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[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 16:50:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I have a big oil tank and a big propane tank behind my garage, which is the exact location where I'd put a generator. Pretty easy hookup as far as the fuel source is concerned. I'd probably go with the diesel aka #2 home heating oil, because it's a bit cheaper than propane.

The hardest part would be hauling the power cable back to the house. Maybe I'll use the old sewer line as a conduit :)

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 16:51:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I didn't realize you could put a septic under a garage. I thought it

had to be in open space.

You can't put a septic under a garage.

But if you're an idiot, you can put a garage over a septic. :)

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 16:52:38 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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hell, you can run your generator off your home diesal (they only care about cars, right? :-) and then sell the extra power back to the power company.

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 17:09:04 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Except that Diesel probably costs more than electric right now.

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 17:12:41 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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have we all forgotten coolness factor?

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 17:27:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The only thing you're not allowed to do is to buy home heating oil and use it as an automobile fuel, because they charge extra taxes for automobile fuel.
It's the same fuel, except for some dye that they put into heating oil to distinguish it from the other. Running a furnace at home and running a generator at home are both applications for which the automobile fuel taxes are not levied, so that's perfectly ok.

Selling excess capacity back to the utility is a workable thing to do if the following conditions are met:

1. The power grid in your area is capable of accepting a backfeed
2. You can generate power cheaper than you can buy it (right now, it's difficult)
3. You have a permit to operate your generator as a utility instead of as an emergency backup -- this is difficult to impossible for a residential installation

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 18:25:18 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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far as the fuel source is concerned. I'd probably go with the diesel

aka #2 home heating oil, because it's a bit cheaper than propane.

And you can crack your own diesel fuel from tallow or most any oil.

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 18:51:37 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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I'm sure the neighbors won't mind the smells and the flare.

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 18:55:24 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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right. better off building a small reactor.

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 20:01:17 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Installed a ceiling fan/light combo in daughters bedroom today. Replaced the wall switch from a dimmer back to a binary switch, sanded the walls spackled, made the room paint-ready and bought a gallon of two different colors.

Roll paint tomorrow.

[#] Wed Apr 12 2006 06:50:19 EDT from "hjalfi" <dg@uncensored> to curly surmudgeon <curly_surmudgeon@dogpound2.citadel.org>

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Spackle?


[#] Wed Apr 12 2006 07:57:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Spackle is a lightweight plaster used to smooth over cracks and gaps in walls.

[#] Wed Apr 12 2006 09:08:12 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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It's also the name of my new German techno/industrial band.

[#] Wed Apr 12 2006 09:41:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"Now is the time on Schpaeckle when we dance!"

[#] Sun Apr 23 2006 00:15:28 EDT from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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*Groan* I've "Home Handyman-ed" myself out today...
name it... I did it...
Mow the back half acre?... did it.
Clean the f**kin' goldfish pond?... did it.
Fixed some leaky plumbing from the water tank?... did it.
Moved a horrendous bed into the front bedroom that has a greater gravitational
pull than the very Earth itself?... did it.
Am I gonna be sore tomorrow, and there had better be no cats in my vicinity when
I roll out of bed?... Count on it! ~ 2Dog tired... :^)

[#] Sun Apr 23 2006 18:06:43 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Bought 100 cement fenceposts 2.4 meters long. Upgraded versions with points atop, through-holes every 20cm, 100mm in diameter. Also got three corner posts, two center posts (150cm) and diagonals for those. To be delivered in 2 weeks. Also bought varillas, 2"x2" sticks to keep the wire distanced since the posts are going to be 4 meters apart, will put two between each pair of cements posts painted the same as the house trim.

Tomorrow I get to sand and drill about 200 of the suckers before a primer / sealer and finish coat. Top and bottom two strands will be barbed, center five strands galvanized.

Do you have any idea how much 100 cement fenceposts weigh?

[#] Sun Apr 23 2006 18:04:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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*sigh*

Water is passing freely through my roof (which isn't supposed to happen), and it's not passing freely through my septic system (which *is* supposed to happen).

I think I'm going to just route the sewer main up to the roof and fix both problems.

[#] Sun Apr 23 2006 20:43:35 EDT from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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Can't weigh much more than a pile of prickly-pear cactus. ;^)

[#] Mon Apr 24 2006 20:09:56 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Yeah, cactii are very heavy. This load requires a 5-ton truck and that doesn't include the sand/gravel/cement mix...

Well, I was overly optimistic. As usual. Only got about 30 slats sanded and sealed. On the other hand we solved a few plumbing problems.

[#] Tue Apr 25 2006 08:46:37 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Here's a good one for you.
I've stumped lots of people with this one so far.
I have a sinkhole in my driveway.
Who do you call about that?
The hole in the driveway is only maybe 6" wide, but there is a far larger cavern beneath it.
I don't want it swallowing up my cars, and it's only 12 feet or so from the edge of the house. Not happy about it.
But who do you call and what do they do.
I put a tape measure down there and it goes about 5 feet. bleah.

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