One of the biggest selling points of this house was the big shop. Sad to say I often use it for a catch all for future projects and many non-shop like items. I’m starting to get tools and the shop needs to be put to work as a shop rather than just a storage area. One of the jobs I got done is putting my Bug out/camping tote by the car along with the multi-fuel stove and sleeping bags. I keep the RV well stocked but it’s possible I may have to use the mini-van or even my trike in a bugout situation depending on conditions so having everything in one spot ready to go was one of my prepping tasks. I live about 6 blocks from a rail-yard and a major chemical spill is one of my bugout scenarios. Bugging out is not my preferred method of survival but sometimes the best thing you can do is get out of the impact zone of a disaster. I need to do a test of how long it would take me to GOOD with the min-van as well as the trike but at least everything is ready to go now. I need to add more high quality maps for the car and the trike like I have in the RV. Overall I think I am fairly well set and can boogie in less than an hour without a test and be good for 3-7 days.
Anyway back to cleaning up the shop I got my tools sort of arranged and gave the shop floor a good sweep. Some thing got moved to easy access from work to a SHTF scenario. I put my wheel barrow up on a block to repair the tire via adding a bit of “Slime” and the bike is ready for the tire treatment my neighbor gave me for puncture proof tires. You did add stuff to your tires in case of flats to your BOV whatever you choice you make right? I don’t know how fast or easy you can change a tire but I know I can’t bust lug nuts put on with an air wrench. I get fix-a flat and carry a couple of cans in the mini-van and the RV. Might not be as good as a spare but it is quick and easy and just might make the difference in survival mode.
The Dishwasher… my built in dishwasher crapped out a while back and my Mom found a portable dishwasher at a yard sale as a replacement. Well doing dishes by hand is not a big deal but I hate washing beer bottles and I had been considering getting the portable up and running but my kitchen floor plan is sort of small and I hate having both a non-working dishwasher and portable taking up space. Heck screw it let’s see if the portable works? It does, with a few add on modification to the faucet and floor space is about the same, but I lost some shelves but gained counter space. That’s a doable trade off. Testing the dishwasher, I had no leaks and it got some very dirty dishes clean. I had to rearrange the kitchen a bit and gosh clean up behind the fridge and the floor as it was disgusting! I had no idea how the grease settled in a kitchen when you don’t use an exhaust fan! Okay it looks a little goofy having 2 dishwasher in the kitchen but it will do until I save up funds for the new built in dishwasher. It seems a bit silly to cut off all the plumbing to the existing built in dishwasher when I want to install a new one in the near future! I also bought all the parts to make the portable dishwasher work outside and I could use it in the patio kitchen easily. It’s a “redneck” solution but I don’t know of many “out door” kitchens that have a dishwasher!
Prepping and getting self-reliant as a disabled person presents some unique challenges. In someways you can never be fully independent but there is a lot of stuff you can do to make yourself valuable. Now I have been buying a lot battery powered tools and going as much as possible to alternative energy to power those tools. It has been amazing to me just how much work you can get in return after someone “barrows” a tool to work on stuff. I’d loan out a cheap tool first and see how your neighbor is about offering help as well as returning the tool, but if you are disabled you will need help for some physical jobs and it is best to find out now who you can depend on even if it costs a bit of money.
If you can think “outside of the box” it is amazing the ideas that you can come up with and use.