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Sleeping in unheated outbuilding for a prolonged period
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The biggest heat loss will be to the concrete floor and there too will be the greatest condensation from body moisture, with potential for mould growth and rotting. I would provide insulation and a ...

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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?
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Pheasant shooters will almost certainly be using shotguns, not rifles. A shotgun cartridge contains many small pellets, and they lose their velocity much more rapidly than bullets do. In fact, their ...

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Under what conditions are light coloured long sleeve shirt and long pants cooler than bare skin?
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British people (perhaps among others) are known for removing as many clothes as practical or possible when it is hot. But in many hot countries, they don't do that: they wear more clothes, perhaps ...

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Is sleeping on the ground in cold weather better than on an air mattress?
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There is an old adage One blanket underneath is worth two on top. but I can find little support for this idea except a mention on mumsnet. The reasoning is, that the floor or the ground ...

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Transition to "Starvation Mode" in Survival Situations
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I think that list is talking about immediate priorities, that is, what you must focus on first to stay alive in a survival situation, not whether food is necessary. From Backcountry Chronicles, the ...

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How can I store milk for long periods of time?
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Condensed milk tastes better with coffee than with tea. Powdered milk, although it keeps once opened, isn't as easy to use as it should be. It goes lumpy very easily when you put it in a hot drink. ...

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Does bottle color affect mold growth?
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Mould does not need light to grow, and the proposed green colour will prevent you seeing mould growth, and being darker inside, will encourage mould growth. What is important for mould growth is damp ...

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Do animal trails have switchbacks?
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Update: I have found some photos of sheep tracks which clearly show that they do not travel directly up a hill. The first first one of switchbacks comes from this website by Chris Collison, where it ...

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What would the advantage of a piercable butane canister be?
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In UK I have only ever used the simple type. The female part of the screw thread is on the shroud which clamps around the gas cartridge, and the appliance screws into that, instead of the canister. So ...

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What is the use case for non-breathable waterproof pants?
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The non-breathable cheaper wet-weather protection is useful for when you must sometimes go outdoors in heavy rain to do essential jobs, but not for very long. Long enough that you would otherwise get ...

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What to do with partially burned fire logs
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It depends on the resources available. Wood may be thick or thin, wet (green) or dry. You start the fire with the most combustible material, i.e. thin/dry, and then make a judgement about what to ...

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What is wrong with the rabbit living under my shed?
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Rabbits are social creatures. Wild rabbits live in colonies/warrens, not alone. Where is the rest of the family? So is this a pet that has escaped from a neighbour? I have been watching it for ...

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Can cornbread be fed to ducks?
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Cornbread may contain wheat flour as well as corn meal. Both are processed cereals and so should not be given to wild creatures. In addition cornbread probably contains some of these ingredients: ...

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What do I call this hat(?) with sun protection on the sides?
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One name for it is a Legionnaires Cap or hat.

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How can I measure pack volume?
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Buy some rubber party balloons and a funnel. Pour a measured amount (say 0.25 L) of water into each, such that they are not stretched very much, squeeze out any air, and tie off the neck. Pack them ...

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What is the safe distance of washing with biodegradable soap?
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It is the soap that is the problem, not the the dirt washed out. This site Even Biodegradable Soap Can Pollute Water Sources says We really need to clear up some misconceptions about biodegradable ...

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Locate old GPS watches via GPS?
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The Global Positioning System is a passive system which calculates the position by comparing tiny differences in the time, which is encoded into the signals, received from different satellites. ...

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What is this lizard-like thing?
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The OP supposed the species to be brown anole, which I followed up with a visit to Wikipedia and found a very similar image, with the caption Florida female image from Wikipedia The article also ...

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What species of spider lays their eggs in the flesh of the person they bite?
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I understand that to be a Myth: Spiders can lay their eggs under human skin in wounds created by their bites. It always happens to "a friend" not to the person relating the story. However, there are ...

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What is this purple box symbol on an Ordance Survey map?
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The mauve symbol is new, and represents "Natural Resources Wales". This appears to be Open Access Land. It indicates the type of land bounded by a mauve outline (a fragment can be seen in your image)....

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Who to contact for a bird with broken wing in Portugal, Algarve?
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The British organisation RSPB is partnering: SPEA-BirdLife Portugal, Avenida da Liberdade, No 105 - 2oEsq, 1250-140 Lisboa, Portugal Telephone: (+351) 21 322 04 03. As shown here. ...

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When is first light when you are far above the terrain?
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The question asks for first light but let's assume the time difference will be the same as for dawn. And also that the terrain is flat, apart from an observer in a tower 1 mile high, and the radius ...

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What to look for in wellington boots
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I have had several pairs of wellies, but none ever split, not even in freezing weather – only the soles wore out, or I punctured one. However I did have a pair a sandals that mysteriously ...

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Do fish hooks have a lead coating?
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Some hooks have a lead weight moulded into the shank. You would not eat that easily but why do you care when the other danger is putting the hook through your own lip while eating the fish? There ...

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Is the head of navigation same for sailing and motorboats?
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The head of navigation is entirely subjective. It depends on the type and the size of boats, which have different requirements. The river Thames in UK, for example, has several locations that limit ...

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Two horses can pull three time as much one horse. Is this only true for horses?
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Assuming this is about carts and not ploughs (plows), this is because the 'rolling resistance' is not proportional to load. If half of one horse's efforts are to overcome rolling resistance and ...

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How can I protect myself in case of a human attack like the murders of the hikers Jespersen and Ueland in Morocco?
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More about weapons. I already commented If you think you need weapons to protect yourself, and you don't already habitually carry such weapons and are accustomed to using them, then the choice of ...

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Is it safe to carry propane gas cylinder in minivan?
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There may be restrictions in tunnels or ferries. For example BC Ferries states Remember, all dangerous goods must be declared at the terminal ticket booth or to a vessel officer. Failure to declare ...

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Can you shoot and eat animals such as deer and stuff on England or is that specified as poaching?
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The gun laws in UK are extremely tight. A firearm at your house must be licensed and kept in a locked cabinet. Even being in possession of a firearm in a public place in the UK without a lawful reason ...

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Unknown map symbol
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The closest match with the 1:25000 OS map symbols that I can see is #16 scree. The circles are not shown on the 1:50000 map and there is no scree symbol for that map range either. The circles are all ...

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