Choosing The Right Survival Tools and Equipment

It always seems like this is the time of year when stores have their pallets of food out for sale. From canned tuna fish, to powdered eggs and milk. But the biggest problem is that you should be stocking up and survival tools and equipment all throughout the year, not just a few times. There are many different kinds of survival tools, and not just food. You should always be prepared for an emergency, because you never know when a disaster may strike. Being prepared can save your life.

There are different types of survival tools and equipment, much of it depends on where you happen to be in an emergency. Basic survival tools that you will need no matter if you are at home or on the go is a survival knife, flashlights with extra batteries, or even a flashlight that has a hand crank. A shortwave radio is also a must, that has the National Weather channel, as well as news channels. Perhaps one of the most important tools you should always have is a well stocked first aid kit.

Some other all around survival tools and equipment you should always carry are fire starters and dry tinder. Matches and lighters are good, if you have them, or if they are dry, but nothing beats a good flint and steel, or other similar survival equipment. These can emit a shower of sparks that are thousands of degrees, and can get a fire starter quickly and easily. Fresh dry tinder is also a must, since you never know if you are going to be under wet conditions. At the very least, make sure you keep some plain steel wool and a 9 volt battery in your survival kit.

Any survival tools and equipment that serve multiple functions is definitely something to purchase. Here are some examples of multipurpose survival tools. One is a Swiss army knife. Most of these come with at least six different tools, but many have 16 or more. There are different sized blades, cork screw, screw drivers, can and bottle opener. These even come with a small pair of tweezers and a tooth pick. Larger models may even include a pair of scissors, a magnifying glass for starting fires, and some may even have a compass built right into it. The sixteen tool knife sells for $9.99.

Another top of the list survival tools is the six in one folding shovel. This product is handy in just about any situation, and should be included in any survival tools and equipment checklist. This tool has a shovel head, dual hammer/hatchet head, as well as a saw. The shovel head includes a can opener, and the hatchet part has a nail puller. The handle has a push button locking mechanism, and the saw slides into the handle for secure storage. This unit sells for just $19.99.

Some survival tools and equipment you can and should carry with you at all times. One of these survival tools is the Survival Knife Kit, which comes with a belt sheath. The blade on this knife is six inches long, and has both a saw as well as a bottle opener built into the blade. The high impact ABS handle is hollow, containing the following items that everyone needs for ultimate survival. It has a wire ring saw, striking pad and matches, fish hooks, leads, and even nylon line. The screw cap is water tight, and even has a compass. The sheath includes a whet sharpening stone. This product sells for $14.99.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Survival Tools and Equipment

Just about everyone these days is thinking about emergency preparedness these days. They are collecting food, water and supplies for 72 hours or more, depending on the person or family. It isn’t just about these though, you also need to think about survival tools and equipment. Survival tools can include multipurpose knives, and equipment means things like flashlights that are self powered, fuel sources that can be stored for long periods of time, etc. It isn’t just about home preparedness either, but for your vehicle, because it is just as likely that you will get stranded in your car somewhere as a disaster happening.

Here are a few of the many examples of survival tools and equipment that you need to consider when you are preparing for emergency situations. One of the most important thing about a survival tool is that it one tool needs to serve as many functions as possible. Consider the multifunctional Swiss Army knife. We are not talking about any cheap dollar store knock off either. Made from heavy duty lemar, this knife is many different tools in one. In addition to having a utility knife, it includes a can and bottle opener, flat as well as Phillips screwdrivers, corkscrew, fish scaler and hook remover. There is also scissors, a rope and wood saw, as well as a tooth pick and tweezers. These knives are highly versatile, and don’t have to be expensive, just around twenty dollars for a high quality one.

Another example of survival tools and equipment is the Compact Multifunction Shovel. This survival tool can come in handy in a variety of emergency situations. It is extremely lightweight for one. There are three different edges on the blade, shovel, saw, and hatchet. The blade also has a hammer head, wrench as well as a nail puller and bottle opener. The handle is hollow, the cap features a solid liquid filled compass. Inside there is a razor utility blade, a box of waterproof matches, as well as basic fishing gear. This is one of the most perfect models to keep in your home, or pack away in the car. This product sells for just around twelve dollars.

Flashlights and radios are also very important pieces of survival tools and equipment. It isn’t just about keeping these survival tools around, but also choosing the right type. Batteries run down, and even rechargeable ones are of no use if there isn’t a power source to charge them back up. Instead of buying products that use batteries, consider ones that have solar panels built into them, or that have a hand crank to power the unit. Some radios will run for more than two hours after being hand cranked for just a few minutes. Solar panels can charge up a flashlight in a matter of hours, powering it for most of the night, depending on use. Prices vary, depending on the quality and features of the product.

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Top Six Types of Garage Tools and Equipment

Below is a general list of must-have tools for your garage. Each of these items comes in various brands and models, to meet different needs and budgets.

Air Compressors

A garage can’t function without a good air compressor, even if your garage doesn’t offer paint jobs, since the most common use of a compressor is to pump air into tires. There are three types of air compressors – vertical, horizontal and portable.

Automotive Lifts

There are various types of automotive lifts. For a low ceiling, a low-rise lift is best. There is one type of lift made for parking and another type for alignment work. You can also choose between two-post lifts and four-post lifts.

Heavy Duty Toolbox with Garage Tools

One of the most important pieces of garage equipment is the toolbox, which keeps your tools organized when not in use. You can opt for a tool chest that has built-in drawers, so you will know exactly where to look for any tool when it is needed. And speaking of shop tools, every mechanic should own his own set. There are even some mechanics who won’t let others touch their tools.

Diagnostic Tools

There’s a diagnostic tool for each system installed in a vehicle. There’s one for the cooling system, the timing light, the battery, the fuel injection system, and the electrical system. There is also a leak detector, plus many more. Diagnostic tools can immediately detect problems with the vehicle.

Exhaust Equipment

Garage tools and equipment are made for fixing vehicle exhaust systems as well as for keeping the air in your workplace clean. An exhaust ventilation system provides a safer work environment by cleaning the air inside the garage. Larger garages might need an exhaust tube bender for making replacement exhaust tubes.

Fluid Service

Vehicles require several types of fluid, such as transmission fluid, coolants, oil, brake fluid and power steering fluid. To replace the various fluids easily and efficiently, a garage is not complete without a grease pump, a brake bleeder, a fluid evacuator, and a transmission fluid exchanger.

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Outdoor Tools and Equipment – You Actually Need Very Little

If you go to a typical home and garden store, you may get the impression you need dozens of tools to keep your home in good shape. After all, there are literally thousands of outdoor tools and other pieces of equipment for sale. Well, you simply don’t.

I love to do small jobs that make a big difference. Granted, some big repairs can’t be avoided, but I am going to give you what is probably considered the three most basic outdoor improvements you can make with the biggest return, and they require very few outdoor tools or no equipment.

Spruce Up Your Yard

1. Edging. With a decent manual or power edger, you can make your yard look noticeably nicer in just a few minutes. Edging your sidewalks and driveway is one of those things that is so simple, yet makes such a great visual improvement. Clean lines make a whole yard look cleaner and crisper, and the only thing you’re doing is clipping blades of grass in a straight line!

Tools needed? A lawn edger. And you can spend as little as $20 or up to $400 for a new one. For twenty bucks and about 10 minutes, your yard can look much more manicured than ever before.

Better yet, buy a weed whacker that can both edge your walks and driveway and also trim high grass along fences and brick work. It’s that easy.

2. Weeding and Trimming. Another yard-sprucing-up technique is simple weeding and trimming. When you hear this, you may question the word “simple” as you conjure up negative pictures of big, time consuming jobs. But, actually, if a little weeding and trimming happens each week, you very seldom, if ever need to experience long, hard work.

The key is to do a little bit a lot of times. Yep. That’s the key. When a yard or landscaping bed is overgrown with weeds, you’re in for some work, but if you pull just a few weeds out each week, there are far less to pull, and they come out easily because they haven’t had time to grow deep, tough roots.

Trimming can also be easy if you don’t let hedges, bushes and trees get out of control. It’s amazing how the identical home can look amazingly better with well trimmed bushes and shrubs. It not only makes your landscaping look better, it makes the whole house look better. Well maintained landscaping somehow transfers to the actual house. It’s that simple.

Tools needed? Not much. There are a few variations on the standard hand-tool weeder, and you can spend as little as $5 and up to $30. Newer “twister” designs and even stand-up designs with foot plungers make weeding easier, and will cost you just a little more.

For trimming, you have a whole host of options, but you don’t have to spend a lot. Basic pruners and clippers are inexpensive, and again, the key is to keep on top of the growth.

De-Clutter Your Yard

I’ve always been amazed how the beauty of a property can be improved by simply keeping it clean and clutter free. Garden hoses, yard knick-knacks, and other stuff lying around makes a yard look cheap and poorly maintained. Even simply sweeping or blowing away leaves, clippings and other debris makes a driveway, garage floor or sidewalk surprisingly more beautiful in just moments.

Tools Needed? Well, you might invest in a decent quality gas blower. I did almost 20 years ago (won’t mention the brand, but my father-in-law convinced me to buy good quality and I’m really glad I did.)

Even if I barely move anything in my garage, just taking two minutes to blow out dust and leaves off the garage floor makes the whole thing look better. And taking three minutes to blow the grass clippings and other stuff off my driveway and sidewalks does the same thing. A good blower can cost you $300 or more, but like I mentioned, I’ve had mine for twenty years and I love it.

Other than a blower, de-cluttering your yard just requires you and maybe a broom. And, as you can see from above, edging, trimming, weeding and basic de-cluttering takes surprisingly little investment by way of outdoor tools and equipment, so save your money, consistently put in little bits of labor, and you will keep your yard both beautiful and inviting to everyone passing by.

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Gardening Tools and Equipment – Must Haves

Gardening is an art which you need to learn, cultivate and enjoy. The reason why you are doing it is not so important. What is most important is that you like gardening and you enjoy nature, growth and life in this natural and primitive manner. Of course, nothing can be achieved without the help of tools and this is particularly true when it comes to gardening.

Tools for soil preparation

The first and most important part of any kind of gardening or cultivation is the soil. You need to know what kind of soil you have, whether it is alkaline or acidic, whether it is a sandy soil of a clay soil and how to balance it. You need to dig up the ground as the first step for preparation. A spade is like a big spoon normally made of iron and with a large wooden pole as a handle which generally used to dig the soil and to mix other ingredients into that soil like compost and fertilizers.

Spades come in different sizes and shapes and you can try and find one that suits your height and built. Forks are also good for digging; however they are used more for airing the soil and superficial digging.

You also have hand forks and hand trowels which are a must for every gardener. A trowel is useful to dig up unwanted weeds from garden beds and to maintain the top soil of any kind of plants. This is something you need to do more regularly when you are dealing with vegetables, and ornamental plants.

Tools for pruning and cutting

Pruners come in all sizes and shapes. One of the most common one in any gardeners tool box will be the secateurs which looks like a pair of scissors and a very handy tool you will need to do any kind of clear cutting. Some plants and trees need to be pruned on regular basis to encourage growth. Shears and loppers are utilized for more specific purposes, depending on the requirements.

A small hedge can easily be pruned and maintained with a shears and a larger wall may need a lopper or a saw. Cutting branches off trees may require a larger saw. You can find manual saws which resemble the carpentry saw but which are curved and thicker or you can opt for an electric saw as well.

Tools for the bonsai lovers

Bonsai plants need much more than just water and sunlight. The list of bonsai tools and equipment required to maintain these miniatures may be long and complex, and for a person venturing into this kind of hobby for the first time it may seem quite awesome. Some of the tools used for bonsai gardening include the trimming shears or pruning shears which will be utilized to keep the roots and branches of the plants trimmed regularly.

You will also need a pair of pliers to work with wire to give the plants the desired shape. Wire is also required and you need to know which kind of wire will be the best for this kind of work. Some people like to use copper wire as the aluminum wire may not be available in copper color.

As you grow used to what is needed in a garden, you will find more and more tools which will be useful to allow the garden to grow healthy and beautifully. You can find rustic handmade tools in antique shops which are still used these days, and you can also find the latest technology of electric wireless tools, however, the choice is very much yours.

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