Tools You Will Need When SHTF

 Tools You Will Need When SHTF – by Chad H

During the most recent years of my adult life, my finances have changed significantly, which forced me to seek additional ways to support my family. In my chosen career (firefighter) I have gone back to school in order to obtain additional training to become a Paramedic. The additional skills I am learning will allow me to provide better care for people in need, and give me more useful skills for a post SHTF scenario.

I have also taken on a second career as a handyman, doing odd repairs and to-do lists in my off days. Both of my current careers as a firefighter and as a handyman have much to offer in the area of survival and prepping. With this, I have been able to learn about many tools, their practical uses, and applications which would provide a positive benefit in a SHTF environment. The following descriptions are some suggestions that may be helpful to you.

Oxygen/Acetylene Torch: This type of torch is very versatile and reaches extremely high temperatures. An oxy/acetylene torch is capable of cutting many types of steel including chains, bolts, sheet metal, tubing, and locks. An oxy/acetylene torch also has the ability to weld steel, loosen corroded nuts/bolts, brazing, bending and forming all types of steel.

With all these options available, one could easily salvage parts from cars, repair fences, strengthen structures, or any other type of steel related project. Oxy/acetylene torches do not require electricity making it very mobile and useful in a grid down environment. Additionally, an oxy/acetylene torch reaches temperatures of approximately 6330 F, thus giving it the ability to easily melt the following examples of metals: iron at approximately 2750 F, steel at approximately 2500 F, gold at approximately 1950 F, and silver at approximately 1765 F.

Propane Torch: This torch does not reach as high of temperatures as an oxy/acetylene torch, but it is inexpensive, very common, and easy to use. The propane torch is great for soldering copper pipe together (sweating pipe). Many propane torches come with convenient electric igniter which would make it a great fire starter in situations that demand more BTU’s than a regular cigarette lighter or matches can offer.

Another way of increasing your operating temperatures but having the convenience of one tank is using MAPP gas. It operates the same way as propane, but it burns at higher temperatures enabling you to melt some metals like lead or silver with it. Some systems use separate oxygen and propane/MAPP cylinders to increase the temperatures to almost oxy/acetylene levels. Additionally, some propane torches use very common “Coleman” style 1 lb. cylinders making use and storage of these tanks dual purpose.

Generator with 3-way Carburetor Conversion Kit: Having a generator on hand speaks for itself. With it you can run any number of electrical tools, operate lights, keep refrigerators cold, and be able to charge batteries. The unfortunate side is most residential use generators operate solely on gasoline. Gasoline is great if you can get it, but when it runs out you do not want to burn up your last fuel source for your vehicle.

If you are able to store gasoline, it is possible for it to go bad within a year even with fuel stabilizer. There is a kit you can buy for most gasoline generators that allows you to convert your standard carburetor to run on three fuels: gasoline, natural gas, and propane. You will always have some gasoline on hand, but why waste it if you can use natural gas that is being piped into your home?

If the grid goes down that flow of natural gas may stop, so then switch over to propane. Propane is great, because you can store large capacity tanks without anyone showing concern, and it can be stored for many years as it virtually never goes bad. To make the generator more portable, you can operate it off 25lb. grill style tanks. Additionally, the propane you are storing can be used for other applications like heating water and cooking. Google search “propane carburetor conversion kit”.

Halligan Tool: In combination with a sledge-hammer, this is one of the most versatile hand tools available for breaching a means of egress. It is in use on nearly every fire company in America due to its’ versatility and effectiveness. The tool consists of a claw or fork end used for prying into doors or latches, the other end consists of a tapered pick used for breaching locked doors or punching holes, and the wedge or adze which is another option for prying. Usual lengths are 24” to 42”, constructed of forged steel, and weighs 8 to 12 lbs. Google search “Halligan tool”.

18 Volt Cordless Drill Combo Kit: Currently the drill kit I use is an 18 Volt Ridgid, but there are many other brands that are just as serviceable. My kit included an 18 volt drill with work light, reciprocating saw, AM/FM Radio, and a flashlight. The kit included (2) batteries, and I have (2) additional batteries from a previous drill purchase which are all interchangeable.

The Ridgid brand is durable, and the batteries have a lifetime warranty. As long as I am able to charge the batteries, I will have a dependable flashlight, radio, saw, and drill without wasting disposable batteries or fuel to constantly run a generator. This will enable me to do work around my structure or listen to the radio for updates very easily and efficiently.

I also upgraded the light bulb on the flashlight from a standard incandescent bulb to an LED which will last longer and not use as much battery power. The bulb was easy to find at for only about $10.00. There are additional accessories made by Ridgid like a shop light that uses the same battery, which can be purchased as well.

Pressurized Water Can: A great tool that most fire companies carry is called a PW can. It is a stainless steel can about the size of a large fire extinguisher that carries about 2 ½ gallons of water. On the top is an air valve that allows you to pressurize the can. It operates the same way as any fire extinguisher: PASS- Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.

These small cans actually put out a lot of fire do to the pressurized stream exiting the nozzle. They are however only recommended for use on Class A combustibles like wood and paper. In a grid down environment the need for fire extinguishers will be high and there may be a lack of pressurized water available. With the PW can, it can be emptied and refilled as often as needed as long as water and pressurized air are available. Google search “pressurized water fire extinguisher”.

WD-40: Well, I like this stuff. It is very simple, but you can do a million things with it. For years I have used it in all situations around the house, as I am sure most people have. In a SHTF environment, the tools you have with you will be all the tools you have. They have to work and they must be taken care of. WD-40 is a great lubricant and a great preventative from rust and corrosion.

I recently began cleaning and protecting my firearms with it and have had great results. You can also repair many varieties of sticky mechanisms with it. This stuff is cheap and does not go bad. To me, it is the duct tape of the lubrication world.

The following is a list of tools that I recommend every home should have. These will be important for any situation you find yourself in as they have many practical uses. In a SHTF situation these tools could save your life.

  • Leatherman Multi-Tool-At least two
  • Bolt Cutters- Cut locks, fences, metal
  • Come Along- Lifting objects, pull-out stuck vehicles, securing vehicle loads
  • Farm Jack- Lifting objects, pull-out stuck vehicles
  • Chainsaw-Extra chains, oil, spark plugs, oil mix
  • Shovels- At least two
  • Axes/Hatchet- At least two
  • Machete- Making trails, trimming bushes, also a scary weapon
  • Pruning Saw- Great for small firewood
  • Hand Saws
  • Pick
  • Air Compressor
  • Pneumatic Tools
  • Full Wrench/Socket Sets
  • Full Screw Driver Sets
  • Full Allen Wrench Sets
  • Worm Drive Construction Saw
  • Side Grinder-Steel Blades/Masonry Blades
  • Flat Black Spray Paint (Lots)
  • Bullet Puller- Gunsmithing
  • Brass Extractor- Gunsmithing
  • Rubber Mallet- Gunsmithing
  • Plastic Mallet- Gunsmithing
  • Pin/Nail Punch- Gunsmithing
  • Files- To sharpen all edged tools
  • Soldering Iron- Repairing electronics, wiring applications
  • Full Sets of Pliers/Cutters
  • Chisels- Wood working
  • Vise
  • 12 Volt Water Pump
  • Hacksaw- Extra blades
  • Duct Tape-Lots
  • Electrical Tape
  • Manual Flammable Liquid Pump- To siphon gas
  • Drill Bits
  • Hammer-Sledge, construction, Estwing’s are good due to metal handle construction

The above list is a good starting point, as there are many tools that could be added to this list, and your personal needs will determine what tools you should have. Please do consider some of the above tools for your home or getaway as they may save your life. Be aware of your surroundings, practice like its real, and may God be with all of you during the tough times ahead. Thank You.


  1. Jay in Kansas says:

    Wha a great article! If I might make one suggestion, maybe get a propane powered generator? Propane keeps forever, and acquiring a 100 lb tank tat allows for portability is quite affordable. Thanks for a great article!

    • Reread the generator paragraph… 3-way generator carb. conversion kit: “There is a kit you can buy for most gasoline generators that allows you to convert your standard carburetor to run on three fuels: gasoline, natural gas, and propane”

      Other than that…good article

      • Hildegard says:

        My Yamaha was already set up for tri-fuel capability when I bought it (Was even covered by factory warranty. Most conversions void factory warranty). Check out US

  2. What a terrific article. I learned quite a bit. The water pressure can is a great addition. Rigid does make very good tools. I believe they are made in TN or they use to be. Thanks so much.

  3. Good article. I especially like your recommended tool list and the pressurized water can.

  4. PrepperDoc says:

    great list. I have MOST of it, but there are a few glaring deficiencies in my tools….

    Might I suggest?
    1. If you’re going to use oxyacetalene, you better stock up on acetylene and oxygen. I have ELECTRICITY more available than those gases, so while I have an acetylene set, I’m thinking about adding elctrical based as well…
    2. Voltmeters are $6 at Harbor Freight & you’ll need them….but several and keep a couple in a trash can.
    3. I would suggest anyone who knows electricity/electronics to make a small cache of diodes, transistors, resistors from DigiKey….to fix things otherwise completely unfixable, like power supplies.
    4. I’m assuming you also have powder, primer, projectiles, some dies / press and/or ability to cast lead pistol bullets. Rifle is harder to make that actually works…. The presses that can make rifle bullets are $$$$ but would make for a good income.

    • Hildegard says:

      The HF VOMs are junk. Get a couple Flukes. They’re not THAT expensive.

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        I have several digital volt meters including 2 bench ones, but I like and mostly use analog meters.

        I must have 10 or 12 multi meters.

  5. Chuck Findlay says:

    Question: Is the PW can fire extinguisher something that can be pre-pressured so it doesn’t have to be pumped when the fire is happening? And if so do you have any experience with them and can you say for sure it does hold pressure for extended amounts of time? It sounds good but only if you can be assured it will work. If it doesn’t work holding pressure it’s not worth having as you would rely on it being at the ready and then to not work would lull you into a fals sense of preparedness as far as fires go. Also what could you put in it for winter use that would not freeze? I would imagine in a grid-down world it would be possible to have one of these in a situation where they would be in cold areas. Could auto windshield washer fluid be used? It is good for -20 to -35 below zero. The only concern is would it generate gas form evaporation while putting out the fire that could be harmful.

    I see the Oxygen/Acetylene Torch as limited value because it is expensive and need an ongoing infrastructure to keep it running. A normal blow torch is (as you said) lower temperature but it’s also to easily and inexpensive to store a lot of fuel to run it. I must have 80 1-pound tanks stored, it uses the same tank as a lot of outdoor camping stoves. I have a MIG wire welder and see it as a better welding choice then an Oxygen/Acetylene Torch that needs a constant source of Oxygen and Acetylene. I know I need MIG wire, but it stores easily in a small space and I have been buying a roll of wire every few weeks since I got the welder. My dad was (I guess still is) a journeyman mechanic and worked on autos nights and weekends out of his garage. I spent a lot of time working on autos with him (good memories) and he had an Oxygen/Acetylene Torch and I remember we seemed to always needing to lug the empty tanks to exchange them for full ones. I don’t see this happening post SHTF or even post economic collapse as money would be too tight. One drawback to not having an Oxygen/Acetylene Torch is that it is nice for cutting metal, but I use a DeWalt angle grinder and hack-saws for this and they seem to be able to do what I have needed to do over the years.

    Another way of sticking things together other then welding is with bolts and nuts. A good selection of them would be handy and you only need to drill a hole to mount one piece of metal to another. And it works with wood, plastic and any non metal material. A good tap & die set (with lots of extra taps as they always seem to break) would help too. I have a lot of Plano storage boxes full of bolts and nuts indexed by size from 6X32 to 5/8 in size. And a lot of deck screws, sheet metal screws, washers (don’t forger to store a lot of fender washers) lock washers. Space permitting washers are handy when working with plastic as a washer spreads out the load and reduces the chance of the plastic splitting.

    Don’t forget an assortment of glues, epoxy glue and putty and tubes of calking. Glues are not real long term storage items because they dry out, but you can get a few years out of them. There are times when a epoxy putty fits the bill as far as repairs better then anything else.

    A few one-gallon of roof tar is a good thing to have on hand, and they now also make tubes of roof tar that fits a calking gun. I find I use these a lot in my handyman business as they are easy to use and don’t make the mess a big can of it does. And they are just enough for a small repair. Did I mention they are a lot less messy?

    A point to think about as to calking guns, all the new ones are junk, every single one of them, they are made of such thin metal that they all bend easily. I buy old ones from garage sales that are made form metal that is 3-times as thick and don’t bend.

    I would add a 100 watt solar panel and hardware to charge the cordless tools. They also make 12-volt chargers for many cordless tools like saws and drills. One of these with a solar panel would be handy to the extreme.

    I think a set of tools (small bag is all you need) to do repairs on small electrical items would be a handy edition to ones tool kits. I do a lot of repair of small electronic things and a small butane soldering iron is one of my favorite tools for this. I have several years worth of butane canisters put up, it uses the same butane as a butane lighter. Almost every store has the butane cans where they sell smoking stuff. But you can also use a plug-in soldering pencil only drawn 25 watts and even a small inverter can run one. I have bought and used numerous battery-power soldering irons over the years and all of them come up short so I would not even think about getting one of them, butane is the clear better tool.There is a lot of small (USB based and 12-volt based) electronic items that people use and stress out the cords on all the time so there is a small market for fixing this stuff now as people just buy new. But post SHTF that may not be an option. I buy extra USB cables, chargers and wall chargers from garage sales and thrift stores because I fix this stuff all the time. It’s handy to have extra. I can find the small white Apple brand USB chargers for $1.00 at garage sales.

    An assortment of heat-shrink tubing is very handy for insulating a soldered wire connection, Harbor Tools sells it for a low price.

    • Chuck,
      I made a PW Can out of a 2nd hand fire extinguisher, unscrew handle drill hole in top, down toward the bevel edge and insert a tubeless tire valve stem, half fill with water and replace handle and pressurize with a bike pump. Little ones can make great pepper spray crowd crowd control.

    • Dennis Burdett says:

      Thanks for a concise and illuminating post ! Keep it frosty

  6. TexasScout says:

    While an O2/Acetylene torch is a wonderful thing to have, how long after SHTF do you think high pressure O2 and Acetylene will be available?


  7. Yes, good primer article. I have many though not all the items on the list. More recently I’ve been concentrating on accumulating devices and tools that don’t require electricity. Carpenters brace for drilling and driving screws, egg beater drill, several hand saws. A large two person cross cut saw for sawing logs for firewood etc.

  8. Great article. I might consider having 12 volt tools available which most solar panels could be used to recharge versus running thru an inverter to charge other voltages.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      This is the reason I went with Milwaukee M-12 cordless drills and saws. They can be charged from a 12-volt panel. Interesting observation is that my Milwaukee 12-volt tools can run my dads new Ryoby 18-volt drills into the ground as far as power. It pays to buy good stuff.

      I do mostly medium construction and the 12-volt tools do more then I need.

      When I do heavy duty construction I have a Ridgid job site air compressor and Bostitch spike gun and also a Milwaukee Magnum 110-volt drill that has a LOT of power.

  9. Question: Why the worm gear construction saw. I have one, passed down from my Dad. Never used it. Heavy as heck.
    I’m lucky. Our family owned and operated a plumbing and industrial piping company for years. I inherited the skills by working all of my vacations and all of the tools.

    • Hildegard says:

      The worm drive saws are pretty imdestructable, but like you said, also make pretty good boat anchors.

  10. Good article that makes me rethink what I need on-hand. Granted most of this won’t fit in my bug out bag, I do want it in my garage for bugging in. I keep a small bag of tools, nails, screws and adapters weighing under 4 pounds in my BO bag.

  11. Good article, good list!

    I would exercise caution on using WD-40 for firearms. It is a penetrant and has the ability to “deaden” cartridge primer’s.

    Hand gardening tool’s, can you ever have enough? I would add rake’s, hoe’s, manual hedge clipper, and scyth/sickle.

    With hand tool’s, even for mechanic type chore’s, sometimes a good penetrating fluid will be needed to unstick screws,bolt’s, or nut’s. The very best I have found is a 50/50 mix of MEK and ATF (automatic transmission fluid). Work’s very fast and can be applied with a soak, pour, drop, or brush. Use in a well ventilated area!!

  12. Exile1981 says:

    They make water pressurized extinguishers that have a pump on top to charge them. Back in the 80’s our fire department had some. We used to also have water backpacks that had a pump gun attached to them by a hose to fight grass fires.

    • Crazy Stevo says:

      My father used these in Boy Scouts, as a fire fighter, and as a “squirt gun.” It is referred as a Indian fire pump.

  13. Estwing makes a 4# dble sided mallet/hatchet tool. Not cheap, around 40 smackers. The handle is steel- drop forged to dble sided head (no weld to pop loose)- & short. Not much vibration dampening (tough on old guy wrists/ligaments) & too heavy for bug out (afoot) application (bug out bag). Prolly ok on a bicycle bug out applique’. I love its versatility around the house, just the thing for bashing a cold chisel for hole for fruit tree fertilizer spikes. My sons now accomplish this task in 1/2 hr if I get the tools & spikes out, lay out stakes @ dripline, then clean/put it all away. Now about 1 hr labor total, which used to take me 3-4 hrs & a sore back & knees from gathering items, kneeling, bashing, standing, moving, kneeling, bashing, etc. Many other applications!

  14. bill dean says:

    WD40 is not really a lubricant, itis a water displacement fluid. good for dewatering wet distributors, penetrating rusty stuff; however, avoid using on firearms. the WD40 penetrates the primers and renders them near useless

  15. Very Good list. One thing missed think.? Is sharpening items for tools, With no electric. You have you basic hock puck for sharpening axes & tools, on amazon use md’s link. Do not forget a half couple of grades of half bastard file for an tought edge if it needs a lot of work etc. amazon again or big boxstore ., chain saw gas powered you can on amazon use md’s link or buy at most big box stores file and a guide to hand sharpen gas chain saws, also lot of extra 2 cycle oil is cheep..and in small bottles would be good for barter in a shtf situation.. And I have used old oil with success
    not sure of the shelf like ?
    But after a while you will be able to chain saw blade without the guide.. there is a learning curve be patient.

    Same with old manual carpenter saws need to be sharpened. all hand saws can be sharpened I even have a tool from my grandfather to adjust the angle of the blades. (when blade cannot be replaced., Also Drills can be resharpened almost like new with some practice. I hate throwing out expensive drill bits. Again you can buy a guide and and file it take some work as the metal is tough.
    One last thing is a set if jewelers files.. I have inherited about 30 different styles. Round tapered ect. great for gun smoothing to.

    Also hand planes would be a good hand powered item..
    For finishing fine wood
    I was fortunate to inherit this stuff from my grand father who build house with a hand saw and tools. I am 60ish but i got his tools in hand made wooded tool boxes. His career was blooming in the After ww2 die in the early 60. I will never forget him.

    Most of this stuff with the exception for the chains saw..
    re his tools. but still available.
    I have used the tools and I cannot imagine how much time and old (armstrong) it took to build a common house we a spoiled.

    One last thing not related. 22 ammo 500 49 bucks is back.
    I know some of u are gunsmiths and probably know the source they have one heck of a new catalog out in print get it..
    Take care all.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      I miss the days of $5.99 for a 500 round brick of 22 ammo.

      I bought a LOT of it back then so I have enough for 2 lifetimes, but it would be nice to see it down to $12.00 or so for a 500 round brick.

      • old geezer says:

        Bought two 525 rd. bricks at Dick’s sporting goods last week for $27.98 each, limit 2 bricks. Best price I’ve seen in about four years.

  16. Doug Pearson says:

    Great article except for the WD-40.

    I love the stuff when used as penetrating oil – nothing works better! But DO NOT use it as a rust preventative!

    Over 30 yrs ago, I wanted to prevent rust on my set of hand saws (wood saws) when I wanted to store them for the summer when I was in college. By fall, I found that everywhere that the WD-40 touched had rusted, while where I had missed spots did NOT rust. You could easily see the spray pattern! To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. But I learned a good lesson.

    I shudder to think what it would do to a gun. There are many excellent rust preventative products for guns out there and I would use one of those instead.

    I’d go the opposite route instead: Research a good weapon rust preventative product that is available for a reasonable price in bulk and use it for your guns AND your tools and blades.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      I worked at a gun shop for years and got free Rem Oil (made by Remington), I have a lot of it saved up. Never noticed any rust with it.

  17. Chuck Findlay says:

    Halligan Tools are $100.00 and up, some costing $300.00. Way more then many of want to spend for a breaching tool. I bought several Stanley bars, (a 3-pack at Home Depot for $50.00 ish) a large one for keeping in the truck and a medium and smaller one for get-home bags. Stanley bars may not be as good as a Halligan Tool, but they are close enough. I have used them to do demolition work in homes and they do good.

    Another tool that could be very handy for anyone that works in an office building or even if you shop at a store with electric doors is an automatic center punch. These punches will blow out a glass door or window in nano-seconds. If something happens the people that run offices, schools, stores and almost every building does is to lock-it-down. If they cut the power to a door t may not open. If you feel you need to get out due to a wack-job shooter or for any other dangerous reason (fire?) what do you do to get out if you think it will give you a chance of surviving and all the doors are locked down? With an automatic center punch you push it against the glass and pow, no more glass. You are the one that decides if you should sit-out a situation or run with an active shooter killing people, not the buildings security rent-a-cop! These punches are $2.50 to $5.00 at Harbor Tools, an unbelievably low price for something that can save your life. They are the size of a large magic marker and can fit in a pocket. It has a point on it so I bought a bit of fish tank air line to slip over the point so it doesn’t punch holes in my pockets. You can find these at most tool stores for $15.00 or less, but I have been using the Harbor Tools $2.50 on sale) ones for work for years and they (and the tip) holds up good. I must have 1/2 dox of them.

    The next time you are at Wally-World and you walk in or out think about what you would do if they locked the door (turned off the power to the door) and there was a shooter someplace inside with you. With one of these punches you can make an opening out of any glass window or door to get away from the shooter.

    And as far as Wally-World getting mad at you for breaking the door, so what. If they take legal action against you, you can counter with ” they would not allow you to get away from the shooter and endangered your life by not allowing you to run from a wacko with a gun.” My bet you would be right, and alive…

  18. Chuck Findlay says:

    For welding on the cheep you can stick weld with several car batteries, you don’t need high voltage, just high amperage. Look for it on U-Tube to see it. It seems to work well.

  19. Solar powered fence energizer, has a discreet little panel that can be easily hidden, string it along approach route, great at night for early intruder detection/deterrent.

    Oh, and it keeps deer out of the vegies.

  20. I’m retired Army & first started getting concerned about prepping when I took my family to Germany in the late 70’s. Back when we had to have our families ready to evac at the drop of a hat. Not many options available, though. My next assignment was back to Ft Bragg & 5th SF. That’s when I first heard of a “skate bag”, to carry on deployments, it wasn’t much because we were already overloaded with necessary war fighter equipment. I only had a change of “sterile” civies in it, and little else, everything else I’d need was in my ruck. Remind me to cover rucks over the years. When I came home from the Army, I raised cattle & horses for 25 years. Had to give it all up because of health reasons. What I learned about prepping became necessary because of snow & ice storms every year or two. We went 3 weeks once without electricity in an “all electric” house. Well, it isn’t any more! I read all the comments about some very good stratagies, but I do have some suggestions…..If you can afford to do so, don’t buy a small generator, buy a welder instead to go with your torch outfit. The welder has a generator that will take care of lighting, refrigerator, freezer, well pump, & most importantly, coffee maker. Another suggestion is to get a good heavy “T post driver” to persuade things that are closed to open up, it’s like on the cop shows, but not so big. Lastly, don’t waste money on “cheap shit”, save up for the good stuff, even if it is second hand. Items like generation one or two NVG’s or scopes, save up!. Generation three is so much better! Personally, I feel if it is used by our military it’s already been proven. All those big hunting/sporting stores are way too proud of their items. ,

    i’m retired Army

  21. I wasn’t finished with the above post, I hit the wrong button, damn it! As I was saying, one of the best sites I’ve found for getting good military surplus is “Uncle Sam’s Retail Outlet” google it if your interested. I read somewhere suggesting buying the best of anything you need or buy again. I believe that to be so true. One of my favorite old war movies is “The Devils Brigade”, if you’ve seen it perhaps you remember the commander testing knife blades by breaking them, we can’t afford to do that, so let the military do it. If you want a lecture on rucks, let me know. I’ve got a longggggg history with rucks. Peace thru superior fire power & gun control starts with a good sight picture.

  22. ArvadaDude says:

    Good article.

    WD-40 is not a lubricant however. Read the can. It is a rust preventative. Its decent at removing tape or other sticky stuff. As a lubricant it works for a few days then fails.

    What you really want is Tri-Flow or 3 in 1 oil. I like Tri-Flow as this stuff works on locks, door hinges, bicycle chains etc. I know everyone thinks of WD-40 as sort of the Duct Tape works on everything….but it doesn’t. WD40 will do in a pinch…yes but trust me please keep a can of Tri-Flow in your tool box it is a lubricant. Next to it keep the WD40 which is a rust preventative and is decent at a few other things but NOT lubrication.

  23. Humankind Needs Tools To Live.
    “A handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task”.
    Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    “anything used as a means of accomplishing a task or purpose”.
    Dictionary. Com

    “There is some debate on whether to consider protective gear items as tools, because they do not directly help perform work, just protect the worker like ordinary clothing. They do meet the general definition of tools and in many cases are necessary for the completion of the work”.
    5 C’s Of Survival

    1. Cutting
    2. Combustion
    3. Cover
    4. Container
    5. Cordage

    -Dave Canterbury
    “The foundation of man’s ‘first skills’ are cutting tools, cordage, and fire”.

    “From these three tools you can start to build everything else you “need.”

    “Cutting Tools also include things that abrade, scrape, and grind. And it is not just stone, “cutting” tools can be bone, shell, and even wood. Good rock can be a limited resource in some areas. It can be tens of miles (or more) in one direction before you find an area with rock sharp enough to slice. This is why a knife (or axe) is a most critical tool. Nonetheless, every Woodsman should know how to make a sharp edge from rock should they lose their knife”.

    “Before the nail was invented, man’s world was held together by cordage”.

    “Knowing how to make cordage from plants, animals and even manmade materials is a valuable skill. Some natural materials include hides, sinew, inner tree bark, woody stalks, leaves, grasses, rootlets, root bark, vine, and wood fiber”.

    “A knifeless man is a lifeless man.” – NORDIC PROVERB

    “A man without a knife is a man without a life”.
    Author Unknown

    “The knife is the balance point for survival in the bush. Without it, you have to stay on the move. With it, you create the opportunity to rest.”
    Mors Kochanski

    “A well trained person needs only a knife to survive.” – MORS KOCHANSKI

    “The axe is the most important bush tool there is. Outside of fire, nothing may contribute to your comfort and leisure than a well chosen axe.” – MORS KOCHANSKI,
    2. CORDAGE

    Bind Craft is considered a vital Bush Craft Skill.
    Bowstrings, fishing lines, and snares can be made from natural materials.

    The inner bark of many trees and parts of plants and animals can be used in Survival situations to make rope thread, or twine.
    ~The Craft of Binding-
    (Securing, and attaching items-things together); can include many different man made items:
    tape, carabiners, shackles, chain,
    cable, key rings, clasps, hooks, zip ties, bungee cords, thread, fish line, different gauges of wire, twine, different kinds of rope, and strapping.
    Also research Ranger Bands.
    3. FIRE

    “Next to knowing how to dress well, fire is one of the most important bush skills there are, because it is one of the few means available to make up most great deficiencies”.
    Add A #4.
    (Knowledge of plants and skills for
    using the plants for food, medicine
    and utility items).
    ~Skill/Knowledge of Plant Craft helps with all other Survival Needs)!
    “Some” Preparedness Categories-Tools-Skills-Materials-Parts).
    ~(Think of ALL the necessary TOOLS
    to assist you in Preparedness; required for each of the areas below):

    for Gardening-Farming, Livestock, Canning/Drying/Preserving, Fortifying your Homestead, Solar etc).

    ~(B.O.V.)- Bug Out Vehicle. (Mechanic Tools-Skills-Parts).

    Homestead Caches; (near or on own Property), Small Urban Caches, Emergency On-Route Caches, and Main (B.O.L) Area Caches. (Digging/Waterproofing/”Cementing your Caches”, etc)…(Tools-Skills-Materials).

    ~(B.O.L)- Bug Out Location(s):
    (Preparing and “Building Up”, your camp). (Construction, camouflaging, etc). (Tools-Skills-Materials).

    ~(E.F.S)- Expedient Fallout Shelter And
    Expedient Shelter Making;
    Building Debris huts, snow shelters, bunkers, digging trenches, fox holes. (Construction Tools-Skills-Materials).

    ~(B.O.B)- Bug Out Bag/Bush Craft:
    (Back Pack-Load Carrier, web Belt, etc). Belts, Shelter, cooking stoves, water Filters, etc. (Tools-Skills).

    ~Communication Tools.

    ~Fire Arms. (Tools-Skills-Parts).
    ~Medical (Tools-Skills-Materisls).
    ~Alternative Transportation:
    (Tools for Bicycle/A.T.V./Snowmobile/
    Small Boat-Water Craft). (Tools-Skills-Parts).
    ~Repairing Clothes. (Tools-Skills-Materials).
    ~Repairing/Making Tools!

    •(List no way complete)…
    Maintenance of your Tools:

    ~Rust fighters:Lubricating Oils, Grease.
    ~Sharpening your tools; files, sharpening stones.
    ~000 Fine steel wool
    Spare Parts:

    ~Ex. Axe-wood handle (so you can replace it)
    Protecting your tools:

    ~Sheathes/PouchesTool Boxes, etc.
    A few Tools i suggest:

    ~Boatswains Tool, also called a Marlin Spike;
    (With Eye, for Key Chain Ring and carabiner, and a belt sheath).
    A Very Useful Tool!

    ~Folding saw.
    ~P-38 Military Can Opener.
    ~Carving tools.
    ~And i just bought 2 more Cold Steel “Special Forces” Shovels yesterday.
    Highly recommend. Toughest most versatile small shovel i ever owned, based on the Russian Spetnaz shovel.
    Your clothing is the most important survival tool you have. Dress properly and any emergency you may have to endure becomes more manageable.” – MORS KOCHANSKI

    ~(i believe your footwear is perhaps are the very most important of your Clothing “Tool” you can have Including Sox/laces/Boot Kit/Mole Skin, etc).
    Good Article Chad H,
    i will be purchasing the Halligan Tool.
    i really Like the Stankey Fubar, and use pry-bars lots.
    ipsa scientia potestas est


    • I really like ‘mule tape’ w/r to cordage….. used it a lot w/pulling large cables & such….. it’s flat, a nylon interweave, great pulling/tying strength, abrasion resistant & reusable. Comes in a number of different break strengths. Once used, easily spray hosed clean, but store dry! Just saying.

  24. LPS is a good lubricant, and has varied uses, as the link shows. WD-40 has its uses, but isn’t a miracle oil.

    When buying cordless tools, get a set with lithium ion batteries, the tools with ni-cad batteries will not last as long and some stores are selling these at reduced prices to get rid of the inventory.

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