Gum tin improved.

The Camel snus tin I’ve been using for my gum has been working great. With the seal in it, it’s water tight, at least keeping out sweat or any other moisture I get in my pockets. 

And it’s durable, even though its dented some from being pressed in the pocjet, the gum isn’t crushed or mangled. 

My only problem was the snus advertisement that it was.  

I don’t particularly care what other people do, and I try not to care what people think of what I do. But, I don’t want to be seen as possibly using snus. Or just seen as doing something that I don’t do, regardless of what… 

 So I dug out a can of paint. Was going to use basic black, but found this small can of Krylon that I had. It was an almost exact match to the blue my truck used to be. 

Truck hasn’t been that color for 5.5 years, didn’t need to keep it anymore, so might as well, right? 🙂 


Categories: Custom, EDC, Life-Philosophy, Modifications, Pocket-Tin-Kit, Theory/Thoughts, tool mods

New EDC/survival kits book.


Been meaning to post this since Christmas, but life keeps being “entertaining”, and I find myself too busy to really post anything important…





A really cool lady I know, also a good friend, (who amazingly finds this blog and the eccentric things I do interesting,) got me this sweet book for Christmas. 

It even came with a cool dedication she wrote in the title page, about trying to find something EDC related, and this was as close as she could get.

At first glance she is right, that this isn’t exactly EDC, but on the other hand, these kinds of kits are meant to be carried or at least close by, at all times, or they’re useless. So it is actually EDC, or anyway it is in part.  I think she hit the nail squarely on the head as far as finding me something interesting on my favorite topic! Actually one of the greatest gifts I got this year because of how much thought went into it.  (not that everything else I got wasn’t really cool, or thoughtful! ) 

Its a good read, its really well done.  not too technical, nor too simplified to be “talking down” to you all the time.   

Honestly, at this point I could probably write a book on this topic, having seen or read pretty much everything out there on personal preparedness and survival training. Or so I thought; I was most pleasantly surprised, that there are some new and interesting ideas in this one, and some cool products mentioned, that I’d never heard of before! 


Categories: EDC, Hunting, Life-Philosophy, New Gear, Outdoors, Pocket-Tin-Kit, Winter

EDCForums secret santa 2015 package!

Finally was able to go get my secret santa package thats been sitting at the post office since the 23rd…

Someone ordered me a cool little home hacks kit from Sugru!


I’ve wanted to try this stuff for a while now, just never got around to ordering any.

For those that don’t know, sugru is a moldable glue. Think silly putty with a permanent bond.  Its a rubber putty like compound in a sealed packet. Open it, mold it to what ever you need, and it sets up in 24 hours, turning into a silicone rubber.  It sticks to almost anything, wood, metal, plasitcs etc, is electrically insulated(says 24V max for safety), will withstand 356F and -58F, dishwasher proof, UV resistant… 

Only downside is it has a shelf life of 13 months from the date it was made, and the packets have an experation date marked on them. These say Jan 2017. Also says you can store it in the fridge to extend that life. Which is great, means it doesn’t mind the cold, and I can store a packet or to in the truck/ my work tools!  (need to find out how cold it can be to setup/cure)

Whats in the box is a idea/project booklet, and a small rounded Altoids like tin of goodies.







It has a couple lego plates, a couple magnets, some rubber bands, a washer, toothpick, and FIVE packets of sugru, in different colors! (I think the misc small stuff was soposed to be pressed into/held by the cardboard pieces so thats what they’re there for).

And in the bottom of the box is two tenis balls and a small roll of white masking tape.



So, the general concept of this kit is for home repairs and improvements or “hacks”. The book has some cool ideas, that I might post more about later(gonna try a couple).  Why tennis balls you ask?  Good question! One of those project ideas is a shoe holder… You glue the two tennis balls to a flat wall surface, and then hang the shoes by their heel/shaft area, over the balls! Brilliant, really.  

MacGyver would have Loved this! And I certainly do too!


Categories: Custom, Improviser, Life-Philosophy, MacGyver, MacGyverism, Modifications, New Gear, Pocket-Tin-Kit, Theory/Thoughts

Shortened ratchet tin kit

So, after my last post about the Altoids tin being too short, one friend requested that I finish the welding on my shortened truck bed project before tacking sectioning and wemding up a longer Altoids tin… Thats funny, but even more so if you know that that was my first though about 15 seconds after realizing the tin was too short…  “I wonder if I can cut up two and weld one back together longer….”
Serriously, thats exactly what I thought.

Another close friend sugested I cut off the ratchet… which I had already done when he suggested it…

You guys are getting to know me too well!


So anyway,

the Leatherman bit drive extension fit in the tin fine;





Just had to decide which ratchet to cut down…. If I ruined one it wouldn’t be much loss, I don’t carry either anymore anyway since I got the TengTools ratchet and bits from a friend in Norway…  but I didn’t want to lose the end driver function of either of them..  The Victorinox ratchet was less loss, since to reverse its drive you have to flip it over, and bits tend to push straight through it if you bear down on them… But both of those points are also applicable to Not wanting it in the tin to carry! The Topeak ratchet would be the good choice, since it has a reversing lever, and a stop collar that doesn’t let the bits all the way through…

But to cut off the Rocket ratchet short enough looses the end driver…. A minor to medium loss for actual driving, but  Huge of being able to put the extension on the end for handle leverage!




And it really is amazing, after you shorten one of these things, how much grip and leverage you lose by cutting just 1/2” to 3/4” off of a 3” or 3.5” tool!


I decided to cut the Teng Tools Ratchet… Its the slimmest, shortest, and already didn’t have a end that could be extended for leverage… In the year I’ve had that sucker, I have NEVER needed the 8mm socket on its back end… Heck, I can’t remember the last time I needed a 8mm driver at all! 




Cutting it off was easy… Drilling it for a hole to still be able to keychain carry it later was another story altogether… It at a HSS drill bit, a diamond grit dremel burr, and started to round off the end of my solid carbide burr!! Core of ths sucker is HARD! I’ll finish that later after I can aneal it a bit softer on the end.






The  bit holder is the edge cut off of a larger one for one of my previous kits… Had no reason to keep it at the time, but thought it might come in handy if I ever needed super slim bit storage… I was right! Just had to cut one space off the end for it to fit.




I then ground the 1/4” hex angles onto the handle end of the ratchet. Like on the flat 1’8” thick leatherman bits, as long as the width and angles are the same as a 1/4” bit, it doesn’t need to be full thickness, it still engages the driver perfectly…. Now has a handle extension!







Cut down a Leather man bit holder card to fit;






But I could only get the Leatherman card AND the red bit ral in if I left out the extension…




At this juncture I wondered if it would all go into one of the Camel Snus tins…

It does if I do away with the red bit rail and drop those bits in loose.  This actually packs great!  I had avoided loose bit holders in the past since its easy to spill them while working, but this tin is so low, flat, and stable, I thinink it will be OK. Its also wide mouthed and flat enough to be only about one layer deep of bits, so getting out what I want without having to purposefully dump it to find a bit should be easy too.

In this configuration, as tight as the tin closes, I can drop it from 2′ to 2.5′ feet onto a concrete floor without it popping open! From 3′ it starts to pop open 90% of the time.. Also dents the tin edges pretty good….






I can even get sockets into it! Here is 9/32”, 1/4” 3/8” and 12mm…. Also realized if I nest the sockets in each other, and the bits inside them, it packs down tighter, gets more in.




I can even add in my micro 4xx bit driver adaptor, and have room for several of its double ended bits… running the kits capability down to T4, or 00 phillips!




Now I just need to evaluate what EXACT bits I actually use regularly, and what ones I use rarely but often enough to carry just in case. Same with some small sockets.


Categories: Custom, custom-made-tools, MacGyver, Modifications, Pocket-Tin-Kit, tool mods, tools-bit kit

Pocket tin contents.

A few simple items for now.


Electrical tape

paper clips

a couple rubber bands

medium and micro safety pins

medium and mini cotter pins

~6” of medium gauge copper wire

a spare hair tie bungie

Will add or subtract things as my needs change over the next few weeks, where I can see what I use and don’t use.








Also, a few times putting the lid on and taking it off, against the pressure of the home made seal, had tweaked and loosened the top rolled rim that I sanded down. Apparently I almost sanded it all the way through(actually did on one side it seems) and the pressure has loosened it all the way around. It pulled right off real easy.  Doesn’t hurt anything, might actually seal better now as the thinner edge will press further into the silicone(in theory)







Categories: MacGyver, Pocket-Tin-Kit

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