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Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day‏

We would like to wish all of our members and viewing guests a happy and cheerful;

Columbus Day in United States
and
Thanksgiving Day in Canada

From the Leadership and friends in our Network !

You can view the full announcement by following this link:
http://canampreppers.net/forum/index.php?topic=2869.0

Regards,
The CanAmPreppers Team.

ps. we are always looking for others;
preppers,
homesteaders,
survivalist
self reliant and self reliance
types of people from the USA and Canada  

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Sept 14th Let’s See What’s Edible in Greenwood Conservation Area! Ontario Durham Region

Sept 14th Let’s See What’s Edible in Greenwood Conservation Area! Ontario Durham Region
Wild Edibles Walk and Talk, show and tell by Karen the Wild Edibles Foody and Guru 🙂

Sunday, September 14, 2014
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Greenwood Conservation Area2290 Greenwood Road, Ajax, ON
(map)
http://www.meetup.com/York-Durham-Toronto-Edible-Wild-Food-Foragers/events/199188852/

Calling all Preppers, Self reliant, Homesteaders, Bush Crafters and well anyone who want to learn really !

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Fields of Nutrition Wild Edibles on the walk, can you eat these, yes?

Fields of Nutrition on the walk, can you eat these?

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pic of bulrushes at side of pond

Bulrushes, so versatile, edible, fire starter, cordage, building material

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Veggie veggy oil lamps prt 3

Well since people spell veggie/veggy both ways… that is the title.
Editors be like; O my … LOL

What we have here are two floaters,  floating two improvised veggie/veggy, vegetable oil lamps to share, kudlich. Veg oil is safe, ultra safe, easy to use, inexpensive and recyclable. (you can use veg oil from deep fryers if filtered) Soda can, soda pop can, oil lamps for the USA, Americans!

Tools:
knife or scissors – thats it
material pop can
wick – natural fibre jute string

1st – quick floaters / floating wick holder
made from the bottom of pop cans
cut bottom of the can off
use scissors or knife
turn upside down, poke a whole in it so the opening is now going upwards into the freshly cut area
take your pre soaked in veg oil for 1-1.5 hr wick
insert into the fresh opening
use the lips that are there to grip the wick (do not make the hole too big or it will just fall down into the oil)
add in oil to the container
put the floating wick onto the oil
watch if float, say aw that is nice
light it with some sort of flaming device

Veggy, Veggie oil lamps, floating candles, Hurricane candles, Hurricane Lamps, improvised lamps, vegetable oil lamps, made from pop cans, tuna cans, salmon cans, natural fibre jute string, natural fiber jute string.

Veggy, Veggie oil lamps, floating candles, Hurricane candles, Hurricane Lamps, improvised lamps, vegetable oil lamps, made from pop cans, tuna cans, salmon cans, natural fibre jute string, natural fiber jute string.

2nd Hurricane / pop can veg oil burner, veg oil lamp, kudlich lit in the front,
cut out a whole in the middle of the can (see pics below)
leave the wings or not it is up to you
put oil in the bottom of the newly cut pop can
take the top from one of the tops that are left over from the floaters
crimp edges (images coming soon)
see pics below
run the wet wick up into the pop tab to hold it in place
light with a flame
voila, veg oil candle substitute!
looks nice, safe, may be hung, easy to refill, lots of options here.
p.s. the Hurricane style lamp is my own creation and have never seen anyone do this before, ya me!

kudlich lit in the front, Veggy, Veggie oil lamps, floating candles, Hurricane candles, Hurricane Lamps, improvised lamps, vegetable oil lamps, made from pop cans, tuna cans, salmon cans, natural fibre jute string, natural fiber jute string.

kudlich lit in the front, Veggy, Veggie oil lamps, floating candles, Hurricane candles, Hurricane Lamps, improvised lamps, vegetable oil lamps, made from pop cans, tuna cans, salmon cans, natural fibre jute string, natural fiber jute string.

 

I will take some time tomorrow to show how the insert is done, very simple and easy to follow along with some pics to guide folks. Stay tuned !

great for Preppers, survivalist, self reliant, self reliance, homesteaders, stuck in snow, ice storms, power outages, camping, hiking, anywhere, christmas decorations, Christmas table, table settings, substitute for tea lights or tea candles

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Electronics Repair

Electronics Repair,
back online today after yet another electronics issue with my laptops 12v power supply. This is not a how to do electronics repairs but is a warning that you need to have some supplies on hand as well as in an extended kit for long term Self Reliance sustainability.

My list of tools;
box cutter / utility knife
side cutters
pliers needle nose
pliers regular blunt end
wire strippers/cutter
magnifying glasses x3 power
small screwdriver set
black utility/electrical tape
flux
solder with flux built in
Soldering Iron – Need to buy one!!!
(I have a soldering Gun, not as useful and takes a lot more power)
flat large surface to work on, ymmv there

Last month the 12v power cord broke near the end that goes into the computer. This is a multi power, multi end power supply so the ends pop off too easy. I have taped on the end permanently. The cord broke due to the fact that the power supply on this laptop is on the left side, my main vehicle 12v power supply is on the right in the dash. This makes the cord always bend to the right in order to be plugged in. IMG_20131016_154524b

The cord from the power pack to the laptop is a coaxial type of power cord with the negative wires around the inside positive wires. This finding this out took a few attempts at cutting, moving wires, pealing the inside positive wire without hurting the outside wires. x3 power close up glasses were used instead of a magnifying glass so that both hands were free to be in play.

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First I joined the inside positive wires, soldering them together though had to do this a few times. The best I found was to add extra flux even though the solder I had on had has flux built in, maybe it had to due with the size of the wire and not wanting to get it too hot as the end was so close.

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Next wrapped the wire up in tape, black electrical tape, put an extra layer or two to be sure!

Next did the same with the outside negative wires, same thing extra flux worked better. Again, overwrapped with the electrical tape, just to make sure!

Then covered both wires together, made sure the electrical tape was affixed to the wires a good two inches up from the cut and repair, did I mention that I wanted to be sure!

Voila, plugged the 12v into a socket to see if the wire repair or the power pack would heat up, left it on with no laptop connected for about 30 minutes. With some trepidation, I unplugged the 12v socket, attached the laptop, then plugged it back in. So far so good, whewww… Then turned the laptop on, kept checking for heat and smoke, ready to unplug at the first sign of either!

Now, two days ago, bam the 12v plug end, melted, melted so tight that it crushed the inside fuse or the fuse broke, causing the outside casing to melt. Does not matter either way, there was trouble. I unplugged the 12v power pack took a quick look and left it for the morning.
Note: do not get angry and throw the cord to the phone against the wall! In the morning you now have another soldering job!!
Newest fix; luckily I had an extra end for the power pack to the 12v socket kicking around. After taking the somewhat melted male socket apart, there was no way to fix was was left. Looking at the never used 12v cord, making a quick cut with the side cutters close but not against the adapter where it goes into the 12v power pack, I was committed. Thinking in advance, cutting close to the end connector now has the original cord slightly less than double the length, much better!

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Snipping close but not against the melted male socket (might still have some usable parts there) I laid out the wires to be stripped with the wire strippers/cutter.

Next which is good to know, this side the wires are normal cord style, positive and negative side by side, so much less stress and hassle! (relatively speaking of course)
Wires stripped back, positive first, soldered and fluxed together, wrapped excessively with black electrical tape.
Next negative wires done the same, overwrapped paying attention that there were now positive wires peeking through or mixed in with the negative wires!
All, overwrapped, up and down about 3 inches either side of the break. Overwrapped, making sure, I did mention this is my laptop cable right!

Other projects;
mouse chewed threw cables from solar panels to wire clips,
broken 12v cables that were attached to the 12v starting battery to a 4oo watt inverter
older emergency 12v battery starting wires, old ends taken off, wired brushed up, reconnected to newly exposed wire and soldered on for better connectivity and power transfer.

So, why is this important post SHTF;
no laptop for info
no solar panels
more mice to chew things
soldering iron draws less power
Soldering gun, has a nice light, ya but draws a lot more power
– also you need to hold that little trigger the whole time and your finger goes to sleep!
Get used to doing things outside of your comfort zone now!

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Canampreppers.net Free Book Giveaway

1st Free Giveaway to all Members with more than 5 posts
Free Giveaway to all Members with more than 5 posts

All current and new members qualify for the giveaway.

The details: Since by rmactsc has decided to give all proceeds to the Wounded Warriors group for the next few days, I thought it would be nice to have a giveaway. This will help the Wounded Warriors Fund and help one of our members as well.

Roger does not know about this idea of the Giveaways until he reads this post, we did not know of him donating all royalties until he posted that on his blog either. This is a Win Win situation for all of us.  (This is just the first giveaway that is going to happen this year! stay tuned)

The giveaway is all 5 of rmactsc Roger Abramsky’s books, so 1 for every post if you were so inclined to think that way.
All existing members with over 5 posts are eligible, all the people who come and surf, but do not join up are now enticed to join, post 5 times and you are eligible as well.  (2-4 posts not good enough) The only person who is not eligible is RMACTSC / Roger as well he can read his own stuff for free :)

The books are all in Kindle format, see under Books the info I just put there if someone does not have a Kindle but has a smart phone, laptop, desktop, tablet or other device. You will be able to read these books in the Cloud reader OR on your devices including the Kindle.

Here is the link to his Fifth book on Amazon. Good luck with the contest and best wishes and happy reading to the winner.
This will be a random computer generated winner, with all members assigned a number, entered into the random winner slot, and it will spit out the name.

Date: Sept 3rd drawing – one month from now!
I already have the gift certificates purchased and sent to me, just waiting for the drawing to send them to one of the luck winners!

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 Q. Will I qualify even if I join the Canampreppers.net Forum on the 20th ?

A. Yes, if you have 5 or more posts by the 2nd of Sept, you will go into the draw

 

 

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Preparedness Meet Huntsville July 20-21

So, Helped to set up a Preparedness and Bushcrafter meeting that is on the 20-21 July in Huntsville Ontario
info to be found through here
http://canampreppers.net/forum/index.php?topic=130.0

I will be giving a show and tell on Fire/Stove/Shelters there are a lot of presenters as well as door prizes, networking and just a general get together with like minded people.
Bit of a drive for the USA Folks but, we have ONE coming as of now 🙂

Look forward to seeing some of you pop by
Cheers ~Wild_E

camp fire picture

Fire is Life and the start of technology

Direct link
http://canampreppers.net/html/july_event.html

Saturday Event Program

Sunday Event Program

Canadian and American Prepper, Preparedness, Self Reliant, Bushcraft, Homesteader forum
www.canampreppers.net

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Honoured by Followers

Quick post
Thank you to all the followers, I am honoured by the simple fact you have chosen to follow along.

My little journey has been split it seems, One direction is the Self Reliance direction and the other is the Writing direction. Two different groups though they both thirst for knowledge, understanding and seek out their own paths.

I am happy and honoured that so many published writers have taken the time to look over some of my writings, comment on them offer suggestions and then follow the blog. Wow.. Thank you all.

The Self Reliant types, well you all know how I feel about you guys and gals as well, so thanks a bunch

Have a safe and happy week everyone, may the Sun shine on your works and thoughts.
~Wild_E

Letting go of umbrella in wind as it does not work, relates to life in general

Image and words says it all

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