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by PowerswitchClive
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Where to keep my precious metals?
Replies: 11
Views: 2342

boisdevie wrote:There are no end of places I can hide such a small quantity of gold on my boat.
Having lived on a canal barge for 8 very happy years... some of those floor boards in a hidden area will come up!
by PowerswitchClive
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Buy more gold?
Replies: 47
Views: 10697

Currently at £1236! an ounce
by PowerswitchClive
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Buy more gold?
Replies: 47
Views: 10697

Bank of England said pound would drop 25% under no deal Brexit. Gold might be a hedge against the pound. Personally I think this is a great suggestion, although I no longer live in the UK ;-) We are no were near the August 2011 high in gold in dollar terms, but do you know we are almost about to su...
by PowerswitchClive
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Buy more gold?
Replies: 47
Views: 10697

Re: Buy more gold?

I have perhaps £2000 in a bank account that I probably don't need. Current rates of interest are rubbish and I was wondering what the consensus was about buying some gold, especially in the run up to Brexit next spring. Thoughts? So Boisdevie, if you had ignored the suggestions and gone out and bo...
by PowerswitchClive
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: News
Topic: Hockerton House for sale
Replies: 16
Views: 5711

Great idea and looks amazing and you buy into the community.... but judging by those pictures it / the rooms are small and I guess for £500000 there are many parts of the UK, out of the south that you can build your own eco house and have some land. £500000 is very pricey in Nottinghamshire, even ...
by PowerswitchClive
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Fuel Storage for stoves, lights, vehicles, and other uses.
Replies: 32
Views: 20464

In view of the situation in Saudi Arabia, might I suggest reviewing stocks of oil derived fuels. That sounds like very sound advice Adam! Just out of interest to the earlier post on paraffin storage. Were the storage containers the ones supplied completely sealed with the new paraffin from the supp...
by PowerswitchClive
Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: preparedness - lighting
Replies: 33
Views: 17002

I would highly recommend these - http://www.DODGY TAX AVOIDERS.co.uk/Varta-4W-LED-Camping-Lantern/dp/B0044QNW988 I won't personally have candles or paraffin lamps anywhere near my house. We have around 6 of the above for emergency lights, a stock of duracell batteries, rechargable cells and the mean...
by PowerswitchClive
Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ecofans - are they worth £100?
Replies: 75
Views: 13655

I have one and it works great on a 50ft Narrowboat...! It works so well in fact that I was going to get my mum one for her new Morse Stove... It will move the air evenly around the room and warm up the hall as well. I wouldn't be with out it at mine, even though I have a back boiler and rads, there ...
by PowerswitchClive
Tue May 24, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Choosing an inverter
Replies: 14
Views: 4126

If you are not planning to run the fridge / freezer on 12 or 24 volts, then no it would make no sense at all. Shoreline fridges are hand assembled in the south of England using quality parts, but they are at least twice the price of a regular fridge freezer.
by PowerswitchClive
Tue May 24, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Choosing an inverter
Replies: 14
Views: 4126

quote adam2 Should not be a problem, the limit on the charge controller is the size of PV array that can be used, not the load. Yes that's my point... it's a 15Amp charge controller, plus what to me looks like a very impressive array of seven 40watt panals - this equals a peak out put of 285watts - ...
by PowerswitchClive
Tue May 24, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Choosing an inverter
Replies: 14
Views: 4126

Just a thought also.... if you are running your system as a 12volt battery.. your charge controller is not beefy enough as it is only rated for a 200watts solar on a 12volt system
by PowerswitchClive
Tue May 24, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Choosing an inverter
Replies: 14
Views: 4126

Victron make great quality inverters, but sine wave inverters don't come cheap and also you lose energy in the conversion. Since you will need to spend around £500-700 for an 800 watt pure sine wave inverter, perhaps it would be worth thinking about replacing your fridge/freezer for energy efficient...
by PowerswitchClive
Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Stocking up on tinned stuff?
Replies: 162
Views: 51547

You would be better using your weekly spare budget, to buy one or two tins of something decent. Perhaps your budget is a couple of quid or a fiver, then you could get one or two tins of decent meat and perhaps some rice or pasta. In terms of calories the average guy needs 2000 calories a day. I can’...
by PowerswitchClive
Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Stocking up on tinned stuff?
Replies: 162
Views: 51547

Generally the best advice that I can think of is that you want to store high density food... ie Protein and Carbs. It is after all emergency food. So you want fairly high calories. Having experimented with this subject over the past 7 years. I have found that you can normally double the estimated li...
by PowerswitchClive
Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The western world is entering a Dark Age
Replies: 43
Views: 5151

Seriously though, it doesn't need a mind tuned into oil depletion to realise that we are on a path to currency worthlessness. Personally I wish and hope that we have another 20 years... I know some of you will disagree with this because of climate change.... At the moment things are pretty much norm...