ShelterPosted by Judageddon Mon, February 23, 2015 10:13:26
Hello Fellow Survivors
I loved camping when I was a kid: The four of us on an adventure, days on the beach, night time stories, peeing in a bucket, the smells, the spills and cries of 'Euech! Someone's done a poo in it.'
Of course, before breakfast, Dad would take the bucket to the wash house and simply flush the content away. We didn't have to live with the stink, day after day.
But what if the grid has collapsed? What if there is no water to wash the nastiness down the pipes? The average household uses around 125 Litres of water, per day, flushing the toilet. I doubt I'd be able to collect that much water in my urban stronghold, so what would I do with four peoples worth of bucket slops every day? Chuck it over the fence?
There is a solution, and it's double barrelled. It's a dry composting toilet. Not only does it provide a dignifide and hygienic alternative to sharing a bucket, it also generates a steady supply of safe organic fertiliser, which is perfectly fine to put under your vegetables. I mean, we've been using animal based fertiliser for ever; why not use our own? There's plenty of it.
Dry composting toilets are providing sanitary facilities the world over; understandably, most commonly in countries where water can be scarce. I know the idea of it can be difficult to process. I'm sure some of you are imagining a cluster of breakfast bars, smeared all over a lettuce, or finding a piece of sweetcorn in amongst your steamed cabbage, but it's not like that.
Here's a link to a page with more information than I have to give. It does refer to a specific commercial component, but in doing so explains the principles of DCTs very well.http://www.letsgogreen.com/how-composting-toilets-work.html
If you have experienced using or building a DCT, please share in the comments.
Thank you for reading and keep surviving.
ShelterPosted by Judageddon Tue, February 10, 2015 20:19:50
Hello Fellow Survivors
Having dealt with the things I'd need to survive in a car, I decided to compile a list of everything I'd need to survive in a house. It started out well, but whenever I saw someone else's list, I saw things I'd missed off. I'd end up stuck in a house with plenty of things to entertain the mind, but not to exercise the body, and condoms never crossed my mind.
So, to keep it brief, here's the longest list with fifty items, then a link to fifty more:Fifty things you need to survive off grid.
Thanks to urbansurvivalsite.com
Thanks for reading and keep surviving.
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ShelterPosted by Judageddon Tue, February 03, 2015 11:44:38
Hello Fellow Survivors,
As the weather is playing up and the winters biting down, I thought it would be best to dedicate this week to not freezing. I was surprised how hard it was to find tips that weren't either...Impractical -
"Heat yourself better this winter by changing your energy supplier to..."Expensive -
"Simply turn up your heating."A little bit obvious -
"Drink warm drinks and wear more clothes."
I suppose the wear more clothes suggestion has some value. More layers of clothes are better than one thick layer. It's all about trapping warm air, I understand.
But let's say you've closed the curtains, insulated windows and doors, wrapped up and you're still cold. You should try a candle heater.
Placed in the middle of a room, on a table, the candle heater uses over turned terracotta plants pot to radiate the heat of four tea-lights. If you don't think there's much heat in four tea-lights, try holding your... no, take my word for it. Like any heater, the candle heater is hot to the touch, should not be left unattended, and should be allowed to cool before handling.
See how to build a candle heater, and evidence of the heat it produces here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwElWD_qqCc
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ShelterPosted by Judageddon Mon, January 19, 2015 11:47:26
While we're busy worrying about the dangers out there, in the big bad world, it's possible that we might overlook a few big bad things inside; in our homes. Slug infestation is a problem that few will admit to experiencing and many won't even realise is happening, but, if left unchecked and unattended, slugs lead to mice, which lead to rats, and that's the last thing you need scrambling around your pocalyptian kitchen.
How do we stop them?
The good news is that slugs will tend to clear the area before sun up. You won't need to deal with a slug nest hanging from your ceiling, they'll have returned to the soil and shade where it's damp and cool. Here are some things that will stop them from coming back.
1) Don't spray chemicals everywhere, but do be clean. Slugs have incredible smell skills and will come after the crumbs on your work top, the bits of peel under the chopping board, and the smears on your unwashed pots and pans. So, sweep up, wipe up, wash up, and if you keep your food waste bin inside, line it with a carrier bag that you keep tied.
2) Block their entry points. If you can, check around for holes and fill them, particularly around your appliances. Washing machines, dishwashers, fridge freezers, all produce a little moisture, then a little damp, then a little rot where a little slug can squeeze through a tiny hole. If you can't find where they're getting in then...
3) Restrict their movement. Two things that slugs can't travel over are copper and sandpaper. Both of these will turn a slug back without turning it inside out. Strategically place strips of sandpaper or copper tape to stop slugs moving beyond any suspected entry points, or climbing onto your work tops.
4) I'm not keen to encourage you to kill anything, so traps are the last resort. Beer seems to work well as slug bait. Try to use a dish that a slug can get into easily. Don't drink the beer.
I hope you've found this helpful. Thank you for reading and, as always, keep surviving.
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