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NeighborGoods: Craigslist for Borrowing!

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NeighborGoods is a safe community where you can save money and resources by sharing stuff with your friends. Need a ladder? Borrow it from your neighbor. Have a bike collecting dust in your closet? Rent it out for some extra cash!

Save Money!
How much money do you waste on stuff you only use once or twice? How much stuff do you have hidden away in closets or storage that isn't being used? NeighborGoods is a social inventory that helps us all get more value out of the stuff we already own.

Save Resources!
Did you know that Americans are spend $22 billion a year on self-storage? According to The Self Storage Association, there is over seven square feet of self-storage for every man, woman and child in America. That's a lot of unused stuff! NeighborGoods helps us get more use out of that stuff, which means less waste and less production of unnecessary items.

Strengthen Your Community!
Not only does NeighborGoods provide a way to save money and resources - it also connects neighbors in meaningful ways making for happier, healthier neighborhoods.

Is it safe?
NeighborGoods is a safe and friendly environment for sharing items. When you add an item to the NeighborGoods inventory, you choose how to share it with the community. For example, you can allow your friends to borrow the item for free and charge others a rental fee. Or you can decide to make the item only available to friends. It's your stuff, so you set the rules.

NeighborGoods helps facilitate transactions with a reservation calendar, automated reminders, wishlist alerts, and private messaging between neighbors. NeighborGoods keeps track of all your stuff.

Neighbors can rate each other and even flag another member's account if something goes wrong. Through transparency and peer ratings, NeighborGoods provides members with all the tools they need to share safely and confidently.

How much does it cost?
Borrowing and lending items on NeighborGoods is free of charge. Members may charge a deposit or a rental fee for the use of their items but NeighborGoods does not charge transaction fees.

Members may choose to verify their account for $4.99. Our verification system builds more trust into the network and provides verified members with access to more items. Verification is optional.

Members may also chip in to help support the NeighborGoods mission. We're a bootstrapped startup and we're counting on our community's support to help us grow!

Our mission
NeighborGoods helps members live less wasteful and more connected lives.

NeighborGoods is brought to you by: Founder & CEO, Micki Krimmel and the good folks at XOXCO.

Be sure to check out their FAQ.

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Paracord Secrets: Misnamed

This website is here to inform the curious on how to work with KYDEX® sheet. This is truely an amazing plastic, but one that can be tempermental. We will endeavour to provide easy instructions that allow you to learn how to work the KYDEX® sheet material, and get the most out of it. KYDEX® sheet Sheath Please email us if you have any questions, or would like to submit an article.

Our Projects pages contains different project from KYDEX® sheet and other materials like Leather, in an effort to help anyone beginning to explore DIY KYDEX® sheet projects to learn quickly, and find all of their answers in one place


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Pity the Corkscrew

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The corkscrew: standard feature on a Swiss Army knife (SAK), butt of many jokes and a lot of ridicule. Even top-notch survival writers pan corkscrews, remarking that all they are good for is opening a celebratory bottle of wine after the adventure.

I've got news for them -- they're wrong. Anyone that works with cordage -- from the thinnest of fish line to the heaviest of hawsers -- would find a corkscrew to be handy when they were dealing with knots or snarls.

You untie knots by twisting, tugging and working at them until they loosen. The curved pointed tip works beautifully for picking apart small knots or snarls in fishing line or thin ropes. Anyone trying to untie a knot in a heavier rope will find that twisting the corkscrew into a bend of the knot gives them more leverage and more pulling power to loosen it.

I read a tip on this years ago, and now have BTDT on stuff up to a good 1-1/4" in diameter.

Trying to untie an overhand knot that a rambunctious horse twisted into his lead rope or undo a poorly tied knot in a tow rope with your fingers is a thankless and maybe impossible job, but running the corkscrew on a SAK in and then using the whole knife to do some judicious twisting and tugging usually frees things up. Open the corkscrew the whole 90 degrees and the knife handle gives you leverage to twist it in, then the handle gives you some leverage for real pulling power. (Disclaimer: Obviously you must leave the other blades closed!)

I've used that little curved point on the corkscrew to ease splinters out of my hands and punch holes in light leather for emergency sewing, too. That SAK corkscrew and a little imagination can help in a lot of situations, and you can still use it for the champagne when you celebrate afterward.

Yes. I have ranted on this before, but thought it bore repeating.

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Survival Topics


Survival Topics strives to be a hands-on survival skills website. Rather than just write up the same old stuff you find copied from books and other websites, we actually go out and do it. This hands-on survival information is then posted online as a guide that you can learn from and try yourself.The survival techniques and ideas on these pages provide real world examples of how to survive in a wide variety of situations and environments. Chock full of tips, tricks, and survival secrets, Survival Topics provides anyone from novice to expert with valuable survival information that they can put to good use.

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Survival in Argentina

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This is one of a number of survival blogs written by FERFAL. Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre is a father, husband and survivalist that lived through the Argentine socio-economic collapse of 2001, and the consequences such collapse had in the years that followed.

He's the author of numerous articles found on line and is recognized among the survival and preparedness community for his personal experience and no-nonsense approach to survivalism. He's also the publisher and owner of these blogs he keeps up with updated articles and posts as well as reports of the situation in Argentina.

Gear and Gadgets Review
SURVIVAL FIREARMS
SURVIVING IN ARGENTINA
Superviviente Moderno
Survival hut
Surviving in Argentina
armchaircommando
Superviviente Urbano
SURVIVAL TOOLS

He is a perfect example of someone who BTDT and speaks with wisdom and from experience. His blogs have a lot of good information and are worth reading.

He has also written
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Thanks to Vic for tipping me off to these!

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The Society for Creative Anachronism

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Society for Creative Anachronism: Think "Medieval Buckskinners." Their intro says: "Welcome to the current Middle Ages. How may we help you?"

The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.

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Ragnar's Ragweed Forge

This is the home of Ragnar's Ragweed Forge. Here you'll find information about knives, both historical and modern, blacksmithing, Vikings, Buckskinners, living history, and the SCA. There's an on-line catalog of knives, ironwork, Viking and Celtic jewelry, and other historical items.

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Freezer Bag Cooking

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Trailcooking is the home of FBC, Freezer Bag Cooking. "What is FBC?" It is making your own meals, just the way you want.

Spend any amount of time in the outdoors and you have probably found that mealtime is full of trade-offs. Do you choose foods that fuel your body or foods that satisfy your taste buds? Do you spend the extra time to prepare a real meal or grab a protein bar on the go?

Freezer Bag CookingTM minimizes these trade-offs by changing the concepts of traditional outdoor food. It offers simplicity, convenience and variety, then whirls them together with the philosophies of lightweight outdoor adventuring. The cooking gear needed is minimal, lightweight and can be bought, found or even made. Meals are prepared at home and put into zip top freezer bags. When ready to eat, the meal is prepared in and eaten out of the freezer bag. Mealtime becomes fast, effortless and cleanup is as easy as licking your utensil and sealing the zip top bag. Also, with meals portioned into individual freezer bags, making meals for multi-day trips, families or a group is painless.


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ToolMonger


Toolmonger: The web's first tool blog. They cover everything and the site is a blast to browse through, broken down by categories and manufacturers and dates.

Have you ever found yourself wanting to buy a tool even though you didn’t necessarily have a real use for it? Do you depend on tools to make your living? Does your significant other try to steer you in the exit of Lowe’s or Home Depot to avoid you walking by the tool section? Do you have more than one tool catalog by your chair at home?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you’re probably a “toolaholic” like us. When we’re not in the shop, we spend our time tracking down industry happenings and trolling the ‘net for deals, news, happenings, reviews — and most of all tools — as well as pretty much anything at all tool-related. We post that information here for you.

Toolmonger’s tagline says it all: “All tools. All the time.”


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