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Neat Tricks from all over the web to improve your outdoor experience. Not all of these are appropriate for SAR, but you go out and camp other times, right? 

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  • 360 Hour Flashlight Modification. Its Easy We are going to take a long run time flashlight (65 hours) and turn it into a longer run time flashlight (360 hours).This Eveready flashlight (model number 5109LSH7 or ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2014, 8:00 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Makeshift shower using a large water jug and a watering can head instructables.comGet the full directions here.http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer?sub=3148576_2755483
    Posted Apr 19, 2014, 2:39 AM by Ken Buscho
  • Remove a tick with a cotton ball soaked in liquid hand soap   Keep it on the tick for at least 20 seconds. The tick will cease biting, back out, and will remain stuck to the cotton ball when it’s pulled away ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:50 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Keep your TP dry in a CD spindle playinganewgame.comtacticalintelligence.net If you’re trying to save space because you’re backpacking, take the tube out and flatten the toilet paper. Keep it in a plastic bag ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:48 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Collapsible silicone coffee dripper takes up almost no space. amazon.comAnd it has a super high Amazon.com rating. Get it here for $10.99.http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer?sub ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:46 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Slit foam swim noodles lengthwise and slip over each awning strut andybaird.comNot only are you less likely to bump into them in the dark, but they’ll be padded!You can also use a pool noodle to cushion a ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:44 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Keep your toiletries hooked onto a shower caddy myshowerline.comYou can buy one here for $9.95 or make your own.http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer?sub=3148576_2748434
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:41 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Tarp Trick survivormedic.comUse a small stick to help secure the main center line. When pressure is put on one end, the line will tighten evenly, keeping the grommets from being ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:39 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Make a last-minute camping spoon with a knife and a plastic bottle pinterest.comhttp://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer?sub=3148576_2747282
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:38 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Keep extra duct tape for emergencies right on your water bottle briangreen.nethttp://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer?sub=3148576_2747203
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:34 PM by Ken Buscho
  • S'moreos snackhacks.orghttp://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer?sub=3148576_2746645
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:33 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire trulysimple.comGet the full details here.http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-that-are-borderline-genius?sub=2295102_1241173
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:31 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous bonappetit.comPolenta is especially versatile because it can be shaped into patties and pan-fried for a sweet or savory meal. Get a recipe for grilled polenta cakes.http ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:25 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin chasinggreen.orghttp://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-that-are-borderline-genius?sub=2295102_1239575
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:21 PM by Ken Buscho
  • Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station greatwildoutdoors.com Just fill it up with water.From   "41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius"
    Posted Apr 19, 2014, 2:28 AM by Ken Buscho
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360 Hour Flashlight Modification. Its Easy

posted Apr 21, 2014, 8:00 PM by Ken Buscho   [ updated Apr 21, 2014, 8:00 PM ]

We are going to take a long run time flashlight (65 hours) and turn it into a longer run time flashlight (360 hours).

This Eveready flashlight (model number 5109LSH7 or 5109LS) costs $4.97 at Lowes:

(This is a great long run time flashlight to have even if you don’t do the modification.)

Where to buy:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_355538-346-5109LSH7_0__?productId=3413164&Ntt=flaslight&Ns=p_product_price|0

I just picked up another one at my local Lowes. I like this flashlight because as is it has a long run time before the battery needs to be replaced (65 hours). It is bright. It is cheap and it is easy to hack. You can do this modification in 10 or 15 minutes and most of that time will be waiting for your soldering iron to heat up.

The only thing about this flashlight that is less than optimum is that the 3 LEDS have a little too much current going through them. The LEDS appear to be “straw hat” type (20 milliamp) LEDS. Each LED has about 60 milliamps running through it.

Here is a data sheet for a typical straw hat LED:

http://lighthouseleds.com/downloads/dl/file/id/113/5mm_straw_hat_led_cool_white_datasheet.pdf

The LEDS in this flashlight may be specially made to handle more current but in case they are not, this modification will bring the current down to a level that will insure tens of thousands of hours of LED life.

I chose to add a 56 ohm resistor to the circuit so each LED runs at about 16.5 milliamps. This will increase the run time by 5.5 x.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Flashlight-Mod-Increases-Run-Time-36X/?ALLSTEPS

Remove a tick with a cotton ball soaked in liquid hand soap

posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:50 PM by Ken Buscho   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 12:50 PM ]

 
 

Keep it on the tick for at least 20 seconds. The tick will cease biting, back out, and will remain stuck to the cotton ball when it’s pulled away. If the tick has been embedded for awhile, keep it in a jar so you can test it for Lyme disease.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer?sub=3148576_2754041

Keep your TP dry in a CD spindle

posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:48 PM by Ken Buscho   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 12:48 PM ]

 

If you’re trying to save space because you’re backpacking, take the tube out and flatten the toilet paper. Keep it in a plastic bag instead.


http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer?sub=3148576_2755090

Collapsible silicone coffee dripper takes up almost no space.

posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:46 PM by Ken Buscho   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 12:46 PM ]

Slit foam swim noodles lengthwise and slip over each awning strut

posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:44 PM by Ken Buscho   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 12:44 PM ]

Slit foam swim noodles lengthwise and slip over each awning strut.

Not only are you less likely to bump into them in the dark, but they’ll be padded!

You can also use a pool noodle to cushion a canoe before strapping it to your car to protect from scratching.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer?sub=3148576_2748590

Keep your toiletries hooked onto a shower caddy

posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:41 PM by Ken Buscho   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 12:41 PM ]

Tarp Trick

posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:39 PM by Ken Buscho   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 12:39 PM ]

This is the coolest tarp trick:

Use a small stick to help secure the main center line. When pressure is put on one end, the line will tighten evenly, keeping the grommets from being torn out.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer?sub=3148576_2748400

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