TIP: Lucas Oil TB Zinc Plus for Small Engines

This “tip” came to me from a very experienced, completely competent, marvelous small engine mechanic.

Small engine application – 1 table spoon per engine oil change. Most oil today has zinc processed out of it. But, zinc is a really good oil additive that helps lubricate an engine…especially helpful with small engines to extend their life.

Vehicle application – Lucas Oil TB Zinc Plus is a zinc additive for engine oil. Its designed for engines with no catalytic converter in the exhaust. This product is also used as an engine “break-in” additive for newly built engines. For non-race, vehicle applications, one bottle will usually treat two oil changes. Some race-engine applications require the entire bottle. Classic cars (depending on oil capacity) require approximately 2,100 PPM (Parts Per Million) zinc in the oil.

Note #1: The is meant for 4 stroke crank cases. In a 2 stroke, you don’t want any non-combustibles in the mixture as it will gum up everything, and likely damage the motor.
Note #2: diesel oil should have the higher zinc content that is required, such as Shell Rotella 15w-40. You can still use this Lucas product, just don’t over do it on quantity.

Note #3: It does not thicken the oil.



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TIP: WD-40 : A true miracle drug….

WD-40 usesnote: first appeared August 2015

You know I really do look at WD-40 as a miracle product. It is one of those inventions that can just make life so much easier in so many different ways. And as far as I am concerned it makes any emergency, disaster or grid-down a whole lot easier to deal with. It ain’t bad for current every day life either.WD40-5


My research shows that currently WD-40 consists of:

  • 50% kerosene
  • 15% mineral oil
  • < 3% carbon dioxide
  • 22% of various ingredients that vary according to the information source, and there are lots of different sources.

Here are some of the different uses of WD-40:

  1. Helps remove stuck ring on finger. Spray some WD-40 on the offending finger. Allow it to penetrate between the ring and the flesh. Gently begin to twist the ring off the finger as if you were unscrewing it.
  2. Rust preventative. Spray a little on the metal you wish to protect. Rub it around with a soft natural fiber cloth until all surfaces are lightly coated. Alternatively you can spray a little WD-40 on a natural fiber cloth and then wipe the metal you wish to protect, such as a gun.
  3. Lubricates wood drawers. Over time the wood on wood-railed drawers will dry out. In the past I used and recommended coating them with a good bar soap like Ivory. But you can use WD-40 and it will do a good job as well. Plus is soaks into the wood better than soap and will keep your wood replenished longer protecting it.WD40-6
  4. Frees up and lubricates stuck hinges. Even if your hinge has been exposed to years of weather and rusted stuck, WD-40 can be used to free it up. Spray a liberal amount of WD-40 into the hinge mechanism. Make sure you have penetrated the entire length of the hinge pin. If needed, you can spray some on top of the hinge pin and allow it to run down into the hinge. That should free up your stuck hinge. Now, do that about once or twice a year and that hinge should get stuck again. In salt air environments spray that hinge every 2 – 3 months. For inside hinges, maybe once every 5 years.
  5. Removes mildew from refrigerator and freezer gaskets. That nasty mildew that can build up on refrigerator/freezer gaskets comes off easily spraying a little WD-40 in them and then wiping off. If the mildew has been on there a long time and it has a heavy build-up, then spray on the WD-40, let it sit 15 minutes. Then spray a little more on it and use a soft bristled scrub brush.
  6. Anything sticky on glass will come off with a little WD-40 sprayed on it and a soft rag.
  7. Black scuff-marks on tile and stone will come off using a little WD-40 and a scrub brush.
  8. Remove stickers from glass with WD-40. Spray a small amount on the sticker, allow the WD-40 to penetrate, begin removal. You may need additional applications of WD-40. If you have adhesive left on the glass spray a small amount on the adhesive and wipe it away with a natural fiber cloth.
  9. To remove the tough stains in your toilet spray some WD-40 on them. Then use your regular toilette bowl brush to scrub them away. If you can get the water out of the way it will be easier and more effective.
  10. If you have tough tar or asphalt stains or sticky junk on your vehicle use a little WD-40. Spray it on a cloth and try wiping them away. If that doesn’t work then saturate the area spraying it directly on the vehicle, then wipe off. You can even try saturating a clean soft natural fiber cloth, soak it with WD-40 and place it on the tar, left over adhesive, etc. Let it sit for a bit and it should come right off. You should test WD-40 on a small out of the way part of the vehicle’s finish just to make sure there isn’t going to be a problem.WD40-7
  11. Remove glue from your fingers. If you have some glue on your fingers that just won’t come off try spraying WD-40 directly on the affected area. Wait a second or two and then start running the affect area, such as rubbing your fingers together. The glue should give way, then wipe your hands with a cloth. Once you are done with WD-40 getting the glue off you skin then wash your hands thoroughly.
  12. If you have brass zippers that are getting stuck a lot, or pretty much frozen in place you can spray a little WD-40 on the metal and give it a few minutes. The sipper should be fine now. Be careful not to get the WD-40 on the material. And it won’t fix “broken” zippers.
  13. Cleans grease and dirt off your hands. If your hands are filthy black from working on equipment then spray some WD-40 on your wands. Rub them together and watch the junk breakdown. Wipe with cloth. Repeat as needed. When your hands are clean from the bad black junk then wash your hands with soap and water.
  14. Removes decals from vehicles. Spray the decal and surrounding area liberally with WD-40. Allow the WD-40 to stand 30-seonds to several minutes. No the decal should peel away. You may need to star the peeling process, use a plastic edge to start peeling up the decal. Keep spraying with a little WD-40 as you go. If there is any decal adhesive left on the surface spray it with WD-40 and then wipe it down. When finished was the area with soap and water.
  15. Remove ink stains from carpet. Spray moderate WD-40 on the stain (you are not trying to saturate the area) and allow to sit a couple of minutes. Now use your regular carpet clearer on the stain.
  16. Removes heavy grease, or old grease, on appliances and other metal surfaces. Spray WD-40 in the area liberally, wipe clean. Multiple applications may be needed depending on how much old grease is on the surface.
  17. Removes most ink stains from clothes. Spray WD-40 directly on the ink stain, allow it to penetrate. Wash immediately as you normally would. If there is a lot of ink wash item separately to prevent “bleed over” to the other clothes.
  18. Keeps flies off livestock. Spray affected area with WD-40 and the flies will stay off. Don’t spray WD-40 around eyes. Also, you might not want them licking the WD-40 as well.WD40-8
  19. Peel Duct or Gorilla tape away and you may find a hole bunch of adhesive left behind. Spray WD-40 on the adhesive, let it stand for a couple minutes and then wipe away.
  20. Cleans and shines stainless steel.






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TIP: Learn skills!

Learn survival skills

note: first appeared in 2014

When you lose or break your gear, or have it taken away, your skills will still save the day and maybe your life.

Gear is great to have around. Really great gear is really great to have around to help you. But what do you do if you have no gear?

You must learn to depend on and trust your skills. If you don’t have any serious prepper skills then acquire the skills necessary to become a good prepper.

Skills are something that cannot be taken away from you. But, when you give them away so others can learn, then everyone benefits.




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TIP: Road Atlas – One of the best sources of information and intelligence

Rand McNally Road Atlasnote: first appeared November 2015

I was a member of a national incident management team in the Operations Section for six years. We handled a wide range of disasters in a large area of the country. One of the most frustrating and limiting issues we faced in the Operations Section was “maps.” Yes, maps. Or rather, the lack thereof.

We would arrive in an area for a new assignment and most of us wouldn’t know much about the region, especially how to get around from a transportation perspective. We would ask for road maps and we would get blank stares in return. They knew their way around so they expected the same from us. It got so bad that one of the first things I would do is go to a gas station and buy a county road map with my own money.

Then one day my long-haul truck driving son showed me a road atlas. It was for the entire United States but the road detail was amazing. I bought one. Then one day I was in a truck stop and saw an atlas for just my state. It was Delorme Atlas & Gazetteeramazing! The road detail was right down to abandoned two-track roads out in the forests and desert. And it had shaded topographic relief as well as topographic contour lines. I bought one right then and there!

Why is this so important? Think about it for a minute. If you have to “bug-out” during a grid-down do you know where you are going and how to get there? What if the main roads are all closed? What if the secondary roads are closed? What if even the dirt roads aren’t available? Would you know what to do and where to go?

My answer? Road atlas.

That would also be just as true for an evacuation associated with a disaster if a full-blown grid-down wasn’t the problem for you at the time.

If I didn’t have an Atlas right now…

First one I would buy is a United States Atlas. Cost: $13 – $20. Essentially each two-page spread is a state. Some military Road Atlasof the bigger or more complex states have more than just the two-page spread. They also have additional page(s) for larger city areas.

Then next, I would buy a state atlas for the state in which I live. Cost: $13 – $20. This state road atlas will break Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer statesdown your state into small sections and provide amazing detail of what is contained in that area. All of the roads, many of the trails, lakes, stream, springs, etc. There are other points of interest that will be of real value to preppers such as campgrounds, local and state parks, etc.

After I own those two atlas options I would purchase the closest neighboring state’s road atlas. Alternatively, I would look at a purchasing the state that you feel you might have to travel to your destination. Another valid purchase would be RoadAtlas-002the state you have to travel through should your “bug-out” require you to leave your own state.

So, for well under $50 you can have some amazing intelligence and information that could prove absolutely priceless. Think if you had to go out on a scavenging mission and you weren’t real familiar with the area that you would be working in.

RoadAtlas-004Now, consider you have a detailed road atlas of the area. Do you think your job just a whole lot easier…and safer?

Let me ask you this, “Have you ever been lost while in a stressful situation?”

Or, “Have you ever wanted to know the fastest or shortest way to get somewhere?”

How about if you had all that information at your finger tips?

So, why not just use a GPS or a laptop or some other technical “gadget” to get the job done?

Murphy’s Law lives and breathes…especially when it comes to electronics. Don’t count on electronic gadgets when you really need them. If you are in love with your techno gadgets…have a “Plan B” and that would be good old fashioned map and compass.

You wanted an “edge” for prepping…I just gave you one.


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TIP – 550 Paracord

550 Paracordnote: first appeared in January 2015

550 Paracord earned its name because the working strength of the small diameter rope is 550 pounds.

Let’s make something really clear first…not all paracord can be called 550 paracord. And technically you would have to refer to it as Type III Paracord. There are multiple types of paracord, Type III being the most commonly linked to military use. So when someone is talking about, or more importantly selling you, paracord make sure it is 550 paracord or Type III rated paracord. Otherwise, you will think that those great little ropes will support you. Use the good stuff, you won’t be disappointed.Paracord1

The strands of paracord can also be used as well.  Simply separate them from the man rope and use as smaller strands.  Or separate them again to use the resulting thread.  Look for a coming post on all the uses of paracord.




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TIP: Slip 2000 EWL

I have always wanted to have the best gear and products for my weapons. Why? Because my family’s lives may depend on that weapon one day and I want it to function flawlessly. No, I might not perform “flawlessly” as the operator, but time will tell. What I want to do is reduce the probability of my equipment/gear failing. And that is why I am telling you about Slip 2000 EWL.

I can’t say I invented it or discovered it. I did however watch a video referencing it on the Internet so it must be true🙂

Pat Rogers at BCM says, "Run it hard, put it away wet."

Pat Rogers at BCM says, “Run it hard, put it away wet.”

The video showed an old crusty military veteran talking about M4’s and AR-15’s. He was talking about it is more important to keep your AR/M4 “wet” than clean. Yup, he showed his dirty, nasty bolt carrier group. And I am telling you it was dirty. But he simply would wipe it off, lube it with Slip 2000 EWL and it would run out just fine.

I put it to the test and it worked the same for me. I was especially concerned about it having a problem here in the desert southwest with all of our sand. But it was no problem whatsoever. Turns out that Slip 2000 EWL is made from synthetic liquid lubricant not petroleum products, so it doesn’t attract or hold dirt and sand.

I love the stuff! It works great and had improved the reliability of my semi-auto weapons.

From their website –

Keep it wet! This is after 15,000+ rounds

Keep it wet! This is after 15,000+ rounds

Slip 2000 EWL has incorporated advanced technology additives to enhance film strength and anti-wear properties. Penetrating the pores and bonding its self to the surface of the metal through physical absorption reducing surface tension thereby reducing friction between moving parts and minimizing wear and the build-up of wear related debris.

Slip 2000 EWL will not dry out or attract dust or dirt particles like petroleum products. Even when surface is wiped dry to the touch Slip 2000 EWL is still present and lubricating the metal parts from within the pores of the weapon. This product does not require a liquid carrier to be present for protection. Slip 2000 EWL does not evaporate off because there are no carriers needed for continued protection.

Slip 2000 EWL provides additional protection through additives that in addition to the ability to penetrate between metal surfaces, it will also aid in the effective removal of built up dirt, lead, copper, carbon, corrosion particles and firing residues that can buildup and become abrasive to both recoil and gas operated mechanisms.

After cleaning, a micro thin film of our enhanced preservative immediately bonds itself and forms a barrier film on the surface that displaces water and provides a corrosion resistant barrier against rust and dirt. It is designed to give protection against hydrogen sulfide (H2S), mild mineral acids, carbon dioxide (CO2), saltwater and brackish environments, musky water, chlorine and similar adverse environments and has passed the Salt Spray Corrosion (ASTM B-117) 150 Hour test. Additionally a barrier of protection is formed to protect against all other fouling of lead, carbon, copper and plastic wad.”





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Tip: from former Acting United States Attorney General Matthew Whitaker

One of the most interesting things to come out of my research into Mueller’s testimony on 7/24 was a statement made by  former Acting United States Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

He was commenting on how so many of the people surrounding Trump Russia investigation ended up with obstruction and/or lying to an FBI agent charges. He was pretty upset about it and he was obviously not pleased with the behavior of the FBI and their conduct during their questioning of suspects.

Here was his takeaway point…Never talk to FBI personnel without an attorney present. He then repeated it and made clear that id din’t matter if they were talking to you as a suspect, person of interest, or even a witness.

So why an attorney present?

FBI personnel are highly trained interrogators. And it is well documented that the training includes “psychological manipulation.” Now, don’t read this sentence if you don’t want to see a vulger curse word…Special Agents commonly refer to this psychological manipulation as a “mind fuck.” Yeah, that means they know how to, and use, psychological manipulation (screwing with your mind psychologically) to get the answers they want. They also use environmental manipulation as well to make a person more susceptible to psychological manipulation. They have also been known to use violence as an interrogation method.

So Whitaker said first…Always be truthful with an FBI agent.Then he said…Always have a lawyer with you whenever answering questions by the FBI.

Why? Because anything other than the truth is a felony.

Interesting to note…it is perfectly legal for an FBI agent to lie while asking questions. Yup, FBI agents lie while asking questions and it is perfectly legal for them to do so.

Another trick they use is the threat of (i.e. blackmail) a long list of charges that you will be charged with…and/or family members will be charged. That extortion attempt is to get you to admit to whatever they are looking for (normally a less charge than used in the extortion attempt)…whether you are guilty of it or not. Remember…they, the FBI and federal prosecutors, are under no legal, moral, or professional requirement to prove you innocent. Their sole goal is a conviction, or plea deal, for a crime.

So…roll all of this into one huge ball of crap and a long history of infamous acts, including perjury, FBI agents are simply not to be trusted…ever! And that is from former Acting United States Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. Anytime the FBI would ever want to talk with you…have your lawyer there with you…a criminal defense lawyer. Why? Because a criminal defense lawyer knows the FBI tricks, lies, and mental manipulation techniques…and will prevent you from becoming another victim of the FBI. If you are actually guilty of something, that criminal defense attorney will ensure that due process is actually applied according tot he Constitutional rights we have as US citizens.

So, do you have to answer questions asked by the FBI? Yes, but only to identify yourself. Other than that you do not have to answer questions. And you have the right to have an attorney present during any questioning.

So, if Special Agents attempted to question me…about anything:

  1. I would only identify myself.
  2. I would politely inform them that I want attorney present before I answer any questions.
  3. I would not, never, ever, believe a single word that comes out of their mouth because they have a legal right to lie to you about anything. And they are trained to lie very, very skillfully.
  4. I would then not answer any question other than stating “I want an attorney.”
  5. Repeat steps 1 – 4……..no deviation….period!

So, you may want to doubt me…okay, fine. By ask yourself this, why would former Acting United States Attorney General Matthew Whitaker say, “Never talk to FBI personnel without an attorney present!”?

If you are honest with yourself you will know the answer.

And how do I know this to be true? Personal, first-hand experience. Yup, you read that right. Maybe one day I will write about it.




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TRAP – Generators can get you unwanted attention

Honda Generatornote: first appeared in January 2015

I had a buddy that was absolutely sold on generators, he had three of them. Swore by them and he was proud to own them. He was showing them off to me one day and I asked him, “What would you use them for?” He just stared at me with this blank look on his face. I asked him again. Finally he got his composure back and said for the house. I said okay, “Where is your fuel for them?” He only had a single 5-gal can of old gas, half full. My friend didn’t buy me lunch that day.

What I am getting at is a couple things:

  1. If you are going to own a generator what is specific purpose?
  2. Do you store enough stabilized fuel for it?Blackout

Then once you have asked & answered those questions I want you to think about this…Disaster struck, maybe even “grid-down”, and you get out your generator and stored fuel. You fire that puppy up and poof your lights are on, your AC is running and the freezer is safe.

OK, now think about this for one second…Who sees you are the only house on your side of town with lights on? And all your neighbors, or anyone else driving or walking by, can hear your generator purring along. What do you think will go through their head? So now it is day 5 or 10 or day 20. Now exactly how popular are you?

Honda generator with propane fuelYes, generators have their place in “prepping”, there is absolutely no question about that. But have you identified a specific purpose/mission/reason for your generator? Can it meet that task? Do you have the right amount of fuel for it and its mission? And are you prepared for a whole lot of attention, a bunch of it probably unwanted?

Do I have a generator?  Yup, a Honda EU2000i for keeping my batteries charged if the two solar panels can’t keep up.



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TRAP – The #1 obstacle to people getting prepared for emergencies and disasters is Normalcy Bias.

Normalcy Bias - Man with head in the sandI have never seen any reliable formal studies on what percentage of the US population is prepared for disasters and emergencies. Based on my 40+ years of experience I would say less than 3% for the most minor of emergencies and disasters that would last 10 days. For a longer-term disaster (i.e. hurricane Katrina) I would say that % drops to no more than 1% – 2%. For true “grid-down” I honestly believe that % is somewhere around .1%  (less than 1%) in the absolute best case scenario.

There are a number of reasons for the lack of longer-term and “grid-down” preparedness. Of which I think the top ones would be finances, knowledge and motivation. But for the average person being prepared for the most minor of emergencies and disasters would be Normalcy Bias. I written about Normalcy Bias before (TRAP – Normalcy Bias can kill you quicker than Competency Bias.).

And here is the thing…97+% of people don’t want to hear about emergency & disaster preparedness at all. Why? It is scary and way outside of what anyone really things will happen. Let me tell you I’ve seen folks who live in the forest with trees, brush and grass all around them. Then they can’t believe it when a wildfire is threatening. So how are those same types of people gonna process that the grid could come down? Come on, they couldn’t even fathom the damage a hurricane could produce living in New Orleans BELOW sea level!!

Normalcy Bias is the single biggest hurdle for almost everyone to overcome in preparing for emergencies and disasters.Normalcy bias - question mark holding man down

So, what is your Normalcy Bias preventing you from doing?



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