reply to post by citizen smith
For your fabrication kit I would suggest also:
1. Used dryer sheets (laundry type). Several times through the dryer will 'burn out' the fabric softener. They make excellent patching or
fabricating sheets for epoxy work. The weave is very strong and easy to matt out and saturate with the resins.
2. Mixing sticks. Popsicle sticks are terrific.
3. Hand protection. Some folks have very little resistance to an allergic reaction from epoxy and the 'tip over/threshold point' is a very narrow
line. Allergic reaction in a time of emergency could be a real bummer without medical attention and much work to do. Many are very tolerant of these
compounds, but this scenario would be a hell of a time to learn you aren't. Your hands are and will be your most important survival tool in a time of
4. Of course, a breathing filter would be convenient, but not absolutely necessary, if you are not sanding the dried material too much. But work in
an airy place and try not to huff too much of this stuff. Couldn't hurt to throw at least a couple of dust filters in your kit.
5. Mixing cups (S.Med.Med Lrg). Beginning epoxiers should make small batches (of course depending on kick and cure time of epoxy per mfg. -
Fast/hot=smaller mixes). Collect some yogurt cups, margarine tubs, Cool Whip type, etc. Realize you can slow down the "kick" process by cooling
your batch of epoxy - that is, if there is some refrigeration available in your circumstances. Limited effect but doable.
6. Auto body plastic shaping squeegies. They're just plastic blades sold in auto body stores and auto parts stores for car filler putty. Cheap and
7. Wax paper. Helps keep things from sticking where you don't want them to stick. (i.e. your work to the assembly surface.)
Throw a roll of 1/2"
masking tape in your kit too.
8. I would also consider having on hand a type of epoxy that will work/adhere/harden in a water environment. I believe it is available in putty form
and can be kneaded into a workable glob for stuffing in wet places to plug wet nasties. Look at the Marine/Boatbuilding web sites for all of these
varieties. You never know when or where you will need to have this magic stuff to fabricate or repair your infrastructure. Could be in the
rain/snow/water supply etc. This isn't a high priority but something to keep in mind.
9. Instructions. I'd suggest, again, perusing marine/boat building web sites and epoxy manufacturers' sites to get an overview of best practices and
tolerances. Print some out and put those instructions with the materials for safe keeping and a refresher if/when your emergency kit is called into
10. Do it. Make something before it's necessary to do so, just to get an idea of what you're going to be capable of when being capable of doing
something becomes necessary.
One other item not normally thought to be included in an epoxy topic that I would recommend to anyone collecting fabrication/survival tools. IMHO an
older model ice pick is one of the most important items to have in any tool box or fabrication kit, particularly a survival type. Doesn't have to be
fancy - in fact the older wood handled ones are my favorite. Oh, and one of your first epoxy or gorilla glue projects should be to pull the shaft out
of the handle and reglue it.
An ice pick is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Poking, drilling starter, gouging, marking, spanish
windlass, fid, - ahem; protecting yourself? - Get several! - In my experience they're usually about $2 each. Stash one in your survival larder and
use another in your everyday tool box. You'll be amazed how having one handy will grow on you.