Category: Skills / Knowledge

Krav Maga Tactical Survival Book Review

I was sent this book, by Gershon Ben Keren, a few months ago in exchange for an honest review…

Normally I avoid book reviews these days. I’m not sure if it’s that I don’t have time to read them or that I feel like “I’ve seen it all” but when I was asked to review this book I said “yes” and I’m quite glad I did.

The first thing I noticed was how sturdy and well put together the book was as they sure didn’t skimp on the cost to put it together, that’s for sure. Though paperback, the pages are thick, the illustrations are numerous and in color, and I’m positive this book will last a long time… I’ve already been through it twice and there’s no sign of wear whatsoever.

Anyway, when I got the book I dove right in. Separated into five distinct parts, I was a bit surprised that the author got straight to the point and started discussing various striking techniques right from the start. That said, I

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Posted in Defense / Security / Safety, Skills / Knowledge

Simple Solar Water Distilling – Easy DIY (video)

I’ve never had much luck distilling water with DIY ideas like this but maybe there’s hope yet. The one change I’d like to see is the collection bottles angled downward to collect more water but then this idea won’t work quite as easily, plus I don’t see why you can’t just tape the lids together to save yourself time…

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Posted in Skills / Knowledge, Water / Food

Could You Rebuild Civilization? (link)

This particular post got my attention as it’s a question I sometimes ask myself, but rather than it being “me” I wonder if “we” as a society could honestly get back to where we are now after some global (or even national) catastrophe?

Granted, the pole shift catastrophe mentioned at the start of the article doesn’t seem very likely but there certainly are ones to consider–even if they’re not fully world-encompassing–everything from a pandemic to WW3 to EMP… the list is bigger than most people realize.

Regardless, the relatively small list of technological skills included in the following article offers some thought-starters and, while I don’t agree with all of them as being necessary, it should make you start to realize just how dependent we truly are on technology.

Yes, we as preppers spend our time preparing for such events but just how long could we make it before we’re essentially forced to live an 1800’s

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Weed Eater Generator (video)

I’m not sure this is the most efficient use of gasoline or even a great idea for OPSEC reasons (due to the noise) but the idea is certainly a good one to begin to understand…

Note: I originally found this video here.

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Posted in DIY Projects, Power, Skills / Knowledge

Domed Aquaponics Greenhouse (video)

This is an awesome greenhouse design! Apparently, it keeps warm (around 62 degrees) all year long by only keeping the lights on. Just think about it, you can keep warm AND grow food at the same time with a little ingenuity and bit of power… now that’s a prepper’s dream house. 🙂

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Posted in Gardening, Skills / Knowledge, Water / Food

Food Dehydrating By Pilot Light (link)

Got an old stove with a pilot light? Why not make use of it by dehydrating food. Apparently it’s actually possible…

“I have a really old oven that that has a pilot light flame rather than an electric ignition. I wanted to see if the oven was hot enough to dehydrate food with just the heat from the pilot light. Since the pilot light is lit and burning all the time, if this works I will be able to dehydrate food for free and also not have the expense of buying a dehydrator…”

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Posted in Skills / Knowledge, Water / Food

17 Ways To Repurpose Motor Oil (link)

Motor oil has never been on my radar as something to re-purpose, that’s for sure. Now, every other oil on the planet has but NOT motor oil, lol. Regardless, I was quite surprised if the following suggestions are true as I’d never expected motor oil to be this potentially useful in ways other than in your vehicle. Granted, some of the suggestions are a bit over-the-top but if even half of them aren’t then motor oil may be something to hoard even more than you might otherwise expect:

“Motor oil is commonly considered a waste material, but it may become something of value to people trying to put their lives back together in a post-crisis world. People will try to scavenge whatever may be of use, and it’s understandable since it will take some time for mechanization to re-emerge with new products.

You’ll also have to deal with what you have, so learn to speak multipurpose, and don’t skip motor oil from this equation. So here’s how to reuse motor oil regardless

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Posted in Equipment / Supplies, Everything Else, Skills / Knowledge

Solar Fresnel Lens Array (video)

Not sure why you would need two focal points like this just to start a fire using a large Fresnel lens, but I like the outside the box type of thinking involved…

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Posted in DIY Projects, Skills / Knowledge

DIY Rope from Plastic Bottles (video)

I’m wondering how useful this “rope” will be for any survival situation as he didn’t show it being used at all but this is an idea I’d never considered before and since plastic bottles can be found nearly everywhere it can’t hurt to store this knowledge in the back of your brain should you ever need it…

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17 Milk Jug Survival Hacks (video)

Normally, I’m not a fan of milk jugs for survival but this video certainly makes me reconsider keeping them around post-SHTF…

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