Okay, I’ll admit that I baited you a little bit with that title but I wanted to grab your attention because I felt the need to remind you about some very important items to stock up on. I’m talking about screws, nuts, bolts, and nails! These items are things that the average prepper might not think to stockpile but doing so is extremely important.
One thing that we can all count on in life is that things WILL break. Whether you like it or not, you’re going to have mechanical breakdowns even after doomsday. Or should I say, “especially” after doomsday? Remember Murphy’s Law? If anything can go wrong, it will! That you can count on!
My husband does all of the mechanical repairs around our home and I can’t tell you how many times he has been able to save himself a trip to town when he needed a screw or some nuts and bolts. We live about 35 miles from town so it takes us quite a bit of time if we have to run to town for these types of supplies.
Let me give you a good example. This last Spring, my husband was spreading a load of crushed gravel on the hill on our driveway because we got a lot of rain and the big heavy UPS truck tore our driveway up really bad. The rain was really coming down and the longer it rained, the more our driveway was getting washed away. Wouldn’t you know it that shortly after the dump truck arrived with the load of rock, a crucial bolt on the front end loader of his tractor broke. Fortunately, he had the perfect size on hand and was able to make the repair within a few minutes and finish the job before our driveway washed away.
Because of how far we live from town, we have a bit more insight into how important it is to stockpile these kinds of items than someone who might live five miles from their local home improvement store. If we need to make a repair and we don’t have the supplies that we need on hand, it can be a major inconvenience for us. In a doomsday scenario, not having the right bolt or nut will be much more than a minor inconvenience.
So, what is a dedicated prepper to do? Should you go out and buy huge quantities of every size of fastener? If you’re dreading the idea of this, don’t fret because I have two good alternatives for you. The best news is that neither of these ideas are going to break the bank.
- The first idea is my personal favorite. Every time something breaks, we disassemble it and save every nut, bolt, and screw that is in it. Over the years, we have built up quite a big supply. Then, when my husband needs a fastener, he just has to rummage through his bucket to find the perfect match for whatever he might be fixing. When we pull a nail out, even if it’s bent, we save it. Nails are really easy to straighten with a hammer and you’d be surprised how quickly they add up when you start saving them.
- The second idea is to go to a junk yard that lets you pull your own parts off of old broken down cars. Take your tool box with you and start removing every size of nut, bolt, and screw that you can find. They won’t charge you much either because these aren’t usually the types of parts that people go to junk yards to buy.
So, the next time you hear someone say that preppers have a screw loose, just smile and be glad that you do!