Taking care of suburbia house in "prepper" way

How to avoid signing your life over to a mortgage
Post Reply
Stahlmann
Posts: 351
Joined: Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:05 pm

Taking care of suburbia house in "prepper" way

Post by Stahlmann » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:36 am

Hello,

,, I may won't win, but I won't loose"

Disclaimer:
1) I would be happy as I wouldn't inherit anything "positive", but I also don't want to deal with "problems" when members of my family will be in "late autumn stage" of their life. Yep, I'm antisocial.
1a) I'd be angry if father started to enjoy young ladies after doing reverse RE credit or mother started to gather some Hyper Consumerist Magic Chair Which Heals Your Back Problems (she has one already) for only 2999 USD stuff... However I'm learning to accept this.
2) I know I can't change people. I also don't want to do so. I want to have some influence on people who influenced my life pretty much.
2) Not everybody heard about fancy books on taking advantage of living capitalist in their youth. Not everybody is smart to use this knowledge.
3) Much cash assets where spend on raising me, so I feel a bit pressure to "succeed" as next aspiring member of middle class member... but I'm not interested.
4) Yep, I sacrifice much of my posts on being parasite to my parents... However, I was raised as catholic kid, also my sense of empathy is pretty high... Saying no to their needs in 10-15 year frame, because "some fancy idea from the internet" would be move I won't consider... So this why I'm interested in hedged solutions. Yep, I heard about "kk thx for the ride, that was nice; I hope there's better place out there; xoxo bb"-answer as cynic sociopathic nietzschean Ayn's Rand atlasian person.

What happened in the past to precious suburbia house:
1) Somebody tried to destroy windows using snowballs.
2) Somebody tried to commit breaking in through garage, but "security measures" prevented it.
3) Somebody felt invited to our house, because doors were opened... the guy was looking for the job. Yep, we normally close doors in my country with locks.

What I fear:
0) Insurance would be pretty high in monetary terms. I also worry that this difficult to stand up to standard condition what they can insure... or saying "you didn't fulfilled condition no. 4342a so no money after accident, kk thx bb".
1) Arson from stupid people... So it's like they pour canister of gasoline, fire it up... and whole house can burn down :o :o :o ?!?! We build houses from brick in EU.
2) Self arson due to failure of gas furnace.
3) Break in. Some people don't believe in non-aggression principle. I also believe that "professional criminals" are smarter (or less "emphatic") than potential home gun owner (this statement is my "official" anti-gun view atm if somebody is interested) . In my country it's difficult to obtain weapons. They also punish you pretty harshly for self-defense. PLEASE DON"T TURN THIS TOPIC TO DEBATE BETWEEN GUN PROPONENTS VS GUN OPPONENTS.
4) It's pretty hard to use "I run faster than my aggressor"-technique when somebody is uninvited guest to your house.

I thought about buying pepper gas, but... I worry about what is presented in comedies. I try to pepper somebody face, eventually I suffer from effects of this gas.

What I want to do:
1) Reconsider insurance of the house.
2) Buying fire estinguisher.
3) Installing gas monitors in the basement.
4) Buying strongbox... expensive.


What do you things?
What else can I do?

jacob
Site Admin
Posts: 9712
Joined: Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:38 pm
Location: USA, Zone 5b, Koppen Dfa, Elev. 620ft, Walkscore 73
Contact:

Re: Taking care of suburbia house in "prepper" way

Post by jacob » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:53 am

I'm not sure what the disclaimer was about, but here's a few steps you can do to harden up the house.

1) Fire extinguisher next to gas furnace; in the kitchen; and in each bedroom.
2) CO and fire alarms (radioactive and photon based, alternate). One on each floor + 1 in each bedroom.
3) Install a deadbolt. Replace screws in strike plate and door hinges with much longer ones (7+cm) that go into the door frame. Outer doors should be solid wood or steel (not hollow core). You could do this for all doors internally as well.
4) You can bar the windows. This also means it's hard to get out if there's a fire. Shutters are a less ugly/less effective alternative.
5) Get the chimney cleaned if necessary (soot fire).
6) Fence the property. Steel fence is the cheapest, easiest, and ugliest.

Stahlmann
Posts: 351
Joined: Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:05 pm

Re: Taking care of suburbia house in "prepper" way

Post by Stahlmann » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:38 am

I'm not sure what the disclaimer was about, but here's a few steps you can do to harden up the house. - Yep, I meant this. Let's go in this direction ;)

1) Fire extinguisher next to gas furnace; in the kitchen; and in each bedroom.
-> to do
2) CO and fire alarms (radioactive and photon based, alternate). One on each floor + 1 in each bedroom.
-> to do
3) Install a deadbolt. Replace screws in strike plate and door hinges with much longer ones (7+cm) that go into the door frame. Outer doors should be solid wood or steel (not hollow core). You could do this for all doors internally as well.
-> interesting need to ponder on this. I worry about entrance and verandah on +1 floor level. Big window here. Easy to break in and put something what will fire up. Wood panelling in this room.
4) You can bar the windows. This also means it's hard to get out if there's a fire. Shutters are a less ugly/less effective alternative.
-> on 0 level this is done.
-> practically everyelse we ahve this http://www.twojamarkiza.pl/images/top/r ... etrzne.jpg
They call it antitheft, but... It's more like it's possible to move them up from outside, but it makes a lot noise.
5) Get the chimney cleaned if necessary (soot fire).
-> this is done time to time
6) Fence the property. Steel fence is the cheapest, easiest, and ugliest.
-> done. I worry about the fact that somebody can enter through jumping on some constrution behind (our) concrete wall to our garden. This probably happened in the past.

User avatar
Riggerjack
Posts: 2204
Joined: Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:09 am

Re: Taking care of suburbia house in "prepper" way

Post by Riggerjack » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:25 pm

Glass windows can be reinforced with security films, available on eBay. Ideally, you would want to pull the glass out, apply film, and reinstall the window, so film extends into frame. Not too spendy, not too easy, but it will do. Failing that, glass can be replaced with polycarbonate sheet, or you can put up polycarbonate sheet over the windows like a storm window.

Violence has never required two party consent, but preventative measures can make you a more difficult target. Best practices include preventative measures, and not making a target of yourself. Sometimes that means keeping your mouth shut. Or so I hear, never tried it myself...

Post Reply