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by GillyBee
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Medical and Healthcare
Topic: Antihistamine alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 3077

Re: Antihistamine alternatives

For restocking you could try an online chemist. I have used this one. https://www.weldricks.co.uk/products/cetirizine-hydrochloride-tablets-pack-of-30-five-pack My big herbal suggests nettle tea taken daily for at least 3 months as the preferred herbal option. Other herbs are listed as secondary cho...
by GillyBee
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Books and Educational Materials
Topic: 27 years in the woods!
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: 27 years in the woods!

Has anyone else read this? "The Good Life: Up the Yukon without a Paddle" by Dorian Amos. It describe a Cornish couple's first year in the Yukon in the 21st century. Plenty to ponder for off-gridders and preppers . I have trouble imagining how tough it would be living in a Yukon winter let alone sle...
by GillyBee
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: How are you preparing
Topic: What Preps are you doing this week? Part 7.
Replies: 912
Views: 68773

Re: What Preps are you doing this week? Part 7.

Le Mouse: I am glad the advice worked for you. I have a bit of a "thing" for old sewing machines. I am now banned from getting any more. :roll: If they are complete they can usually be made to sew with a lot of oil and cleaning and maybe a little carefully applied brute force to get the movement res...
by GillyBee
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: How are you preparing
Topic: What Preps are you doing this week? Part 7.
Replies: 912
Views: 68773

Re: What Preps are you doing this week? Part 7.

Usually tangled threads on the bottom are easy to fix. Check the following before you try twiddling any knobs. 1) Remove the top thread bobbin and rethread everything from scratch - it may have jumped out of a guide 2) take the bottom bobbin out and clear out any trapped thread or fluff from underne...
by GillyBee
Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Batteries
Replies: 12
Views: 947

Re: Batteries

I think you need to keep a careful eye on the expiry dates on your batteries and replace regularly rather than vac pack and expect to last for ever. The chemistry inside the battery will not be changed by vaccum packing so they will slowly deteriorate in the best of packaging. We recently went throu...
by GillyBee
Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Homes and Retreats
Topic: Fallout Shelter Handbook :)
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: Fallout Shelter Handbook :)

In the early 1980s I attended a week long judo course held on a local military base. The first day included an intro to say that the base had it's own fall out shelter. If the sirens went off everyone on the course would be allowed in. The course attendees were a mix of military and civilians of bot...
by GillyBee
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: How are you preparing
Topic: Alternative uses for XXXX
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Re: Alternative uses for XXXX

Another one Asda's own brand baby sterilizing tablets include water purification instructions.At one tablet per 25l they make a good water safety prep and much cheaper than camping supplies.
by GillyBee
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: How are you preparing
Topic: Alternative uses for XXXX
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Alternative uses for XXXX

It struck me that we all probably have alternative uses for common stuff that others may not know about. I'd like to use the collective wisdom of the forum to create a list of tested swaps To start the ball rolling here are two from the GillyBee household. 1) Vicks chest rub is the best athletes foo...
by GillyBee
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: How are you preparing
Topic: Difficult to make, useful, but currently very cheap
Replies: 47
Views: 5077

Re: Difficult to make, useful, but currently very cheap

Agreed We needed to make a solid base for a water butt that was leaning alarmingly against the workshop. A quick rummage in the shed found an unopened ten year old cement sack from when the workshop was built. Cement was still in perfect condition and did the job nicely.
by GillyBee
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: How are you preparing
Topic: Difficult to make, useful, but currently very cheap
Replies: 47
Views: 5077

Re: Difficult to make, useful, but currently very cheap

Screws nuts and bolts as these need a small machine shop to make. Cycle parts. I think these are already in short supply Any thing useful for repairs/makes of low tech equipment. Plant fertiliser and pesticides, Sewing - hooks and eyes, snaps,buttons elastic for repairs and thread to go with the nee...