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Monday, August 26, 2019

No Light Bulbs?



There I was cleaning light fixtures and replacing burned out light bulbs. Well, I thought I was changing light bulbs. The only bulbs left in storage were for flood lights. It was over an hour round trip to get bulbs. That’s why I normally have a lot of stuff in storage.

It’s not just light bulbs, of course. I’ve a fair amount of electrical parts kicking around. The same goes for plumbing supplies. If I had to go into town every single time a project needed doing, it would take forever.

When we think of emergency supplies we tend to think of food storage. That makes perfect sense as we eat seven days a week. That’s not to say that storage of other items aren’t important too. For example, if a storm sends a tree branch through a window, do you have what you need to do a temporary fix? It could be as simple a being able to screw a piece of plywood over the hole, but it’s necessary to prevent further damage. If it’s during the cold of winter it’s doubly important to have needed materials for a patch.

One category that people tend to under stock is medical supplies. Most med kits are fine for a quick patch before heading to the emergency room. However, there are times when you can’t make it to professional medical care. Even a relatively minor wound can require a lot of bandages over time. You really do not want to skimp on treatments that help prevent infection.

This time around I was able to drive into town and get what I needed. It got me thinking that I should have better organization and inventory control. Light bulbs are not big deal, but other items certainly could be.

-Sixbears

13 comments:

  1. All the little things are important under circumstances. Emergency supplies can be a number of different things. Great post.

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    1. Thanks Hermit Jim. Never hurts to have a good assortment of bits and bobs.

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  2. Thanks for the vindication. I can be quite the Pack Rat but when you get off work in the middle of the night the options for just running down to a hardware store to pick up some screws or hose clamps doesn't exist for the most part.
    Thanks also for reminding me I need to go through my medical stuff. I know the kid got into it and haven't bothered to see what disappeared.

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    1. You are welcome. I learned from my dad that the worse part of doing a project is hunting for materials.

      Medical stuff can get depleted a little at a time and then an real emergency happens and we come up short.

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  3. Yup, my spare spares have spares... quadrupled !

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    1. It's hard to make something out of nothing.

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    2. Yet folks are forever saying how I make salad out of crap...
      Knowing how to manufacture stuff from raw materials. Will , I think be quite a valuable skill set near future.

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    3. When you do so much with so little for so long you can do practically anything with nothing.

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    4. Because from nothing comes everything. Just add energy and labor.

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  4. Spare pats especially for you, who faces the probability of being weathered in for several weeks, could be a life saver.

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