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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    I'm not sure "wisdom" is the right word here, it's a fine line between what he says/does and hucksterism. Yeah, right now he's the golden boy, but you can only promote vaporware for so long before you lose your cred.
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    Scenery pictures, what does your world look like............

    Not sure I'd want to live there, but you have some absolutely incredible scenery. (y)(y)(y)
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    Going back rural.... Can't wait, where to look?

    Can't help but thinking SF Bay area and Idaho are quite the culture clash! :eek:
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    Scenery pictures, what does your world look like............

    Is that Jay Peak in the background?
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    Is Rural Living a Hobby?

    That's my definition of a neighbor who lives too close. Waaay too close. I've gotta say, (knocking on wood) that I've always had pretty good neighbors. Friendly, but tended to mind their own business. Can't really think of any who were annoying who stayed very long.
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    Ice makers-anyone know them?

    Wow, do some people use that much ice? We've just got a couple old-fashioned ice trays that make all we'll ever need. I've read that icemakers in general are rather troublesome. I'm thinking K0ua's suggestion is probably the most likely culprit.
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    Going back rural.... Can't wait, where to look?

    There are mountains in many parts of the country, all of which are scenic.
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    Is Rural Living a Hobby?

    Around here there never really was any. Most of the towns here aren't large enough to support more than one of any given type of store, though Littleton (maybe 40 min away) does have both a HD and Lowes right next to each other. The Walmart there only has a couple of aisles of food...mostly...
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    My turn to buy a battery

    Don't think I've ever gotten more than 3-4 years out of motorcycle batteries regardless of type. At least in my snowmobile it's easy to get at to jump/replace, my ATV not so much.
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    Is Rural Living a Hobby?

    I dunno, I know more of my neighbors here than I ever did in suburbia, and have only been here half as long.
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    Is Rural Living a Hobby?

    I'm guessing that most suburbanites have a much longer than 7 minute commute, but I generally agree. Each has it's own set of advantages/disadvantages. Much as I like living in the sticks, it would be nice not to have to drive an 1.5 hr + each way to get to a store that isn't called Walmart...
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    My turn to buy a battery

    I've also had good experiences with Walmart batteries. Could just be that there's high enough turnover so they're always fresh, but one would think that some of the chain autoparts ones would be the same and they're not always. Won't buy another O'Reilly's house brand, I've had multiple ones...
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    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Huh. Shows how often I get to HF these days. :oops: Since they discontinued the paper catalogs & coupons I guess I haven't kept up. I still get their emails, but the pictures don't always load.
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    House generator questions...second thoughts on whole house system.

    Yeah, everyone's situation is different. We could go several days if we need to with just a portable to keep the refrigerator & freezer running, but if you have no source of heat, water, etc. if the power's off then it's a different story.
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    Is Rural Living a Hobby?

    I avoid conversations about politics (or religion) for that reason...no minds are ever changed, and all you do is get upset. Personally, I find both sides equally vile anyway. As far as "tractor therapy" goes, yeah I noticed that when I bought my first house back in the 70s. More "country...
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    pickup truck size

    I had a '79 that I bought used for only a little more used in '82, pretty much the same truck as yours except mine had the 302/3 in the tree. Decent enough truck though it was geared a little higher than I'd like. Sold it for $1500 in '98, other than some rust in the bed still in good shape...
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    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Which means that by this time next year it'll be discontinued... :ROFLMAO:
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    Chain hooks on Bucket or just use pallet forks? (For misc chain hoisting)

    Same here, some combination of the 3 always works out for whatever I need to do. Don't have pallet forks, not sure I'd use them enough to justify the cost, just one more thing to always be in the way when they're not on the tractor. Curiously, why? Can't think of any reason I'd want to remove...
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    Going back rural.... Can't wait, where to look?

    Yeah, having to maintain a half mile private road would be a handful to say the least. I have a neighbor who has a driveway almost that long...he kind of gave up maintaining it after 10 years or so, now just parks at the bottom of the hill and uses a snowmobile or ATV to get to the house. A...
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    House generator questions...second thoughts on whole house system.

    I think it would depend on the switch, and what controls it. Some (mostly the more expensive ones) have the control circuitry internal to the switch, others it's basically just a big contactor and the control logic is in the generator (many/most of the box store ones are this way). Is there a...
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    Is Rural Living a Hobby?

    Some do. Both of my wife's sisters have hobbies; for one it's photography, the other quilting. Both are very good at it. I can think of several ex-GFs who also had activities they were very much into. Then again, I know quite a few men who don't seem to have any sort of hobby.
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    Is Rural Living a Hobby?

    There is no "perfect" location. A place where you feel totally at home may make me feel like a fish out of water and vice versa. I see lots of TBN'ers extolling the virtues of regions I wouldn't even consider, likewise I'm sure northern New Hampshire isn't everyone's cup of tea either. Heh...
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    pickup truck size

    I'm with you on that. Likewise, I had an apartment in a (relatively small) city when I was in my early 20s, and hated the feeling of being cooped up...then again, I'm pretty outdoorsy, as I suspect most TBN'ers are. I couldn't imagine living in the city during the covid lockdown...I'd feel...
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    Turkeys in the yard . . . a better way?

    A couple years ago we had some pretty big flocks (30 or more), but some sort of predator seems to have thinned them out quite a bit. I don't sweat it when they come around...the ones here seem to have a fairly large territory, and generally move on within a week or so. Was kind of fun watching...
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    Mufflers on small CUTs

    As does my early 00s vintage LK. No problems here either with over 1000 hr. on it.
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    New-to-me scam.

    I don't have any kids (that I know of), so if someone tried to pull that one on me there'd be no doubt it was a scam. My wife almost got caught on a different scam a couple months ago. Message on the answering machine that a purchase of $399.99 at Amazon had been charged to our credit card...
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    Guys like this are what gives diesel a bad name

    Kids that age have no common sense, we didn't at that age either. Anyone else grow up in the "muscle car" era, where it was cool to put shackles in the rear springs so the back end was jacked way up, wide tires on the back, skinny tires on the front and cherry bomb mufflers? Looked stupid, was...
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    Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Already has been, haven't seen any Lynx tools in my nearest store for the better part of a year. They did have some 40V batteries out back, picked up an extra one "just in case". A shame, I have the pole saw and the 14" chainsaw. Both are decent enough for the price, but lesson learned on HF...
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    Good Books.... Well, there are a few.

    I've tried, but I just can't get into most of those books, or "classics" in general. Even in high school when some were required reading, I found many of them to be a real slog to get thru. I prefer "real" books myself. Reading an e-book just isn't the same, and I really don't want to have to...
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    Anyone like traffic circles-roundabouts?

    Here in New England we call them rotaries, but I've seen the same thing...back in the 80s a lot of them were replaced by multi-way stop intersections, now we're starting to see rotaries make a comeback. I agree that some of them seem way too small, mostly due to lack of available land to make...
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    Guys like this are what gives diesel a bad name

    I'm sure for the same reason some Harley owners take the mufflers off their bikes or the kids with their riced out Suburus put fart can mufflers and/or megawatt stereos playing rap music on them, they think by being obnoxious they must be some sort of [email protected] Compensating. Never even heard the...
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    Driver's License... What Vehicle did you use?

    Most likely a '63 Impala, my parents' car at the time. Got my license in 1966.
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    Is quality going downhill?

    My Arctic Cat snowmobile's drain plug is pretty easy to get at, but I have a neighbor who has a Yamaha that's miserable to do anything on, including change the oil. I can see how a jetski might not be the easiest thing to drain oil from, well not and remain watertight.
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    Shed renovation - the easy way

    Photos?
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    Is quality going downhill?

    Guess I haven't checked out small engines lately. The HF Predator I bought maybe 6 years ago has drain plugs, as does the cheapie lawnmower motor I got from TS. Boy, I'd sure hate to have to tip my log splitter over to drain oil in it!! I agree with 5030, a quart of oil is less than $4, why...
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    Classic Craigslist Scam

    Sounds like a fun game, though I'm not sure I'd want to give them my actual name & address.
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    Is quality going downhill?

    It's a balancing act to make a product last just long enough so the customer feels they got their money's worth from it.
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    Is quality going downhill?

    My solar-powered clothes dryer is still going strong after almost 20 years. Doesn't work so well on rainy days though... :D Trouble is nowadays spending more money doesn't usually get you a better-made product, only more bells and whistles. I have no use whatsoever for an internet-connected...
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    New Lands.

    You can have some of mine, I have plenty! :D Being a lifetime New Englander, it just seems weird to pay for rocks. My house is ~200 years old, so there have been plenty of previous owners to dig out the rocks!
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    Income Taxes: Turbo Tax - H&R Block - File Your Own?

    Here in N.H. you don't need to go to the DMV to register a vehicle, the city/town can handle the state part of the registration too, I think it's $2 more per vehicle, but it'd cost almost that much in gas to go the the DMV office several towns away. Only need to go to the DMV is to renew your...
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    Income Taxes: Turbo Tax - H&R Block - File Your Own?

    I don't know if it's statewide, but my town adds a surcharge if I pay my taxes online. Ditto for auto registration. Thanks but no thanks. I use HR Block software, and I believe it includes one state e-file. Not that it does me any good, my state doesn't have an income tax, but some of my...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Nuclear's problems are political, not technical. Mention nuclear power and people immediately think "Chernobyl" or "3 Mile Island", even though both of those events took place decades ago. Solar has the image of being "green" even though it's not really.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Define "obsolete". Very often the "old version" does everything it needs to do. The tech industry loves "latest and greatest", and in some segments (cellphones for example) there are enough fools with more money than smarts who fall for it, but most applications get by just fine with "last...
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    Is quality going downhill?

    I dunno, I haven't noticed appliances lasting any less time than they used to. I replaced my refrigerator this summer, old one was still running after 18 years, just a bit of an energy hog and kind of noisy. Given the number of items that are in short supply with long lead times I just figured...
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    Intentional Food shortages?

    Was it ever? Not in my lifetime.
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    Pole barn build now or wait?

    Is your barn heated full time? If not I would think the floor would crack from the freeze-thaw cycle.
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    Anyone else have an unusually large number of hummingbirds this year?

    They may be but I don't think I've come across any around here.
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    Anyone else have an unusually large number of hummingbirds this year?

    A quart a day??!?? :eek: We don't go thru much more than that in a month! You must have a different kind of hornet than we do, I'd take them over yellow jackets any day of the week. Our hornets generally won't bother you unless you bother them first, but yellowjackets are nasty!! Same here...
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    More English confusion

    I grew up in N.H. next to Vt. and don't think I ever heard subs called grinders, not until many years later when I dated someone who grew up in Conn. That kind of sandwich seems to vary a LOT from one region in the U.S. to another, both in name and what it consists of. I spent a couple years in...
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    Are John Deere Tractors the same as McDonalds Ice Cream Machines??

    For a fast food chain their fries are OK, not great but OK. I've had better, I've had worse. I'm not sure what you mean by "freedom loving company that will allow you to service your own machine", the customers who go to McDonald's don't have anything to do with the equipment. I believe there...
 
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