Misc. Monday

During the course of a month I get a bunch of different emails talking about various subjects, asking questions, making comments and asking if I’d post something or other of interest.

I’m sympathetic to the cause, but in most cases I simply don’t have time to answer every piece of email that comes my way.


I’ll post some of the things that people have sent me here, so that you can take a look.  Most of these are links to different sites, blogs, or products.

Just be aware I haven’t had much time to check these out carefully, but in the interest of being a good neighbor I told a few folks I’d do it.




Yes, there are few good hand pumps on the market and I know of about three on the market, but let’s face reality here about a “Long Emergency.”
How long is an emergency or common hand pump going to last during a long emergency?
How many gallons of water is a family going to need per day during a long emergency?
Will the hand pump provide the volumes of water you will need during a long emergency?
Are you going to wear yourself out providing the volumes of water you need from the hand pump?
How much time are you going to have to spend pumping water with an emergency or common hand pump to get the gallons of water you need for the entire family, garden, livestock?
What if you water well is deep and the hand pump is too hard to use to get the water you need daily during a long emergency? Is the hand pump going to provide the water you need during a long emergency?
Did you know: One popular hand pump brand states that it takes a 200-pound, 6-foot tall man stroking 60 times a minute to pump the maximum water quantity with their hand pumps, and the maximum out of their best pump is 4.5-5 gallons.
The good news here is that there has been a break-through in the hand pump sector. A invention not yet on the market, but hopefully soon – A hand pump machine that has the mechanical advantage of a 12 foot diameter windmill. A hand pump machine that operates the same pump system made for windmills.
A 12 foot diameter windmill can reach depths of 420 feet. Under human power if one can match the mechanical advantage of a 12 foot diameter windmill, then under human power one can pump water from 420 feet.
If windmills can pump volumes of water per minute at an 80 foot static water level using a 4inch pump system, then so can a 63 year old grandmother using the hand pump machine. Her daughter pumped 10 gpms. See the amazing video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lHVc38T5lWc
http://www.wellwaterboy.com/id88.html Water is life, please share the good news with others.



Barry Davies spent eighteen years in the British Special Air Service serving around the globe. He participated in the storming of the hijacked Lufthansa plane at Mogadishu in 1977 and was awarded the British Empire Medal. Follow in the footsteps of Davies as he teaches about ultimate survival in extreme circumstances with these comprehensive guides from Skyhorse Publishing! To request a review copy of any of these guides, please email me.

The SAS Guide to Arctic and Mountain Survival(Skyhorse Publishing, January 2013)provides details on what to do immediately after your arctic or mountain survival situation has arisen. You will learn how to prepare a shelter, especially on a barren landscape. You will learn how make a fire in the cold and wind, as well as how to find and cook food. This guide provides detailed instructions on navigation, how and when to travel, and how to prepare signal fires that will help speed up your rescue.In both winter and summer, the Northern Arctic offers an abundant supply of water and food; shelter can be found or constructed above and below the tree line. The real threat comes from the cold, injury, and simply doing nothing. If you have plans to travel in, near, or over the frozen tundra or wilderness, this is a book you cannot afford to overlook. Your life may depend on it!

TheSAS Guide to Desert Survival(Skyhorse Publishing, January 2013) prepares the traveler for any situation they may find themselves in while venturing across desert and arid areas. It will explain the need for an immediate plan, as time will be against you, as well as how to dress for the ultimate protection from the sun and the cold (yes, the desert gets very cold at night). The book will show you how and when to travel, as well as how to navigate a route to safety. Topics include basic equipment, medical priorities, survival medicine, shelter, fire, water, food, navigation, survival travel, rescue, and more!

TheSAS Guide to Jungle Survival (Skyhorse Publishing, January 2013) shares the survival techniques utilized by the SAS (Special Air Service) to teach readers how to come to terms with the jungle environment, understand it, and work with it as opposed to “fighting it.” The jungle forest can provide shelter, food, and water in abundance, if you know how to take advantage of the natural resources. In addition to the densely forested area with thick foliage that we often think of, jungles can also include swamps, grasslands, and cultivated areas—all covered in this comprehensive book. Jungles can also present the life-threatening danger of disease and wild animals, which this book will prepare you to avoid and resist. Examples of survival techniques used by the SAS include using two sets of clothing—dry and wet—for night and day respectively, in order to ensure a dry and restful night’s sleep.


Do it yourself.  This blog looks pretty cool actually.  Check it out:




So there’s a couple of things for you all to take a look at.

Questions?  Comments?

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor

7 comments… add one
  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. January 28, 2013, 8:53 am

    Cool – I like the SAS books, I own a pair of the early issues. The specialized topic will (hopefully) be more in depth. Thanks for making us aware of them.

    • j.r. guerra in s. tx. January 29, 2013, 1:40 pm

      Forgot to mention – for transffering liquids, buy some large diameter plastic pipe (3/4″ – 1″), we’ve used it to drain our above ground swimming poos after season ends and it does the work efficiently with no labor. As long as the inlet (water entering pipe) is lower than the outlet and air is not permitted to get in pipe, it will flow.

  • irishdutchuncle January 28, 2013, 10:08 am

    yeh, I’ve seen the SAS books in a few stores.

    the brits speak a language that is similar to ours, so I probably could learn something from these…

    Pennsylvania has a few micro-climate areas that can be severe: from the “barrens” on out to Bradford. (can be cold any night of the year)
    even in the Poconos it will get cold on a clear summer night. a change of dry clothing is probably a good idea for anyplace…
    although we have some nuissance bears, and coyotes,
    dangerous “wild animals” are mainly of the two legged variety here.

    • irishdutchuncle January 28, 2013, 7:31 pm

      of course I firmly believe that people who wait in a queue, and say “spot on” are all potential MI-6 assets. (along with 99% of Rhodes Scholars)

  • smokechecktim January 28, 2013, 10:15 am

    Just a piece of misc info to pass along. A friend has one of those windup flashlights and while backpacking the light was stored right next to his GPS and totally erased the memory. The garmin folks said the magnets that you find in the wind up gear ( flashlights, lanterns, radios) wipes out the electronic memory in your high price electronic gear.

  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. January 28, 2013, 1:52 pm

    Makes sense smokechecktim – magnets will do some funny things to computer screens and hard drives. My friend did this with some ‘scientific’ high power magnets, he forgot and left them near his home computer when working on a project and had gathered the materials close by for a check list.

  • ThatguyinCA January 29, 2013, 12:58 pm

    Like the blog link. It’s bookmarked and some articles are pegged for printing to go into my binder library or project list. Yes, I actually do have a little library of binders with usefull articles/how to’s that I’ve printed from the web. I also scrounge for useful books at garage sales/thrift stores. Either, it will be handy to have or will be something that someone has to clean up after I’m dead. I have one small bookshelf for them that could be used for another months worth of food at most but the knowledge base is more than worth the space.


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