Getting Prepared: A Primer for Beginners Series, part 6

Power tools come in a variety of prices and purposes.  Some things to consider when choosing power tools are purpose, frequency of use and affordability.  We have quite a few Dewalt tools, but we also have some lower end power tools. If we know we are going to use it often enough to have significant wear and tear on the equipment, we buy tools by which ever manufacturer that produces the best tool for the job.  However, it is important to know that the lower end tools of any brand are not intended for everyday use.  They will last for years if your purpose is to use them occasionally and not under difficult circumstances.

Power tools are useless if you don’t know how to use them effectively or if you don’t use them at all.  Choose tools for projects you intend to make.  Do some research before you choose the tools.  Check the warranty.  If you choose cordless equipment, it is important to have enough batteries to finish the project.  Unfortunately, the batteries are almost as expensive as the equipment.  Since most of the brands are not interchangeable, that is another consideration when choosing tools.

Air tools are great.  We love them for big jobs.  But our finishing and framing guns are useless if we can’t run the air compressor.  That’s another thing to consider.

Usability during power outages is important.  In my location, if a natural disaster hits, it is likely to be well over a week or maybe a month or two before power is restored to this area.  We need tools that can be used under such conditions.  Unfortunately, they require some manpower.  The wife informed me she is woman power and I can do the manpower stuff.


Getting Prepared: A Primer for Beginners Series, part 1

I’m not talking to the ones who have stockpiled enough food and water to last decades.  This is for the individuals and families out there who are working with what they have to prepare for the emergency they might be facing next week or next month or even next year.  That’s the thing about emergencies.  You don’t know when they will come or how bad off it will leave you.  It is comforting to you and your family to know if things go bad, you have a plan.

Being prepared is difficult because it requires planning, action, prioritizing, and dedication.  Everyone would like to have cash on hand, a secure source of food and water, and a safe shelter.  Unfortunately, as with anything else, available resources matter when it comes to preparing for an emergency.  For these reasons, many people don’t try to prepare.  They succumb to the fatalistic view that if it happens it happens and they accept a dismal fate in the face of an emergency.  You are not like that or you would not be reading this right now.  For you, regardless of your monetary resources, there is a way.

So, lets talk about how you can acquire needed items for your preparedness plan if you don’t have the money to buy it.

Start with taking inventory of these things:

  • banking and savings accounts
  • hand tools
  • power tools
  • take inventory of the garage for wood, hardware, and the like
  • everything with an engine or motor
  • all fuel types on hand
  • assess how long your existing food supply will last
  • assess your utility usage
  • emergency medical supplies
  • reliability of available transportation in an emergency

All of this is just part one of getting prepared.  You can’t know where you are going unless you know where you are.  Tune in for part two of this series tomorrow.   Have your inventory notebook handy.  You’re going to need it.