- Series: Preppers
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Ulysses Press (September 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612434967
- ISBN-13: 978-1612434964
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prepper's Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits Paperback – September 22, 2015
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However, Prepper's Survival Hacks by Jim Cobb is that rare exception to the preparedness book rule. You won't find lists of extensive supplies or pricey gear. Loaded with 50 do-it-yourself projects, this book has lists that read more like the contents of your trash can.
Broken up into practical categories, the book contains projects relating to the following topics:
The thing I like best about the book isn't just the projects, though. It's the whole MacGuyver-style mindset. Jim makes it seem easy to create what you need from what you have. (I'm not the world's handiest person, but I found the instructions super-easy to follow.)
A review of Prepper's Survival Hacks wouldn't be complete without trying out one of the projects, so in the spirit of really testing out the book, we made the "Buddy Burner".
Using a clean, empty cat food can, some old cardboard, some broken chunks of candle, and a couple of bricks that I grabbed from the garden, I made a nifty little stove.
Did it work? Well, I timed it, and the Buddy Burner brought water to a boil on my counter in just over 3 minutes. To be exact. 3 minutes and 40 seconds.
If you wanted more of a simmer than a boil, you could elevate your pan on another layer of bricks. Pretty awesome, and all made from stuff that folks would normally throw away.Read more ›
The instructions for the various projects were about mid-level-ish, not for noobs. If I didn't already know the item that was described, there's a few cases where I don't think I would've understood from the instructions. It did have some pictures, but they're small and black and white, so often not very clear.
Many of these things are 'old hat', stuff you already knew or were doing but maybe didn't realize it had a name ;)
The one thing that actually concerns me is in the 'light' section. It focuses on various ways to make candle-type things. Light is a big deal to me. When you lose electricity you lose the ability to forage indoors, and get around at nite w/o fire. Fire can be problematic, but mostly having to depend on an open flame for light is just not very useful. If you're moving around you waste one hand holding the light, you have to move very carefully, and if you set it down you're tied to that small spot.
This is the main section where I would have recommended crank and/or solar flashlights. I have one that allows both (and also has a USB charger) sources to charge it. While it's not the brightest flashlight I've ever seen, it'll be a lot safer and more reliable in an emergency.
(I have one other beef from the food section - it doesn't really mention any pre-made foods other than military MREs. There are many companies that do hiker/camping/emergency food out there that is really tasty, in handy pouches you 'cook' in (most just need boiling water), and have 10+ year shelf life)
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Loved it! So many common sense ideas that are easy to implement!!! Recommend it HIGHLY.Published 4 months ago by Christie Schuster
I found this a useful book of information that was at least on good level for actually helping people to deal with disasters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Jenkins
like the stuff I can learn to survive in the woods, camping and just being outsidePublished 4 months ago by Happy go Lucky
I initially borrowed this book from the library, but after reading it, decided it needed to be in my permanent library. It is chock full of great ideas! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Loa