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[#] Tue Jan 03 2023 11:51:16 EST from darknetuser

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2023-01-03 11:29 from Nurb432
With good enough insulation all you need is a bunch of pets. 

lol 


You don t know just how right you are.> I was talking to zelgomer on IRC about the matter. My dogs have a brick and mortar kennel with plenty foam insulation and the inside is covered by noble wood. When it is cold outside, the dogs cram in together. If you walk in at night (the kennel has a human sized door) it is surprisingly warm inside.

Nowadays I let my dogs inside the house anyway.

[#] Sat Jan 07 2023 18:01:29 EST from Nurb432

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Seems that little inverter i got does NOT shut down after a while of no power drain.

sooooooo had to add a power switch after all.



[#] Mon Jan 09 2023 16:27:19 EST from darknetuser

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2023-01-07 18:01 from Nurb432
Seems that little inverter i got does NOT shut down after a while of
no power drain.

sooooooo had to add a power switch after all.


Aren't you an EE? Get a microcontroler and build a BSM system with a CAN bus and everything \o/

[#] Mon Jan 09 2023 19:08:04 EST from Nurb432

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yes. but im old and lazy now. 

Mon Jan 09 2023 04:27:19 PM EST from darknetuser
Aren't you an EE? Get a microcontroler and build a BSM system with a CAN bus and everything \o/

 



[#] Thu Jan 12 2023 10:13:40 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Get more things in your house that run on 12 volts. Anyone who has experience with boats or RVs knows what it's like to operate both 12 volt and 120 volt panels side by side. Embrace your inner nerd and put little outlets in every room with DC barrel jacks.

[#] Wed May 31 2023 17:14:15 EDT from Nurb432

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Grrr storming out of the blue.. and of course my gutters are clogged up.   They were fine last weekend. 

 

Grrrrr!



[#] Wed May 31 2023 17:48:49 EDT from Nurb432

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No, the downspout is clogged. no wonder it was fine last weekend when i checked.

Hard to fix that during t-storm and not die.

Wed May 31 2023 05:14:15 PM EDT from Nurb432

Grrr storming out of the blue.. and of course my gutters are clogged up.   They were fine last weekend. 

 

Grrrrr!



 



[#] Thu Jun 08 2023 00:01:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Next week we're getting our "smart meters".

I need to find somewhere to borrow a field strength meter so I can make a video proving that they aren't putting out enough RF to harm anyone in the home. It'll light up the (real) conspiracy theorists and I'll get lots of hits on the video.

Yes, I did say "meters" (plural). Our home was an illegal two-family that never got zoned for two-family so when they sold it they ripped out the security doors and the downstairs kitchen, and sold it as a one-family, but we still have two electric meters, and that bothers me. So when the meter guy comes on Tuesday I'm going to shut off both panels -- because we don't want the meter pans getting damaged by arcs -- and while they're open I will take photos of the insides of the meter pans and the service disconnect for the upstairs one (downstairs is back-to-back so no disconnect).

The thing that's kept me from combining them earlier is the potential cost. I originally thought I'd have to replace the disconnect with an outdoor rated panel with feed-through lugs (coloquially known as a "trailer panel") and then do a 100 amp branch circuit to the downstairs service. But after a little research it looks like I could just put a couple of Polaris taps on the load side of the disconnect and feed both panels from there.

I have the skills, I have the tools, but this is a big and visible enough deal that I think I need a licensed electrician to do it, especially since the power company has to be there to disconnect the second service. That gives me teh sads.

[#] Thu Jun 08 2023 11:34:17 EDT from Nurb432

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I have that problem here at times since i live in the suburbs. I also *can* do anything as i used to help my father and grandfather build houses. But i'm not certified in anything related, so if i ever sell, it wont pass inspections and if insurance finds out i could lose coverage. "it was like that when i moved in, didnt the inspector catch that" only goes so far.

Some of it i still do myself and figure i will worry about inspections later down the road if i ever get to move. And in case of unexpected insurance claim, with luck all evidence of unrelated things is gone due to the damage.

Its one reason i hired someone to replace my AC/Furnace back in 2020 instead of doing it myself. Gas = possible inspections.  And why we have to take my wives car to the dealer for things i could do for nearly nothing: "not verified by the car maker, so you voided your entire warranty"

 

its a racket. 

Thu Jun 08 2023 12:01:32 AM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

I have the skills, I have the tools, but this is a big and visible enough deal that I think I need a licensed electrician to do it, especially since the power company has to be there to disconnect the second service. That gives me teh sads.

 



[#] Thu Jun 08 2023 22:40:07 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Its one reason i hired someone to replace my AC/Furnace back in 2020
instead of doing it myself. Gas = possible inspections.  And why we

Yeah. When I installed a gas stove in my current home about a year after we moved in, I had to pay a gasfitter to stick a piece of pipe between the inside and outside of the house, and get that inspected, before the propane company would install the tank. The inspector was really cool about it though, and signed off on it after I did the system bonding myself instead of hiring an electrician.

I have a friend upstate who has it easy, they let you pull a permit to do work on your own home, it just has to be inspected like any other work. Down here the IBEW is a racket that kills the entire family of any clerk who issues a permit to a non-electrician. That might be a *slight* exaggeration but not by much.

[#] Sat Jul 15 2023 17:02:31 EDT from Nurb432

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Mowing damp grass before the rain begins ( for days )  in ~90 heat index.

Sucks. Makes you reconsider not having sheep.



[#] Mon Jul 17 2023 13:04:09 EDT from darknetuser

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2023-07-15 17:02 from Nurb432
Mowing damp grass before the rain begins ( for days )  in ~90 heat
index.

Sucks. Makes you reconsider not having sheep.


I am glad you finally found the light.

Once you have your mower banned by the Feds you will either get some grass-eating pets or will used to a middle-age tool. Let me tell you middle-age gardening tools are thought for people who is big and strong.

[#] Mon Jul 17 2023 13:14:14 EDT from Nurb432

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i used one of those push reel mowers once at my grandmothers when i was a kid.   I struggled then...

Guy a few houses down uses one.

Mon Jul 17 2023 01:04:09 PM EDT from darknetuser
2023-07-15 17:02 from Nurb432
Mowing damp grass before the rain begins ( for days )  in ~90 heat
index.

Sucks. Makes you reconsider not having sheep.


I am glad you finally found the light.

Once you have your mower banned by the Feds you will either get some grass-eating pets or will used to a middle-age tool. Let me tell you middle-age gardening tools are thought for people who is big and strong.

 



[#] Mon Jul 17 2023 22:35:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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i used one of those push reel mowers once at my grandmothers when i
was a kid.   I struggled then...

Me too! It was a novelty. And the yard was tiny (50x100 US ft. lot, minus the house and garage) so it wasn't really much to cut. Any bigger and you pretty much need power. Beyond half an acre or so you're going to struggle without a riding mower.

[#] Sun Jul 23 2023 14:23:11 EDT from Nurb432

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95 heat index. No wonder i was hot mowing grass.  Was not supposed to get this hot today..



[#] Sat Jul 29 2023 14:48:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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It's a great summer for outdoor projects and activities, but stay cool and hydrated! I'm working on my new pool deck today, and I can only manage about an hour outside at a time before coming in for a cool down break.

[#] Sun Jul 30 2023 19:08:13 EDT from Nurb432

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Incandescent and halogen bulb ban goes into effect Tuesday. Better stock up tomorow, if you can.

F-ers.

My hermit crab needs heat lamps, and not just for heat but the wavelengths too. Other animals need it even more and wont survive with LED.. I have heard conflicting reports if they are gone, or exceptions are made for 'special purpose'. Wont really know until i try to buy more this fall.

So does my car in the winter ( traditionally around here we have always shoved a 150 watt drop light in the engine when its *really* cold. 



[#] Sun Jul 30 2023 20:36:42 EDT from zelgomer

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2023-07-30 23:08 from Nurb432 <nurb432@uncensored.citadel.org>
Incandescent and halogen bulb ban goes into effect Tuesday. Better
stock up tomorow, if you can.


WTF! I hadn't heard about this!

[#] Mon Jul 31 2023 08:07:09 EDT from Nurb432

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It wasn't secret, but it wasn't really broadcast to the masses so not a lot of protest.  ( "in a dark basement, in locked cabinet behind a unused door that says beware of leopard" sort of thing ) They are trying to do the same with gas furnaces, gas stoves, and wood stoves. but i think more people heard about those first and are making noise.

 

Sun Jul 30 2023 08:36:42 PM EDT from zelgomer
WTF! I hadn't heard about this!

 



[#] Mon Jul 31 2023 15:12:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yes, it's real. The ban on high-wattage incandescent has been in effect for over a decade, which is why you can't buy 100 watt general purpose bulbs anymore.
Now it's for all general purpose incandescent bulbs.

"General purpose" or "general use" refers to the kind of bulb that you would put in a "luminaire" -- a lamp or a light fixture for lighting in your home.
There are exceptions for special purpose bulbs. For example, you can still buy the 40 watt appliance bulb that goes in your oven, because electronic lamps cannot withstand the temperature. Lamps designed to produce heat at the lower end of the spectrum are probably also safe.

Here in the People's Republic of New York they have already banned furnaces and stoves that use gas or oil, in new construction. Existing homes are grandfathered in, for now. There are also proposals at the national level to outlaw the installation of electric resistance water heaters, forcing consumers to buy substantially more expensive heat pump based units.

Also in New York City they have basically outlawed brick oven pizza.

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