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  1. On the subject of repelling boarders.
    We did a 5 year tour in Japan. We visited a few castles.
    One castle had a “nightingale floor”. The floor was a deck that surrounded the main building and it was designed to squeak. An early example of an intrusion alarm system.
    I use this concept as an excuse not to fix my squeaky floors.

    Other castles we visited had path ways designed to move invaders in a direction of choice. Well worn wide pathways would narrow to kill zones where a keystone could be pulled causing a rock slide trapping invaders. The pathways that were used by the occupants were less obvious.

    The stair ways up to the castles were asymmetrical. Step distance and height varied forcing invaders to look down so not to trip. The spears, arrows, and hot oil would rain down from roof top battle stations.

    The Japanese had to figure this stuff out. Invading armies of samari were right next door.
    Some study of their castle design might give us even more ideas to make our homes safer. Thank you for the article.

  2. Global chaos and suffering of perhaps Biblical proportion seem inevitable. The evil NWO globalists can afford any means of survival. I’ll bet not one is planning an urban stand.

  3. Interesting information. I’m sure the Rothschilds have one or two castles that meet these standards but I’m just an average person without funds to do these things. But you have some good ideas.

    1. Not sure I follow the thought process. If its tough, you’d really prefer death? Why on earth would someone go to a site such as this if they lack the salt to persevere through adversity?

      The author is generally outlining processes for building redundancy into your plans. This expounds upon follows the ridiculously simplistic one is none philosophy. While I am not smart enough to understand what the author was getting at with the draw down capacity on the well pump, I have already thought through installing a large water tank that is filled by the well pump. then that tank has a pump to manage house needs. Well only comes on when the tank is drawn down to x%.

      Dual heating systems makes a lot of sense for any time, not just the end of the world. Any time you dig, it makes sense to drop two lines into the hole, one to use, and one capped at the ends until you have drama and need it.

      1. Hey, I’m probably better ‘prepped” than 90% of you folks, just by the lifestyle I was taught and lived by since I was born. If I have to live holed up in some sort of fortress just to survive I’d just as soon not. of course if I were younger I might have a different view, but I’m past 60 now and just making a living in my chosen profession is a challenge conquering pain every day from arthritis and an old broken down body. Looking at more surgery this winter just to keep moving. The only thing I’m good for now is teaching young people how to live “wild and free”, not holed up in some miserable fortress situation. Dying ain’t so bad, everybody does it sooner or later, no way to get around it, quality of life is what it’s all about. I’ll leave it to you young folks to create the brave new world, what ever that may be, more power to you.

          1. “Spoken like a true Boomer. On your generations watch we haven’t won a war since 45,”

            well, we did win the cold war, and you are still here. could easily have turned out otherwise ….

          2. Well ok, but I personally am not responsible for politicians decisions of the last 70 years…… I’ll just keep my trap shut and let the younger generations figure it all out for them selves.

      2. @BobW – RE: draw down capacity on the well pump – in a pump-fed pressurized water system a pressure switch monitors the pressure of the in-house system and starts the pump when it drops below a set point, then turns the pump off when a higher set pressure is reached. Builders install a 6-gallon draw down tank because some sort of tank is required and that’s the cheapest because it’s small. 6 gallons means a toilet flush and hand wash consumes enough water to require pump start, the pump will deliver 4-6 gallons, then shut off. Without a pressure thank in the system, even a small one, every time a faucet is turned on the pump would start.

        A much larger draw down tank (there are a variety of brands, I’m familiar with Well-X-Trol which makes a residential version with a 46 gallon draw down, larger commercial tanks are also available) , or better, multiple tanks plumbed in parallel, deliver more water before the pump has to start, and when the pump does start it runs for longer periods to fill the larger capacity draw down tanks which is easier on the pump than constant start-stop-start-stop operation. If you’re dependent on a generator to power the pump in a grid-down environment, that means running the generator 1X or 2X a day to keep the water system “charged” rather than running it constantly during the periods water is being demanded by users. This is convenient during “grip-up” and more easily workable during “grid-down.” Your solution – well pump to a large unpressurized tank then pump into the building water system – will also work, and allows for using a manual pump for that secondary distribution if necessary.

        Both solutions are still dependent upon some kind of pump to get the water from the well. An unpressurized tank will by necessity be open to the environment making it susceptible to contamination and possible overflow if the well pump does not shut off; a pressurized system is closed from pump intake to faucet outlet (unpressurized systems usually use a float valve to control pump start/stop).

  4. The investment required to follow plans like these in a urban or suburban area would buy true sustainability in the sticks. Clean a toilet with IPA, and burn it in the bowl? An armchair prepper, who has never cleaned a toilet, nor replaced one broken by thermal shock.

  5. You should have three septic systems and drain lines. 1) Black water drains for toilets. 2) Kitchen sinks and dishwashers into a drains with grease traps. 3) Sinks, showers, bathtubs, and clothes washers to gray water drain. The gray water could be rough filtered for use in toilets to conserve water. A bidet system can be used to wash bottoms instead of TP, although clean water would be better than grey water.

  6. dunno man, think you’d be better off 30 miles outside of town in a nice place with a 1/4 mile driveway all visible from the front porch ….

    “there are other less attention-getting methods, including flame thrower ports”

    dunno, those would certainly get MY attention ….

    “The investment required to follow plans like these in a urban or suburban area would buy true sustainability in the sticks.”

    word. unless you think you can move in after-the-fact … might be good to have an idea of how to do it should the opportunity or necessity arise.

    “An armchair prepper”

    well … historically castles have been dark dank damp smelly rancid disease-ridden caves, but refugees have packed into them because the alternatives have been worse. as for toilets, just do what they used to do – dump it over the side so attackers have to wade through your waste to get at you.

  7. I had a septic system when I lived in the Sierras. It was the easiest, simplest system ever. I took no weird precautions other than: No eggshells down the disposal, I used Mrs. Meyers cleaning products (organic), and I never put any oils/fats of any kind down the disposal or toilets. When I sold the place, the septic guy quipped, “Didn’t you ever use the thing?” Septic systems do pretty well with minimal effort and they’ve been in use a long time. And yes, I’d like to be back on my septic/well water/no garbage pick up house again. Never dealth with a city/private utility and it was wonderful.

  8. The insurance agent says there is paint on the metal that burns, insulation in the walls and on the wires that burns, paper on the sheetrock that burns. Clothes burn. You are not going to make a structure that is livable fireproof. A brick exterior will resist. Metal roof material will repel burning embers.

    Any attempt to defend a fixed position is a fools errand. You must be ready to move in the face of a superior force.

    Alcohol may kill bacteria but will not do squat for fungus, mildew. We have been using magic eraser to excess rather than a bleach based scrubbing compound. The lavatory drain and drain plug was choked with gobs of mildew. Gross as anything. Stocking up on Softscrub.

  9. much much simpler to install a large water storage tank that the well fills, st to refill at half to 90%. then use a cheaper pump at the tank to run pressure in the building. this can be set up with a simple set of floats and relays. submersible pumps are expensive. with some creative valving and piping you can make the entire system functional across multipule failure modes.

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