Category Archives: Prepping

“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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Freezer False Alarm – STM

Old School Tech has posted a new article about a little scare we had with our freezer this morning. Although it turned out that this was just a simple thermodynamic misunderstanding, it does help highlight some of the issues involved … Continue reading

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Ground Solar Part VI, Wiring, Connectors and Tools

Old School Tech has released a new article, this time on solar wiring, connectors and tools. Although this is the final article in the hurricane ground solar series, it isn’t our last article on solar. MORE

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Ground Solar, Part V, The Batteries

Old School Tech has released a new article in its ground solar series, this time about the batteries. Originally intended to only run a freezer, we were able to also run two refrigerators off this system, but only for about … Continue reading

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Don’t pass on this bargain

Doc over at Maingun has the best deal I’ve ever seen on military modular sleep systems (sleeping bags, man) going on til Friday at 8AM. Seriously. 23 bucks. You can’t beat that with a stick. DETAILS HERE Don’t forget to … Continue reading

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Ground Solar, Part IV, The Inverter – STM

Old School Tech has released a new article about the ground solar array we deployed during Hurricane Matthew. This time, it is about the inverter, or in this case, the 24 volt MicroSolar 1000 watt pure sine inverter. MORE

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Introducing Caveman Chemistry – STM

OST has posted a new article introducing the book Caveman Chemistry, by Dr. Kevin Dunn. “Starving the Monkeys” readers will recognize this book from our recommended reading list; we use it all the time for our homeschool chemistry lab manual … Continue reading

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Prepping question

A reader would like to know if anybody has come across a website or recipes for dehydrated foods in #10 cans? I’m kind of curious myself – a few years back I purchased a package of #10 cans containing dehydrated … Continue reading

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When the shit hits the fan

For quite a while I got into reading TEOTWAWKI novels and I read quite a few. Some of them were very good and most were entertaining but I was reading them as novels – works of fiction. They were written … Continue reading

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Off-Grid Lead Acid Battery Principles

Old School Tech has just posted an article about off-grid lead acid battery principles. While lead-acid batteries are not the optimum choice for long-term use, they are relatively inexpensive for a two- or three-year solution as long as they are … Continue reading

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