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Do you have a basic understanding of maintenance? Funny enough, going to college and even starting a career is not enough to assure you know how to take care of a home or machines or anything that actually makes the world go round.
You may just thank us one day for sharing this little secret. If SHTF and you need to remove rusted nuts or bolts, remember this!
This is an old secret that a lot of us don’t know!
There are hundreds and hundreds of lotions and potions out there to buy to help remove rusted nuts and bolts. Well, stop paying the obscene amounts of money to the stores and do the following.
Using a Torch to Beat Rust
Heat the bolt with a small torch to expand the metal and break the rust bonds. When you heat metal it expands, thus breaks the connection between the metal and the corrosion.
In the past, people have been known to hold a candle near the head so that the melted wax makes its way down into the threads, but the heat itself will likely work the magic.
Using Coke to Beat Rust
No torch on hand? Turn to a beverage. Create a dam around the bolt using plumber’s putty or something similar.
Fill it with diet Coke and let it sit for about 20 minutes until it seeps down into the threads. Give the bolt a sharp rap with a ball-peen hammer and it should come off.
Our ability to adapt is going to make all the difference in SHTF. What we can do with the items around us will determine our survivability. It sounds dire and nerve-racking but its the truth. There is no best-case survival scenario.
Knowing how to manipulate the world around you is going to give you a powerful edge against those who are dependent on things like gadgets.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.