Winterizing Lawn Mowers
The first thing you need to do when it comes to winterizing your equipment is make sure you have enough fuel. You don’t want to spend money on gasoline just so you can get around in the snow or ice. There are several ways of doing this:
1) Gasoline Stations – These are usually located near gas stations and they sell gasoline at discounted prices during times of high demand (like right now).
They will usually give you a discount if you bring in some empty containers with you.
2) Refueling Stations – These are often found at campgrounds and other public places.
They generally offer discounts on fuel for those who bring in their own fuel cans.
3) RVs – RV’s come equipped with a stove top and propane tanks inside them which can be used to keep your vehicle running longer than normal.
If you have one of these, you can use it to extend your driving time even further.
4) Campfires – Some people like to cook over a fire rather than using electricity.
While camping, you can set up a campfire in order to heat up food or even keep warm while sleeping.
5) Snow Shovels – Snow shovels are very useful tools for digging out snow from driveways and sidewalks.
It can also be used to quickly clear out your car in case you get stuck somewhere and need to dig yourself out.
6) Chains – Snow chains are used to provide extra traction on snowy and icy roads.
They can be purchased at most automotive stores.
7) Windshield Wipers – It is essential that you keep your windshield wipers in good condition or you might not be able to see anything out of your windshield when the snow starts falling.
Now that you know where to get extra fuel for your car, it’s time to start preparing it for winter. You should always try to start your car every couple of weeks in the winter so that the gasoline doesn’t become stale and cause it to clog up the engine. With your car running, open up the hood and remove the air filter.
Using a rag or something similar, coat the entire interior with a thin layer of motor oil. This will prevent the air filter from becoming a solid block of ice in the middle of winter when you try to start your car. Leave the air filter open to dry for several hours before closing it again and putting it back into place.
Your car will also need antifreeze in order to prevent freezing in the pipes and hoses. Under no circumstances should you ever drink automotive antifreeze as it is extremely poisonous. Instead, you should buy some blue food coloring and mix a few drops of it in a container of water.
Pour this mixture into your radiator and the rest can be poured into empty beverage bottles to keep for later use.
Now that your car is ready for winter, you should also prepare yourself for surviving the cold. If there is ever a city-wide black out, you’ll need to have extra blankets and sleeping bags where you can grab them in a hurry. Check all of your winter clothing for tears or worn out spots, and try to replace anything that is not in good condition.
You will also want to find a winter emergency kit. This should contain basic supplies such as matches, a fire steel, candle, and some kind of light source. A few ready to eat meals and some water-proof containers are also good ideas to keep around.
Your kit should also contain any medications that you take on a regular basis.
The next step is to make sure that your home is prepared for the cold as well. In most cases, your home will not suffer major damage due to freezing. Water lines and pipes are often the things that give out first, causing running water to no longer be a possibility.
The loss of power can make for some challenges as well, especially if you have no way of storing perishable food.
You can help protect your home from incurring any major damage by taking a few precautions. Make sure that all windows are fully sealed and that there are no cracks or openings around the door area. Clear away any bushes, vines, or overhanging tree branches that could possibly rip off roofing or shingle.
Make sure the gutters are cleared out as well.
If you still have running water, keep in mind that it is going to get very cold inside your home. Depending on the size of your family, you’re going to need to figure out a way to heat at least two rooms. This can be done with a large gas or oil burning heater in the main room where the entire family can gather, or by simply using space heaters in the rooms where people sleep.
If you do use space heaters, you will need to make sure that everyone is careful and doesn’t fall asleep near them.
If you’re really concerned about freezing, there are a few other options. One is to simply find or build an underground shelter inside your house or garage where the temperature will remain relatively stable. Air mattresses can be found at most sporting good stores and would allow your family to cluster together for body heat.
You could also build a fire and stay in the living room. If you do this, you might want to move some of your furniture over by the fire place, and keep a window open part of the way for fresh air.
No matter what you ultimately decide, make sure that you are prepared for the cold. Many people don’t realize just how dangerous it can really be if you aren’t properly dressed or sheltered.
Supplies and food will be easy enough to find. Stores are typically stripped clean within the first few days, but if you’re a little more patient you can easily find what you need.
You’ll want to keep a few things in mind while you search. Most convenience stores carry an extra bag or two behind the counter, and they usually have a lock on them. You can either scramble the lock or break it off entirely for quick access.
Most preparedness stores are also well stocked, and if you can’t get in through the main entrance you can usually try looking in the back.
Food is going to be the easiest thing to find. Most of the time it’s just a matter of taking what you need from the various vending machines and warehouses. As for drinking water, most of those same places have spigots in the restrooms that you can turn on, and they also usually have a back up underground well.
Food on the go will be more of a challenge. Your best bet is to raid any grocery stores you find, but most of your food will come in the form of canned goods. There are a few scattered fruit trees that grow in the wild, and those will help supplement your diet with fresh fruit.
Many people like to carry around guns with them for protection, but this can cause more trouble than it’s worth. Most of the time it ends in someone getting shot, and a bullet is a precious thing to waste. The noise will also most likely attract a horde of wandering dead.
It’s best to leave the guns alone and learn how to defend yourself in other ways.
If you do choose to carry a gun with you, make sure that it’s something easy to use, such as a shotgun. Also remember that you will need extra ammo.
Once you’ve gathered everything you need and stored it somewhere safe, you’ll want to make sure that your home is safe. Dead bolts, sturdy doors, and other security features are a must. You can never be too careful when it comes to the dead.
You’re ready to start looking for your family now, and hopefully this book will be of some help to you. Good luck, and stay safe.
You made it through your first night. Most survivors can’t say that, so you should be proud of yourself. Chances are you slept through half of it, huddled up in a corner somewhere.
You have to sleep after a while, and you’d rather not be awake when darkness falls. The safety of being in a group is a luxury you don’t have, so you take advantage of it while you can.
You awake to the sound of birds chirping, signaling that it’s dawn, and time to get moving. You uncurl yourself from the fetal position you were sleeping in and get a small stretch in. Once you’re awake enough, you take a look around to see what’s nearby.
Most buildings in this area seem to be warehouses, which doesn’t help you at all. There aren’t any windows on these particular warehouses, and the doors are all padlocked shut. There is a nearby tree with low-hanging branches, and you could try to climb it in order to get inside one of the buildings.
There are also several standing dumpsters around that you could hide in, should you need extra protection. It is safest to stay away from people, but sometimes you have to take a risk.
As you continue your search for your family, more buildings begin to fill the area. Tall office buildings, hotels, you name it and it’s here. Most of the buildings are still intact, but some of them have had a few floors collapsed inside of them.
It’s a shame to see the once majestic buildings in ruins, but you assume that this is just the beginning. As time goes on, the buildings will continue to deteriorate and eventually they will be gone forever.
What’s surprising is how clean the area is. You would have thought that there would be hordes of the dead wandering the streets, but you haven’t seen a single one. It’s very quiet, almost unnaturally so.
You continue to walk down the road, peering into each building you pass. You try to keep an eye on everything around you, just in case something jumps out at you. Your instincts serve you right, because something does suddenly attack you when you pass by one of the buildings.
“Hello!” a voice cries from above you. You look up just in time to get a fist to the face, sending you to the ground.
Nothing but darkness fills your vision as you struggle to move past the pain and back to consciousness.
“I’ve found someone! I’ve found someone!” the voice continues to yell.
You try to focus on the voice and see a woman in a pink dress standing over you with a concerned look on her face. “
Are you okay? Did they hurt you?”
You groan as you push yourself up off the ground. You feel your nose and wonder if it’s broken, but it’s just very tender to the touch. “
Who are you?”
What’s this place? Why were you out here alone?”
“I’m looking for my family,” you say, dazed from the blow to your head.
Why are you out here all alone then? Are they somewhere else?
We need to get you back to the others so they don’t worry about you.”
Others? What others?”
“The survivors, silly! There’s quite a few of us. We made a camp not too far from here. C’mon, I’ll take you back there. Don’t worry, those things won’t bother you if you’re with me.”
You look around and see no sign of the dead anywhere. Lizzie takes your hand and begins leading you away. She chatters on about how she was out looking for food when she found you.
You half-pay attention to her words as you try to process everything that’s happened in the last few days. After a few minutes of walking, you finally arrive at your new home.
Is this it?”
you ask. “It’s smaller than I thought it would be.”
Lizzie smiles at you. “It’s temporary, like us. This is just a stopping point until we can find a suitable place to live.”
The camp is small, but well taken care of. The tents are all laid out in an organized fashion, and there seem to be people everywhere. Children are running around and playing, while adults go about their day.
You notice somebody on a guitar in the middle of a crowd of people, singing and playing music.
“It looks like the camp in the movies,” you say, smiling. The people are what surprise you most though. You didn’t expect to see so many people here, especially not so many families.
This place is nothing at all like the one you lived in before the infection came.
Lizzie smiles back. “Come on, I’ll introduce you to everyone!”
Wandering ahead of you, she goes from tent to tent, getting more excited with each introduction. Eventually, she stops in front of one of the larger tents and smiles. “This is our home!”
You raise an eyebrow. “
“Sure! I already met your parents, and now you’re here! I think that officially makes you my new adopted brother. Don’t worry though, I don’t bite… hard.” She giggles at her own joke and goes inside without bothering to see if you’re following.
Curious about what else this place has to offer, you open the door and go inside. You find yourself in what seems to be a general store. There are shelves stocked with food, water, and other supplies.
A large counter stands in the middle, with a cash register on it. This is where you must have entered, and Lizzie’s currently running around checking stock.
“This place was already looted,” she says disappointedly. “I guess we got here too late. Still, there might be some stuff we could use in the back.” Without another word, she disappears through a door behind the counter.
You follow her, curious to see what else is in this building.
Inside the next room, you find shelves stocked with bottles and cans in every size and shape. Another counter stands in the middle, with three large machines sitting on it. You walk up to them and read the labels on the front.
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