House Arrest --- The Challenge

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  1. TMT Tactical

    TMT Tactical The Great Lizard ! Staff Member
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    I have been put on house arrest - solitary confinement. So here was my first challenge -- obtain material to mount a reloading press to my work bench ---- WITHOUT --- escaping!
    I wanted (2 pieces) 3/4" x 12" x 12" plywood.
    7 pieces - 1/4" - 20 Tee Nuts.
    4 pieces - 1/4" - 20 x 2 1/2" hex head bolts.
    3 pieces - 1/4" - 20 x 2" hex head bolts.
    1 tube - Liquid nails

    I did find all these items, (except the wood - I re-purposed a jewelry riser I had built) online and with free delivery.

    Finding food delivery / pickup is fairly simple but think about all the projects that you will want or need to build / fix and what you may want or need to have on hand. Can you construct a raised garden bed, fix a leaking pipe, replace a blown fuse, circuit breaker or even board up a broken window. As preppers we plan for food, water, shelter and many of the obvious needs but many time we over look the repair parts that will keep us moving forward.

    Do you keep general repair parts and do you have the skills or even the books /videos that show you how to make minor repairs to your homes? Something to think about, while these items are in plentiful supply.

    Most people can't stock every size and length of bolts but it is fairly cheap to stock several lengths of all thread and then cut and make your own bolts.

    P.S. I did have plenty of wood screws, all thread and nuts. I could have mounted the press without the Tee Nuts or new bolts but I wanted an easily removable mount.
     
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  2. Caribou

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    If I need a bolt or nut I buy a box of 100. The gas costs more than the bolts so I never have to make a second special trip. When I pick up lumber I always buy extra so as to save on trips. yes I keep some stuff around for projects.
     
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  3. Pragmatist

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    Good morning TMT,

    My repairs are planned for but at the rudimentary level. They are far from formal, everlasting. If, eg, a window is broken, a piece of fireproof tarp will be nailed (or wood screwed or glued) over the damaged area. I will not invite photographers from SOUTHERN LIVING Magazine for a story. I've got already in place cables over the roof so in case of damage, I can hoist large tarps to cover the damage.

    For specific repairs eg water heater: no. I've got a few infirmities precluding some bending and visually looking at some apparatus. Do have alternate arrangements for hot water.

    I do have a basic supply of needed (as determined by historical events here) bolts, adhesives, nails, scraps of wood and a couple of sheets of half inch plywood.

    Ref my Prepper philosophy; Also have here are a decent inventory of various size wing bolts and nuts, eyelet screws of various sizes (I can lash a tarp in place over eg a large broken window), Stanley brand steel L brackets, and some assorted, related brackets eg T-shaped. Also here I've got several sizes of spring-loaded clamps.

    My repairs with my basic materials have worked over the years. One other item I'll mention in closing; When a repair something like a broken window using a tarp, I keep several boxes of moth balls (camphor) to sprinkle within the repaired section. This is to keep out the Walt Disney characters planning to visit.
     
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  4. lonewolf

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    I have a certain amount of stores in my man- shed, goes along with being a prepper, timber, nails, screws, no problem got enough to last several years, i'm not doing projects every day or even ever week but as things need to be done. drill bits got several boxes of them along with hand drills and saws for when the mains power goes off.
     
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  5. TexDanm

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    My place is sort of like a lumberyard/hardware store and factory. We are all heavily into crafts and building things. My oldest daughter is a painter and carpenter. My wife refinishes furniture. I can fix or build almost anything. We have four shops two four-car carports and two small barns.

    When I lived in town, for a long time, I used a black and decker workmate for my reloading bench.
     
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  6. randyt

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    I'm all set on most supplies, nails, screws nuts and bolts. I'm a pack rat of sorts and have to be very careful when going to the junkyard, I can come back with more than I took. If it came down to it, last year my son in laws and myself bought a sawmill so lumber is easily acquired as long as there is trees.
     
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  7. TMT Tactical

    TMT Tactical The Great Lizard ! Staff Member
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    I am thrilled so many have stored the needed hardware and so many with the skills needed to keep their places operational. There are so many new members and I am sure there are also many new watchers, that may not have considered the value of having the ability to make home repairs during bad or troubling times. Also if it really hit the fan and WROL became normal, then having the ability to board up windows / doors and limiting uninvited guests would be important. This pandemic has proven that prepping is not paranoia but the wise way to live.
     
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  8. Old Geezer

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    As I've said before, as a child I was not allowed to throw anything away unless it had become toxic or dangerous somehow. One of my dad's brother's basement (dirt basement) all manner of tools hung from the ceiling (ground floor rafters). Some tools worked, some didn't ("I'll fix that"). Nails, screws, what-have-you were rusting in buckets. I would say something like, "I'll just buy some screws down at the ...". I'd be stopped and told, "Look in that bucket over there!" The bucket would be a 5-gallon monster ... full of screws in various stages of being rusted into non-existence. My maternal grandpa did the nail a lid to the ceiling and screw a glass jar of straightened nails to the lid thingy. Even today, I store my small hardware in clear boxes. I have a 5" roll-about toolbox, three toolboxes in the work-shed, two toolboxes in the house, and a huge tool-box in the SUV. I have shovels in all configurations and use them all.

    I just wish I wasn't so crippled. For gardening, especially when doing the roto-tilling, I don my back-brace and metal knee-brace -- actually I need two knee braces. I'm a sight.

    At least so far I've not needed to don any big revolver. My great-grandpa was in a feud and had to strap on a hawg-leg just to do his plowing (behind an old mule; nobody then had tractors).

    The neighbor has now moved away, but this fellow had mean dawgs. Often I would drop a Derringer in my pocket to effect canine attitude-adjustment should the need arise. My father's words return to my mind, "Shoot'em through the lungs boy, so they'll go off somewhere to die." Problem is that a mean dog you gotta kill Johnny-on-the-spot. Just not gonna strap on any .357 until post-SHTF.

    Surely if one is confined due to some ongoing plague, the garden will still need attending. I will.

    Once upon a time I'm working the garden. County mounty walks up and I catch him in my peripheral vision. He smiles real big. I smile real big. He had questions; we talked (people living nearby were evolutionary throw-backs). I really like farm-boy type deputies -- they are full of common sense and usually have a positive attitude. BIG deputies are better; they've never been bullied. Skinny cops with buzz-cut hair -- watch out for them.
     
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  9. Dalewick

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    I'm like others here and have stuff everywhere. I have lumber, tools and everything else I need to make whatever I need. What I usually need is time. Always seems to be what I'm in short supply of.

    Dale
     
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  10. TexDanm

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    Old Geezer that was just the way it was back on the farm. You never threw anything away and even if you did you threw it in your garbage pile where you might drag it out again later. On the farm you never had a lot of money. what you had was plenty to eat, lots of room and a lot to do. If you needed something your first thought was how to make one not go buy one. All that "junk" was your parts house for making things. Even though we might no longer be on the farm those old ways still are a part of how we do things to the extent of our ability to keep stuff until your wife makes you throw some of it away or burn it.
     
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  11. randyt

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    I make a joke at times about dropping a bag of trash from a average American household into a amazon tribal village and how the natives would put it all to use.

    There's a book called Dersu the trapper, anyhoo in the book the Cossacks are target shooting at a bottle. Dersu a native of Siberia got upset that a perfectly good container would be ruined. So he made a bet if he could shoot the string holding the bottle, he could keep the bottle.
     
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    1. TMT Tactical
      I do admit I get a bit irritated at Youtube gun channels that shoot up food. Fill a water balloon or something like that, no need to explode good food. Just one of my many quirks.
       
      TMT Tactical, Mar 27, 2020
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