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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Survival Skills for the “Man of the House”

family hike Survival Skills for the “Man of the House” As promised, here is Lisa’s list of skills for surviving a depression, this time for the man of the house!
by Lisa Todd

Easy Skills Level:

1. Do you know how to properly sharpen a knife?
2. Do you know how to jump-start a car battery?
3. Do you know how to start a fire without matches?
4. Do you know how to put up a tent?
5. Do you know how to patch a hole in the roof with a tarp?
If you can do all 5, move on to the medium level.

Medium Skills Level:

1. Do you know how to change a tire?
2. Do you know how to drain and change an element in a water heater?
3. Do you know how to use a compass?
4. Do you know how to properly sharpen a bush axe and hatchet?
5. Do you know how to put up a tent in the dark with the wind blowing?
If you can do all 5, move on to the hard level.

Hard Skills Level:

1. Do you know how to put down a simple well and hook up a hand pump?
2. Do you know how to properly cut down a large tree?
3. Do you have the knowledge to run the following: chainsaw, generator, blowtorch, tiller, and a sump pump.
4. Do you know how to properly splice rope?
5. Do you know how to make the following knots: slipknot, taut-line hitch, clove hitch, two half hitch, timber hitch, sheepshank, and a bowline?
6. Do you know how to gut and clean a fish?
7. Do you know how to hunt and skin an animal?
8. Do you know how to swim and perform proper water rescue?
9. Do you have CPR and Red Cross First Aid certification?
10 Do you own and know how to use a handgun, rifle and shotgun?
11. Do you know how to repair machinery such as: household appliances, lamps, and small engines?
12. Do you know how to plant and cultivate a garden for food?
13. Do you have good carpentry skills?
14. Do you know how to properly insulate and winterize your home?
15. Most importantly…do you know how to kill poisonous snakes?
If you can do all 15, you are Superman! If you did not do well on the hard skills level go buy a Boy Scout Field Handbook!
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