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Tinker for your life: surviving day 2

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We made it through the night, but our shelter needs to be stronger, easier to set up and packable (to move if we need to find a new place to live), and it needs to be able to collect water for us. Half of our group of survivors set to it, making improvements (yet again in the low light of battery-powered lanterns).

Working by the light of the drill to add screws to the tent supports.

Working by the light of the drill to add screws to the tent supports.

Once the shelter was getting off the ground we stepped up our knot game by practicing clove and trucker hitches. We had to make a lot of tarp lines but now we really know our knots!

Note the pencil & sock bracings made to bandage a tragic double leg-break injury. 

Note the pencil & sock bracings made to bandage a tragic double leg-break injury. 

Pulling the line through to pull the tarp lines taught.

Pulling the line through to pull the tarp lines taught.

While the shelter was coming up, the water purifying team was back at it to finish the filter. 

Experimenting with ways to turn the band saw wheels. 

Experimenting with ways to turn the band saw wheels. 

It works! But can we make it better?

It works! But can we make it better?

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Technique modification #2 was cut short because we finished cutting the plexiglass! We moved on to the next phase of sealing the bucket that will serve as the filter. 

There are suspicions that it may rain soon (during next week's session?) so we hope to have our shelter (plus a gutter/rain-collection system) and filter ready!

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