Making Cordage From A Plastic Bottle

Bryan Lynch
By Bryan Lynch January 22, 2021 10:32

Making Cordage From A Plastic Bottle

Repurposing containers is one of my favorite things to do. Some people may give little thought to this idea which seems a little odd to me because when we purchase a product, we also buy everything that comes with it, including the container.

I have repurposed all sorts of containers from coffee cans, soup cans, to plastic bottles.

Years ago, I was fascinated by how people were reusing plastic bottles. They have been used to create floatation devices, rafts, and as building materials in homes; just to name a few.

Seeing that plastic bottles are thrown away in mass and can be found floating around everywhere in nature, it is no wonder people are figuring out creative ways to reuse them. Some of these projects appeared straightforward forward while others were quite ingenious.

Related: 15 Survival Uses for Plastic Bottles

One of the cleverest projects I came across was taking a plastic bottle and turning it into cordage.

I love the outdoors, and everything related to self-reliance, survival, and emergency preparedness. And just like others with the same interest, one of the top gear items we like to have is cordage. This is because it is incredibly versatile and useful to have.

Now, some types of cordages are affordable while other types can be rather expensive. And then there is cordage that can be made from natural materials which are about as cheap as you can get, though it can be a time-consuming process.

Another option though is making cordage from a plastic bottle that would otherwise be thrown away. This can be done at home quickly with the proper setup or done in the field should you find yourself without cordage.

But before I get into the methods for making this cordage, it is important to pick the right type of plastic bottle.

Choosing the Right Bottle

Choosing the right kind of plastic bottle will result in more durable cordage.

The plastic that is used in larger bottles, such as one or two-liter soda/water bottles is preferred for two reasons. The plastic is slightly thicker and smooth throughout most of the bottle. This means more cordage can be made and it will be stronger.

The bottles to stay away from are the small ones that make a crinkling sound when they are squeezed. That crinkling sound indicates that the plastic is very thin and therefore can tear easily. If this is the only bottle at your disposal it can be used, just do not expect it to hold up well.

Bottles that have a lot of indentations or curves are difficult to use as well because their shapes make it difficult to make one continuous cut.

How Much Cordage to Expect

The bottle I used in the first method was a one-liter water bottle and I was able to get roughly twelve feet of cordage.

Making Cordage From a Plastic BottleWhen I have done this before with a two-liter bottle I was able to produce almost thirty feet of cordage.

The above two lengths are good estimates of what to expect to get out of a one and two-liter bottle. However, keep in mind that the length may be less or more depending on the width of cordage that is cut.

3 Ways to Make Plastic Cordage

There are several different ways in which this cordage can be made but I will be concentrating on the three methods I have used. I will start with the simplest way first followed by more involved setups.

Scissors Method

What You Will Need:

  • A plastic bottle
  • A pair of scissors

If you find yourself away from a workshop with limited tools, this may be the method for you as it only requires the use of a pair of scissors.

Instructions:

#1. Use the scissors to puncture a hole towards the bottom of the bottle.

To obtain the most cordage as possible, create a hole at the lowest point on the bottle before the bottom begins to curve inward.

Making Cordage From a Plastic Bottle

#2. Insert the scissors into the hole and cut the bottom of the bottle away from the bottle. Try to cut as even as possible, but if you cannot then do not worry about it.

Discard the bottom or use it for another project because you will not be needing it any further for making cordage.

Making Cordage From a Plastic Bottle#3. On the section of the bottle where the bottom was removed, use the scissors to make a cut that is slightly angled towards the top of the bottle. This is just an initial cut for starting the cordage.

The degree of the angle is going to be dependent on the thickness of the desired cordage.

For thinner cordage, make the angle shallow. For thicker cordage make the angle more extreme.

#4. After the start cut has been made position the scissors so that they are parallel to the bottom of the bottle and begin cutting across the bottle.

Making Cordage From a Plastic Bottle#5. The goal is to create one continuous cut to produce the longest piece of cordage possible. This process certainly takes a little bit of practice and time but after a few bottles, it is not difficult to get the hang of.

Making Cordage From a Plastic BottleStick Jig

Materials:

  • A round stick or piece of wood
  • A sharp knife
  • A wood saw

To start, since a knife and wood saw is needed, I think a Swiss Army Knife works very well for this project. However, you can use whatever tools you prefer or what is available.

I first learned this method several years ago from Caveman Cody, who has a very interesting YouTube channel. The original video for this project can be seen here.

Guidelines:

Step 1: Find a piece of wood that is several inches in diameter. This project is easier if you can find this piece of wood still attached to a log or downed tree because the log will act like a vice and help to hold the jig.

But if the latter is not available a branch will work just fine.

Step 2: With the piece of wood standing upright, place the wood saw on the end of the branch and in the middle make a cut that is about two inches deep.

Making Cordage From a Plastic BottleStep 3: With the wood saw in hand, make another cut that is at the bottom of the first cut and perpendicular to the branch.

This cut only needs to go about halfway through the wood.

Making Cordage From a Plastic BottleStep 4: Next, one of the corners on the end of the branch needs to be knocked out. Use the wood saw, or a knife to baton cut a corner of the wood out that is on the side of the branch with the perpendicular cut.

Making Cordage From a Plastic BottleStep 5: This jig is now complete and can be used. Prepare a plastic bottle by using the knife to cut the bottom off.

Step 6: Push the tip of the knife firmly into the area where the first cut was made and above the second cut. It may help to hold the knife in place by lightly hammering it in with another piece of wood. The knife blade needs to be perpendicular to the first cut.

The space between the bottom of the blade and the bottom of the first cut will be the guide for how thick the cordage will be.

For thicker cordage place the knife blade high up on the jig. For thinner cordage place the knife blade lower on the jig.

Step 7: Place the opened bottom of the plastic bottle onto the jig so that the wall of the bottle is in between the wood of the first cut.

Step 8: Turn the bottle against the knife blade to create the initial cut. It may take a few attempts, but the blade will eventually catch the plastic.

Continue turning the bottle until a small tab of plastic has been pushed under and past the blade.

Step 9: Once the plastic tab is through, you can start pulling it through to create the cordage.

Making Cordage From a Plastic BottleWood Jig

What You Will Need:

  • A flat piece of wood
  • Razorblade
  • Wood Saw
  • 2 Clamps

There are a lot of different homemade jigs like this project and some of them require several tools and hardware to complete.

I somehow lost my previous jig that was based on a more complex setup. So I decided to show the following jig because it is the simplest version, meaning less tools or hardware.

Also, it helps if the thickness of the piece of wood being used is at least that of the height of the razor blade.

Instructions:

#1. Using the wood saw you are going to need to create two cuts.

The first cut needs to be parallel to the wood and about one to two inches from the side of the board. The length of the cut only needs to be several inches long, but the cut needs to be all way through the wood.

The second cut is going to be perpendicular to the first cut and roughly two inches from the end. Do not cut all the way through the wood.

Ideally, the depth of the second cut will match the height of the razor blade.

Lastly, where these two cuts intersect is where the razorblade is going to be cutting the plastic. So, the distance past this point of open wood from the first cut is going to determine how wide the cordage will be cut.

Making Cordage From a Plastic Bottle

#2. The razor blade can now be dropped into the perpendicular cut. Since this cut did not go all the way through the wood the razor blade should rest nicely inside.

Making Cordage From a Plastic Bottlev#3. Position a clamp onto the wood so that it will be holding the razor blade. The jig is now ready to be used.

If the wood is too thick and the second cut too deep, then the clamp will not hold the razor blade down and it will move around when the bottle is turned against it.

#4. Prepare a water bottle by using a cutting tool to remove the bottom. The bottom can be discarded.

#5. Slide the sidewall of the plastic bottle into the first parallel cut into the wood and begin turning the bottle until the plastic catches the cutting edge of the razor blade.

#6. Once the razor blade has cut into the plastic, keep turning the bottle until the plastic tab emerges on the backside of the blade.

This tab can now be pulled out with a pair of pliers or by using your hands and it should produce a continuous strand of cordage.

Making Cordage From a Plastic BottleReasons for Making Plastic Cordage

I have seen and heard many negative comments regarding this project. The two main opinions being, “why not just go buy some cordage?” and “I hope you have a bunch of tools or hardware to do this in a survival situation.”

The answers to the above questions are straightforward, at least in my opinion.

Sure, I can go out and buy cordage and have done so a lot. But the purpose of this project is to slow down our throw-away society and learn to reuse items by thinking outside of the box, to provide “free” cordage, and to show a way for making cordage when the only tools available are a plastic bottle and a cutting tool.

I pretty much addressed the second comment in the last part of the previous answer. The first two methods for making this cordage require minimum tools that most outdoorsmen have on them. The third method, depending on the type of jig created, does require more tools or hardware to create.

But this type of jig is meant to be used more at home when a person wishes to make a lot of plastic cordage. Obviously the last jig is not a survival go to method.

Related: How To Catch Fish With A Bottle

Practical Uses

You may be wondering, “what am I going to use this stuff for?” Well, the short answer is that it can be used in many of the same ways that regular cordage is used, but it will not turn or twist as easily.

However, this plastic cordage is quite strong and can be used in a variety of ways.

One thing I have yet to try is heating the cordage after it has been used. This applies mainly to items that need to be lashed together.

Once the cordage has been wrapped around two poles, for example, a heat source can be used to shrink the plastic and thereby tightening its hold. One method I have heard of is to pour boiling water over the plastic lashings.

Here are a few ideas on how to use plastic cordage that will get you going.

  • Fishing line
  • Bag sling
  • Rifle sling
  • Making a raft
  • Lashing poles together
  • Tie downs
  • Creating a shelter
  • Making furniture
  • Use it to pull supplies
  • Really, the only limit to this list is your imagination.

Wrap Up

I think this is a pretty cool DIY project, but I have to admit that I am still finding my stride when it comes to the different widths of cordage and what I want to use them for.

There does not seem to be an end in sight to the manufacturing of plastic bottles which means there is ample opportunity to reuse them in a multitude of different ways.

Whether you find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere and in need of cordage or want to make some at home, you now know three different ways to make trash into cordage.

Thanks for reading and stay prepared.

About the Author: Bryan Lynch grew up in the Midwest and spent every waking moment outdoors. Learning how to hunt, fish, read the land and be self-reliant was part of everyday life. Eventually, he combined his passions for the outdoors, emergency preparedness, and writing.

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41 Comments

  1. Miguelito January 22, 15:31

    I did not see a photo of the finished product. I’d like to see that and also some of the applications. It’s a clever idea, however.

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  2. Christine January 22, 16:26

    Thank you for the ideas.

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  3. Spike January 22, 16:28

    Why wouldn’t we just have a bunch of braided nylon cord in our prepping supplies? Then you would actually have something much more dependable, stronger and less susceptible to UV rays.

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    • Sabel January 22, 19:45

      Because …what if you got caught out in the woods with only what you happened to have on you, your EDC? You DO carry a knife or multi-tool in your pocket or on your belt, don’t you? But that might not include a bunch of rope or cord. As the author said, you can find plastic bottles tossed away in nearly every drainage ditch and ravine in the country (what a sad commentary on the attitudes of people these days). So, these instructions could come in handy for emergencies.

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    • Theleggman January 22, 21:12

      Eventually you may run out…

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    • T January 22, 23:16

      This article is about survival issues and decreasing waste.

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    • Miss Kitty January 23, 15:21

      This is more for post shtf situations, when your cordage is used up or you need to stretch your supply, or if you get caught short and need to tie something.

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  4. Rebecca January 22, 18:20

    Or you could buy one of these clever gadgets to add to your prep!
    https://grimworkshop.com/search?q=Rope&type=product

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  5. Grumpus McGick January 22, 18:59

    The jig and how to are great. The resource used – not so much. Ever sliced your skin open on a sharp edged piece of plastic? Worse than a paper cut, for pain, and leaves you susceptible to infections – especially at a time when soap & clean water might be scarce. In a survival situation, using a plastic bottle for cordage is unwise, at best. However – make that jig, and use it on hides, cloth, or fibrous plant matter, and you’re in business.

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    • red ant January 22, 23:13

      Remember knowledge is power.
      I see no power in y’all that are just negative about anything you see or read.
      You will not make it passed a month if the SHTF.
      You will be the one that has to depend on others, because you did not learn anything. Just be a burden.

      If you are not useful to any one when the SHTF. You just might find your self all alone.
      That’s going to suck for (YOU)…

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      • Grumpus McGick January 22, 23:55

        That wasn’t negativity. It was aheads-up. How much use are you going to get out of cordage that spices through what you’re trying to bind, or that cuts you?

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        • red ant January 23, 14:19

          Any time you complaine about some one or something they said or did that dose not fit in your world. That’s being negative.

          It pussies me off, that when people come on here and any were else and shoot down the article that is posted. understand that when someone comes in the site and reads the article and then scrolls down and reads.
          O that sucks you can get a tiny cut or that is dumb. O you can just go and buy it. Why waste time on this.

          That’s negative. Yes it is

          Maybe some people can’t go to the store and just buy everything they need.
          I see that a lot of people on here have never had or know what hard times are.
          No food
          No shoes
          No. water
          No money
          No we’re to call home.
          I’ve lived this way before.
          I know with out a doubt that I will and can survive because. (I learned to use any and all things that will help me make it one more day.)

          You have to understand that in today’s time. negativity of any kind is a killer for someone learning how to be a prepper. They need to be inspired with what they read or see.

          You need to become a commander, not a soldier over your mind and body.

          Inspire people. Be the person that every one can look up too. If you are positive then they will also be positive.

          I have found many things to use plastic cordage for.
          Weave the corsage for a chair seat.
          Fix the bed corners that are brokin.
          Tie up meat and hang it to dry.
          Clothes line, to dry your clothes after you wash them.
          Cut it even thinner and use it for sowing things up.
          It’s not just for cordage.

          O and for a tiny cut you might want to have something to help heal that so it dose not get infected. You can go buy something or learn someway to look at nature and use what is out there.

          Simplicity is not the way of life, if you want to become a survivor…

          Just be positive. I’ve watched people fail at life, just because of one negative thing said or done.

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          • Rick Fortune January 23, 16:12

            Nice job Red Ant, we can all learn from the last time we were negative about something. It wasted our time and probably cost us a friend who could have helped solve the problem!

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          • Stu January 25, 23:06

            Red ant quit wearing your feelings on your shoulders. We are not going to agree with everything posted on this website. Critique is constructive criticism. It makes us better or we just get mad because someone does not agree. It’s called life. By the way, if this is post apocalyptic information then eventually plastic bottles will eventually run out as well. Just take it in stride.

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          • Oracle January 28, 21:02

            Red Ant, this is one of the most realistic sites on line, all posts and comments should reflect that. Some folks on here use this as a form of fun and entertainment. So be it, that’s their right. But they should not expect anyone to remain silent when they view a post or comment is frivolous. These posts and accompanying comments are not a place for anyone seeking a safe zone.

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            • red ant January 28, 22:50

              Oracle

              Yes, I agree. I’ve been on this site from the start.
              Love the info…

              Thank y’all for your post. Love to read all that is said from every one.
              Might not like some of them, but I still read all of them…

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    • Oracle January 28, 20:31

      Grumpus, I see someone (4 of them so far) on here doesn’t like a reality check breaking in on their “I’m so handy” daydreams. I agree plastic bottle cordage will rip you up really bad. The jig has other uses.

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  6. City Chick January 22, 20:26

    Interesting and probably something good to remember when everything is a muck and you are in need! In the meantime, I do love reuse/repurpose ideas and would welcome more articles about it! Love to make something useful out of nothing!

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    • red ant January 23, 14:26

      City Chick.

      You go girl. Now she sounds like a commander not a soldier.
      Thank for the positive attude…

      You know we can agree and disagree at any time. But when you are negitive, it just sucks.

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  7. hpatme January 22, 20:56

    Please set up a way to copy over to Pinterest. You are on Pinterest, but I can’t save to Pinterest. Help!!!

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  8. Big Dave January 22, 23:44

    Think about warming the plastic strip and twisting it to make a more usable cord which could then be braided or twisted to make a stronger rope.

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  9. none January 22, 23:57

    Prior to SHTF, stocking up on plastic hay string for square of round bales is invaluable. I used it a lot, and I have a lot. You can probably get all you want from any horse or cattle operation. The string from each is different, round bale string is much thinner and will not unravel as easily. Square string is thicker and stronger, but will unravel so ends will need to be knotted. Braiding numerous strands can produce very strong rope. I make lead ropes for our horses when the bought ones wear out. The square string is very good as a tie for items in the back of a truck or trailer.
    pz

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    • Oracle January 28, 21:11

      None, consider stocking up on 3/16″ Dacron marine grade braided cord. Easily handles constant sun or salt water, unaffected by freezing temperatures, melt the tips and it won’t unravel.. Has a 750 lb. tensile strength (Paracord is 550 lbs.), very light weight, 500-feet spool for $39.00.

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  10. Grumpus McGick January 22, 23:57

    That wasn’t negativity. It was aheads-up. How much use are you going to get out of cordage that slices through what you’re trying to bind, or that cuts you?

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  11. left coast chuck January 23, 02:59

    This website doesn’t hit a home run every time at bat. Neither did Babe Ruth who managed to set the record in the regular season, not the extended season in which the “new records” have been.

    Some articles are more valuable than others. Some require way more time and effort to reach the conclusion than the end is worth.

    As an example, some time ago there was an article on making paper logs to substitute for wood. Before the article had ever appeared, I had purchased the log making machine that several mail order catalogs had advertised. Well, the money would have been better spent on a couple of bottles of decent wine — maybe even more bottles of Four Buck Chuck.

    I also experimented with the fire log making described in the article. Why not? I was subscribing to two daily and one weekly newspaper at the time and newspapers at that time were more than ten pages printed by U.S.A. Today.

    What a waste of time, energy and water. I would have been much better off just cutting the wood I had laying around the yard — which is exactly what I did thereafter.

    There is always the “tie a plastic bag around a tree to gather water column.” Or dig a hole and put a plastic cover over the hole. Both totally worthless “survival” information in my opinion. The best either of those methods will generate is a mouthful of water. In the meantime, you have wasted a day or more on your travels to wherever, scavenging not enough water to sustain you for half a day, let alone the time you have wasted gathering that minuscule amount,

    If you want to be equipped with general purpose light rope, purchase Sgt Knots Tarred Twine. It comes in various weights. You can use it to tie stuff up and you can also use it as a trot line to catch fish while you sleep overnight. It’s tough and versatile and cheap. I have a bundle of it in my bug out vehicle at all times. It is several hundred feet. I cannot recall the exact footage as I write this but enough to cross a fairly wide stream with a humongous trot line. Hope I remembered to bring enough leader and hooks.

    While making twine out of 2-liter soda bottles is an interesting hobby, I would suggest that when the end of the world arrives, those 2-liter soda bottles are suddenly going to become too valuable to cut up for limited purpose cordage.

    A clear 2-liter soda bottle can utilize the SODIS method to purify water. It is being used with great success in third world countries afflicted with water infected with parasites and protozoa. Look up SODIS method of sterilizing water. Be sure to be insistent because predictive knows better, like the wonks in the district of corruption and will insist on soda. Eventually it will recognize SODIS and take you to the correct site.

    As water gathering vessels and barter items, 2-liter water bottles will be hot trade items when trading with the folks who drank the Koolaid and religiously recycled all their plastic.

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    • Oracle January 28, 21:23

      Hey, Chuck. All excellent and tried & true (been there done that) suggestions you made here. Looks like you’ve been doing this for a while. Louisiana casting fish nets and trot lines use tarred twine, lasts for years. I keep a 32 oz sodis purifying bottle (just a clear soda bottle) on top of my back pack when backpacking, works perfectly, haven’t been sick yet.

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  12. Miss Kitty January 23, 15:18

    I can see using wider strips to cane a chair or possibly weave a basket.

    As for cutting yourself, yes, you can slice yourself pretty good on plastic. Never a good thing to cut yourself, especially if your hands are dirty, and this stuff can leave cuts bad enough to require stitches.

    So…wear gloves when making it or using it.

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  13. Grumpus McGick January 23, 16:12

    Did anyone happen to notice the POSITIVE stuff I said? Like, “The jig and how-to are great” or, “make that jig, and use it on hides, cloth, or fibrous plant matter, and you’re in business”? No. All you noticed was my rejection of the stupid plastic bottles. I praised the jig and method, pointed out one issue I had with the whole article, AND GAVE ANOTHER SOLUTION. I’m not the negative one, you guys are. All you’re doing is whining about something stupid, instead of finding solutions. I don’t have any interest in leading you! I’ll be using my brain, and doing just fine, thank you very much. Oh. And don’t ASSUME you know my life. Maybe I’ve learned this stuff from LIFE EXPERIENCE.

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    • red ant January 23, 17:13

      Yes, we saw what you said. That was good.
      But, its the start of a word that stops the learning process.

      I dont want you to lead me. To negative for me. But some may look at you to lead them.

      Assume: no, I don’t want to know your life. Have enough crap in my own life.

      But will all ways be there to help any one who wants to learn. Even about making cordage and then teach them, that if you cut your self you can use different things to heal the cut, you get by learning how to make cordage.

      Life Experience: keep learning then. That’s what we all need.

      Whining: stupid can get you killed.

      Solution: is when you learn something and use it to make something out of nothing.

      if any one disagree with me or my thoughts about being negative. If any one thinks that it is going to be a cake walk. You will be sadly mistaken. It will become the worst time you have ever be thru. So learn everything you can. Even if it sounds stupid.

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    • Oracle January 28, 21:26

      Grumpus, you did fine. Nothing wrong with speaking truth when it’s needed.

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  14. Dad January 23, 18:45

    focus on how to make the jig,that is the most important information!! Then use it as you see fit for what ever you want to thin out for any project and quit whining. These articles are written as ideas or projects that may or may not be useful to you. It is up to you to learn not the author.

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  15. red ant January 23, 19:11

    DAD
    That was the idea in the Beging.

    Some times it’s not whining, it’s fact…
    Agree and Disagree. This is how we learn.
    If its just one opinion then we are just the same. Not different in any way.

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  16. Prepper In Training January 24, 00:49

    I am not trying to be the voice of reason, nor do I want to be. Although this is a great article with good ideas, it is not going to be of any benefit to me. I do not plan on bugging out, and I do not have a lot of plastic bottles at my disposal. I have trees and weeds, a decent stock of food, and land to grow my own produce and animals. I am on a piece of land that I have always planned on being buried on, so I have take steps to enjoy the end of my days.

    However, I know that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to live in a relatively peaceful environment and will have no choice but to bug out for their safety. The best laid plans will always have a few holes: the forgotten BOB, the stolen or lost items, and even less than optimal timing. Anything learned, no matter how ridiculous it may seem to you at the moment, may just save your life or the life of a loved one.

    If you are worried about getting cut on plastic, then that may indicate a need for you to pay more attention to detail. Yes, accidents happen, but a little forethought can make a potential accident less severe. Accidents WILL happen, especially in unfamiliar surroundings and situations. We prepare for bad weather, bad actors, ignorant politicians, etc., but these things are accidents under a different name. We cannot control the weather, but we can take steps to mitigate its’ damage (unless it is a fire/massive raging flood/nuclear bomb). Bad actors and politicians, while they may have evil intentions, can be dissuaded by not being an enticing target. (Did you “accidentally” leave your garage door open for all to see inside? Or did you “accidentally” not pay attention to the person sizing you up?)

    I know it is VERY easy to make a statement that is either taken out of context, or someone misinterprets your typed statement. This board (except for when people like “LISA” make incendiary statements) should not a place to belittle someone for disagreeing with an author or a poster. We are preppers, which to me implies a touch of patriotism in our beliefs. If we are truly patriots, then shouldn’t we defend someone’s right to disagree with us?

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    • left coast chuck January 26, 03:16

      Good, reasoned post, Preppier in Training. If everyone agreed with everything there would be no progress. We need someone to stand up and say, “Hey! The emperor’s buck nekked” every once in a while. As long as the disagreement is not personally derogatory or attacking.

      I think it is perfectly acceptable to say, “This may be a great idea for some but I think it is a monumental waste of time.” That’s the speaker’s opinion. All of us are free to accept or reject any information posted on this site.

      Some information is erroneous. I just read again the post that said using a vacuum sealer to seal loaded ammunition would suck the bullets out of the cases. The nicest thing I can say about that tidbit is that it is just unfounded urban legend and should die an early death.

      The poster posted it in good faith but without background to verify that it was correct information. That happens on the internet more often than it should. We should be free to dispute erroneous information. That is what is wrong with all the leftists. If you don’t agree 100% with everything they hold as dicta you are reviled and accused of deviant behavior and thinking. That’s not what the Bill of Rights is all about. I don’t agree with what you just said but it is your right to hold different views. Unless you denigrate me as the leftist are wont to do, we all should be able to disagree agreeably.

      I think clear plastic 2-liter bottles will be too valuable to cut up for twine after the world ends. That’s my opinion. You are free to reject it as unrealistic or think about it and maybe, just maybe reach the same conclusion. Twine can be made from a whole bunch of stuff besides manufactured, break-resistant, light-weight, transparent material of a good size which will not be manufactured again in the lifetime of all the readers of this list if the world ends. Think about it. How long do you suppose it will be if the grid goes down all over the world due to a 21st century Harrington Event before 2-liter plastic bottles will once again come off a production line?

      On the other hand you can make line out of Fido’s skin. The bad guy you just wasted because he was trying to break into your home can be skinned out and make several yards of fine leather braid. You can even use what little brains he had to tan the leather if you don’t want rawhide.

      There is all kinds of bark and vines that native folk used to make twine and rope from. I have read that the Chumash used poison oak vines to use to make twine. I am quite sure I am not bold enough (or stupid enough) to make rope from poison oak vines. I think I am not susceptible to poison oak but I intend to keep that a theory and not put it to empirical testing. You may differ. You may think if the indians could do it, so can I. Reasonable minds CAN differ.

      Well, that’s the end of my lecture on listening to opposing views without losing one’s acceptance of the right of others to hold varying opinions.

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  17. red January 25, 11:58

    I like this! the jigs are like those we used to cut cords from hides for reatas and so on. niio

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  18. red ant January 26, 13:06

    Will not do that. Stu.

    I have watched so many people not make it just because of some one that was negative about every thing. Or something small also.

    Some of us are sheep dogs. Some are the sheep. The sheep dogs will give up there live to protect the flock.
    But some times the sheep dog will let some sheep get slaughtered by the wolf’s. Just because of some sheep being lazy and unaware of there surrounding.

    Red
    Left coast chuck
    Clergy lady
    Miss kitty
    And many others
    I see them as sheep dogs.
    They seem to have, what is see as being a sheep dog. SMARTS…
    The others are the sheep.
    Some are just Wolf’s also.

    I know that some think I’m just some angry A hole on here. But just one negative thing. Here comes the wolf’s.

    I’m very biblical and I look at life that way also.
    This that is coming upon us is not going to get any better at all, because they have to have WORLD POWER and we are in there way.
    Do you get it know.
    You can’t hurt my fillings they were crushed when I was born by those that did not care about me. So say your peace. If you are soft or weak the wolf’s will rip you apart. Negitivty is a sign of weakness. Sorry the truth hurts, that’s what I was told. It dose hurt.
    I still have a heart though. When all this that is to come. It will be like none other you or any one has ever seen. So I will always be a sheep dog even when some one says to chill out.

    Look at what that dumb ass biden is doing, ripping the USA apart. THEY are demon wolf’s. Here to kill, steal and destroy. They are doing that right in front of our faces.

    So don’t cry about this when you are being ripped apart by the demon wolf’s.

    Very hard life makes a very hard man… But I trust in my GOD and my savior alway and for ever. AMEN
    I can be like some and just read and complain. Not learn. sorry can’t do…
    Don’t just be a sheep. BE A SHEEP DOG. we need more of them.

    Keep the fath. You will need it most of all…

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    • red January 26, 22:02

      Red Ant: Like the Bible says, we’re in training as kings to be great kings.

      A sheepdog is a guardian, that’s Ace.

      Me? Our word for Mom is etsi. It also means a mother wolf. Strong women marry strong men and make strong sons. bitter women like Hillary the Genocidal Beast raise weaklings.

      Faith is trust. A good prayer life means you always have Someone to lean on when stress gets too hard to handle. niio

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  19. red ant January 28, 22:58

    Oracle

    Yes, I agree. I’ve been on this site from the start.
    Love the info…

    Thank y’all for your post. Love to read all that is said from every one.
    Might not like some of them, but I still read all of them…

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    • clergylady January 31, 10:52

      I’ve been here a while. I Like the usual discussions. Many times the discussions are quite informative and interesting.
      The jig looks quite usable for cutting strips. If it will cut plastic it should cut hides.
      Actually I might try it for cutting plastic bottles. I don’t mean for cordage but I use the funnel shaped portion of plastic bottles for holding plants instead of buying “net pots” for hydroponics. I drill holes in the 4″ thin walled PVC pipe to fit the bottles i have. Right now I’m cutting generic bottles of Ensure type product that are sturdy and fit 2″ holes. The rest of the bottles i cut become free planters for seedlings i sell or share in Springtime. Even those thin walled “crinckly” sounding thin water bottles are fine for one time use in hydroponics and as planters that will be discarded anyway. A quick pass over a candle flame takes the sharp edge off the two halves of the plastic bottles and strengthens them. A friend who sells seedlings will take the bottom part of all the bottles I’ll pass on for him to use while I use far more of the funnel shaped part.
      This winter I’m starting seedling apples in cut off water bottles. A drain cut or two, some potting soil and 2 seeds in the remains of water bottles. A year and a half from now they will be in a nursery planting or repotted into larger containers. I could keep repotting all the way up to 5 gallon pots. Some will sell as larger seedlings and some will become grafting stock. While they are just sprouting and putting on the first years growth they are kept in small containers to hold in moisturizer and give them a little support.
      I try the jig for cutting bottles and see how it works.

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      • left coast chuck February 5, 00:06

        Let us know how it works for you on this site, CL. It will be interesting to see if it works as well for others as it did for the author.

        For some of us who were the kid about whom the other kids said, “We had him last time. You guy have to take him his time,” manual dexterity may be a often sought but rarely achieved skill. Perhaps our talents lie in other directions.

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