Sunday, August 18, 2019

Lot Cop, Coming to a Wal-Mart Near You?

I’ve read about additional (portable) security cameras are showing up in Wal-Mart parking lots. And sometimes like the Wal-Mart I shop at has a very large, multi-store parking lot so two LOT-COP units deployed.

Now, most of us know every Wal-Mart has more parking lot surveillance cameras than the Pentagon! So what’s up? Do they know something that they’re not talking about like maybe the changing store area demographics and they want to get ahead of it to lessen parking lot crime and their liability? It’s no secret that Wall-Mart has the lions share of Police calls to their retail stores.

What are the capabilities of the Lot-Cop?
The solar-powered “Lot-Cops” are rigged to a trailer and feature two pan/tilt/zoom cameras, a 360-degree camera, a pulsing blue strobe light, floodlights and speakers.

Times are changing for us. Like I tell people, scan any parking lot you shop at for potential danger (people milling around) that may be waiting for you. Even when leaving the store to return to your car look at the area where your car is before just walking to it. Then immediately after getting in the car lock the door before you do anything else!

Here’s one of the two LOT-COP’s at my Wall-Mart.

A closer look.

It’s solar powered with two, 400-watt solar panels.

The cameras deployed on its’ telescoping pole.

A closer look at the cameras.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Surprise Surprise!

Another close Clinton friend commits suicide by hanging himself while under a 24/7 suicide watch. I wouldn't be surprised if he also had a bullet hole in the back of his head.

Friday, August 2, 2019

“Grand Solar Minimum” have you heard about this event?

I first found out about this a week ago where several of my favorite Homestead you-tube channels had talked about it. It’s about Cold Weather Crop Losses due to Shortened Growing Seasons and may shed some light on why all the rain and miserably cold and longer winters we’ve had recently.

I recommend you visit the authors' channel Tinyhouse Prepper who has put a lot of time researching and verifying the information on the Grand Solar Minimum event in the links below. Each one is about 25 minutes long.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Add an Hour Meter to Your Generator

I feel generators are an important Prepper tool. They can be expensive to buy or replace so following the manufacturers' maintenance recommendations will assure you get the most trouble-free life from it.

One of the ways to maximize the generator (or any small engines such as roto-tillers, lawn tractors, etc) life is using the proper ‘weight’ and ‘type’ of oil and change the oil at the recommended intervals. In my case for the Honda EU2000i is every six months or 100 hours.

The only way I know to keep track of the running hours is with an hour meter which most small engines don’t have! I installed an aftermarket hour meter on my Honda at a cost of just $11.00. It was a very easy install. Now I have an accurate way to check the engine hours and get the maximum life from my investment.

The finished install.
I located the meter off-set so I can ratchet-strap the generator securely through the handle to my cargo hitch platform without the meter head being in the way.

Here you see I removed the spark-plug access plate so I could attach the impulse wire to the plug wire.

A close-up of the connection.
I wrapped the wire four times around the plug wire then tied a slip knot. To keep the connection snug I added two wire ties and trimmed the excess.

A quick test run shows the meter is working.
The meter head came with two screws to mount it to the generator housing. However, I didn’t use them as the fuel tank is under where the head needed to be mounted. In place of screws, I used a 5-minute epoxy and glued it on.

Source to buy, Amazon link:

Cost: $10.99

Seller Description:
Brand New Inductive Hour Meter for Marine, ATV, Motorcycle, Dirt, Ski Track the Service Life of Your Vehicle-Oil Changes, Valve, Adjustments, Spark Plugs, ect.

Easy Installation-peel & stick, no wiring necessary, or attach with enclosed hardware. No Battery Required-connects to spark plug wire.

Works on Any Gas Engine

Records and Displays to 9,999.9 Hours. Stand-by Time up to over 20,000 hours. Hour Glass Symbol Appears and Flashes on/off to Indicate Counting Time
Automatic Roll Over Resolution 0.1 Hour.

100% epoxy encapsulated casing resists water, shock, stand fire of 85 Celsius degree

No Battery Required-connects to spark plug wire

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Can Food Storage and The New Prepper, Part 2 of 2

Part 1 of 2 shows the typical basic dry bulk foods that most everyone has or should have in storage. It is these basic dry foods that partner very well with supermarket can foods. The dry bucket foods are added to the can foods to double and sometimes triple the serving size of one can.

#10 Cans and Camping Pouched Meals:
Another area, where the New Prepper becomes confused, is the stocking of #10 Cans and Camping Pouched Meals. Because you are stocking can goods of vegetables and meats you don’t need to stock #10 cans of the same foods. Yes, they are good for 20-25 years but that is a timeframe I don’t prescribe too. A two to three (2-3) years is more realistic in today’s environment. This is plenty of time to wait out a changing government like the Venezuelan’s are doing, where the people could use two or three years of supplemental meals. During a disaster, you can make smart decisions to wait out the disaster or relocate to a better country or remote area of your country to become self-reliant.

Stored Food Rotation:
With dry bulk foods there is no problem to keep them in stock for 20-25 years. Can goods however on average have a 2 year ‘best by date’. I regularly exceed that by another year or two. Also, I prepare meals at least every weekend using our stored can and dry bulk foods. Doing this is like an automatic ‘rotation’ so very little food will pass their expiration plus we get practice experimenting with new recipes using stored foods.

Recommended #10 cans of food:
#10 Cans do have a place with food storage such as Cheese Powder, Tomato Powder, Butter Powder, and Egg Powder. I use these four foods and they are surprisingly great tasting.
          Cheese Powder; for Mac & Cheese or any dish you would use cheese in.
Tomato Powder; all tomato sauces, spaghetti, pizza, juice, Sloppy Joe’s.
Butter Powder; any dish where you need butter, even a grilled cheese sandwich.
          Egg Powder; Scrambled eggs or any dish that needs eggs.

Pouched Entrees’ such as Mountain House etc:
These are good for your 72-hour bug out bag but that’s all. The down-side is the cost. They are terribly expensive to stock in your long term foods and they limit the serving size. It is common that users of a pouched meal that indicates two servings, they say the serving size is too small which leads to opening a second pouch to complete the meal.

Which can foods to stock:
First I suggest you review the Wal-Mart links below, they will lead you to hundreds of choices many entrĂ©e’s you never see in stores before to pick from. Buy and stock what you’re familiar with and use, including something that sounds good that you intend to test before buying in quantity.

How to prepare the can foods:
  1. If feeding one person, then one can per day (30 days, 30 cans) is a good place to start. On average figure 1 can per person per day.
  2. Let’s say you want a can of Campbell’s Chunky Soup which by itself equals 2 cups total.
  3. Then you want to bulk it up with rice (or beans or pasta). From your bucket stock, you measure out one cup of rice (or beans or pasta) and then cook it.
  4. The rice (or beans or pasta) will after cooking, double in volume to two cups.
  5. Now add to the cooked rice the can of Campbell’s Chunky soup and heat.
  6. You now have a total of four (4) cups ready to eat!
  7. Serve yourself a single serving of two (2) cups and refrigerate the remaining two cups for your dinner.

How many cans of food to stock??
  1. Within your initial three buckets of dry bulk rice, beans and pasta is a total of 240, cups uncooked (80 cups per bucket).
  2. You need a one cup portion of dry for each can you have in stock”.
  3. Each bucket contains 80 cups dry food and can support 80 cans of food.
  4. Within your three buckets of rice, beans, and pasta you have 240 days of eating lunch and dinner providing you have 240 cans of supermarket food in stock to combine the bucket food into.
  5. For breakfast, you’ll probably eat oatmeal or pancakes and not can food.

    • This is not “5-Star dining but hard core survival eating”. But it can be prepared with camping gear, campfire, rocket stove or RV.

    • One can of supermarket food plus your bucket food per day per person is all you need to stay alive.

    • Start you stock with 30 cans per person and increase it monthly until your comfortable that you have enough to last through your typical area disasters.

    • Yes you can use more or less of your bucket food to suit your eating needs.

    • The cost for the can food is about $60.00 per month.

    • The cost for the initial buckets is $205.00

    • Total cost for your first 30 days and buckets are $265.00
My favorite, but not exclusive source to buy all my Prepper foods both dry and can, is Wal-Mart, via the internet. Why Wal-Mart? Because of the vast selection of dry and can goods to choose from and you can order all of it online and it will be shipped to your favorite Wal-Mart store location for free! Plus the sell all of the Augason Farms dry bulk foods in buckets and #10 cans.

However, shop your local supermarkets for sales. Our store has regular “Buy One Get One Free” sales and you can’t beat that at Wal-Mart.

Note on Can Prices:
When checking the can prices online sometimes their web site shows what appears to be a price range such as $4.00 - $8.00. However $4.00 is for two cans and the $8.00 would be for four cans. You have to click on what you are viewing to get the correct pricing.

Wal-Mart links I Use:

Auguston Farms #10 cans and buckets:

Can Soups:

Can Soups and Meals:

1. Be sure you have an unlimited source of drinking water. All your drinking, meal preps and baking require water. Two gallons a day would be reasonable.
2. Not mentioned are your preferred spices you already have in stock including salt, sugar, yeast, chili pepper, oregano and others that suit your taste. Add to them as you grow your stocked foods.