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Keep Spare Parts With Your Preps

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Especially for ‘do-it-yourself’ types, good preparedness may include the importance of keeping spare parts on hand – particularly for your ‘essential’ systems. Moving parts will eventually wear out. Things sometimes just break. That includes essential ‘electronic’ parts too.

During a time of disruption (or worse), you might not be able to drive to the store, and/or communications & delivery systems may not be working or moving. ‘Murphy’s Law’ suggests that this is the time when ‘it’ will break…

Without spare parts or the supplies necessary to adapt and repair ‘it’, you will be left with something that is essentially useless for it’s intended purpose. So here are a few suggestions:


 
First identify and list the most important or ‘critical’ systems that you depend upon the most, and then determine if there are spare parts for them that may be prudent to have on hand. Then work your way down to non-critical items or systems that have the potential to break.

 
Just a few quick thoughts (to get you thinking),

Do you have a chainsaw? They’re often used following a weather disaster (downed trees, etc…). Do you have a spare chain for it? What about a spare bar? What about a spare chainsaw? (two is one and one is none?)

Do you have a furnace for home heating? Do you have a spare ignitor (a fairly common point of failure)?

Do you have plumbing in your house? (of course you do) Assuming you can do-it-yourself, do you have spare pipe, fittings, torch, etc…?

Do you rely on a well pump? What about a spare pump?

Do you have an alternative energy system powering your home? Do you have a spare charger or inverter? Although expensive to set aside, it may be something to consider. Perhaps setting in a DIY ‘Faraday cage’?

Do you have firearms? What about spare springs, bolts, pins, etc…?

Do you have a bicycle? Spare tubes, tires, a spare wheel?

 
Also, having a well stocked supply of general hardware and tools can be a valuable commodity. Being a ‘do-it-yourselfer’ will enable repairs, fixes, and adaptation to problems that may arise from things that ‘break’.

The general point though is to consider acquiring specific spare parts for any critical or important system that may be integral to your survival or well-being.

 
Let’s hear from you –
What are some of the spares that you feel may be important to have on hand?

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  1. For chainsaws, you need spare fuel lines because they will degrade/dry rot over time. I usually replace mine every 5 years.

    1. If you haven’t, you might want to use ethanol free gasoline for yard equipment. Ethanol eats away at rubber parts. Don’t know about your area, but in rural SW Washington, small rural towns sometimes sell E-free gas.

      1. There is also an additive that you can use to countermand the ethanol if you can’t find ethanol free. DH uses it regularly, especially in chain saws and yard equipment (splitter etc.)

    2. Ethanol free fuel can be bought at most outdoor power equipment dealers, in quarts, gallons, 5 and 55 gallons in both 4 cycle and 2 cycle 50:1 premix. As long as the cans are factory sealed there is no need to treat the fuel. Ethanol, in addition to attacking the rubber components of the fuel system is also hygroscopic in that it absorbs water from the atmosphere. This, plus the fact that it does not chemically bond with the gasoline, cause most of the problems. Gasoline with ethanol in it can only be stored or stabilized in a sealed container, since the fuel system on your equipment must vent, it is not a sealed container. When I worked at a Deere dealer, we recommended not buying any more fuel than you would use in a month or two. I can not tell you how many fuel systems we flushed out and refilled with fresh gas, only to have the customer come back a week later with the same problem, because they filled it from the same gas can!

      The ethanol free fuel in 5 or 55 gal pails is a great way to store fuel, we especially recommended it for storage for backup generators. It is very expensive, on the order of 5 to 7 dollars a quart, so I would never recommend people use it for everyday use, however for storage it is ideal.

      1. Five to seven dollars a quart? A gas station near me, east central Minnesota sells it from a pump at about 50 cents a gallon more than oxygenated fuel.

  2. I have a spare computer in a Faraday cage that I keep charged, zip drives with DIY information, and small solar charger for it.

  3. I keep spares for sprinkler parts and pipes. I’m setting up many of my water systems so they can be fed by other than municipal water if necessary, but I still need pipes. Otherwise I’ll end up watering 1/4 of an acre by hand.

    Buckets are another thing you can never have too many of (barring space constraints).

  4. When my older chainsaw gave up, I stripped it for anything salvageable & found another used identical one in good shape. In the past have bought cheap semi junker guns and accumulated a useful assortment of parts for specific and general improvised repairs. Getting to be a challenge for the more modern vehicles though, there is such a variance of parts even among sub models. Spare hoses, belts, plugs, filters, bulbs & fuses etc. are a good idea and not too much of a dollar drain, maybe a battery or two [I have had good luck with cheap used ones from salvage yards, often nearly new at a fraction of retail.] Extra sockets can often be had cheap at flea markets, yard sales and pawn shops and are handy to have as they are easily lost or dropped into inaccessible spaces. The list could go on and on, but don’t forget duct tape, cordage, and assorted universal fasteners.

  5. Recently my family and I moved to another country to escape most of the problems facing the U.S., etc. but we now face a new set of problems very much related to this topic.

    1. Since this is a remote island in the southern hemisphere there are very limited spare parts for anything. So now I am in the position of having to spare most everything.

    2. Everything is also metric and will not fit American made stuff that I shipped here.

    3. On the upside, this is a very intra-dependent community where people really support each other. This is the reason I moved here. Already someone is teaching me most of what I need to know about leather tanning and manufacturing.

    4. Everything here electrical is 50 cycle, not 60 cycle, so guess what another set of spare parts or converters. Fortunately, I am an electrical engineer and this is not a problem.

    5. Tractor tires, oil filters, etc. here do not fit my tractors so I will have to spare or adapt over some how.

    I knew this would happen so wish me luck. Have a good day all.

    At least the drinking water is the same.

  6. Many years ago the old car that I drove had a separate, small belt to run the alternator. Typically, it broke and needed to be replaced every year or so. After almost getting stranded one night, I purchased a couple of extra belts and kept them in my car. Just about anyone with a repair shop could install the belt, but not very many places actually carried belts that small.

    Now if only it was easy to replace headlight bulbs on modern vehicles….

    1. The car manufacturers got in the habit of making interchangeable parts because originally a car was a huge investment. If people couldn’t get the part needed they would jury-rig it. Now they’re in a position where a car is considered disposable, they no longer have to cater to their clients–people just take it to the repair shop and the “car doctor” handles the repair. They don’t have to consider the cost of the part or how it’s going to get there. Similar to insurance vs paying your doctor in cash. With advances in manufacturing and a change in mindset, they can make a different part for every car and still turn a profit.

  7. We have gotten in the habit of purchasing double of everything when we buy a spare part, including identical chainsaws.

  8. About three years ago I realized how short handed I would be if I needed spares for the following, mower, chainsaws, weed eater, dirt bike, generators and tractor. I immediately went to Amazon and ordered 2 spark plugs for each unit and 3 sizes of fuel line so I can make something work. I then put all of it in an old tool box in the back of the shed. Now I have enough to at least get by if needed. You can get a really good deal when you purchase more than 10 plugs from the same vendor in Amazon. They don’t all have to be the same size to obtain the lower price.

    Also consider having spare lumber, barb wire and net wire. When I am forced to double my garden size I’ll need something to keep the bunnies out.

  9. Also consumable supplies like light bulbs, electrical wiring in case and EMP fried the wiring of your house or BOL. If you have a battery bank to store energy from solar panels, consider getting another setup now and know how to properly store them until needed. Consider building a Faraday cage around your back up generator and completely isolate it from the energy source used to start the generator in case of an EMP event. If you’re primary of growing food is an outside garden, consider having a backup plan to grow food inside in case of smoke conditions outside that may last an extended period of time. Extra glass panels for windows. Extra pens and pencil for writing and realms of paper that can also serve as armor against bullets. Coffee filters can also be used in a mesh strainer to filter solids from drinking water before boiling it or filtering it thru a filtration system to preserve the more costly filters. Hammers and screw drivers aren’t any good unless you have a good supply of nails and screws.

  10. This article reminds me of a question on a gun forum (the high road). A guy said he was bringing a new Ruger 10/22 rifle home to Argentina…..where there is no Ruger presence. So he asked what spare parts he should buy and take w/him.

    To a person, they all said none! The 10/22 rifle’s parts do not break. I have one and am very impressed w/it. Quite a response about the 10/22.

    1. Bill G,

      Not to be argumentative, but, while I agree with the quality, longevity, and ruggedness of the Ruger 10/22, it is mechanical. At some point in time it will have parts wear out or break. Witness the numerous suppliers of OEM parts for it in addition to aftermarket parts. Unless you have one with zero friction between moving parts, these parts will eventually fail. Is the 10/22 of superior quality? Yes. Unbreakable? Must not be or Ruger wouldn’t stock all those replacement, original equipment parts.

    2. While the 10-22 is well made, crappy and corroded ammunition can fire while holding the bolt out of battery. This results in the extractor, extractor spring, and spring follower flying out of the gun, never to be seen again. These parts are closely followed by most of the case head. The rest of the case can usually be removed with a small pocket knife. This has happened to me twice. I always keep these three parts and a tube of grease in a hole drilled in the stock under the butt plate. While the gun will shoot and eject without an extractor, pulling the bolt back will not clear an unfired round from the chamber.

  11. One other point to consider……while it may seem painful to open up your wallet and purchase spare parts now, inflation and the devaluation of the dollar will only drive their prices higher in the future. If you can afford to, make your parts purchases asap. Inventories are still relatively high too.(Availability of parts can dry up quickly in a crisis.)

    1. Good point. The price of most things never seem to go down do they? Nope – they always go up… and it’s seemingly uncommon for one’s paycheck to go up by the equivalent amount that everything else is collectively going up.

  12. We keep extra oil, filters, tire patch-plug kits etc, for each vehicle.
    Also, we add Sta-bil to stored fuel and rotate the fuel into use pretty regularly. Also kept an extra set of tires on wheels for the Suburban when we scored a bargain on Craigslist.
    Then there’s the bicycle collection….and don’t forget the old school bicycle pumps…
    Blessings.

  13. Replacement parts! Something I learned in the past when the gasket leaked on my canner. I now have some for the canner as well as other things about the house.

    1. That’s another excellent example… a replacement gasket for one’s canner (if one’s canner uses a gasket). It would be unfortunate to have one go ‘bad’ while in the middle of a big canning project… waiting to order one and replace it, will take awhile (although Amazon Prime ships ‘2 days’ ;) )

  14. What I fine extremely interesting; being “preppers” we all try to decide what to get, what to store, when, where, how much and so on, even what skills to learn. It is as if we are planning everything we will need for the rest of our lives and gathering all sorts of “things”/supplies that will help us “make it” through the next 10-15-20 years or more living as we do now. And yes even 5 more firearms and 15K more ammo.

    Now I’m not trying to make fun or toss out anyone’s ideas, but if the world goes to cow fodder in a handbag, are we really going to need a 10 spark plugs for the lawnmower? Now I don’t know about y-all but I have had the same spark plug in my lawnmower for over 7 years now (it’s caller proper maintenance) and can’t see the need for storing up 10 more of those little suckers, especially if TSHTF (doubt if I’ll be doing much grass cutting when the Zombies are invading) OR storing up 500 gallons of gas that WILL go bad or run out sooner or later. Same way with a well-pump, now I have spent 30+ years on a pump with this current house and literally never replaced one in the 2 other houses I had that were on wells. I’m not saying they won’t break, but what really are the chances? It’s more than likely you won’t have the electricity to run it.

    Note; Spark-Plugs was just an example, so don’t get all puffed up, ok?

    The idea of having 2 or more of everything you may, key word here is “may”, need is a fantastic idea, but my friends that’s a he11 of a lot of stuff to store in your Bug-Out-Bag. Yes, Yes, Yes I know “2 is one, and 1 is none”, but is everyone out there going to have two or more of everything you will ever need for the rest of your days?

    If one seriously looks at your home, vehicles, homestead, and everything you have right now, and think about everything that can/will break or wear out…. Holy Cow, you’ll need a 5000 square foot shop just to store all the “stuff”. The list will literally be endless.

    The point I’m trying to make is, rather than just buying LOTS and LOTS of replacement parts and fix-it stuff, maybe one should be looking to simplify what it is your doing. Sorry, but two, three, or more chainsaws and all the parts to fix them for 20 years? How about using a good old handsaw, an Axe, Splitting Wedges and a Sledgehammer? I have never seen one of those run out of gas or have a leaking fuel-line. That electric water pump is great for now, except when it depends on electricity to run, how about a good old well dipper bucket rather that 2 spare pumps sitting around and you need that one little electrical waterproof splice you forgot about?

    I personally believe that if/when the SHTF or even a slight hiccup this country is going back 150-200 years. And you had best have a copy of the Fox-Fire books, the Anarchist Cookbook, a few books on “living without” AND the knowledge to survive as they did when this Great Country was just a puppy.

    FYI, yes I preach “Use one, Buy two” but those supplies are NOT going to last 20 years and once you run out of those “modern” conveniences, than what? And yes I know the name of this Blog is Modern Survival Blog, but we ALL need to think a little longer-term that those 10 Modern spark-plugs.

    Ok back to the just of the article; one had better look long and hard on what really is critical for you to “live the Lifestyle” and concentrate on those things first, than if y-all want, hit Amazon for 10 spark-plugs hoping you have that trigger assembly or drive sprocket for that Chain-Saw also when it breaks.

    Choose wisely Neo. Red pill or the Blue.

    NRP

      1. Nahhh… it’s not overwhelming to simply consider having some spares around, especially for mission critical systems. It’s simply insurance of sorts.

        For example, I always keep spare Berkey water filter elements. That way if I happen to accidentally crack one of the elements that are in use every day (for my daily drinking water), I won’t have to wait to order and receive a replacement. Additionally, if we were in SHTF and I accidentally tipped the darn thing over while trying to fill the coffee pot during a blurry-eyed morning, I would be $hit outta luck if I didn’t have spare filter elements.

        I could go on with more examples, but I think you get my drift…

        Regarding well pumps, depending on where you read life-expectancy of such, apparently generally once you reach 15-20 years, you’re getting into a possible ‘yellow’ zone. Certainly there are cheap pumps versus quality pumps which will affect the expected life, however since it is a mission-critical device, and if the pump has been in operation for 20+ years, it might be a good idea to have a spare – especially if you are able to replace it yourself… just saying.

        Spare parts are not for everyone. Not everyone is capable of doing certain things. Plus, not everyone can afford the ‘luxury’. However some can, and it’s worth thinking about…

        Oh, almost forgot to mention regarding the spark plugs… years ago I owned an old ‘Jag’ with a V12 engine. I needed 12 spark plugs, not 10!

        1. Speaking from experience – the filters break with sudden impact. I once left my dog loose with the back door ajar so that she could come and go as she pleased. Came home to the whole thing on the floor with the water everywhere and it was now mud as said dog also liked to dig so tracked in dirt to add to the gallon or so of water all over the floor. Of course everything else on the table was now soaked too. : /

        2. Dagnabbit. So I guess that what you are saying NRP, is that I don’t really need an extra set of ice cube trays??? LOL

          1. @ Livin’ in the Woods

            Obviously you have NOT seen me remove ice from Ice-Cube-Trays….. HAHAHA
            Ya better have some extra!

            NRP

          2. Now I can say I have those. Not worrying bout anything else.

            Have all my fathers tools: hand saw. shovel, water bucket, wheel barrel, screw driver, hammer, lots of screws, nails, few spark plugs for lawn mower. Grandfather’s 30/30, 22 in 45 frame, something that looks like a bowie knife, grandfather’s slingshot-and mn Bible which has basically all I need.(we)

            My God shall supply all your need accordingly to His riches in Christ Jesus. He says He keeps His Word-then there is no problem at all. If we need wisdom & Guidance He will provide that too.

            And I choose not to kill any animals, except fish–& I have a fishing rod for that.
            Just my little 2 cents worth.

        3. @NRP

          It is amazing what we think are necessities. I look at my budget now and most of the items on it (& way more than half the cost) are things that didn’t even exist 50 years ago or we didn’t have — TV, A/C, cell phones, computers, cable TV, internet access, health insurance….We burned our trash, and no one charged us for mosquito spraying because no one did it.

          When I was a young widow, raising a daughter and a nephew, whenever something broke, we just did without it. Over and over again things that I thought were necessities broke and we found we could do without them.

          Like you, I store lots of tp. I started using cloth handkerchiefs again instead of Kleenex, just like we used to do, but I also store paper towels, Wet Ones, Swiffers (both wet and dry), soap, toothpaste, and extra toothbrushes. I have some extra flashlights and lots of batteries and solar lights. But I don’t have extra of any mechanical things. Very few of them would work if there was no electricity, anyway, and I don’t own a bicycle, chain saw, well pump, etc. I have a drawer full of “things” such as screws, bolts, cords, broken electronic pieces, spare parts I don’t know what they are for, etc. Every so often I show these to my brother and he says, “Look at all this neat stuff.” Then he takes it home with him.

          1. @ DaisyK

            I guess I should not really say much, I have a HUGE garage full of “neat” stuff…. And just now started restoring a vintage 1961 International Pickup that I have absolutely no need for except to have something to do… HAHAHA

            BUT I have been working very hard to “get back to basics”, that’s why I do a Lights Out weekend ever 4-6 weeks, just to practice and see what I can actually do without if needed.

            NRP

          2. @ DaisyK, like you I also went back to cloth handkerchiefs about a year ago and absolutely love them. We do store tissues mainly for cold and flu season. We could also use them for barter if needed. We have gotten away from disposables for about 95% of everything we use.

            The biggest obstacle is I can’t find a good alternative to freezer bags/vacuum sealer bags (also used for freezer foods to prevent freezer burn). The problem with plastic containers is the food always gets freezer burned. I have experimented with different containers all producing disappointing results. If anyone has a good alternative for freezer containers that is not disposable I would like to hear about it.

          3. DaisyK

            “It is amazing what we think are necessities”

            very true…

            I can recall having a stove, first the oven died, then burners one by one…It was old and not worth calling/paying repair man, and was not just a matter of replacing elements…

            When oven died, we baked in bar-b-que, when burners died (one by one), we cooked on what was left..

            It was amazing how easily we managed, and it all worked fine until we saved the money for a new one. I still smile when I think “four burners are usually not actually necessary”…We can do without much more than we realize.

        4. …which is why the first sentence of today’s article reads, “Especially for ‘do-it-yourself’ types, good preparedness may include the importance of keeping spare parts on hand – particularly for your ‘essential’ systems.”

          Most of my articles are intended to get others ‘thinking’ about certain things, and in this instance, ‘spares’. Of course it would be ridiculous to have a spare for every single part that could possibly break, and I personally do not have a 5,000 square foot shed. However I do keep a number of spare parts (and am working on a few additional essential spares), and they will not require that I build a new outbuilding ;)

          As with all prepping and preparedness, it is up to the individual to choose how much or how little to delve in. And in addition, preparedness is not ‘just’ for ‘the-end-of-the-world’… Rather, (or in addition), preparedness just makes common sense.

        5. I have some spare parts or extras of things I use often, but like you I’d rather have that extra glue to paste leather on the lid and base of my mailbox for a hinge that rusted off 10 years ago instead of having 2 or 3 spare mailboxes.

          But with survival gear I have extra of just about everything for whole replacements, spare parts, and jury rigging.

          My daughter got fed up with me using used zip-lock bags they were 4 to 6 years old that were perfectly fine, and she got me a case of them. So what will I do with 5,000 spare zip lock bags? …gears are turning in my upstairs squirrel cage…

        6. @NRP
          120 foot deep well, mine is 310 feet (on a hill), a long dip!? The well died, guys came and pulled it out (big wheel to roll it up). The wires had insulation off for to over 20 years of torque. Pump was out and I ask how long do they last, one guy said about 20 years depends on sand, grit being pumped.

          I have iron particles which I whole house filter, so I put a new pump on with an anti-torque big old rubber bushing, fed the new pump back down, splicing new wire in as it went in, $1,000 bucks later back in business.

          No streams, lakes or ponds close, working on bulk water storage and maybe rainwater collection. No power, run out if generator gas will be SOL. ⚰

    1. I agree with most of what you say there NRP, however some things are so critical for survival that having extra is a no brainer. Yes we actually have 3 chain saws. Two are gas and one electric and extra bars, chains etc. If there is no gas to be found then we have electric. If an EMP strikes, we have gas (we do have some stored). We also have all the manual tools needed to accomplish that task.

      The time, energy, and plain old strength needed to cut, split wood is very draining, especially at our age. However we will still have to do it if we don’t want to freeze to death. Not to mention the calorie requirements greatly increase doing these task.

      We only store extra’s on critical survival tools, not every single thing we use. I don’t mind the manual way of doing things, I actually prefer it at times. As some things break, we are choosing not to replace them as we are trying to do without.

  15. Bookoo tape and rolls of plastic for when all the windows and sliding glass doors get shot out or have rocks thrown thru them by the marauding golden hordes. Clear for sunlight, black for black-out. Staple gun and a few boxes of staples.

    1. Have you considered 3/4 inch plywood with a 2X4 frame? Can even double the plywood for extra strength. Frame shutters to window or door size and number shutters. You can use 12 to 14 inch bolts and large washers. You can lift windows but may have to break a few windows to install the bolts. On the inside you can use several 2X4’s or 2×6’s 16 to 24″ wider than the door or window with drilled holes to insert the bolts through after inserting them from the outside of the house through the shutters just tighten nuts. Use oversize washers. The shutter is braced against the inside of the house wall. The shutters can be made up ahead of time.

      1. Shutters (or at least the material to make them) are a viable prep for sure. Ply-board can be scarce/sold out when the hurricane is approaching, or after the mob came down the street. People may tend to forget that most houses are so vulnerable in this regard- just pick up a potted plant, throw it through the window, and go in. Armed defense aside, a dead-bolted door= so what. “Spare windows” make sense if it’s in the prepper budget, IMO.

  16. Since I’m generally an all round handy guy, I have acquired a general hardware store! Almost obsessive, if you ask my wife. ?

    But beyond the modern system repairs, I think about the what if? No fuel, then what. No power source, then what?

    So, yes, while it’s nice to have power, or fuel to run the? What to do if that fails?

    So what’s the back up? A very difficult life, can you do it and do you have the “hand saw”?

    Without the modern “Power saw”, as an example. How would you preform that task?

    Well if you’re me, you go to the other barn. Or hoard, if you ask that certain someone. ?

  17. Fuel hoses of various sizes, and materials.(viton, neoprene, etc)
    Fitting (gas, water, PVC, pipe)
    Pipe sealer, pipe dope.
    Tools of course.
    Spark plugs, plug wire, end fittings.
    Electrical connectors, fuses, tape, wire.

    Visit a local hardware store and just look around– what do you think you may need?

    1. Sounds like I need a man. Don’t they come with knowledge on how to do all this stuff?
      you people are funny–

  18. I have a road construction business but the one thing I’m always going to is our bolt bin. We use bolts nuts and washers constantly when repairing equipment. I’m pretty fortunate to have most equipment at hand because of my work but it can be some of the simplest things that will shut a project down.

  19. We needed a new attachment hook for the hacksaw and learned that they don’t sell them any more–you have to buy the whole saw. I used a small metal wall hook to replace the part, and a ring on the other end. We still have extra blades…

  20. Off topic but- I just voted on the top prep per web site. We are only 6 votes away from being 15. If you haven’t voted let’s give ken all the support we can because this is the best site out there.

  21. Yes, we live here now and route all communications thru several inner net providers (public libraries networks, etc.) before the message arrives at its final destination. This is for security purposes.

  22. Hi all,
    A lot of good posts here this past week.
    I prioritise my spare parts on items that will be time savers when emergencies arise. Extra filters so I don’t have to boil water. Certain power tools so I can do repairs faster than with hand tools.
    Time is the one commodity that you can’t buy more of so you have to find ways to save it…

  23. Before throwing any appliances away, we strip out any screws / bolts and usable parts. When the dishwasher died, we kept the wheeled dish rack and made it into a tool rack (the dividers make good way to hang up tools.

    Glue sticks. Buy them by the box. You don’t need electricity to melt them, a lighted candle will melt them enough to smear onto surfaces.

  24. I think this is an area that many do not focus enough on. Hardware like nuts, bolts, screws and nails are important. For me I stock up on cable, wire, snap clips, pulleys, chain, wire/rope thimble sets, rope clamps, rolls of tin and aluminum, angle iron, threaded rod, screen, fencing, grommets, saw blades (hack/sawzall/bow), spark plugs, plastic/vinyl/rubber tubing (various diameters) copper tubing, black pipe and fittings, PVC pipe and fittings, PVC tubing fittings and connectors, axe/hammer handles along with wedges, glues and epoxies, JB weld, sand/Emory paper. Basic chemicls like sulphuric acid (cleaning and restoring files), lime (white wash/insect control), linseed oil, mineral spirits, sodium bicarbonate, potassium permanganate, etc. will be adding rolls of barb wire next year. You won’t need this stuff for a run of the mill SHTF but for a TEOTWAWKI incident (EMP) getting to a hardware store won’t be so easy, will they have what you need, will it even still be there?

    I remember my first Platoon Sergeant’s old saying- “I would rather have and not need than to need and not have”

  25. I archived this article as an important part of my preps.
    Spare ice cube trays. Check. Now need spare ice maker…

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