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Need Water? Try this Emergency Water Purification System

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Nothing ruins a camping trip like a waterborne illness.  While there are store bought water purification kits, it is good to know how to purify your water without these kits or fire. Or at least carry a portable water softener.  Below is a simple way to filter your water but only do this as a last resort as this technique will not remove germs, and always remember to have hydrogen water tablets when traveling, it is a very useful tip. 

The water softening process is accomplished by a chemical cation exchange that replaces the calcium and magnesium in your water with a equivalent number of sodium or potassium ions. During the softening process, your household water passes through the resin bed, and the magnesium and calcium contained in the water are removed. A given sized resin bed has a fixed capacity to remove hardness before it needs to be regenerated to full capacity in order to continue to provide softened water. When the resin bed is nearing exhaustion, the control valve washes the resin bed, and draws salt containing solution from the brine tank through the resin. As the salt contacts the resin bed, the process of ion exchange occurs, and the magnesium and calcium (hardness) that was collected in the bed during operation is washed to drain. After a final rinse to remove the excess salt, the resin bed is again ready to provide softened water. You will get the detail idea here water purified vs distilled, the proper guide is here.

Softeners replace the calcium and magnesium contents in hard water by sodium. Sodium does not accumulate in pipes and also does not react to soap. This means hard water effects are eliminated. The principle of the softener system is easy to understand. Hard water is allowed to enter the water softener. It contains a layer of plastic beads and in some instances, the material used is called Zeolite. The layer of materials inside the water softener is soaked with sodium ions. Sodium is exchanged with the contents of the hard water, calcium, and magnesium. When water comes out of the softener, the water is said to be of the soft water type. Planning Your Installation. Always observe the water bylaws. Ensure there is only one water main supply, that you have allowed adequate space for access to the unit for salt filling and possible maintenance at a later stage. Check the water pressure, locate the main water supply stop cock, a drain facility and a power supply to connect the unit to.

Water softeners work by removing positively charged magnesium and calcium ions from the water to restore a natural chemical balance. Scale deposits will not form in the absence of calcium and magnesium. Special systems that aim to prevent the build-up of scale can transform calcium ions into crystals, and these cannot bind to surfaces like pipes.

Tree Bark Water Purification System


Tree bark that is easily bendable such as birch





String or vine


  1. Cut a 14 inch horizontal line into the bark of a tree.  Make second cut 14-inches below the first cut and slice another 14-inch horizontal line.
  2. At the end of these two cuts, make a vertical cut on both ends.  Now, peel the bark away from the tree.  You should now have a piece of bark that is 14-inches square.
  3. Slowly begin to create a funnel shape by bending the bark inward so that only a small opening is at the bottom.
  4. Secure the funnel shape with string or vine.  Please note:  if you are using a vine make sure it is not poison ivy.
  5. Place a few stones in the bottom of the funnel.  You will need enough stones to hold your filter material in.  This step may take a little trial and error to get the right amount of stones.
  6. Layer with grass, then sand and finally charcoal.  Repeat with these layers until you reach the top of the cone.
  7. Now, place your funnel over a cup and pour water into the funnel.  Continue to do this until you filter the amount of water needed.

Some things to keep in mind when using this type of water filter system.  First, only remove bark from a living tree as a last resort.  This removal will eventually cause the death of the tree.  Next, keep in mind that this type of filter will remove solids only and will not prevent waterborne illnesses.  Also, just like any other type of filter, the filtering material will need to be changed often.

So this year, if you run out of iodine tablets, your campers under the sink system purification system breaks or you cannot build a fire, do not resort to drinking unfiltered water.  Instead, build your own water filter system out of materials from the world’s largest superstore we call nature.

The quality of water we have at home also depends on plumbing which is why we trust Pascoe’s Plumbing with our homes plumbing work, as they have been with us since we constructed our house and have always helped us regardless of the time. The pipes in the house should be repaired on a regular basis, and replaced, if necessary. Read an excellent article about frozen pipe repair as you never know what emergency can happen with your pipes next winter.

Creating a Simple SOS Kit

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

No one knows when an emergency is going to happen.  But as a familiar saying goes, those who plan to fail, fail to plan.  Creating a simple SOS kit is a great way of planning for the unexpected.  The supplies are light and are easily found around the home.  This kit fits snuggly in a backpack, camper and even in the car so you may consider creating more than one.

A SOS kit is one that contains several items that can be used to attract attention.  This is very important in any rescue situation.  The key to this type of kit is to have items that can draw attention.

There are several ways of drawing attention.  One is through sight, which includes bright colors and reflections.  Another way is through sound.  Both of these will be covered along with steps one should follow before going camping.

Bright colors are a great way of attracting attention.  Hunters know this fact when they wear bright orange, which can be considered a warning color.  When one is primitive camping, utilizing this bright color technique is a great one to use, especially during the hunting season, where hunters take the best equipment, including the top AR 15 red dot sights to have success, no matter how young or old you are, where you hunt, whom you hunt with or what kind of place serves as your deer camp, we all have at least one have thing in common: the magic of opening day. The crossbow can be quiet an intimidating weapon when in the hand of a hunter. Crossbows are generally used for hunting or for target practice. This are basically like a rifle which shoots arrows, although the crossbow is not that powerful when it comes to long distances. The crossbow can be a powerful shot when it is fired from a distance of thirty to forty yards, anything more is considered a week shot. The crossbow can shoot an arrow from about 100 yards away but the shot will be week and inaccurate. Crossbows have an advantage over the regular bow because the can be cocked, this keep the bow ready to fire. In the case of the regular bow you have to hold the string which causes muscle aches and shakes. A crossbow is effortless as you only have to cock the arrow and fire when you want to. There are many brands of crossbows available, but the most reliable would be Excalibur Crossbows. barnett whitetail hunter strCrossbows are made of quality materials and highest standards to ensure that the crossbows are sturdy. A crossbow uses shorter arrows than a conventional bow; these are known as bolts and are also lighter. Because of their light weight their range sis about forty yards after that they lose accuracy. For long distance shots heavier aluminum arrows are used, this provides greater distance and accuracy. The materials used to construct a crossbow are either moulded plastic or resin coated plywood laminates. The downside of plastic is that is vibrates more when shot. Make sure that the crossbow comes with security features for protection. Anti-dry feature is useful when it comes to accidental releases. When buying a crossbow you have to consider a few factors. Design of the crossbow; there are two styles the re-curve and the compound, both are similar in design except the compound has thinner limbs. This allows it to be ultra portable and capable of shooting in small areas. Other features to look into before purchasing a crossbow are price, sights or scopes, cases and cockers. Make sure everything is in order and to you like before purchasing. Shop online to find better deals like deals which offer crossbow packages for less. Always remember safety first, if you have never fired a cross bow have someone teach you or practice before you try it for real. It is important to get used to the bow beforehand. If you're looking for a quality cross bow make sure its Excalibur Crossbows.

Even when you've seen more than 40 of them (and that's just in my home state), the wonder and possibilities make a person feel young again.  Bright colored clothes and hats can tell other campers/hunters where you are but how can you use this when you need help. Well as exciting as deer hunting can become, most hunters will agree that it can get really frustrating when you don’t have the right gear. With the best deer hunting binoculars, you can easily spot the deer whether you are hunting out in the open field or in the thick of the forest.  A bright orange tarp kept in your pack is one choice.  It can be used as a shelter while providing a focal point for a search.  Another choice is to use a pack that is orange on the inside.  When needed, the pack can be opened up to expose the bright color.

Whether you choose a simple trough style, gravity, automatic or a homemade feeder, take time to study the pros, cons, reviews and model comparisons to help you choose the best. Go through for the best deer feeder reviews. We recommend using the largest capacity model you can set up and maintain as your best option. The less interaction you have when refilling it, the more success you’ll have trying to attract deer.Durable and great value for its price. Additionally, It’s solid construction and weatherproof design make a sturdy model that will stand up to the elements, whether you’re in heat or cold or both. The ability to program your feed times and duration will help you adapt it to the numbers that visit, making this unit highly flexible. Add that to the easy setup and you’ve got a great model for deer feeding. Another visual aid that can be used is a mirror.  Allowing sunlight to hit the mirror and reflect back can be used as a signal for search groups.

If the sun is not out and/or you do not have any brightly colored material, do not panic.  Light colored rocks can be laid out in the letters of the SOS.  The key to using any of these approaches is to display the visual aid as high as you can get it, such as on a mountaintop.  Also, make sure the area is as clear as possible when it comes to tall trees.  These can obstruct the brightest color and the strongest flash of light.

The second way of signaling that you need help is through sound.  A good quality whistle is something that should be included in any pack.  Sound can give direction to the emergency.

Other items that you may consider adding to the kit include a fire starter kit and first aid kit.  The fire starter kit not only can be used to start a fire for warmth and comfort, it can also be used to create a signal fire.  Again, the best approach is to build your fire as high up and/or in the open.

 The first aid kit, while not used to signal for help, can provide aid for not only scrapes but also sprains.

All the above supplies can be placed in a sealable plastic bag that can be stored where needed until an emergency arrives.

While an SOS kit is very important, a key to surviving a primitive camping emergence is to let someone know where you are going to be camped, how long you plan to be out, and what you plan to do.  Providing this information can give searchers a baseline by which they can begin the search.

Camping with Kids

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

So, you want to head into the great outdoors this weekend? You want to have an adventure and get some fresh air, spend some time in your tent and burn a few marshmallows while you are at it. But there is one small problem.

You have kids. Kids are awesome and so is camping, but how do you combine these two potentially explosive things. Being far from home, fire, a tent, a kid that’s quicker then your eyes. Isn’t it sort of setting yourself up for some major “excitement?”

Camping with your kids doesn’t have to be stress inducing race to keep them out of the water away from the fire. You just need a little careful planning ahead of the game to keep your head in the game and have a great camping weekend filled with fun and kids!

What are some of the things we can do as parents to have the most exciting and fun camping trip possible with our children in tow, and come out alive?

1. Pick the right campsite.

When it comes to bringing the rug rats along on your camping trip, you know you are in for a good time. But to set ourselves up for success it’s going to all start with picking the proper camping site to use. Not all campsites and locations are created equal.

First, you should probably pick a campsite that is not next to any large bodies of water, cliffs, or any other type of potential danger. Just for the sake of your peace of mind, someone wandering
off into the woods may be better then into a lake or some other deadly landform.

Also, it’s a good idea to pick a campsite that has plenty of space between you and your camping neighbor that weekend. Not everyone loves our kids as much as us, and to avoid any uncomfortable situations, it’s’ best to choose a site that gives us a little space for the kids to run.

Last but not least make sure you pick a campsite that is close to the bathrooms. Do I really have to say it? Just save yourself the hassle of nighttime expeditions with flashlights and the kids in tow over to the restrooms. It will make your life easier if you are only a few spots away.

2. Come Prepared for battle.

You know as well as I there are going to be many “opportunities” on a camping trip with kids. There is the falling in the water part, into the mud, into the fire, or basically anything
else that you don’t want to happen.

Having lots of clothes and cleanup supplies to deal with the messes that are going to happen will make your camping trip go just a little bit smoother, smooth enough to do it again next month.

Also, make sure to pack food that will be consumed by your ravaging clan of kids. Hungry kids are grumpy kids and you want everyone to sleep through the night. Make sure you have food prepared that your kids like and will eat.