Of preps, plans and a reality check
By Dyers Eve
Before I get into my post, I wish to preface my following statements. I am a 43 year old veteran that grew up in a small North Central Central Florida town. Having lived a fairly poor childhood and in a hurricane hotspot most of my life has made me a prepper by default. The advantage to growing up poor (I say poor but I really never knew it that way until I was older), is that I learned to be resilient and have always been able to think through things and make do with what was available.
About 8 years ago I left Florida for a job promotion and after the housing market crash I ended up in the “Inter-mountain West”. I have always prescribed to 5G coverage (guns, generator, gas, grub, gallons and gallons of water). I have adequate preps for my family and I, plus a little more for good measure.
Just a few days ago a large winter snow storm struck our area. Funny thing is they newscasters named the storm “Bruno” for some odd reason or another. Anyway we lost power, the first time in 4 years or so I should add. I wasn’t worried because I have an 11,000 watt welder/generator for my business. We lost power and I wanted to get to my items that were in my detached garage. My garage has no manual door opener, just electric. Only a few preps are in my garage, my welder/generator and SO cord linking to the house being 2. Well, not having given adequate forethought to the matter, I went to open my garage but I quickly found no power no entry to the garage. I felt like a moron. Yes I could have used my ax but it wasn’t an emergency. I had plenty of firewood for heat and had already made dinner so no real big deal. BUT, it did get me thinking….What if?
So, I thought for a little bit and tried to find some commercially available mechanisms to solve my issue I had just experienced. None are to be found. I went to the local “depot” store and all their specialists said was “the door has a release cord on the inside, just use that”. I guess they didn’t understand my explanation.
So I decided to think out side the box, a little.
I purchased a Master Lock Select Access locking key storage box. It is die cast steel and fairly durable and secure. It has a 4 number combination lock mechanism. I mounted it to the outside of the garage door fairly high, making sure it cleared on opening and closing. I mounted it with 1/4″ bolts, nuts, lock washers and large fender washers. I drilled a larger (approximately 1/2″ hole in the back of the box that mounts against the door. And a corresponding hole in the door as well. I tied a 1/4″ rope to the release cord and ran it through the lock box and used a fender washer and tied a knot. I made sure there were no obstructions to catch on the rope and verified adequate clearance.
It works like a charm. Next time we lose power it may be for an extended period of time, this problem has been solved. Cost $30 for the lock box, I had spare hardware and rope. Installation time 45 minutes.
I currently live in a rental house, although it is long term, I am unable to install a “man door” in the garage due to lease rules. Is this a permanent solution? Maybe. I am going to fabricate a thicker piece of steel with corresponding holes to place on the backside of the door to stiffen up the box mounting.
I hope this helps some fellow preppers having a similar issue.
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3 thoughts on “Of preps, plans and a reality check…….”
Adaptability to unforeseen circumstances is an excellent prepper skill.
Good thinking, and not too expensive. Will tell my grandson about this, he has same situation. Thanks!
Have to give you a “10” for creativity!
Excellent write up with great photographs!