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comment How safe is drinking distilled water?
Water, purified enough, cannot be distributed through stainless steel pipes. Instead, they use glass pipes to transport it within the plants where it's made. Obviously, the purified water that most people will encounter is quite harmless, because it's not really all that pure.
Dec
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comment How safe is drinking distilled water?
On the caustic part, no. My Dad's a chemical engineer who used to make calls on a plant that made lab-grade distilled water. Here's a description of the Z machine, with links to distillation and de-ionization that's used to prepare the water: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z_machine
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answered How safe is drinking distilled water?
Nov
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comment When to kill and bleed a fish
That should be fine. I'm not a doctor or microbiologist or anything, though. :) Besides, you're cooking the fish later, and that should kill anything that does grow on it.
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comment When to kill and bleed a fish
I guess that depends how you're going to transport them. If you bleed them and then move them, you'll need to keep the dirt off, and probably keep them cool, too.
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comment When to kill and bleed a fish
I've bled them when I got back home after carrying a stringer a couple miles in the heat. Never had a gamey fish.
Oct
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comment Should I expect reptiles in Southwest USA deserts in winter?
I don't have much direct experience hiking in the southwest - just Philmont, New Mexico in 1978. But, reptiles probably have similar patterns across the US, and here in the Midwest they try to avoid people. They'll feel the vibrations of your footsteps and leave. Don't reach into holes where they might live, "step heavy" when you walk through places where the weeds are high bordering the trail, and that should do the trick. But, they are wild animals and are not entirely predictable.
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revised Should I expect reptiles in Southwest USA deserts in winter?
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Oct
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comment How to deal with a rifle scope where the relief is too short?
It's a Simmons 44 Mag; I've applied 1 & 2 to the extent that the huge bell and rings will allow. Good answer, though.
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awarded  Nice Question
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revised What backpacking water purification techniques can be substituted safely during a city's boil order?
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Oct
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answered What is the recommended wilderness first aid treatment for a scorpion sting?
Oct
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comment What are the repercussions of entering National parks during US Government shutdown?
@RoryAlsop - Assuming all goes well. But stop policing it and you'll get more people doing it, then the first person to get hurt will circle the lawyers and run up a bill.
Oct
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comment What are the repercussions of entering National parks during US Government shutdown?
These comments don't really constitute a full, substantiated answer yet.
Oct
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comment How to tell when a muzzleloader nipple needs to be replaced?
Thanks. My dad and I got our first M/L from Dixie Gun Works in the 70s, and I still have that one, but don't shoot it much. The one I shoot almost exclusively has been in use since I made it from a Cabela's kit about 20 years ago. There aren't any visible cracks, and I remove it, clean it and oil it after every outing.
Oct
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comment What backpacking water purification techniques can be substituted safely during a city's boil order?
@slybloty - Better?
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revised What backpacking water purification techniques can be substituted safely during a city's boil order?
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comment What are the repercussions of entering National parks during US Government shutdown?
The steward at a nearby state park has told me in the past that entering when the park is closed is trespassing. Presumably the same would be true for closed parks at any level.