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Friday, October 10, 2014

Useful Catalogs.



C. Crane is a company that deals in radios and radio accessories.   They have a wide range of equipment, and most of it is modestly priced.   I've bought a good bit of their gear, mostly radios and antennas, over the years and have been well satisfied. You can download a catalog, or get a free paper catalog, at their web page.  Here's the link.

C. Crane web page






  The new Lehman's catalog came in the mail today.  It specializes in 19th Century technology.  I got most of my "grid down" equipment from them.  Washboards, washtubs, wringers, lamps, and a lot of other things you don't need until the power goes out.  It's a beautiful catalog, not cheap to make but free to you.  If you go to their home page, you can either download a copy,  request a free paper copy, or do both.


Lehman's Home Page


They have a lot of products you can't find elsewhere. For instance, I got a two gallon well bucket from them. It's not what it sounds like. If the power fails, you can pull the submersible pump and the pipe from your well casing. This "bucket" looks like a torpedo. You lower it down to the water through the casing, a valve opens, and it fills up. Then you pull it back up.  Kind of a last ditch nice to have item.  

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  1. There is a house on the other end of the block that has been remodeled several times. About 25 years ago, I stopped by during a walk when there were only workers, not the owner, working on a porch. It seems they found a well with one of those buckets still in it.

    I can only surmise that this was a modern upgrade 100 years ago with the well at the porch, so that the owners did not have to go out into the yard to get water. I have thought of this in past years and informed two or three owners of what was under their porch. I doubt it ever had an electric pump, at least not in the beginning and certainly not at the end.

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    1. That's still common here. Before indoor plumbing, lots of houses had a well attached to the outdoor kitchen. Both were usually on the back of the house, with a roof covering them. Not long ago, two women killed another woman and threw her down the old well at an abandoned house, so I guess you never know when something like that will still come in handy.

      ;-)

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  2. Harry - i would like to own 3 of everything that Lehman's sells....they are the absolute best when it comes to prepping. and their magazines just make me drool! thanks for sharing. much love always, to you and yours buddy!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. If I were rich there's a lot I'd buy out of the catalog. But as it is, I still enjoy looking at all the things even if they aren't on my must have list. I like Lehman's customer service, too. They aren't jerks , just normal people.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Yeah' I got a lot of stuff from Lehman's. I plan on getting one them German Kerosene lanterns next.
    I hear they give off a lot of heat and down here in South Texas right now, the last thing you want is extra heat so it would be good for winter.

    I also plan on ordering a Parka from "Deluth trading Company" they have a great catalog (not on them heavy, artic jobs, just good to zero or a little below)
    (By the way, Kymber. any advice on Parka's) I want something for the worst that Texas can get in the way of winters. It can get down to five degrees in much of Texas and we get wind, rain and temps sometimes down into the teens and that's mega, cold for us.
    It did snow in South Texas ten years ago and there was snow on the beaches down here (yeah' I'm dead serious)

    I would like to get some more radio equipment at a future date. Maybe get a ham radio and a CB radio. I really don't like yammering away on the radio. I would be happy to just to monitor to see whats going on. There are a few shortwave radio shows I would listen too. I heard there is one out of Houston that's, real conservative and a friend picks it up on his Ham radio but I am not into shortwave radio but I want the capability if I need it.
    On the radio front. I traded an old XP laptop computer with a serial port that my Ham, shortwave radio friend wanted for his ham radio equipment. He is hooking his radio's up to the serial port and new versions of Microsoft do not support serial ports he tells me.
    I got a real nice 'J Pole antenna" for the Boafeng radio I have. We tested it at short range and it works. This weekend we will test it at longer range and see what happens.
    I think one of my upcoming projects this winter will be to set up an antenna on my roof with a wire cable stretching fifty feet down to the fence and see how much I can get out of that little five watt Baofeng radio. My Ham radio friend will be working with me on this project and he's curious too.

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    1. captain - check www.cabelas.com for a good parka....you'll be able to find your size and you will be able to find what you are looking for there. my hubby has got some weapon accessories and fishing gear from the canadian site and he was impressed with the cheap shipping and speed of shipping. and the american site is really good, too, and has great reviews. hope this helps buddy. much love captain. xox

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    2. CC: Do you know the link for Deluths? I never heard of it and I'm always looking for new sources of supply. Like you, I mostly listen on the radio and rarely talk. I don't want to draw attention to myself, for one thing. For another, I'm not much of a conversationalist.

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    3. Duluth (note the spelling) Trading Company (http://www.duluthtrading.com/) does sell some nice clothes and products but be aware that despite the colorful text accompanying the descriptions, much of the products are Made In China.

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    4. Hey Everyone!


      (captaincrunch)

      Yeah' I'd like to get an American made Parka, but I ain't got $300 to $500 to spend on a Parka (thanks to commies that run the country)

      I really like Duluth trading companies clothes so far. Great stuff even if its made in Commie China.

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    5. I'm ok with Chinese products. As long as they meet my needs, I don't care where items are from. Thanks for the URL.

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  4. I'm awaiting my Lehmans catalog, there are a few things I need to get for the cabin and possibly home. There is, unfortunately, only so much space and money.

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    1. With the hours you are putting in Max, you should be "stiff with blunt" as the Brits say (or used to in the Victorian Era.) Maybe you should add on another storage building.

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  5. Another "Gold Star" for Lehman's !
    I have used them for several years. Quality is great, and the best customer service I have encountered in a long time.

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    1. They're good folks, and they have very high quality merchandise, often of a nature that can't be found anywhere else. They have always done me right, and their goods are as advertised. I give them a gold star as well.

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  6. That second catalogue looks right up my street. I've been looking at grain mills on the Internet and I'm still none the wiser - do you have one at your place? I have access to as much grain as I can use from my fathers farm so it would be a good thing to use anyway if I start making more bread.

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    1. Kev, I do have a grain mill. I paid around $200 for it, but I had been warned not to buy a cheap one and having used mine for some years now, I agree with the sage advice I was given. Buy a good one. Mine has provision for hooking it up to a bicycle frame or small motor to save your arm muscles. I'd say that's a good feature. Someone on the blog there's some pictures of the grain mill but I don't remember which post.

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  7. kev,
    go to the survivalist blog dot com.
    m d creekmore hosts. he just did a review of some grain mills.
    some years ago countryside magazine [and small stock journal] had a side by side comparison chart of mills. don't know if it is online.
    deb h.

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