Episode-913- Listener Calls for 6-1-12 — 23 Comments

  1. More info on the Sweet Gum tree.
    I knew about making White Pine tincture to prevent the flu. ( I had to do a lot of research on alternative to Echinacea due to an autoimmune condition that I have which prevents me from using it.) But I didn’t know that Sweet Gum was good for that also. Best of all, it grow in my yard!

  2. Hawaii requires each firearm, (long arm, shot gun & handgun) to be registered. For long arms and shot guns they issue permission slips that are good for one year to be able to purchase, then you have to take it to the one police station that is the registration point to register it. For hand guns you have to go through the permission registration process for each gun. It takes at least 2 weeks, usually more, to get the hand gun home once you purchase it.

  3. John in West Virgina,
    I would recommend that you look into getting involved in your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). If you get involved go to every meeting and event. out Cert team was involved in the search for a missing 15 year old. Some of the people in my local CERT are in the prepper mindset, I believe being involved in my local CERT helped me be more open minded to prepping.

  4. Jack thanks a million for answering my question about the Kimber. The state is New Jersey, you need an initial ID card that allows you to get any long gun. However each handgun purchase needs a separate permit. Concealed carry permits are a legal option but they grant them based on “need” (which in the states eyes; means active or ex law enforcement only).

    I’m still thinking it over (its been almost 2 months since I filed for the permit). I may just get a dedicated .22 and considering its home defense I may just consider the shotgun the go to weapon for something like that.

    Really if I ever had to use it to protect my family I’d expect to go to jail anyway, so I mostly see this as protection from a blackbear whose broken into the home.

    (Some anti-bear hunt “activists” were feeding the bears around here so my local bears are not timid at all around people)

    • Correction: I may just get a dedicated .22 handgun and for home defense,; I may just consider the shotgun the go to weapon for something like that.

    • Allen,

      Im just across the bridge in Philly and the contrast in state laws is too confusing. I use to go shot with some friends there but transporting from Philly to Jersey just became too complicated. I stopped transporting incase I broke some law by mistake, I know of a couple times I definetly went into a grey area.

      In relation to the 45 ACP. If you are set on a 1911 frame then there are a few manufacturers who make 1911’s in 9mm and 40S&W. Also there are a bunch of other pistols, glocks sigs beretta etc that you can get the 22 conversion kit for and they’ll come in a wider variety of calibers for you to choose from.

      • Not at all set on the 1911, in fact I really like feel of the MP 22. But getting the permit has been a HUGE hassle, so I want to make the right first choice because it will be another 3 months after I file (if I file).

        The transport laws are just as absurd as the rest of the gun laws here.

  5. Re: Rural garbage & water. We have the same system that Jack saw in Montana. Two big dumpsters near the mouth of the canyon, about ¼ mile from the paved road. We just schlep our trash down there once a week or so & the county garbage truck takes it from there. And yeah, once in a while some idiot throws a large appliance in one – boy that pisses off the truck driver.

    Our community water comes from a big ol’ tank at the top of the canyon, which is fed by a mountain spring. Plus, most of us have springs of our own, some more productive than others. Mine’s a pathetic little trickle but some day I may try to develop it.

    Anywho, that’s how it works in my part of BFE, UT.

    • We take our trash to a county collection site as well, but we don’t HAVE to. We live in one corner of the county and the “dump” is in the opposite corner. Every Saturday, we take our trash and recyclables to the remote collection site, and the county hauls it all down to the landfill.

      We COULD pay for someone to get our trash at the end of our drive, and in fact we did that for the first year that we lived out here (before we knew about the collection site.) Thing was, the company we hired did an awful job, and after fighting with them for months over stupid stuff, we decided to haul our trash the 5mi to the remote site and just not worry with it anymore. For us, the 10mi round trip is worth it.

  6. Allen,
    I have one of those Kimber 22 uppers. There is nothing wrong with it, it works just fine, shoots just fine, the only issue I have had is that the magazine is…moody…with 22 cartridges. I guess it has something to do with the rimed cartridge (???), you may get all ten to feed fine one time and the next time they may bind up in the mag. But over all was a good buy for familiarity and cost. Best of luck.

  7. I enjoyed the calls on the show. Listened to them today (Sunday) but very very good. My comment is for the gentleman who asked about country living and worries about sanitation pick up, wells, etc. We have lived in rural Minnesota now for about 8 years. Firstly, we had our house built on bare land. We went through a company that had all of it’s own contractors. Most were good; the only not so good one was the electrician, but we worked around that. Anyway, the well and septic people knew what they were doing and did a great job. We were perfectly satisfied with the work they did. In rural Minnesota, there are a number of companies who specialize in these things, as well as well and septic maintenance. I don’t know where this gentleman is located, but trust me, if there is a need for it, you will find reputable contractors. In regards to sanitation service: we use a private service. We are 10 miles out of a small town. The service comes once a week; we have a large garbage can and they also pick up recycling once per month. You can also rent a dumpster if you need one. I prefer the rural service to the city service I had living in a major metropolitan area. I find the rural services (for the most part) are far more reliable and customer-oriented. When you call, you get a real person. I would tell this gentleman to do his research and he should be able to find the contractors and repair people who are highly qualified, to suit his needs.
    Love the show, Jack!


  8. Paul Wheaton recently published this video showing Sepp Holzer’s way of keeping deer and other unwanted wildlife away. I guess it could be used in addition to dogs and fencing, maybe all by itself. Having neither land nor problems with deer here in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I haven’t tested the bone sauce technique myself.

  9. For the gentleman with past troubles with law enforcement. I would recommend joining a volunteer fire department. Not only will you get to know police officers (who tend to hang out at fire stations) you’ll make excellent connections and Gain Thier respect. You will also receive free training for emergency situations. Its not for everyone however.

  10. We live in an area where the Garbage must be carried to a collection station or you can contract with a private company. I only live 2 miles from the collection station so I go that route. People throw all kinds of things away that can be beneficial to a homestead. I have pickup coleman lanterns and stoves, chainsaws, wood, cages, chairs, and furniture.

  11. thank you jack for airing my call re: sweet gum tree uses. in our area of SW arkansas we are inundated with this tree. i hope now to incorporate the trees into our hugelkulter beds. and perhaps cut and dry some for lumber uses. the old timers in our area are not as enthusiastic as we are regarding this species. finding the info in the show notes will help alot in the ongoing porch debates on this subject.

  12. Kimber 1911 and a .22 LR conversion kit is how I learned to shoot handguns. Can’t recommend enough. In .22 mode it was nice a cheap to shoot high volumes practicing drawing from a holster and engaging multiple targets quickly. Advantage is you’re using the same frame and the trigger pull is exactly the same so you really “learn” the nature of your gun and it helps muscle memory. Once comfortable, I was able to start integrating .45 ACP into my drills easily.

  13. Sweet gum is used for hardwood pulp here is southeast Texas. Also, my livestock (cattle,goats and pigs) eat the leaves year round. I feed the leaves to my goats when they look a little bloated and it helps with bloat.

  14. On rural garbage, you may be surprised at how much less garbage you have when you move rural. Between the compost heap and the burn pile it’s just the plastics and such that need to be hauled off. If you change your shopping habits (buy good used items instead of new) then you’ll have less packaging material to haul. Take a look at your garbage can before you dump it and ask yourself what in there can’t burn or be composted.

    On battery storage: regardless of the storage method all batteries discharge over time. The normal alkaline ones discharge slower than the rechargeable ones. There are charts online that give battery discharge rates by type.