Recent Comments on MSB Latest 100 Comments on Modern Survival Blog Mountain Trekker 10/30/2020 at 2:41 AM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…poorman, you know they always said that there are only two places in the world where the women walk ahead of the man. The United States and Korea, in Korea it's because of all the land mines. Trekker Out NW Gal 10/30/2020 at 12:54 AM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…FYI, apparently the most common reason for a signature review of mail in ballots in WA state is that husbands and wives are accidentally signing each other's ballots. Oops! Blue Bunny 10/30/2020 at 12:21 AM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Billy you seem sad and kind of lost. It's ok. Go toward the light! Antique Collector 10/30/2020 at 12:20 AM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostChampion generator I am sure will need the additional maintenance work, do to the hours it has been run. Now to remember where in the world did I put the manual!! lol The general oil change, keeping the oil topped off, no problem along with gas removed when not in use. The Honda gas/propane generator has set for some time, and it may be beyond my capabilities for repairing it. Hope I can locate the paperwork on it for a deep dive repair other wise I will need to locate the model number. 🙄 😣 It is not uncommon for me to tear something apart to fix, but this. This will be my largest challenge yet, hope it is as easy as tearing apart a VCR to fix and putting it back together again. Shall require a L O T of photos when I start down this road, as I am always being interrupted in the middle of my projects. It may be days to weeks before I get back to what I was working on around here. Oh,,,well! 🤗 Minerjim 10/30/2020 at 12:19 AM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Blue Bunny, Saxa vagus in via! Blue Bunny 10/30/2020 at 12:05 AM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro glace lactis. hermit us 10/30/2020 at 12:04 AM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…I have read what Oldhomesteader has written for a couple of years. The questions I have are: Is the main business located in Washington? Is the land in Idaho raw land with few if any residents? Is the desire to turn the Idaho land into a Gulch but there are few takers? 3500 foot elevation and 70 miles to town on forestry road - isolation? If desire to go Galt, why sell to big box company? I hope he can make it happen but communes in the past mostly failed. BillyP 10/30/2020 at 12:01 AM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Land owner sounds like an understatement! Incredible. i don’t have near the land but I like to do mostly outdoor crops because nothing beats the price of nature! We do some greenhouse but it’s a pretty small operation. Im in an area that does have less frost danger but the past few years seem to have brought some early frosts. I have always tried to be self sufficient at least within our community. If I don’t grow it or raise it, the neighbor does with some limited exception. Taught my kids the same habits and now they teach me improvements. Funny how that works. My daughter was joking earlier that they live a mile from Walmart and haven’t been in years. sad to hear about the pressure to sell though. Try to hang on if you can! I’d hate to see you lose your ranch. I have enjoyed my vacation but it will be time to get back home soon with no internet. I’ll try to check in again some day, I enjoy the internet while I can but truth be told I don’t miss it much when I’m home. Take care friend! Dennis 10/29/2020 at 11:36 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…oldhomesteader,.......the mail situation you described for your valley....is that by agreement with those who live there...sort of a home owners association rule? Does the trading post have it's own zip code or do the residents of the valley just agree to use the post as their mailing address? Antique Collector 10/29/2020 at 11:30 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It Most🤩 will do! Dennis 10/29/2020 at 11:07 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…M'Lynn,........thank you and amen.... Eli 10/29/2020 at 11:06 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Hello BillyP. I don't normally comment on new people to the forum. I am relatively new myself so I let the veterans speak instead. You seem to be apologetic about your age and your newness here. That's curious because the people on these forums who are old have a certain pride and confidence in their years of experience and knowledge and, as you of course know, age is just a number. No? You say that you don't know what a troll is but you are clever enough to post many replies on this site. If you are that clever you should be able to deduce what a troll is. If you are legit, welcome to the website. But if you are trying to play the good people here then you are doing a great disservice to those who have put in time and effort to make this blog successful. BTW. I may be 59 years old but I'm not stupid. 0ldhomesteard 10/29/2020 at 11:00 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Billy p,,,,, I'm one of those land owners ,,,,,,i have assembled a ranch in central Idaho ,started 38years ago ,land was cheep ,ranching is /was my decompression ,not my day job ,needed a tax write off , one thing lead to another ,i have a home (cabin ) in Idaho , But my joy is the land ,i have most of the valley floor,as I can I add to it as land comes available , of the 28,000 acers in the valley I have 18,000 acres in trust ,for family and business reasons we have a place in western Washington ,close to business commitments Some thing about riding a horse all day and never leaving the place At a point I felt a need to open the place to others ,besides the working ranch people ,them came the trading post , we have never tryed to be totally self sufficient , no doubt we could be , But I have access to a major food store supply system , as for growing fresh vegs,were at 3500 feet frost can happen 10 months a year , we have large commercial type greenhouses , we can eat fresh year-round, As of this year we are being pressured to sell to a high dollar foundation,run by people I hate ,lot more to that , Billy you stay with us , Tea and chocolate Dennis 10/29/2020 at 11:00 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostMS Senior Chief, I believe that Blue Rhino had a reputation for being under-filled...don't know if it was deserved or not. The tanks themselves are fine...accumulated a few over the years...as my personal tanks approached age requiring them to be recertified, I would swap them in for filled tanks at Wally's. M’Lynn 10/29/2020 at 10:58 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…BillyP - My father was a brilliant mathematician. As kids we could blurt out numbers for him to add while we ate dinner and he could derive the answers faster from his brain than we could punch them into a calculator. Oddly enough, he had no mechanical ability whatsoever. Beyond using a handsaw and a rake, he did not work in the yard. And while he could operate the pressure cooker, there wasn’t any appliance in the kitchen that he would operate. Very white collar individual, unlike yourself and your ability to work such long hours to maintain a farm. He’d be at my house this week visiting too. He’d be 95 years old. At 72 he already had begun to get stiff from heart disease. But he’d be here. Right by my side because I was daughter. And you know what? He would single-handedly be moving mountains to figure out how to get me better prepared before the SHTF in 4 days. He would be making trips to the grocery store to buy canned goods, he’d be digging trenches and setting trip wire, he’d be working his fingers to the bone and giving it everything he had, then some. A man who had no ability such as your own, yet he would work tirelessly, knowing that as my Dad he wouldn’t rest until the very last moment when he had to get into the car for the drive home. Especially knowing there won’t be any guarantees of us seeing each other again. That’s what a Dad visiting his daughter would do this week, not sit on the internet all day long. So you’re no father. But you are one day closer to witnessing your fate come Election Day. And chances are, when you face it, you may decide this-- ^^^click comment link for more...Dennis 10/29/2020 at 10:50 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…BillyP,....... Seems this was destined to be a short term relationship anyways....you not having reliable internet back home. No harm intended, be safe, enjoy the visit with your daughter. I'm pretty sure you need not worry about your vote for Trump. I voted early, with my wife, daughter, resident son, and three sons still living in Texas........heck, even my 74 year old brother voted for him...the first time he's ever voted in his life...as has every soul I know or even talked to about the election...hope this makes you feel better about Trump's chances. Livin' in the Woods 10/29/2020 at 10:31 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It Most@ Senior Chief Don't know why someone said not to use blue rhino tanks. I have a dual fuel and have ran it on every type of tank from 20# to 250 gallon. No problems at all. The best thing I have noted, is it seems the propane burns cleaner. I did a 30 hour run on mine and the oil was very very clean. Spark plugs also. I like having the dual fuel option. hermit us 10/29/2020 at 10:24 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Oldhomesteard He got you. Seventy five years of age, in farming and is not familiar with agriculture production around the country. Every farmer is always looking into production prospects - many follow others around their area. What crop are you putting in, what breed of cattle are you thinking about, ...? Current prices for animals, feed, .... hell, some ship feed across many States depending on price, protein, availability, ... Sure, tell him all about the Gulch. Joe c 10/29/2020 at 10:17 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Yeah, well there seemed to be some helpful tips to you that you didn't acknowledge. A few questions asked to help your circumstance, you didn't acknowledge. Seems to be no picking apart. Just trying to help solve your circumstance. Clear questions that presumably seem to be avoided. But then again, I assume everyone's against me. Just my take. Having bad or no internet service at your residence and vacationing at your daughter's, you just by happenstance stumble on to this site, within less than a week or so? Well, it is a blessing, for you and us. BillyP 10/29/2020 at 9:58 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Would be my pleasure, I do enjoy hot chocolate this time of year! Out of curiosity, you said you live in Idaho do you live rural? do you live on acreage? I am interested to know if others grow vegetables around here? Bummin' 10/29/2020 at 9:46 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…BillyP: I only asked 3 questions and thanks for the alibi for one of them. It must be very boring for you to sit around your daughter's house on their internet all day after being so use to slaving away 12 hours a day 7 days a week. How do you do that? Are you going to be able to vote now that you are out of state? Or will you get home in time to do that? Is there a post office in the town where your daughter lives where you can send your ballot? I'm just trying to get up to the 20 question expectation of yours. How about 20 answers? MS Senior Chief 10/29/2020 at 9:42 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostRC, I just purchased a dual fuel generator (gasoline and propane). Does it matter what type of propane tank I use? When doing research on the generator, someone said not to use Blue Rhino tanks but they didn't give a reason. Your thoughts. Thanks. Romeo Charlie 10/29/2020 at 9:40 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostPioneer Woman my thoughts exactly. Anything mechanical can fail and usually happens when it’s needed most. 0ldhomesteard 10/29/2020 at 9:37 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Billy p ,,,,,,,,would be pleased to know you ,checkers and hot chocolate? DAMedinNY 10/29/2020 at 9:33 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…SH in NC, yeah, I went back to read what I missed and noticed he answered in the middle of the afternoon but says he works 12 hrs a day...after having a stroke. I’m not biting anymore. BillyP 10/29/2020 at 9:32 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…im on vacation this week at my daughters house in a different state. I’m really not sure what’s with the 20 questions here. Everyone seems to be more interested in picking apart than helping. Joe c 10/29/2020 at 9:32 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationSo here is more f'ed up covid news. The sick lady that had spent the one night at our weekend escapade... Yeah, well she has a husband and daughter that have tested positive for covid. She has been sick for a week. Asks for a test. Also works for healthcare. Nope, She's not allowed to get one. She's already 'presumed' a positive case. No testing involved. How much more can we fluctuate numbers? Screw the system? Add fear? Jeopardize lives? We are going into the cold and flu season....for the next six months.... Everything will confirm to the vid diagnosis. You can guarantee, we are shutting this prosperous economy down .... again. Rootbeer 10/29/2020 at 9:27 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationFor some levity - if interested, check out the Villages for Trump golf cart parade in Florida on you tube (gold wingnut). watch?v=qqXXLly19nU. About 750 golf carts and 1,500 people and it's set to music! BillyP 10/29/2020 at 9:26 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Dennis, I call them bunny ears cause I’m old but we unfortunately had to get rid of ours when the few stations we get switched to digital. We have a digital antenna now but I still call it my bunny ears much to my kids protests. Guess I’m just old and stubborn DAMedinNY 10/29/2020 at 9:26 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Ooooh, sorry...didn’t catch on soon enough. DAMedinNY 10/29/2020 at 9:25 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…BillyP, I’m very, very rural also and work many hours per day but even I know what is going on in the world and why taking in ballots well after the election has passed in not in the best interest of the USA. Bummin' 10/29/2020 at 9:24 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…BillyP, out of curiosity I ask how is it that you work 12 hours a day 7 days a week but according to the time stamp on your posts just today it spans 8 hours, which you have just stated such posts were made at your daughter's house. My question is, how could you be working 12 hours today but you've been at your daughter's house for 8 hours on the internet? Estimating travel time to your daughter's house of say an hour round trip, minus dinner and a shower, do you shower?, that leaves about 2 hours for sleep. Do you take multi-vitamins? BillyP 10/29/2020 at 9:18 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Joe C, not sure how I offended you but I am sorry. Thought I could find some advice from fellow conservatives. I won’t ask questions anymore here, have definitely learned my lesson. Rootbeer 10/29/2020 at 9:17 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Old Homesteader, Very true. I know seniors who are like energizer bunnies and have a work ethic (even some with mild alz.) that a younger person envies. I mourn the loss of the silent and greatest generations. In their prime, I couldn't imagine them liking what today has become. BillyP 10/29/2020 at 9:16 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Oldhomesteard, sounds like you are one of the few who understands. I’m really not sure why everyone seems more interested in picking me apart but I try not to judge so there must be good reason. I’m old and not really interested in arguing with people. I always try to find common ground. Anyone who has lived on a farm/ranch knows the work never ends. During harvest season which is now basically over days can be even longer. Lots of breaks at my age but I find keeping active helps. I can see where I am not wanted though. Back to the farm in a couple days anyways. Anyways sorry to have bothered all and thanks to those who did provide advice. Pioneer woman 10/29/2020 at 9:15 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostAhahah....we just had our oldest one fully serviced! Great minds think alike. We have a few 7500+ watt . You know, the old one is none theory. Anyway, each of ours is able to stand alone run the whole house, freezers etc and the well. But always a great idea to have backup (s). Romeo Charlie 10/29/2020 at 8:57 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostTS Zeta blew through the North GA mountains early this morning and we lost power at 0500 and it just came back on a few minutes ago. We have a Generac 11kw automatic whole house propane generator however I only run it for 30 minutes every 4-5 hours when the power is out to keep the freezer and refrigerators cold and we plan our showers, cooking and dish washing around these times. I also have a 9.5kw portable propane generator as a back up with several 40Lbs propane tanks. Both get run every month and since we lose power quite a bit back up here they stay in tip top shape. We keep extra air filters, spark plugs, oil, oil filter on hand because you never know when the power is NOT coming back on for a few years. 0ldhomesteard 10/29/2020 at 8:42 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Sent pix to Joe c 0ldhomesteard 10/29/2020 at 8:32 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Hermit,,,, let's pick at this ,,,lets compare some things ,,,our valley in Idaho,,no broadcast TV ,,only sat phone ,,,by agreement no web (part of rent \lease agreement)the trading post handles US mail ,out bound and inbound , or you can drive 70 miles to a regular post office on a mostly dirt road for half of the trip and that's to little country store/post office / gas pump, spot in the road ,,AM skip radio at night ,i have web at the Washington place , there now ,,,have spent most of the last year due to China virus Second point ,I'm 75. And don't think its any thing to unusual to work 7 days a week 8 or 10 hrs days ,i take lots of brakes stopping for tea etc. Or did till China virus came to visit ,,,now I take things day to day ,selling off the cows ,four more gone tomorrow, after the cows are gone will tearing down the greenhouses ,think I may have sent you pix of them Tea and chocolate tmcgyver 10/29/2020 at 8:18 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It Mostcid - The collective 'we' brought that up to Ken awhile ago. Seems it wasn't a good idea, concern about alienating non-member visitors, or something like that. Fires aren't as bad today. Well, at least the smoke shifted another direction. Thanks for asking. tmcgyver 10/29/2020 at 8:16 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostAC: -anything- you need, you know how to reach me. cid 10/29/2020 at 8:01 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…there are a lot of places where i grew up in nevada that are that way, Jarbidge is one. and a LOT of ranches in the middle of absolutely nowhere. they will run electricity to it, but after that your on your own. UPS is just a legend. But the mail truck will traverse 50 miles of unimproved dirt roads to get your mail delivered everyday unless your just snowed in, and there will only be one house at the end. you got to hand it to some of those postal workers not me 10/29/2020 at 7:59 PM>> If the Biden – Harris Radical Left Wins… How To Prepare For What’s NextI voted for abolishing the national debt, which wasn't on either of the candidates agenda. Desert 10/29/2020 at 7:52 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationWalmart is pulling them nationwide. Montana Home 10/29/2020 at 7:52 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationFarmgirl- I was given this very same message in Sept 2017- loud and clear. 2018 brought an unexpected early job retirement, property purchase, home sold, chosen homelessness for 6 months (in a trailer), moving to MT where we knew no one, building a house, the beginning of homesteading and homeschooling our boys. I fully understand when you get that message and HAVE to act on it. We are in a far better place under better circumstances than we were 2 years ago. I am glad you heeded the message and hope and pray that yours turns out as positive as ours did. Joe c 10/29/2020 at 7:39 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…OH Okay, I give you that. Strike one against me. But Billy has been silent. Horse 10/29/2020 at 7:34 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostI actually have several inverters. 2 50 4 400 watt a 600 watt the two 2,000 watt and 5 working generators. 1- 1,600 watt 2- 3,500 watt 1- 5,000 watt 1,000 watt. Joe c 10/29/2020 at 7:28 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…One important question, hermit. Am I allowed to carry.... a six shooter in Portland? If so, we be haulin' the mail! Horse 10/29/2020 at 7:28 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostI have 2 2000 watt inverters. unlikely to use them. My single cylinder 3,500 watt generator uses far less gas than my 4 cylinder vehicle. 2,000 watt inverter verses 3,500 watt generator. 3,500 watt genny has wheels, less portable but I can get it most places the vehicle cannot. Both make considerable noise with the car being near 20bB quieter. hermit us 10/29/2020 at 7:23 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Joe c I think that is Portland now. Things have gone downhill in the last six months. 🙂 Ken Jorgustin 10/29/2020 at 7:21 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…OMG, thanks for the laugh this evening! Perfect timing as my grilled steak is almost done, as I check comments... Joe c 10/29/2020 at 7:20 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…LOL!! Well, I got me a dang good pony. We can do some hard miles together I need a career change, anyways. Now, if I can only get the location to apply. 0ldhomesteard 10/29/2020 at 7:19 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Joe c,,,,,,,,, I personally know of a community that has no FED X or UPS and only bi weekly USPS drop , in the winter that would be a air drop, if the road is open (summer) mail is picked up by members at the country post office , Tea and chocolate Dennis 10/29/2020 at 7:15 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Not to my knowledge...but now...up until last year our postman delivered our mail on mule back, but now he's usin' one them new fangled motor carriages. If I had known I could pick up digital TV signals with my bunny ears..I would a got me a TV too hermit us 10/29/2020 at 7:13 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Oldhomesteard It must be harvest time where BillyP is. That is the only time I put in 12 hour days, 7 days a week. And I was in my prime to do that much. I believe you even took breaks from haying when time was short. Too many people on here know the score and BS gets challenged pretty fast these days. I started out to be informative but he kept pushing. I had not intended to start a war. My apologies to the room. cid 10/29/2020 at 7:08 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It Mosttmcgyver, yea, i wish sometimes that ken could set up a discord channel for the registered people here. live chat and by invitation only. could be fun and more up to date. and more secure. BTW how is the fire situation there. i know this off topic but just wondering how you guys are doing. take care Joe c 10/29/2020 at 7:04 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Dennis, Question.... Is the pony express still in existence? Antique Collector 10/29/2020 at 7:03 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It Mosttmcgyver BUTTTTT, you did not save us any?? 🙄😏 Antique Collector 10/29/2020 at 6:58 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationBillyP It is not you, this group has welcomed many who came here. Those people pretended to be joiners on this site then, wham!! They started snipping at the members covertly, so please do not be offended. After having one to many who created upheaval the members are leery. Please keep on posting, it gives all of us a chance to get to know you. What you like about being prepared for yourself, your family or community. What knowledge are you seeking amongst the membership? Ken has posted many articles that you can find for your knowledge enhancement. Post questions on that article you have read, or use open forum to acquire what you are looking for but is not in the articles. OH,,,by the way...WELCOME. 0ldhomesteard 10/29/2020 at 6:57 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Billy p,,,,, don't let it bother you ,,,,if your cool you will get accepted ,make like a duck ,let things run off your back But then I personally know good folks that won't be back because of flack that was uncalled for,of course if you are truly a troll look out As most often ,,,tea and chocolate tmcgyver 10/29/2020 at 6:54 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostDang it sometimes I wish there was an easy way to communicate off line! Since yesterday I have filled two 50 cubic yard roll off dumpsters with brand new, old-stock generator spare parts; to make room for the '21 line. Typically the neighborhood 'dreamers' empty it out before the garbage truck can. Dennis 10/29/2020 at 6:50 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…hermit us, The only consistency I detected was that mail-in ballots are good...should make no matter how long it takes to count them....pretty much the dem point of view. Inferred at the start he was trying to decide whether to vote by mail as he had received mixed signals whether his vote would be counted, later said he had sent hisvote in "long ago". The physical frailties from age and a recent stroke doesn't jive much with a 12 hour a day, 7 day a week work schedule. Raises my eyebrows also. May be wrong. Recent history makes me a little skeptical with folks asking advice only to argue the answers...and change the parameters. Seems he's more intent on pushing mail-in voting than entertaining arguments against. If I'm wrong, I will apologize. Joe c 10/29/2020 at 6:46 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Billy P Yep, just a few questions. Rural, really rural. No UPS. No Fed Ex. Just USPS. Really? Must be some really ruff terrain where you live. Your daughter must have some insite on the daily, since she has good internet service. What kind of news has she been sharing with you? It would be interesting to hear, from such a remote place. Things that we wouldn't know or hear of. Don't take any posts as personal. It's been a few bad weeks with certain interrupters that want to cause havoc. We just take neccessary precautions. Seeing that you're a good man, you would understand such measures from our side. Joe c 10/29/2020 at 6:26 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…HermitUS Don't worry about it. We offered suggestion, as any kind persons would do. Is the other side playing games...? maybe Time will tell. Just gotta let it slide....for now. BillyP 10/29/2020 at 6:24 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Thank you for the advice root beer. Nice to hear a thoughtful response. BillyP 10/29/2020 at 6:22 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…I’m really not sure why everyone is so bothered. Without cable, we have bunny ears on our TV. It picks up a couple channels but it’s definitely spotty. The only reason I have good internet now is because we are at our daughters house visiting. is something wrong with asking questions here? Seems like others were asking questions and when I do everyone seems suspicious. Am I missing something? CID seems to be the only friendly response but to my knowledge I said nothing mean to anyone. im really not sure what I did to offend everyone here. Can someone fill me in? aka 10/29/2020 at 6:16 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationDon't ya love it when they wax poetic about how needed and important you are (rah, rah, team!) right until the moment they decide differently. Must be something more important coming your way. Joe c 10/29/2020 at 6:15 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It Mostcid, I, too, have been buying the ethanol free. Mostly for the saws, quad, and genies. The stuff that sits awhile between uses and may have carb issues with the ethanol fuel. Thanks for posting again, Ken. The ole maintenance routine kinda goes by the wayside....without a gentle reminder, now and again. Rootbeer 10/29/2020 at 6:11 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…BillyP - If you were my father, I would tell you to take care of yourself during these tense times and not to worry. Your area sounds like the mail gets where its supposed to go and the people counting know what they are doing - good, salt-of-the-earth people. Other areas of the country may not be so blessed. Minerjim 10/29/2020 at 6:09 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…plainsmedic, The "buck-boost" module i mentioned would be good for you. It will take DC power from any source, at any voltage ( range 3volts up to maybe 30volts), and you can set it to put out DC power at a set voltage. So if you say hooked up an 20 volt battery to it, it would convert (buck down the voltage) to say 13.8volts for your radio. As the 20 volt battery started loosing power and maybe putting out a few amps at say 5 volts, the module would boost this up to the set 13.8 volts for your radio. It would get the most out of your batteries. Have to laugh at your ham friends and their comments about not having AC for your radios. Hams originally ran radios off batteries, of several different voltages. (one was fairly high voltage, like 200 volts, for the grids in the old tubes). Ariel 10/29/2020 at 6:08 PM>> Think About Everyone Who Might Know That You Are PreparedAffie, so sorry for the loss of your life's partner. My husband and I work in the gardens together and it is a very special bond, I know you miss her. We are older now, but continue to put up our produce in the same manner that you and your wife pursued. How is it different to put up your food for the year or buying it for the year? It is your choice. The big difference is quality and availability. Your shelves were not empty. Hope you can find your way back to care again. Life can throw you some unexpected and sometimes pleasant curves. Blessings. If those women show up, get out the buckshot.s Ariel SoCalGrump 10/29/2020 at 6:06 PM>> Next Round Of Covid – Panic – Lockdown – ShortagesI heard something the other day about "pandemic" supplies running from the last go round and that people will be buying in bulk again -- so expect shortages. I do glance at a newspaper (shows my age) and you are right about the SURGE and PANIC. aka 10/29/2020 at 6:01 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Again- I heard on the radio of one state that either isn't validating signatures at all or only a few. Something about their court saying only 40% have to match. I think I have that right. Kynase 10/29/2020 at 5:57 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…I am in California, so my vote never counts....but I still send it in! cid 10/29/2020 at 5:49 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It Mosti installed a small 800 watt inverter on my tractor a few years ago. i use it for drills, sawsalls etc in the woods. its handy as hell cid 10/29/2020 at 5:42 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It Mostnon ethanol fuel is easy to come by in our area. it costs about .30 cents a gallon more than regular. but its worth the price of not having to clean or replace carbs. and things run when you need them to. its all i use in everything except the trucks. PS, it works better in 2 cycle motors like chainsaws because it has a higher flash point SH in NC 10/29/2020 at 5:35 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…hermit us Yep, something smelled funny after only a few comments. " We only have one TV and no cable and few if any stations." Which one is it? Few or none? His internet seems to work fine from that rural location. I don't comment much but I couldn't resist on this one. I do check in and read most days and appreciate the knowledge and insight that most everyone on here has. EliWags 10/29/2020 at 5:35 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostThe inverters have power shutoffs for such an event. EliWags 10/29/2020 at 5:33 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostI have 2 generators and 2 inverters because a little power is better then nothing. Mrs. U 10/29/2020 at 5:33 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationTucker Carlson claimed Wed night that documents damning about Biden had been lost by a courier. UPS found them today and are on the way to Carlson. So you might want to watch. This is per The Business Insider. D B Cooper 10/29/2020 at 5:07 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationMy area in ohio also( niece works there) Mrs. U 10/29/2020 at 5:06 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationWas scanning Amazon for #10 can deals, none, and ran across a good trade item. Nescafe single serving Tasters Choice coffee packets. 1000 for $102.00. Also a bucket of Mountain House,,,sigh no deals. Thar ya go commander. Buck 10/29/2020 at 5:04 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationFor what its worth, the local walmarts here in the Ozarks have pulled all firearms and ammo from display. Kid I know who works there said they were told it was because of all the riots. Nice. Grey 10/29/2020 at 5:02 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It Most8500 with a 10000 watt surge portable. Like others run it once a month, shut off the fuel to run dry. After winter I siphon out the fuel, run it dry and fill with new treated, burn the old stuff in the lawn tractor or truck. Diligent on oil changes, filters and battery trickle charge. I have a Gen Tent (company out of New Hampshire, not promoting or affiliated) that protects the running generator during snow, sleet and rain to run outdoors once pulled from the storage shed. Also check the cable wear from the generator to the house connection, if so wired. Have an emergency storage box in the basement with the cable, cloths, headlamp, gloves and such to suit up quickly and get powered up. Also extra fuel and engine oil. Hindsight is 20-20, should have coughed up for a automatic propane generator. Not fun outside in the winter hooking up. Antique Collector 10/29/2020 at 4:48 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationPapa Smurf Sometimes a PITA, turns out to be a blessing, only we will not know it right away. JD 10/29/2020 at 4:29 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It Most10 years ago purchased 4500 watt generator. Put oil in it. Never fueled or ran it. Made the purchase suddenly stopped having outages. Recently purchased 900 watt fuel-oil mix harbor freight generator price was too good with sale and harbor freight coupon. Have outdoor location set up for the 4500 where it can be chained and locked above elevation. Even the grounding is ready. Have dedicated high gauge extension cords. So ill be doing the oil change soon enough. Its indoor boxed, covered, and climate controlled. Kulafarmer 10/29/2020 at 4:26 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostNot necessarily, if you draw 2500w off an inverter on your vehicle for more than a few minutes intermittently, you will kill the battery and burn up the alternator, not made as a continuous duty generator unless you have a high output continuous rated alternator like what an ambulance or wrecker would have. old lady 10/29/2020 at 4:22 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…thanks everyone, will tell old man old lady 10/29/2020 at 4:19 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostPrefect timing since Old man needs to get a replacement battery! Ision 10/29/2020 at 4:03 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostWhy not just use inverters, instead of generators? While a generator isn't very easy to transport, an inverter is...seeing as there are so many CARS and TRUCK engines out there...isn't it better to use an 2500 watt inverter, rather than a generator? An inverter is the size of a cake box, and can be easily transported anywhere. If your car works, so will your inverter. There are lots of cars, not as many generators...and any car or truck will become your generator with an inverter. Cars have huge gas tanks. Generators do not. Cars move where you want them to go....easily. Generators do not. Have car. Have power. Plainsmedic 10/29/2020 at 4:01 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Minerjim, Thanks, I'll look into that. (news to me) I always run my ham on battery power. I have two older batteries 12vdc. They were getting some age on them and didn't want the wife or me, to be stranded with a dead battery. I wired them together and trickle charge with solar. Not the best, using automotive batteries, but it's worked great for over a year now. A few ham friends have teased me about not having a AC power supply for my ham stuff. I just smile. Besides, might as well get the last of the goodie out of those old batteries. Dennis 10/29/2020 at 3:57 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostServiced our primary generator recently. Our back-up hasn't been pressed into service for quite awhile, but test ran regularly. On batteries....our primary generator came with a proprietary gel cell battery located in a box that only that particular odd shaped battery would fit. It lasted about three years and went belly up. Of course, that specific battery cost about $150 dollars. I built a battery box, bought longer cables, and installed one of Wally World's basic riding lawn mower batteries. Battery, cables, everything, cost a little over $50. Been over two years ago...still running strong...and the batteries on either of my riding mowers will interchange in a pinch. Something to consider when faced with similar. cid 10/29/2020 at 3:52 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…BillyP, don't worry about it, this forum is like moving to a small town a long way away. you have to ease into it and get a feel for the locals. there are great people here but they can be very clannish. positive posts work best. good luck Horse 10/29/2020 at 3:45 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostI try to run mine every month, usually doesn't happen but I get to it so several times a year. That picture above is a champion something. I like changing the oil, easy and quick like minutes and I use a thinner oil during winter 5w30or 0w30 whatever I happen to have on hand. for stabilizer I prefer pri-g but can't get that in my part if WI so I fell back on stabil. Typically 30 minute runtime on warm days, 45 min on cold days is my preference. years ago I had 10w30 in the 3,500w generator.. I was lifting the generator off the ground trying to start it on a 10F night did not work. NH Michael 10/29/2020 at 3:43 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationPapa Smurf one door closes, one door opens. Someone with your skills and work ethic will be desired by someone else friend. I was recently offered a travelling nurse job big bonus and all that but they wouldn't tell me where. I declined as I KNOW the shortages are in rioting Blue Hives. Seems unwise to leave my family when rule of law might be well, less that good? Everything is for a reason brother from another Mother. grandee 10/29/2020 at 3:40 PM>> Generator Maintenance To Be Sure It Works When You Need It MostWow Ken. We must be on the same wave length. DH got ours out this morning to service and make sure it ok to go. We also topped off all the propane tanks to RV, grills and deck fire place. As well as my sister's grill just down the street. I'm about sure we're as ready as possible for any civil unrest in small town U.S.A. cid 10/29/2020 at 3:38 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Mrs. U, yup, that will allow others to change their vote for them. unbeknownst to the people who originally cast their vote. i voted for Trump and someone else could change it to Biden. it could happen, and more than we think. vote in person if possible BillyP 10/29/2020 at 3:37 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…hermit us you’ll have to forgive me I’m older. What is a troll? I’m sorry I should not have mentioned the medical thing I guess? Just saying going to the polls is not so much an option for me personally. I did not know I would cause such offense and for that I am sorry. I will not mention anything else personal I was just scared because I voted by mail for Trump. Hopefully my vote counts but there seems to be a lot of conflicting info on here. Some say it’s fine others say it’s not. Hopefully trump wins and we can all move past hermit us 10/29/2020 at 3:09 PM>> It’s Election Night – You’re At Home – And Then…Yup, another troll looking for recognition, affirmation, validation, - look at me syndrome. As if a medical affliction has not affected others on this site and has prevented them from voting - I'm done with this person. Mrs. U 10/29/2020 at 3:00 PM>> Open Forum & Off-Topic ConversationWas watching and Trump mention about sending a woman to Mars and a man in the audience said Send Nancy Pelosi. The president said that was good are you a comedian? Very well received comment form a fan.