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UER Forum > Rookie Forum > Drain Safety/Comfort tips (Viewed 2033 times)
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Drain Safety/Comfort tips
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I'm surprised to see there's not a single thing on the rookie forum about drain safety or comfort, so I figured I'd start a thread.

Safety: Common sense, but bring a flashlight and replacement batteries. No one wants to be in a drain using just their cell phone to light the way. Been there, done that, it's killer on your eyes and just generally stressful in terms of moving around safely. Bring a pack of cigarettes to give to any potential homeless person camping out in the drain. Talk to them, ask if you're welcome to explore, give them the cigs if they want them. Don't offer cash. Bring a lighter and a knife. Never know when you'll need them (maybe for some light painting with steel wool, and in that case bring something to put the steel wool in). When it rains, stay out of the drains (also common sense). Don't go without telling someone where you're going, when you're going in and when you expect to be out. Keep your phone well-charged before going in in the event of an emergency.

Comfort: I usually wear rolled-up jeans, just because there's usually spiders and I'm 100% not down with feeling them crawl on me. For winter draining, I'll wear a jacket and then a t-shirt under, as it's cold outside but generally pretty warm in drains (especially steam tunnels). Hiking boots and cotton socks are my go-to, and then bringing along a pair of jeans, shoes, and wool socks to change into after we're done. I used to wear galoshes, but depending on the drain, my boots would get filled with water and I'd have to stop to pour the water out.

What other tips do y'all have to offer for rookies/people bringing rookies in drains?



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Ummm...
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Oh, thank you! I didn't realize.




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Oh, thank you! I didn't realize.


No problemo. PS I like your steel wool pics!




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I don't think one flashlight with extra batteries is a good idea, unless you plan to change batteries in the dark. Best to bring a backup flashlight, rather than backup batteries.




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I don't think one flashlight with extra batteries is a good idea, unless you plan to change batteries in the dark. Best to bring a backup flashlight, rather than backup batteries.


Agreed. Also, if you only have one light, having extra batteries won't help if you lose the light or it breaks. And finding your way out in the dark is going to be extremely unpleasant, and dangerous.
Having at least 2 flashlights really is a must for any tunnels with no light.




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I don't think one flashlight with extra batteries is a good idea, unless you plan to change batteries in the dark. Best to bring a backup flashlight, rather than backup batteries.


In underground tunnels with no natural light I bring a minimum of 3 good working flashlights preferably waterproof. Shit happens.




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In underground tunnels with no natural light I bring a minimum of 3 good working flashlights preferably waterproof. Shit happens.


I bring three flashlights as backup, but you should always bring a torch. Like a real one, with flames and all. Not only does it provide light it also goes out when no oxygen is present, and has a built in methane detector. Fire is also better at scaring off any rats/C.H.U.D. you encounter.




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I bring three flashlights as backup, but you should always bring a torch. Like a real one, with flames and all. Not only does it provide light it also goes out when no oxygen is present, and has a built in methane detector. Fire is also better at scaring off any rats/C.H.U.D. you encounter.


Fire is never a good idea in confined spaces... don't kill the fng
I always carry batteries for my primary light.


At least a quart of drinking water.
A roll of self adhesive cloth tape and crazy glue for wounds, if you known how to use them. Some cloth rags damped with ammonia water or Windex in a zip lock. That's all I need for first aid and clean up...




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