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Episode-2224- Nick Jamell on The Conversation of our Generation

Nick is the founder and author of the Conversation of Our Generation, a blog that focuses on creating dialogue that dives deeper than 140 characters allows. Philosophy, economics, religion, politics, and art is discussed to spark conversation that get to the heart of the idea and allow the best ideas to rise to the top.

This journey was sparked after he coasted his first vote for Trump for his first presidential election out of fear of Hillary. In examining his beliefs further, he found more conservative and libertarian voices that led him to the Survival Podcast. From there, he was all in on finding a way to put his voice out there, but had trouble.

That’s why he created the Conversation of Our Generation, and hopes to bring that to anyone who doesn’t feel they have the platform to be heard or believes they have an idea that must be put out for others to hear.  Nick joins us to talk about the marketplace of ideas and how to find ways to be heard and to understand and sort through the ideas and find the best ones.

Resources for today’s show…

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Liquinox 3032 Iron Zinc Chelated Solution – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Liquinox 3032 Iron Zinc Chelated Solution.  This product is a mineral boost to my personally developed fertility program that I spent over a decade developing.

I selected this product because, iron and zinc are best utilized together by plants, and people too for that matter.   Liquinox 3032 is as the name implies a “chelated form” of these two minerals.  What that means in simple terms is it is in a form where the plants can instantly absorb and use these two minerals.

This also addresses two of the four most common mineral deficiencies in plants.  Those being iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium.  Today we will stick with iron and zinc but will cover the other two soon.

The most obvious symptom of iron deficiency in plants is commonly called leaf chlorosis. This is where the leaves of the plant turn yellow, but the veins of the leaves stay green.

Typically, leaf chlorosis will start at the tips of new growth in the plant and will eventually work its way to older leaves on the plant as the deficiency gets worse. Other signs can include poor growth and leaf loss, but these symptoms will always be coupled with the leaf chlorosis.

And what do you think zinc deficiency looks like?  It is mostly chlorosis.  Some other symptoms are, necrotic spots where leaf tissue has died due to chlorosis.  Stunted plants including stunted leaves, leaves that are smaller than normal and malformed leaves are also symptoms.  And when people send me pictures of problems with their plants, over half the time, this is the exact problem.

So there were some other things that made me settle on this brand, again back to cheleation, it allows a folliar feed.  This is where we add the product to water and spray it on the plants leaves.  This is best done early in the morning or late in the evening so the plants can absorb the liquid without being beaten on by the sun.

I use this specifically in the ebb and flow beds of my aquaponics systems, where I simply mist the plants with a half gallon sprayer where I add this to my other folliar fed items.

While this may seem complicated and expensive it isn’t.  You just add some stuff to a sprayer and mist your plants every 2-3 weeks, you don’t use much.  A small bottle of this stuff is 13 bucks and has 16 ounces in it.  You use one ounce to the gallon for folliar feeding so a 13 dollar bottle makes 16 gallons.  I mix up half a gallon at a time and it easily lets me spray 6-10, ebb and flow beds.

For my wicking beds or in ground beds I generally do a soil soak at the beginning of spring and about mid season.  I don’t use it any more than that unless I see signs of deficiency.  To put it bluntly I just ordered a bottle today, I did that because the bottle I bought two years ago ran out yesterday when I dumped the last 10% into my new aquaponics tank to kick start the system.

Oh and another nice feature of this product is it includes some aloe gel, this acts as a soil wetting agent and gets the supplement well into the soil so it doesn’t wash away the next time you water or it rains.

This post and the one that will come next on Cal/Mag supplementation will round out fully my personal program that again I spent over a decade developing.

I have for a long time used a 4 pillar core fertility program for my vegetables and perennials.  These include GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp FertilizerGarrett Juice PlusDr. Earth 4-4-4 All Purpose Fertilizer  and Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation as the core of the program.  With a bit of mineral supplementation added to this your gardens can produce more then they ever have before.  So give Liquinox 3032 a shot and you won’t be disappointed.  You can always find my full fertility regime here.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. if you use the links above for Liquinox 3032 you will find it goes to a search result with the 16 ounce option at the top.  The reason is for some reason Amazon won’t let me link directly to it, but I can link to the search result.  Just pick the 16 ounce bottle and you are good to go.  They also have a one gallon option you can find here.  While it is more than I need at one time, it is a good deal and since we are talking iron and zinc, it is shelf stable for many years.  So if you have a huge garden you may want to consider that option.

Episode-76- TSP Rewind – What Might a Free Market Education System Look Like

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally,  Episode-1480- What Might a Free Market Education System Look Like and was first published on Dec. 9th, 2014.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Perhaps Not Such a Bad Idea

Perhaps Not Such a Bad Idea

Note – There will be ZERO teacher bashing in this show.   Well zero teacher bashing as a wholesale group anyway, I promise.

Yesterday I pointed out how many problems and divisions in society would not even exist if the state were not involved in key issues.  Once again I dared touch the sacred cow of pubic education.  Once again my inbox is crammed full of hate mail because I am “bashing teachers” when the truth is the word teacher wasn’t even used in yesterday’s show.

Why this reaction?  Because logical and other wise intelligent and sane people become irrational even to the state of temporary insanity when something they see is necessary is called unnecessary.  They may not know why they even believe it to be necessary, they just do and that alone causes at times even a violent response when anyone even infers that they are wrong.

School is important and an education is priceless.  Every child has a fundamental right to an education, everyone knows that right?  There are both truths and inaccuracies in those statements and combined they create what we call a logical fallacy.  What is a logical fallacy?  Logical fallacies are unsubstantiated assertions that are often delivered with a conviction that makes them sound as though they are proven facts.  This is often done by taking true facts and combing them with total fabrication or unsubstantiated conclusions based on some of the actual facts.

In this case “school is important”, well no, education is important, but school is only one form of education.  School is not required for education to even occur.

Every child has a right to an education is another one.  We must first understand that a right as used above means the following…

A moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way.

This means that there is a moral and legal obligation to provide everyone with an education.  Is that actually the case?   I don’t believe it is, not in the way we are led to believe anyway.

This also omits a critical reality, that every right comes with corresponding responsibilities.  Further that the State is to ensure rights primary by not oppressing them or allowing others to oppress them.

For instance your right to free speech comes with responsibility to not say incite violence or yell fire in a crowded theater.  More over, the state isn’t responsible to provide you a venue for your free speech nor to force people to listen to you, only to ensure your rights are not trampled on, nor are they permitted to impede them.  This brings us to yet another fallacy, the “fallacy of omission” which is…

Errors occur because the logician leaves out necessary material in an argument or misdirects others from missing information.

The reality is there are hundreds of fallacies and almost all of them at one point or another could be applied to most things we hold sacred such as public education.

Today I would like to examine what a true free market education system might look like.  Once we do I ask that you use logic and reason to determine for yourself not if such a system would be perfect, only would it be better than what we have.  Every system is flawed, this doesn’t mean a system with flaws can’t be better than a system with even greater flaws.  To assert that a flawed system isn’t a better system simply because it has some flaw, when the underlying system itself has greater flaws, is also a fallacy, can anyone name that fallacy?

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Is every child entitled to a good education
  • Does the current system provide a good education to every child
  • Who’s children are they anyway
  • Why teachers are not to blame
  • Why teachers can’t fix the system and why many would not if they could
  • Answering the big but what if style questions…
    • But who decides if an education is valid
    • How would we ensure standards are met or that standards are valid
    • What about children that can’t afford a “good education”
    • Then how would we insure access to education if not provision of education
    • But students with wealthier parents get a better education this way
    • But every other modern nation provides public education
    • But children need school for social skills, to meet other people, etc.
    • This system will create an unfair advantage for many
    • But we have to at least make sure that the average person can read, write and do math
  • Why we must abolish compulsory public education to solve most of our current problems
  • The system I would institute to wean society off the current system
    • No child can be compelled to go to any school ever, the end
    • The state can continue to offer education but not compel attendance
    • A taxes funding education are to be lowered in an evenly apportioned manner as students exit the system
    • Any person or entity may set up any form of education as longs as the activities conducted are other wise legal
    • Any group or entity may set up a standards body, publish its own standards and issue certifications
    • The only state over sight is contract resolution criminal police enforcement
    • The contract resolution component must be voluntary
  • Why a free market system would work better even if it has flaws

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to () and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-2223- Listener Feedback for 5-21-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on school shootings, investing, carry guns, soil PH, vehicle conversions, drainage, garlic, water pumps, mead and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Once again no one wants to talk about the real issue with a school shooting
  • What to when you have debt and a 401K plan and are not sure how to move forward
  • A listener suggests a good, affordable, carry pistol
  • Dealing with soil PH issues
  • Thoughts on a vehicle conversion vs. a side by side UTV
  • Dealing with property that has poor drainage
  • How cooking garlic effects its health benefits
  • Listener feedback on high lift water pumps with solar
  • Can you make non alcoholic mead
  • How I have always sold my house fast, at asking, in any market

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home Fast – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book “The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home, Fast, At Asking.  Any Market.” by Dustin Dreifuerst and Jack Spirko.  And yea that is me, this Jack Spirko.

I was approached by Dustin over a year ago about this project and we hashed out a way to get it done.  This book is about selling your house and doing so at a profit and quickly no matter what is going on in the world.

I am not a real estate agent, so you may wonder what makes me qualified to co author a book like this.  Simply my record, here are the houses we have owned, what we paid for them, the date we sold them and how much we sold them for.

  • Purchased 1999 3 Bed,  2 Bath in Mansfield Texas – Purchase Price 87,250.  Sold in 2001.  Selling price 109,900.  Time on market 9 days.  Offer was for full asking price.
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  • Purchased 2001, 3 Bed, 2 Bath in Northampton Pennsylvania.  Purchase Price, 137,500.  Sold in 2004 for 199,900, time on market 2 days.  Sold at full price and seller waived inspection to prevent additional offers.
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  • Purchased 2004, 4 bed, two and a half bath in Mansfield, Texas – Purchase Price 119,900.  Sold in 2011 for 149,900, full price offer with property on market for 7 days.
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  • Purchased 2006 as a BOL.  3 Bed, 2 Bath mobile home on five acres in Hot Springs, Arkansas for 69,900.  Sold in 2013, asking price 89,500.  Sold at full price, time on market 13 days.

A few things to keep in mind, the fist house was bought in the dot com run up and sold in the aftermath of the dot come bubble bursting!  The third house was sold before the real estate recovery, when lending was still very tight and my own listeners were asking me, “how do you expect to sell your house in the current market.  The house sold in 2013 was a mobile home we sold for almost 20,000 than we paid for it.  Real estate agents didn’t even want to try to sell a mobile home in that market.

So what is the secret?  It is, The One Percent Effect.  In the end all buyers are settlers, that is the key.  Every single buyer no matter if they are buying a 150,000 dollar starter home or a multi million dollar estate is a settler.

What I mean by this is they have a budget, then they have what they want.  Inventively their wants exceed their budgets, this is a constant, again being a wealthy buyer won’t change this short of the celebrities buying place for say 25 million and up.

So what people do is set a budget, set an area to search for homes in and look at anything and everything that seems like it might work for them in those parameters.

Not a single home will be perfect, even if the emotional couple convinces themselves that it is, in the end they always settle for what they can afford in the area they wish to live.  And most buyers define a quite small area to look in.  So what you do is simply make your home 1% better than anything else on the market.

Is it really that simple?

In a word, yes it is.  The key though is the execution of that objective.  In other words how do you determine exactly how to do that?  What do you give priority to?  How do you form a concise plan to stand out as 1% better than anything else in your neighborhood and price range?

Well, I developed a system to do that and as you know from my track record it works.  I take real estate seriously, there is to much on the line not to.  A house can go from your biggest asset to your largest liability in one quarterly down turn of the economy.  Yet there are always people who want to buy a home that can get funding, always.  The key is making them pick your home even in tough markets.

What about during a boom you say?  Now it is even more important to know the way to get that 1% effect, sure houses sell fast for most people but right now we have the biggest boom in our market in the last 25 years and there are still good homes on the market for over 120-180 days.  Why?  Little things that stubborn sellers won’t fix, so not only don’t they have the 1% effect, they have what I call the “Dreaded 10% Effect”, in that their houses are at least 10% worse then the average home for sale.

These are actually great homes to buy, they are homes I always look for, but buyers like me are few and far between.  In this book Dustin took my system and developed it into a step by step guide that anyone can follow and succeed with.

The cost?  Oh this is the best part, if you just want to buy it for Kindle it is 9.99.  Consider that your real estate agent will get 3-6% of the sale price of your home and most agents don’t have a clue about the things in this book.  Honestly if we sold it for 99.99 with a money back guarantee to anyone that used the techniques and didn’t sell at the top of the market for their level of home, we would never give a refund, I am confident of that.

But it gets even better!  If you have Kindle Unlimited, the cost to you is nothing, nadda, zip, zero.  So do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book, it will make your a more savvy person in the world of real estate.  If you simply work the formula in reverse it will also make you a more astute buyer of real estate as well.  So check out “The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home, Fast, At Asking.  Any Market.” by Dustin Dreifuerst and Jack Spirko today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – If you buy this book or get it on Kindle Unlimited please do Dustin and I a favor and leave a review of this book.  Our hope is to get it well known beyond the TSP community and your review is a great way to help make that happen.  So please leave us a review.

 

Episode-2222- Expert Council Q&A for 5-18-18

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on horses, sugar addition, podcasting, tires, hyperuricemia, rocket mass heaters, aquaponics and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss…

  • How horses fit into permaculture – Geoff Lawton
  • Dealing with a sugar addiction – Gary Collins
  • Hosting the audio portion of your podcast – Nicole Sauce
  • All about tire rotation – Charles Sanville
  • Dealing with hyperuricemia – Doc Bones
  • Combining rocket heaters with ovens and dehydrators – Paul Wheaton & Josiah Wallingford
  • What plants do best in ebb and flow vs. wicking beds – Jack Spirko

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Bacon, Trolls and an MSB Sale – Read fully to appreciate this!

We have an annoying shit pot stirrer at the TSP Facebook Forum (located here http://bit.ly/tspfbforum) by the name of Travis. He constantly posts crap in our group about veganism and socialism, clearly he doesn’t get the TSP Ethos, or he does and enjoys trolling.

His latest troll attempt is a meme that says the Non Aggression Principle (NAP) applies to cows, pigs, etc, you get it.

I was going to ban him, because he really adds nothing to the discussion.   

To be clear we do have other vegetarians and vegans that don’t constantly stir up shit, so that would not be anti vegan, it would be anti shit stirring troll. I have nothing against vegans until they attempt to shove their beliefs down your throat so banning him would be totally worth doing.

But I have a better idea, an idea I got from the AWESOME John Willis.

Here is the deal for the next week the MSB is on sale for 25 dollars a year and that locks in that price for renewals, the code to get this amazing deal in honor of Travis is “bacon”, yes yummy yummy bacon.

The catch is if you use the code you must swear on your honor to eat at least one pound of bacon in the following week in Travis’ honor. This pound of bacon must be in excess of the bacon you would have consumed anyway during the same period of time.

You must also promise to give a gift of bacon to a friend of your choice.  Any friend, any form of bacon but you must promise to spread the bacon addition.

This offer can only be used online if you are a new customer, or if you have an expired account because you can’t renew early online. However anyone can use the mail in form to renew early at any time and for as many years at one time as you wish.

Enjoy!

You can sign up or get the mail in form for a membership at this page.http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/members-brigade

P.S. – If due to religious beliefs you don’t eat pork, you may substitute the meat of your choice on the consumption and gift side of the coin.

Tweezerman Professional Stainless Steel Toenail Clippers – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Tweezerman Professional Stainless Steel Toenail Clippers.  This may seem like an odd item but well, it is something we all need and something that serves multiple functions.

There is the obvious function, cutting nails and I use these for both toe and fingers nails.  I have always found most toe nail clippers to be for well, I guess children and women.  I have had them come apart and even one time break, I mean the metal cracked.

Next if you don’t keep a set or two of clippers in your fishing gear you either don’t have fishing gear or you are missing out.  I keep a set of these in each of my tackle boxes, so no matter which one I grab I always have them.  Sure you can cut fishing line just fine with a knife but no tool on the planet is better for trimming up rigging then clippers.

Lastly I don’t know what it is but there are three things I lose more than anything else.  They are in order sharpie markers, tape measures and nail clippers.  I just don’t get it, I am talking not leaving a room or a garage, having just had it in my hand and fing GONE LIKE A FART IN THE WIND.  Sometimes they show up, a day, week or month later, sometimes they are gone forever.

I tend not to believe in the super natural but if their are gnomes or some such shit that steals things, they must adore pens, tape measures and nail clippers.   So I want a quality clipper but I also want one that when, not if I lose it, I am not going to be too upset about it.  At $6.68 a piece when I need more I usually buy 2-6 at a time.

Right now I am down to the ones in my tackle boxes and one pair in my medicine cabinet.   Perhaps I should put a rat trap next to it and see if those little gnomes really exist?  In any event for your nail care and your tackle box at this price the Tweezerman Professional Stainless Steel Toenail Clippers just can’t be beat.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Episode-2221- Listener Calls for 5-17-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on marsh plants, marriage, fruit trees, business, solar, irrigation, networks, airguns, gray water and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Growing plants in a shady marsh like area
  • Talking about walking to freedom with a reluctant spouse
  • Controlling insects on fruit trees
  • Using business cards to grow a business
  • Getting water to a high point with solar, or say option B
  • Getting wireless Ethernet to a out building
  • Pellet guns for back yard squirrels
  • Wicking beds with gray water

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

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Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties – Item of the Day

cabeltiesEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is something I feel no one should be without.  They just do too much, for too little cost to not have some.  They are Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties and at only seven bucks and some change for 100 pieces they are a steal.

Get a few bags and do the following.  Make up bundles of about 20-30 a bundle.  Just use one tie to hold the rest together.  Put a bundle in your BOBs, put one in every glove box of your vehicles, put some in your garage where you can see them and just grab them, etc.  Heck I keep half a dozen as part of my EDC, you don’t even notice them in a cargo pocket until you need them.

The key is the releasable part!  We even use these for keeping gates closed on our low fences for our ducks.  I keep a few tied on top of various fences all over the property, so if you need one there is always one close by.   They are very strong and stay flexible a long time.  They tend to last about 1.5-2 years if in direct sun before becoming brittle.  Otherwise they seem to last forever.

I use them for many other things as well.  I use them to tie up new seedling trees for say a month until they stiffen up.  Since you can remove and reuse them it is cheaper than plant tape.  I use them to tie 4 large hog panels into a square and make an on the fly animal pen.  There is no limit to how useful these things are.

Sure they are kind of small at 6 inches, but you want 18 inches?  Put three together and when you don’t need that any more take them apart.

So just how versatile are cable ties in general, okay I am going to tell you a story, I am NOT SUGGESTING THAT you do it, it is just what happened.  Many years ago when I was in the Army I had two friends, Brad and Dean.  Dean was the one that owned a truck and he was a “character” to say the least.

Dean would just toss Brad or I the keys anytime we needed his truck.  One day we wanted to run to the PX, so Dean tosses Brad the keys.  In we jump and to the PX and back we go, beer run of course.  Brad is a typical guy from Southern Louisiana so he bends speed limits till they break.  We get back an Dean says, “oh yea, I should of told y’all to take it easy until the new tie rod gets here”.

Brad and I get down and look and see that fricken Dean had used 4 tie wraps to hold a broken tie rod together.  As in it had broken in two and he tie wrapped it back together.   For those that don’t know, the tie rod holds the front searing brackets to the frame so you can turn.   Kind of an important function!  So Brad almost kills Dean but later we laughed about it, because when you are 20 you are stupid!

That has always stuck with me and while I would not replicate it as a “temporary repair”, I would replicate it with great care and driving very slowly to get a vehicle to safety in a similar situation.   Trust me and if you don’t keep cable ties in your preps, start doing so and the best ones for flexibility and usefulness are Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. I have brought this item back a many times, the reason is simple, if I made a list of the top 5 most useful things on my homestead, I am sure it would change over time, but these would never fail to make the list.