls and vasaline (which work well...but this is quite a bit better). 

Couple of updates on this DIY project. First, I found out that our local Publix carries Gulf Wax which is a pound block of paraffin wax. So I'm going to make a batch using and compare it with the ones I've already made. It was less than $4 for a pound of wax.

Secondly, I have several buddies at work that dip tobacco so they give me all of their empty tins. These are the perfect size for 5 or 6 wafers or the little one-inch tube-style ones I've also made. Got the tube cotton from Jo Ann's Fabrics. It was 6 yards or 1/2 inch thick cotton tubing for like $3 with a 40% off coupon.

So a complete tin of fire-starting wafers or tubes costs only pennies to make. I LIKE that. Plus the cotton afterwards turns into char cloth that will catch a spark so it's like getting two (or more) fires from the same starter.

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