Paul Seyfried, Utah Shelter Systems Interview

I came across this interview a lil while ago. Paul lets it hang out, here. Every time I’ve spoken with the man, he has kept it real. You will get ZERO BS from Paul. Just cool, calm professional goodness on all things shelter.

I liked seeing this quote….

“Even though our shelters today  have kitchens made by a custom cabinet shop, and bunks made from furniture-grade plywood, we don’t make shelters that look like motor homes on the inside. We build combat shelters. So they are rather utilitarian and unattractive.”

COMBAT shelters. Folks, you do NOT have to be in fighting mode all the time. Your equipment, while it may be useful in combat, doesn’t have to BE in combat every day. What I’m saying here, is, you can use things in a civilized manner during civilized times. Combat shelters are just “shelters” during normal and emergency times. But when it comes to the day-of-nasty-decisions, these things can be very useful as a base. A glamor house, or red light district, shelter, will not magically adapt itself to the needs of a group that must transition to active defense.

“(Like the movie) one competitor glitzes up his shelters with home appliances that are absolutely useless when things go in the toilet, since the zillions of dollars in infrastructure needed to run these water and power hungry items will be gone. The space occupied by a washing machine will store a year’s supply of freeze-dried food for an adult. Maybe more.”

I won’t name those guys (I DO know who they are), but if you’re into shelters at all, you can probably figure it out. There is bad blood there. The reason for it is something else you could likely deduce.

I won’t hold you up any longer. READ THIS THING. Get a cup of coffee and enjoy it. Paul is an awesome guy. Imma gunna get me another coffee and read it again. Right now….

Utah Shelter Systems: A Deep Dive Into Safe Underground Shelters

Herniated Disc – Prepper Treatment

The good and bad of spinal discs

My adult daughter is reclining in her articulated couch after a spinal injection. A year ago, she was in a rather nasty automobile accident. Among her list of injuries, was a damaged C6-C7 disc, causing a laundry list of pains and mobility issues in her left arm. Today’s injection was designed to reduce the inflammation in the nerve sheath, and the speed up the natural retraction of the disc tissue. By shrinking

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Prepper, or Refugee?

The difference between an idiot and a hero is quite often his timing.

I can’t take credit for this quote, but I also can’t remember who originally said it. Still, it is true. One man rises to charge a machine gun nest and is cut down. The next catches the gunner and his ammo handler during a loading cycle and kills them both – saving his squad. Idiot, and hero. Seconds and worlds apart.

Except that BOTH men were heroes.

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Fantastic Fallout Shelter Interior

I’m not sure if this is an original Utah Shelter Systems (the original culvert builders) unit that was modified, or if it is one of those knock-off copy-cat Atlas Shelters, but this rework is a thing of beauty. If you are a fan of corrugated culvert bunkers, this is for YOU.

 

EMP Testing Video and Faraday Cages

The video speaks for itself, but I’d like to add a little to it – for the thick-skulled among us.

A “Faraday Cage” works by redirecting a current around whatever is put inside it. The mesh commonly used does this nicely. The electrical current flows around the cage on it outer surface. What gets me charged up is how so many people assume that a mesh cage will protect its contents from an EMP.

It won’t.

The energy produced by

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BOV Engine Damage - Options?

Once upon a time, (8 years ago…) I bought an F-150 work truck that went off lease. I tried unsuccessfully to kill it for the previous 3 years, and decided it wanted to stay with our household. With 121K on it, I thought it might be time for some spark plugs. In went the Autolites, and we were in business.

2 days ago, coming home from an outing, my wife and I heard a loud *POP* and a ticking –

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What's Old is New Again

Barrage Balloons ready to rip the wings off low flying fighters and bombers…

An invasion force seeking to kill, destroy and conquer…

Evil intent seeking to work its will upon any and all…

You might remember the balloons from D-Day invasion pictures. They were restrained from flying aloft by steel cables. Any plane seeking to dive onto targets might lose a wing to the Ginsu cable as it roars past. It was a tactic used for a few decades in

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Last Week's Chinese Hack of Federal Employee Info

The bold and successful hack of our Federal Employee database is a BIG DEAL. I’m sure you’ve heard that this information can be used for:

phishing schemes identity theft credit attacks e-mail hacks blackmail collection of further, more important and damaging information

In order to fully comprehend the importance of this effort, we have to look at what was done, and what can happen as a result.

Personal information regarding current and past employee identities was stolen. This information give

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EMP Hardening Your Vehicle

The jury is out, and will never come in, on the argument about EMP damage to vehicle electronics. But I don’t need a jury. I only need what I know.

EMP can kill your vehicle engine and transmission control electronics. Yup. Kill it dead for sure!

….or not.

The vulnerability of ECMs and TCMs and MAPs and MAFs and CPSs and ICPs (and all the computers and sensors) to the over-current pulse many fear depends on a few things.

external

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You Find 'em Where You Find 'em

I was in an electronics store this week, looking for a case for a PC build. This particular store doesn’t carry cases anymore, so I spent a few minutes looking at power supplies and assorted parts. There was a young lady in there, to my left, intently going over the offerings of a certain company. At one point, she moved a bit closer and we took up conversation. It turned out she is a product rep for a line of

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