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[#] Sun Mar 20 2022 16:41:37 EDT from zelgomer

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2022-03-20 20:28 from Nurb432 <nurb432@uncensored.citadel.org>
Local hardware store now has 'contactless pickup lockers'. Ordered
some grass seed, got a text ' its in a locker' wth does that
mean?!?!. so i had to look it up.  What is this world coming to?

Sure, for us that dont like people i guess its nice.. but still.

Local Walmart has one too.  A HUGE tower thing in the front of the
store.

 


That is so 2021. They need to get with the times.

[#] Sun Mar 20 2022 19:25:13 EDT from Nurb432

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which is, lockers at Lowes or the huge tower thing at Walmart?



[#] Sun Mar 20 2022 19:39:19 EDT from zelgomer

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Any new contactless thing. I thought that Russia ended the pandemic.

[#] Sun Mar 20 2022 19:41:43 EDT from Nurb432

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Nah, elections are coming. Time to bring it back.  Facui is already talking about new lock downs.  Its harder to cheat if everyone goes in to vote.. ( not impossible just harder )

Sun Mar 20 2022 07:39:19 PM EDT from zelgomer
Any new contactless thing. I thought that Russia ended the pandemic.

 



[#] Sun Apr 10 2022 16:53:54 EDT from Nurb432

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Damned birds.   Put out a lot of 'lawn patch' today.   Birds decided its meal time.   I even put out bread to attract them away from the patches. 

 

And is it just me, or did grass seed explode in price this spring? 



[#] Sun Apr 10 2022 16:59:16 EDT from Nurb432

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Oh, and the Walmart lockers/tower machine pre-dated the flu-virus by several years.

Sun Mar 20 2022 07:39:19 PM EDT from zelgomer
Any new contactless thing. I thought that Russia ended the pandemic.

 



[#] Mon Apr 11 2022 09:05:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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And is it just me, or did grass seed explode in price this spring? 

Absolutely. I bought a big sack of it and it cost more than a tank of gas.

Landscapers often put straw on top of new seed to keep the birds from eating it. Homeowners usually don't but at these prices maybe it's going to start making sense.

Most of my front lawn is still missing after the work I did last summer pulling out rocks and stumps so I could get the lawnmower around without destroying it. I threw out some seed a few weeks ago but there have been no results.
It might not be the greatest time to do so. Now I've got even more of a mess because I had my entire driveway replaced. It's about 250 feet (76 meters) long so it cost a small fortune, even more because a culvert underneath it had rotted out and needed to be replaced as well.

But I guess it's better than all of the giant potholes, including the one that was basically ready to swallow a car into the creek. Oy.

[#] Mon Apr 11 2022 10:31:56 EDT from Nurb432

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ya, i thought about straw too, but the local farm store was out.  This week i need to roll the yard too, if it stops raining long enough.  Several years of rabbits has taken its toll and its like a minefield.   Going to try to do it by hand, as i dont have a tractor ( yard here is too small for that, we just use a self propelled push mower. tho a few people do, and all they do is spend their time turning... ). With luck i dont pull my elbow apart.

 

And good ( well not good, you know what i mean :) ) that its not my imagination or was losing my memory on prices.  

Mon Apr 11 2022 09:05:16 AM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
And is it just me, or did grass seed explode in price this spring? 

Absolutely. I bought a big sack of it and it cost more than a tank of gas.

Landscapers often put straw on top of new seed to keep the birds from eating it. Homeowners usually don't but at these prices maybe it's going to start making sense.

Most of my front lawn is still missing after the work I did last summer pulling out rocks and stumps so I could get the lawnmower around without destroying it. I threw out some seed a few weeks ago but there have been no results.
It might not be the greatest time to do so. Now I've got even more of a mess because I had my entire driveway replaced. It's about 250 feet (76 meters) long so it cost a small fortune, even more because a culvert underneath it had rotted out and needed to be replaced as well.

But I guess it's better than all of the giant potholes, including the one that was basically ready to swallow a car into the creek. Oy.

 



[#] Wed Apr 13 2022 19:36:26 EDT from Nurb432

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Bleh T-storm heading my way.  70mph winds, nickle sized hail

Gonna be some damage.  

 



[#] Sun Apr 17 2022 20:31:22 EDT from Nurb432

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Well, that was fun. Went out to get my GSD from the back yard, and shes out there playing with a husky.. wth.  It jumped a 6' privacy fence. Went to find the owner, that lives behind me. They came to find me. We went different directions and didnt see each other, sort of comical.

Friendly dog, and my GSD likes to play so it worked out ok. i'm just thankful my other dog was not out there instead as she would have killed it.  She attacks other dogs, even ours, if she gets near them.

I called my dog inside so i could figure out what was going on, and the silly thing tried to follow her in.

 

"Friends falling from the sky to play, this is a great day"



[#] Fri May 06 2022 12:09:40 EDT from Nurb432

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So light died in the kitchen, under the cabinet. Bought a new one " direct wire under cabinet " or some such nonsense, implying that its not using a wall plug, but actually wired..   Open it up so i can drill a hole ( its got side knock outs, i want it where it mounts on the wall ), there is no place to attach the incoming power. its all some funky connectors inside it.    They expect you to buy a controller that feeds it power instead .. wtf.  

Oddly it even had 2 twist connectors in the pack. but nothing that goes from the magic socket to splice.. 

 

Sure i can cut and splice as i'm not an imbecile, but that isn't the point. 

 

( or should this have been under rant :)  )



[#] Mon May 16 2022 17:27:33 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yeah ... most lights of that type are low voltage now. The kit I installed in my kitchen was basically just a bunch of LED tape strips with some easy-bake connectors on them. I cut up the cables and soldered them to the wire I pre-ran when I installed the cabinets, and to a 12 volt bus I had already brought into the next room. It looks fantastic, but who knows how long the cheap chinese strip lights will last.

[#] Mon May 16 2022 17:45:25 EDT from Nurb432

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It had a AC to DC converter inside, or it would have gone back to the store.  Still, shouldn't have to cut up the cables and drill holes if its sold as 'direct wire'..



[#] Tue Jun 21 2022 18:41:39 EDT from Nurb432

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Grrrrr statement from bank.  seems my home taxes doubled since last year.     Grrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

i know its due to all the destruction around here they call 'development' grrrr



[#] Sat Jun 25 2022 09:44:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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You might want to double check that. You're probably correct, but I actually had the same problem many years ago and it turned out the bank paid my property taxes twice. The twit I talked to on the phone didn't spot the problem and said "oh well, your property taxes went up so we had to adjust your payment" and I was paying a gigantic increase for a whole year. A year later it went back down and they sent me a giant check because there was too much money in escrow.

[#] Sat Jun 25 2022 09:51:27 EDT from Nurb432

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They list the actual tax amount too, not just what they paid.  So ya, it doubled.  

 

I know its due to all the 'progress' going on. We get to foot the bill.  And i guess house prices are going up across the board in the area, so that is a factor too. i noticed that in my yearly property assessment letter from the town.



[#] Sat Jun 25 2022 09:52:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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In other news, I just came to the realization that I made a small mistake when I ran 14/3 all the way up my 250 foot driveway before it was repaved.
It has three drops where I will install post lights, and I was planning to use the red wire for convenience receptacles and share a neutral with the lights. While I was ordering posts and lamps I remembered that a GFCI-protected receptacle can't share a neutral with a non-GFCI-protected receptacle.

That means I can't just put a GFCI in the house and buy the posts with built-in outlets. I will have to put a full sized outlet box and a GFCI receptacle at every post location. GRRRRRR

[#] Sat Jun 25 2022 13:35:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Follow up to the previous message ... I came up with the idea of putting a GFCI *before* the circuit splits into lighting and receptacle legs.  And it turns out I can buy a GFCI that doesn't have an outlet in it, which is kind of cool.  They look like this:



[#] Sat Jun 25 2022 14:16:06 EDT from Nurb432

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Never seen one of them before, but then again, im not in the market. 



[#] Sun Jun 26 2022 14:34:22 EDT from LadySerenaKitty

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Fun fact: electrical safety codes (since 2020) have been getting updated to require GFCI on all residential circuits.  This means new constructions only have GFCI-enabled breakers in the breaker box.  Local GFCI outlets on the first outlet of a circuit in a "wet" room (litterbox, kitchen, not-inside) are still required, for additional purrotection.  You can still purrchase breakers without GFCI purrotection, but those are now relegated to commercial and industrial applications.



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