The role of Ferro-cement for Fortifications


Sand bags are good but soon rot … i prefer this method

Ferro-cement is a method of construction ( there are many ways to do it but here is mine) where you make a frame of steel mesh (about 2 inch mesh) … and attach chicken wire to it every few links. 

or start with EMPTY  Gabion’s   , ones of the right dimensions,  — preferably a thinner type like 1 a foot thick or less  – they are made in many sizes — 3 foot by 4 foot by 1/2 a foot and use them as you would bricks .. tying them together with wire, obviously with the 1/2 foot being the width of the wall.

kinda like this (please excuse mspaint art)


Then attach the chicken wire to the outside of the wall and what will form the inside and plaster .

Plaster with a very fine plaster mix on the chicken wire — let it set and re-plaster until its quite thick .. maybe 1 inch

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Garrison


I said it a hundred times, get a garrison together — community rules … western military doctrine always maintains that only troops can hold ground…

This is idealistic and not my plan exactly but its an idea that can be applied elsewhere.

I would say the ideal in suburbia is the close off your street at both ends with a barricade ( we have this already ) .. get everyone in your street on board … link all the houses with radio or field telephones … establish a central meeting hall and guard house to coordinate everything, and provide a central kitchen, and central alarm should everyone need to wake up at once .

Dig the road up around the block to about 2 m deep and pile the rubble on the inside to form a parapet … use what you can to make a wall … cars … sand bags .. roof sheets with gravel whatever .. this is really just a trench to defend from. make a single entrance where the road is OK …

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Rat packs and other stuff


http://original-retnev.blogspot.com/2009/03/ratpacks.html

http://www.mreinfo.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4128

Now that brings back memories — dont eat the cheesie’s they give you gypo guts (jippo guts)

quoted from the site link

“Not a whole lot of information available on the current SANDF (South African National Defense Force) ration pack, but here’s what I found out.
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Comparing the Spetsnaz Spade to the Machete to the Kukri to the Hatchet multi tool


Comparing the Spetsnaz Spade to the conventional Machete to the Kukri machete to the Hatchet multi tool

 

When I was cutting down a tree in my yard the other day, I decided to compare the cutting power, comfort and usability of each of the tools pictured above and found some surprising results.

First I tried the machete – ( R40 – or $3US from Makro, made by Lasher in South africa )
on softer wood that was thinner than my thumb it worked quite well, but the blade stuck fast in logs thicker than my wrist, and the reverberation of the cutting stroke was not very pleasant,

while cutting into the wood that was as thick as your wrist, after some time, I found my arm getting tired and I was not making much progress, each cut would slice about half an inch into the cut.
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My idea for a survival spade/shovel


My idea for a survival spade/shovel

You can buy a shovel from lasher – looks for what is known as a “ladies spade” with a square blade LASHER link —product 162—

This spade has a steel shaft made of the same steel as the spade blade, that is hollow and can be welded closed at the bottom. Weld this opening closed. or use “Pratley putty” to close the opening. ( easier than welding)
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Defensive Arrangements for Homestead’s


All windows and doors, usually had expanded steel mesh, used for barbeque’s fitted to them in an angle iron frame.

Most had a designated safe room, with the Radio, within the farmhouse that could be defended until support arrived. Sometimes this was a central corridor that allowed the farmer to move into other rooms to attack those outside through the windows.
it was common to build sand bag walls in front of sleeping areas and under bedroom windows to stop bullets passing through walls as single brick walls will not stop 7.62×39 mm rounds, , sandbags were stacked in front of doors, to provide secured firing arc’s, about a meter away from the main building,
fox holes were sometimes dug to provide fire positions, and occasionally escape tunnels were also dug,
Beds were never placed against the outside walls of a farmhouse.

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Gel stoves to cook on when the power is out


Gel versus Paraffin
http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/Research/publications/07Lloyd%20Visagie%20fuels.pdf

gel stoves are less efficient and more expensive to run, but are less smelly, are less of a fire hazzard and quite low tech, the gel is easier to store and not as toxic as paraffin, and produces less soot, over all the use of gel is better and should be advocated over gas and paraffin for emergency short term cooking …
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