Water usually only penetrates the outer layers of dead wood, so your best bet is to use a knife or hatchet to strip away the damp outer layer.
Gather some kindling, dead wood that is about as wide as your finger or less.
Pine will usually make a great fire starter, the sap/resin is flammable after it is heated.
Use a sharp knife/hatchet to strip away as ...
Order a taxi to take you straight to your home. For this case, I keep telephone numbers of trusted taxis in my pocket. While waiting, eat a sandwich in the nearest cafe :)
I always wear a rain jacket with a hood outside (if I feel that there will be or is a rainy weather), like this
If you have such a jacket, then pull its ...
Depending on the type of hole, you may be able to plug it with silicone. Vendors sell silicone (primarily for cars) in squeezable tubes.
Dry your shoe thoroughly and apply the silicone to the hole.
Try to fill the entire hole.
If the hole goes all the way through the shoe, then also try the duct tape on the inside to provide another layer of protection.
Run, but be careful not to go too quickly, so that you don't slip. Try and stay under cover as much as possible (trees, awnings, someone else's umbrella).
Try and judge which way the wind is blowing. Then, even if you're not perfectly under cover, staying behind buildings might block some rain.
I usually tend to get into the car, partly close the door with the umbrella held just high enough to go over the door. Hold the top part with your right hand, and move the bottom handle up to fold the umbrella with your left hand. After closing, move it inside the car, and close the door.
When opening the umbrella (to the left) I start high up, and likewise ...
Use Doritos (or other chips) as a fire starter. It turns out that the chemicals, powdered flavors, and oil in the chips make the perfect combination for combustion and snack. If you change your mind, you can always eat them.
See the videos demonstrating it:
Camping Tip: A Doritos Fire [GoPro Video]
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Growing up as a skateboarder I had to constantly deal with holes in my shoes. The two best ways to fill them and also make sure they are waterproof are:
Shoe Goo, which is available in most places including Walmart and Amazon, easy to use, takes a few hours to set up properly and works for a long time. Sets to a bit of a soft consistency which can make it ...
When you are in regions with regular rain, seek a place where you can stay for 5 minutes. After that the rain will stop wetting you instantly and you could use anything that covers your head (newspaper, jacket) to help against the wetting.
When you are in regions where sudden bursts of monsoon hit you, do observe the locals. If the street suddenly empties ...
Run as fast as you can to the nearest shelter without risking slipping.
From this BBC article, the equation of wetness (roughly) is:
W = p*[a * V_r / V_p + A]*D
Where W is wetness, p is the rain density, a is your "top-side" surface area, A is your "front-side" surface area, V_r is rain velocity and V_p is your own velocity. D is distance to the nearest ...
Modern technology lets you hack this problem away!
In most parts of the world, weather forecasting is performed at least daily, and in many places you can get accurate hour-by-hour predictions. One of the main things they try to predict is whether there will be precipitation. As you can see from this study, the best predictors as of 7 years ago were ...
First of all, if humidity is a recurrent problem, you might want to consider investing in a dehumidifier, some might seem costly but they are really worth it, I bought one for 75 dollars for my parents' house, the ambience has improved so much and my mom's health as well(as you mention, the constant humidity made my mom sick, she had fungus stored in her ...
Enter and exit under a porte-cochère.
Earn gratitude points by holding the umbrella for someone else entering and leaving, whether a parent or friend. Be forewarned: whether Walt Raleigh actually performed the altruistic act of protecting Liz with his cloak, he wound up being executed anyway.
Get a Mercedes gullwing or replicar. The doors open overhead.
The most important factor with very low sun angles is to make sure the windshield is very clean, both outside (easy) and inside. Cleaning the inside with glass cleaner and paper towels will remove a surprising amount of film that, if left on the glass, will scatter light, obscuring background objects (like the ones you're trying not to collide with) when ...
Once dirt has attached itself to the car's surfaces, rain often isn't enough to dislodge it. You need soap of some sort. This will attract the dirt particles and encapsulate them so you can rinse them off.
Among the larger dirt particles you can find e.g. sand and other abrasives. This makes it important not to smear the dirt around, because that way you'...
Be prepared and buy a repair product in advance.
Mending your lether shoe using duct tape or special glue is a nice idea.
There are special repair glues (like Pattex repair gel in Europe) available in your hardware store or building center. Look for the attributes:
suitable for your materials
How to apply? Normally these one component ...
The easiest way is to polish your shoes with wax.
Rub the beeswax over the entirety of the shoe. Use dishwashing gloves or rubber gloves to keep your hands clean.
If you don't have beeswax, use the candle wax.
When finish, optionally you can use your hair dryer (with high heat) to eliminate the whitish color (so the wax will melt into material even deeper)...
I use 3 methods (in decreasing order of preferability and safety):
Sunglasses. Preferably polarized ones, these reduce the sun's glare without making everything else too dark.
A baseball cap: I can usually angle it to block out the sun without blocking too much else. Works reasonably well for highway driving, not so much in city traffic (you have to ...
This answer cannot account for your transportation. If you ride cabs, drive yourself or use the bus, I cannot account for that. Because these factors differ everywhere
Carry a reasonably water proof bag with you. If you have a purse or other handbag you can use that to cover your head at least and deflect some of the water from your body.
Use water proof gaffer tape. This is a very strong binding tape that will keep out water. The difference between gaffer tape and Duct tape is it is slightly more expensive, however the adhesive element won't leave a residue on the window which can happen with Duct Tape.
Based on your description this should hold up as a temporary measure, and it is easily ...
If it was only once, and only for a "couple of hours", you probably did not reach freezing temperatures. Especially if you did not let any windows open.
You can search for any glass-made bottle of water. If it is broken without other reason, the house reached freezing temperatures.
While I am not an expert, I think that an occasional 27 F is not enough to ...
Whenever you are hiking collect the bark of fallen birch trees (Please leave the living trees alone!). It's white, looks like paper and burns really well. I had a bag of it in my backpack when I was a camp counselor because my boss had a rule that you could only burn wood you found.
They sell padded car covers which are specifically marketed for "hail protection".
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But if you need something in a pinch, you can adapt your winter tarp for that purpose.
If the tarp itself provides little protection, add a thick blanket or comforter underneath to add a little padding. Even a few pillows will effectively ...
If you have a waterproof jacket with a membrane like gore-tex. there is nothing you can do.
If it´s puntured you can seal those but when the waterproof membrane is damaged over a large area or damaged trough general use or washing with the wrong dispersion - it had it´s time.
Worked at an outdoor-outfitter, so i can back this up.
The reliable and accurate way to keep a record of the minimum (or maximum) ambient temperature for any time is by using a recording thermometer.
There are several different makes and models. Some keep a running record of the temperature with a pen trace on a roll of paper for over a week. They typically work with a wind-up spring-activated movement. This ...
I was successful in removing odor from winter boots using baking soda. I just put the dust inside, and wore them normally.
The small drawback is that the socks might get whitey - the soda getting attached to them. Remove the soda from the socks by shaking or washing.
In your case, if the smell goes deep into the fabric of the shoes, you may need to ...
Get a heavy, reinforced plastic tarpaulin large enough to cover the driveway (or multiple standard tarps, lapped with the ones toward the top of the hill over the lower ones), and make sure it's laid out before the snow gets well started. Once the snow has stopped, find the bottom corners of each tarp and drag the tarp down slope, taking the snow with it. ...
Fire from wet log
This was actually one of the summer camp challenges in outdoor organisation I was at kid. It was called fire from a wet log. You were supposed to start a fire using only:
piece of log that has been under water for 2 days
This assumes that the center of the log isn't completely damp. The solution was:
chop down half of ...