You all know that I’m a prepper so I personally believe that someday a doomsday scenario will take place in the United States. To me and my family, it’s not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” this will happen. When this day does eventually come around, we have no idea how long we might find ourselves having to survive on our own. If civilized society breaks down, one thing is for sure, you won’t be able to take your generator down to your local small engine shop and ask them to tune it up for you.
I’m fortunate enough to be married to a man who happens to be pretty handy when it comes to fixing things. When money was tight, he’s repaired our cars on numerous occasions. Granted, there have been times when the repair was too complicated for his skill level but over all, he’s actually been able to do quite a few of the repairs that we needed himself. One time, he even replaced the engine in our Ford Bronco II. He had never attempted such a big job but with the help of a service manual and A LOT OF PATIENCE, he was actually able to complete the job.
When the day comes that chaos ensues, I know that he’ll be able to keep our equipment running. The main things that he might need to fix are things like our cars, our generators, and our tractor.
Where to Start?
If you aren’t very mechanically inclined, my advice to you would be to start with the simple things like changing the oil in your lawn mower. Then you might want to work your way up to changing the oil in your car. You might then want to learn how to do a tune up on your car. Believe it or not, it’s not very difficult to do a basic tune up. This usually just entails changing the spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, rotor, and air filter. Of course, this is just a basic tune up but if you can do these things yourself, you’ll be glad that you have these skills someday.
Prepare Yourself for Success
Trust me when I say that the last thing you want to find yourself doing is trying to figure out how to fix something without the aid of a good service manual. I’m not talking about the owner’s manual that might come with your generator, although this is important to have because it will contain information on some specific maintenance procedures that you should be doing on a regular basis. An owners manual usually contains basic information on how to operate a particular piece of machinery but a genuine service manual will contain detailed instructions on how to do specific types of repairs. It will also contain important specifications such as what type of spark plugs to use, what the spark plug’s gap should be set to, what the torque specifications for various nuts, bolts and screws are, and much more. Having access to a good service manual could be the difference between your equipment becoming useless to you and you being able to perform any necessary repairs yourself when this get chaotic.
Prepping Requires Education
Being a good prepper is much more than simply stockpiling hundreds of pound of rice and beans. Part of becoming a good prepper is making sure that you educate yourself in ways to help you survive doomsday. A good idea that you might want to consider would be to sign up for some local adult education courses. A couple that would be really helpful would be a basic automobile repair course as well as a small engine repair course. Armed with the information and skills that you can get by attending classes like this, you’ll be much more prepared if you ever find yourself in the position of having to do a repair on your generator when the power grid goes down.