Category Archives: Prepping

Food Storage Jar Seals – OST

Three decades ago, we bought some glass food storage jars, and really enjoyed them. For the last decade or so, though, they’ve sat in the corner of the kitchen as little more than a decoration because the seals have dried … Continue reading

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Austere Medicine Class

I’ve done a couple of reviews of the Austere Medicine Class that were submitted by Wiscos Dave and Al and have gotten a few inquiries on how and where to attend a class. WiscoDave just sent me a link to … Continue reading

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Primitive traps

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AAR – Austere Medical Class – by WiscoAl

Wirecutter, several of your readers – including the guy everyone else in class asked about, “WOAH – That’s WiscoDave?” just completed a 2-Day intensive weekend class on Grid Down medicine. Most people complained that there was no live raccoon bite … Continue reading

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55six speaks

Things are chaotic in many parts of the country, especially in urban environs and this is a prime time in history to be the “grey man” or be prepared to be the “object of someone else’s attention”. Case in point, … Continue reading

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From a reader: Collecting rainwater

From Gordon: I wanted to share a couple of pictures to show how inexpensive a rainwater collection system can be. One picture shows my first attempt. It’s a 30 gallon white poly barrel. I scrounged up the barrel from a … Continue reading

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Austere Medicine Class review by WiscoDave

Hey Kenny, Hopefully this rambling will make some sense. You, hopefully, may be getting other emails from attendees with their comments – or – they’ll comment on this as I try and get the ball rolling. FYI: you ARE highly … Continue reading

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Top 7 Mistakes to Avoid when Harvesting Rain Water

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Double Conversion UPS, Part I – STM

After a long hiatus, Old School Tech has posted the first article in a new series, this time about creating a double-conversion uninterruptible power supply, which is useful for driving loads such as freezers or mission-critical items. Like a computer … Continue reading

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“But why can’t I buy a rifle with the shoulder thingie that goes up?”

Colin Waugh bought a shotgun four weeks before November’s election. An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before. But Waugh, a 31-year-old from Independence, Missouri, couldn’t shake his fears of a Donald Trump … Continue reading

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Vintage Projects Collection

Welcome to the Vintage Projects Collection! Our goal is to preserve the inspired DIY spirit of the past. Our free project reprints cover farm machines, the woodshop, machine shop, boats, archery and more. These vintage plans come from a half-century … Continue reading

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Might be worth bookmarking

People on all continents have used thousands of indigenous plants for treatment of ailments since prehistoric times. By watching animals, these ancient peoples learned what herbs and plants would work for various conditions. The use of plants as medicines predates … Continue reading

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Multicolor Off-Grid Christmas Lights

Old School Tech has released the final article in the off-grid Christmas light series, this time with a discussion about multi-color lights, their analysis and a useful generic design procedure. MORE

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Anger Is Not A Virtue In Leadership

I can tell you from experience that this post from “Task and Purpose” is pretty spot on concerning leadership through anger. During a conversation with one of my junior Sergeants years ago, I became aware that I was actually “doing … Continue reading

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Got preps?

Here’s an outfit that carries antibiotics that are effective with both human and animal and don’t require a prescription for purchase. Penicillin, amoxicillin, cephalexin, all kinds of good stuff. Delivery time is about 2-3 days. You’ve got food, ammo, water … Continue reading

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Red Off-Grid Christmas Lights – STM

Old School Tech has published the latest in their off-grid emergency lighting series, this time on the adaptation of red LED Christmas lights for off-grid DC operation. Red LEDs have an important application to preppers, in that they help preserve … Continue reading

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Testing Emergency Solar Christmas Lights

In a previous article, we described the adaptation of LED Christmas lights as emergency solar lighting powered directly from an off-grid battery array. This approach provides many advantages versus running them from an inverter, including useful lighting while trying to … Continue reading

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Product Review, Bestek 300W Pure Sine 12V Inverter

As part of our off-grid solar series, we’re looking for bare-bones options for the charger and inverter components to meet the minimum requirements of driving a 70 watt freezer, 24/7 if possible. We recently tested a Bestek 300W Pure Sine … Continue reading

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Extracting Potash

Old School Tech has released an article about extracting raw potash from wood ashes. Future projects will refine and use this raw product for interesting things. Not only does this project make a great homeschool chemistry lesson, it also sets … Continue reading

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Emergency Solar Christmas Lights

Old School Tech has posted an article about converting Christmas LED light strings into emergency DC lighting for use directly from an off-grid battery array, no inverter required. This kind of lighting is great for safety-critical areas and allows a … Continue reading

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