Latrines Episode 3 – Long Term Pit

So the final word on latrines…

I’m sure you’ve been dying in anticipation.

The key to a long term latrine is depth and size.  Taking the time to do it right will save you a ton of headaches later. The closer your latrine is going to be to your home site the deeper and better constructed your going your pit to be.

If you have limited protected space, your going to want to make your latrine inside that space, and that means building it correctly.

The key take away from the movie is the construction. Note how deep the pit is, and they are lining it with bricks mortared together to give it extra strength. (You don’t want it collapsing in on itself as it gets partially filled.

Also take note of the way they built the lid. Reinforce the concrete with re-bar for strength, and set several bricks down for the entry hole, and another for a vent that will go through your ceiling covering to vent the pit. (remember to use a cover on the vent pope so rain won’t flow in.

Then you can unbolt a john from any house and set it over your lid hole.

Zombies Ahead

So just a few days ago in Fort Mills a significant outbreak occurred in a farm house.

The military was called in, burning three houses and about twenty acres to the ground while clearing out an infestation which could have spread much wider. They thought they had the area completely cordoned off, but as is often the case in emergencies, the public wandered right in, seeing the signs meant for the military at the border of the quarantine zone.

Sucker Punch (2011)

Sucker Punch (2 Out of 5 Graves)

I have to say this was a disappointment for me.  I was looking forward to the movie coming out. The previews had me psyched. The style and the story had me salivating.

Unfortunately, I understand why the name of the movie is named “Sucker Punch” now.

It draws you in with great visuals, and then wham-o, your disappointed with the end result. I’m sure the director thought he was being very intelligent with the twist at the end, but when you sell me steak, serve me a steak. (God-Damn-It….)

Don’t get me emotionally invested in a character and then throw them on the fire for the sake of having an “artistic” ending.

It would have been so much more enjoyable if they had shown a bit more ass cheek and changed the last ten minutes of the movie.

Evil Russian Robots

So the real question is – did they get it to work?

And you know if they did it with a dog they moved on to monkeys, and then criminals stuck in some Siberian prison camp.

Somewhere, deep in a vault in Russia, its location lost in a filing cabinet in Moscow is a slowly stirring beast, not sure where it is, but knowing it wants blood.

Reanimate the Dead – No Seriously

Good old Doctor Sergei S. Bryukhonenko.  Thank you for your work on the primitive heart/lung machine, and the amazing (and disturbing) bit of history about trying to keep a dog’s head alive with the device. The autojektor was his attempt at an early heart/lung machine and the original human compatible model can be found in the Museum of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Scientific Center of Cardiovascular Surgery in Russia.

His prototype work however was on keeping a dogs head alive after it had been surgically removed from its body.  This was the stated purpose anyway. (more to come on that later)

Skip to around 3:40 for the gruesome images of the bodiless dog.
These experiments were done in the 1930’s, and while medical research was a stated goal, I don’t believe it was the only goal.
Oh, and this is why my dogs hate the Russians.

Latrines Episode 2 – Cat Hole

You’ve survived getting out of town and you’ve made it into woods.  You saw a group of undead scouts yesterday, but you think you’ve put enough distance between you and them to be safe for now.

But the breakfast burrito isn’t sitting well and your not going to make to too much further with stomach cramps.

A Cat Hole is a simple thing, but extremely important when you’re out in the open.  Dig  a pit a foot deep and as wide as your hand (or wider if your aim is bad or you’re some type of mutant) and leave the dirt at the back of the pit.

A Cat Hole is a single use pit.  Once you use it, use the dirt to fill in the hole.

Why? – You might ask?  The undead are hungry, and taking a crap against a tree might be quick and easy, but is it worth attracting the zombies when the wind shifts?

Take a few minutes to do it right and use a Cat Hole.

Latrines Episode 1 – Bucket Toilet

It’s not a glamorous part of survival. But if you are still a breather, your also a pooper.

It’s a simple fact of life.  You’ve secured your doors, barred your windows, and planned for your supply of water and food.

The horde is eight deep outside, and your curled up with a copy of War and Peace, ready to read it from end to end – but your stomach is rolling over and over and the last time you flushed the water was no longer running and your afraid to use the loo for fear its just going to sit there.

You could empty the potted plant and use the planter, but its got drainage holes. Not the best plan.

Plan ahead – keep a few bucket toilets stacked in a closet.  You can snap them closed when full and throw them off the roof.

You get one point for every zombie that you get pudding on.

Water – The Most Important Survival Tool 3.5


I promise this is the last post on water (for a while at least).

The last procedure to get drinking water is really the root method from 3.0, but it is used when you don’t have any dirty water to begin with.

You need the same basic items, a sheet of plastic, a poncho, the bigger the sheet of plastic the more water you can recover, and a cup to collect the water in.

Step 1….Dig a pit as deep and wide as your piece of plastic and in the general shape of a cone.

Step 2….Place your catch cup at the bottom of the pit, making sure the lip is at least an inch above the dirt.

Step 3…Put your plastic over the pit and drape it so the apex is over your catch cup. Pile dirt up around the outside edges to hold the plastic in place.

Step 4…Put a small rock or other object at the middle of the plastic and make sure the weight making the apex of your plastic is over your catch cup.

Step 5….Weight for the moisture in the ground to evaporate and get caught in the plastic.

Note…This technique takes a good bit of time but doesn’t require any water to begin with which can be useful if you’ve run out of town and you’ve got no water.  Leave the plastic in place for at least 24 hours and you’ll have a few sips of water to drink.