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Maxboost International Travel Adapter Kit – 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 Maxboost International Travel Adapter Kit.  This is the item you want when you travel and you want it both for domestic or international travel.   Everytime we travel it is the same thing, a nice hotel, a small desk, perhaps one power outlet and if you are lucky a USB port (that charges slower that dog snot in January) in the lamp base.

There we are, my phone, the wife’s phone, my laptop, her tablet, and don’t get me started about traveling before my son grew up!  With this little box you get four AC outlets and five USB outlets.  One of these lives in my travel bag at all times, it only comes out when I am away.

I use it when staying at a friends home as well.  They give you a nice little room but you have all your devices spread all over and are trying to find ways to keep stuff organized, find an outlet, etc.

I also keep one of what my friend Jon Dowie calls “an orange, Steven Harris, three way, freaking, thing“, in my bag.  So if that outlet I want down behind furniture is running a lamp, TV, etc, I can unplug it, pop in my splitter, plug the item back in and plug my box into the other port.

Now everyone can charge their devices, run laptops, etc.  And if you do travel internationally it includes adapter plugs for US-EU, US-UK and US-AU which will cover most any need you will have.  They are also high quality adapters, that snap together and organize beautifully.

The important thing, it actually works, including when used internationally.  This product has 67 reviews on Amazon and it averages 5 stars across them.  For an electronic device that is through the roof.  The best part is the price, 19.99 with free shipping.  So check out the Maxboost International Travel Adapter Kit for your needs today, especially if a lot of hotel rooms are in your future.

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.

 

 

Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill – 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 Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill.   Any long term listener will know that I am a huge fan of Dewalt tools.  I have a large existing collection of old school 18 volt power tools.  Most are over 10 years old and still work as good as the day I bought them.

Last year I found out about the 18 volt to 20 volt adapter, I picked up one as a kit that included two batteries and a charger, since then I have decided whenever an 18vdc gives up the ghost to replace it with new 20Volt batteries and move on to better technology.

In fact I liked the adapter so much I bought a second bare one so that I don’t have to keep switching between tools.  I realized recently that Dewalt made a very savvy business decision in coming out with the adapters.  For a long time they seemed to be trying to smoke old guys like me out!  Charging more and more for the old batteries and offering no conversion solution to the installed base (the installed base is people like me).

Then a listener told me about the adapter and I got one.  So now when I need a new tool, what do you think I am going to buy?  Well more 20v lithium ion of course.  I have my eye on an angle grinder right now, but don’t need it yet.  I am doing a ton of projects right now though and decided to get another drill.  I like this one because it will also give me another battery and charger for less then I could buy them separately.  One can never have too many batteries or chargers you know!

This is not Dewalts top end drill by any measure but it is a damn solid tool for what most people need a drill for, drilling and driving.  When I picked up mine I also found a great add on item.  It is this, 30 Pack of Dewalt #2 Bits for $4.94 but again it is an “add on item” meaning your total order must be over 25 dollars to buy it.

My view on #2 screwdriver bits is this, buy them when ever you can at a discount, they are the single most used driver on the planet in my view and they absolutely wear out in time, then they strip screws and need replacing.  With this add on price they are 16 cents a piece.  In have made a note to always check my bit supply when spending over 25 dollars on Amazon on anything.  This is the best deal on these things I have found.

So if you are in need of a new drill/driver consider the Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill as a new addition to your tool kit today.  It will get you into the 20V Dewalt world with a great drill, two batteries and a charger all for under 100 bucks!

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 noticed a significant number of one star reviews on this drill and almost every one was about the “batteries not charging”, this made absolutely no sense to me, at all.  Dewalt is an incredible company with a multi decade rep for quality.  It is why I am so loyal to them.

Then it hit me, such reviews only showed up on kits like this, where you get the batteries and charger with the kits.  Many are clearly from people who are not well, “tool people” and I thought back to when I got my first ones.  When you put the battery in the charger it seems like it is seated, and it may or may not charge when you do so.  Leading you to think, well I did it right, nope, no you didn’t.

The battery must be pushed all the way in, until it clicks.  Further if you do it wrong, and then push it in without pulling it our first it also won’t work.  Check this quick video to see what I mean.  I wonder if Dewalt themselves have figured out this problem yet?

Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation – 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 Endo Mycorrhizae Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, Inc.  I have tried a lot of mycorrhizae products and settled on this one due to quality and price.  So exactly what are mycorrhizal fungi?

Mycorrhizal fungi form symbiotic associations with over 90% of the world’s plant species. They are particularly effective for agricultural plants that have high water and nutritional needs. Mycorrhizal fungi make nutrients available to growing plants, absorb water, retard disease, and condition soil.

Research has documented improved plant nutrient and water uptake and resistance to a wide range of soil diseases and environmental extremes. Plants establish and yield more abundantly and require less intensive care. Over 50,000 University studies have highlighted the benefits of mycorrhizal colonization on the health and yield of plants. What is Mycorrhizae? “Mycor” – “rhiza” literally means “fungus” – “root” and defines the mutually beneficial relationship between the plant and root fungus.

These specialized fungi colonize plant roots and extent far into the soil. Mycorrhizal fungal filaments in the soil are truly extensions of root systems and are more effective in nutrient and water absorption than the roots themselves.  Translation when you use this stuff it makes your plants more productive and more resistant to stress.

This product is available in three different package…

  • One pound for 19.95
  • Two pounds for 36.00 (18.00 a pound)
  • Eight pounds for 127.45  (15.95 a pound)

Think really hard before going for that 8 pounder!  This stuff goes a long way.  I just use a sprinkle on the roots of transplants, and about two tablespoons on the roots of larger trees when I am planting them.  To put it in perspective if you wanted to broadcast it on a full acre for land restoration, (not a terrible idea) you would use a rate of 10 pounds to the acre.  If we take that down to the typical garden, a pound or two goes a long way.

I’ve not found anything that makes as dramatic a difference on a plants ability to develop massive and healthy roots as this stuff does.  This particular product is a combination of 4 species endo mycorrhizae which I prefer to single species varieties.  It is also one of the most cost effective products by price per pound I have found.  If you want to give your plants a tremendous advantage this season give Endo Mycorrhizae Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, Inc. a shot this season.

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.

Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger – 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 Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger.  To me this dual charge is the best bang for the buck you can’t get on the market today.  First I love Anker, they are just a stand up company with a great warranty and very good support.  They stand behind everything they make, all the time.  And yea even with a 9 dollar product like this.

This little charger is 24 watts, most of this size and price range are 5-15 watts, simply put this thing charges fast, really fast.  Compared to some of the other stuff we have used almost twice as fast for my wife’s iPhone 6 and my iPhone 7.

What I really like is it is so compact, it takes almost no space up and yet provides two ports.  The top port gives you the fastest charging at 4.8 amps, the lower port charges at 2.4 amps and that still gives you a quicker charge that most 9 dollar 12vdc chargers.

Our view is we keep an Anker Astro E7 fully charged, if you use it plug it into the lower port to top it off.  Given that power bank will charge an iPhone 10 times you are pretty bullet proof at that point.

Steven Harris and I both have the same view on cell phones.

  • Rule One – You don’t let your cell phone go dead, in fact you keep it fully charged all the time.  When you are home you plug it in, when you are in the car you plug it in, etc.
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  • Rule Two – Have multiple ways to charge your phone, especially in your vehicle.
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  • Rule Three – You don’t let your cell phone go dead, in fact you keep it fully charged all the time.  When you are home you plug it in, when you are in the car you plug it in, etc.

Simple no?  I also believe in buying quality and Anker gives you that and at 9 bucks, you should have one of these in every vehicle and one in your BOB, get home bag, travel bag, what ever you call your kit/kits of choice.  So check out the Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger and remember if you want the best back up battery pack on the market for your mobile devices in my opinion you just can’t beat the Anker Astro E7.

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.

 

Betts 3 Foot Compact Cast Net – 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 Betts 3 Foot Cast Net.  This net is marketed as a product for kids learning to throw a net, and yes it is good for that, but it is great for “big kids” too.  Why?  Because it is so compact.

Take a look at the photo above, do you see how small this thing is?  When we travel to Florida I pack a 4 foot throw net in my luggage with my travel rod so I can catch bait in the surf.  It is pretty small and since I pack like a man it doesn’t put my bag over the 50 pound limit.

But I am working on a project right now, one I will likely reveal next week.  A truly compact behind the truck seat go anywhere fishing kit.  I am talking a bag the size of say a good range bag with two full sized rods in it, and everything you need to fish almost anywhere.  To make this work you must be able to acquire bait and that is one thing this does.   Not to mention a small net has big advantages in some bodies of water, especially small creeks surrounded by lots of trees.

And as I have written about before when it comes to subsistence fishing, all fish eat what lives in the water they live in, or in my grandfather’s words…

The best bait comes from the water you are fishing
in or from say under a rock on the banks around it.

Additionally once we can catch anything in a body of water we can then work our way up the food chain.  Please note that in Texas the capture of any “non game fish” with a throw net is legal.  You need to check your State’s laws to see if this is legal there and what you can and can’t keep if it ends up in your net.  Further in Texas sunfish like bluegill, green sunfish, red ear sunfish, etc are non game fish, again if your State lists “non game fish” you need to find out what your State means by that.

What this means for me is shiners, creek chubs, shad, sun fishes, etc, all can be caught and used for bait with this net.  And it is so small when folded up it takes up only one pocket in my fishing bag.

It will also rapidly pay for itself.  Have you priced minnows and shiners by the dozen, it doesn’t take many fishing trips to burn through the 22 bucks this thing costs.  And a three foot net is easy to throw.   I use a method called the “in teeth” method that some don’t like, but it works very well for nets 6 feet and under and it is very effective with small 3-4 foot nets.  I will have a video out next week at the latest showing how to do it.  That said no matter what method you use a 3 foot net is easy to throw and great to learn with.

This means I can now go to one of my creek spots, catch a bunch of shiners, chubs or bluegills, set some limb lines for cats, sit back with a rod tossing baits or lures, etc and not spend a dime on bait.  I can do this in a place I am familiar with or I can be somewhere, see an opportunity, grab one bag and be fishing in mere minutes.

So if you are looking for a compact way to be able to acquire bait check out the Betts 3 Foot Cast Net today.  Again though please remember to check your State’s regulations about these devices.  Some States are just not worth the hassle, check out Pennsylvania’s nonsense for example.

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 really do mean know and follow your laws, no wink wink implied.  That said, I think having and knowing how to use a cast net is a valid survival skill.  Legal or not, if say the SHTF for real, this is a tool that can feed you.  With a quarters worth of dog food and a few throws I could easily catch over 100 sunfish of various eating size with a cast net.

Additionally in many States what is illegal on public water is kosher on private water, again know your laws but also learn this skill in a pinch it will put food on your table.  Just something to think about.

P.S.S. – If you have any doubt about what is legal in your area, call your local wardens office and they will be happy to answer your questions.

 

Porter-Cable 9-Inch Pruning Reciprocating Saw Blades – 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 Porter-Cable 9-Inch Pruning Reciprocating Saw Blade.  I have always been a fan of using Reciprocating Saws (IE Sawzalls) as a tool for pruning trees or removing small trees where a chain saw would be over kill.  It is especially nice for small trees that you want to cut off flush to the ground.  They also make a less damaging cut when pruning large branches on fruit trees.

The big thing though is safety.  I have used chain saws since I was 12 years old and thank God I have never hurt myself with one.  I have seen quite a few injuries though and they are pretty awful.  One thing I realized is that these injuries almost never happen when felling large trees, or bucking trees.  Then tend to happen when people are doing work on small trees and small slash.

The rule is simple, TWO HANDS ON THE SAW AT ALL TIME THE CHAIN IS MOVING, the end, infinity.  But when working with bushy stuff sooner or later the temptation becomes too great, a hand comes off the saw and in time sooner or later flesh and bone meet moving chain.  My grandfathers words ring true,

Moving machines and tools have no sympathy, no conscious and no respect for human beings.  They don’t care if they are cutting wood and metal or flesh and bone.  You are the one with the brain so act like it!

In that spirit many years ago I thought, wow all this little bushy crap doesn’t really need a chain saw.  Took out my sawzall and instantly was a convert.  If it can be easily cut with a reciprocating saw that is what I use.  It is lighter, quieter and safer so why not.

Over the years I tried a lot of different blades, the blade in the video below is just a stock “wood blade”.  Most left something to be desired when cutting trees.  I found a few good “specialty blades”.  They were however expensive and the best one I ever found was the T-Rex Extreme but they went out of business.  Trying to make a company on one product is pretty tough!

So one day I decided to give these a whirl and to this day they are the best, highly available and affordable pruning blade I have found.  They end up costing about $3.70 a piece and you get a LOT of cutting out of a blade before you need to switch it out.  If you look at the tooth pattern it is clear why they work so well, it is very similar to a scaled down bow saw blade.

So if you own a reciprocating saw, consider picking up a set of these.  Again I have tried a lot of different blades but bang for the buck I see Porter-Cable 9-Inch Pruning Reciprocating Saw Blades as the best you can get right now.

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 are in the market for a reciprocating saw I truly do bleed yellow and black Dewalt blood.  This is the saw I would recommend, The Dewalt 20V MAX.  However it is a bare tool only at 107 meaning you need chargers and batteries so I only recommend it if like me you want to standardize on Dewalt.

I have to admit that the maker of these blades Porter-Cable makes damn decent tools and they have great pricing as well.  This set of a Porter-Cable Drill and Sawzall will give you a 20V Saw, a 20V Drill, a Battery and a Charger for about the same cost as the bare Dewalt saw.  Is the Dewalt a better tool?  Yes.  If I didn’t already own Dewalts would I say it is that much better?  No.  Brand loyalty only goes so far.

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Note this video is old, really old, I have lost a lot of weight
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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”.

Brand 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. This is and Encore item of the day which originally was featured on August 30, 2016.  I am re-featuring these because they are so useful on the homestead, in your vehicle and for general preparedness. 

 

 

 

Regency Soup Sock – 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 Regency Soup Sock.  When I showed this to my son, his exact words were, “that thing is genius.  Now my son didn’t quite learn everything I know about the kitchen but he seems to have paid attention to stuff that lets you stretch a dollar!  He is now 27 with two kids of his own, so that makes sense. 

So one thing we have always done in the Spirko house hold is make at least two meals from a chicken, some times we freeze the left over parts and do two or three frames into soup at one time.  More often than not though, it goes like this.  Make whole roaster chicken, have dinner, next day toss remains into a pot, boil and make a pot of chicken soup for dinner the next day.

This process is really easy and I will give my basic method in the PS below, but there is one issue.  When you simmer that birds frame long enough to make a good stock it sort of falls apart.  This leaves you to strain out tons of tiny bones and gristle and skin from everything else.

Enter the soup sock, put bird in sock, simmer till meat falls off the bones, remove sock, set aside, add veggies, let bird cool, pick off meat and add back to pot.  It saves a lot of time and one sock is plenty big enough for one bird, even if it isn’t a left over.  I have used these for duck stock as well, and making quail stock.  Real time saver there.

When I process quail I cut out the back bone with kitchen shears.  Sometimes we process 40 quail, one time we did 80, that is a lot of back bones!  Man those things when they come apart are tiny but they have tons of flavor so why toss them.  We put them in bags until we want to make up some quail stock or simply add them to chicken stock.  Into the sock they go, you just pull those things out and discard, the tiny amount of meat on them isn’t worth the effort.

One thing I really believe in is developing skills that make your life more cost effective.  When you an take a roaster chicken and feed four people twice with it, all of the sudden you can afford organic, pastured, etc, what ever the best you can get is in your area anyway.  So consider adding the Regency Soup Sock to your pantry today.

Note that the link I provided goes to a 9 pack of them, (three packs of three), at 8.97 with free shipping it makes them a dollar a piece and the most cost effective way to buy them I have found so far.

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. – Jack’s Left Over Chicken Soup

  • One left over chicken frame (more if you want more soup)
  • About one bunch of celery
  • About one pound of carrots (tops on if available)
  • One large or two small onions
  • Dehydrated Onions
  • Handful of Garlic Cloves (coarsely chopped)
  • One Bunch Fresh Parsley (coarsely chopped) (use dried if you have to about one big hand full)
  • Two Bay Leaves
  • One Lemon
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste
  • Keith Snows Northern Italian (if you don’t have it use equal parts Thyme, Oregano, Basil and Rosemary, it is different than Keith’s seasoning but just as good)  I do either or by eye, a big pinch or two of both.
  • Better Than Bullion Organic Chicken Base

Procedure

First – cut bottom off celery, carrot tops off (if you have them) and cut onion into quarters.  Cut lemon into quarters Put chicken in sock, add to pot cover with water.  Toss in celery bottom, carrot tops, quarter and toss in entire lemon.  Add half the garlic, half the parsley reserve the rest of the parsley and garlic, add bay leaves, about a table spoon of salt and a table spoon of black pepper bring to simmer.  When simmer starts dissolve about two teaspoons of Better Than Bullion Chicken base.  Simmer about two hours until meat will fall off chicken.

Second remove soup sock, and set in a bowl to cool.  Take out lemons, onions, carrot tops, celery bottom and discard.  Cut celery and carrots into bite sized peaces and add to pot.  Add dehydrated onions, I use about as many as fill a cap on a standard mason jar two times, because that is how I store them.  If the jar is wide mouth I use one cap full.   This is the time to add the Keith Snow seasoning or blend of Thyme, Oregano, Basis and Rosemary.  Also now add your reserved garlic and parsley, coarsely chopped.   Bring back to a simmer.

Third remove bird from soup sock, pick all meat off bird and add back to pot.  Simmer until celery and carrots are tender, soup is done.  You can add more salt and pepper to taste.

If you want to do noodle soup, I highly recommend you cook your noodles in salt water in a separate pot.  Then add them to your bowl and ladle soup over them.

For paleo noodle soup (and I think it tastes better) make up some zucchini noodles, just do the salt treatment and don’t even cook them, just ladle hot soup on them in the bowl.  To learn how to make zucchini noodles see this post.

Final note I don’t really use a recipe, this is all easier than it sounds and every time I make it it is a little different do not sweat it and omit or add as you see fit.  The method is the key, not the ingredients list.

 

Felco F-2 Hand Pruner – 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 Felco F-2 Hand Pruners.  To me pruners are a tool that you absolutely go with the “buy once cry once”, model.  I have owned many different ones over the years, from cheap ass stuff, to mid priced stuff like Fiskars and say Corona.

Some were complete crap, some like Fiskars and Corona are damn decent but nothing compares to Felco.  I found Felco by asking a few different nurserymen what they used, including Bob Wells and most said Felco.  So I bit the bullet and ponied up 48 bucks for a pair.  This was hard to do as you can get a decent pruner for 20-30 bucks.  In the end though, there is the best and there is the rest.

My mantra is buy the best you can afford.  So when we are talking cars, I fall back to 2nd fiddle but when you are talking 50 bucks for an item you will use often and use for years I say step up to the best.

These cut like a razor and are easy to sharpen, see video below on sharpening options.  Personally I use a simple carbide sharpener like this.  Note that I linked to the two pack of sharpeners, because it is a dollar more than buying one, and well I can’t understand it but I sure as hell take advantage of it.

And after many seasons if you really wear out that blade, what then?  You just pick up a replacement blade and install it and rock on.  Spring is about to spring, lots of you need to get your pruning done yesterday, so do it now if you have not already.  And many of us are doing back yard orchard culture and prune several times a season.  So if you want the best hand pruners you can get check out the Felco F-2 Hand Pruners 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. – Some folks with smaller hands find the F-2 to be a bit large, another option is the F-6 which is the scaled down version, it also has the ability to have the blade replaced and women and smaller handed people may find it more comfortable.  You do give up some leverage though, so it won’t cut larger limbs quite as well.

Also if you just can’t bring yourself to spend 50 bucks on this tool, my number two pick would be the Corona 6250 at 28 bucks and my number 3 pick would be the Corona 7100D at about 20.  If you want to go under that, just by generics from a box store, expect to be unhappy and expect replace them in one season or less.

P.S.S. –  This video shows how to sharpen and clean pruners.  I jumped ahead to 1 minute and 9 seconds in because I figure you can work out how to clean dirt off yourself.  What I like about this video is he shows how to use several different tools so you can find the one you think works best for you.

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Dr Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone Ointment – Item of the Day

drchrisEvery 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 Dr Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone Ointment.  While I have often made my own comfrey ointment by simply infusing olive oil with dried comfrey root and leaf, and then thickening it with bees wax, this particular formula really works well.

I feel it is the combination of other ingredients that make something great like comfrey salve, even better.  As many of you know I severely injured my knee so bad I was on crutches for a week, this spring.  There was severe straining to both my MCL and LCL to the point where I could not even bear weight on it.

Upon returning from my trip I began using this and in two days went from crutches to a cane, one more week and I put the cane away.  I wore a knee brace for another week, and by then was walking normal.  This stuff don’t just help you heal from injuries it also reduces pain.  And that is almost instant.

The other day my daughter-in-law was breaking out with a nasty rash due to post pregnancy hormones.  She was almost in tears as it was so uncomfortable.  I suggested that they apply a bit of this, to one area to test it.  The rash went away, almost at once, so they used it where ever she had the rash and 15 minutes later she was happy and content.

I am not saying this stuff treats or cures things, as the dot gov says I can’t say such a thing.  All I can tell you is our results have been fantastic.  And that the healing power of comfrey is well known and well documented, in fact its traditional folk medicine name is “bone knit”.

I have been recommending this highly on the air for a quite a few months at this point and have heard from dozens of you guys who have used it on abrasions, bruised ribs, twisted ankles, etc. with great results.  I really recommend that as a prepper you keep a jar or two of Dr Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone Ointment on hand all the time.  It is too valuable not to, and if you live in the south like I do it is only a matter of when not if you will have an encounter with fire ants.  Let me say nothing I have ever used on a fire ant bite, well bites it is never just one is it, works as fast or as good as this stuff.

I know a lot of you guys have used this stuff so let me know your results in the comments below.  Also most of the negative reviews on Amazon say that “it is hard”, I know I should not have to say this, but that is because it is made with WAX, put it somewhere a bit warm if it is hard to work with, it will soften right up.

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