When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition
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There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe.
When Technology Fails covers the gamut. You’ll learn how to start a fire and keep warm if you’ve been left temporarily homeless, as well as the basics of installing a renewable energy system for your home or business. You’ll learn how to find and sterilize water in the face of utility failure, as well as practical information for dealing with water-quality issues even when the public tap water is still flowing. You’ll learn alternative techniques for healing equally suited to an era of profit-driven malpractice as to situations of social calamity. Each chapter (a survey of the risks to the status quo; supplies and preparation for short- and long-term emergencies; emergency measures for survival; water; food; shelter; clothing; first aid, low-tech medicine, and healing; energy, heat, and power; metalworking; utensils and storage; low-tech chemistry; and engineering, machines, and materials) offers the same approach, describing skills for self-reliance in good times and bad.
Fully revised and expanded—the first edition was written pre-9/11 and pre-Katrina, when few Americans took the risk of social disruption seriously—When Technology Fails ends on a positive, proactive note with a new chapter on "Making the Shift to Sustainability," which offers practical suggestions for changing our world on personal, community and global levels.
Timber Structures • Ready-Made Structures • Miscellaneous • VIII First Aid • Initial Evaluation • Survey The Scene • Consent And Liability • ABCs Of First Aid • Treatment Priority • Unconscious Victim • CPR • Survey For Injuries And Control Bleeding • Pressure Points • Arm • Leg • Tourniquets • Wounds • Abrasions • Incisions • Puncture Wounds • Abdominal Wounds • Head Wounds • Chest Wounds • Choking • Heimlich Maneuver (Abdominal Thrusts) • Bandages And Dressings • Shock
Micro-Hydropower • Fuel Cells And Hydrogen Systems • Steam Power • Solar Pumping • Organizations • XII Metaiworking • A Brief Introduction To Metals • Casting Metal • Sand Casting • Pattern • Shrinkage • Draft • Undercuts And Cores • Casting Flasks • Casting Sand • Furnace • Small Cupola Furnaces • Construction Of A Small Cupola • Operating The Small Cupola • Charcoal Furnace For Crucibles • Precautions For Foundry Safety • Backyard Foundry And Environmental Considerations •
Earthenware • References • Baskets • Gourds • Ceramics • XIV Better Living Through Low-Tech Chemistry • Soap • Soapy Plants • Bouncing Bet • Clematis • Yucca, Agave, Spanish Bayonet, Sotol, And Joshua Tree • Lye Soap • Cold Process Soap • Equipment • Molds • Fats • A Note On Water • Lye Solution • Add Lye To Oils • Pouring • Initial Cure • De-Molding And Bars • Final Cure • Laundry Soap • Simple Soap • Soft Soap With Homemade Lye • Dr. Bob's Basic Three-Oil Soap • Lye
Powerful Ally • Testing Your Intuition • Water • Requirements • Recommended Emergency Measures • Dehydration • Conserving Water • Fire • Starting A Fire With Matches • Materials • Tinder • Kindling • Positioning The Fire • Building The Fire • Starting A Fire With Flint And Steel • Starting A Fire With Bow And Drill • Bow • Drill • Fireboard • Bearing Block • Tinder • Procedure • Starting A Fire With A Hand Drill • Starting A Fire With A Fire Plough • Food • Basic
Solution • Preserving Water By Using Silver • Treating And Finding Water The Low-Tech Way • Treating Water • Slow Sand Filters • Tips On Creating A Sand Filter • Charcoal Filters • Solar Still • Plant Water Pump And Still • Traditional Water Distillation • Finding Water • Plant Indicators • Animal Indicators • Physical Indicators • Cactus • Wells • Water Witching (Dousing) • Pumps • Protecting Your Water Source • Modern Water Treatment • Chlorine Treatment • Ozone Treatment