Choosing The Right Survival Tools and Equipment

It always seems like this is the time of year when stores have their pallets of food out for sale. From canned tuna fish, to powdered eggs and milk. But the biggest problem is that you should be stocking up and survival tools and equipment all throughout the year, not just a few times. There are many different kinds of survival tools, and not just food. You should always be prepared for an emergency, because you never know when a disaster may strike. Being prepared can save your life.

There are different types of survival tools and equipment, much of it depends on where you happen to be in an emergency. Basic survival tools that you will need no matter if you are at home or on the go is a survival knife, flashlights with extra batteries, or even a flashlight that has a hand crank. A shortwave radio is also a must, that has the National Weather channel, as well as news channels. Perhaps one of the most important tools you should always have is a well stocked first aid kit.

Some other all around survival tools and equipment you should always carry are fire starters and dry tinder. Matches and lighters are good, if you have them, or if they are dry, but nothing beats a good flint and steel, or other similar survival equipment. These can emit a shower of sparks that are thousands of degrees, and can get a fire starter quickly and easily. Fresh dry tinder is also a must, since you never know if you are going to be under wet conditions. At the very least, make sure you keep some plain steel wool and a 9 volt battery in your survival kit.

Any survival tools and equipment that serve multiple functions is definitely something to purchase. Here are some examples of multipurpose survival tools. One is a Swiss army knife. Most of these come with at least six different tools, but many have 16 or more. There are different sized blades, cork screw, screw drivers, can and bottle opener. These even come with a small pair of tweezers and a tooth pick. Larger models may even include a pair of scissors, a magnifying glass for starting fires, and some may even have a compass built right into it. The sixteen tool knife sells for $9.99.

Another top of the list survival tools is the six in one folding shovel. This product is handy in just about any situation, and should be included in any survival tools and equipment checklist. This tool has a shovel head, dual hammer/hatchet head, as well as a saw. The shovel head includes a can opener, and the hatchet part has a nail puller. The handle has a push button locking mechanism, and the saw slides into the handle for secure storage. This unit sells for just $19.99.

Some survival tools and equipment you can and should carry with you at all times. One of these survival tools is the Survival Knife Kit, which comes with a belt sheath. The blade on this knife is six inches long, and has both a saw as well as a bottle opener built into the blade. The high impact ABS handle is hollow, containing the following items that everyone needs for ultimate survival. It has a wire ring saw, striking pad and matches, fish hooks, leads, and even nylon line. The screw cap is water tight, and even has a compass. The sheath includes a whet sharpening stone. This product sells for $14.99.

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3D Design and Your New Swimming Pool

The time has arrived; we have decided that we are going to build a new swimming pool. What should we do first? Here are some ideas to get you started down the right path and on your way to your new fun filled backyard.

The best way to start the process is to locate a property survey, if available, to determine the amount of space available for your new swimming pool. Once you have reviewed the survey, scope out your property and decide the best area and location for your new pool. Try to determine the shape of your pool, where you would like the shallow and deep end, location of the steps, location of water features, equipment location and size and area of the deck. Also think about fencing which may be required, landscaping, outdoor kitchen areas, entertainment areas and yard lighting.

What is next?

The next item for consideration is which contractors will you have visit your property and offer a proposal for your new swimming pool? This is an important decision and should not be taken lightly. Choose swimming pool contractors which can offer ideas and suggestions for your new backyard oasis. Contractors should not be afraid to offer corrections and improvements to your ideas if necessary. Review contractor’s licenses, insurance and background before selecting any particular builder for your project.

One of the most important items to consider in today’s pool market is, choose a contractor who can offer 3D design pictures of your new backyard swimming pool in the completed stage. Computer software is now available to design and show your new swimming pool, spa, water features, landscaping, planters, outdoor furniture, equipment location, outdoor kitchens and deck areas. Pictures should also show fencing, the house in relationship to the pool, rivers, lakes or ponds in the surrounding areas. 3 D images and pictures can show different colors of tile, decking, pool interior finishes and lighting. Contractors should also offer different views of the pool and also be able to show various shapes and designs which would function on your property.

3D design pictures are a great way to see and predict how your new backyard is going to look. Don’t settle for a flat sketch or drawing, demand to see your new pool in its completed mode. Use the pictures to help consider other items such a landscaping and fencing which should be considered when costing out your project.

Once your contractor has been chosen and the construction has begun, have fun watching your 3D design turn into reality.

Ron Burr has been involved in the swimming pool industry since 1978 and is an

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