Monday, September 25, 2017

Low Voltage Colloidal Silver Generator with Motorized Stirring

Author: AR

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Source: - Jan 31, 2001

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These are some of the best instructions I have seen to build a colloidal silver production vessel. I found them on a long forgotten website and they have served in good stead in my quest to produce high quality low voltage direct current ( LVDC ) colloidal silver. The design incorporates "Ole Bob's" concept of constant stirring. Use whatever your chosen power source is to generate the CS ie: 3-9 volt batteries, wall wart, etc.


1 each Wide Mouth Quart Mason Jar

1 each Plastic Wide Mouth Lid (from a Miracle Whip jar or from Ball or Kerr)

1 each 0-5 milliamp DC Gauge (good one is the Shurite #8302Z) or multimeter if you have one.

1 each RS ( Radio Shack ) 1.5-3.0 Volt DC Motor (Catalog #: 2730223).

1 each 2-3 inch piece of wire insulation stripped off of a piece of 14 gauge electrical wire.

2 each RS 75 ohm Chassis Mount TV Coax Connectors (Catalog #: 27802122).

1 each RS "D" Cell Battery Holder (Catalog #: 2700403) to power the stirring motor.

1 each RS Mini-Volume Control 10k Potentiometer (Catalog #: 2711721) to control the speed of the stirring motor.

1 pkg RS 14" Jumper Leads Pkg of 10 (Catalog #: 2781156) to connect everything.

3 each 9 volt alkaline batteries (Catalog #: 2302211) ( if that's what you want to use to power it )

2 each .999 or .9999 12 or 14 gauge silver electrodes. Keep them at least 3/4 inch away from the bottom of the jar (vessel).

2 each RS 9 Volt Battery snap connectors to connect to the batteries.(Catalog #: 270032)

Install the 2 Chassis Mount TV Coax Connectors in the lid so that the electrodes are about 1 to 1 1/4 inch apart (sort of off to one side of the top of the lid -- remember you also need room for the stirring motor ).

Install the Stirring Motor in the lid ( I used hot glue gun ) so that a 2 inch or so piece of wire insulation, off of a piece of 14 gauge electrical wire, can stir freely without hitting the electrodes. It will take trial and error to determine where to place the Motor and how long to make the stirrer ( the stirrer slides conveniently right onto the shaft of the RS motor ).

You now have your version of a CS Production Vessel.

Use the Jumper leads to attach the "D" Cell battery holder with battery ( put the potentiometer in the circuit to control the speed of the stirring ) to the two connections on the stirring motor. You are now the proud owner of a working CS stirrer!!

Use more Jumper leads to attach the Power Source ( 3-9 volt batteries ) to the two electrodes. Include the 0-5 DC milliamp gauge or a multimeter into the circuit so you can read the Initial Resistance and then the final resistance when the CS is done.

When you first put the Distilled Water into the vessel, the Initial Resistance should be about ½ milliamp or lower, depending on how pure your DW is. Run this setup with the stirring motor stirring the DW until the voltage is between 2.6 and 2.8 milliamps or so. It should take about 4 hours. I don't have any idea what the PPM of silver this mixture has, but it has worked wonders on many different conditions. The CS should be clear.

I am not an electrician or an engineer. I post this for informational purposes only and do not remember where it was originally posted. Use this information at your own risk!

Four nine volt batteries can be used as well in this design. We found that utilizing the stirring device to control the current was a novel idea. ]

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


By: Sebastian Berry

DISCLAIMER: Fire is hot. As such it can burn you. It can also burn down your house. Don't be dumb and burn yourself or burn down your house. Also all pictures and video after this point are credited to the author.

Friends, in my never ending quest for survival skills and knowledge. One of my favorite things to learn and teach about is fire building. There is almost nothing more satisfying in the family survival situation than being able to produce fire. I can only imagine how cavemen felt when they were able to produce and contain fire. I'm pretty certain that if they were to see me as I build and contain fire my emotions and theirs would be pretty similar.

Of course, everyone knows about the importance of fire. The things it can be used for are numerous. Defense, heat, and cooking are my top three reasons and in that order. I won't elaborate heavily on my reasons but generally speaking a fire keeps things that go bump in the night away from you.  In the family survival scenario there is no telling what conditions or climate you may be in, making heat (along with shelter) important. Safe and warm are great things but do you little good if you are not able to prepare any food that you might have. Yes, I understand that a great many things can be eaten uncooked or raw but having a hot meal does wonders for personal comfort and mindset.

Fire needs three things in order to be fire...
  • Heat
  • Oxygen
  • Fuel
If either one of these three things is missing or taken away once a fire is established, the fire dies.

We all know there are many ways to start fire. Matches, lighters, fire strikers, magnesium bars, friction, or simply transporting a smolder from a previous location. In this post I am going to share my favorite family survival fire widget. I love wax dipped strike-anywhere matches.

In videos below you will be able to see the difference between a naked match and dipped matches. The difference in burn time is pretty drastic.
  • Single naked match burn time =   15-30 seconds
  • Single dipped match burn time=  2:30-3+ minutes
Dipping matches provides a couple of enhancements.
  • Waterproofing
  • Extra fuel
The dipping process takes a little bit of practice and a lot more patience.

I like to "soak" the matches in the wax to get a little base layer built up and let them cool. The real secret to dipping matches is to let the wax cool down to the point where it starts to solidify.

The wax as pictured above is almost too cool to dip but still worked well for me. I also have experimented with cotton and toilet paper wrapping with mixed results. I did not test the burn time on cotton wrapped and toilet paper wrapped.

You'll notice that I bundled matches together. This is what I like so much. A single dipped match provides a significantly longer burn time and burn stability as opposed to a naked match. I've found that for actual ease of making a fire, a bundle of four matches dipped together provides an enhanced profile for actually starting a fire.

Pro Tip: the wax must be completely removed down to the wood before striking
Here are the burn time videos: 
Spoiler alert: these are probably boring and you probably will hear my kids and neighbors in the background. I still think they are informative enough to show.

Single undipped match: ~20 second burn time

Single dipped match: ~3:30 burn time

4 match dipped bundle: able to build fire in less than 2 minutes

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. This next video is two parts both are about 1:30 a piece. Total burn time on this mega match was about 12:30. It was 12 matches dipped together.

A few things I didn't mention earlier. I sourced the pot and the candle wax from a local thrift store for a total cost of $2. The strike anywhere matches came in a 3 pack at a local store for just under $5. Total project cost of less than $7 and I have enough survival matches for a while.

What are your favorite ways to start a fire? Let me know in the comments.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Prepping and Survival Skills You Simply Must Know About

Prepping and Survival Skills You Simply Must Know About

There are lots of reasons people make mistakes when first beginning their prepping journey. One of the main ones is that it is rushed into with very little planning put into place first.

Really though, the lack of information is usually at the root of every mistake made. That’s good news, because it’s easy to get your hands on information these days! While there are some places that have faulty information, you should be able to discern, sooner than later, between the good and the bad.

To kick-start your momentum, we’re going to offer you some tips right now that will help you with your prepping and hopefully catapult you into your own research. Remember, do what’s right for you and yours, and you will have successfully prepped. It’s just that simple.

Live Below Your Means

Pinching pennies pays off!

We live in a day and age where the American dream seems to be the rule of the land for most people. Everyone wants a college degree, a home on some land, a new car, a couple of credit cards and plenty of money in a savings account in case anything goes wrong. While some of this makes great sense, in a real emergency scenario, much of this will no longer matter.

We could spend pages and pages explaining all the things that could go wrong and wind up causing you to leave the home, land and vehicles behind. We could talk at length about banking systems and what can ultimately happen to your money. However, we’ll leave that topic for another day.

The point is, in order to do your best prepping, living below your means is incredibly important. It’s tempting, I know, to put tons of prepping supplies on a credit card and feel accomplished. However, it’s better still to be frugal and save money that can be used on those supplies instead.

If you’ve never lived in a frugal manner before, the task might seem daunting at first. In this case, don’t make all the major changes all at once, but rather pick one a week. Over time, you will have moved into a lifestyle that allows you to save a lot more money than you ever thought you’d be able to.

The Important of Water Cannot Be Stressed Enough

Saving water is important too.

The fact is, you will last a whole lot longer without food than you will without water and in an emergency, you will use a whole lot more of it than you think you will. Keep in mind that you will not only be drinking water, but bathing in it, washing your dishes in it, providing hydration for any pets you might have, and more.

So the two or three gallons per week per person that most agree you have to have is really only for drinking purposes. Figure in much more than this for other things, especially if you are on the move and won’t be staying in one place for long at a time.

There has been a lot of discussion as to what the best storage containers for water are. Try to stay away from the bottles that single-serve drinking water actually comes in. Experts agree you shouldn’t even reuse these because chemicals from the plastic will leach into the water and can make you sick.

Empty milk jugs are another go-to container for many preppers, but this could be a bad idea overall as well. If you’re not carefully, you might not get all of the residue from the milk cleaned out. This gives a perfect environment for bacteria to grow in your water, eventually resulting in you or your family getting sick. Food grade containers, especially those made specifically for storing water, are the best.

Another important note on this topic is that you don’t have to go out and purchase water. It’s just as easy, over time, to catch and store your own. Again, we suggest using the right containers because safety is of the utmost importance in an emergency situation.

Don’t Store What You Won’t Use

Sometimes, you might come across a deal on canned goods that just seems too good to pass up. Perhaps it’s spinach or artichoke hearts. My advice in this situation is to think before you buy! Filling the shelves of your emergency pantry might be important to you, but if you buy foods your family won’t eat, you are wasting money, plain and simple.

It’s more than ok to pass on items like this and just wait for sales on foods that will be used. This way, not a penny is wasted, nothing will have to be thrown out because it wasn’t eaten, and in the event that there is no emergency, years down the road, you can serve it for a regular meal.

Rotate Your Emergency Pantry

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to keep a running inventory of all the food items you have in your prepper’s pantry. One of the most important pieces of information to keep on this inventory is the expiration date of each item. Of course, the expiration date isn’t the “magic day” on which that particular item goes bad, but it’s a good rule of thumb to stick to.

If you’ve had food stored for a while and find yourself nearing an expiration day, go ahead and serve that item for a meal. Then simply replace it with the same thing, or with something similar. It all depends on your desire for the contents of your pantry.

The Importance of Regular Exercise

It’s not always first on the list that you need to be in shape in the event of a large-scale catastrophe. However, if something were to happen, it’s likely that there would be a great deal of moving, hiking, lifting and more to be done. All that involves strenuous physical labor, and if you’re not in shape, you might be in trouble.

Even spending a few minutes on a treadmill a couple of times a day will help. If you’re able to do more, by all means, do it. Regular exercise benefits you every single day and in some cases, can stave off illness and certain diseases that are linked to being out of shape.

In Closing

Just remember, you don’t have to do everything in a day, a week or even a month. The fact that you are getting started is the most important thing. And so is finding quality information you can trust to help you make all the right decisions.

Hopefully, if you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, these tips will have helped you get a decent start on the right things. Good luck and happy prepping!