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Final update Geo Tracker Bug Out Vehicle

After fixing up my little tonka truck for a while now I'm finally done other than paint. Here's the final mods.
-Welded in 1/8" steel 2x4 rock sliders and rebuilt the door sills out of 16 gauge steel.
-Welded in new 16 gauge floor pans and bed pans
-Welded in a steel 2x4 rear bumper and roll pan.
- Repaired all rust on the body with new steel
- Sprayed the floor pans with Bedliner then sealed all the welds
- Moved off road lights to below the front bumper

Kershaw Clash

What can I say about the Kershaw 1605 Clash? Its big, heavy, and bulky... All of which points to one thing, Durability and the perfect budget EDC. I truly do like the size of this knife and the way it fits my hand. The assisted opening flipper is at just the right spot for fast opening. The Ken Onion designed drop point blade is razor sharp right out of the package like every other Kershaw I've ever had. I've been using this knife as my edc for close to a month now. It has gladly taken the abuse I've thrown at it so far. The blade is still sharp and has no play. I like everything about it other than the made in China part. For 20-30$ you really cant go wrong with a Clash.
Overall open length- 7.25"
Blade length- 3"
Weight- 4oz
Blade- steel 8CR13MOV steel with bead-blasted finish
Handle- Injection-molded, glass-filled polyimide
Assisted opening
Rating 5/5


Yeti Tundra 45

The very last cooler you will ever buy.
That is the first impression I got from my Yeti. If you want a virtually bomb proof, apocalypse proof, drunken friend proof, and of course bear proof cooler this is for you.
The Tundra 45 has several things you won't find on a cheap cooler. First are the handles. Two integrated handles for one man carrying and two paracord and rubber handles for 2 manning it. Next up is the slide resistant feet. The harder you push the harder they hold. This cooler has 2 lock slots to keep bears out. There is an internal gasket to seal the cold air in. In addition to the two bear locks you will find 2 rubber latches which hold strong to keep the cooler closed nice and tight. The hinge system is great. It is basically an aluminum rod that is full length and is a part of the cooler. The drain screws on to retain the cold air inside. A yeti is dry ice compatible. Yeti offers a five year no bullshit warranty and finally a dry goods basket similar to what most chest freezers have.
A few months back the company I work for offered Yeti coolers to us at an incredible discount because we discontinued the mold due to the high production costs associated with it. So I thought it over and decided to pick one up.
For the price of one yeti you could easily pick up 10 cheap Walmart coolers of the same size so remember that these are not for everyone. The reason these coolers cost so much is the process to make them. Here's the process in a nutshell.
1.load the tool with powdered crosslink resin
2. cook for 1/3 the cycle time
3. load the insulating nylon barrier resin
4. cook for another 1/3 of the cycle time
5. bring the mold out one last time and load the final layer
6. cook for the remaining cycle time.
7. cool
8. Demold
The reason this plastic is so strong once its cured is because it is rotationally molded. Basically it cooks while it spins very fast. I run one of the rotational molding machines at work which is why I know so much about the process. When everything is all said and done you get a plastic that won't crack even at a temp of -65 f, which is the temp we freeze the plastic to for impact tests.
Now the important part. How long does it keep ice. Well right now its winter here in Wisconsin so I can't test it outdoors but I can test room temp. I filled the cooler with beer and soda for thanksgiving then filled the rest of the cooler with snow. Surprisingly 3 days later at room temp with being opened and closed several times a day there was still some snow floating around in the cooler. Yeti claims up to 7 days when the cooler is properly conditioned.
My take on the tundra
If you are the person that only needs a cooler one weekend a year I would say get a Walmart cooler but if you go on long outdoor trips and don't ever want to buy another cooler buy a yeti. This is a great cooler but most people just can't justify the high price of this apocalypse ready heavy as hell cooler.

Stick welding with a hobby welder

For years I've wanted a welder but just never seemed to get around to buying one. With my latest bug out truck I finally convinced the wife I needed one to complete the project. Using a small hobbyist stick welder I completely redid the body of the truck and welded in a lot of extra steel for added strength.
Voltage
I wanted to get a big boy stick welder like I have at work but I don't have the power to my garage for one or the extra money. I decided to go for the hobbyist 110v stick welder because it plugs in anywhere, its small,  and it seemed sufficient for my needs.
Electrodes
Most small welders use tiny low voltage electrodes sized at 1/16 or 5/64. I found these rods are pretty much useless as they blow holes through any thin steel, they are pricey, the welds are tiny, and the rods are very short. After messing with the tiny rods a bit I looked at the regular length 3/32 7014 rods and they were perfect for 16ga up to 10ga.
Technique

Welding thicker metal is a pretty simple matter just grind off any rust at the joints and be sure all of the joints are tight fitting. Drag the electrode to strike an ark and the move it in a c or g shape. Thin metal is a very different story and will surely try your patience. The best way I found is to quickly drag the electrode across the work repeatedly until you build the metal up. Once you have a nice build up start the actual weld. Do short 1" or less welds and skip an inch between every weld. More than likely you will burn through which can be fixed by filling the hole after the weld cools. Make sure you pound the slag off the top of any weld and make a second pass if needed. A good auto darkening helmet makes everything a bit easier too. I can go on all day about how to weld but its a technique that needs to be learned by doing.
Conclusion
In general my tiny hobby welder has been able to handle anything I threw at it. The duty cycle isn't the greatest but whenever I exceed it I just clean up my welds or cut my next piece of metal while the welder cools. Practice makes perfect so no matter the welder this seems to be the key to a good weld. I won't be able to construct bridges but anything an average person needs to fix can be done. A welder is a nice addition to any garage and could prove essential in a shtf scenario as long as power is available.

survival water heater

A hot bath or shower is one of the best inventions ever. Nothing relaxes me more than a nice hot shower at the end of the day. So when shit hits the fan what are you gonna do? Sure if you have gas you'll still have a water heater but for how long. What about remote locations where gas is hard to come by or there's no electricity? I know about the solar hot showers and I also know you could always take cold showers I did it for nine months and ain't doing it again. I've got two solutions for this dilemma.
Old steel milk can
I've personally done this and can assure you it is quick easy hot water. Get a nice bed of coals going then put the milk can on the coals. Fill it up, wait about 15 minutes, Done. The bottom of the can and the handles will probably be hot so be careful and use leather gloves or a towel. I pour mine into a bathtub that's in a shed by the fire pit. One milk can is plenty of water for a nice hot bath.
Gas water heater converted to wood burning
I have not tried this yet but it seems to be the same principal as my milk can. Get a used gas water heater and remove the guts. Next you need a firebox. The author used an old rim with the center cut out. Finally make a washer that will be the diameter of the water heater. Start a fire in the firebox and according to their website you'll have hot water in about 15 minutes. Here's the link to the article.

http://beforeitsnews.com/survival/2013/04/almost-free-wood-burning-furnace-and-hot-water-heater-2470424.html

Natural mosquito trap

Rain, rain go away. That's what everyone in my area has been saying this year. Currently my yard is a swamp as are the fields and everything else around here. Of course with all this water flooding isn't the only problem. Mosquitoes