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New Englander last won the day on October 15 2019

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    The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, Iā€™d rather fly

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  1. We had a gazillion bantams that were the result of Easter chicks being dropped off. They ran completely wild and ate garbage from the trucks. They roosted in the trees and occasionally would die on the branches and freeze. It seems they'd lock onto the branch and only let go when they thawed, and fall like a, well, frozen chicken. Most seemed to survive the cold ok. It probably was the old and weak that died.
  2. When you tighten it up some you may want to try what I use. A Miller mobile home furnace with a cottage base. My 28X42 shop with 12' ceilings is heated with one. Never less than 60 and up to 70 quickly when I want to work in shirt sleeves. I have a 330 tank and that takes me all winter easily. Mobile home burner uses a .57 GPH nozzle. There's a gas version as well if your propane or natural gas costs are low. Used furnace cost me $150; cottage base was around $100 or so. No fumes.
  3. It's way cleaner than heating oil or even diesel for that matter. A company I worked for had to remove all the underground storage tanks and installed a new above ground 20,000 jet fuel farm. The heating oil tank was also removed so they tapped into the jet fuel tanks and metered it so that we didn't have to pay airport flowage fuels or jet fuel tax on the fuel used for heating. Now, the rest of the story: Heating contractor shows up for yearly maintenance - filters, nozzles, igniters, etc., and the guys start asking why the filters had already been changed. They hadn't but jet fuel is so clean the filters and nozzles looked like new even after 100s of gallons of fuel had been through them. Combustion chambers were clean as well. Buying 8 or 10 thousand gallon loads of jet at a time it was actually cheaper than filling the 500 gallon heating tank. I agree with everyone above. Use kero in the torpedo. I hate the fumes so much I switched to a propane torpedo for my hangar.
  4. I used them in a basement room we finished for a playroom. They're easy to install and heat very fast if not the most economical. The purpose of the heat pump, of course, was to have central air after the last few summers.
  5. Well, it's a lot tighter than when we bought it 30 years ago. Some rooms had zero insulation and the original 19th century windows. That said, yeah, it needs more attention. We joked that there was no way to keep a candle lit in some rooms on a windy night. The rooms I stripped to the studs got 4" insulation plus 1/2" isocyanurate under the blue board. Top floors got 1" isocyanurate over whatever fiberglass insulation would fit in the joists or rafters. My biggest problem is in the living room where there's a bay window over an inaccessible space. It was added after the original 1852 house probably burned down early on and the house was rebuilt, still in the 19th century. I know that area of floor is a real heat loss and I don't really know how I'm going to address it. When burning wood it really didn't matter. My immediate action is going to be new storm doors then there's one room with the original windows still. It has some insulation but needs more.
  6. I don't know about mini splits. I just converted the house to dual fuel - heat pump with propane backup. At 21f the heat pump stops and it's strictly propane backup. The old system was a combination wood/oil furnace that worked well enough, especially on wood but I'm done with wood. Electric bill is up approximately $200/month running heat pump; not too much propane usage. Propane usage is hard to quantify as we use a gas fireplace almost every night in the living room as there's a heat distribution issue and insulation issue to sort still. NH electric rates are high. If your rates are low then a mini may work well. If electric resistance backup the meter will torque off the wall.
  7. My new air source Bosch heat pump will defrost under those conditions. It reverse cycles long enough to melt the coils off - sends up a cloud of steam, then carries on.
  8. 20 volt Dewalt with Lock N Lube. I keep a hand gun with a narrow tip for the odd fitting that the Lock N Lube won't fit. I also keep a long needle point for the ones the even a narrow tip can't get - occasional U-Joint or similar. Dewalt uses the same 20 volt as the rest of my cordless. Buy one that uses the same batteries as the rest of your tools. They all seem to work well. I've got one machine that will take 90% of a tube so the battery gun is worth it.
  9. I'll bet my smile was that big when my dad gave me a .22. I had to buy my own ammo, that was the deal. I collected deposit bottles and would buy a box at the hardware store to plink in the farm dump and shoot rats in the evening after helping out on the weekends. Bolt action Remington tube feed. with a scope. Great fun. My daughter would plink as a kid while my son was into shotguns with me. It's great bonding shooting together. Good move!
  10. Such deep thoughts; waxing philosophical! šŸ˜
  11. If successful without rejection, pig heart transplants will be big business, save lives, and make some well deserved money for those who perfect it!
  12. A valve regulated, sealed, maintenance free battery will likely need a vent hose if installed in the passenger compartment because it can gas out if overcharged by say, a defective alternator. You won't see any kind of hose on one installed under the hood. You really should be getting a lot more than 4 years out of one. I can't remember getting less than 7 years out of a battery. Most in my stuff, except the wife's car and my PU are over 10 years old. I will spend extra for an AGM.
  13. From a large battery supplier: https://www.batterywarehouseonline.com/blog/fact-or-fiction-concrete-kills-batteries/ Another: https://northeastbattery.com/do-cement-floors-ruin-car-batteries/ And another: https://www.batterystuff.com/kb/frequently-asked-questions/large-rv-marine-batteries-faq/can-i-store-my-battery-on-a-concrete-floor.html From Snopes, I know lots of folks don't trust them but it's just one of many: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/battery-park/ Mythbusters debunked it as well but I couldn't find the link. Many, if not most new batteries are sealed and non serviceable and don't have any way for acid to spill. Some sites will state that the myth started with primitive batteries from the 19th century, well, maybe.
  14. I had a frozen one blow up when on a no-start call as a kid. Put the cables on and walked away. Good thing I walked away. After that if they were stone dead I'd pull the caps to see if they were frozen - lesson learned. They won't freeze if there's a partial charge, at least in the temperatures we had.
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