Get Those Spare Parts Sooner Rather Than Later

It is sensible to have spares and spare parts on hand, especially for essentials. There are a number of reasons why you might consider acquiring those spares sooner, rather than later. A few thoughts…

This happens so often that I had to mention it. When you purchase something, research about spare parts (if it’s something that may eventually need it). Why? Because for many products, its life cycle tends to be short. Next thing you know, they don’t make it anymore. Good luck finding parts (at least finding them easily).

Okay, granted, respectable companies will keep an inventory of spare parts for older products for a time.

There’s another reason to acquire spare parts. Convenience. Things will break at the least opportune times. If you anticipated the problem well beforehand and purchased that part, well, you’ve saved the hassle of scrambling to get it (assuming they still make the part you need!).

I know that we live in a disposable society. Depending on what it is, some might just throw it out and get a “new one”. Products keep changing. There’s always a new model. A new design. Though way back in the “old days” it used to mean there were likely better features, or truly “improved” — these days it more likely means they found a way to make it cheaper. But I digress…

With that said, there are certain things, products, appliances, machines, vehicles, tools, firearms, lawn tractors/mowers, chain saws, whatever (the list could become quite long!)…that may eventually require a replacement “this” or “that”. Spares and spare parts.

From your own experience with the products you’ve owned — you know what those parts are (the one’s that tend to break, wear out, or need replacement).

So given today’s climate of uncertainty, why not get those spare or replacement parts now rather than later?

I thought of this post topic today because I just realized that I only have one spare 1-micron filter element remaining for my inline water filter for the house. Whoops. Going to order plenty of replacements!

Tip: Systematically go through your house, your shop/garage, and outdoor area. First consider what you might value as essentials. Determine if there any practical spare parts or spares to have on hand for these. Look around. Look at what you have. Maybe room by room. Is there anything that stands out whereby you might think about getting a spare (or spare part within that may tend to wear out or break)?

Again, just pointing out some practical, sensible, preparedness.

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    1. I second the above but if shortages possible, triple it.
      Wouldn’t hurt to get a spare air filter for the chainsaw also.

        1. Also nuts for the bar. Even though I check them for tightness, I’ve still lost a few in the woods over the years.

        2. Km in Nc,
          I worked on Paul Allen’s MD 900 helicopter. The ship was brand new with only a few built so far… when he bought the thing he purchased one for transportation, but he also bought a second ship, that if need be
          we could use as a parts source. Two is one and one is none…

    2. Carb kits for any small gas engines that you may own.Do not forget the
      snow blower.
      Stabil,Sea Foam,PRI-G and PRI-D fuel treatment.

      1. Sheer pins for the auger. If you hit ice or a buried stick and break a pin, it’s usually when there’s deep snow so it’s not the best time to run to the hardware store for a replacement.

      2. We ordered Carb rebuild kits last month and they are on back order. Called today and they are still 2 to 3 weeks out. That is from our regular supplier though. We didnt look else where. I guess we should have.

        1. I have found full replacement small engine carbs on Amazon for not much more than a rebuild kit and in one case less. I’ve used a couple and they seemed just fine. Note you need to know how to adjust them when installing.

    3. Spare AVRs for the gensets stored in faraday . Parts for weapon platforms,springs, pins,firing pins, most can be made if you have the time.

  1. That’s Funny I was thinking about ordering up a spare pitcher hand pump for the well just in case some Jackhole steals it off of my property…

  2. This is especially true for anything made in China, some of those are disappearing fast. I wonder if Harbor Fright is experiencing shortages. (intentional misspelling).

    1. Chevy, Kula,
      i read a report today that spells out the catastrophic devastation that the huge dam in China, which is trying to fold…will/could cause if it gives way… To start with : most manufacturing of 98% of non food goods and 95% of medications are manufactured in that region and down stream.. Wuhan is down stream and we know part of what is there…everything would be accidentally released in flood buildings could survive a wall of water taller than they are…… and 10 reactors for producing power … and a whole huge number of people(hundreds of millions live in t he area….. I can not even comprehend how big that wall of water will be… is 6x longer than Hoover dam and produces scads of electricity.
      I said all that to say this. if it is a non food item and you don’t produce it best get it now..get a couple of years supply… I have been applying to scrub pads, cleaning brushes, air filters/hvac,, household cleaners/ chemicals/ bug spray, mouse poison, rat traps. wire, nails, deck screws.

        1. What, the dam breaking? It was discovered because the buckle in the dam is visible from space. The CCP can’t control that (yet) and someone reported on it. They still say its safe and under control, for whatever that’s worth. They’re releasing water as fast as they safely can, but the storms in the area are filling it up faster than they can release.

          Areas downstream are already underwater and dealing with massive flooding.

          The problem is that the dam was created for power generation, not for flood control. It’s not engineered for that kind of weight behind it. One report says that it’s not even anchored in bedrock, just built on the surface.

          1. Lauren that report on pics from space has been out a while.couple of weeks. been watching the weather patters about 3 weeks.. monsoon type rains. drenching already drenched lands.. you tube video shows the two areas that are low lands are now combined into one..reports on channels, China Observer, and new day tv. you tube channels…on Dam itself..dredopedia and crossroads w/Joshua also have recent reports…

          2. I read one report where substandard materials were used in its construction. Substandard concrete and rebar. That same report also mentioned that there is a fault nearby. Surprised they haven’t had any problems with the weather of the dam and water.
            Yes the dam was built for power generation, not flood control although flood control would be one of the benefits. That is why the dam was put in the upper portion of the river evidently where flooding hasn’t been much of an issue.

            Another big debate during construction was sediment buildup in the reservoir. That Yangtze River carries a lot of sediment.

  3. Many here rely on the Berkey water filtration system. Make sure you have a spare set of filters! Also, the Berkey spigot — those things aren’t as sturdy they could be. We swapped our basic spigot out for the metal one. And we have a spare.

    Ovens and stovetops — how many have electric ignitions to start the gas pilot? Without electricity, you’re gonna love cold food. lol

    Meanwhile, good ole duct tape, rope/500cord, and tarps are always good to have for a fast repair.

    Spare parts could be a very lucrative business to get into now. Start small — barter for some inventory, go to flea markets/yard sales (not where the Karens live).

    1. If the ignition don’t work on a gas stove just use a match. I lose power for days at a time in the winter. No problem

  4. Good timing Ken. I’m canning right now as many of you may be doing and every year I have to buy more lids. I see they make reusable canning lids, do you guys know if these are any good?

      1. Thats been my experience too. Though there might be a learning curve I haven’t caught on to.

    1. there is an older brand called Tattler, and one that is newer called Harvest Guard.. friend tested Harvest guard and said they were good.
      .. there are “tricks” to using re-useables…. things about how they are tightened down.. how they are best utilized.. now is the time to be getting and writing down those tips.practicing…

    2. VF
      I confess I reuse canning lid flats if they haven’t gotten scratched or dented from opening, and the gasket part still looks okay.

      I have some Tattler lids, but stopped using them when I took a jar of chicken broth out of the canner and the lid popped open. Fortunately it was mostly my arm that got burnt, but it got my face, too, frighteningly near an eye.

      1. I stopped using tattler entirely. Every single batch in waterbath had at least one bottle where the ring vibrated off. Tight, loose, heated, unheated, made no difference. Sometimes all the bottles, and if there’s one thing that makes me mad it’s the sight of a whole pot full of peaches or tomatoes floating where there were supposed to be sealed (and full) bottles.

        Works better with pressure canning, but I still lost at least one bottle out of every batch. Didn’t make a difference how I treated the lids. So I stopped using them.

        And FYI, I have a better seal rate with reused traditional lids than new. 100% seal, every time. I have lost one bottle after the fact since I started reusing the lids, but I realized after the fact that the rim was bent slightly. It unsealed after about a year. Still looked and smelled OK, but I threw it out anyway.

        1. Lauren, I was having trouble with seals of new lids and The Ohio Prepper gave me a tip…condition your lids put them in warm water to cover and ahalf teaspoon of baking soda bring to a boil. turn off. lid. I rarely have one unseal now.

          1. original “Just Sayin”
            Are you referring to the metal canning lids or the Tattler where the baking soda is used?
            Miss TOP’s wisdom…

  5. Since this covid storm has started I’ve bought
    – extra shoelaces and shoe goo
    – stuff for several oil changes per vehicle
    – complete toilet rebuild kit and seat
    – air filters and spark plugs for mower

  6. Plumbling supplies, (for busted pipe), teflon tape or plumbers puddy
    Extention cords
    Electrical outlets, light switches, electrical tape, wire nutes
    2×4’s, 4×4’s (may need reinforce a door)
    mower deck and drive belts
    weed eater line
    Duct tape

    1. Good idea blue,
      For plumbing supplies, don’t forget to get flexible hose and Shark bites. They make a fixit job much easier. Shark Bites are rather pricey but they work ooh so good.

      1. Shark Bites are awesome, they will work on copper as well as Pex Tubing, on copper I use a fine emory cloth and just a drop or two of crisco so it won’t tear the oring inside, I put it on the Pex too but no sanding.

        1. Amen on those shark bite fittings…I’ll never sweat another joint again, I love those things. They are a bit spendy though I think it’s worth it.

  7. A second Remington Wingmaster 12 ga., it’s a spare right ?(well, maybe not a spare part).

  8. I keep telling the missus I want to stock 20 or 30 sheets of plywood for window repair.😉 but finding a place to store it all here is a problem.I’m a pinch I could take down a few feet of chain link fence in the backyard and cover Windows in a hurry.also Keep several rolls of 4mil black and clear plastic on hand.

    1. Maggie’s Farm, Possibly against a wall on end in garage? or behind a book case? enough to cover the critical/biggest ones… living room /den / any facing prevailing winds/storm any facing street easily visible. consider also heavy black out curtains…/ anything with rubberized backs…Having 6 or 8 would /could cover a lot and beat not having any… Just my thoughts.

    2. M F, although I do have a couple extra sheets, years ago I cut the plywood to the sizes of my windows, screws and any bracing needed. All together ready to install and stored in a shed out back.

  9. Reputable companies will keep a supply of parts— if they can get them
    Things are getting harder and harder to find.

    Get them when and while you can

  10. Good timely advice.

    We don’t know what the “October Surprise’ will be. This year it could be the August, September, October, November, even
    December and January surprise. I agree with Ken’s previous post a few weeks ago; no matter which way this election goes, there’s going to be chaos…to put it mildly.

    This has incentivized me to go through my entire lists: Food, medical, household mechanical, water, heating, lighting…everything. What holes do I need to fill.

    Good topic.

    1. Water and heat.
      Don’t forget to get an extra thermocouple for the water heater. If it quits working-no hot water.

  11. I keep on hand extra belts for my garden tiller in addition to spark plugs, oil and filters for every engine, spare chains, bars and bar oil for the chainsaws, wedges and files for the crosscuts. I also have at least one replacement handle for every axe, maul, sledge, pick, shovel, hoe, etc..

    Over the years I have been slowly collecting as many “extras” as I can think of and if they never get used before I’m room temp that’s fine with me. Not having them when I really needed they could be the difference between surviving and dying.

    1. Speaking of spark plugs, we can’t forget to have a gap tool so we can make sure the plugs are at the proper gap. Otherwise the lawnmowers tiller, snow blower might not work or work as well as it should.

  12. Spare parts?
    Thats all fine and well, good idea,
    Over here you cant get refrigerators.
    Yep, good luck if ya need one, never mind parts for one, most of the newer ones, nada,,,,

    1. It’s the same on here in TX. Little to no inventory on standard price units and backorders are taking 2-3 months to fill even if available. That goes for fridge, freezers, washer/dryer/ and dishwashers. And you can forget getting certain parts for repair. So I can imagine it is way worse where you are.

  13. I understand the thinking of trying to cover parts for most things we have but the list is endless.

    The spare parts I think are important and necessary for my existence are my friends with varied knowledge and tools. The machinist who can make just about any part, the electrician who can keep the essentials energized, the mechanic that keeps things running, the nurseryman that has years of growing experience, the seamstress, etc …. each of them in the proverbial village that have their own stock of materials.

    Better to have a diversity of resourceful friends than one household trying to stock everything including several years of food unless you happen to own a Home Depot, a Safeway, a farmer’s Co-op, an equipment dealership, a machine shop, …..

  14. When SHTF happens this issue will be huge.There will be many machines that don’t work due to no spare parts. I have tried to have spares for as many critical machines as possible but money and storage space is a problem. It can be overwhelming but slowing over time build up a spares cache. Try to cover most important items first then expand. You will never have everything you need but some spares are better than none. The most important spare part is the ability to change out that spare part or design a workaround if possible

  15. Also find ways to jerry-rig if you don’t have the parts. What can be altered? How can what you have be made to fit? The parts will eventually not be available, so better if you know what to do now, so you can make do if necessary.

  16. Hot water heater elements and thermostats, bathroom/kitchen sink rebuild kits, washing machine hoses, already mentioned toilet parts, and toilet paper! Any thing else you can think of to keep your house working. Hopefully the electricity and water stays on, not that it will be affordable when hyper inflation arrives. when that happens just use the dollar for toilet paper.

  17. If things get so bad during SHFT we will all become scavengers. There are several college kid rental houses in the area. When they flee to go home to their momma’s basement…I will be taking what I need form the abandoned homes :)

    Need a toilet… will help myself to one if needed. FO FREE
    Yes I know the Slum lords that own the rental homes they are real Dbags from out of state won’t even be around. They do not even mow the lawn or take care of the properties. Let it go wild. Heck with them.

    1. I have plowed a mule… have a few plow tools of that type-need to check those handles… available. will not be pretty… going back to 1800. many will refuse to go…spiritual preps necessary to handle the stressors and counseling will be necessary skill to cultivate for protection of each member close around…that needs to find the way thru a dark storm. projecting care and concern for each fragile individual will go a long way to enabling each one to come thru.
      .Bibles…note pads, pencils sharpeners,but more than that: the one that can not be purchased…. the working knowledge to use that book of books to encourage others and strengthen them for the days /weeks labor.

    2. Morning Old Homesteader! Was trying to reply to the gentleman that *seemed* to reply to this posting about going 1800’s. Oil lamps sound good but what is your plan to make fuel oil for them?

      Spare parts for a solar-electric system are easy. The hardest is getting the old lead acid battery knowledge to rebuild batteries and keeping extra battery acid set aside to restore your rebuilt batteries. Farmers in the 1890’s or so used wind power and battery storage and had to rebuild them as they were used up/sulfonated.

      A few hundred watts of power makes a nice cooling or warmth spreading from the stove fan useful, easy with LED lights plenty of safe lighting (oil lamps burned down many a home-barn) and even some comforting music when things get stressful.

      Your right OH about computer storage. I’ve been squirreling away hard copy as fast as I can. Hard copy data needs only to be kept dry and some daylight to be useful. A terabyte of useful computer knowledge might be useless due to any number of issues.

      Oxen and using a milking cow for plowing. Done that, not as hard as you think IF you already handle them a lot. Easier in my limited experience than training a horse for that task. An ox bow is simple and oxen generally are more powerful and steady than horses. The milk production of the family cow maybe reduced if your working her hard but not that bad.

      I wonder if that old hit and miss engine could work on wood gas?

      1. OH your speaking the truth again…. :-) Some organic parts cleaner can be fuel or get you fuel from many un-official sources in trade if it’s err smooth enough :-)

        I wish I had the contact information for that NC gentleman that was running a V8 pickup truck on wood gas as the generator was in the PU-bed along with firewood. He had the filtering thing down and would tell me how many miles per cord he could get (was a lot btw). He claimed about 50% of the power from gasoline.

        Lube oil was recycled in the great depression and WW2 home front by using the wicking action of manila rope or heavy cotton as a wick from the old dirty stuff into a fresh container. Sometimes they added some real fresh lube oil and sometimes they added cotton seed or such oil as needed.

        Not the best but when a few quarts of real oil isn’t to be had it was better than running gritty sandpaper oil in your trucks.

      2. NH Michael, as far as fuel for the oil lamps, after running out of oil (tough I’ve consider growing oil sunflowers for their seed) I would probably melt the wax from the beehives I have been saving for a few years now and make candles. I have a good stash of candle wick I’ve put by, so we go from electric to oil lamps to candles (I place them in jars for safety). After that, I guess we will do what people used to do. Go to bed at sundown and get up with the sun!

    3. If you get a treadle, look for new belts. Mine is in perfect working condition, but the belt broke the last time I tried to use it.

    4. Old H, I hate to break this to you but if someone has left their property due to a SHTF reason and isn’t coming back then whatever is left behind is fair game. I would expect nothing less with my things and would show no mercy with others property. Harsh but there it is.

  18. It’s supposed to be a rainy fall and winter which sometimes means we can also get hail, so we got a pack of replacement shingles for the roof, caulking, expanding spray foam and some of that flex seal tape and sealant. Also picked up some extra screen since hail has cracked windows and shredded screen.

    Replacement gasket for canner, with the rubber safety valve. Spare coffee maker – because when those go out it is always morning of what will be a bad day if there’s not a spare to unbox!

    1. Since a 3 day power outage 25 years ago, I have always had a metal coffee maker that can be used over an open fire. But I just realized I need to move the hand grinder for the beans up the order list.

      1. metal and pyrex wih pyrex handle… many extra coffee filters… they have lots of uses…

  19. I’m really surprised that no one, yet, has mentioned ammunition.
    Wait – is that a ‘spare part’ ?
    Anyway, you might as well scratch that one – there just isn’t any anymore !
    Oh well.
    Too late.
    Wait – I know !
    Arrows !

  20. Replacement Parts…..
    @Ken. Do you have any recommendation for DIY hip and or shoulder replacements? It seems my hinges have been getting more and more sticky and squeeky lately.
    I have been creative enough to use a sharpie, and re-label my bourbon as
    WD-90 proof.
    Now when I make a drink, and the wife asks me what I am doing? I can honestly answer………Maintanance.

    1. Living in the woods. Those extra parts would be supplements… collagen, one of the 5 type blends and Moringa. both do help arthritic pain and plantar fascitis per personal testing in my family..

    2. Livin
      The only hip/shoulder replacement parts I know of are called-son, daughter, or grandkids. They even do the work for you. Very handy replacement parts.

  21. Good topic and one we need to address. Somewhat under the spare part topic are parts for medical devices. Wheels for walkers, extra canes, etc if you have older family using such devices. I have sleep apnea (even snored as a skinny kid). So I ordered a year’s worth of filters and as many replacement supplies as I was eligible. I have a high deductible so it’s all out of pocket, but it keeps me ahead in case supply chain breakdowns continue. Will be adding as able.

    My hubby’s career started in factory maintenance and he says there’s not a lot that can’t be done with WD40, duct tape, baling wire, and a good adhesive.

  22. @MamaL
    That’s kinda why I brought it up.
    It’s something that might get overlooked easily.
    We have stocked up on multiple sized crutches, back braces, air bladder leg/foot boots, canes, handicapped porta toilets, walkers and even a wheel chair. Almost all purchased at a local thrift store for probably less than $100 bucks.
    You can have $10,000 worth of survival supplies in a storage room. But if you break an ankle or something. And can’t get to them. They are worthless.

    1. Don’t forget the walking boots, those things are better than crutches…will need a couple different sizes… one for even children .. picked mine up at thrift store. saved me a lot of pain and $$. If you walk with crutches long, a walking boot is a welcome relief.Easier on the whole body.. also need support hose, diabetic socks and ace wraps in several sizes… for extra support.

  23. Many hot water heaters, furnaces, boilers and ovens still use and need a thermocouple!

    The new ones are ALL made in China. Even the reputable, well known brand names.

    I keep close to a dozen on hand at all times!

    Longer, (30” length) works in all my equipment. You can leave a portion coiled up if need be.

    Stay Safe!!!

  24. Some things have way too many moving parts. It’s impossible to anticipate which part is likely to go. My battery powered chainsaw had an issue where it would not shut off unless you removed the battery. My brother was visiting, so I asked him to look at it. It turned out to be a small $5 dollar switch. I was able to order the part and get it back up and running with no more issues. I planned on buying another identical chainsaw, however it appears as though the saw has gone through some changes and I am not sure if the parts are interchangeable. So now I am saving to buy 2 identical chainsaw. This way I can cannibalize one if needed to keep one running. Remember 2 is 1 and 1 is none.

  25. Here’s what we did for determining what spares to keep. Got a spiral bound pack of index cards ( a couple bucks). Each card is for a device, chain saw, mower, etc. The card contains all the important data on the device. Make, model, serial, purchase date & price, etc. Also listed are the replacement part numbers and consumables; think welding rods/wire. Oil filters, blades, batteries, bar & chain numbers, etc. stuff you know will need replacing; it’s not only an inventory of all our gear but a quick reference as to replacement parts. Little tick marks in pencil next to the replacement part number indicate which and how many we have on hand. Also we downloaded or scanned the instructions for every device and keep a printed copy in case computers/power die. Firearms included.

    Every winter the tools & equipment go in the shop for maintenance/repair and replacement spares are ordered. remember, two is one and one is none.

    Gonna add our Berkey to the card deck (Thanks Ken).

    We go to auctions & estate sales searching for manual tools for outdoor & kitchen. Meat grinder, scythe, hand crank blender kinda stuff.

    Yep get your parts now!

    Don’t forget tools; went to change the brush hog blades and it requires 1 13/16 socket that was not in my tool stash. Whew glad I did that now rather than later.

    P.S. Harbor Freight generators are a GREAT value but there is no replacement parts that I’ve found.

  26. It is good to not just have an electric drill but a hand brace drill as well. Along with that extra drill bits, especially the small bits. I’d drilling something metal, they love to break the little bits.

    Light bulbs for house, garage, outdoor, shop, and anywhere else lighting is required.
    chains of various sizes and lengths, pad locks.

    This might be a mute point for us here on MSB but various sized buttons, needles,various sized threads for clothing such as shirts, pants, shoes/boots/slippers. Sole inserts for shoes and boots so you don’t wear a hole through the bottom.

    Extra door handles and locks. If someone tries to pick you lock and screw it up, need replacement or you can just leave your door unlocked from then on.
    Extra blankets
    Nuts/bolts (standard and metric)/ washers/ nails (various sizes), screws (wood, metal, lag).
    Pipe hanging ribbon.
    Extension cords
    Loctite/silver gunk (anti seize compound), super glue, JB weld, caulking
    Extra tire for wheel barrow, tire patch kit, fix-a-flat
    Extra handles for hammer, shovel, hoe, rake, pitch fork
    Tarps, rope, lath, roofing nails
    Sand bags (empty)

    1. – This list looks like my own, FWIW.
      However, someone seems to have made off with my brace and bit. Looking for another, but not finding. really liked my old one, as it would take a regular drill bit. I do have a Yankee Screwdriver and small bits for it though.
      – Papa S.

      1. I learned how to be real good with the brace from working on the farm.sure it would have been nice to string up a couple hundred feet of extension cord. But cows are like cats, always curious but insisting on chewing on everything. The last thing I needed was an electrocuted cow ⚡️. Plus, many jobs were patch jobs where just a few holes were drilled and stringing up cord and stuff would have taken too much time. Plus, using a brace bit works out great when drilling a hedge wood post.

  27. I tend to keep a lot of wear parts for durable goods on hand. I usually keep a spare fence charger for example… Well, I had to use the spare about a month ago and I can’t find an affordable replacement.

    Tire tubes? Whole trailer tire sets?

    Went to Harder Fraught to get a couple swing away trailer tongue jacks… Trailer parts section was decimated.

    It has been interesting as I burn through my stock. Being home a lot more is good for projects but bad for supply stocks.

  28. Have lots of welding rod, grinding discs, fasteners (screws & nails), large “iron pile” of all sizes and shapes of steel & other materials. I figure with enough time, and the tools I have in place, I can make replacement parts for most things. Have done it in the past, may very well have to do it in the future.

  29. Some great recommendations and most look like my lists of things to get done.

    One that I would add is for those of us who work outside most of the time, make an appointment with a dermatologist. So get those spots checked or removed right now. If worse came to worse and you were unable to see a skin doc for 6-12-24 months, those spots can turn deadly quick. I’d hate to see you make it through the long SHTF with skills and stuff only to lose to the rough patch of skin on your forehead.

    Carry on and avoid crowds.

    1. I think I read somewhere that there is some sort of black salve to put on skin cancers to cure them. I’m not sure what the name is.

  30. Okay, a lot of what’s being mentioned aren’t necessarily spare parts. Lots of good ideas, though, and I’m adding to my list. As others have said, get your medical checkups (dentist, optometrist, etc.). Don’t forget to get extra glasses/sunglasses and repair kits/little screws for glasses.

    1. – Wendy,
      If you save old glasses/sunglasses and have the jewelers screwdrivers, etc. to work on them, you will probably have a better selection of screws and other repair parts available. Hot water will work to soften old frames to swap out corrective lenses if it comes down to that.
      – Papa S.

  31. Don’t forget various forms of birth control. During a SHTF event, there is going to be enough of a challenge feeding the mouths available. Unwanted/accidental pregnancies during a time of crisis has effects far reaching. The expectant mother would be limited in various types of work around the homestead and more focused on the baby (as she should be) than on tasks at hand. The father would not be completely focused during security instead thinking if the mother and baby.
    Babies are great but when roving bands of bad folks go through the country, a baby would be a distraction not even talking about the noise created.

  32. Lots of folks here have a Food Saver system. Don’t forget to buy the long oval-shaped foam inserts — they wear down. If they wear down, the machine stops working. (Note: take them out after each use because they’ll last longer.)

    Also, the little metal base strip (heats up for the seal) will wear down. Buy a small roll of that stuff. It has adhesive along the back and is just a seal-n-press replacement.

    I no longer shop at Amazon but those items are available there.

    1. Yeah, those left handed monkey wrenches are stronger than the right handed monkey wrenches. That is why I prefer to buy the left handed ones.

  33. I’m surprised no one has mentioned PVC glue and primer and various sizes of PVC tubing, maybe connections, too.
    I say this because one winter I got the snow blade too close to my brother’s well and cracked the 5″ PVC housing. (I was then not looked upon as a helpful brother)
    I bought a 5″ connector. Cut it in half. Glued and primered the pieces, held with duct tape, until they set.

    My cousin had a mishap while away on vacation.
    A 3/4 PVC water line broke that ran to the toilet. $100,000 damage to the house. Granted they weren’t home, but……

    1. – Came across a minor problem this weekend. I’m a good 20 minutes one way away from the nearest hardware store, so I keep a supply of PVC and CPVC pipe, various common fittings, glue, primer and such. The house was built about 1970; chased down a small leak underground (bubbling up in back yard). The line was 3/4″ rigid copper tubing; guess what I did not have any of. Thankfully, that problem was quickly cured by throwing money at it. Had it been a SHTF situation, though, I would have been in trouble. Oh well, another potential hole in preps dealt with.
      – Papa S.

  34. Hate to say it but buy before the supply chains dry up, even if it means buying Chinese. Most of our current miscellaneous equipment spare parts come from China, and the current political situation is such that that may soon dry up. Not aware that a lot of domestic (US) companies make that stuff any more. So until that changes, a person would be wise to to balance availability vs. politics. I have made the decision to suck it up and buy at decent prices now while items are still available, even if they were made in China.

    People above my, and perhaps most of our, pay grade will make the decision whether or not to shut off the China supply spigot. But my understanding is that if that happens its gonna take a while for US production to ramp up and deliver. And frankly, I’m not too thrilled about being in the no-man’s land of politics vs supply.

    As Ken advises, be the ant not the grasshopper when it comes to this stuff.

    1. Bogan
      . . . .
      So nice to see you here again. Been a while.
      . . . .
      Yes, survival for family easily trumps global politics. Given China’s penchant for doing the wrong thing in a really big way (Hong King, S China Sea, Kashmir, Tibet, the Uyghurs, turning our scientists, and stealing secrets) it is reasonable to assume future embargoes and stricter tariffs. Besides the buckling dam’s threat to major manufacturing downstream and ongoing virus impact on production and shipping. Agree – get it while you can.

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