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Overlooked Repair Parts That Smart Preppers Stockpile

Overlooked Repair Parts That Smart Preppers Stockpile

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Once someone starts upon the road of preparedness, it seems never to end. The idea of actually having enough to get through any crisis may be something we all aspire to, but it’s an elusive goal.

There’s really no way of knowing what will be enough, without knowing what sort of disaster we are ultimately going to face. But even if we knew, the number of variables that could affect our survival are mindboggling.

That’s why most serious survivalists work to develop plans that are both flexible and cover as wide a range of possible disasters as possible.

Yet even with that goal, we often miss key things, which could ultimately affect our ability to survive. Often, those key things are rather small, making them easily overlooked.

One of the solutions we commonly use to avoid missing those important things is redundancy. By having more than one thing which can do a critical job, we ensure that we will always have something that we can use. But what if something happens to that critical piece of survival gear? What will we do then?

For example, consider the subject of camping. You go out to get a few days of peace and quiet, and then something goes wrong. A seam in your tent tears; your favorite fire-starter breaks; the fuel leaks out of your camp stove; the drain plug for your boat is missing or it turns out that your water filter got crushed since the last time you used it. Every camping trip seems to have its woes, most often associated with some critical piece of camping equipment.

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What makes any of us think that things will be any better in a survival situation, than they are on the typical camping trip? If anything, we’ll probably do worse, as we’ll need the equipment even more and be using it even harder. Oh, and, there won’t be anywhere to go buy a replacement.

In my many years of camping, I’ve learned the importance of being ready to make on-the-spot repairs. While that’s not the reason that I go on those camping trips, nor is it what I’d like to do, being prepared to make those repairs means that when I find that critical piece of gear broken, I can fix it, rather than having my trip ruined.

Personally, I’d rather carry the extra gear, which really doesn’t take up much more space than a paperback book.

Overlooked Repair Parts That Smart Preppers StockpileSo, what’s in my camping repair parts kit?

  1. Duct tape (of course).
  2. Superglue (another obvious one).
  3. Epoxy (my favorite adhesive).
  4. Epoxy putty – great for fixing anything leaking, like a hole in a canteen.
  5. FiberFix (fiberglass repair tape).
  6. Sewing kit – with heavy-duty thread and needles.
  7. Safety pins.
  8. Paracord.
  9. A couple of strong carabineers.
  10. Small nuts, bolts and screws.
  11. Pump rebuild kit for Coleman lanterns and stoves (I use the old-fashioned Coleman gear which runs off gasoline, rather than propane).
  12. Spare mantles for Coleman lantern.
  13. Sealing tape for inflatables – pool toys and air mattresses.
  14. A zipper repair kit.
  15. Knife sharpener.
  16. Spare disposable butane lighter.
  17. 4-inch and 8-inch wire ties.
  18. Assorted sized plastic bags.

You might be wondering where the tools are in that kit, but I keep a tool kit in each of my vehicles. So, I have tools available. When it comes to my bug-out bag, which has the same sort of kit, the only tool I carry is a multitool. While this isn’t a perfect solution, it does give me the capability to make repairs, without having to carry the weight of a whole tool box along.

Taking this a step further, I also take a critical look at all the survival equipment I have at home, with an eye toward the need to repair it. Since much of my survival gear is homemade, I make determining what parts I should stock a part of building the device. Specifically, I look for parts that can break during use, as well as anything that’s a normal wear item. Replacement parts for these pieces of equipment end up in the storage cabinet in my workshop.

Let me give you a few ideas of what I’m talking about here:

  • I built a well drill, so that I could drill a well. It has belts and bearings in it, spares of which are in the cabinet. While I probably won’t need another well, my neighbors might.
  • Anything that uses water is going to have seals. So, when I make these things, I always buy spare seals.
  • I’ve already had one spigot broken on one of my 200-gallon water tanks, so I have spare spigots, as well as the associated parts.
  • I have a spare burner for my barbecue grille, my prime survival “stove” (I also have a couple of extra tanks of propane).
  • I have a spare solar charge controller and voltage inverter for my power system. These are stored in a Faraday Cage for protection against an EMP. My solar panels and wind turbine would probably survive an EMP, but these components would not.
  • Spares for all the critical maintenance parts in my cars, such as belts, sensors, a computer, other electronic modules, hoses, fuses and bulbs.
  • Spare spark plugs and air filters for the lawn mower and roto-tiller.
  • Seals for my well pump.

While stockpiling all these parts may seem like an extra, unnecessary expense, they will provide me with the ability to keep my gear running, when everyone else’s stops. Besides, if a disaster never strikes, I’ll be ready to repair this equipment the next time it breaks down.

What would you add to our list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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  1. You guys talk about Faraday cages saving critical electronic equipment but if my machine shed which is an all steel Machine Shed with tight-fitting metal doors or My All Steel metal shipping container does not blockout cell phone signals are you sure a faraday cage will save your equipment? I can assure you that wrapping myself up in a cardboard box or bubble wrap does not stop the cell phone signal in my machine shed or any of my neighbors machine sheds or even the grain bin with an all steel floor.

    • TheSouthernNationalist

      Terry, you can test the effectiveness of a faraday cage by placing a FM radio inside and when you shut the lid down tight, all you should be able to hear is “hissing static”, when you remove the lid you should hear the radio station clearly.

      • So you’re saying an FM signal is the same wavelength as a solar flare or an EMP burst??? Depending on who you listen to or where you read some say cell phone some say FM some say a.m. Wish you guys would get your story straight. By the way my FM radio and my cell phone work fine in my machine shed and my all steel shipping container and my grain bin. The only place they do not work is in my all concrete storm shelter 2 ft Underground. My friend beware of who you trust and where you buy your Survival equipment from

        • Our friends at a local space manufacturing company will take a multi band radio and sweep all of the frequencies to make sure their cage is working properly. A metal building is not the same as a Faraday cage. Also when I worked for a wireless company the cages were constructed of grounded copper screen. The doors were also a wood frame with an outside copper screen. The door was bonded to the cage.

  2. If you are in the process of using susceptible equipment when the SHTF, how are you supposed to put it a Faraday cage?
    Faraday cages are only “good” in protecting items if they always in the cange and are not used in everyday life.

  3. Multiple sizes of zip- ties.

  4. A zip tie around the base of your cock serves as a good way to prevent pregnancy, but they can be tricky to remove.

  5. So, until I get a chance to research it better, this is what I am putting into place now:

    Line my office closet (including the inside of the closet doors) with wire mesh, which all connects together when the closet doors are closed.
    (Could probably use those mylar space blankets to line the closet with too)
    Inside the closet are 2 (or 3) full-sized metal lidded garbage cans, making sure the lids connect tightly with their bases.
    Run a ground strap from both closet-lining and all garbage can bodies to a ground rod which is hammered into the earth under the house.
    My Ham gear resides in one of the garbage cans. It takes only a few seconds to pick it up out of the closet and plug it into the antenna.
    I think of it as ‘Bush Faraday’ shielding.

    Could probably use those mylar metallic space blankets instead of wire mesh, but I haven’t verified their conductivity with a meter yet..
    Other than looking inside that closet, no one can tell a thing when they walk into my house.

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