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  1. Mt_Rider. The 'boxed' ones Shelaughs mentioned are called 'irradiation' or 'retort' packaged. The ones I have seen do have a date, but based on the possible plastic break down. Something like twelve years. The packaging is the same as the juice sipper boxes with straw attached that you have probably seen. They are filled, sealed, and irradiated in a cobalt-60 exposure vault to sterilize. The irradiation process is a 'hot button' with a lot of survivalists, which has always stuck me as odd, as that is how their much loved MREs are done, You can also get juices, we have tried the apple and concord grape. There are also the kinder's chocolate drink ones There was also a 'gatoraide' sports drink. We do not use or stock these, they are simply not rugged enough for individual pack use, they can pop due to direct pressure or heat. But the squared packaging would be a definite plus. Sarah
  2. MtRider, Yes, the CD as in Civil Defense. The concerns were companies where you could buy anything to stock your shelter. The canned water was just that, in campbell soup sized cans. Those cans, and we have a few left in the museum, are still good. Sarah
  3. Whenever someone mentions canning water, I get a flashback to the cans of water the CD shelter supply companies sold. I wonder if any of those concerns still exist. And have any of you mylar bagged water? Another flashback was the CD water bricks, brick sized plastic with a spout, designed to stack/interlock like bricks, reportedly excellent radiation shielding.
  4. Have you looked at PhotoSort? I think there is a demo/trial version. I am sure there are others, but that is what we use to detect duplicates in our digitization work.
  5. No, not the generic refilled (which you can do yourself). I mean the empty reloadable carts or a CIS. Sorry if I was not clear. Sarah
  6. Umm... Have you looked into the reloadable carts or a CIS? No ink in them when bought, and you fill them at your atmospheric pressure. No pressurization in shipment. I admit I am spoiled in this, as we make our own specialty inks (MICR). I get 'sticker shock' every time I look at standard carts, and what people are paying. Last bulk of 'standard' ink, enough for six full refills, was under $30. The refill carts were under $30 too. Milk works with most 'pigment' inks, like the majority of our HP brand printers, but not the dye inks (like our Brother brand printers). I never found a good cleaner for those, best I have found is repeated lye washings with blueing. As to the other things in this list, more 'sticker shock' for me. Sarah (memo to self, price out the Celestial Seasonings teas in bulk vs box)
  7. There is another alternate you might want to look out for, instead of the cold / gel packs, which have to be frozen beforehand. The Army uses cold bags where you put in water, and it freezes. Cloth bag. Reusable. You sometimes see them at surplus sites. Five or six uses, drying out each time. They used to be part of our medic kits. There are also 'pull tab' packs, like a desiccator brick, but not reusable.. I just got busted by my Lee. Sipping a bit of pickle juice. She told me that there is a lot of potassium in that. Hmm... Never thought of that, just like the taste occasionally.
  8. May be, but discontinued policy. When shipping insulin, must now be a minimum 36 cu inch space. The cold packs were liquidizing the boxs, and then freezing the insulin vials. You have a 'collectable' there.
  9. Thank you to both of you. I especially enjoyed the comments in the instructable. I am going to put this search on hold, so it will show up when not looking. His used lemon juice.
  10. Related. Looking for the original recipe for Gator Aide. I know it is in Majere's study somewhere, but not finding it. Anybody got it?
  11. Heat is especially nasty to folks with limited sodium diets. Nu-Salt is one brand of commercial Potassium Chloride salt substitute (100%). What got me is that a tablespoon is 90% of the RDA. Another old trick is to put a 'pinch' of baking soda in two liters of tea, to clarify, and baking soda is an 'electrolyte'. Sipping on some 'sweet water', our stevia tea. .
  12. In Virginia, a library must have a notary on shift at all times. Yes, I am. Virginia also had, for a short time, the 'electronic' notary. Finally struck from the law, it was a get-more-money by the commonwealth.
  13. I hope you have. The 'dawn' version is one I knew, but did not do well with. The trick is getting the babies also. The borax supposedly will do that, and I found no dissension in my web searches. The 'buzz'ers are normally the males, who are on guard, but have no stinger. But the female does, but will try to not use it. In past times, the kinder would take rackets and 'volley'. Another tip, some folks say they will not use treated lumber, latex painted, or oil painted. All false. But I have noted that they have not touched any of the milk painted woodwork. Sarah
  14. Got alerts this time, Mt_Rider.
  15. Another tip came my way, after posting the boxax vs ants kill. We have carpenter bees. While I love bees, and these are good pollinators, the damage they do to the wood structures is unacceptable. Plus I think that the carpenter bees territorial aspects keep the honey bees at bay, and I like them more. There is/was a product, home made, called 'bee butter'. It uses a repellent, I think is named Pymethrine, mixed with petroleum jelly, about 4% ratio. It has great knock down, but must be syringe squirted into the carved channels and entrances, which are often quite high, and difficult to get to. And I do not like the long term toxicity. Use the ant kill, but six tablespoons of borax instead of three, and put in pump sprayer. Shake well, keep shaking. Wear gloves. Soak the wood, paying special attention to the channels and entrances. They come out of the nests, and drop. Plop Plop Buzz Buzz Stomp Stomp. But not getting them all.