Getting to know how to use non-electric tools could increase the quality of life, if not life itself, for you and your family in a post-apocalyptic scenario. In these situations, you have to assume that the electricity supply will have been knocked out, whether temporarily through a power cut or permanently through a nuclear EMP or solar CME. This will make all of your power tools and machines redundant, which will make long-term survival much harder.
Once the initial shock and fall out of the TEOTWAWKI event has passed, it may be days, weeks or even months before any sort of civilization begins to emerge. You may find yourself suddenly having to live off the land not just in terms of food and water but also using local resources to generate heat and shelter.
With no electricity, the following non-electric tools will be essential additions to your tool shed:
Other Manually-Operated Hand Tools
Many non-electric tools still use metal parts such as saws and spades so youll need to think about long-term storage against rust. Covering them with engine oil will not give you the long lasting protection you need and runs the risk of being highly flammable. Get some bike chain oil, preferably one that sprays on for full coverage. Once you have coated the metal surfaces, put the tools in moisture proof sacks and keep them somewhere safe.
Other Essential Non-Electric Tools
Not all tools are in the garage or tool shed; kitchens have also become highly automated, relying totally on electricity. Therefore, it would be wise to acquire the following:
Over time, you will find that your non electric tools will slowly lose their edge and no Lowes or Home Depot will be available to sharpen them. Learning the basics of blacksmithing may be a sensible precaution, as you will also learn how to make replacement tool parts and new tools as well as being able to sharpen your current set. It can be hard to track down blacksmiths in the 21st century but when you find one near to your home, you will find that they are keen to pass on the skills of this dying art.