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  1. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    1. We do produce our own oil. The US is a net exporter. 2. Eggs went up because of bird flu. 3. Covid made a wreck out of the supply chain.
  2. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    That would require a 14-60 receptacle, and that would be within spec at 48 amps.
  3. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Musk is supposedly demanding Tesla shareholders give him a few $billion after he blew his money buying Xitter. https://electrek.co/2024/05/20/elon-musk-confirms-threat-give-me-25-of-tesla-or-no-ai-robotics/
  4. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I don't know anything about cities. Texas is taking the lead in building out new power generation, mostly wind.
  5. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    You may need a different receptacle with a neutral. That one is just two hot legs and a ground. It will depend on the charger. You will be able to haul 40 amps (9600 watts) out of that receptacle all day long, plenty to keep two EVs charged even if you do a lot of driving. When I wired my...
  6. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    You must be a midget. Getting into and out of a vehicle is one of the major deal killers for anyone above average size. If you can't access it and sit comfortably, everyone will keep looking.
  7. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    There are several EVs available that I would love to have, if I could afford one. There are several ICE vehicles I would buy if I could afford one. I just run the numbers. A tank of gas costs $50, but I'm retired and don't drive that much any more. It's cheaper to maintain my old vehicles than...
  8. Larry Caldwell

    Anyone else have an unusually large number of hummingbirds this year?

    I think the bird flu cut the hummer population a lot. Last year was grim, this year a few more showed up.
  9. Larry Caldwell

    Starlink

    I just saw an article that Echostar is on the verge of Chapter 11.
  10. Larry Caldwell

    What to do about this crud on hydraulic hoses?

    Ditto. I pressure wash the tractor when it needs it, and will remove shrouds to get to the radiator. Caution is necessary to keep from wrecking the radiator, but hoses are not a problem. For those problem cleanups in the shop, I suck up degreaser and spray it with hot water from a tankless...
  11. Larry Caldwell

    California Drought

    At 19-30 feet that guy is pumping surface water. I bet that dairy has a nitrate contamination problem, but if he is only washing down and pumping out the poo pond, it won't make much difference.
  12. Larry Caldwell

    What water bottle do you have?

    I repurpose the rectangular juice jugs as water containers because they don't roll around behind the seat of my pickup. Never drive into the desert without a water reserve. When humidity drops into the single digits, be prepared to drink a quart an hour. Stay hydrated.
  13. Larry Caldwell

    What water bottle do you have?

    My soft drink of choice is well water with a little shot of lemon juice, in my vacuum insulated Aladdin water cup. 3-4 ice cubes will keep it cold for hours. My wife prefers 2/3 well water and 1/3 lime gatorade, because she needs the electrolytes.
  14. Larry Caldwell

    Lefty Shooting?

    I'm a southpaw. My preferred shotguns are over/under or pump. My .22 is a Remington 572 pump, which has the advantage that it will shoot shorts just fine and is noticeably quieter than a 10/22 shooting LR. Lever ejection is not a problem. I have a Henry Big Boy and a Marlin 1895 and both eject...
  15. Larry Caldwell

    What water bottle do you have?

    The one I use is very similar to this, except it's an Aladdin and yellow. A few ice cubes will keep water cold for hours. Mine didn't come with a straw, but I recycled a heavy duty hospital flexible straw that has lasted 3 years now. The bottom fits the tractor and pickup cup holders, and 30 oz...
  16. Larry Caldwell

    Starlink

    Most of those devices would do fine with dialup speed. That said, wifi is way better than it used to be, and works fine for streaming video. Where ethernet shines is moving lots of data
  17. Larry Caldwell

    Starlink

    Ethernet is full duplex. 1 gigabit FIOS and 1 gigabit ethernet at 1-2 ms latency is great for internet, and I ran ethernet to the shop office to make it a potential business location. Yay tomorrow!
  18. Larry Caldwell

    Need advice regarding a "city boy" coming to rural property

    We call those snot rockets.
  19. Larry Caldwell

    another hiccup to going solar?

    I had a friend who bought a bunch of 30 kw wind turbines used. He had to refurbish the blades, which took a lot of labor and a little fiberglass, which is why they were so cheap. I think he paid $2000 each for the turbines, and towers. The inverters were not suitable for residential use and...
  20. Larry Caldwell

    Need advice regarding a "city boy" coming to rural property

    My 15 year old nephew stayed with me for gun safety training. I checked him out on muzzle control, cleaning, how to clear the action, keeping finger off the trigger, etc. We started with a ramset blank in a .22 revolver blowing holes in cardboard, and ended up with a 9mm and a .357, plus an...
  21. Larry Caldwell

    another hiccup to going solar?

    I saw an article recently that says Chinese solar panels are a glut on the market. Now is the time to buy. Once the Ferengi wipe out all the competition they will jack prices up again...
  22. Larry Caldwell

    Anyone else have an unusually large number of hummingbirds this year?

    My rufous are holding mating flights. I have been flashed by a hummer, right in front of my nose. The annas that wintered over are making themselves scarce. The rufous just showed up last week, drained two feeders, and are checking out the nests. I have flickers and woodpeckers working, so there...
  23. Larry Caldwell

    Car Insurance skyrocketing

    Write your state legislator about tort reform. Insurance rates jumped 20% last year, due to court judgments. Tort reform used to be a big deal, but everybody dropped the ball.
  24. Larry Caldwell

    California Drought

    I wonder: What is the largest city abandoned city in America? California City is geographically the largest, but I don't think many ever lived there. A few houses remain occupied. Most ghost towns peaked around 10,000 residents before they were abandoned. Historically, big cities take a long...
  25. Larry Caldwell

    Going down the Apple Worm Hole

    Rattlesnakes solve the gopher problem too.
  26. Larry Caldwell

    Going down the Apple Worm Hole

    I don't know enough about your climate to know if you get enough cold days for some of those varieties. https://harvesttotable.com/fruit-tree-chill-hours/
  27. Larry Caldwell

    Cleaning Mildew From Vinyl Siding?

    Don't stand under it and spray up, and pressure washing will work just fine. All you need is a ladder that will reach the eves. All you need is water. I did my parents' house every year for 35 years with no problem.
  28. Larry Caldwell

    what on earth does electricity cost near you?

    Yep, for heat a fireplace is next to worthless. We have an insert that does a creditable job of heating the house. If I want to look at flames, I just leave the insert doors open. You need power to the fireplace to get the circulation fan running, which really improves the efficiency of the insert.
  29. Larry Caldwell

    What do you drive for a truck?

    1. What do you tow? 2. Does it have to go in snow? 3. Do you drive in mud? 4. How many miles do you put on it? 5. Do you need remote power?
  30. Larry Caldwell

    How to stir peanut butter in 30 seconds.

    Jif is the best tasting peanut butter on the market, and no stirring.
  31. Larry Caldwell

    Shop build and heating in 2024

    I dropped a 400 amp service in the yard and split 200 to the house and 200 to the shop. The single meter let me dodge the charge for a separate service.
  32. Larry Caldwell

    Shop build and heating in 2024

    Plan for 36" gable fans. Heat and cool with a heat pump so you have summer AC and humidity control.
  33. Larry Caldwell

    Replacement metal roof....best method

    I'm an old guy, and like to keep nomenclature straight. Very little standing seam is done any more, because it requires a tinner to solder all the joints. What people call standing seam is actually concealed fastener lock seam. It's good roofing. I used it on my shop. I'm also a lazy guy. I...
  34. Larry Caldwell

    PTO generator selection help

    I have heard that brushless generators have really dirty power. At least one oscilloscope trace seemed to verify that. The sine wave looked halfway to a squiggly sawtooth. That makes no sense to me, but maybe I don't understand how rotating field generators work.
  35. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Oh. Africa, where there is a gas station on every corner.
  36. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    ***** took a lot of heat for giving about $130 million to a solar startup that spent it all on office furniture and cocaine, but they forget he also put Tesla on the map with a similar grant.
  37. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I was a youth 60 years ago, and am blessed with an excellent memory. I was pretty degraded back then. I recovered. It's called growing up.
  38. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Gasoline tractors burn a lot more fuel for given work. When you burn 200 gallons of fuel a day, it adds up. Diesel is more efficient for two reasons. Diesel is a higher carbon fuel and has more energy per unit volume. Also, diesel engines run at a much higher compression ratio, which makes them...
  39. Larry Caldwell

    Diabetes

    I find that magnesium citrate supplements greatly reduce the leg cramps. As for the uhm, 76 years old and still waking up with a hard on. Take care of your arteries.
  40. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    It looks like the future of the automotive industry belongs to China. https://www.engadget.com/the-first-ev-with-a-lithium-free-sodium-battery-hits-the-road-in-january-214828536.html
  41. Larry Caldwell

    Chemtrails

    Chemtrails have b Point out to them that chemtrails have become so pervasive that they stretch from horizon to horizon and sometimes completely obscure the sun.
  42. Larry Caldwell

    Want to buy a sawmill - Talk me out of it!

    Shop for a used mill. You could save some bucks.
  43. Larry Caldwell

    Diabetes

    Honey is high fructose bee spit. It has the reputation for being healthy because it is "natural," but you might as well sweeten with high fructose corn syrup. It's death for diabetics because the fructose causes a blood sugar spike. As for beans, I love them. If you need cheering up, here is a...
  44. Larry Caldwell

    Diabetes

    My favorite potato topping is sloppy joe sauce. I make it with lean hamburger, at least as much onion as burger, and tomato sauce with seasoning packets or commercial sloppy joe sauce. It's about 1/3 meat and the rest vegetable. It makes a nice meal.
  45. Larry Caldwell

    My dog's not doing well

    I have bird dogs, and you never keep a tight collar on a retriever because they can get hung up on brush or snags. Their collars easily slip off over their heads. We have lost the occasional collar, but it has been about 3 years since I have had to replace one.
  46. Larry Caldwell

    Something's eating my birds

    That story might fly with someone who knows nothing about shotguns.
  47. Larry Caldwell

    Something's eating my birds

    Good point. I have seen a flock of honkers turn 100 acres of winter crops into a mudhole in less than a week.
  48. Larry Caldwell

    Something's eating my birds

    A neighbor clears out coyotes with an electronic rabbit call. 18 turkeys in the front yard this morning, I wish something would thin them out. They crap everywhere.
  49. Larry Caldwell

    California Drought

    The water usage of 39 million people is not negligible. Converting Orange County from agriculture to residential didn't save much water. Also, there are still towns and cities in California that don't even meter water. Agriculture does use 4x the amount that cities use, but far from "nearly...
  50. Larry Caldwell

    VOIP Experience

    Yes, the data rides on light all the way to the router. It amazed me when they strung my neighborhood, because houses here are far apart. My nearest neighbors are half a mile away.
  51. Larry Caldwell

    Here comes the rain...

    Potato starch will keep bread from going stale for an extra day or two. Add 1/2 cup of potato flakes to the dough.
  52. Larry Caldwell

    VOIP Experience

    We have fiber and went to VOIP. The old copper phone lines went out frequently, and if there was a power outage the copper would go completely dead after 48 hours. The fiber stays up nicely, and I can power the router and VOIP box with a 200w inverter and a car battery. For house phones we have...
  53. Larry Caldwell

    My dog's not doing well

    Thanks to having extensive acreage, my dogs are allowed to explore from puppyhood. They get enough bumps and scrapes that they learn to make good decisions about safety. They stay away from equipment while it is running, but stick around close enough that I usually know where they are. Farm dogs.
  54. Larry Caldwell

    Diabetes

    Beans and cabbage go great in soup. We make a lot of minestrone and go heavy on the beans. A 2 day soak and rinse will get the farts out of the beans. They have complex sugars that the human digestive tract can't handle, but the little gas bugs love. I put a splash of vinegar, just a little, in...
  55. Larry Caldwell

    Diabetes

    A neighbor just gave us a fresh elk liver. We'll serve it with vegetables. Mmmm, onions.
  56. Larry Caldwell

    Can fire wood be too dry?

    Different species have different amounts of ash. No hickory around here, but oak has more ash than madrone. I don't burn d. fir-larch, but a friend who does says it is low ash too. Black cottonwood is horrible for ash and is almost worthless as firewood.
  57. Larry Caldwell

    Wife got in an accident today - Need Advice

    Call your insurance agent. Follow his or her advice. Meanwhile, tell your wife to keep her yap shut.
  58. Larry Caldwell

    My dog's not doing well

    Their light goes out so soon because they burn so brightly while they are here. I have a mini dachshund that will turn 18 in January, but she is going down fast. Two years ago she was still chasing rabbits through the brush, but now she can't manage the 6" step at the front door. I'll be sad...
  59. Larry Caldwell

    CraigsList vs. Facebook Marketplace

    Craigslist around here tends to be ridiculously overpriced.
  60. Larry Caldwell

    Diabetes

    My gourmet urges made me ferment my own pickles and kraut. Then those same urges made me eat them raw instead of canned, because cooking them kills that wonderful crunch. I still have some fresh dills in the refrigerator from the last batch, and make kraut several times a year. The acidophilus...
  61. Larry Caldwell

    Diabetes

    And the more expensive. A can of soup costs $2.50 any more. Soup. It's mostly water. We do a crock pot full of soup, mostly home canned tomato sauce and vegetables, with a little meat, and get the same thing for less than 50 cents. People who buy Hamburger Helper are paying for the box. The food...
  62. Larry Caldwell

    Diabetes

    I didn't read all the details, but didn't see where they controlled for obesity. I used to be diabetic, but am not any more, thanks to a 70+ lb. long term weight loss. Another 30 lbs. and I'll be to my ideal weight (215), so you can see I used to be morbidly obese, but am not any more...
  63. Larry Caldwell

    "Emergency heat" from oil-filled space heaters - advice please

    Are you sure the motor went out? Check the starting capacitor, a cheap an quick fix.
  64. Larry Caldwell

    Is it possible to "clean up" my older generator's power for sensitive electronics?

    Step-down transformers are obsolete. Nowadays they just rectify the juice into a cap and use an IC to extract the power. On the up side, the electronics are indifferent to input voltage, and will work anywhere in the world where line voltage is between 50v and 240v. However, they are vulnerable...
  65. Larry Caldwell

    Shop Speakers?

    I use Bluetooth earbuds, which work on the tractor in the field and in the shop. They are pretty good at excluding external noise, but I add muffs on the tractor to keep the volume down, or if I am cutting, grinding and such in the shop. I've thought about noise suppressing headphones, but...
  66. Larry Caldwell

    Is it possible to "clean up" my older generator's power for sensitive electronics?

    I have an old darkroom line stabilizer that I use when running electronics off of a generator. It's a big auto-transformer and capacitor that automatically holds voltage stable. Thanks to about 20 lbs. of iron and copper, plus a huge capacitor, it also filters spikes and RF noise, though that...
  67. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    The dollar is not what it used to be. I have arthritis in my hands and have had to give up playing the guitar. I have a nice one, so thought I would sell it. I paid $90 for it in 1968, and hoped to get what I paid out of it. I plugged $90 into an inflation calculator, and found that $90 was...
  68. Larry Caldwell

    My dog's not doing well

    When our dogs reach the end we sometimes give them tramadol to make them more comfortable. Our vet also does home euthanasia, so when it's time they can go to sleep in peace.
  69. Larry Caldwell

    My dog's not doing well

    Too much salt in the bouillon. You can get chicken broth at the market, or boil up a chicken and make your own. White rice cooked in chicken broth is another possibility.
  70. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    When the dollar was inflating by over 6%.
  71. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Better stock up on Scotch. The dollar dropped 1% against the Euro today. Inflation is not gone.
  72. Larry Caldwell

    My dog's not doing well

    Any chance he got into a quantity of onions, garlic, or allium flowers like daffodil bulbs? Allium kills red blood cells in dogs, but it takes a meal to do the damage.
  73. Larry Caldwell

    Anyone reload 12ga anymore

    The only shells I reload are 28 gauge, which is a real money saver. I shoot sporting clays with my little BPS. My problem has been finding primers.
  74. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Oregon is the same way. There will be an average $1000 tax credit when I file my state income tax because revenues exceeded the budget.
  75. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I never considered that. In my state, all property taxes are local. There is no state property tax. In order, my taxes go for: 1. Schools 2. Forest fire protective association 3. County services 4. Local fire district 5. Miscellaneous I don't need the gummint to mandate support for the...
  76. Larry Caldwell

    Anybody still use CB's?

    In the old days, finding a clear channel meant you were way out in the boonies. CB was almost worthless. Now that the yahoos are all texting on their cell phones, CB is actually useful.
  77. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    That $9000 is worth $62,389 in today's dollars. I have seen the dollar lose over 90% of its value in my lifetime. It's still a decent payoff, if you pick your time to buy and sell. I doubled my retirement savings between 2008 and 2010.
  78. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Nope. $2700/year.
  79. Larry Caldwell

    Anybody still use CB's?

    You might be pleased with an external antenna. I put one in my travel trailer years ago. The aluminum skin made a great ground plane. The range was phenomenal for a CB.
  80. Larry Caldwell

    Anybody still use CB's?

    Cell phones saved the Citizens Band. There's no problem finding a clear channel.
  81. Larry Caldwell

    Help w compressor selection.

    Air compressor pumps are a snap to repair if you can get parts. Mostly they just need a new diaphragm.
  82. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Pesto done and flavors melding in the fridge. about 2/3 of a pint. I need to sauté a bowl of mushrooms I picked this afternoon. Meadow mushrooms, or wild bisporus, I don't care. I inoculated a few patches of pasture 15 years ago, and a couple of spots took. It's been raining the past couple of...
  83. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    One of the nice things about being retired is the time to cook. My wife and I were just discussing that we rarely eat processed foods any more. If it comes in a box or plastic, you are buying the box or plastic, not food. Just last week we chowed down on an elk liver left over from last year's...
  84. Larry Caldwell

    Help w compressor selection.

    Buy a junk tank and a Harbor Freight 5 hp 2-stage compressor head. Put a whatever 5 hp motor on it and yo are good to go. Used 5 hp motors are cheap. I paid $25 for the one I used, and $15 for sealed bearings to replace the old oil cup bearings. I was able to use the PRV and switches from the...
  85. Larry Caldwell

    What is the most money you paid for service on your vehicle?

    Lots of nice rigs on car haulers heading north. We don't transfer the title until they get to Oregon to dodge the California sales tax.
  86. Larry Caldwell

    What is the most money you paid for service on your vehicle?

    I just spent $7000 to put a new engine in my 2003 Mazda B3000, replace ball joints, and several minor repairs.
  87. Larry Caldwell

    Help us choose a dog

    My first dog as a kid was a border collie/Aussie cross, on 45 acres. I roamed that land for hours, but the dog would spend hours exercising himself. It's where I learned to appreciate smart dogs. He taught me how to train dogs, which is easier than most people realize.
  88. Larry Caldwell

    Help us choose a dog

    I stick with bird dogs. I run into people who get a GSP, Weim, etc. When the dog gets to be 6 months old or more, they whine, "Where is the off switch on this dog?" I tell them it's 5 miles away if they run. The dogs are bred to be athletes. They have to run like they have to breathe. We are...
  89. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Results can vary. My mother worked for Kellogg's for 22 years and participated in an employee DRIP, buying one share of stock monthly out of wages and letting DRIP do its thing. She never needed the money and let it ride until she died at 95. Her will split the stocks among 4 grandchildren. Two...
  90. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Comp rates for roofers is 90% of wages. Then add in everything else.
  91. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Likewise. My 2003 pickup just got a new engine. Along with other repairs, I spent $7k making sure it will be reliable for the next 20 years. Thanks to a white paint job and reasonable care, it still looks great. I'll trade it for a self-driver when I get so blind and senile I can't drive any...
  92. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Maps like that mean little to me. My property taxes alone are 20% of urban property taxes. I have no mortgage, so housing costs are meaningless. My only utility bill is electricity, which runs about $85/month. I've been retired for 11 years and still haven't dipped into my retirement savings...
  93. Larry Caldwell

    Help us choose a dog

    Large dogs have a shorter lifespan. We're doing daycare for a Rhodesian Ridgeback. They die about 10. Great Danes have a short lifespan too. OTOH, we have a 17 year old miniature dachshund that is still doing fine. The larger they are, the shorter they live. My wife and I don't want to leave...
  94. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Part of my portfolio is a short term bond fund that has been doing just fine. It's a short term fund and they roll pretty fast. In a bankruptcy, some portion of those bonds would become unrecoverably worthless, but Hopefully the fund manager keeps an eye on things like that. My brother lost a...
  95. Larry Caldwell

    Water Well Drilling Rotary or Pounder

    Grand Coulee has a design lifetime of 150 years. That seemed like forever 80 years ago. I don't know the design lifetime of Hoover, which was built a few years earlier.
  96. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Capitalism is a metastable system. It's stable until it's not. There will always be a next recession. That will not necessarily result in a panic like 2008, but the longer we skate the more likely a panic is.
  97. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Stateline. The responsible parties are those who wouldn't fund long distance energy transmission. There was not too much energy, just no way to get it where it was needed.
  98. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    That's why we need to build a long distance electrical supply grid in the US. The intertie between the Columbia and California loses 20% of the power to inductive losses. They have shut down wind farms because there was no way to get the electricity where it was needed. With long distance high...
  99. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I'm envious. I try to surround myself with artists and their work because they see things I don't.
  100. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I support artists by buying art directly from the artist. Gallery markup is typically around 800%, so both the artist and I can get a good deal. I pay $500 for a piece that would cost $2,000 in a gallery, and the artist pockets twice as much as the gallery would have paid him. Then I get to live...
  101. Larry Caldwell

    Online Buying vs Brick & Mortar.

    Junk stores can be great. My wife and I picked up a complete 12 place setting of Noritake china, including serving dishes, for $20 at the men's shelter thrift store not long ago. That's about $900 worth of dishes online. I also have 17 lbs. of silver I picked up for $70 at Salvation Army. They...
  102. Larry Caldwell

    Online Buying vs Brick & Mortar.

    There is still one '50s style hardware store in town that stocks all the weird nuts and bolts you can never find anywhere else. I go to stores for paint, hardware, groceries, seed and feed. I have to buy my size 15EEE shoes online because nobody stocks them. As an aside, I recommend Fitville for...
  103. Larry Caldwell

    Marmot Infestation

    I had a terrible squirrel outbreak, but a bobcat with kittens came along and thinned them out. Nice kitty.
  104. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I have a cousin who lived with a guy for 20 years and just never bothered to get married. He came down with cancer, and they married in the hospital before he died. It was very romantic. He was the love of her life. Because they had not been married for 6 months, she lost his SS survivor...
  105. Larry Caldwell

    How hot is it?

    Temp has taken a nose dive here in the PNW. Only 81 at my place today, comfortable working weather. I finished moving 6 cords of firewood into the woodshed. They are predicting rain Thursday, maybe, but temps in the high 70s most of the week. I've got a lot of outside work to do this fall. I'm...
  106. Larry Caldwell

    How hot is it?

    I have friends in Wyoming. They also say it's been a wet summer. Good for the wildlife and pasture. 60 years ago an aunt and uncle owned Jelm, plus about 160 square miles of rangeland around it. It was a ghost town at the time, and they kept the incredible log mansion as a fishing cabin. It's...
  107. Larry Caldwell

    Garbage disposal/ septic question

    Listen to the expert. He knows what he is talking about. We're water limited, so have water saving appliances. Low flush toilets. American Standard works great, particularly the 1.6 gallon flush. Front loading washer. Energy star dishwasher. The only extravagance is that I took the flow...
  108. Larry Caldwell

    Garbage disposal/ septic question

    You should crap in the tank to get it going.
  109. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    A small battery powered arborist pruning saw is handy for one handed operation on a ladder. 6" bar and short battery life.
  110. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    In my state, you get your property tax bill on the first of November and you get a 4% discount if you pay in full by the 15th. That's why I have my RMD set up for October 15. If you hold off paying for a quarter you start paying interest on the outstanding balance. You better have a money...
  111. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    A condo is typically one building. A tax lien against one unit is a tax lien against the whole building.
  112. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Self driving cars is related but different.
  113. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    That's a little high, but condo fees have to take care of all maintenance and taxes. Over the years I estimate that home maintenance has amounted to about 10% of my mortgage payments, and property taxes can be substantial. One of the big advantages of condo ownership is that you pay one fee and...
  114. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    My grocery bill has gone up 25%, and I dumped big bucks into repairing my 20 year old pickup because buying a new one was so expensive. A lot of those students had to drop out for one reason or another, so they have the debt without the degree. I don't bad mouth poor people.
  115. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Your wife sounds like my wife. You do not want to tangle with that woman. She'll beat you with logic, wear you down with persistence, and if you are irrational, she will organize a political movement and ruin your life. It's good to hear a story where you won one. (y)(y)(y)
  116. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Do you not have an Equalization Board that hears excessive assessment complaints?
  117. Larry Caldwell

    Neighbors Sue for Horse Manure Pile Smell

    I pastured hogs once. The neighbors had a horse that liked to run at the pigs and make them scatter, so they chose that fence line as their latrine. By the end of summer they had quite a respectable pile of poop about 100 yards long and 12" wide. 😁
  118. Larry Caldwell

    Neighbors Sue for Horse Manure Pile Smell

    Load it into a manure spreader. Pile is gone. Case is moot. Dismissed.
  119. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I'm fortunate to live in a very rural county where bond issues are rare. Operating taxes are limited to 3% increase a year, but bond issues are not restricted. Cities go nuts building infrastructure, like sewage and water treatment plants, schools, and such. I own my water and sewage system...
  120. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    My advice to anyone who would listen ~2010 - ~2015 was to buy a heavily discounted house and lock in a 3% 30 year mortgage. The stock market was soaring, and I kept running into financial geniuses who put their money in stocks because, "Real Estate is a loser, and returns are better in stocks."...
  121. Larry Caldwell

    Threats of forest fires.

    I saw a video of Lahaina Harbor burning. No fire boats. The historic business district had burned, and the Banyan is probably gone.
  122. Larry Caldwell

    Threats of forest fires.

    It amazes me how oblivious people are. We're within 9 days of setting the all-time record of days without rain, and temperatures over 100 are predicted for this weekend. It has been 98 days without rain, and the record is 104. This is timber country, but fortunately the fires so far have been...
  123. Larry Caldwell

    Threats of forest fires.

    Lahaina is burning.
  124. Larry Caldwell

    Threats of forest fires.

    Bugout bags packed and equipment stacked inside the garage door where I can load it quickly. Folding wire crates for the dogs, dog food, Air mattresses, sleeping bags, drinking water, trail snacks, just load and go. Documents will be fine in the fire safe, but a SD card with recent photos of the...
  125. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Current housing inflation has its roots clear back in 2008. I knew many contractors who were driven into bankruptcy by the banking crisis. They were stuck with construction loans and unsold inventory. It wasn't just a downturn, they lost everything and had to move to a different industry...
  126. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    At any age, divorce is a quick road to being poor.
  127. Larry Caldwell

    I have a water leak to or at my yard hydrant

    Hydrants should not be connected to PVC. The stress of valve operations will crack the PVC or joint. I just dug one out at my place. The last 5' minimum should run in rigid metal, like copper.
  128. Larry Caldwell

    I have a water leak to or at my yard hydrant

    Building codes stop 5' outside the building line. OK, your septic needs to be 10' outside the building line.
  129. Larry Caldwell

    Magnesium Malate

    https://smarter-reviews.com/lp/best-magnesium-supplements?tr=pYkaLjX&nbt=nb%3Amicrosoft%3As%3A372297955%3A1304021024888280%3A81501412881902&nb_mt=p&nb_bmt=bp&nb_oii=81501548503126&nb_qs=magnesium%20oxide%20absorption&nb_fii=&nb_li_ms=&nb_lp_ms=105538&nb_pi=&nb_pc=&nb_ci=&msclkid=6814c45a0f011254c...
  130. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Rankings like that are put together by some ignorant intern. If you have good cash income, a sales tax-no income tax state like Washington is a good place to be. I have a nice home worth beaucoup bucks, so living in a low property tax state like Oregon is a better idea. Everyone has their...
  131. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    The best portfolio is the one you don't have to spend. Mine starts with a paid for house in a low property tax area, insured for full replacement value. We have wood heat and enough timber to feed the stove. There's a decent hospital 25 minutes away, and the ambulance service stations a unit at...
  132. Larry Caldwell

    Glulam Beam - Checking Problem

    Two smaller beams are weaker than one large beam. The bending strength of a beam depends on the depth of the beam, and slicing it lengthwise only weakens it. Look at an extreme case where you slice the beam into 3/8" lath thicknesses. It would hold up very little.
  133. Larry Caldwell

    Glulam Beam - Checking Problem

    I take it that it's been a while since you did any vector analysis?
  134. Larry Caldwell

    Glulam Beam - Checking Problem

    It's hard to attach the TECO clips to a steel beam. All that welding would set the house on fire.
  135. Larry Caldwell

    Good set of tools for the boy?

    I use end wrenches as often as I use sockets, and a set of SAE and metric end wrenches with sockets and a ratchet are a good start. I bought a Bosch battery driver that has both screwdriver hex and 1/2" drive. It's rare that I have to get the impact wrench out. Battery drivers have quite a bit...
  136. Larry Caldwell

    Glulam Beam - Checking Problem

    That's not checking, it's delaminating. The manufacturer has a glue failure. See what they propose, but chances are they will eat replacing the beam.
  137. Larry Caldwell

    How hot is it?

  138. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    California has adopted wildland fire interface standards, but once you are inside the city limits all bets are off. They do nothing for cities at risk like Redding. California is also not the only place towns burn. Colorado Springs. Malden. There are more climate risks than California. Three...
  139. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    You're going to hear the screaming from the moon when they revise building codes and development standards to withstand natural disasters. Fireproof home exteriors, including windows, in the West. Hurricane-proof houses on the Atlantic and Gulf. Floors built above a 1000 year flood and...
  140. Larry Caldwell

    How hot is it?

    I've had that problem with maple, but maple is pretty marginal firewood. I have never had a problem with madrone or oak. I only use fir and pine for a fire starter, so the drier the better.
  141. Larry Caldwell

    How hot is it?

    Predicted low to mid 90s all week, with low humidity, and smoke from the fire in the Siskiyou NF. I got another cord of oak last week, and can smell it outgassing. Calculating from tables, my 5.5 cords of firewood will lose about 600 gallons of water that I won't have to boil up the chimney. 90...
  142. Larry Caldwell

    My wires are too damn short.

    That's the way to do it.
  143. Larry Caldwell

    How hot is it?

    I have a 55 gallon 3-point sprayer that lives on the back of my tractor this time of year, and a drawbar cover crop disc that I can hook up quickly. It's not big, but it's here, and I can put water on a fire while the pros are still getting their boots on.
  144. Larry Caldwell

    How hot is it?

    It's so dry here a rock quarry caught on fire. https://kval.com/news/local/multi-agency-response-to-8-acre-quarry-fire-in-umpqua-public-urged-to-avoid-area
  145. Larry Caldwell

    How hot is it?

    The whole west coast experiences a summer drought. The last rain at my place was the first week in May. It's dry.
  146. Larry Caldwell

    How hot is it?

    Your electric bill and mine are pretty similar. The AC doesn't kick on until it's about 90. Tomorrow will hit 100, so the AC will get a workout. Daytime humidity is about 15%, so it cools off fast at night. I'm about to set a box fan in the window and go to bed, then we'll close the windows at dawn.
  147. Larry Caldwell

    rant on Oil changers

    Count your blessings. My father-in-law took a Buick Park Avenue to Jiffy Lube to change the transmission fluid. they left it so low it burned up the transmission. I checked it when he started having trouble, and it was four quarts low.
  148. Larry Caldwell

    Finally bought a small generator.

    I have no idea how to flash the coils on an inverter generator. On my old conventional generators, all you have to do is plug in an offset grinder or drill motor and give it a spin while the engine is running. I doubt very much that would work with an inverter in the way.
  149. Larry Caldwell

    Finally bought a small generator.

    Here's a shot of my home energy utility. It explains why I don't need much generator to be comfortable. I'm an old codger who grew up before AC and central heat, so I maintain my 19th century energy tech. Thanks for the tip about the shop doors, though. If I had an outage and couldn't get big...
  150. Larry Caldwell

    Tree Hugger's Meltdown

    In my area, a closed canopy Douglas fir forest is one of the most sterile environments on the planet. It wipes out virtually all plant species, most insects, and mammals. It shocks some people that The Nature Conservancy logs their properties as needed, to promote biodiversity. The most vital...
  151. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Treat it like it's real. Ducking for cover beats dying.
  152. Larry Caldwell

    Finally bought a small generator.

    I bought my first generator (4400 watt) 27 years ago. It has about 30 hours on it, 25 of those building a lean-to on the barn where there is no electricity. A couple years later I bought a camping generator for the travel trailer. It's ultra muffled and is the one I use to keep the router and TV up.
  153. Larry Caldwell

    North American Red Wine?

    Just saying that if you want a decent Syrah, you won't find it in the Willamette Valley.
  154. Larry Caldwell

    Finally bought a small generator.

    I always service a generator and run it dry after using it. I also bag the exhaust to keep the daubers out.
  155. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I presume the doctor warned you that one heat stroke leads to another? You are now more susceptible for the rest of your life.
  156. Larry Caldwell

    North American Red Wine?

    The Valley is great for pinot, but too cool for Shiraz/Syrah. Southern Oregon has a better climate for that grape. Most Shiraz on the market seems to come out of Australia, I think for that reason.
  157. Larry Caldwell

    Good morning!!!!

    Got the firewood ricked to air dry. It will go into the wood shed the first week in September.
  158. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Outliving your entire generation is a problem for those left behind. It's easy to become isolated. I'm already seeing the effect. I just lost another friend yesterday, from kidney failure. She loved plants, and I have a crab apple tree that she gave me, a keepsake like so many others in my life...
  159. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    There's a sucker born every minute, and advertising is there to milk them for their money. I can't tell you how many recently divorced women I have met who went out and bought a Mercedes because they wanted "the best." That lasted until they got their first mechanic bill. Synthetic oil must be...
  160. Larry Caldwell

    Hey....Coffee Lovers.... question...

    I had a 2 quart a day habit. When I quit smoking, I decaffeinated myself the same day. The caffeine withdrawal was so fierce the nicotine took a back seat. I took a long weekend and slept through both withdrawal symptoms.
  161. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Have you ever majored in engineering? I have. First day of Engineering Orientation they said, "Look around. A year from now, 3/4 of your classmates will have found other majors." There were 204 EE majors that first day. When I started my junior year, which was when we were admitted to the...
  162. Larry Caldwell

    Bear attack in AZ

    My point is that you don't own the water, so you can stand in line like everybody else, including the wildlife.
  163. Larry Caldwell

    Bear attack in AZ

    A .38 spl is a popgun, nice for plinking and target practice, but not very useful if you have to actually shoot something. The 9mm Luger is a little hotter, about equivalent to a .38 +P. The .357 Sig was an attempt to match .357 S&W performance in a rimless cartridge that would feed in an...
  164. Larry Caldwell

    Bear attack in AZ

    My age is showing. The FBI has long since gone to autoloaders. The 158 gr. JHP was 30 years ago. It's still a very capable supersonic load that hits hard. A shotgun is for hunting, not for field work. If I'm going to carry, I want the gun on me, not parked in the pickup because I need both hands...
  165. Larry Caldwell

    What is this critter?

    All the bobcats around here have spotted coats. I don't know how variable that is.
  166. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I interviewed with Prudential 50 years ago, and they used testing to determine if you were trainable. If they've dropped that, maybe they could go back to it. Adding AI to the mix could give them a pretty good system.
  167. Larry Caldwell

    Bear attack in AZ

    That story was from 15 years ago.
  168. Larry Caldwell

    Bear attack in AZ

    That was 2007. Both the farms and the fish are fine. If they wipe out the fish, the farms will still run short of water, but there will never be any more fish. File a federal crop insurance Prevent Plant claim and pray for rain.
  169. Larry Caldwell

    Bear attack in AZ

    I have a lot of deer, and if there is a cougar working the area the dogs will start bringing back kill remnants. When that happens, I strap on a .357. I load FBI rounds, 158 gr. JHP. That's enough to discourage anything I might encounter, and I'm a pretty good shot. I've never had to use it.
  170. Larry Caldwell

    Bear attack in AZ

    My dogs will let me know if there is a predator around, or I will see bear scat, tree damage, dug out yellowjacket nests, etc. I saw a black bear cub on the road half a mile away a couple years ago. I have never had a problem with them. I had a 120 lb. Large Munsterlander who tackled a cougar...
  171. Larry Caldwell

    500 Unit Development near My Farm. How to Profit...

    If I wanted to turn my property into a business, I would pick a business that only was open 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. I would want to own it but not run it, as in build a convenience store/restaurant and lease it to someone else to run. A self-storage would require staffing, security...
  172. Larry Caldwell

    With the price of 46 granulated through the roof..

    Perhaps you should rephrase your question.
  173. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    We don't need a strategic reserve any more. It was established when all our oil came out of the Middle East, and the Arab oil embargo did real damage to us. We still trade on the world market, but have the capability to produce all the oil we need. Recently it's been used for nothing but easing...
  174. Larry Caldwell

    With the price of 46 granulated through the roof..

    It may be crop dependent. The farm I worked on added urea to irrigation water for green beans, but not for corn.
  175. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    $60 is the drill break. Below $60, drilling a new well does not pay.
  176. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    The US has already passed peak gasoline usage. Miles driven are still going up, but gasoline sales are dropping because of efficiency gains.
  177. Larry Caldwell

    With the price of 46 granulated through the roof..

    Dissolving urea is strongly endothermic. We used to dump a big sack of prilled urea into a 55 gallon drum and fill it with irrigation water. Ice would form on the outside of the barrel. I think it's what they use in chemical cold packs.
  178. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Polonius to Laertes: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry."
  179. Larry Caldwell

    Tree Hugger's Meltdown

    Here too. The power line easement requires the property owner to keep all hazards away from the lines, and if the property owner doesn't do it the power company will. They are reasonable I have a walnut and an apple (volunteers) growing under the power lines and as long as they stay below the...
  180. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Try that and you will end up in prison.
  181. Larry Caldwell

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Loaning money to friends is a gift. Don't expect to ever see your money again and you will not be disappointed.
  182. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    You can't levy tariffs and pretend you have free trade. It's the same scam Japan and China have been running for decades The theory is that the business of government is business, and a government partnership with business will freeze out the competition.
  183. Larry Caldwell

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Sez the economists, who are clueless when it comes to reality. We are pumping the economy with defense spending. There's a war on. Blood makes the cash grow green.
  184. Larry Caldwell

    Gas for chainsaw...

    I hear you can use your tap water for weed whacker fuel.
  185. Larry Caldwell

    Gas for chainsaw...

    I think I'll stick with the 100:1 2-cycle oil mix, since I have a couple gallons still unopened. It's higher carbon than diesel, so even improves engine power a little. It will take a while to go through 200 gallons of fuel with my little L3130. That's about 200 hours at full throttle. I don't...
  186. Larry Caldwell

    Gas for chainsaw...

    So what was the reason for MTBE in gasoline? Oxygenated fuel is mandated by reality. The fact that they chose ethanol was a combination of factors. The farm lobby certainly contributed, as did the legislators and press from corn producing states. Balance of payments had a lot to do with it too...
  187. Larry Caldwell

    Gas for chainsaw...

    I've never heard of Optilube. I run a 100:1 2-cycle mix in my diesel. Moisture absorption is caused by a bad lid seal.
  188. Larry Caldwell

    Gas for chainsaw...

    The reason for ethanol in gasoline is that it is oxygenated fuel reduces tailpipe emissions nitrous oxide (N2O) which is one of the primary ingredients of photochemical smog. They tried MTBE, which turned out to be both persistent and water soluble. They switched to ethanol, which is also water...
  189. Larry Caldwell

    Cost to connect to the grid?

    When I developed my first property, a 400 amp service was free, except I had to dig the trench and install a 400 amp panel.
  190. Larry Caldwell

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I loved nicotine. It was by far my drug of choice, along with caffeine. When I was coding in assembler, cigarettes and coffee were my doorway to the zone. Unfortunately, I got viral pneumonia and had a lot of lung damage. My choice was give up smoking or give up breathing. I gave up smoking. If...
  191. Larry Caldwell

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    When I was a kid, tobacco was a common horse wormer.
  192. Larry Caldwell

    Anyone else have an unusually large number of hummingbirds this year?

    I have a little rufous hen with a nest full of hatchlings. She is shuttling between her nest and the feeder to keep her babies fed.
  193. Larry Caldwell

    Wheel barrow tires?

    A wheelbarrow is how the wood moves from the wood shed to the garage, then I feed the wood stove out of the wheelbarrow. I have two, both with foam filled tires.
  194. Larry Caldwell

    Progress!

    We went with Corian counters. My wife is of the opinion that granite counters are the avocado appliances of the 21st century.
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