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[#] Sun Jun 26 2022 16:22:14 EDT from Nurb432

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Right, my house was built in the late 50s; So im not in the market :)



[#] Mon Jun 27 2022 10:52:50 EDT from Nurb432

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So the feeder out front was empty.

4 birds come to the window, sit and beat on the glass. "hey, human, lets go.. we are hungry"

 

I understand why my parrot would do that, he was domesticated and had lived with me for some 30 years, but its funny how wild birds learn where the food comes from.



[#] Mon Jun 27 2022 11:58:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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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.

Yup.  My town isn't on the 2020 code yet but that's definitely the new rule.  AFCI are required in some locations too.  My house is 31 years old so we only have GFCI in the kitchen, bathrooms, and garage, so when I do work in other areas, "it was like that when we moved in."

For a major renovation I'd replace the panel with one that has plug-on neutrals.  I hate pigtail neutrals because they clutter up the box.

 



[#] Mon Jun 27 2022 12:15:32 EDT from Nurb432

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If we had listened to Nikola, we wouldn't have all this wiring mess.  Of course his wireless transfer stuff was terribly inefficient..  



[#] Sun Jul 31 2022 10:51:22 EDT from Nurb432

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So electric chain pruner.. Anyone ever used canola oil for lubricant?  How was did it go long term? I read that it works ok, and is eco friendly as its safe for the environment and does not require any fossil oils.. Not that i care any about that of course, but its at my grocery so its one less stop, and it appears cheaper.    

Being i'm reading it from 'greenies' unsure how effective it really is.  it seems to work right this moment, but i dont want to cause long term damage.



[#] Sun Jul 31 2022 10:55:10 EDT from Nurb432

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wtf...    damned migraines.. ( and possible infection ... i feel like crap after some tooth work last week )

Sun Jul 31 2022 10:51:22 AM EDT from Nurb432

 How was did it go long term? 

 



[#] Thu Aug 04 2022 09:21:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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If we had listened to Nikola, we wouldn't have all this wiring

The problem there was that there was no way to meter it. Funny thing about that. Just like I mentioned in another room how nuclear energy, if used to its potential, would have made electricity too cheap to meter.

I'm currently in the process of finishing the wiring for the lamp posts I put up in my driveway when it was repaved. The cable enters the house in a corner of the garage, and then runs up a conduit (required by code, no exposed NM is allowed on the wall of an unfinished space) and emerges into the ceiling.
I have to get it all the way across the garage, then across a mud room, and then under a split stairway at the entrance so that I can put the switch where it needs to be. And of course it's laterally across the house so it has to go through all the joists, which means opening up the ceiling.

There were wasp nests inside. A giant freaking McMansion. Every time I opened up another bay there was more of this thing. Fortunately it was abandoned.
I didn't see a single insect, alive or dead. But this thing went on forever.
And it was FREAKING ME OUT. Knowing that this was inside the walls of my house is extremely disturbing.

[#] Thu Aug 04 2022 18:36:47 EDT from Nurb432

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And that is why Westinghouse shut it down.

Thu Aug 04 2022 09:21:24 AM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

The problem there was that there was no way to meter it. 


[#] Thu Aug 11 2022 19:04:37 EDT from darknetuser

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2022-07-31 10:51 from Nurb432
So electric chain pruner.. Anyone ever used canola oil for
lubricant?  How was did it go long term? I read that it works ok,

and is eco friendly as its safe for the environment and does not
require any fossil oils.. Not that i care any about that of course,

but its at my grocery so its one less stop, and it appears cheaper. 

  

Being i'm reading it from 'greenies' unsure how effective it really

is.  it seems to work right this moment, but i dont want to cause

long term damage.


I shy away from electric gardening appliances. They lack the muscle for intensive work and I don't buy the argument that they are ecological.

If you don't want to burn fuels, get a machete and sharpen the hell out of it. It is less tiresome for light work than pruners and chainsaws in my opinion. A good machete also gets the job done - ie. I haven't used an AXE since I got my two big sized machetes.

For heavy work, it is chainsaws and power tools all the way. I use recycled engine oil for the chain lubrication, so I count that as green and ecofriendly.

[#] Thu Aug 11 2022 19:10:29 EDT from Nurb432

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Switching from a regular hand saw, to a small reciprocating saw to cut limbs was great.  But now using this 6" chain pruner its like night and day.  My hands would not hold up using an axe, previous injuries. 

I was not really worried about being eco-friendly,  i just had canola on hand, and its cheaper, and i guess does not stink up the area..  eco-friendly was just a neat thing to add on to it for free, but i was being 100% selfish. 

And its not like i cant afford to buy another if i break it, but if i can avoid it by simple proper maintenance, it only makes sense not to destroy it unnecessarily. 

 

 



[#] Thu Aug 11 2022 19:20:36 EDT from darknetuser

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2022-08-11 19:10 from Nurb432
Switching from a regular hand saw, to a small reciprocating saw to
cut limbs was great.  But now using this 6" chain pruner its like
night and day.  My hands would not hold up using an axe, previous
injuries. 

I was not really worried about being eco-friendly,  i just had
canola on hand, and its cheaper, and i guess does not stink up the
area..  eco-friendly was just a neat thing to add on to it for free,
but i was being 100% selfish. 

And its not like i cant afford to buy another if i break it, but if i
can avoid it by simple proper maintenance, it only makes sense not to
destroy it unnecessarily. 

 

 


Most of these machines could run on used sunflower oil. That said, my recommendation is to follow the recommendations from the manual. It probably will be 30 SAE oil or similar which is sunflower oil in practice XD

[#] Fri Aug 12 2022 15:42:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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In an engine the thing you have to worry about in the oil is breakdown, it loses its viscosity and thermal properties when it decomposes. But if all you're doing is lubricating the chain ... yeah, throw on anything you have around. The idea of using used engine oil sounds really good to me. The idea of using used cooking oil also sounds good, and the next time I use the fryer I will remember to strain and save some oil for the chainsaw.

Usually when I have used oil of any type -- motor oil or cooking oil -- a lot of it ends up in my burn barrel along with yard waste and paper/cardboard recycling. Ye were created from dust and to dust ye shall return.

[#] Fri Aug 12 2022 18:08:50 EDT from Nurb432

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this is electric, so just the chain.  Id never try that with an engine.....



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