Sunday, September 16, 2012

BLOG UPDATE

Hello,

I am posting this message to let any readers know that it might be some time before another post. I have been researching, reading, and asking questions about myself and what I want this blog to be. My conclusion is this; I have not been giving you the reader a product worth reading. Now to fix this problem I am taking this time to organize myself, research topics, and write an informative well written blog that will be of use to you the reader. As readers of this blog you deserve more. I feel that the product I have been putting out has been a lousy reputation of myself and now I am to correct that. I am also bringing in contributing authors to give some variety to the blog as well as some different aspects and points of views.

You the reader deserve better

Practicing Prepper

Monday, September 3, 2012

LABOR DAY

Today is Labor day in the U.S. and Canada. I hope that you all take this day to rest if you are able. Spend time with the family and enjoy each others company. Whatever you do try to get some relaxation in. Have a wonderful holiday. Keep Practicing. Keep Prepping. God bless.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

WHAT CAN PALLETS DO FOR YOU

How often do you see stacks of wooden pallets behind businesses? Personally I see them all over the place. Now what do those businesses do with all of those pallets. Some send them back to the merchandiser that they came from to be reused, others just throw them out, and yet others give them away free. Most wood pallets are chemically treated for durability giving them multiple reuses before needing to be discarded. 

My Fiance recently asked if I would build her a coffee table for our living room made from a recycled wood pallet. After seeing some photos online of what she was talking about, it got me to thinking of the unlimited possibilities of what I could use pallets for. So much so that I began to really annoy her with all of my different ideas. The point is pallets are like duct tape with all the different uses. This is free lumber for projects. If you need fire wood old pallets can be used. Just make sure that you are certain that the pallets that you use to burn are of the untreated kind, as burning the treated ones can be toxic. 

When I was looking online at all of the things pallets were being used for, it really got me excited. I saw everything from pallet houses to raised garden beds. I have found many free pallets on Craigslist, so look around. If you see a business that has stacks of them go in and ask what they do with them, you might be able to take some. Have fun and let your imagination run with the possibilities. 

What would you use pallets for? How would having or using pallets help with your prepping?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Friday, August 31, 2012

WHO WILL YOU VOTE FOR AND HOW WILL IT AFFECT YOUR PREPAREDNESS

 I was just cruising through the net looking for ideas and research for future posts when I came across this article on another blog. With what the author has to say I find that I agree 100%. Check it out , then tell me what you think about how the elections will affect prepping, preparedness, and the preparedness community.

http://preppingtosurvive.com/2012/08/27/obama-romney-it-makes-no-difference-to-me/

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

WEEKLY SCRIPTURE

Psalm 91

The Protection of the Most High


The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

He Himself will deliver you from the hunter's net, from the destructive plague.
He will cover you with His feather; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon.
Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you.
You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord      my refuge, the Most High      your dwelling place, no harm will com to you; no plague will come near your tent.
For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways.
They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will tramples the young lion and the serpent.

Because he is lovingly devoted to Me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows My name.
When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble.
I will rescue him and give him honor.
I will satisfy him with a long life and show him My salvation.

Friday, August 24, 2012

EDC (Everyday Carry)

Okay, so I have been looking all over the web lately at what people have as Everyday Carry. I want to put one together for myself and my fiance. I also want to get more reader interaction, so this is what I want to do; tell me what your EDC is, why you chose what you did, and what you would recommend for me. I know that these can be as unique as each individual but I am looking for some ideas. Look forward to hearing what you all have. Keep Practicing. Keep Prepping. God bless.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

THE OVERHAND KNOT


The overhand knot is one of the most fundamental knots and forms the basis of many others including the simple noose, overhand loop, angler's loop, reef knot, fisherman's knot and water knot. The overhand knot is very secure, to the point of jamming badly. It should be used if the knot is intended to be permanent. It is often used to prevent the end of a rope from unraveling.

Tying

There are a number of ways to tie the Overhand knot.
  • Thumb method - create a loop and push the working end through the loop with your thumb.
  • Overhand method - create a bight, by twisting the hand over at the wrist and sticking your hand in the hole, pinch the working end with your fingers and pull through the loop.

Names             Overhand knot, Thumb knot
Category         Stopper
Efficiency        50%
Origin              Ancient
Related           Simple noose, Overhand loop, Figure-of-eight knot, Angler's loop, reef knot, Fisherman's knot, Water knot
Releasing       Extreme jamming
Typical use    Fishing, climbing, shoelaces, making other knots.
Caveat            Spills if the standing part is pulled forcibly in the wrong direction


"Overhand Knot." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 20 Aug. 2012. Web. 21 Aug. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overhand_knot>.


Monday, August 20, 2012

KNOTS

Preparedness starts at all different levels. One of the most basic preps to learn in my opinion is tying knots. Learning a few basic knots and how to use them is a skill that can be used daily. With that in mind, I am going to begin doing a "Knot of the Week" segment, as well as add a page on the different knots and how to tie them.  Each week will feature a knot with instructions on how to tie it, its history, and what it is used for. Practice the knots, get familiar with them. You never know when you may come across a situation where using the right knot is going to come in handy. Keep Practicing. Keep Prepping. God Bless.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK

"So that a future generation — children yet to be born — might know. They were to rise and tell their children so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God’s works, but keep His commands. Then they would not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not loyal and whose spirit was not faithful to God."

Psalm 78:6-8 (HCSB)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Columbia River Knife and Tool M16-13SF

Here is one of the best knives that I have had the pleasure of owning; the CRKT M16-13SF. I bought this knife at the PX just before my deployment to Iraq. I was looking for a knife that would get me through the deployment and all of the tasks I was sure to come across. By looking at the packages (since I was unable to hold the actual knife before purchase) I chose the CRKT M16-13SF.

Now, I chose this knife for several reasons. First, I wanted a folder. Second, I wanted a solid locking mechanism. Third, a strong and serrated blade. The CRKT M16-13SF fit all of my needs. The knife is a good size folder with an overall length of 8.25 inches, a blade length of 3.5 inches, and a closed length of 4.75 inches. The knife has a good weight to length ratio in my opinion with only a weight of 3.5 ounces. The M16-13SF has dual flippers which gives it a true hilt, giving you better control of the knife and protection from the blade. The dual flippers also give it a sort of assisted open without actually being one.

Opening the knife is fast  My favorite thing about the M16-13SF is the CRKT patented AutoLAWKS system. The AutoLAWKS works with the locking liner making it so that the liner cannot fail. It works as a two part system in closing the knife. To close you first have to trigger the AutoLAWKS on the back of the knife and then simultaneously engage the locking liner. This is a great feature and gives me the added comfort that the knife wont fold in on itself when I'm working with it.  With a Tanto blade you get supreme tip strength. I have had mine for 4 years now and only had to hone the edge back to razor sharpness about once every six months. I have only had to put a new edge on it once and only because I had used it to chip some mortar. The CRKT M16-13SF comes in a black titanium nitride finish. This finish is strong, and only after 4 years of having the knife are there any signs of abrasion. The M16-13SF also has 4 different carrying options making it even more versatile to carry.

This is a great knife, and I honestly cannot come up with anything negative about it. If you get a chance to hold one and get a feel I think that most would agree. CRKT makes great knives and because of this happenstance of buying this one I tend to look at what else they have when shopping for a new knife. Great quality knife. Keep Practicing, Keep Prepping. God bless.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK


"Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field; afterward, build your house."
Proverb 24:27 (HCSB)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

ALLEN & MIKE'S REALLY COOL BACKPACKIN' BOOK

I picked this book up when I was still in high school. I was planning a backpacking trip with some buddies of mine that never came to be. I have to say though, that I am very happy that I bought it and have kept it. The book cost me $15.00 at the time and you can get it on Amazon for around $10.00 now.

The book covers many facets of backpacking, but I believe that there is so much information in it that pertains to building ones bug out bag as well. The authors take a very minimalistic and cheap point of view for ones gear, showing that with a little ingenuity one could build a bug-out bag on the cheap with good quality products found around the house. For me this is great because I have a limited income, as just about everybody else right now. The book gives tips on how to lighten your bag as well as how to pack it so that it is not a nuisance.

Allen and Mike have a sense of humor and you see it in the illustrations as well as the writing. I like this because I find that it is both entertaining and informative. The authors cover everything from clothing to camping etiquette. A great bit of information that they have is food and packing it. As before, the book is full of great information that could be useful in the planning and building your backpack or bug-out bag.

Read the book; it's great and when you get the chance, try implementing some of the techniques on your next camping trip. Find what works for you. Keep Practicing, Keep Prepping. God bless.  

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Welcome

First and foremost, welcome to Practicing Prepper. I have created this blog with the intent to distribute knowledge, experience, training, and research to others of a like mindset. I hope to use this blog as a vehicle to gather and disseminate information. I also hope to receive information from its viewers as a way for me to better prepare. Things to look for on a regular basis is that I will try to post once a week, if not more often. I am going to include book reviews as well as gear reviews. If there are any tactics or techniques that you would like to see tested let me know and I will see what I can do to grant your request. I am here to help the fellow man. I also want to make it clear that this is a family site and I will not allow any profanity in the comments section. Keep Practicing, Keep Prepping. God bless.