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[#] Thu Feb 25 2021 12:21:11 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Building your dream home is a wonderful thing to be able to do, but financially it's a terrible value. I bought my current home in 2014, a sub-2000sqft raised ranch on a full acre, at a price which was probably $50K less than it was worth. The owners couldn't sell it because no one wanted to deal with the $4K/year flood insurance. We snatched it up right at the time the LOMA came through and the flood insurance requirement went away.

And I *love* working on this house. It isn't even a "fixer upper" -- it's in good shape. So everything I do is really an improvement. Whatever my dream house looks like, it's being built out of this one.

[#] Thu Mar 11 2021 11:33:23 EST from Nurb432

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Smart people clean their gutters before it rains.

 

Dumb asses do it IN the rain.  And sometimes they miss the bottom step on the ladder coming down and hurt their knee.. 



[#] Thu Mar 11 2021 17:43:34 EST from Nurb432

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Went to the local big box hardware store to get a power tool battery.

It was locked to the display rack like something special.   Asked the guy in the tool area " hang on". He had to go get a manager. Who then had to go get a key that was locked up behind the customer service desk back up front. That key, then unlocked a box at the tool area, that contained the display unlock device.. Rube Goldberg would be proud. 

The battery had an anti-theft tag embedded, and i still had to be escorted to the front...   and the package was about impossible to split open once i got home anyway..

It was only 115$. And yet they have 50 dollar drill bits and saw blades next to the batteries, just laying around...

 

 

And if that is not bad enough, at the local Rural King. they actually have alarms go off when you enter or exit the tool area..  



[#] Thu Mar 11 2021 19:01:06 EST from zooer

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Thu Mar 11 2021 05:43:34 PM EST from Nurb432

It was only 115$. And yet they have 50 dollar drill bits and saw blades next to the batteries, just laying around...

 

It all comes down to what are people more likely to steal, what are the high theft items. 



[#] Fri Mar 12 2021 09:25:07 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yeah ... cost-to-size ratio ... it's the same reason department stores have jewelry in cases instead of on the racks.

I've had my set (Dewalt 20V) for less than a year so I haven't had to replace any of the batteries yet, but damn they sure do get their pound of flesh for that don't they. I'm sure I will be one of those nerds buying 18650's and rebuilding the packs.

(I always have to double check that number. As a true nerd, I always think "16550" first.)

[#] Fri Mar 12 2021 09:57:44 EST from Nurb432

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In this case it was just an upgrade.  Wanted one 6amp battery.

I have a couple of fenders to swap on the jeep here soon and didnt want to run out of juice 1/2 thru. 

Fri Mar 12 2021 09:25:07 EST from IGnatius T Foobar
Yeah ... cost-to-size ratio ... it's the same reason department stores have jewelry in cases instead of on the racks.

I've had my set (Dewalt 20V) for less than a year so I haven't had to replace any of the batteries yet, but damn they sure do get their pound of flesh for that don't they. I'm sure I will be one of those nerds buying 18650's and rebuilding the packs.

(I always have to double check that number. As a true nerd, I always think "16550" first.)

 



[#] Sun Mar 21 2021 16:01:32 EDT from zooer

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TIL that you can use a leaf blower to remove winter road gravel from your lawn.



[#] Fri Mar 26 2021 17:53:29 EDT from Nurb432

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This should be fun.  Swapping out my hot water tank for a tank-less tomorrow. 

 

 



[#] Sat Mar 27 2021 19:04:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Pics or it didn't happen! :) Doing it yourself?

[#] Sun Mar 28 2021 12:05:54 EDT from Nurb432

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I do most things myself, i dont trust others.

They are actually quite easy to install as you just hang it on the wall. The hard part is dealing with your old pipes.   Mine are pretty hacked up ( before i moved in ). Whenever i get around to redoing the bathroom i'm ripping all the copper out of the walls and it all becomes pex.

 

And it only got 1/2 done lowes didnt have one of the pieces i needed for the plumbing.  So it gets finished tomorrow ( today is upgrade day at work of the app i support.. busy with that )

 

Putin some supports, screw it to the supports. add hose. done. This is smaller unit, fine for here. Those are 2x4 for size reference.  All that piping you see, goes away as its for the tank heater + long gone water softener. 

 

Sat Mar 27 2021 19:04:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
Pics or it didn't happen! :) Doing it yourself?

 



[#] Sun Mar 28 2021 15:52:20 EDT from zooer

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Are you putting a filter before the tank?

Is that a gas or electric heating system?

 



[#] Tue Mar 30 2021 14:57:30 EDT from Nurb432

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The tank is being removed. I'm over tanks.

 

Its gas. Both before and after. "after "got delayed, too busy to mess with it until Sunday. no real hurry, the tank works, im just over it.

Sun Mar 28 2021 15:52:20 EDT from zooer

Are you putting a filter before the tank?

Is that a gas or electric heating system?

 



 



[#] Sun Apr 04 2021 13:59:44 EDT from Nurb432

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Well i *was* going to finish today.. damned hardware store is closed for the holiday. 



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