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Some Useful Forums - Please add.
« on: November 01, 2010, 06:18:19 AM »
Forums and self-reliance go hand-in-hand. In a forum you get to speak to real world people about their experiences, problems and solutions. For the most part, free of financial incentive. You can weigh up the advice you receive and move forward with a balanced overview of the issues at hand.

Here's a list of some UK based internet forums I frequent:

The Navitron Renewable Energy and Sustainability Forum: Navitron is a commercial renewable technology company, but their forum is very free form. People openly slag off Navitron products and sing the virtues of competitors products, and that's okay. Loads of stuff on renewable systems, off-grid installations and how to do it all absolutely as cheaply as possible.

BushcraftUK: The forum for all sorts of bushy folk. Bushcraft equips you to adapt yourself to challenging natural environments in a sustainable way. A wealth of resources on living off the land while keeping warm, dry and mobile. Excellent kit reviews and an active trading section. There are definitely a few doomers on there, but they keep a lid on things for the most part.

BritishBlades: For all things sharp and pointy. As much for craftsmen and smiths as for enthusiasts.

Downsizer: for a sustainable and ethical future: A homesteading forum. Level headed folk of the earth, don't like politics much. Would rather hoe their radishes.

Ludlow Survivors Group: A British survivalist forum, yes really! Have to admit I haven't poked around here as much as I'd like. You have to stay active if you don't want your account deleted.

PowerSwitch: I did quite a famous rant about this place back on the old LATOC board. I don't think I've ever been PM'd more on any other subject! Powerswitch is a PO board for Brits - but it tends towards doom lite.

Jack's Shed: Dedicated to countrymen ways - I recently found this place when researching the catapult thread. Looks interesting although haven't explored it thoroughly.

Airgun Forum and Airgun BBS both do similar things in similar ways. I prefer the latter but both sites are useful.

Various car forums. This sounds obvious, probably because it is. But whatever car you drive, join the relevant forum. You can get diagnosis for head-scratchingly complex faults in about 5 minutes. These places are peopled by ex-works technicians, retired mechanics, and people who rebuild engines for fun. They want to help you. Over the years I've saved 10's of thousands of pounds by running cheap old cars with technical support from internet forums.

Bit of a specialised one here: Song of the Paddle - Everything canoe and kayak, lots of resources on self-build

Small Woodland Owners Group for all things arboreal

Candle Power Forums for folks who are scared of the dark


EDIT: Forums added by other boardmembers - mostly SD actually!  ;D:

DIY Doctor the clue is in the name.

DIYnot does the same thing in a similar way, but has a borderline ironic name.

ebuild.co.uk a selfbuild forum with lots of great stuff and a very slick look.

American Preppers Network - massive resource, and they don't like apostrophes...

P2S - The British Preppers site SD linked has moved and incorporated with some other diehards to produce this forum.

modernsurvivalonline.com - not a forum, but lots of *.pdf's to download. This one should probably be incorporated into midwestherbalist's stunning Hubbert's Arms Old Knowledge Database
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Re: Some Useful Forums - Please add.
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010, 10:18:04 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2010, 10:42:31 AM »
i liked the internet grocer for ordering stuff

hell i used to have a thread on all my prep sites and information sites....lost it dammit in the exodus

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2010, 11:36:08 AM »
i liked the internet grocer for ordering stuff

hell i used to have a thread on all my prep sites and information sites....lost it dammit in the exodus

I bookmarked a lot of your links in a single folder titled "lady-t's stuff". Happy to pm them to you so you can add them into the relevant threads. Might take me a couple of days - chimney sweep comes today and we are getting new windows fitted tomorrow.

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2010, 02:31:27 PM »
way cool slow dazzle YOU ROCK!!!!! ;D

they should be here so that other people have them

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Re: Some Useful Forums - Please add.
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2010, 04:25:58 PM »
UK DIY Doctor Forums - Good Forums IMO


DIYnot is good too. Found them very useful when sorting out my boiler a few years back.
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2010, 05:04:17 PM »
Another one worth having a look at:

ebuild.co.uk: UK Self Build and DIY Advice Forums

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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2010, 05:20:30 PM »
"People with opinions just go around bothering one another." Buddha

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there." Jelaluddin Rumi

"In the long run we are all dead" John Maynard Keynes

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2010, 05:24:27 PM »
Looks good - lots of free downloads too.

Main site

http://www.americanpreppersnetwork.com/

Downloads

http://www.preppers.info/Free_Downloads.html

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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2011, 09:43:42 PM »
www.killkenny.com

. . . started by my ex-wife. I understand she's sleeping with uh,... obtaining sponsors.
Normal people worry me . . . (MLK)

Media's rigid formula of so-called objectivity has given the lie the same prominence and impact that truth is given . . . they have elevated the influence of fools to that of wise men . . . they have elevated the ignorant to the level of the learned . . .  they have elevated the evil to the level of the good. (Sevareid)

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Re: Some Useful Forums - Please add.
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2011, 03:10:52 AM »
I think we ought to have an all-inclusive self-defense forum right here - guns, knives, unarmed, cane swords, situational awareness etc.

Yeah, links, but it might be less intimidating to have discussions right here, plus there wouldn't be the annoying rightwing politics found at almost all the other sites.

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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2011, 01:30:28 PM »
I think we ought to have an all-inclusive self-defense forum right here - guns, knives, unarmed, cane swords, situational awareness etc.

Yeah, links, but it might be less intimidating to have discussions right here, plus there wouldn't be the annoying rightwing politics found at almost all the other sites.

Hosting such a forum in the UK would draw unwelcome attention from TPTB - they would shut it down. Also, if HA became associated with violence, even if it is defensive violence - it would really tarnish our reputation. The British mindset is completely different to the US one on this subject.

You should set one up, Broil!
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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2011, 04:20:03 PM »
Self defense is an oxymoron for subjects of the Queen; the government is serious about it's monopoly on violence.
I've given up on waiting for other people to get it.  Now, I'm waiting for it to get them.

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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2011, 01:02:22 PM »
My other piece of advice, Copperfield, said Mr. Micawber, you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and, in short, you are for ever floored. As I am. - C.Dickens