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[#] Tue Aug 01 2006 11:45:12 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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the question isn't did I get ripped off, but how much did I get ripped off.
So yesterday I was home recovering from my eye trauma, and somebody knocks on my door.
Offers to repave my driveway (which we can all see needs some help.
)
There's been a few things I wanted done and he offers me $1.50 a sq foot, then $1.25, then $1.00 a sq foot.
6-7 guys, dug up and flattened the whole thing then put tar over it, not LOTS of tar, maybe an inch.
I tried to find prices on the web, is $1.00 a sq foot a lot?

[#] Tue Aug 01 2006 17:48:53 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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New photos: http://s61.photobucket.com/albums/h73/CurlySurmudgeon/

Finally starting work on the house itself now that the grounds and perimeter are in good shape.

[#] Tue Aug 01 2006 23:24:32 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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blackout at chez perv. luckily the downstairs is reasonably cool. the upstairs though... not so good.

[#] Wed Aug 02 2006 00:40:21 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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too bad the power company doesn't do this for blacked-out customers more often:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/meshroom/172451387/

[#] Wed Aug 02 2006 10:38:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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mmmm... I want one

[#] Wed Aug 02 2006 10:56:57 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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LS - From what I understand, ConEd contracted and had about 70 of them in Queens. Unfortunately, Queens really needed about 100 of them, but the contractor didn't have enough. ConEd switched contractors.

[#] Wed Aug 02 2006 11:38:35 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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aahz - Interesting. I found that on a Google search for "big ass generator" for other reasons... I'm not sure if the picture was taken in Queens.

[#] Tue Aug 08 2006 14:59:25 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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New photos: http://s61.photobucket.com/albums/h73/CurlySurmudgeon/

Includes four of my next project. Great location but the house is in terrible condition. I like that, gets a good price and I can rebuild to my own desires.

[#] Tue Aug 22 2006 21:24:16 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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The grand experiment continues...

More progress: http://s61.photobucket.com/albums/h73/CurlySurmudgeon/

the entry is pretty much finished, planting 5-6 trees a week for the next few months and recently put in peach, apricot, cherry and Valencia orange trees along with pruning giving the old peach, plum, and whatever trees some badly needed TLC.

Now working on the house itself and have more than half refinished with exterior, plastic, filler to flatten the walls to their original state. Paint is half done too.

Finished another 300' of fence with cement posts and wood varillas, 9 wires with four being barbed. Now have 19 sensor floods which will soon incorporate both a transmitter and a receiver for a security system. Not only will they report intrusions but analog data such as temperature, wind direct, velocity, humidity and are extensible.


Bought a 1,100cc Fiat diesel engine from a wreck for about $150 USD and will put in a small building to run cracked waste oil bio-diesel and drive a 3-phase generator big enough to run the 3-phase well pump and charge a bank of storage cells in the house. Computers and security will run from the battery bank for up to 96 hours, longer is certain appliances are shut down.

Have prototypes of the new window guards in square steel tubing rather than the original, dried out, wood shutters. The house will defend against .50 caliber rounds and be sufficiently self-sufficent to wait out a siege and broadcast to authorities if telephone connections are cut.

Terrain and large, protective dogs make the property almost impregnable for short periods of time. Long enough to deter any invaders.

Now that I have a working crew that I can trust it's time to take on another "Esta Chalet Viejo" project.


What has been intersting is life as an Argentine. I've tried to live the life of locdals rather than living in an artificial shell as most Northerners do. Locas can't really afford central heating so I use a small kerosene heater to warm the bathroom each night to take a shower. On very cold nights I can still see my breath even with tehe heater on high, testicle-shrinkingly cold.

but you learn tricks to cope. For instance I put my flip-flops aside, upside-down, so they're dry where my foot contacts them. Using a large bath sheet you can drape one corner over a shoulder then across your back and still have enough to dry the opposite leg/foot for instertion into the dry flip-flp when turned rightside-up. Reverse, repeat and you're out of the tub. Oh, yes, no shower curtain or it would be even colder and never dry out.

Then dry your top, slip on a fresh t-shirt and cotton shirt and head for bed to compute/write. Not too difficult but you have to work out a system. When entertaining I fire up the fireplace in the living room for 6 hours beforehand and downstairs is nice and toasty.

Only when divorced from organized consumption does one realize just how steep the price is for what America considers essentials.

[#] Tue Aug 22 2006 22:12:39 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Only when divorced from organized consumption does one realize just
how steep the price is for what America considers essentials.


What does your deciding to live in a shithole have to do with America?

You could live like that anywhere, including America.

[#] Wed Aug 23 2006 21:13:06 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Ah, stalker#2 (the hypocrite) can't even keep his bile in the proper room.

If anyone else asked a rational question with an intent to expand their knowledge I'd answer...

[#] Wed Aug 23 2006 21:39:36 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Aug 23 2006 9:13pm from curly surmudgeon @dogpound2 (Dog Pound BBS II)


Ah, stalker#2 (the hypocrite) can't even keep his bile in the proper

room.

If anyone else asked a rational question with an intent to expand
their knowledge I'd answer...


Funny... One, I just accused you of the exact same thing in religion. Two, you couldn't help but take a jab at America in the wrong room.

[#] Fri Aug 25 2006 08:32:52 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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To change the subject to something more about.... ME...

http://nyti.dyn.ee/gazebo/gazebo.html
actually you probably have to do
http://nyti.dyn.ee:81/gazebo/gazebo.html

This time, unlike the shed, I'm taking pictures.

[#] Fri Aug 25 2006 10:00:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Heh. "First post!" :)

How do the post anchors attach to the footings?

[#] Fri Aug 25 2006 10:07:33 EDT from girthta @ Uncensored

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Hey, how much do electricians generally run to pull wiring?


[#] Fri Aug 25 2006 11:50:15 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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40 or 50ft.

[#] Fri Aug 25 2006 12:03:38 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I'm trying to remember the last time I saw Ragnar run.

[#] Fri Aug 25 2006 12:03:43 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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No no, the joke usually starts, 'how many [whatever] does it take to change a lightbulb'.

[#] Fri Aug 25 2006 14:59:02 EDT from harry @ Uncensored

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How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb??

One. But the light bulb has to WANT to change.

:-)

Taken from personal experiance.


[#] Fri Aug 25 2006 15:43:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Only someone addicted to the decadent American practice of organized consumption would want to use light bulbs in the first place. :)

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