xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' July 2013 ~ The Prepared Guy

Friday, July 26, 2013

Build your own Colloidal/Ionic Silver Generator

Hopefully you have heard of colloidal silver and hopefully you are using it in some way around your home.  Colloidal silver is proven to kill bacteria and viruses on contact.  I am not going to elaborate about colloidal silver but I will share a few links with you where you can learn more.


There is a difference between Colloidal and Ionic silver.  Most silver seems to be marketed as Colloidal even when it is actually Ionic.  Both have their benefits and advantages, many of which are the same.  You can very easily make ionic silver in your home with some very inexpensive components.  

Being able to make your own ionic silver has lots of advantages.  Colloidal/Ionic silver can be fairly expensive.  You can make it yourself for a fraction of the cost.

There are plenty of instruction online that will show you how to build a version of one of these.  Here is how I did it:

I started with a glass mason jar.
Found some plastic lids online that fit a mason jar.
Drilled three holes and installed rubber gaskets in the lid.  Two for the silver rods and one for the bubbler hose.
Ordered two .9999 silver wire/rods online.  I drilled two small holes through a small wood block to keep them separated.
Found an old phone charger in my stash of old unused electronic components.  It seems to me that the ideal voltage for this is a DC output of around 4 volts.
I purchased some insulated alligator clips from Radio Shack and crimped them onto the phone charger cord after I cut off the end.
Purchased a cheap fish tank bubbler from PetCo.  This agitates the water for better distribution of the silver.
Distilled Water.  (I'll show you how to build a water distiller in a future post.)

Hook it up, plug in the bubbler and phone charger and let it run for about 4 hours, depending upon the voltage.

Shine a laser through the water to view the suspended particles.  As you are able to see the laser reflect off of more and more particles you can see that the process is working.  You will need a PPM meter to determine exactly what the concentration of silver ions are in your finished product.  Typically 10 ppm can be used internally and higher concentrations like 30 ppm should be only used externally.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

If it is to be...

... it's up to me!  This is a motto that I live by.  What this statement means to me is that I am the only one responsible for my own success or failure.  There is no one other than myself to blame if I don't get things right and I don't look to anyone else to be accountable for what is mine.  This is not to say that I have not received assistance to get through tough times in the past.  The receiving of charity is just as important, although possibly more difficult, as giving.

Being prepared is about giving.  Receiving is about learning how to be better at being prepared to give.

More than a few times I have had people ask me why I carry a firearm.  First of all, I don't feel the need to justify my actions or decisions to anyone.  My answer, to those I choose to teach a little something about myself, is that I don't depend upon anyone else for my own personal protection or that of my family.  Relying solely on others, including local or federal resources, is foolish.  Why would you not help yourself and the others under your stewardship when you have the ability and means?  It takes the desire to make a decision and then the actions of moving forward with your preparations.

Part of my process to become a responsible father, husband, son, brother, friend and neighbor has been for me to take on things that have been unfamiliar to me.

When I first decided to carry a firearm concealed I did not know much of what I now know.  Just like any learning process in life the process of becoming prepared and to make tough decisions has been a fairly long process for me.  My first firearm selections were not the best ones.  I bought and sold a number of handguns that I thought were good choices at first but as I learned and practiced more I was able to make better decisions.  I hope you don't feel that mistakes are always bad.  Making mistakes allows you to learn, correct them, and then hopefully make fewer mistakes.

My point is that if we do not step up and make decisions and take actions for ourselves and our families, whether good or bad, whether right or wrong, we don't make much progress toward becoming prepared.  Being prepared lends to self-sufficiency which should be the ultimate goal of all of us 'peppers'.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Practical Home Security

Keeping my family safe in our own home is a top priority.  I believe that our home is our castle and should be a safe place where our children can feel both completely safe physically as well as spiritually.

Home break in's are becoming more common.  I'm going to keep this post simple and only discuss what I have done to make it as hard as possible for criminals to gain access to our home. Watch this short video clip and you'll see what I'm talking about.


You all need to know that most doors are as easy to kick as the door in this video.  When your exterior doors were installed it is likely that they were not reinforced properly for a variety of reasons.

Most criminals will gain access to your home through an open window or door first.  This happens in about 40% of cases so keep your windows and doors locked.  Next, 26% of all criminals gain access through breaking down one of your exterior doors.  Access through windows is next at around 18%

Here are the things that you can do to strengthen your exterior doors.

1.  Most of the screws installed in the hinges and deadbolt plates of your door are probably only short 1" long screws.  These short screws are only attached to the weak door frame.  You need to replace these short screws with 3" long (or longer) screws that will attach to the framing of the house instead of the weak door frame.  'Grabber" screws will do but I highly recommend the SPAX brand screws as they are rated at around 650 lbs each.  I am assuming that your exterior doors are standard steel doors.  If they are a weaker door then you should consider replacing them.  A solid wood door is an excellent choice.

2.  You should ensure that the two screws in the plate that receives your deadbolt (first of all you should have a deadbolt on your door.  Yes, I have seen more than a few front doors that do not have a deadbolt.) are heavy duty screws.  You can purchase a heavy duty striker plate that comes with long heavy duty screws at your local hardware store.  They look something like this.


3.  Install a viewer in your door.  Never open your door unless you know who it is first.


4.  Install a door blocker lock.  Actually, I have two of these installed on our door.  One is installed at about knee height (about the height where the door would be kicked) and one about a foot above the deadbolt.  I choose this particular lock for a few reasons.  It attaches only to the framework of the house and not to the door itself.  If you attach a lock to the door with screws it can not be strong enough to withstand multiple kicks.  It is easy to install.  It is rated to 8,000 lbs.  It is easy to operate and inexpensive.  As you can see, the lock blocks the door from being opened.  It also makes for a great child lock when placed high off the floor.  I also like these locks because they are small and not altogether unattractive.  You can get these at either Home Depot or Lowe's.  One draw back with using these locks is that they can not be unlocked from the outside.  This is why you need to have a good deadbolt installed correctly as well.   




A problem that I see with the front door in the video is that I see is that there is a lot of glass in the door that makes it vulnerable.  I recommend that if you want a window in your door to let in light that it be a window that is high off the ground like a 6 lite or fan lite door.

Here is a picture of a door that has been kicked in.  You can see what has happened to the deadbolt and the reason that I also use these door blocker locks.


I have also installed locking window well covers on all of our basement windows.  These locking covers are very easy to unlock from the inside.  We have practiced with our children to ensure that they can both open their windows, unlock the covers, move the covers out of the way and climb out in case of an emergency.  Ladders are installed in the deeper window wells.


  
Windows and sliding glass doors can be protected by installing security films over the glass on both the inside and outside.  Here's a video showing what security films can do.


All of these things may not make it impossible for someone to break into your home.  These measures will either deter or slow down a criminal breaking into your home giving you time to call the police and for you to retrieve your firearm.

The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about what I have learned, my experience, and what my motivations are as a Prepared Guy. I have always felt driven to be ready for any situation by something powerful deep inside me. Being prepared has always served me well. I feel compelled to help others do the same.
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