{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Vote -1 Vote +1john
August 4, 2010 at 8:18 am

the main key is to be prementive and to prepair before hand from first aid to food supplies to tools to foot ware and clothing to having a rifle, a shot gun and side arm and lots of ammuntion on hand while times are good and to have them on hand when times goes south then u will be better prepaired to handle a situation like at the end of episode one where u have a group of maraders trying to take supplies u can easly fend them off with a smaller group thats well trained in defensive firearms and can make the maraders think twice and move on to an easier target

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1Calvin
August 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I noticed that they spent a lot of time rendering the pigs into bio fuel. Great idea but I hope that someone remembers that all the abandoned vehicles have oil in their crank case. All that used oil can be used as a recycled fuel in the diesel. Back in 2004 I crossed the Atlantic in a trawler and I changed the engine and genset oil numerous times. I would take the old oil and recycle it right into my fuel tank. It did save the purchase of about 15 gallons of diesel fuel. I agree that the mechanic does have a great skill set!!

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

You’re spot on, Calvin. You or anyone else want to take a shot at what else is in all of those abandoned vehicles that they can use to stretch their fuel…ESPECIALLY in that old tractor?

When you recycled the oil, were you filtering it at all or using a magnet?

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1Calvin
August 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm

The oil went straight into the fuel tank and was pre filtered with a centrifugal filter then a large Racor filter for the final stage. I seem to remember that the Racor had a magnet on the water drain valve.

The transmission and rear axle fluids, not to mention the brake fluid! I hope they start to look for tires for the tractor since that could be a real work horse for them.

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 4, 2010 at 9:58 pm

The other fluids were exactly what I was driving at. Thanks :)

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1Artemis
August 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Basic security mistakes and food shortages will continue to plague them.

- Work on indefensable bldg will become wasted time. They simply do not have the weapons, even improvised, to secure this from the mob that showed up before. They need caches for food/water and a good escape/evasion plan while splitting into small teams and meeting at a rally point later…… leave the invaders almost nothing.

- Nobody is in charge. Nobody is responsible for security???? They did start to make basic weapons for close combat.

- They need a concealed alternate living site that can be secured quickly or that causes a group of intruders to funnel into a kill zone in order to access the site.

- They still need to set a watch at night, and find a way to establish an early warning system for intruders to include daylight hours. Getting surprised isn’t smart.

- Mini Water purification plant is not even concealed. The group’s Tractor is not concealed, but they do store batteries (wheelchair) inside at night.

- They may learn hard lessons when intruders take more from them….including lives. What happens if the mob kidnaps the mechanic?

- They appear OK with clean water production, but are not OK with foraging for food. This will cause problems in weeks 2 – 8.

- They have not even bothered to determine where the intruders (3) or the mob came from or currently reside at???? This is going to be a problem soon.

I’ll keep taping & watching:) Always something to be learned…

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 16, 2010 at 10:14 am

Great post, Artemis,

One of the biggest points that you make is that they don’t have a leader. Most people are scared of leadership…and even great leaders are oftentimes reluctant to lead.

But in a survival situation, you need someone in charge to make the tough decisions and prevent the inefficiencies of a democracy.

Simply put, democracies suck. They ALWAYS fail. What they really need to do is vote on a leader and then let that leader lead.

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1Joy
August 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm

They have not designated any particular people in charge of food or in charge of hiding it so that interlopers don’t get their entire cache.They have negelected foraging in the natural landscape. I saw pine trees boiling the pine needles could be an important source of vitamin C. They could set up a traut line for fish in the canal or looking for frogs and gators in the bayou.

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Spot on, Joy! I would even say that they don’t currently even HAVE a cache. They haven’t even started surviving yet…they’re simply coasting with the supplies that were left for them.

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1NOMADJANET
August 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm

My husband and I run plumbing business, septic business and rehab houses for a living. We also restore old cars and are very mechanical. We have every tool concievable to do anything. What we do need is some help in devising alternate energy sources. What are ya’ll doing for energy?

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

We have a small deep cycle battery bank and an inverter. We can recharge it with solar or with an alternator rigged up to a bicycle crank.

Reply

Vote -1 Vote +1john
August 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

artimes is right here on this point they are taking on survival day by day and that is not a good idea they need to formulate a battle plan and have a security plan and form a fallback position to hide in and create a space where the enemy looters will be trapped and can to be a kill zone and every one needs to be in a survival mentality and thats the way to beat your enemy . and also the mechanic she needs to be protected at all times because her skills are in valuable and in episode 4 some person will drop their guard and it will be the end of their freedom

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: