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    7 days with no lectric!

    This is a heartwarming tale about American resilience and rugged individualism and independance tested in the fire of the complete collapse of the modern economy;
    https://www.askaprepper.com/heres-wh...er-for-7-days/


    "Seventh Day

    Here’s What Happens When You Go Without Power for 7 DaysThings are starting to get ugly. People are hungry and so are their kids. I’m starting to see others walking around with guns strapped on. I carry concealed, so I’ve been doing that all along.

    But I doubt all those people have a concealed carry license. They’ve just decided to take it on themselves to carry a gun. And I have to say, they don’t all look like nice people.

    Several of them got together and came up my walkway, looking like they were planning on taking over. Since I have a four foot tall hedge around my front yard, they were all bunched up, right there on the walkway… right where I wanted them. I stepped out on the balcony, while the family poked their guns out the windows. As I said, they were right where I wanted them… where we had the upper hand.

    That was enough to get them to turn back, after shouting a few threats at the house. I’m sure they’ll come back, just as soon as they’re ready."
    “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”
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    Very informative article. Makes you do some serious thinking.
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    "a four foot tall hedge around my front yard"

    I see that quickly turning to the advantage of the offense should they return
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    Thankfully, I have both a portable generator and a wood-burning fireplace insert. Several years ago. oddly enough, just after Thanksgiving, we had a moderate ice storm. I was out of power fot three days but my parents, about 12 miles south of me, were out for a week ! With an all electric house, they lost hundreds of dollars worth of food and could neither heat their house nor their water. They came up here and brought what they could, but - - -.
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    Because of the risk of earthquakes, etc. I always stock 3 weeks or more of canned food or MREs and stacks of Bottled water. Anyone who runs out of food after a few days is an idiot (sure, I'm sympathetic to those who are so unprepared due to no fault of their own) but we keep on hearing alerts that EVERYONE should be prepared to be on their own for a 3 days minimum, a WEEK at least. I opted for a month or more. Also tons of folks near me are investing in generators (though they'll only run as long as there is fuel).

    Ultimately, you don't need 'the end of the world' in order to be prepared. All of those solutions suggested are GOOD THINGS

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    Plenty of 25 year storage food available, generator+ generlink http://www.generlink.com/, fuel, ammo, guns The generlink is a need, use any circuit up to the generator's load, no special subpanels that have limited use. Don't store any fuel that has ethanol. use non oxygenated fuel otherwise your carburetors will be fucked on any generator or other small engines.
    Last edited by 1 Patriot-of-many; 11-30-2019 at 09:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Patriot-of-many View Post
    Plenty of 25 year storage food available, generator+ generlink http://www.generlink.com/, fuel, ammo, guns The generlink is a need, use any circuit up to the generator's load, no special subpanels that have limited use. Don't store any fuel that has ethanol. use non oxygenated fuel otherwise your carburetors will be fucked on any generator or other small engines.
    Very hard to find fuel without ethanol out here

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    Quote Originally Posted by NAPOTS View Post
    Very hard to find fuel without ethanol out here
    That's a bummer, here in MN there are plenty of stations that have it specifically for older engines/small engines ect.

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    The part most interesting to me is how quickly it seemed to devolve into criminality. The "car chase" where another vehicle tried to catch up with him, to the armed people trespassing on his property.

    Going by the assumption that this story isn't a paranoid fantasy, it doesn't bode well for the future.
    Also if I was him I'd consider moving a priority. Closer to home, the scanner was on the other day and an elder gentleman in town called in two perps who had tried to enter, in broad daylight, his domicile via a window, some yelling back and forth and the miscreants skedaddled, with law enforcement looking for them.

    Criminals gatta crim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NAPOTS View Post
    Very hard to find fuel without ethanol out here
    There are NO stations in this area (Illinois side of St. Louis, MO) that I am aware of that have non-ethanol gas. The closest I have found is that pre-mixed 2-cycle stuff for small equipment. But it costs about 4X what gas station gas costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTHunter View Post
    There are NO stations in this area (Illinois side of St. Louis, MO) that I am aware of that have non-ethanol gas. The closest I have found is that pre-mixed 2-cycle stuff for small equipment. But it costs about 4X what gas station gas costs.
    That's crazy. Ethanol really screws up small engines. I left ethanol mix gas in my generator one year, the float valve corroded, wouldn't shut next time I used the generator, imagine fuel spilling out everywhere while the generator was running. Bought a complete new carb and said good bye to ethanol for our chainsaws, atvs, generator ect. It even melted the piston on my CR125 when it got a straight shot of it when it separated while sitting. Biodiesel sucks too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Patriot-of-many View Post
    Plenty of 25 year storage food available, generator+ generlink http://www.generlink.com/, fuel, ammo, guns The generlink is a need, use any circuit up to the generator's load, no special subpanels that have limited use. Don't store any fuel that has ethanol. use non oxygenated fuel otherwise your carburetors will be fucked on any generator or other small engines.
    I converted both our generators to run off both gasoline and propane...they can also run off NG with a small adjustment.
    https://www.motorsnorkel.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 308 View Post
    I converted both our generators to run off both gasoline and propane...they can also run off NG with a small adjustment.
    https://www.motorsnorkel.com/
    I bought a propane powered generator for the fuel stability. You can store propane pretty much indefinitely. The bbq cylinders are easy to find either thrown away or for $5 at garage sales. Take them to Wally World and they will swap them no matter the condition. Refills are cheap at Tractor Supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 308 View Post
    I converted both our generators to run off both gasoline and propane...they can also run off NG with a small adjustment.
    https://www.motorsnorkel.com/
    Now that's an idea! Thanks! Either of you know how long a 6500 Generac would run on one 20gal tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Patriot-of-many View Post
    Now that's an idea! Thanks! Either of you know how long a 6500 Generac would run on one 20gal tank?
    Not sure, every opportunity I’ve had to use the gen, the power comes back on shortly thereafter. We use propane for heat here in Idaho and you can get the propane co-op to supply an additional tank for the gen that they can refill when they fill the big main tank. We have a couple 20gal standby tanks and a 600gal main tank.

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    Wow that's pretty bad. Here in Maine a 2 week outage would still barely register as anything to worry about, summer or winter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Patriot-of-many View Post
    That's crazy. Ethanol really screws up small engines. I left ethanol mix gas in my generator one year, the float valve corroded, wouldn't shut next time I used the generator, imagine fuel spilling out everywhere while the generator was running. Bought a complete new carb and said good bye to ethanol for our chainsaws, atvs, generator ect. It even melted the piston on my CR125 when it got a straight shot of it when it separated while sitting. Biodiesel sucks too.
    Alcohol is hygroscopic (it greedily absorbs water). That's why your float valve corroded. It was sitting in water.

    All ethanol does is dilute the gasoline so you only get 90% of what you pay for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krupski View Post
    Alcohol is hygroscopic (it greedily absorbs water). That's why your float valve corroded. It was sitting in water.

    All ethanol does is dilute the gasoline so you only get 90% of what you pay for.
    Gotta give farmers and ethanol industry owners subsidies in the guise of saving the planet. This bullshit mandate stuff, no one ever thinks of the consequences. MN has been talking about going to 20%.

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