In the first segment of this two part series we covered 5 hand tools that will make long term survival easier to manage. In this segment we feature another 5 hand tools for your consideration in a long term survival situation!
Most people give this very little thought, if any at all. They firmly believe that existing infrastructures haven’t failed yet and likely never will. In fact, most people have no real idea where energy comes from. They are so dependent on it that when a temporary outage occurs, they forget how to function.
While off grid energy components will make living life without the conventional grid easier to accommodate, knowing how to use traditional hand tools effectively will reduce the possibility of failure, and increase the probability of success, when tackling troublesome tasks on a powerless planet. Look at the list below to get a better idea of which hand tools to consider for your home and bug out location.
BATTERY TESTER: A battery free battery tester may seem like a useless tool, but batteries provide power to products that require them. In a long-term survival situation, you may be fortunate enough to stumble upon a cache of batteries. Should such a scenario unfold, you will want to test those batteries to determine if they are useful. Placing dead, or dying batteries, in a device is a sure way to prematurely drain the remaining power from viable batteries currently in the device. A battery free battery tester may not provide as adequate a reading as one that is powered, but it should still be useful for determining whether to use the batteries or leave them be.
CIRCUIT TESTER: I know what you’re thinking; this guy has lost his mind, what good is a circuit tester when there is no power? Although the traditional grid may have failed, it doesn’t mean there isn’t any power. Other survivors may have off grid energy capabilities, live wired electric fences, etc. The low cost of this tool makes it a necessary, potentially lifesaving piece of equipment to pack in the bug out bag.
GRINDING WHEEL: Believe it or not, when it comes to honing a fine edge on hatchets, axes, machetes, etc., it will be far easier to move the stone than it is to strop the blade. Grinding wheels that are pedal powered will make accomplishing these tasks much easier. Due to the nature of work a grinding wheel is used for, sparks and small shards of metal may fly from the wheel as projectiles. These may cause serious injury. Use extreme caution and care when using this tool to sharpen other tools. Use proper safety precautions such as glasses to protect the eyes. Bear in mind that if you have resorted to using a pedal powered grinding wheel to get things done, chances are medical attention isn’t going to be readily available either.
AIR PUMP: There are several styles of powerless air pumps to choose from, probably the most common and easily recognizable is the bicycle tire pump. Long term survival will likely mean the use of bikes for transportation, or the use of alternative fuels to continue using cars, trucks, and motorcycles. In either case, having an air pump will come in handy should a tire go flat, an air mattress need repair, or a raft need inflating. Refrain from using standard raft pumps as they tend to provide very low pressures, somewhere in the 2 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch), which means you will exert far more energy than you can ever hope to replace when using one of these for anything more than inflating a raft.
SCYTHE: Now, most people would never give a scythe consideration in a long-term survival situation; however, if you have any hopes of growing your own food and maintaining garden plots, the scythe will be worth its weight in gold. Gas powered lawn mowers will no longer function, and old style push reel lawn mowers are not going to plow through thick underbrush or tangled growth the way a scythe will.
What type of hand powered tools are in your long term survival cache? Leave us a comment below with the hand tools you suggest and get the conversation started.