What if Wednesday–Tools and repairs

Do you measure the difficulty of a home repair chore by how many trips you’ll need to make to Home Depot or Lowes to get the job done?

Replace a window screen – 1 trip.

Fix a leaky faucet – 2 trips (one to get the part, another to exchange the part you got and get the right one).

Install new flooring – yeah, you’re better off hiring a guy to just run back and forth to Home Depot for you all day long.

What if you no longer had the luxury of running to the store to get new parts or tools? While installing new hardwood flooring probably won’t be a priority immediately following a societal collapse, fixing a window or door sure might be.

Take a look around your garage or workshop. Do you have enough supplies on hand right now to handle most basic home repairs? Extra tools to replace ones that break?

Perhaps most importantly, do you have the knowledge on how to use all that stuff?

[On a side note, please consider tuning in tonight to the Prepper Podcast. I’ll be the guest tonight and will be speaking about prepping on a budget, setting priorities for preps, as well as dispelling some common survivalist myths. Here’s a link to the information about the podcast.]

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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