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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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Question Your advice to someone new to emergency preparedness and/or self reliance
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 02:52 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (32)

How would you advise someone that would like to begin prepping and/or becoming more self reliant but is totally new to the topic. Their reasons would/could be for natural disasters and/or man-made events.

What is your advice on how to start, what to get, what to focus on etc.

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Lightbulb What is a BOB, GHB or EDC? What goes in one? And why the heck would I want one anyway
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 02:08 PM - Forum: Packs and Gear - Replies (25)

The terms BOB, GHB and EDC are prepper jargon for Bug-Out-Bag, Get-Home-Bag and Every Day Carry. They are basically packs or kits that are put together to help prevent or mitigate the effects of events ranging from inconvenient to an emergency. So that answers the first question of what does these acronyms mean.

Let's tackle the third question next, 'why the heck would I want one of these packs or kits anyway? Well, simply put, emergency situations happen to real people every day. No one wakes up in the morning looking to find themselves in a stressful, emergency situation but it happens all the time. Things happen such as storms, fires, mud slides, earthquakes, gas leaks, vehicles breaking down etc. And yet some will comfortably clothe themselves in the idea of, 'it won't happen to me'. That isn't a prudent or practical position to take really when one looks at the situation logically. This doesn't mean we become paranoid, it simply means that we take a few sensible steps to prevent or mitigate any situation that we may happen to find ourselves in.

So what goes into these packs or kits? Well that is the question I plan to spend the most time on in this and subsequent posts. What follows is not an exhaustive list, nor is it meant to be definitive. I live in Florida so some of my needs will differ from someone living in North Dakota though some will be similar. So let's take a look at some items of consideration and perhaps a few tips along the way.

Quote:Tip #1 - Toss an old pair of comfortable shoes and a pair of socks in the pack/kit/trunk. Finding yourself in a situation where you may have to rely on the shoe leather express i.e. your car broke down and you need to do some walking to get to a phone, garage etc could really suck if you're in dress shoes or high heels. Do yourself a favor and have some comfortable foot wear. "But I won't have to walk to a phone cause I have a cell phone". Okay, having a cell phone is a great idea and it can help you out in a LOT of situations. Good thing to have with you. But what if you're out of the service area? What if you're out of juice? What if the situation that disabled your vehicle (perhaps an accident where your car has gone off road) also breaks the phone? These things are a real possibility. And while having a cell phone is a great idea, utter dependence on modern technology isn't a great idea.

There are several very real and serious threats in an emergency situation. Among the top are hypothermia, hyperthermia and dehydration. These three things take out the most people.


Abnormally low body temperature, with slowing of physiological activity. Accidental hypothermia can result from falling into cold water or overexposure in cold weather. Hypothermia is serious when body temperature is below 95 °F (35 °C) and an emergency below 90 °F (32.2 °C), at which point shivering stops. Pulse, respiration, and blood pressure are depressed.


Elevated temperature of the body (as that occurring in heatstroke).


An abnormal depletion of body fluids

Since these are the big three killers, it makes sense that we take some steps to have some knowledge and equipment in order to regulate core body temperature.

Let's take a look at hypothermia (body temperature going to low). And yes, even in Florida this can be a serious consideration as being wet in even 80 degree water over a prolonged period can cause hypothermia (not to mention being wet and in windy conditions). Of course being inside the vehicle, if a viable option can go a long way towards cutting down/out the wind and rain. What else could be tossed in the pack/kit? Here's some options (note that these are examples and I encourage you to price shop around):

Emergency Solar Space Blanket

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These are inexpensive. As of the writing of this thread you can purchase 12 space blankets on Amazon for $7.29.  Do you need 12?  Well for $7 you have enough to toss into every vehicle (more than one), a purse or EDC bag, first aid kit (FAK), boat or whatever.  Remember, you may not be alone during an emergency and having spares is never a bad thing. 

Emergency Mylar Blanket 52" x 84" - Pack of 12 Blankets

•Rescue Blanket provides compact emergency protection in all weather condition
•Made of durable insulation Myalr material
•Retains/reflects 90% of body heat
•Waterproof and weatherproof
•Size of each open blanket: 54 inches x 84 inches

These blankets can reflect heat back towards your body, or it can reflect heat away from your body (thus helping with hyperthermia and dehydration). Their wind and water proof and can give you dry ground cover. And they can easily be used as a signal for rescue since they are large and reflective. They are incredibly effective and small/light enough to toss in a purse, brief case, glove box, tackle box, back pack or the trunk. Pretty inexpensive insurance.

Another option is an emergency bivy. 

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Emergency Sleeping Bag with Drawstring Carrying Bag, Orange

Another option is a fleece blanket. Joann's Fabrics has a pack of two for $30 and they're often on sale for 50% off. Fleece is very warm and I use these same blankets while primitive camping out in the deep woods.

Joann Fabrics link
So here are three inexpensive options that would prevent or mitigate hypothermia in an emergency situation.

More to follow. Smile

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Smile Welcome to the forum
Posted by: David - 07-10-2015, 01:36 PM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (13)

Welcome to the second incarnation of the SEP Board!  And thank you to our SEP member (and now Webmaster) Mark for helping to make this happen Smile

This new board has all the features of the old one PLUS a myriad of other capabilities.  I think you'll enjoy being here.  As this board gets underway I will be adding to it and developing it further behind the scenes. 

I will be populating this area with 'how-to' threads discussing all of the features.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a PM.

This is also a good area to introduce yourself to everyone.

And finally, I'll use this section to update folks on any board news.

Welcome, enjoy and invite like-minded folks. 


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