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« Reply #30 on: January 26, 2014, 01:51:32 PM »

>water

There's the big problem for the cities, without water pressure every floor above ground  level becomes more and more useless.

Back to Gurtie's garden, Week 4...  You know how to build a rabbit (trap) box Gurtie?  Do-able with simple tools and a few boards.  The rabbits will be gone, but rats will be big & fat in these circumstances --and will survive us all.  You can always tell the family they are squirrels. Oh wait, I forgot, no one there has ever seen a squirrel in modern times.
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« Reply #31 on: January 26, 2014, 02:46:37 PM »

Squirrels are just cute rats.
VERY destructive !!
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« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2014, 03:03:36 PM »

I've cleaned a couple of hundred of them (but never eaten one. Trust me, they are rats.). My dad PAID me to hunt game, he loved it. I was a better-than-average marksman/hunter because -well- I got paid to shoot stuff.  Also, my maternal grandfather was a locally-renowned professional game guide, so serious hunting was just something I just grew up with.  Also fishing. We have more water than land over here --the Netherlands is dry by comparison, seriously- and I grew up on the waterfront. When I got bored in the summertime, I fished.  I also did a little trapping.

Given the context of this thread, in recent years I've given thought as to if/how those long-ago skills might be called into play.
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« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2014, 03:14:56 PM »

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But I am a **LOUSY** gardener.  I try to keep a few local mega-farmers on my friends list.
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« Reply #34 on: January 26, 2014, 03:46:12 PM »

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>I wrote an article for a client about power cuts and mentioned manual can openers

How about chimneys and flue pipes, Gurtie?  Over here, modern construction deletes those as costly, obsolete items and -if there is a fireplace- it's a ventless, sheetmetal box with gas logs.  Not very good for keeping the place warm once the power and gas isn't available.  Useless for cooking, too, working or otherwise.
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« Reply #35 on: January 26, 2014, 05:45:18 PM »

squirrels? like these? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_squirrel we have the little feckers in the garden. They're why we never get to eat any of our hazelnuts  We also have copious amounts of rats (and therefore rat traps) and huge fat pigeons, so we're good for several types of rodent curry as well as bunny casserole.

And we're also good on fireplaces and wood. I think we must be closet preppers.
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« Reply #36 on: January 26, 2014, 06:34:00 PM »

>we must be closet preppers

I said you were the eutrash's only hope, didn't I?

>feckers

that's him

>pigeons

Sounds tastier if you call them domesticated doves.  I'll show you how to field dress them one day. You just stick your thumbs in under the breast bone and rip out the breast. Wipe away any feathers. Works best when they're still warm.
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« Reply #37 on: January 26, 2014, 07:13:37 PM »

we have gas central heating system, to which I replied so what controls it?

Forget about the controls, it probably has a blower or a pump.

Your gas oven won't work either. It has a thermocoupling that runs on electric that's way in the back and buried in the innards. If you don't have juice, you can't heat the thermocoupling and can't get any gas to flow. Hot water heater is the same deal. No modern appliances have active pilot lights and all depend on electric for a reboot.

Out where we are, everyone owns at least one generator. The cool people (not me) own two or three. Why not just one big one? Because big ones eat fuel. You run a big one and bring your fridge temps down and your home temps up (God forbid you have electric heat). But then just to keep low draw things online (like the oven and hot water heater and maybe a few other things), you have a small generator that sips fuel. Otherwise you need a 500 gallon tank.
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« Reply #38 on: January 27, 2014, 06:08:01 AM »

Here's the news from my province this weekend:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/01/26/thousands-without-heat-in-frigid-manitoba-after-huge-natural-gas-pipeline-explosion/

Prepper 101 question #1: If you had to leave your home in a hurry, without knowing when you could come back, could you get suitably dressed in the dark? How quickly?

Prepper 101 question #2: If your house were likely to freeze, would you know how to drain your water pipes?
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« Reply #39 on: January 27, 2014, 04:52:14 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/user/AmishSurvivalSecrets?feature=watch
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« Reply #40 on: January 27, 2014, 05:14:25 PM »

I keep meaning to look for an old TV on Craigslist, so that I can mess around with solar cooking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk3dv1IXb00
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« Reply #41 on: January 27, 2014, 05:41:39 PM »

>solar cooking

You can do it with 2 cardboard boxes (nested) and a sheet of glass. I think we have the link in here somewhere, but it's on the web, search around. The designers won a prize for the cheap/stupidproof design for 3rd world cooking a few years back.

If you want to go 1st world $$, you might try nesting a black metal pot inside and igloo cooler and covering it with a piece of E glass. Should work.

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« Reply #42 on: January 27, 2014, 06:45:56 PM »

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/23-adorable-photos-that-will-change-the-way-you-think-about-rats

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« Reply #43 on: January 27, 2014, 06:56:47 PM »

Cook your rat casserole in here:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/04/09/solar.oven.global.warming/index.html
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« Reply #44 on: January 27, 2014, 07:33:42 PM »

>curry

If I'm going to be eating Tree Rat(TM), rats and pigeons then I need to stockpile more curry powder.  I do think I can eat them if made into a curry.  Thanks for the tip, Gurtie.
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