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Razor Wire on Ebay – $25 and up on Ebay
I have tried for a couple weeks now to broaden the picture of why we may need all of this junk that I cover, and this week we are on the topic of perimeter security. These days there is a stereotypical “Prepper” character in all of our minds that we got from movies and cable, and most of us think of that character as an “extremist.” If you think that the extent of your prepping only needs to cover a 3 day snow emergency or a 2 week hurricane outage, good luck to you. This column is about the end of our food and consumption infrastructure, and I believe that it may be imminent.

If you paint a picture of that stereotypical character’s compound, it is probably either an underground bunker, or a camp surrounded by razor wire, or both. I won’t get into the soundness of an underground solution for this week, but I would like to turn you on to a good source of razor wire.

You can’t buy razor wire based on pure length. Generally you set it up in coils that would force someone to climb over, and that gives you less than 1/3rd the coverage for whatever length you purchase. For instance, there are 328 feet in the roll you see in the video, but in coils it won’t cover more than 100 feet, and probably a lot less. There are basically two types of razor wire:

  • Military Razor Wire – In the video you will see green plastic packages of coiled razor wire. They are replicas of Vietnam era cans, and are made in China. One package is under $30. As you can see in the video, it is really just stamped ribbons of galvanized sheeting, and the coil is a reel, not a true coil. You have to make your own coils when you mount it on the top of a fence. I didn’t get this article out in time and right now the reels are sold out on Ebay.
  • Helical Razor Wire – This is the real deal. The coils are stacked on top of each other and retain their shape with a cannalure and internal thick wire along the length that gives it an actual loops structure. I didn’t buy any because it takes up a lot of space, and it is about 75 cents per linear foot of coverage. For me space has become a real issue, and I want things to be somewhat portable if possible. Real razor wire is nasty stuff, and it is heavy and bulky, and I haven’t decided to dedicate that much space money and effort to it.

Perimeter Security

Visually, I think the ribbon wire is nearly as effective as the real stuff, especially when you don’t have the real stuff side by side. And that brings me back to the whole subject of perimeter security itself.

Do you want to try to hide and hope that nobody stumbles on you, with no outside evidence that you have a stocked and fortified location? There is a strong argument for it I think. But in the real world, your neighbors have been watching stuff go into your house, and perhaps several of them know that you have supplies. In a survival situation, word is going to get around that you have food, and people will come for it. Without some type of perimeter security, they are going to be on your doorstep, and most likely they will be armed. I can’t tell you how many people, including my best friend, who have said “I don’t need to stock up food I have guns.”

My feeling is that once it becomes obvious that the jig is up, there are going to be people looting what they can, and checking for resources where they think people are not home. Most people have no more than a few days of food in their house, so the looting is going to come quick once it becomes obvious that the FEMA trucks won’t be showing up.

Historically, opportunity crime like looting is like electricity. It seeks the path of least resistance. So if your home, or your bugout location, has a fence, and the neighbor doesn’t have a fence, it is more likely that the neighbor will be attacked first. If you have a razor wire fence, it may not be perceived as worth it to even come back to your house, when softer targets have presented themselves ahead.

The exception would be an organized group of looters who are targeting resource caches. I think the danger of this is far more exaggerated in the movies than it will be in real life. But like everything else, I’m just guessing. My feeling is that we as a society in America rely on “just in time” inventory and supply lines far more than anyone could ever even consider in prior generations. Most homes don’t even have a pantry, and most supermarkets have little if any backroom stock these days. Walmart unloads wrapped mixed restock pallets from the trucks and wheels them right to the shelves. There is no back stock at all.

Therefore, most people are going to die within a couple weeks. There just isn’t going to be enough food to even steal. If you have perimeter security and determent, I think you will be much more secure than the end of the world movies would suggest.

Are We Going Mad Max?

I have explained here a few times that I am actually a man of pretty consistent “faith.” And I do believe that the Creator has a master plan that is ultimately good, but I have also accepted that it may come with some difficulties in the real world. I feel like I have been led to not only prepare for the end of this present society, but also to have the courage to use my real name in a very public place to millions of readers and teach all of these crazy things I have learned along the way.

Last week I included a video in my post of Dane Wigington from Geoengineeringwatch.org that explained a bit of “what is really going on” out there. If you don’t choose to believe it, and insist on calling the white trails behind the planes “chemtrails” and a “conspiracy theory,” it is your right to do so. But there is an awaking that is exploding across the world right now, and many people who would have been closed off to the truth only a few months ago will now be willing to open their eyes.

Certainly there are more hidden truths out there than just the rampant global arming and the top secret geoengineering programs that were designed to combat it. Dane’s website was put on that list of “Russian fake news” sites that the Washington Post propagated to what they assumed were the sleeping masses. But most people weren’t sleeping, and the blowback made them even retract the story. The game is ending and the legacy power structure seems to be losing control.

Donald Trump right now is a wildcard. In 140 characters or less, he could send the world into an end of the world pandemonium with one Tweet that the arctic ice cap is all the way melted, and for all we know it might be, and this is being covered up. John Kerry was in Antarctica on election day! Why? And more importantly, why would they ever admit that? I keep my ear to the ground as much as I can, and I can tell you, things are getting squirly out there.

They could pull the pin on the financial system any day. We are several times overextended with derivatives and sovereign debt than we were for the 2008 crash. They could crash the financial system intentionally, just to cover up the climate engineering.

At this point there are so many people caught up in the lies that our entire existence is a tinder box, waiting for a spark to ignite it. The child trafficking scandal Pizza-Gate is right there in the Podesta emails that nobody claims aren’t his. Trump could Tweet arrest warrants the day he is sworn in. What happens when the truth starts to pop like popcorn? 911, Oklahoma, Sandy Hook, Boston, Orlando, all of these events were faked in total or in part, and when the sleeping masses wake up to it all, there will be blood.

I hope G-d bails us out with that Redemption stuff that He promised in several books of the Prophets. And I hope it is easy. But I also will ask yourself and the survival of your family seriously, just from the simple fact that you are reading this right now. People will survive. Perhaps you are meant to be one of them.


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Solar chimney

Solar Chimney: Awesome free-energy design to cool any building for little $$.:

A solar chimney – often referred to as a thermal chimney – is a way of improving the natural ventilation of buildings by using convection of air heated by passive solar energy.

 

I would add a small 4inch Computer fan to pull the cool air in

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_chimney


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Introduction to Building a Storage Shed – Part 1

Introduction to Building a Storage Shed – Part 1

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4.1/5 (69) Why would you want to do this?  Look at the name:  STORAGE Shed.  Most everybody “needs” more storage because they can’t bear to have less stuff.  And someone preparing for bad times probably has more stuff than a person who doesn’t believe anything bad can happen and expects their parents and/or government to take care of them no matter what.  Some of that extra stuff you really don’t have room for in your house, and some of your prepping supplies you REALLY don’t want to have IN your house.  Such as a generator and fuel, oil and vehicle parts, battery banks and so on so building a storage shed makes a lot of sense in some situations.  You can, of course, rent storage space; there is a large industry devoted to just that.

There are a few problems with that solution though.  One, you have to go there to get your stuff, and that assumes that you have a working transport AND that they can or will let you have access if they have no power or their computers don’t work or the people in charge are honesty challenged.  Two, you have signed your stuff over to them if they don’t receive payment for any reason (such as banks being closed).  Three, you are usually contractually obligated NOT to store some of the things you don’t want in your house.  And four, they can raise their rates whenever they please unless you have a long-term lease.  The place I am at currently is charging me TWICE what someone walking in off the street pays, and won’t reduce it.  I could rent another unit, move my stuff over, and cancel the first place, or move to another location, but I know the new price will just start moving up again.  The cost of a storage shed may seem large, but I did the math, and it will be paid off by two years of storage fees, and that is assuming they don’t raise the rate again, which is a very poor assumption.

Look at the other part of the name:  Storage SHEDDo you have a “post Apocalypse” trade planned or set up; blacksmith, gunsmith, leather worker, seamstress/tailor, weaver, or the like?  This could be used for your business or the tools and supplies.  Plus, a shed looks like a shed, but it does not mean it must be ONLY a shed.  It could provide camouflage for an entrance or exit from an underground area.  It can be built with concealed areas.  Some sheds are designed as, or can be converted to, a green house, if you are interested in growing your own food and/or medicinal plants or setting up an aquaponics system.

Ok, let us assume you have decided you want a storage shed.   But can you have one?  Like it or not, there are a number of people or organizations who have control over what you put up.  Do you own the property?  If not, the owner has complete discretion over what you put up, if anything.  And if you don’t own the property, do you really want to make improvements to it?  An option in this case might be “portable” storage, like a trailer, or one of those transoceanic shipping containers.

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Do you belong to a “Home Owners Association”?  If so, you have contractually agreed to give them complete control of the exterior of your property.  Read the bylaws to see what is currently allowed.  Figure out what you can do which abides by any restrictions.   And once you come to agreement on what they will accept “today”, get documentation which grandfathers your shed against any future changes to the bylaws.

How close are the neighbors, and are they reasonable?  If you follow all the legal requirements, they may not be able to prevent you from doing what you want, but if they get annoyed enough, they can still cause you plenty of grief.

Dealing with Governments

And then there is the city, town, township, parish and/or county.  Each level of government will have restrictions on what can be done, based on the “zoning” of the property in question.  The less remote the property is, the more stringent the restrictions are likely to be.  These include things like the percentage of the property which can be “covered”, height restrictions, required distances from property lines and other buildings, and many other things, collectively known as “Building Codes”.  Your safest bet is to get a “building permit”, but this has some downsides.  First of all, as a survivalist, you should attempt to stay “under the radar”.  You would be hard pressed to be more obvious than having your plans on public accessible file with the government, and having inspectors checking you out each step of the way.  Second of all, it will cost.  The building permit has a fee, often based on type of building and square feet.  I once wanted to put up a carport, and they told me I would have to pay $5 per square foot just for the permit.  For posts and an aluminum roof; the building permit would have cost more than the carport.  Not only that, but it is likely they will factor this “improvement” into your property value when computing future property taxes.

By all means, find out all the restrictions on what you can put up; violating restrictions has potential for serious annoyances if the government wants to raise a fuss (and they usually do if violations are brought to their attention).  However, if you can avoid getting a building permit, that might be a good path.  For instance, here, if the shed is less than 200 square feet, you don’t need a permit.  That means a 12′ by 16′ shed (192 square feet) can be put up without a permit being required.  Just because a permit is not required, does not mean the restrictions can be ignored; you just won’t have the public records and government monitoring.

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Ways to Get a Storage Shed

The “easiest” way is to have someone build it for you.  This will not be the cheapest option, and a competent builder will likely insist on a building permit, meaning not only public records and government monitoring, but the builder and perhaps others will know all about your shed.  The incompetent builder will refuse the permit and perhaps build something which violates code, with potential for eventual legal challenges or structural problems.  For smaller sheds, you might be able to have it pre-built and delivered.  You could build it yourself, which means you have to come up with a viable design (not that hard) and get the materials, which may be a challenge.  I don’t know about your location, but the lumber here is crap; warped, twisted, split, insufficiently dried.  As my dad said when we were trying to get lumber to replace a rotted porch, “I wouldn’t use this stuff for firewood”.  The remaining option is a “kit”.  This has the advantage that the design, acquisition of materials and much of the cutting are already done for you.  A good kit will have better quality material than you may find locally and instructions which most everyone should be able to follow.

Types of Storage Sheds

There are a number of architectural shed types.  Chose what you like, and what fits your landscape and restrictions.  I’m partial to the “barn” style, because it gives you more height, and even “lofts” in some models.  Possible materials include wood, steel, aluminum and various “plastics”.  Plastic and aluminum tend to be the hallmark of cheap “department store” sheds, great for lawnmowers and garden tools, but not what you would call “durable” or “secure”, and usually limited in size.  For a substantial shed, wood or steel is usually the way to go.  I’m more comfortable working with wood, so that is the path I chose, although steel seems like it might have some advantages.

Modifications

Depending on what you will use the shed for, you may want to make modifications or additions.  For instance, wiring it for electricity may be useful.  But since there is no guarantee electricity will always be available, make sure you have the ability to plug-in a generator (via a transfer switch), or add solar or wind generation capability.  In some cases, you may want to add plumbing.  Note that no matter how much of the electrical or plumbing work you are willing and able to do yourself, you should consider getting a permit for this work and having it inspected.  Unlike the structure, which is hard to mess up (especially if professionally designed), a mistake in the design OR execution of electric or plumbing can cause fire, electrocution, leaks, odors or rot/rust.  And if not up to code, an insurance company may refuse to pay off on a claim.  Wherever practical, have the shed “completed” so it looks like you are “adding” the electrical or plumbing and follow all requirements for what must be visible to the inspector(s).  Of course, if you got the permit for the shed in the first place, follow their instructions on when in the process the various inspections should be scheduled.  If temperature control is a concern, you may want to add insulation, cooling or heating.

Flooring

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This foundation (literally) of a shed is an important decision.  The common choices are concrete, or joists with flooring panels.  Concrete may be “better” and in some cases easier; pick your location, set up forms and rebar, and have it poured.  It may be more expensive, and less versatile (it is kind of hard to dig through concrete if you decide a partial “basement” would be handy), and “impossible” to move.  Joists are likely to be less expensive and more versatile, and if the ground is not even, may even be more practical.  There will be beams running the length of the building, with the joists running across the building between the beams.  Flooring panels are laid across the joists and fastened in place.  Note that the beams and joists are in contact with the ground and so are at risk for rotting and/or insects.  Thus pressure treated lumber or corrosion resistant metal is critical here.

Site preparation is highly important, since in order for the floor to be flat and level, and stay that way, the ground must be flat, level and stable.  If it is not, you may be able to compensate by having a variable thickness concrete floor, or building a foundation or partial foundation for your beams out of blocks and concrete.  A “better” floor system is to have runners the length of the building, on which the beams and joists sit.  As long as the runners are flat and level (and adequately supported), it does not matter if the ground is, plus it also allows ventilation below the shed, which can help with cooling and reduction of condensation inside.  It also puts the flooring higher, which may make entry more difficult, but on the other hand, gives more protection against minor flooding.  The runners, of course, must also be pressure treated wood, corrosion resistant metal, or even concrete and/or blocks, and a ramp can compensate for the step up.

What Next?

Does this sound like something which might be of value to you?  Check out Part 2 of the Introduction for some more pre-build details.


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Czech out the Oppidum, the ultimate apocalypse hideaway

We do go on about the importance of resilient design, the ability of our buildings to survive in changing times and climates. We are big on repurposing, finding new uses for old buildings. And if the greenest brick is the one already in the wall, then surely the greenest bomb shelter is the one that’s already in the ground. That’s why the Oppidum is such an exciting opportunity; it’s a conversion of a classified secret facility built in 1984 by what were then the governments of Czechoslovakia and The Soviet Union. Now, it is available for use as the ultimate getaway, deep in a valley in the Czech Republic. The developer notes that they don’t make’em like they used to:

Because the construction of the facility occurred at a time of heightened world tension, the enormous level of resources used to develop it would be all but impossible to match today. It is extremely unlikely that any government would approve a non-military structure of this size to be built today.

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It has a lovely above-grade modestly sized 30,000 square foot residence, which is connected via secret corridor to the two-storey, 77,000 square foot bunker below, which has been stylishly subdivided into one large apartment and six smaller ones for friends, family and staff, all stocked with ten years of supplies. Here is the upper level:

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and the lower, with all the apartments and storage.

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The bunker will be able to provide long-term accommodation for residents – up to 10 years if necessary – without the need for external supplies. This would involve large-scale stocks of non-perishable food and water, along with water purification equipment, medical supplies, surgical facilities, and communication networks with the outside world.

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And you will never be bored; there will be “an underground garden with simulated natural light, as well as a spa, swimming pool, cinema, library, and other leisure facilities.”

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And of course, a wine cellar. Don’t worry if you are not into wine; right now it is all an empty shell and will be designed “according to the needs, wishes, and tastes of its future owner.” So you can make it as green and sustainable as you desire. You could even fill it with tiny homes or RVs and save a lot more people from the apocalypse; the ceilings are 13 feet high so many could fit.

Being in the Czech republic, it is a little further away than the Vivos and other shelters we have shown before, but there are benefits to not being in America:

Even though it is located in central Europe, Prague is not in the strategic path of Moscow, Warsaw, or Berlin, all of which saw mass bloodshed in past European conflicts. The Czech Republic is unlikely to become a potential battlefield. It faces no current major security threats.

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The only real drawback that I can see is that it is a lot of space for just a couple of families, and would need a really big staff to keep them living in the style to which they appear to be accustomed. It does come with a retired general as a Director of Security, but no word about the sommelier. The project is billed as “The largest billionaire bunker in the world” but surely they would be better off to fill it with, say, millionaires, in tiny apartments or RVs like they do in Vivos Kansas. Because as we keep saying about our cities, you need a certain density to support decent services, not to mention, drink all that wine.


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